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Brief Notes on the Parish Council Meeting Thursday 26th March

The Parish Council will buy two new dog waste bins.  One probably for the centre of the village and one for Mill Lane.

Traffic calming.  Somerset county council believe that the measures have reduced traffic speed and are wary of altering the design in case of a public liability claim in the event of accident or injury.  They think that the removal of the elements would cause a rise in speeds through the village.

Minor changes to the traffic calming scheme could be considered by Somerset County council.   It may be that changes to such things as the lamp post in the front of the pub are feasible.  Ideas to the parish council.

The 2015 council tax will include an extra £25 for flood defence measures on the Somerset levels.

The 2012 incident when rocks from quarry blasting were hurled onto the road, has resulted in a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive.  Contractors were held responsible and fined.  Wainwright’s acted as a prosecution witness. With this in mind, any discussion of the case with the parish council was withheld as this would have been in contempt of court. New working practises are now established. The next quarry liaison meeting is not until 21st October. Meetings are held every 6 months. Attendance is by invitation only and meeting minutes and agendas are not published [post meeting note].

The PCSO is aware of the use of legal highs on the playing field.  Dozens of canisters of nitrous oxide have been found.  Patrols will target this area as others, as concerns were raised about drug use in our parish.

The library van is still to visit Stoke.  It has only 7 Registered users.  It could be a useful resource for all ages.  It is a case of use it or loose it.

District Councillor Val Horler is to retire from local politics.  She has been a fine servant of the village and pursued our interests at Mendip Council. Many thanks for all the time and work involved.

Cookswood.  It has been reported that work may be underway in the quarry.  Trees have been felled and terraces leveled.  It is thought that this is before there is a “satisfaction of planning conditions. The District Councillors have been asked to follow this up.

There is no progress on the affordable housing question.

There is no progress on the purchase of the millennium woodland.

There is a complex question of balancing the burial ground’s books.  There appear to be historic arrears in both the dues for interment and salary cheques not cashed in years past.

The new parish website is up and running.  Councillors are encouraged to keep it up to date.

Elections are due for the new parish council.  If you wish to be nominated as a parish councillor papers can be obtained from Mendip District Council, either to be collected in person or call electoral Services Team  01749 341530  The closing date is 9th April at 4pm.