News from the parish council
Budget 2018-2019 - Local authorities have continued to reduce or withdraw services to parishes. In the past year the parish council has picked up the bill for repainting finger posts, cutting back banks and several small repairs. This has had an impact on our budget but councillors feel that unless action is taken there will be further deterioration which will cost even more to rectify in the long run and, in the meantime, will leave the parish looking untidy and neglected. So, the council has agreed to set aside £2,500 for minor works in the coming year. Unfortunately, this will mean a rise in the precept, the amount we raise from council tax, of around 27 per cent (or 40 pence a week for a Band D house). The final budget will be agreed at the December meeting.
North Taunton Development - Frustration was expressed that despite well-researched opposition from local parish councils and residents' groups, Taunton Deane planners had given conditional approval for this huge urban extension by a single vote. The council agreed that if and when this development goes ahead, it will be closely monitored to ensure that the promises made by the promoters during public consultations, particularly with regard to tree planting, pedestrian and cycle paths, are kept.
Litter - The council has agreed to pay up to £100 for high-vis jackets and litter-pickers for the group of volunteers who pick up discarded rubbish from village roads and public spaces.
Planning - The council agreed to raise no objection to the following plans:
#20/17/0031 Erection of first floor extension Copper Hill, Lodes Lane, Lodes Lane;
#20/17/0032 Erection of oak frame single garage at Copper Hill, Lodes Lane.
There were no objections to the following works to trees in the conservation area:
#20/17/0029 Management of an oak tree at The Barn, Kingston;
#20/17/0030 Felling of one elder tree at Camplins Orchard, Kingston;
#20/17/0033 Felling of one hornbeam tree in St Mary's churchyard.
The council agreed to object to the following plans:
#20/17/0034 Conversion of garage to living accommodation with first floor extension above, erection of single storey extension to rear and erection of garage to the side at 16 Sawyers Leigh, Kingston.
It was agreed to object to this plan because of the impact the proposed building, particularly the gabled first floor extension, would have on the street scene.