News from the parish council
Award – Marcus Anderson, who played such a key role in the organisation of the Queen's Jubilee and 90th birthday celebrations, has been given an award for his service to the community.
Taunton Deane Deputy Mayor Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey attended the meeting to present the award to Marcus on behalf of the chair of Somerset County Council Cllr Christine Lawrence.
Marcus has been a stalwart of village life for many years serving on a number of organisations and is currently chair of the Village Hall committee and a Parish councillor. While many others were involved in the two Royal celebrations, it was his drive and leadership that made both of these events such a success, bringing residents of all ages together and fostering a real community spirit.
Budget - The council has deferred a final decision on its budget for 2017/18 until its next meeting when more financial information should be available. However, it is already clear that there will have to be a sizeable increase in the precept – the amount we raise from council tax – for the first time in 10 years.
The reason being that the council is now having to foot the bill for many of the jobs previously carried by local authorities. If this work is not done the village will appear increasingly neglected. Because the parish council’s income is so small (£5,508 in the present year) percentage figures are very misleading. But the rise in the parish precept will be less than 10 pence per week (based on a Band D house).
Fly tipping – There has been an increase in fly tipping in the parish in recent weeks. Large items, such as mattresses and furniture have been left in lay-bys and, in one case, at a minor road junction. Fly tipping is not only unsightly but can be a health and road safety hazard.
Anyone who spots rubbish that has been dumped illegally should contact Taunton Deane Council by phone 356356 – or report it online where the location can be pinpointed on a map. It will usually be cleared within a few days.
Planning - The council agreed not to raise any objection to:
Formation of off street parking area in front of gardens of Nos 8,9 and 10 Parsonage
Cottages, Parsonage Lane.