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. Amenities and Community Shop update. Community Centre is still doing really well. They are putting on a Pantomime on the 17th February. Lots of children parties are also being booked and recently a first aid course was also held there.Shop is still doing well and their application for Post office services to be available there was still ongoing, it is hoped to know the result by the March meeting. 9. Electoral review of South Somerset: Cllr Yeomans informed the council that the proposed changes would not actually affect Kingsbury Episcopi Parish.10.SCC: Cllrs were informed that a consultation was now running regarding Library Services in the area. Cllr Aparicio encouraged everyone to take part in the consultation.Results from the ‘Speed Indicator Device’ which was placed on Thorney Road for 3 weeks in December had been received. Results show that out of the 10,000 vehicles that drove through only 4000 were actually driving at less than 30mph. Cllrs were also informed that this service of a temporary SID would no longer be available from the SCC. Cllrs agreed that as Speedwatch was now up and running again and that the speed enforcement officer on a motorbike was still attending the Parish this should surfice in trying to educate drivers to keep to the speed limit. 11.Footpaths and bridleways: Yeovil Town Road Running Club will be holding a Town Tree Trial race of approximately 10K on the 16th May. It would start and finish at the recreation ground and although most of the race will be off road the route will include a short length of Thorney Road to Coombe Lane.A letter was received from Robin carr associates who were consulted on the application to modify the definitive Footpath Map to amend the status of the footpath from Pulpitsway Drove to Bladon to a bridleway. The consultants opinion being that it should not be amended to a Bridleway. This application will now be decided by SCC. 12.Highway Matters: Clerk to report the following: Street lights numbers 9 and 16 on Thorney Road were not working. Two large potholes on Scotts Lane, East Lambrook. Sunken drain outside of Swallow Cottage, Kingsbury Episcopi and potholes in Silver Street, Kingsbury Episcopi. Also the drainage works recently carried out at Lower Burrow had not gone far enough to work completely, more work needs to be carried out further down the line of drains. Cllrs were shown a plan of proposed traffic calming measures on Thorney Road. As the plan was quite small in print, it was agreed that the clerk would forward the plan by email. The next step in the consultation process is for SCC to contact residents who would be affected by the scheme. 10.Date and time of next meeting: The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 8.00pm.
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.