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 vice-chair pointed out to everyone where the fire exit was in case of a fire and where the toilets were. Also explaining that members of the public would have their opportunity to speak on any topic, during public question time.Public Question Time: The applicant for the Brick Yard Barns planning application informed cllrs that they already had a class Q permission to convert the bar to residential use but al there a lot of compromises under that permitted development it was felt a new application to provide a new dwelling with improved design quality and significantly better energy and water efficiency and improved residential amenity.The issue of TPO’s being granted on orchards was raised. In recent times an orchard at Stembridge had a TPO placed on it as it was not classed as a commercial orchard. Town and Country Legislation is unclear, it has been amended at times and not easy to undertand. If there is a visual amenity with the orchard a TPO could be granted? Question is was it lawful for SSDC to place a TPO on the orchard at Stembridge in 2018. Clerk to check the Parish Council records and contact SSDC.It was asked what the status was for the Gypsy site at Gawbridge. A High Court order was granted a few years ago but they have been allowed to continue to live there. Clerk to contact SSDC.With regards to item 10 and the burying of cables underground. It was pointed out that as there were BT cables and street lights on the poles, the poles would still remain anyway so didn’t think it was a good idea. Present: Mr K Cox(Vice-Chair), Mrs T Burnett, Mrs P Warren, Messrs P Carpenter, R Dowdeswell, N Frost, P Loxston and Cllr Stanton 1. Apologies for Absence: Miss S Brooks, Mrs L Langford and Mrs C Paul.2. Declarations of Interests: None. 3. Confirmation of previous minutes: Minutes for the 4th September 2019 were agreed and duly signed.4. Cheque: Cllrs approved the following cheque.SSDC - £168.72 - Parish Ranger.5. Planning: Cllrs resolved to approve the planning application to demolish the existing barn with prior approval consent to be converted into a dwelling, and the erection of a new dwelling on land at brick Yard Barns, New Cross, South Petherton. The new dwelling will be built in the style of the existing dutch barn and is of good design.
Parish Council Meeting 2nd October 2019.
6. SALC Cllrs are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting and Area Meeting on the 26th October. Cllr Frost will probably be able to attend.7. SSAFA: There is to be an open meeting on the 29th October at St Martins Church Rooms to discuss activities for VE Day 75 celebrations. Approximately 30 groups throughout the Parish will be invited to the meeting..8. Amenities and Community Shop Quarterly update: Both the new manager and café co-ordinator are settling in well. The Post Office will be a year old on the 23rd October. They are looking for more young volunteers to work in the shop between 4.30 and 5.30pm, this work looks good on their CV’s for future employment.The new car park work is still ongoing, which will give an extra 52 spaces, it will be tarmacked, and will be used for functions at the community centre as well as football matches, leaving the front car park available for the users of the shop.There is a Community Breakfast this Saturday when the Rugby will be shown as well, the bar will not be open.9. Additional Parish Board: Enquiries have been made as to where the new board can be erected. Unfortunately neither BT or Electricity Board will allow it to be attached to their poles. County Highways have now been contacted as to whether we can put a new post in on their verge for the board, whilst Cllr Frost is obtaining a quote for the making of a board.10.Request for overhead electricity cables to be buried underground: A letter had been received about the possibility of burying cables underground in East Lambrook. Clerk had already contacted Western Power about the possibility of this happening, unfortunately the answer would be no, as it is too expensive. Cllrs having listened to the earlier comments as well, felt it was not worth pursuing any further at present.11.Footpaths and Bridleways: Nothing to report, but a huge thank you to the organisers of the WW1 Heritage Trail Launch on Sunday, it was well attended and enjoyed by all.12.Highway Matters: In response to the request for 30mph roundels on the roads, Highways have stated that’ they cannot be introduced where there is a system of street lighting’ in the area.It was asked whether something could be done about vehicles parking in the turning circle at the top of Hill Drove. These vehicles are also blocking field gateways and the entrance to the lane leading to the moors. It was agreed that the clerk should send a letter to all the residents on Hill Drove.Clerk informed cllrs she had received quite a few responses to the Street Lighting alternatives, but if cllrs could push more residents to respond it would be appreciated. Clerk would also put a questionnaire down at the shop as well.13.Date and time of next meeting: The next meeting would be held on the 6th November 2019 at 8.00pm.
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