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 f 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 the district council on the maintenance, 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 council.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.
6. Amenities and Community Shop update. Shop still continuing to do well. They are in the process of writing a business plan for a Post Office facility there which has to be submitted by the 18thDecember.The draft accounts for the first seven and a half months for the community centre and recreation ground shows they are keeping their heads above the water and continues to do well. Collette Arkell has now been appointed as Treasurer as Lorraine Langford has now stood down. The Christmas Market was very well attended and an enjoyable evening was had by all. 7. Avon and Somerset Police: An invitation was received to attend a Partner and Community Together meeting in February. Cllr Pearce would attend.8. Footpaths and bridleways: Bob has looked at the footpath off West End, it is muddy where it meets the fields, but not a lot can be done about it, it’s a well-used path and there are cattle in the field who would also trample in that area. 9.Highway Matters: Speedwatch was now active in the Parish and several motorists have been clocked at travelling in excess of 30mph. A response had been received regarding a site visit at the recreation ground to discuss speeding issues, but as cllr Cox was not present it would be discussed at the January meeting.The response from highways regarding repainting of the white lines around the Parish had been received. Their engineer would arrange for an inspection and order repainting as necessary, but did state that any line that are just ‘faded’ won’t be repainted.Following on from last month’s suggestion re the Parish lengthsman scheme, where odd jobs around the Parish could be carried out by the lengthsman, the clerk had contacted Seavington Parish Council. They pay for a SSDC Ranger to visit the parish once a month to clear inlets into storm drains, cut grass verges and for an extra cost can actually empty gullies. The charge for this at present is £17 per hour, which includes their travelling time. It was agreed to put this on the January agenda and for all cllrs to think of what jobs needed to be done around the Parish to justify paying for a ranger to come out. 10.Date and time of next meeting: As the school would not be open by the 3rd January 2018 and the heating would not be on it was decided that the next Parish Council meeting would be held the following week on Wednesday 10th January at 8.00pm.
6.Amenities and Community Shop Update: 7.Avon and Somerset Police: Invitation to a Partner and Community Together meeting.8.Footpaths and bridleways.9.Highway Matters: Response regarding request for a site visit at recreation ground re traffic speeds.Response to request for repainting of white lines in Parish.Response from Seavington PC regarding maintenance in their parish. 10.Date and time of next meeting.
Public question time.The neighbour to Tuppence House spoke of his concerns regarding the planning application and the ownership of the land on which the shelter would be placed. He was also very concerned that the shelter, which is meant to be moved in the spring and summer, would not be moved at all once it was placed there, as he needs to be able to maintain his boundary. Mike Beech a District cllr for 6 years then clarified that although the base had already been put in place, this does not make any difference, the application should be treated as a new application. Cllr Warren informed cllrs that the electricity supply for the Defibrillator needs to be moved and a new trench dug for it to be supplied from the new Community building. The cost of this work would cost approximately £500. It was agreed that the Parish Council would pay up to £600 for this work, in order to keep the defibrillator in a visible location. Present: Mr D Wakely(Chairman), Mrs C Aparicio, Miss S Brooks, Miss A Cox, Mrs J Pearce, Mrs L Langford, Mrs P Warren, Messrs K Cox, R Dowdeswell and M Johnson. 1.Apologies for absence: Mr C Aplin. 2.Declarations of interest: Cllr C Aparicio and Miss A Cox regarding the planning application at Tuppence House. 3.Confirmation of previous minutes: Minutes for the 2nd November were agreed and duly signed. Cllr Aparicio left the room for the following application. 4.Planning: 16/04421/Ful – Change of use and laying of concrete base for temporary siting of pony shelter on orchard land at Tuppence House, Stembridge. After a full and frank discussion
where the issues of whether it was in fact a temporary shelter, as it appears it can’t easily be moved. Also that the base had already been put down before any permission had been granted. Cllr Wakely stated that this application needs to be looked at from a planning perspective and that personal/moral issues can’t be taken into account. The neighbour was allowed to speak again. He feels that the public in general don’t appear to have any rights. He still feels that the shelter will never be moved once it is sited on the concrete base. At this point cllr Aparicio was invited back into the room to clarify the temporary siting of the shelter and the moving of it. She confirmed that it will be moved in the Spring and moved back onto the base for the Winter. She explained how it can be moved with a telehandler and stated that her neighbour would still be able to maintain his fence. The application is strictly for the ‘change of use’ from equestrian land to a concrete base. Cllr Dowdeswell felt the application should not be approved and would resign if cllrs resolved to approve it. Cllr Cox stated that cllr Dowdeswell should not say such a thing. Cllr Langford then proposed to refuse it duly seconded by cllr Dowdeswell. Cllr Cox then proposed to approve it, duly seconded by cllr Brooks. The amended proposal to approve the application was then put to the vote, 5 in favour and 3 against, the application was approved with an observation that the shelter is moved at the stated times of the year and that the perceived land ownership query should be pursued through the Land Registry. 5.Date and time of next meeting: The next Parish Council meeting would be held on Wednesday 7th December at 8pm.
Extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council for Kingsbury Episcopi.on the 21st November 2016.