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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 and find out how you can get involved.

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 »

Financial Support for Youth Club

Following the launch of the Youth Club for 11-17 year olds in February, the Youth Club have had the fantastic news that their application for a Somerset Youth and Community Group Grant has been successful. The Youth Club have been awarded an amazing £3,740 that will support them for a further 6 months and will provide equipment for the club.
Read more about the Youth Club »

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.

Wednesday Club Relaunch

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:
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.

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Upcoming meetings parish council

Monday 11 September 2017
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

July 2017
North Taunton Development - Negotiations are still taking place between planners and the land promoters and no date has yet been set to determine the outline planning application. The main sticking point is the percentage of affordable homes that Taunton Deane Council wants to see built in the proposed 1,625 house development. Promoters claim this condition could affect the viability of the project.

Dog barking - The council continues to receive complaints of persistent dog barking in the centre of the village. Owners are asked to ensure their pets do not cause a nuisance to their near neighbours. Barking constitutes a noise nuisance which can be dealt with by Taunton Deane's Environment Department. Residents can report incidents by phone or online. They will have to give their name, however, this is treated as confidential and will not be disclosed to the dog owner.

Finger posts - The council has been informed that the repainting of worn and rusty fingerposts in the parish will take place during early September.

Crime - PCSO Tony Wearmouth reported there had been 11 calls to police from the parish in the previous month, including a burglary. Only one incident was confirmed as a crime.

Planning - The council agreed to raise no objection to the following plans:
# Change of use of part of single storey garage to form two bed ancillary annexe at Westland House, Kingston Road (provided it is not sold separately from the house or used for a long-term let);
# Felling of one cherry tree and one willow tree within conservation area in the garden of the Village Hall, Church Lane;
# Change of use from licensed social club to split use of a youth club (upstairs) and an art/photographic studio (downstairs) at Kingston Club, Kingston Road.

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.


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