News from BATCOMBE
Unauthorised Caravan Camping
The two caravans that were camping at the gravel store on the road to Bruton have moved on. The site has been cleared up and a pile of gravel placed where the fence was broken to prevent further access.
Refuse and Recycling Collections now start at 6.00am
The Somerset Waste Partnership has asked that the following announcement be passed on to residents:
"Recycling and rubbish collections will start daily at 6.00am from now on due to the high temperatures. Please ensure your bins and boxes are all out in time for the early start (and no earlier than the night before), and note that some collections times may change. The new start time will continue until cooler weather returns. Crews have been reminded to keep the noise down; apologies in advance for the sound of glass and cans. To help crews get your waste collected, please:
* Sort and roughly segregate materials in boxes without using carrier bags.
* Rinse all containers and squash all but glass and aerosols.
* Cut up all large card and flatten all cardboard boxes."
Proposed Affordable Housing Development in Westcombe
A Housing Needs Survey undertaken in 2016 by the Community Council for Somerset revealed eight households with a need for affordable housing within the next five years. A site has been offered in Westcombe (off the lane behind the War Memorial) and private housing company has produced a feasibility sketch for six affordable homes which was considered by the Parish Council at its June meeting. Around 30 local residents attending the meeting, some objected to the location of the housing and others supported the provision of affordable housing in the parish. The potential developer of the site also attended to answer questions about the proposal.
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Parish Council Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2018
The notice of the period for the exercise of public rights to inspect the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) can be found on the Audit and Transparency Code Requirements page. The various sections of the AGAR: the Certificate of Exemption; the Internal Audit Report; the Annual Governance Statement and the Accounting Statements for 2017/18 can also be found on the same page.
September Parish Council Meeting
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 5th September at 8.00pm in the Old School, Batcombe. Residents are welcome to attend and to participate at the discretion of the Chairman. The Agenda and Minutes of the previous two meetings can be downloaded from the Minutes and Agendas page a week before the meeting.
Shindig Weekender May 2018
The Shindig music festival at Gilcombe Farm, Bruton in May 2017 caused significant disturbance in Batcombe, particularly in Kale Street. As a result, the Parish Council made a representation to South Somerset District Council regarding the application for a premises licence for the Shindig Weekender this May. The premises licence for the festival was granted, but the licensing authority reduced the hours until which live and recorded music can be played from 4.00am to 2.00am. Following an appeal by the organisers, the decision to reduce the hours music can be played until was reversed but stricter noise conditions were imposed on the festival. Few problems were reported following the 2018 Shindig Weekender.
Annual Parish Council Meeting
At the Annual Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 9th May Chris Wildridge was re-elected as the Parish Council Chairman for the coming year and Justin Witcombe was elected as the Parish Council's Vice Chairman.
There are currently two vacant allotments. If anyone in Batcombe or one of our neighbouring parishes is interested in renting these allotments, please contact the Clerk. The rent for an allotment is £35 for the year (discount for the remainder of this year) and a copy of the allotment holder's tenancy agreement can be downloaded from the Allotments page.
Pre-salting in Batcombe
Somerset Highways attempted to pre-salt the road from Evercreech as far as the crossroads by Batcombe Church. Unfortunately they were not been able to do so because of cars parked on the road that runs down from the junction at the Round House, past Boords Farm and onto the Church. We are told the gritting lorry needs a minimum clearance of 3.5m. Somerset Highways will now only pre-salt the road from Evercreech as far as the Spargrove Lane junction on the edge of Westcombe.
Pre-salting in Batcombe this winter
Somerset Highways had indicated that the road through Batcombe would not be included on the pre-salting network this winter; and that as last year the road from Evercreech would only be salted to the edge of Westcombe, leaving no road out of Batcombe salted in icy weather.
Our County Councillor, Nigel Hewitt-Cooper, and representatives of the County Council's Highway Department attended the Parish Council meeting on September 6th, where the Parish Council and parishioners expressed their concerns about the consequences of no route out of the village being pre-salted. Following this, a compromise was suggested by Somerset Highways where the route into the village would be pre-salted as far as the Old Rectory on Gold Hill, on the understanding that should this route be blocked by badly parked cars, the service would be suspended.
At the October Parish Council meeting the Council stressed to our County Councillor the need for the route through Kale Street to the A359 to be pre-salted, not least to ensure the safety of the school buses. The Parish Council would seek to ensure that the route was not blocked by parked cars in Kale Street.
Playing Field - Zip Wire
The zip wire has been repaired with Mainstay Projects reconcreting the stays to prevent the flexing of the timber supports. And following the annual RoSPA safety inspection of the Play Field the zip wire can now be used again. Please note that the zip wire should only be used by one child at a time.
Batcombe Telephone Kiosk
As the telephone kiosk in Batcombe had not been used for a year, BT have removed the telephone. The Parish Council adopted the telephone kiosk in Westcombe, which is now a listed building - but do not plan to adopt the Batcombe kiosk, which is a modern replacement.
Somerset County Council - New Telephone Number
0300 123 2224 is now the single telephone number for all enquiries to Somerset County Council. This number replaces the previous 0845 numbers including the number for reporting safety defects on the roads.
Priority Services Register
Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution have a Priority Services Register for anyone who needs electricity for home medical equipment, or who is disabled, has a young baby or receives a state pension. Those on the Register are promised support during a power cut. To register call 0800 294 3259 from a landline or 0345 072 1900 from a mobile or see the webpage for more details of the Register: www.ssepd.co.uk/PriorityServices/
Details of all applications the Council considers can be found by following the link to the District Council's planning search page from the Planning Applications page.
Guide to Information Available from the Parish Council
The Freedom of Information Act requires the Parish Council to publish "A Guide to the Information Available from the Parish Council." Now that the Council has a website, this guide is available to download from the Parish Council Documents page along with the Parish Council's Standing Orders and other policies and papers that the Parish Council is required to publish.