MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PARISH OF BRYMPTON HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 15th MAY 2019 AT THE PARISH ROOM, ABBEY COMMUNITY CENTRE (7.30 P.M. – 8.20 P.M.)
Mrs B Appleby (Chairman of the Parish Council)
Mrs E James (Clerk to the Parish Council
Mr N Crater (Senior Communications Officer, Somerset Waste Partnership)
12 residents of the parish
2 members of the public
Apologies for absence were received from Mr Burt & Miss Darling-Finan
2. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 25th April 2018
It was RESOLVED to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 25th April 2018.
Mrs Appleby presented the annual report of the Parish Council, which is attached to the minutes. A member of the public requested that the Parish Council continue to press for the small improvement scheme to be completed on Stourton Way and also to pursue the opening of the Kingfisher Community Centre.
4. TALK BY NICK CATER, Senior Communications Officer, Somerset Waste Partnership
Mr Cater gave an update on the work of the Somerset Waste Partnership and advised that “Recycle More” will start rolling out next year.
5. OPEN SESSION
No questions were raised.
6. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
It was NOTED that the next annual Meeting of the Parish would be held on 22ND April 2020
3. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
It has been a fairly busy year for the Council, but before the report on Council activities, I would like to say thank you to a number of people:
the three Parish Councillors who stood down. Roger had been a Councillor for more years than we can remember, Bob Brookes joined the Council in July 2014 and Josh in October 2015;
our District Councillors, Peter and Sarah and County Councillor Josh Williams;
our Parish Ranger, Darren Lashbrook, for all work he has carried out to keep our open spaces blooming and a pleasure to visit;
the Brympton Speed Watch Team, - in helping to keep our roads safe ;
the Abbey Manor Litter picking team, ably organised and led by Lynda Simonite, who have carried out litter picks throughout the year. Not forgetting thanks to the Arrow for supplying refreshments to the volunteers; and lastly
I would like to thank all councillors for their attendance, representation and all that they do to make this parish council an effective council serving the community.
Now I would like to report on what the Council has been involved in this year.
In their wisdom, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England carried out a review of South Somerset District Council. Despite our protestations, an additional ward was created with just one Councillor, the remaining Councillors being in the Brympton Ward. The new Ward has been called Abbey Manor North – although we feel this is the wrong name the Commission took no notice. Following the Review, we welcome an additional District Councillor for the parish.
Planning applications have reduced this year - this year we have considered 32 planning applications, compared with 49 the previous years. What a difference to 2007 when almost 100 applications were considered.
During the last year work has been carried out at Higher Ream play area, with a castle and new swings being installed. There is more work to be done, but as you will know, play equipment and its installation is not cheap.
Highway works – what can I say about the Western Corridor works that have been taking place for what seems forever, but hopefully coming to an end in June! I must thank Josh for his regular updates on these works – hopefully traffic will move much more quickly from June – but will have to wait and see.
Once the Western Corridor works are complete, work will start to complete our Small Improvement Scheme on Stourton Way, hopefully over the summer holidays. There will inevitably be some closure of the road, but the road will be safer for pedestrians, especially children walking to school.
The Parish Council has supported the youth in the area by making a large grant towards an event at Oak Tree Park. This year it is not just the young people who have benefitted from Council help, but the older generation. Thanks to two people, to date two tea parties have taken place at the Abbey Manor Community Centre for the elderly, with three more already in the planning stage for 2019.
We look forward to working closely with both the Abbey and Kingfisher Community Associations. Hopefully the Kingfisher Community Centre will be opening very soon, and a valuable resource will be available for use by the community.
It was a pleasure to involve parishioners in the first Brympton Christmas lights competition – and it was good to see the Abbey Community Association take part as well. Hopefully this competition will be held again this year and we would like to see more people taking part.
Finally, following reflection on the past year, we now look forward to the beginning of a new Council year, with Councillors elected to serve until 2023. It has been a privilege to serve as Chairman of the Parish Council and to present this report to you.