Updated 22nd April 2019
Kilmersdon needs Councillors
The elections for Kilmersdon Parish Council were uncontested this year with just three councillors standing for the seven places. The four vacancies therefore can be filled by co-option at the May Parish Council meeting.
This is a vital role in the community. Would you consider being co-opted to Kilmersdon Parish Council?
What do councillors do?
Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.
How long does it take?
The Parish Council meets just one evening a month, except August.
Can I stand?
There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:
- A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
- 18 years of age or older
- Live in an area that is served by a local council
The co-options will take place at the next Parish Council meeting on 14th May 2019 at 7.30pm Coles Garden Meeting Room. Please come along to the meeting, where you will be warmly welcomed. Or, contact the Kilmersdon Parish Clerk on 07521 951471 or email@example.com for more information.
Parish Council News
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Monday 15th April at 7pm at Coles Garden Meeting Room. The Parish Council gave a snapshot of some of the work throughout the year:
- Graffiti to the youth shelter had prompted it being repainted in a product which makes it easier to clean and harder for graffiti to adhere.
- Thanks to Sue Meadows for driving forward the new Kilmersdon Village signs.
- A sign for the overflow parking at the Village Hall had made a huge difference.
- Litter is now being picked monthly in the car park and field by the contractors who do the grass cutting.
- The Neighbourhood Plan has started, consisting of five active members who are looking at funding, workshops, analysis of data. Thanks to Cllr Hudson for representing the Parish Council on this working group.
- Moving the 30mph signs is a priority and is in the Highway’s schedule for 2019/20.
- Fingerpost renovation funding sources are being investigated.
- Play equipment is heavily used and thanks to the people who raised funds for its purchase. Whilst the timber looks good, it is rotting particularly at ground level with reserves of funds being spent on its upkeep.
- Safety surfacing had been installed under the swing seat.
- Soil shrinkage loosened the football posts, which have now been rectified.
- The picnic table has been repaired following the set in of rot.
Kilmersdon Play Park
Following last month’s article, there have been 11 written objections to the removal of the zip wire. The meeting took these views on board and considered too the monthly expenditure to keep the play park safe. 2018/19 saw £3,767 spent on play equipment maintenance. This reduced earmarked reserves from £7,600 to £5,830. £2,000 has been added to the 2019/20 budget but at this rate the reserves will disappear over the next few years. Whilst there was a general consensus to continue to maintain the play area this year, the meeting asked whether it is fair to put the full cost of maintenance on the precept? There was a discussion on donation boxes and other forms of fund raising.
Works are being commissioned this month to maintain the swings and the see saw.
Can you help with a Kilmersdon litterpick on 19th May?
If so, please contact Cllr Donald Hudson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Square Fingerpost
As part of its work to tidy up the village, the Parish Council agreed to renovate the fingerpost at Church Square. This will include supplying and fitting a new fabricated (hollow) crown.
We mentioned last month that the Kilmersdon noticeboard came down in the bad weather a week ago. Whilst we managed to get it upright again, it turns out that the rot has set in in parts and hence it is still not displaying notices. Our thanks to local residents for all they are doing to get it back in working condition.
Kilmersdon Parish Precept 2019/20
Last year (2018/19) Kilmersdon Parish Council did not increase its precept and it remained at £12,630. For 2019/20 it was increased to £14,323, which equates to a rise of £4.62 per year for an average band D property.
What services does the Parish Council offer?
The Parish Council is a statutory consultee on planning applications and provides a local voice on highways and environmental matters. The play area adjacent to the Village Hall comes under its remit. It supports the parish environment by paying for the street lighting at the Village Hall, grass cutting of the playing field and Jack and Jill hill, where it also funds the cutting back of the footpath and hedge trimming. The Parish Council supports local organisations through grant funding. It maintains some of the benches in the parish.
This year the Parish Council was pleased to see the setting up of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.
How did the Parish Council perform last year?
The Parish Council was pleased to support a number of local organisations through grant provision this year, amongst them the Parish Church, the Parish magazine, the Village Day, Citizens Advice, the defibrillator and Mendip Community Transport.
Earmarked reserves were used for some essential repairs to the wooden framed play equipment and a new play surface under the basket swing was commissioned.
A new sign in the village hall car park helped to bring the overflow parking spaces into use.
We went out to tender for the grass cutting contract and the new contractor has started work.
Thanks to funding from the Village Day, the Parish Council has worked with local residents and Mendip District Council for two new signs for the village.
What is new for the next financial year?
The £2,000 increase in the budget is the Parish Council’s contribution to the moving of the 30mph signs in the village. Seen as a high priority for safety reasons, the Parish Council has been in contact with the Highways Department for many months and has agreed to meet 50% of the costs.
The Parish Council is working to represent the people of Kilmersdon and make decisions in the best interests of the village. We welcome your views and input.
Kilmersdon Parish Council
As you will have read in previous editions of the Parish News a Neighbourhood Plan Working Group has been established. Current members are Sandra Hall, Rosie Kane, Sally & Nick Evans, Yvonne Kirby and Jacki Hill Murphy. I am the Project Lead and the Parish Council representative. The Parish Clerk, Lesley, has added a section about the Neighbourhood Plan under the tab “Planning” on the Kilmersdon Parish Council webpage and this will be updated as progress is made.
Jo Milling from Mendip Planning will be providing support to the Group and we are investigating the engagement of a planning consultant. The process of applying for funding to support the develop of the Plan has started and the Working Group aims to complete the Plan by the end of 2020. Our next steps are on gathering data relating to the Parish.
Should anyone like more information please feel free to contact me at email@example.com