The June meeting immediately followed an extraordinary meeting and during the evening five Councillors were co-opted. A warm welcome was given to Philip Chambers, Karin Coombes, Chris Mann (jnr), Ginney May and John Townend. This brings the number up to ten so there are still two vacancies. If you are interested in finding out more about the role of a Councillor, please contact any of the current members or the Clerk.
Thanks were expressed for the organisation of the Jubilee weekend events which were a great success as well to the team, organised by Anita Dakowski, who undertook the litter pick.
The Council heard comments from residents on the Planning Applications regarding tree work on the land off Station Road and subsequently agreed conditional support to some of the proposals, if the Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) Tree Officer agreed to the works, based on the condition of the affected trees. The SWT Tree Officer’s input for the rest of the works was needed before the matter could be finalised. (A subsequent site visit with the Tree Officer is being arranged to get clarification on this point).
There had been a site visit prior to the walk-in session in respect of the proposed planning application for a solar farm at Preston Farm. A further walk-in session is to be held at Halse in June which will be advertised around Milverton. The Council will consider its response once the application has been made.
The specification for the toilet revamp was noted as almost ready to go out to tender, with quotes being requested later in June (the tender document has now been sent to the interested contractors, quotes for the work are to be submitted by the end of June).
The bench on Parsonage Lane has been repaired by Martin Young free of charge to whom thanks were expressed, as well as the local benefactor who met the cost of the materials. The sites for new noticeboards around the parish are being discussed with The Milverton Trust.
The Crime Report from PCSO Louise Fyne included needless damage to trees and plants on Burbage Lane which is being investigated.
Full draft minutes of the meeting will be uploaded to the Parish Council website shortly.
The next Council meeting will be held on Monday 4 July at the Victoria Rooms, starting at 7pm.
If you have any queries on any Parish Council matter please let me know.