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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

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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

News from the parish council

April 2018
Flooding - The persistent rain during the past couple of months led to numerous complaints from villagers that water spilling on to roads was causing a potential hazard, particularly in the hours of darkness.
Our clerk spent a considerable time pinpointing all the trouble spots and liaising with the divisional highways engineer who sent a team out the same day to investigate the cause and, in almost all case, put it right.
In most instances water was flowing on to the highway because drainage channels, ditches and culverts had been blocked by a build up of debris from mechanical hedge cutting or vehicles driving onto soft verges and pushing soil into the ditch or damaging the drainage pipes underneath.
The highways team was able to clear the majority of the obstructions although there was too much water to enable them to replace a broken drainage pipe beneath a field entrance in Pickney Lane, just past the bottom of Park Lane. This will be done when the ground dries out.

No parking – Users of the playing field or pavilion, are being asked not to drive in and park on the grass. Vehicles are tearing up the surface and causing deep ruts. In the recent wet weather, they have also been spreading mud over the pavements and roads in Leaches Field. This is creating difficulties for the elderly residents, many of whom have mobility problems. The gate from Leaches Field is only intended to be used by contractors or those making deliveries for functions on the field.

Upcoming meetings parish council

Monday 14 May 2018
Monday 11 June 2018
Monday 16 July 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.

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.

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.

Click here to download your latest copy of Link-Up
Little Yarford Farmhouse NGS Opening 11th to 14th May

This garden of 5 acres 1 or so miles West of Kingston St Mary on Google Map is home to a unique collection of trees rare and unusual cultivars. Lots of space for children.
Opening times 11am to 5pm Monday Friday 11th 14th May
2 to 5pm Saturday Sunday 12th 13th May
Entrance 5 children free
Refreshments, Preserves, Plants
weekend Cream teas in aid of Cothelstone Church
An inspirational, magical experience

Posted by Dilly Bradley on 18/04/2018
Email: yarford@ic24.net

KSM Art Exhibition

Big changes this year!
With the Church’s blessing the annual art exhibition will no longer come under their PCC umbrella. So big changes are afoot.
Change in date: Saturday 22nd September through to Sunday 30th September.
This year we will be coinciding with the Somerset Art Works Weeks (SAW).
We will be advertising within the SAW brochure which will give us far more coverage and therefore hopefully increase sales. Various other slight changes will be happening.
Look out for details in future editions of Link-Up and on this website.

If you want more information you can contact any of the following:
Julia Hammett 01823 451642
Annie Trolley 01823 451312
Sheila Hayes 01823 451426
Serena Lumley 01823 451877

Posted by Annie Trolley on 07/03/2018
Email: annietrolley@gmail.com


Wednesday Cafe

Kingston St Mary Village Hall
every second Wed of the month

Come for the afternoon or just drop in any time between 2.00pm and 4.00pm; £1 entrance.

Need more information Contact one of the following
Annie Trolley 451 312
Jackie Aldrich 451696
Jan Holmes 451343
Jean AlgerGreen 451 732
Lindsay Thorne 451469
Serena Lumley 451877

Posted by Annie Trolley on 07/03/2018
Email: annietrolley@gmail.com


Kingston Village Flower Show 2018

The Kingston St Mary Flower Show is to be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 4 August 2018.
Download the Guide to the flower show 2018 for more information.
This guide contains a few helpful tips if you are considering entering the show for the first time and don’t know the procedure.
Questions? Email Annie Trolley or call 01823 451312, the show's secretary, and she will do her utmost to help you.


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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