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Both planning applications North Taunton granted

On 24 October the TDBC planning committee have granted the planning applications for Staplegrove East (34/16/0014) and Staplegrove West (34/16/0007). In favour of the application were 7 Conservative Councillors, against 3 Councillors from the Liberal Democrats, 2 Independent Councillors and 1 Conservative Councillor. One Conservative Councillor abstained. There are various legal conditions to be met before moving on to considering a detail application next year.

Grant for Spine Road - North Taunton Development

The Government has announced a £7.2 million grant to enable the building of the spine road through the proposed housing development north of Staplegrove.
The new spine road will run from Kingston Road to a point near the Silk Mills roundabout. It should greatly ease traffic pressures on existing roads particularly during the early construction phase of the proposed housing development.

Promoters of the development had argued they could not afford to build the spine road until they had sold 400 plus new homes to pay for it.
This would have meant that all the construction traffic going to and from the site would have had to use Kingston Road and a so-called 'drop down' road into Corkscrew Lane.
Conditional outline planning permission for the new 1,625 homes development was given by Taunton Deane planners last autumn despite opposition from the parish councils of Kingston St Mary and Staplegrove, and residents' groups.

Ray Stokes, chair of KSM Parish Council, said: The spine road, provided it is built in its entirety before work starts on the houses, should ease some of the potential traffic conflicts on Kingston Road and reduce the risk of even greater 'rat running' through the village.
We have been fighting this development for more than eight years. This is a small victory but unfortunately, we have lost battle to prevent this swathe of productive, agricultural land, on the approach to the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, being covered in tarmac, bricks and mortar.


Source: Kingston St Mary Parish Council

Village Litter Pick - Sunday 4 March

It's that time of the year again: the third village litter-pick coincides with the annual National Great British Spring Clean. If the amount of litter around the village (especially the never ending supply of drinks cans and coffee cups that are being thrown from cars/vans) drives you mad, please come and join us! If you do not have equipment of your own, the KSM Community Partnership have a supply of hi-viz jackets/litter-grabbers and gloves. Bags can also be provided.

Either meet at Village Hall to collect equipment at 10am
or start from your home and bring your bags of litter to the village hall.
In order to make best use of everyone's time and effort, PLEASE let us know if you are starting from home or a particular area so other volunteers can litter-pick elsewhere. We can drop equipment to you beforehand or pick it up from me in advance.

If the bags of litter are too heavy to bring back, leave bags in a safe but obvious place and let us know asap so they can be collected - also tell us if you know of any fly-tipping.

For your safety, you must wear hi viz jackets and heavy duty gloves.

Main areas that need attention are Dodhill, Parsonage Lane, Kingston Road, Lodes Lane, and Fulford to Cushuish.

Come on, get the family involved. Children are very aware of the effects of litter on wildlife and the environment in general especially after the Blue Planet programme. Sorry but no unaccompanied children please - parents/guardians must take full responsibility for their own children during the litter-pick.

Refreshments will be available at Tower View, Winpenny Lane for all litter-pickers from about 11.30am onwards.

Please let the Environment Group know of any areas of concern before the litter pick so they can send volunteers to the right places. For further information please contact Jean Alger-Green via cp-environment@kstm.uk or 01823 451732.

Public Meeting Kingston St Mary Community Partnership

The Kingston St Mary Community Partnership will present an update of the implementation of the 2017 Community Plan's recommendations in Kingston Village Hall on Thursday 15 March, 19.00.
Why Should You Come Along?
The evening will give you the chance to be updated on all the activity that has been going on and the activities planned, following the feedback you gave in the residents' survey. There will also be an update from the Playing Field Committee.
Read more »

Temporary closure of Manor Road, Corkscrew Lane and Whitmore Lane

Due to drainage works the crossing of Manor Road, Corkscrew Lane and Whitmore Lane will be closed.
Parts of these roads and the crossing are closed from 5 March until 16 March. Alternative routes and more information can found at: map of diversions.

Ways to pay Taunton Deane Borough Council Bills

From the 29 March 2018, the cash machines in Deane House and Wellington Community Centre are to be removed and Taunton Deane are providing, as an alternative, a more modern system which is more convenient for customers. Taunton Deane Borough Council
Therefore if you still wish to pay cash for a Council Service then you will be able to use one of the many shops and convenience stores who are signed up to the Paypoint network or any post office.
All you will need to do is take your bill which will have a bar code on it to one of the outlets and pay cash in the normal way. Alternatively it may be easier for you to pay your bill over the phone, Taunton Deane have a 24/7 payments line 01823 356598 or you can pay at any time online using the website www.tauntondeane.gov.uk

Kingston St Mary Community Partnership formed

Kingston Community Partnership

After the launch of the Community Plan in April 2017 the Steering Group (CPSG) has been transformed into an umbrella group named Kingston St Mary Community Partnership (KCP).
The KCP's main aims are to implement the action points from the Community Plan, to monitor and review progress on the Plan and to encourage, support and connect the various community groups established under the CPSG.
The KCP works with the KSM Parish Council, Taunton Dean Borough Council and neighbouring community groups. It's run by and for volunteers in Kingston St Mary.
Read more about KCP and find out how you can get involved.
You can also follow the activities of the KCP more closely on Facebook.

New Community Plan published

Community Plan for Kingston St Mary 2017

The Community Plan Steering Group has published a new Community Plan for Kingston St Mary. The Plan shows what residents value about living in Kingston St Mary, and demonstrates how this information underpins recommendations for future activity to support the community. The 2017 Plan was developed by seeking the views of local residents. A series of public meetings were held, 56% of households responded to a ten-part survey, and a detailed draft Community Plan report was subject to consultation during February 2017.
Read more about the Plan »

Temporary Closure Footpaths T15/19 & part T24/12

Somerset County Council issued a statement to take notice that footpath T15/19 is closed due to an unsafe bridge. Foothpath T15/19 temporarily closed The footpath runs south from a point midway between Meadow View and Newtons in Nailsbourne, then links up with another path (T24/12) that goes towards Edgebrough Farm.
The closure will take effect from 28 November 2017 and will remain in force for 21 days.

Walk or cycle Heritage Trail

The South Quantock Heritage Trail connects several places in the area of Kingston St Mary. South Quantock Heritage Trail
Whether you are walking, cycling, driving or maybe just browsing around one or more of these fascinating places, you will find something to interest you here.
There are four walks and two cycle rides which start from either West Monkton or Kingston St Mary churches where there is ample parking.
Read more »

Support the things you value in KSM

The Community Survey of households in Kingston St Mary last year showed that many people and activities in our villages could benefit from additional support, and many respondents would volunteer their help but didn't know where to start - but now you do.
You could support the things you value in our local community. It's a WIN/WIN evening - volunteering is good for volunteers, and good for their beneficiaries. Whether it's supporting the elderly or infirm, protecting our environment, or sharing skills, let's explore the potential to co-ordinate volunteering in our neighbourhoods, in a safe and efficient manner that works for everyone.
For further information please contact Nicky Perry via cp-assistance@kstm.uk.

Kingston Youth Club continues

The club will continue to meet on alternate Fridays in KSM Village Hall unless you are informed otherwise.
The dates are as follows:
9 & 23 February
9 & 23 March.
Two youth workers will be provided for each session by Youth Unlimited, funded by a grant from Somerset County Council's Youth & Community Service.
The Youth Club hopes to build on the strong start made to date with the support of Youth Unlimited, SCC, Taunton School International Middle School (TSIMS) and local volunteers.
Read more about the Youth Club »

Bonfires during warm and windless days

Bonfire in Kingston St Mary

Please think about your neighbours if you burn your garden waste during warm and windless days. Lighting a bonfire with no or little wind (less than 4 Bft or 8-12 mph) could easily lead to air pollution issues like smoke, dust and smells, and breathing problems. Just do it if the air is circulating well but without high winds and not during the night when wind speeds drop.

Broadband futures for Kingston St Mary

Recently the government allocated a further £1bn to enable the next phase of delivering broadband to rural and remote communities. The published plan sees around £750m being allocated to BT to improve their existing service, and the other £250m going to other companies to deliver service where BT are currently not able, or where the investment plan with BT does not cover a specific geography.
What this means for Kingston St Mary in terms of roll-out and cost is discussed extensively in our broadband section »

Concerns about dogs on the Playing Field

The Playing Field Committee in the village of Kinston St Mary is raising concerns about an increase in dogs on the field and dog mess left behind. This has caused concern in the community, particularly for parents and the safety of their children who have been upset.

To be clear, dogs have never been allowed on the Playing Field. As a result, the Committee put up new signs in January, but sadly these were vandalised at significant cost. The Committee asks dog owners to respect the principle purpose of the Playing Field and not to walk their dog on the Playing Field.
The Playing Field is managed by the Playing Field Committee, a group of local volunteers who ensure its upkeep and manage the bookings for the Pavilion.

Live updates traffic and road works

Somerset County Council launched a new mobile-friendly website offering live updates of unplanned travel incidents. TravelSomerset Anyone planning a journey in Somerset by car, bus, train and/or bicycle can now find all the information they need to avoid unnecessary delays in one place: travelsomerset.co.uk.
It also has a searchable map showing details of all current and future planned road works and road closures in Somerset.
The new website is complemented by the @TravelSomerset Twitter account which provides live updates directly from the County Council's traffic control team.

Items for sale

If you wish to advertise an item for sale within the parish you could do so on this website. This facility is for parish residents only - commercial ads are not accepted. Click, touch or swipe here and fill in the form.

The KSM Notice Board

Volunteer in KSM Last year's community survey showed that many people and activities in our village would benefit from support - can you help? Could you walk the footpaths, befriend a neighbour, support maintenance in the Spinney, pick up litter, volunteer in a community shop...?
Contact us if you want to help or if you have questions: cp-assistance@kstm.uk

If you wish to add a message to the notice board, please submit your message.

Upcoming meetings parish council

Monday 12 March 2018
Monday 9 April 2018
Monday 14 May 2018

The regular meetings will be held in the Committee Room – Village Hall, starting at 19.30 hours. See what's on the council's agenda & minutes.
More information about the parish council.

News from the parish council

January 2018
Notice Board – The notice board outside the Village Hall has been taken out of use for the time being because it needs urgent repair. The supporting posts are badly rotted at the bottom and need to be replaced. An order has been placed for the necessary work.

Village Sign - The Kingston St Mary sign on the approach to the village from Taunton has also fallen victim to ageing and recently toppled over because the supporting posts had become too weak to support it. A local resident has kindly taken the sign into safe custody and SCC Highways have been asked to replace the post and re-erect it.

Planning - There were no objections to the following application:
#20/17/0038 Reinstatement of field access with associated groundworks on land opposite Bradford Mill, Kingston St Mary (retention of works already undertaken).

Facts & figures

Always wanted to know how many residents Kingston St Mary counts, how many children and elderly live in the parish, Facts & figures KSMhow households are composed, or what levels of education qualifications the population holds? Then have a look at facts & figures.

Crime map and statistics

Crime statistics Explore and compare crime and outcomes of crime in Kingston St Mary.
The contents are compiled by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and updated monthly.

Village Activities and Facilities

Each year Link-Up publishes the Directory of Village Activities and Organisations. The booklet contains local information for the residents of Broomfield, Cheddon Fitzpaine and Kingston St Mary. Read more » Directory of Village Activities and Organisations

Charity provides free training for unpaid carers

Compass Carers provides free training opportunities for unpaid carers who are caring for a friend or relative living in Somerset. This includes First Aid, Assertive Communications, Lasting Powers of Attorney and many more.
More information at Compass Carers Compass Carers

Local history of Kingston St Mary

The Kingston St Mary History Society researches, collects and preserves documents and other items relating to the history of Kingston and its neighbourhood. The society holds regular meetings to which all are welcome.
More information at KSM History Society.

Whatsup@Kingston

Volunteer in KSM Last year's community survey showed that many people and activities in our village would benefit from support - can you help? Could you walk the footpaths, befriend a neighbour, support maintenance in the Spinney, pick up litter, volunteer in a community shop...?
Contact us if you want to help or if you have questions: cp-assistance@kstm.uk

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