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Broadband futures for Kingston St Mary

Recently the government allocated a further £1bn to enable the next phase of delivering broadband to rural and remote communities. The published plan sees around £750m being allocated to BT to improve their existing service, and the other £250m going to other companies to deliver service where BT are currently not able, or where the investment plan with BT does not cover a specific geography.
What this means for Kingston St Mary in terms of roll-out and cost is discussed extensively in our broadband section »

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SOMERSET AND SLAVERY

Its hard to believe that peaceful rural Somerset had any link to the horrific slave trade of the 18th and 19th centuries but many wealthy families in the county, including at least one in Kingston St Mary, had a close involvement with slavery.
South West Heritage Trusts archivist, Esther Hoyle, has been trawling through the county archives to piece together the story
She will be revealing the results during an illustrated talk in the Village Hall, Kingston St Mary, on THURSDAY MARCH 30th at 7.30pm. Admission includes a glass of winesoft drink.

Posted by Ray Stokes on 08/03/2017
Email: raymstokes@tiscali.co.uk

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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Financial Support for Youth Club

Following the launch of the Youth Club for 11-17 year olds in February, the Youth Club have had the fantastic news that their application for a Somerset Youth and Community Group Grant has been successful. The Youth Club have been awarded an amazing £3,740 that will support them for a further 6 months and will provide equipment for the club.
Read more about the Youth Club »

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.

Kingston Village Flower Show 2017

The Kingston St Mary Flower Show is to be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 12 August 2017. More information is available in the Guide to the flower show 2017 ».

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

SOMERSET AND SLAVERY

Its hard to believe that peaceful rural Somerset had any link to the horrific slave trade of the 18th and 19th centuries but many wealthy families in the county, including at least one in Kingston St Mary, had a close involvement with slavery.
South West Heritage Trusts archivist, Esther Hoyle, has been trawling through the county archives to piece together the story
She will be revealing the results during an illustrated talk in the Village Hall, Kingston St Mary, on THURSDAY MARCH 30th at 7.30pm. Admission includes a glass of winesoft drink.

Posted by Ray Stokes on 08/03/2017
Email: raymstokes@tiscali.co.uk

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 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

March 2017
North Taunton Development - It is now expected that the outline applications to build a total of 1,625 houses, a primary school and community facilities, on land north of Staplegrove, could be heard by Taunton Deane Council's planning committee within the next two months. The parish council has opposed this development at every stage because of the loss of productive agricultural land, on the approach to the Quantock Hills ANOB, and the pressure it would put on the road network and local services. It is still not too late for residents to send letters of objection (or possibly support) to the planning authority.

Finger Posts - The council has placed an order to have the local finger post direction signs repainted. The sign posts have become very weather worn and rusty in recent years and spoil the appearance of the village. The work should be carried out as soon as the weather allows. This is one of the many tasks previously carried out by local authorities for which the parish is now having to foot the bill and is the main reason for the steep rise in the parish element of the council tax.

Planning
The council agreed to object to the conversion of a dwelling into kennels/storage and the erection of a detached dwelling at Cattlewash, Fitzroy, on the grounds that the proposed two storey house is in a location with a history of flooding and would have a detrimental effect on the landscape.
No objection was raised to:
- Erection of two-storey extension to the side and rear of 7 Quantock Way, Kingston St Mary;
- Internal alterations to Hollydene, Kingston Road, Kingston St Mary.

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.