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Draft KSM Community Plan 2017 available

Remember the household survey questionnaire that you filled in back in June? The results have been analysed and drafted into a detailed working document. The draft of the Kingston St Mary Community Plan 2017 is available for scrutiny. The Plan will be open to comment during February. Observations and any further research will then be incorporated into the final version which will be printed and distributed to all dwellings in the parish in April/May.
A drop-in open morning will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday 25 February from 10.30 to 14.00 where members of the Community Plan Steering Group will be available to discuss the Plan, and listen to your feedback on the results of the household survey and the topics covered in the Plan. Read the draft Plan »

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No Dogs on the Playing Field

The Playing Field is a Charity held in Trust by the Parish Council. It was given to the community in 1948 to provide a recreation ground mainly for the use of children and young people.
The Playing Field is managed by the Playing Field Committee, a group of local volunteers who ensure its upkeep and manage the bookings for the Pavilion.

Dogs have never been allowed on the Playing Field. In recent months we have noticed an increase in dogs on the field and dog mess left behind. This has caused concern in the community, particularly for parents and the safety of their children who have been upset. As a result, the Committee put up new signs in January, but sadly these were vandalised at significant cost.
Please can we all respect the principle purpose of the Playing Field.
No dogs are allowed.

Thank you for your understanding.
The Playing Field Committee

Posted by The Playing Field Committee on 10/02/2017

Is your dog microchipped Does it wear a collar and ID tag

Please could I ask you to remind residents that dogs must be microchipped and wear a collar and ID tag when out and about. This saves a great deal of time and effort when trying to reunite dogs which have taken themselves for a walk without their owners, especially when the owner does not realise the dog is missing It also means that if your dog is injured following involvement with a road traffic accident you can be contacted quickly.

Posted by Rachael P on 27/12/2016

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Concerns about dogs on the Playing Field

The Playing Field Committee in the village of Kinston St Mary is raising concerns about an increase in dogs on the field and dog mess left behind. This has caused concern in the community, particularly for parents and the safety of their children who have been upset. To be clear, dogs have never been allowed on the Playing Field.
As a result, the Committee put up new signs in January, but sadly these were vandalised at significant cost. The Committee asks dog owners to respect the principle purpose of the Playing Field and not to walk their dog on the Playing Field.
The Playing Field is managed by the Playing Field Committee, a group of local volunteers who ensure its upkeep and manage the bookings for the Pavilion.

Village Litter Pick

On Sunday 5 March from 10.00 to 12.00 the Kingston Environment Group organises a village litter pick.
Village Litter Pick on Sunday 5 March The pick starts from KSM Village Hall. Hi-viz jackets/litter-grabbers and bags will be provided. It is recommended that you wear some fairly heavy duty protective gloves. Parents/guardians must take full responsibility for their own children during the litter pick.
After the litter pick, tea and coffee will be served in the Village Hall.
If you have any questions, please ring Jean Alger-Green (Environment Group, Community Planning) on 01823 451732.

Taunton gains Garden Town status

Taunton is heralding 2017 as the start of a new era after being named as one of a new wave of Garden Towns by the Government.
The success of Taunton's bid recognises Taunton Deane Borough Council's strategy to deliver major regeneration in the town centre, new sustainable communities, improved transport and supporting infrastructure, marrying development with access to green spaces.

Taunton Deane has been awarded the substantial sum of £350K to cover the master planning costs and identify the important infrastructure requirements. This will be a major benefit in seeking capital funding from countryside which is part of what makes the town such an attractive place to invest.
Read the full press release »
Taunton Garden Town - Expression of interest (pdf) »

Kingston St Mary Community Planning News

Work on our new Community-led Plan is progressing extremely well. In October the headline results of the 2016 Household Survey were presented to residents at a public meeting in the village hall.
If you missed the meeting, don't worry, you can download a summary report of the results (pdf) and the full presentation (pdf).

Slow broadband? Test your connections

Slow broadband speed has been widely reported as a problem in Kingston St Mary. There are various factors that determine your broadband speed.
Check your connections and test your speed One of them is your home telephone wiring and router. We have written a short guide on how to check if your connection is in good working order.
Read more »

The KSM broadband speed survey

We are interested in your experience with your broadband speed in Kingston St Mary, whether you have a slow or a fast internet connection.
Do a speed test on speedtest.btwholesale.com (or if you have a Mac speedtest.net), make a note of your actual download speed, and submit the test results by answering our short survey here below.

Live updates traffic and road works

Somerset County Council launched a new mobile-friendly website offering live updates of unplanned travel incidents. TravelSomerset Anyone planning a journey in Somerset by car, bus, train and/or bicycle can now find all the information they need to avoid unnecessary delays in one place: travelsomerset.co.uk.
It also has a searchable map showing details of all current and future planned road works and road closures in Somerset.
The new website is complemented by the @TravelSomerset Twitter account which provides live updates directly from the County Council's traffic control team.

High turnout Public Meeting North Taunton Development

A public meeting was held in the KSM Village Hall discussing the proposed development between Staplegrove and Kingston St Mary.
Public start of plan process in Kingston St Mary Outline applications have been submitted to Taunton Deane Borough Council for permission to build a total of more than 1,600 homes, a new school and community facilities.
During the meeting plans were presented and illustrated by the Kingston St Mary Parish Council.
Read more about these plans »

Items for sale

If you wish to advertise an item for sale within the parish you could do so on this website. This facility is for parish residents only - commercial ads are not accepted. Click, touch or swipe here and fill in the form.

The KSM Notice Board

No Dogs on the Playing Field

The Playing Field is a Charity held in Trust by the Parish Council. It was given to the community in 1948 to provide a recreation ground mainly for the use of children and young people.
The Playing Field is managed by the Playing Field Committee, a group of local volunteers who ensure its upkeep and manage the bookings for the Pavilion.

Dogs have never been allowed on the Playing Field. In recent months we have noticed an increase in dogs on the field and dog mess left behind. This has caused concern in the community, particularly for parents and the safety of their children who have been upset. As a result, the Committee put up new signs in January, but sadly these were vandalised at significant cost.
Please can we all respect the principle purpose of the Playing Field.
No dogs are allowed.

Thank you for your understanding.
The Playing Field Committee

Posted by The Playing Field Committee on 10/02/2017

Is your dog microchipped Does it wear a collar and ID tag

Please could I ask you to remind residents that dogs must be microchipped and wear a collar and ID tag when out and about. This saves a great deal of time and effort when trying to reunite dogs which have taken themselves for a walk without their owners, especially when the owner does not realise the dog is missing It also means that if your dog is injured following involvement with a road traffic accident you can be contacted quickly.

Posted by Rachael P on 27/12/2016

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Upcoming meetings parish council

Monday 13 March 2017
Monday 10 April 2017
Monday 8 May 2017
Monday 12 June 2017
Monday 17 July 2017
The regular meetings will be held in the Committee Room – Village Hall, starting at 19.30 hours. See what's on the council's agenda & minutes.
More information about the parish council.

News from the parish council

February 2017
North Taunton Development - Meetings have been held with local MP Rebecca Pow to express the village's concerns about plans to build 1,625 houses on land north of Staplegrove. The crucial need for infrastructure improvements, particularly roads, before any homes are built was stressed. The MP has been asked how Green Town status for Taunton might enable funding to be found for this vital work in advance of any development.

Parsonage Lane closed – Parsonage Lane is expected to remain closed for 21 days from February 27 while work is carried out on a culvert under the road. Further information can be obtained from Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224

Dog ban Playing Field – The ban on dogs using the playing field is to be re-enforced. The field is used extensively by children and dog fouling poses a considerable health risk. Would owners please ensure their pets do not go onto the playing field.

County Finance – Councillors were briefed on the financial difficulties facing Somerset County Council which spends £700 million a year and is responsible for children's services, education, highways and public transport, fire and rescue services, waste disposal and recycling. One of its biggest spends is adult social care (currently costing £100m a year). The county council has discretion over only two per cent of its budget, the rest being dictated by central Government.

Planning
The council has objected to the proposed change of use from agricultural building to dwelling house at Newtons, Nailsbourne, on the grounds that it is an inappropriate and unwarranted development.
No objection was raised to the construction of an open front glazed patio and enlargement of window at Winpenny Cottage, Kingston.

Facts & figures

Always wanted to know how many residents Kingston St Mary counts, how many children and elderly live in the parish, Facts & figures KSMhow households are composed, or what levels of education qualifications the population holds? Then have a look at facts & figures.

Crime map and statistics

Crime statistics Explore and compare crime and outcomes of crime in Kingston St Mary.
The contents are compiled by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and updated monthly.

Village Activities and Facilities

Each year Link-Up publishes the Directory of Village Activities and Organisations. The booklet contains local information for the residents of Broomfield, Cheddon Fitzpaine and Kingston St Mary. Read more » Directory of Village Activities and Organisations

Charity provides free training for unpaid carers

Compass Carers provides free training opportunities for unpaid carers who are caring for a friend or relative living in Somerset. This includes First Aid, Assertive Communications, Lasting Powers of Attorney and many more.
More information at Compass Carers. Compass Carers

Local history of Kingston St Mary

The Kingston St Mary History Society researches, collects and preserves documents and other items relating to the history of Kingston and its neighbourhood. The society holds regular meetings to which all are welcome.
More information at KSM History Society.