Pilton Parish Council Archive 2013
Pilton Parish Councillors wish all residents a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
A Parish Council ‘litter pick’ has just been arranged for Saturday 30th November at 9am in the Hall car park to collect tabards and litter picks. Join us for soup in the Hall afterwards. Everyone is welcome.
We seem to be having very strong winds at the moment and so there is a potentially dangerous problem with overhanging tree branches. Please could parishioners be pro-active and check their boundaries and, if necessary, deal with this?
Highways are not responsible for clearing vegetation from finger posts. So, if the posts are in your hedge or boundary then it is your responsibility to make sure that they can be easily read.
We are arranging a Highway Walkabout in February with Somerset Highways so could you report any problems to the Parish Clerk - Jean Warry- to me or to any other Councillor. Problems need to reach us in good time to plan an itinerary for that day.
The next Council meeting is at 7.30pm in the Village Hall on Wednesday, December 4th.
Don’t forget Remembrance Sunday on November 10th when we shall be using the new steps to reach the Memorial.
In 2012 money was raised by generous residents to finance the Pilton Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The original idea to purchase a Memorial Stone with the surplus money faced unforeseen difficulties and so, the Jubilee Committee, with Council’s support, have agreed that the money should be given to Pilton Playing Field Committee to purchase two or three seats for the Playing Field. There should be sufficient money to pay for future maintenance. Come and sit and watch the skate boarders!
Following the village questionnaire we are in discussion re further Affordable Housing in Pilton. The field north of John Burns’ Cottages has been very kindly made available by Michael Eavis and talks are in progress between Mendip DC and the South West Housing Society. The plans being presently discussed but not finalised are for six 2 bedroomed houses, two 3 bedroomed houses and two one bedroomed houses – i.e. ten houses in total with 22 parking spaces. We will keep you in touch.
The next Council Meeting is on November 6th at 7.30.p.m.
Thank you once again to those of you who took time to send us comments – positive and negative – in time for our meeting with GFL which followed the Festival at the end of July. Many of your points will be considered in our pre- Festival meetings in 2014.
Work is proceeding apace with the Skate Park on Pilton Playing Field and we hope that it will be completed before Pilton Show Weekend – fingers crossed! That is the first weekend in September.
A large number of people have worked very hard to organise the installation of this facility and to raise money from a variety of sources. Thank you to all those who have contributed in so many ways. Do come and see it and enjoy the rest of the Show too.
The next Parish Council Meeting will be at 7.30 p.m on Wednesday, September 4th in the Village Hall.
1. Thank you so much to all residents who took the time to send comments to the Parish Council about the Festival. They will be extremely helpful when we collate information for our report at the GFL meeting on July 30th at 6.00pm.
2. A new Glastonbury Heritage project is being planned at Pilton Youth Club. The members are being asked to get involved in a project which aims to explore the effect of Glastonbury Festival on the local community. They will learn about film making and animation. There is also the possibility of gaining an Arts award. The scheme is run by Somerset Rural Youth Project and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
3. The next Pilton Parish Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 7th at 7.30 pm. This meeting will deal with urgent matters only as an August meeting is at the Council’s discretion.
By the time you read this the Festival will either be in full swing or over!
However, Councillors would be grateful if you could give them or Jean Warry any comments about the Festival – positive or negative – in time for the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday, July 3rd at 7.30 pm.
They need to be discussed then so that I can prepare a report for the follow-up meeting at the end of July. If you have time, comments in writing might be preferable, please.
Councillors are – Sandra Howe, Robert Kearle, Paul Warry, Audrey Brown, David Drew, Liz Elkin, Roger Noble, Kelly Sumner and Jacquelyn Taylor.
Sadly, the longest day will also be behind us and we can just hope for some warm and sunny weather for the rest of the summer and for the children’s holidays – and yours!
1. Thank you to residents for your patience with recent road closures. I am so sorry that there were two further closures so soon after the A361 work was finished. It was for work which needed doing.
1. Despite information to the contrary in your Council Tax letters from MDC, the Pilton precept has not risen by 4.1% this year! It has remained the same as last year at £8850. The figures - because of Government changes - have been presented differently this year.
1. Despite the very successful litter pick in February, it is a pity there is still more litter on the roads and verges in the parish. If you can, please pick it up.
4. Several years ago the Parish Council decided not to adopt the BT phone box having tried unsuccessfully to have it registered as a listed building and also to keep it as a functioning telephone box which, it was felt, was very necessary in Pilton.
Recently we have received no notification at all that BT intended to remove the box without warning.
5. The next Parish Council meeting is on Wednesday, June 5th at 7.30p.m in the Village Hall.
1. As I write, the new footpath is nearing completion and we hope that you will feel much safer as you walk along the busy A361. There will now be two bus shelters - one on each side.
1. If you are walking dogs on footpaths across private land, will you make sure that they are on leads. Sadly, two chickens in their pen were recently killed by unleashed dogs being walked along a footpath.
1. There have been increasing reports of dogs defecating on roads and paths through the parish. This can contaminate silage so please clean up after your pets.
1. Please be aware of trees and hedges overhanging from your property. Keeping branches trimmed is the responsibility of the land owner who would be held to account should an accident occur.
1. Do let us know if you have any queries about the Festival before our next meeting with GFL on Tuesday May 21st in the Village Hall.
1. The Annual Council meeting when Councillors elect Officers for the coming year is on Wednesday, May 1st at 7.30 p.m in the Village Hall. Hopefully, spring will really have arrived by then!
Sandra Howe. Chairman
PILTON PARISH COUNCIL REPORT.
Litter Pick. Thank you to everyone who turned out on a bitterly cold morning to collect litter. Your help was much appreciated and the delicious soup proved doubly welcome on such a cold day.
GFL On March 12th Councillors attended a GFL meeting to consider Festival 2013. Issues were discussed which arose after the 2011 Festival. If you wish any further points to be raised at our May meeting please let us know.
Hedge Cutting. Please, after hedge cutting, could you remove the debris from the road? Vehicle tyres have been damaged by thorns left on the road surface.
Local Legacy Fund. Community organisations can apply for a grant from MDC for projects. Closing date - April 15th. £350,000 is available. Look at- http://www.mendip.gov.uk/NewsArticle.asp?id=SX9452-A783E6E9 or ask Nigel Hewitt-Cooper.
The next Parish Council meeting will be at 7.30 pm, April 3rd in the Village Hall.
Parishioners are warmly welcomed to attend the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING on Wednesday, April 24th at 7.30 p.m in the Village Hall to hear about the achievements and work of the Parish Council in the past year. Do stay and join us for cheese and wine after the business meeting.
PILTON PARISH COUNCIL
1. The Parish Council is delighted to finally confirm that work has started on the footpath along the south side of the A361. Successive Councils, the Parish Clerk and County & District Councillors have worked very hard over a period of 15-20 years to bring this about and, at last, their efforts have been successful! The traffic disruption will be a small price to pay for a safe walk along the very busy A361 so please be patient!
2. On the Highway Walkabout in February, parish flooding problems were discussed. Highways will clear drains but where flooding is due to blocked ditches it is the legal responsibility of the landowners to see that ditches are cleared. Other road problems were also considered.
3. Please note that it is illegal to cut down trees along the highway without a licence giving permission and without insurance cover.
4. Anyone interested in renting affordable housing must ensure that their name is on the Mendip housing list before applying for a tenancy.
5. Next meeting – 7.30p.m on March 6th in Pilton Village Hall.
Enjoy the spring flowers now and the spring sunshine when it comes!
PILTON PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
Drainage and flooding. Councillor Robert Kearle met with SCC representatives regarding drainage and flooding problems in the village.
Please go to :
to see the responsibilities of land owners and the new legislative responsibilities for the CC in dealing with local flooding.
Annual Highway Walkabout. Mr Neil Corp of SCC Highways has again agreed to meet PPC representatives in mid February. A list of highway problems is currently being drawn up and if you have anything you feel should be investigated please let us know before the next meeting.
Annual Litter Pick. It has been agreed to meet at 9.00am in the Village Hall car park on Saturday 23rd February. All are welcome, equipment will be provided and on your return there will be a home-made soup lunch.
Footpaths. Dog owners please remember to keep your dogs on a lead when walking footpaths.
Next meeting. Wednesday 6th February in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Jean Warry, Clerk