Village Litter Pick
On Sunday 5 March from 10.00 to 12.00 the Kingston Environment Group organises a village litter pick.
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 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 »
Read 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).
Can you help the Community Plan Steering Group?
The Community Plan Steering Group are now setting up teams to work on each aspect of the plan, and are seeking more volunteers to look into specific areas of the plan.
Read the latest CPSG Newsletter to see what you can do »
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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
Just to warn and remind residents that Christmas is also the time for taking and giving.
Options for faster broadband
14th December a set of Makita 18v tools was stolen from the top of Church Lane, KSM. Any clues who might now possess these items
Please be vigilant and dont leave tempting toys out.
Posted by Martin Dunsford on 16/12/2016
The Broadband team has done research by comparing several broadband services provided.
If you want to improve your broadband speed and stability come along to the meeting to find out more at the Village Hall.
Date and time: Thursday 19 January 2017, 20.00h.