The parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with Somerset County Council and South Somerset District Councilon the repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the Parish Council in consultation with SSDC.The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district of South Somerset, which was formed on April 1, 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Langport Rural District..
The district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.
It is also part of the Somerton and Frome county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.
Housekeeping: The chair having recently attended refresher training pointed out to everyone where the fire exit was in case of a fire and where the toilets were.Public Question Time: Adrian Wills requested that perhaps the cllrs would like to consider what support might be available as the Time Traveler’s, moving forward, considered developing further heritage possibilities within the Parish. Besides those parts of the heritage Lottery Bid for the WW1 Centenary work, an exhibition has been developed on the unique contributions of families – past and present to the business of cider apples and cider making. This together with matters to do with gloving and withies could be celebrated by exploring the possibilities of blue plaques to a unique Kingsbury equivalent, thus making this heritage and tradition more visible, more celebrated. Cllrs would think about these matters,Following on from the chairs recent refresher training the following also needed addressing. The clerk should have an annual appraisal, the format of her choosing. It was felt that for both Sarah and cllrs any issues that may crop up from time to time would be addressed at that time. Chair also felt that the amount of hours Sarah actually works for the Parish Council is probably more than is expected and that her salary should be reviewed annually. For the Annual Parish Meeting all the local groups and organisations should be invited along and any small grant requests that are received should be accompanied by their accounts.The applicant for the planning application at Thorney for a log cabin spoke briefly. The cabin would not be visible to anyone and it was needed in order to help care for his parents.It was asked whether the street lighting in the Parish could be looked at. It is felt it is not necessary for the lights to be left on throughout the night, the cost implications in these times when councils have no money and also for the environment. It was suggested that perhaps an article be placed in the next issue of the Parrett Talk to gauge parishioners opinions. It was brought to the cllrs attention that a large acreage of apple trees at New Cross Fruit Farm are be bulldozed and burnt after this year’s harvest, as the land is to be used for arable crops. Concerns were loss of the trees and the effect on the storm water as trees help considerably towards retaining the water, as well as the burning of the brush. It was suggested that if the trees have to come down could they not be shredded for biomass boilers, more environmentally friendly. Clerk will contact both the tree officer at SSDC and the Environment Agency for advice.Present: Mrs L Langford(Chair), Miss S Brooks, Mrs T Burnett, Mrs P Warren, Messrs C Aplin, P Carpenter, N Frost, P Loxston and Cllr Stanton 1. Apologies for Absence: Mrs C Paul and Mr K Cox..2. Declarations of Interests: None. 3. Confirmation of previous minutes: Minutes for the 5thJune were agreed and duly signed.4. Cheques: Cllrs approved the following cheques.SALC - £110.00 – Cllrs training.Information Commissioner - £40.00 – Data protection Fee renewal.Ocmis - £91.48 – Pipe materials for drainage work on Burrow Hill.5. Financial update as at 25th June 2019: Cllrs were all given a copy of the accounts. It was asked whether there was a time limit on spending the Village of the Year competition money, the answer being no there isn’t 6. Planning: Cllrs resolved to approve the planning application for the erection of a single storey cabin for use as permanent residential accommodation at Moorside, Thorney. 7. Defibrillator Cabinet: The clerk has been in contact with the suppliers of the cabinet as there is a warranty on it which may or may not cover some of the issues, photographs have been sent, but no response as yet. Cllr Brooks has been checking the lock regularly and is working fine. Item to be place on next agenda.8. To review and amend rule 68 of the Standing orders:Rule 68 states that meetings are not allowed to be recorded, after the recent chairmans training it is now apparent that recordings of meetings are now allowed, rule 68 will therefore be amended accordingly.9. May Festival 2020: As the government have moved the May Bank Holiday to Friday 8th May 2020 s that is VE Day 75, the May Festival have decided to hold the May Festival on Sunday 3rd May instead.
Parish Council Meeting 3rd July 2019.
10.SSAFA:Nationally there are lots of plans to celebrate VE Day 75 on the 8th May 2020. It was asked whether the Parish would be putting on an event to celebrate. It was suggested that an article be placed in the Parrett Talk to gauge parishioners interests. Cllrs Langford also suggested perhaps a collaboration of the various groups in the Parish get together to put on an event, she would contact them. 11.Amenities and Community Shop update: Shop still really doing well. Interviews for the new shop manager were being held next week. It was asked whether the old kiosk in Church Street could be moved to the recreation ground to house the local information leaflets etc. At present it has a notice board in it. The Kiosk was adopted by the Parish Council from BT, the clerk would contact BT to ask whether it could be moved and to check whether electricity is still connected to it as there is a light in it.It was asked whether the Community Centre intended on putting solar panels on it as the shop has. At present the Amenities Committee are focusing on extending the car park and will possibly look into Solar Panels as another project.It was asked whether it was still necessary for this update to be on the agenda monthly. It was agreed that perhaps now it could be placed on the agenda quarterly in future. 12.Street Lights: Cllr Frost informed cllrs that SCC is carrying out a Pilot Scheme on Street Lighting in the County. Not sure what exactly is involved. Ideally would like all the street lights replaced with LED bulbs as more economical, or turned off at midnight. It is also appreciated that there is another view, that the lights kept on all night is useful to the more vulnerable people. Clerk will contact SCC to establish what the pilot scheme involves.13.SSDC: The District Council would like to hear from Parish Councils about local issues that affect our environment, such as waste, energy(efficiency and renewable) travel and transport, the built and natural environment. The clerk would forward the email to all cllrs for their comments/ideas in order to send s reply. Litter and light pollution would be included. 14.Introduction of 5G Technology: A resident from Thorney is concerned about 5G and has asked the Parish Council to support asking for it to be postponed or halted. As 5G is yet to be rolled out to the large cities, this Parish is unlikely to part of the programme for sometime and this request should ideally be submitted to SSDC and possibly OFCOM. 15.Devon & Somerset Fire rescue Service: Details of proposed changes to their service delivery were received. Cllr Langford informed cllrs that it is proposed to remove the second engine based at Martock Fire Station. Cllrs were encouraged to respond to the consultation on their website, clerk would forward the details to cllrs. 16.Footpaths and Bridleways: Bob Warren has taken a look at the footpath from Crooked way towards Blue Stone Lane. The hedge needs cutting back, owner would be contacted.Cllr Loxston had been in contact with SCC about footpath packs, the County Council would supply the necessary equipment, signs and training, the only cost to the Parish Council would be an annual fee of £60. Equipment would be serviced by the County Council. Cllrs agreed it would be worthwhile signing up to the scheme, volunteers needed to be included in the scheme.17.Highway Matters: Clerk to report two road edge potholes between Crooked Way and the School, and also road edge holes at Higher Burrow between Ocmis and Chy-an-Dour.It was asked when Hill Drove would be resurfaced, patching is carried out there but it really needs new surface. Clerk to contact Highways.Clerk informed Cllrs that the Speed Indicator Device was now in place at West Lambrook and other posts would be erected shortly at the other sites.Parking around the Orchard Lane junction is getting worse, it is extremely dangerous trying to pull out of Orchard Lane as visibility is totally obscured. Clerk would contact Yarlington Housing Group and the residents in Orchard lane, as most of the vehicles parked there belong to their residents.The County Council verge cutter has recently been in the Parish, even though they were asked not too after lasts year, when several street name signs were damaged by them. This year no signs have been damaged. Cllrs were informed of a 3 day road closure from The Rusty Axe to Island Lane on 30th July, 2019. 18.Date and time of next meeting: The next meeting would be held on the 4th September 2019 at 8.00pm, unless the planning application arrived for West Lambrook, in which case they would be an extra meeting in August.
Public questions/comments.Agenda1.Apologies for absence.2.Declarations of Interest.3.Confirmation of minutes of previous meeting held on the 3rd July 20194.Cheque: SSDC - £506.16 – Three month’s Parish Ranger. 5.Planning Application: 19/01362/HOU – Demolition of three existing sheds and the erection of a new outbuilding at Church Cottage, Church Street, Kingsbury Episcopi for Mr M Lloyds.19/01551/FUL – Erection of 4 no. new dwellings each with their own access, parking and garage on land south of Melody Cottage, West Lambrook for Mr R Hillard.19/01918/HOU & 19/01919/LBC – Rebuilding of Townsend Cottage to provide complete reinstatement at Townsend Cottage, East Lambrook for Mr and Mrs J Weeks.6.New Cross Fruit Farm removal of apple trees. 7.Update on maintenance of Defibrillator cabinet.8.SSAFA – VE Day 75 on 8th May 2020.9.Nudefest 2019.10.Footpaths and bridleways: Modification order on footpath L17/3 Pulpittsway to Stembridge.SCC Paths Scheme.11.Highway Matters: Parking in and around Cemetery and Orchard Lane junction. Proposed pavement between The Avenue and Riverview.12.Date and time of next meeting. Sarah Potepa Parish Clerk
MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL FOR KINGSBURY EPISCOPION WEDNESDAY 7th August 2019AT 8.00pmKINGSBURY EPISCOPI PRIMARY SCHOOL