News from the parish council
Budget - The council's budget is coming under increasing pressure as a result of having to pay all or part of the cost of many tasks around the parish that were previously carried out by local authorities. If we are to do many of the jobs requested by villagers, such as the repainting rusty finger post signs, replacing worn stiles with kissing gates, cutting back banks to ensure people can use pavements without stepping into the road and tidying areas that have become neglected and overgrown, we need to increase our income.
Unfortunately, this will mean increasing our precept – the amount we raise from the council tax – for the first time in 10 years. The only alternative is to allow the village to become shabby and appear uncared for. Because our council tax income is so small (£5,508 in the present year) percentage figures are very misleading. For example, a 10 percent rise in the parish precept, would mean residents paying an extra 10p a month (based on a Band D house).
Parish councillors will discuss the budget figures at the November meeting.
Staplegrove Development – At the time of our meeting there was still no date when this outline application would be submitted to planners. The promoters say they hope to put it before the Taunton Deane Council's planning committee before the end of the year. We may have only two or three weeks’ notice of the planning meeting. As soon as we hear, it will be posted on the village website www.kstm.uk where, incidentally, you can get a mass of information about other events in the parish, or the ROSAG website.
In view of the likely attendance at the planning committee, the meeting could be switched from Deane House to a larger venue. Castle School has been used in the past.
Faster Broadband – Local residents and businesses who experience broadband speeds below 2Mbps are reminded they could qualify for a grant to install alternative broadband technology. Connecting Devon and Somerset is offering vouchers worth up to £500 to cover the cost of connecting to an improved service to boost broadband speeds to a minimum of 10Mbps.
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