PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER

The meeting will be held at the Church Centre and will start at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.

The agenda is available here

Draft minutes: Minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting on 11 July are here.
You can find earlier minutes at Previous minutes

Playing Field Climbing Frame: details available here

Consultation – Council Tax Reduction Scheme: The consultation is run by Somerset County Council and is open to all residents – details at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SomersetCTRLIVE/ 

Planning applications:
Links to planning applications on the agenda are below (opens the  application in the Sedgemoor Planning website):


Parish Council meetings are open for the public to attend but are not public meetings. In order to facilitate contributions by members of the public there is a public session at the beginning of the formal meeting. 
During the public session, members of the public are welcome to address the Council on any matter relating to the agenda or on any other matter that they would like the Parish Council to consider at a future date. It is helpful if you inform the Chairman or the Clerk beforehand of any matter you wish to raise. This is so that the Clerk can have to hand any necessary information. Further details are available on page 2 of the agenda.
The Council is not required to give a response to a matter raised during the public session but may do so. Alternatively, the Chairman may direct the Clerk to follow the matter up or give a written response at a later date.
Please note that no decisions can be made and no expenditure approved on any item raised during the public session unless the matter has been legally notified on the agenda in advance.

At the end of the public participation session, the Chairman will resume the formal meeting under standing orders. Members of the public are asked to respect the fact that this is a meeting of the Council to conduct Council business. They are not permitted to enter into the debate of agenda items unless invited to do so by the Chairman. In this case, he will temporarily adjourn the meeting to allow that person (only) to speak.

The conduct of Parish Council meetings are governed by the Parish Council’s Standing Orders (reviewed and re-adopted on 16 May 2022). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website by clicking the document name above.

National Moment of Reflection

The public have been invited to take part in a National Moment of Reflection to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and reflect on her life and legacy. The National Moment of Reflection will take place at 8pm on Sunday (18 September), the night before the State Funeral, and be marked by a one-minute silence.

A brief service will be held at The Cross at Nether Stowey, starting just before 8pm, led by Rev Eleanor King.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER- POSTPONED

The Parish Council regrets that the meeting to be held on Monday is postponed while we observe the period of Court Mourning. A new date will be announced after Her Majesty’s funeral.

The meeting will be held at the Church Centre and will start at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.

The agenda is available here

Draft minutes: Minutes of the previous Parish Council meeting on 11 July are here.
You can find earlier minutes at Previous minutes

Playing Field Climbing Frame: details available here

Consultation – Council Tax Reduction Scheme: The consultation is run by Somerset County Council and is open to all residents – details at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SomersetCTRLIVE/ 

Planning applications:
Links to planning applications on the agenda are below (opens the  application in the Sedgemoor Planning website):

External Audit Report: view here.


Parish Council meetings are open for the public to attend but are not public meetings. In order to facilitate contributions by members of the public there is a public session at the beginning of the formal meeting. 
During the public session, members of the public are welcome to address the Council on any matter relating to the agenda or on any other matter that they would like the Parish Council to consider at a future date. It is helpful if you inform the Chairman or the Clerk beforehand of any matter you wish to raise. This is so that the Clerk can have to hand any necessary information. Further details are available on page 2 of the agenda.
The Council is not required to give a response to a matter raised during the public session but may do so. Alternatively, the Chairman may direct the Clerk to follow the matter up or give a written response at a later date.
Please note that no decisions can be made and no expenditure approved on any item raised during the public session unless the matter has been legally notified on the agenda in advance.

At the end of the public participation session, the Chairman will resume the formal meeting under standing orders. Members of the public are asked to respect the fact that this is a meeting of the Council to conduct Council business. They are not permitted to enter into the debate of agenda items unless invited to do so by the Chairman. In this case, he will temporarily adjourn the meeting to allow that person (only) to speak.

The conduct of Parish Council meetings are governed by the Parish Council’s Standing Orders (reviewed and re-adopted on 16 May 2022). These are available from the Clerk (by e-mail on request) or on the Council’s website by clicking the document name above.

Consultation – Somerset Council

Press Release from Somerset County Council
Public invited to help shape local democracy in Somerset, as consultation launched

A public consultation on the development of Local Community Networks (LCNs) has been launched.

People are encouraged to have their say on plans to develop LCNs across the county, to support decision-making at its most local level.
You’ll find the link to the consultation HERE.

Opinions are being sought on a range of aspects, from LCN roles and responsibilities, boundary options, to choosing a suitable name.

The consultation is supported by the County Council and four district councils (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset) who will be replaced by a single Somerset Council on 1st April 2023.

Councillor Val Keitch, Somerset County Council Lead Member for Local Government Reorganisation, said: “The new unitary Council will cover a large geographic area, so we are mindful we need a model for communities where local voices are heard, partners are brought together, and decisions are taken with the benefit of local knowledge and experience.

“LCNs will be Committees of the unitary Council, supported by dedicated officers and managers, with formal decision-making powers and influence. They will address local issues and priorities, support health and wellbeing activities, and improve outcomes for our residents.

“We want the public to help us shape them. That’s why we are encouraging people to take part in the consultation and have their say on how LCNs will operate, and where they think they should be located.”

Cllr Keitch added: “LCNs must have the potential to develop their role alongside the new Somerset Council in the years to come. And it’s important to stress, in this challenging economic environment, that they must be effective, sustainable and also affordable.”

Have your say! The public consultation is open now, and runs for six weeks until 17th October 2022.

Please visit the website for further details, including information about our in-person engagement sessions which take place across the county in the coming weeks.

You’ll find the consultation HERE.

Check out our interactive map, to see where your parish fits in relation to the three boundary proposals HERE.

There’s a dedicated inbox for all LCN enquires. Email us at LCN@somerset.gov.uk

Bark in the Park – Nether Stowey Dog Show

THIS SUNDAY 4th September 2pm-4pm
Recreation Ground
Nether Stowey TA5 1JR

FUN DOG SHOW COMPETION

Categories:

  • hound vs hoop
  • catch the sausage
  • most handsome fellow
  • loveliest lady
  • golden oldie (10+)
  • prettiest puppy (under 1 year)
  • best child handler
  • best rescue
  • dog with the waggiest tail
  • dog the judge would most like to take home

£1 per category – enter on the day
Prizes for the winners.
Dog themed RAFFLE  – tickets £1
Treats for dogs – £1 a bag
Treats for humans – Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks & Ice creams

Consultation – new play/gym equipment

As many of you will be aware, there has recently been a number of incidents involving some of our younger residents which have is in part due to a lack of facilities and activities for them in the village.
In answer to this, the Parish Council is considering installing some outdoor gym equipment as per the picture below (click on the picture to see it in full screen). The equipment is based on a design provided by some local children, but modified to meet safety requirements:

We recognise the importance of ensuring provision for all age groups and maximising our assets including our open spaces to allow people to enjoy outdoor exercise for free and the outdoor gym could also be used by all residents to support and improve the health and wellbeing of everyone. Therefore the equipment will be installed in the playing field where it will be accessible to all.
We would seek to obtain grants and funding to pay for the purchase and installation, there is no intention to spend the precept on this project.
We would greatly appreciate your thoughts and comments on this topic.  Emails (clerk@netherstowey-pc.gov.uk), comments on Facebook posting in the Stowey News group or drop a letter in or come and chat with Caro in the Parish office.  A big copy of the plan will also be on display in the office from Friday 2 September.

Your support for this project will determine if we can proceed.