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: It was asked whether we could contact County Highways about the lack of white lines in the middle of the roads around the parish. It has become apparent that there are a very high number of vehicles using these roads(information gained through the use of the speed indicator device) Clerk will contact Highways. It was asked if the Drainage Board could be contacted about the ditches at Gawbridge from Fishbrook. The drainage board have carried out some work but not this section and as this causes flooding on the corner at Gawbridge it is important that this work is carried out annually. Clerk has already spoken to the drainage board but will chase them up. It was also asked whether a response had been received regarding the Tree Preservation order on the orchard at Stembridge and the Gypsy site at Gawbridge. A response had been received regarding the TPO but not the Gawbridge site. Brian Harris thanked the Parish Councillors for all they do for the parish and praised how good the Christmas tree looked as well as the star on the church tower and wished everyone a Merry Christmas. As the Parish Councils lights weren’t used on the tree it was suggested that perhaps they be used around the Church Rooms.Adrian Wills is in process of talking and making another lottery bid for the heritage work for the parish. This is to open up what we have here within the parish, perhaps blue plaques on some of the buildings, some permanent structures, boards etc, and would the Parish Council support it. Present: Mrs L Langford(Chair), Miss S Brooks, Miss C Paul, Mrs P Warren, Messrs P Carpenter, K Cox, N Frost and P Loxston. 1. Apologies for Absence: Mrs T Burnett, Messrs C Aplin, R Dowdeswell and Cllr Stanton.2. Declarations of Interests: Cllrs Carpenter and Brooks regarding planning application at Oakwood Lodge. 3. Confirmation of previous minutes: Minutes for the 6th November 2019 were agreed and duly signed.4. Cheques: Cllrs approved the following cheques.Miss S Brooks - £1600.00 – Cemetery grasscutting.Mrs S Potepa - £1475.00 – Three month’s salary.
Parish Council Meeting 4th December 2019.
5. Planning: Cllr Carpenter left the room.Cllrs resolved to approve the planning applications for the erection of a porch at Oakwood Lodge, Kingsbury Episcopi. And the alterations and erection of single storey infill extension to south of dwellinghouse and the erection of a porch at Crate Cottage, Folly Road, Kingsbury Episcopi. 6. Time Travellers request for funding: Following on from Adrian’s talk during PQT cllrs were in favour of supporting the project but would need costings before approving funds. Adrian would come back to the Council at a later date.7. Somerset Village of the Year 2018:.Cllr Paul had made some enquiries regarding the signs stating ‘Village of the Year 2018’ As this was for Kingsbury Episcopi, there would only need to be three signs, which could be placed below the existing village name signs and the approximate cost of the signs were £40, it was therefore resolved to purchase them. It was asked how the plans were going for the sensory garden. As 2020 is the year of the tree perhaps that could be incorporated in it and a suggestion was also made regarding making Ecobricks, which uses up plastics. 8. Church Clock: A response had been received from the PCC regarding the trees. Some minor works were going to be carried out on the trees because of overhanging the paths but the actual height of the trees were not going to be reduced. With regards to the funding for the auto-regulation of the church clock, cllrs agreed that the invoice for the work would now go through the Parish Council and the VAT reclaimed.9. SSAFA: One meeting has already been held and it was suggested that this be placed on the February agenda after their next meeting when more details would be available.10.Footpaths and Bridleways: Nothing to report. 11.Highway Matters: Cllr Loxston reported to cllrs that there was a large pothole/crater on burrow hill and that a cyclist had been seriously injured and taken to hospital by ambulance and also several cars had been damaged. Apparently the pothole has been reported to highways several days ago but no repair has been carried out. Clerk would chase it up again.Clerk to report the blocked drain at the junction of Pulpittsway.With regards to finding a ‘Chapter 8 working on the highway’ qualified person, no feedback from social media, clerk would now place an article in the Parrett Talk. At present the Parish Ranger is helping to put the Speed Indicator Device up around the parish. 12.Date and time of next meeting: As previously agreed the next meeting would be held on the 8th January 2020 at 8pm.
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