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.
8. SSVCA: Cllr Wakely recently attended a meeting to discuss the South Somerset Links Community Transport which previously had been run from Langport, quite successfully but was now being run from Yeovil which has seen a decline in usage and dissatisfied users of it. It is now proposed to stop the service completely from October. The meeting was to discuss whether this service should continue and if so Parish Councils may be asked to financially support it. At present there are three parishioners who use it, at a charge of £3.50 to perhaps take you to a hospital appointment. In principle cllrs agreed they would support the service and it was felt an article in the Parrett Talk would bring this service to people’s attention as it was questionable how many parishioners actually knew about this service. 9. RNAS Yeovilton Reception: An invitation was received for a representative from the parish Council to attend a reception held by the Commanding Officer at Yeovilton, to showcase the Royal Navy’s efforts in promoting Science, Technology and engineering and it wishes to outreach to the leaders in local education, health and government. Cllr Aparacio would already be attending and Cllr Warren would also try and attend.10.Community Licence: Cllr Wakely informed cllrs that the Church would like to see the Community Licence continue, cllr Langford would arrange to take the necessary course and report back once completed.11.Amenities and Community Shop update. The new Community Centre is doing really well, lots of classes now being held there. The shop is also still doing well.The recent play day at the recreation ground was well attended and enjoyed by all, and the forthcoming NHS visit to carry out Health Checks was all booked up for the day.12.Footpaths and bridleways: Clerk to report the overgrown stile on the footpath from Rainbow Place, Stembridge towards Stockditch. Cllr Warren did report that Bob and Maurice had been busy clearing the path at Pulpittsway and were clearing more this week. It was also reported that the first bridge leading on to the Moors from Lower Burrow had been hit by something. Clerk to report it. 13.Highway Matters: Cllrs discussed the issue of speeding on Thorney Road leading into Kingsbury Episcopi. The main issue being that there are no 30mph repeaters signs from Thorney until you get to other side of Kingsbury Episcopi, and because of street lights we are not allowed to have them. The SCC Traffic Engineer having visited recently did suggest that the speed limit between Thorney and Kingsbury Episcopi be increased to 40mph(as the majority of people already travel at that speed) we would then be able to have a 30mph gateway as you enter Kingsbury Episcopi. County Cllr Aparicio is keen to get something done for that road and will arrange for another site visit from the Small Imporovement Scheme team together with Cllr K Cox, following the disappointing outcome of our ‘Vehicle Activated Sign’ which has been refused. 14.Date and time of next meeting: The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 4th of October at 8.00pm.
6.SSDC: Review of the South Somerset Local Plan(2006-2028-Issues and options consultation.Christmas Tree Recycling 2018.7.Somerset Rivers Authority Half Year progress report.8.Amenities and Community Shop Update: 9.Footpaths and bridleways.10.Highway Matters: Winter Service 2017 & Grit Bin Filling.Small Improvement Scheme update.11.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.