TDBC planning committee hearing 20 September
The Residents of Staplegrove Action Group (RoSAG) has advised that the TDBC planning committee intend to hear the outline planning application for both the West (34/16/0007) and the East (34/16/0014) at the Castle School, Taunton on Wednesday 20 September at 18.15.
According to RoSAG the TDBC Planning Officers report will be published a few days before the meeting and will include a list of key issues that they have indentified together with their recommendation as to whether the planning committee should vote for, against or defer the application.
RoSAG will update its news page when that report is available.
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
Kingston Youth Club continues
The club will continue to meet on alternate Fridays in KSM Village Hall unless you are informed otherwise.
Kickoff is on 29 September.
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
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.
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:
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming meetings parish council
Monday 9 October 2017
Monday 13 November 2017
Monday 11 December 2017
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
North Taunton Development - A letter outlining the Parish Council's objections to this 1,628 home development was sent to Taunton Deane Borough councillors prior to their meeting to discuss this outline planning application. It was agreed that the Chairman would attend the meeting and speak against on behalf of the council.
Please Keep Drains Clear - Residents pruning trees or clipping hedges are asked to ensure they clear up leaves and twigs to prevent them being washed into culverts and drains causing blockages. A build-up of debris could lead to flooding of roads and possibly properties.
Planning - The council agreed to raise no objection to the following plans:
# 20/17/0019 Erection of single storey extension with mezzanine level to front of Orchard Hill, Kingston Road, Kingston St Mary;
# 20/17/0021 Erection of replacement porch to the north-east elevation and replacement extension to the south-east elevation of Little Acre, 2 Quantock Rise, Kingston St Mary.
The council agreed to object to the following plans:
# 20/17/0018 Erection of a detached dwelling with associated works on land at Copper Hill, Lodes Lane, Kingston St Mary.
It was agreed to object to this proposal on the grounds that it would amount to over development of a sensitive site within the conservation area, would be partly outside of the settlement limit and have a detrimental impact on the view and setting of the ancient church and distinctive rural character of Copper Hill.
Facts & figures
Always wanted to know how many residents Kingston St Mary counts, how many children and elderly live in the parish, how households are composed, or what levels of education qualifications the population holds?
Then have a look at facts & figures.
Crime map and 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 »
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
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.