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 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 neighbor to the proposed development at West Lambrook spoke of his objections to the proposals. Although the amended plans were an improvement there were still several concerns. Plot 1 is still going to be overbearing on his property, affecting privacy and light as it is still not positioned far enough away from his property. Also concerned about the proposed new access into the field as it is not wide enough for today’s agricultural equipment. Another concerned resident also stated that there was Japanese Knotweed growing on the edge of the development field and would need to be dealt with before any development commenced as it can cause a great deal of damage to property. Applicant for the proposed conversion of 1st Floor of the barn at Thorney House spoke briefly, stating that the ground floor of the barn would remain the same. Present: Mrs L Langford(Chair), Miss S Brooks, Mrs T Burnett, Mrs C Paul, Messrs P Carpenter, R Dowdeswell, P Loxston and Cllr Stanton 1. Apologies for Absence: Mrs P Warren, Messrs C Aplin, K Cox and N Frost.2. Declarations of Interests: None. 3. Confirmation of previous minutes: Minutes for the 7th August 2019 were agreed and duly signed.4. Cheques: Cllrs approved the following cheques.SSDC - £168.72 - Parish Ranger.PKF Littlejohn - £240.00 – External Audit Fee.SALC - £25.00 – Councillor training.Mrs S Potepa - £1475.00 – Three month’s salary.5. Planning: Cllrs having listened to comments and concerns from members of the public, and having had a full and frank discussion resolved to approve the following planning applications:19/01796/COU – Change of use from HMO(Sui Generis) to C3 single dwelling use(no external alterations) at brick House, New Cross, South Petherton.19/02004/LBC – Remedial works to include tiled roof section over the kitchen, miscellaneous window repairs, lintel replacement, external wall repairs, internal wall repair and mortar joint remedials to west elevation at West End Farm, West End, Kingsbury Episcopi.19/02154/FUL – Conversion of barn into holiday let at Cherrywood, Middle Street, East Lambrook.19/02170/HOU – Two storey extension in place of existing garage at Whitegate, Little lane, Stembridge.19/02137/LBC & 2136/FUL – Proposed conversion of 1st Floor of the barn to a dwelling(part retrospective) at Barn North of Thorney House, Thorney. 19/01551/FUL – Erection of four new dwellings each with their own access, parking and a garage on land south of Melody Cottage, West Lambrook. Additional recommendations would be added stating that plot 1 is still overbearing on The Country Cottage which affects their light and privacy and that the new entrance to the field is not wide enough for today’s farm machinery. It was therefore suggested that planners, agent and proprietor of The Country Cottage should hold a site meeting to meet a compromise on these issues.
Parish Council Meeting 4th September 2019.
6. SSDC: Cllrs are invited to attend the Annual Town and Parish Meetings/Engagement Sessions. Clerk would email the details to all cllrs for volunteers to attend.7. Roll-out of 5G Technology: A motion was put forward in cllr Frost’s absence as follows:“This Council has a social responsibility to protect the public and environment from exposure to harm, albeit unpredictable in the current state of scientific knowledge, and therefore opposes the roll-out of 5G in the Parish of Kingsbury Episcopi – based on the precautionary principle – until there is clear non-governmental and non-industry evidence that 5G technology is safe for humans and wildlife”.Cllrs felt that if we state now we oppose the roll out for our Parish, and even if concerns were answered, we may not be included in the future. The chair asked for a seconder to cllr Frosts motion but as there was no seconder the motion failed. 8. SSAFA: Article has been placed in the Parrett Talk regarding the VE day celebrations next year and the rec have had a meeting. This item to be placed on next agenda, when more feedback from interested parties should have been received.9. Additional Parish Board: Cllr Frost has requested a new notice board for Thorney. Cllrs agreed and clerk would find out costs and where the board could be placed.10.Central Kingsbury Flood Zoning: A motion was put forward in cllr Frost’s absence as follows: “To ask the clerk to write to the Environment Agency requesting that their maps stating that Church Street, Kingsbury Episcopi is in Flood Zone 3(highest risk) should be updated to show this area as an area benefitting from flood defences, as a flood defence bank was built several years ago.” Cllrs agreed that clerk should contact the Environment Agency. 11.Footpaths and Bridleways: Cllrs having already agreed to fund the training of two volunteers for the SCC Paths Scheme, were aasked if they would fund another volunteer at a cost of £130. Cllr Loxston asked that we check we are getting the top level in this scheme, which includes equipment as well as signs, hi-vis clothing and safety equipment and cllrs agreed to fund another volunteer.Cllr Langford reminded everyone of the launch of the WW1 Heritage Trail on the 29th September, 2019 at the Community Centre. 12.Highway Matters: Cllrs were informed of a road closure on Folly Road between Pulpittsway Drove and Weston Farm from 30th September for three days.A motion has been put forward in cllr Frost’s absence as follows:“To ask the clerk to contact SCC about having ‘30‘ painted on the road to serve as a reminder to drivers, how much it might cost and if there are guidelines or restrictions about where we can/cannot have them.” Cllrs agreed clerk should contact SCC.13.Date and time of next meeting: The next meeting would be held on the 2nd October 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