Parish Council News for June:
Parish Council Looking for a Handyman:
The Village Pump in Church Street in under the guardianship of the Parish Council. The Pump has got a little forgotten over the years and is now hiding behind a small shrub. The Parish Council would like to employ a local person to give it a good all over renovation. At the very least the paint needs stripping back and repainting and the shrub needs to be removed. The Parish Council are inviting tenders for this work. You would need to able to demonstrate that you have some experience in this sort of work and have (or arrange) public liability insurance for yourself.
If you are interested in quoting for this job, please email the Parish Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org. With your quote and the works that you propose to undertake. The contract will not necessarily be awarded to the lowest bidder, weight will be given to experience and the work to be undertaken.
New Planning Application Process:
The Parish Council has streamlined how it responds to many of the Planning and Tree works applications it receives from Mendip District Council. Not every application will come before the Council at a formal meeting (often deadline for response to the application is before the next scheduled meeting), it is important that if you wish to make a comment to the Parish Council with regards to any application that you contact the Planning & Development Portfolio Holder (All contact details are on the Parish Council website) as soon as you become aware of the application.
It worth noting that it is Mendip District Council who are the Planning authority and who have the power to determine applications, not the Parish Council, so residents should make formal approach to them as well.
Community Grants Money:
The Parish Council has set up a working group to look at how the various pots of grant money available to local groups could be made to go further by match funding. Four members of the Parish Council have been appointed to this informal group, all organisations within the parish that have an interest in this are invited to join - Please contact the Council Chairman, Cllr Wilson.
The Parish Council is also keen to invite local organisations to apply to its own community grants pot, the Council has set aside a record amount of money for the benefit of local groups, the form can be download from the Parish Councils website, it is not overly burdensome.
Parish Council Starts Work on Bath Road Bus Shelters:
At its meeting in June, the Parish Council appointed a local company to build two bus shelters and another local contractor to carryout the grounds work for two new bus shelters along bath road. The two new shelters should be in place by the autumn.
The Council was assisted in this project by Angela Pritchard who fundraised an incredible £3,200 towards the shelter on the Bath side of the road in, memory of her late husband Ken who would catch the bus to Bath from that bus stop, Ken was also a long serving member (and Chairman) of the Parish Council. The Council is indebted to her efforts.
New Facebook Page:
You can now ‘like' the Parish Councils Facebook page. This page will carry the latest news from not only the Parish Council but also other agencies that serve the Parish