News from the parish council
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.