Notes from a Parish Councillor

The Parish Council met on Wednesday 11th October.

One of the two vacancies on the Parish Council was filled when the Council unanimously co-opted Roland (Roly) Armstrong lives at Station Green and it is good, therefore, that we have representation from the railway side of the A358, once again, following the recent resignation of John Collier.

As many will be aware, David Wilson Homes (DWH) has recently submitted the expected planning application to TDBC for the 173 residential units at Taunton Road/Hither Mead. The application came before the meeting for comment. There is a substantial volume of documentation (approx. 50 in number!) listed in support of the application on the TDBC website. It was generally considered that there was just too much to consider in the short time that the documentation had been made available. In the circumstances, it was resolved that the Parish Council should convene its own public consultation and this will take place on Wednesday 1st November between the hours of 3.00 pm and 8.00 pm. The proposed consultation will be well publicised by a flyer being delivered to every household together posters being placed at strategic locations throughout the parish. The Council's Working Party Group (WPG) will be meeting DWH and their planning consultants beforehand to convey and discuss concerns. DWH will be represented at the public consultation.

I know that there are worries as to whether the school and the surgery will be able to cope with the influx of new residents and I am in close touch with both organisations. I am currently awaiting their feedback.

The official end date for comments to be made to TDBC is Friday 27th October and this date may have passed before the November issue of Fiveways is published. However, I do urge readers to attend the consultation at the Village Hall where we shall have facilities for comments to be made which can then be added to the Parish Council's official response to the application which we must deliver by Wednesday 22nd November.

Another important matter discussed at our meeting was in relation to litter bins and dog bins. We would like the views of residents of where litter bins are either wrongly located or not located at all. As to dog bins, there does seem to be a shortage of bins generally. Again, I would welcome the views of residents as to where it is felt that there should be extra bins located. Please send in your comments to our Clerk, Amy Shepherd. Her email address is:

The next meeting is on Wednesday 8th November at the Village Hall at 7.00 pm.

Henry Davenport
Chairman, Bishops Lydeard & Cothelstone Parish Council

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