STOKE ST MICHAEL VILLAGE NEWSLETTER
Brief notes from the parish council : May 2016
Annual parish meeting – In the past year the village hall has a new boiler, the parish two new dog waste bins, picnic tables on the playground and a website that is up and running. The process of buying the millennium woodland is ongoing, the youth clubs thrive and the Queen’s party celebrations are well advanced. The accounts show an income of approximately £17K but expenditure of £19K. The parish does have a reserve account that can managed such an overspend. Accounts were presented by the youth club, the playing field and hall committees. Thanks were voiced for all the work over many years, that June and Barry Maggs have given to the village hall and for the various events enjoyed in our hall.
Parish Council meeting – Elections for chair and vice chair returned Ray Watts and Tanya Squire for the year ahead.
County and District Reports: The council tax increase is 1.7% though there is still £4m in cuts expected. Mendip will be looking for savings in many ways. The Mendip Local plan II is to be approved soon. The application for two houses to be built between Mendip Farm and Water’s Edge is now approved, after appeals. Councillor Ham has recommended that the parish council does involved Vectos in an investigation into traffic and pedestrian safety through the centre of the village. This will cost £1500.
There is concern over on street parking by the build out at the bottom of Mendip Rd. The p.c. is certain that yellow lines are not considered suitable. The clerk will write to highways about this problem.
Warren Farm has resubmitted an application for a permanent dwelling to replace existing buildings. The parish council again recommended approval of the plan.
Wainwright Quarries application for three new tips was aired at length. There are ongoing concerns over the impact on the hamlet of Three Ashes and outlying homes in particular. There were discussions on noise pollution, the loss of pleasant paths and fields, water run off and underground drainage. There are no visual impact statements that could highlight the change to horizons, landscapes, and views. It is known that the three tips will cover a total of 107 acres, over what is now agricultural land and within eleven years could reach 25m in height (Wainwright’s estimate. ) The quarry is seeking working hours 7am to 7pm in the week and a half day on Saturdays. Access to all three areas does not involved public roads. Wainwright Quarries do not plan to fill old voids with this overburden. There is a full restoration programme for each tip adding grassland, hedging, ponds and trees. The parish council will write to SCC outlining and highlighting, all the concerns of villagers.
Millennium woodland – Somerset County Council will offer this to the parish. They now have given some idea of costs. With fees, advertising and legal paperwork this could be £2K. The parish council are unclear why the SCC have included the cost of advertising. This is not usually part of the sale of a public asset to another public body.
Finance – Cheques were authorised for Grass cutting around the parish, tree surgeons to remove a tree form the burial ground, SALC, Aon insurance and engaging solicitors for the woodland paperwork.
Village Design Statement – the final copy was on display. The committee await further comments via the dedicated email vds [at] stokestmichael [dot] org [dot] uk The parish council will be asked to ratify the VDS at the June Meeting. This would then be adopted by Mendip District Council.
The parish website is up and running – stokestmichael.org. uk Villagers are encouraged to use it. Many aspects of our village. past and present, can be researched from this site.
PCSO Nikki Housley, our community policeman, will be in the village on 13th June. She can be contacted in the village centre from 11.30am.
The youth club is in desperate need for people who will act on their committee. The thriving junior and senior club are coping with minimal help. Stuart Batson would be pleased to hear from anyone who could give some time to this cause. Stuart_Batson [at] BATHNES [dot] GOV [dot] UK