Footpath Re-opens: The footpath which used to go under the railway tunnel was re-opened in October 2018 following the bulldozing of the tunnel. It’s again possible to reach the ‘Natterjack’ across the fields on this route. (photo 21/11/2018). The footpath down into Bruton via the Huish Track is particularly good at this time of year too.
(01/11/2018) Lamyat Parish Meeting – summary of discussions
20 folk attended the Parish Meeting held on Wednesday 31st October, for a discussion about setting a precept for the 2019/20 financial year – this was prompted by a request to consider purchasing a Defibrillator, but there was also a discussion about the need to be prepared for winter, and the possibility of reducing the speed limit through the village from 60 mph to 30 mph. A further meeting is to be held when the County Council provide more detail on the cost of the speed and lorry traffic order and signage.
Defibrillator – Local villager, Dr Jonathan Bone provided a presentation, on behalf of the village hall committee, which was read out to the Meeting as he couldn’t attend in person. This clarified when and how a defibrillator would be of use, and what the cost of such an item would be. It was felt that training in CPR/basic first aid would be a good first step and that if Jonathan was prepared to provide the training all would attend. That would also give folk the chance to ask further Qs of Jonathan about the defibrillator. At this stage there wasn’t agreement to purchase a defibrillator. Jonathan’s presentation is here: Why We Need An AED
Winter preparations – In the light of no salt being provided (for free) by the County Council this coming winter, it was agreed to spend the remaining £26 in the Parish account on salt. This would secure us 5 or 6x 20kg bags compared to the 20 bags we have usually received. Paul will order. The village salt bins wouldn’t be topped up, but those residents closest to them that look after the bins would ensure remaining salt in them could be usable. For Winter 2019 we would need to have a budget for buying more salt, for the bins and/or in bags.
The Shoot – Dates available by hand. Paul would speak to Nicholls again: there had been no signage put up; and there was a continuing problem that some residents faced with birds.
Traffic/Lorries – Given that the County Council had now agreed that we could reduce the speed limit from 60 mph to 30 mph, and also have the discretionary blue ‘no HGV’ signs, (but that we would have to pay) it was agreed to try and get more detailed costings. Paul would also continue to see if the County would go some way to provide some of the funding. Various other informal actions (e.g. parking of cars/use of tabards) can be taken by those on the road to try and slow traffic down.
Setting a precept – in the light of not having a breakdown of the speed limit/HGV signs it was agreed that we would meet again in the next few months to determine what the precept could be. It was also noted that we needed to have some funds to pay for the use of the village hall for Parish meetings.
Many thanks to all those who attended and contributed to the discussions.
Paul Chadwick, Parish Meeting Chairman 07761 967075 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please advise any of your neighbours that you think may not see this information.
The next Annual Parish Meeting is due to take place in May 2019 but there will be another Parish meeting in the next few months when the further costings, referred to above, are received.
(29/10/2018) Traffic through the village
We have now just received a response from SCC Highways Traffic Management Team:
“Somerset County Council (SCC) would not be in a position to pay for a reduction in the speed limit and would look to the Parish to fund it on a rechargeable basis, and implementation costs would be in the region of £3k-5k.
With regard to the discretionary blue ‘No HGV’ signs, we have no objection in principal to these signs however they would not apply to local farms or businesses. It should also be noted that SCC would not be a position to fund them and would look to order the signage on a rechargeable basis back to the Parish.”
Clarification of the actual costs has been requested. The reason the County Council gives for it not being a priority to be funded by the County Council is due to the speed recordings taken in March, and budgetary pressures, although Central Govt policy is “that a 30 mph speed limit should be the norm through villages.” (Dept of Transport Guidance on ‘Setting Local Speed Limits’ Section 73 – Para 131.)
At the Parish Meeting there will be a discussion about how to proceed with this issue and specifically how to pay for such works as are necessary. My thanks to Caryl Joyce and Romy Smallwood for joining me in having the stamina for us to arrive at this point!
Previous update here:
As with all vehicular traffic, if you feel there have been incidents of poor or dangerous driving, please make a note of company name (if visible); number plate; or take a photograph and report these directly to the Police, advising the Parish Chairperson, Paul, that you have done so in order that we can keep count of incidents, and subsequently raise these with relevant authorities/companies.
The Village Hall committee have asked that we consider the purchase of a defibrillator. Local resident Dr Jonathan Bone will provide background information and the points to consider for the meeting. Background information on when, and how, the equipment can be used is here: click on British Heart Foundation
The BHF also have a aed_guide_01-08-17. (AED stands for automated external defibrillators)
(23/10/2018) Preparing for winter:
Following on the ‘Beast from the East’ events of the 2 weekends in March 2018 which disrupted the village we will need to discuss what preparations are needed for 2018/19. The County Council Highways have now advised (on 22nd October) that they are reducing the salting/gritting work they undertake across the County; and, specifically, no longer providing free salt/grit for the grit bins or the bags of salt that we usually obtain to help keep Lamyatt roads open. We can purchase salt if required. Details here:
(23/10/2018) An Annual Precept for the Parish?
Virtually all of the Parishes levy an annual precept in order to pay for local services/facilities. The precept is part of the local Council taxes that all households pay and is based on what Council Tax band their house falls into. Lamyatt hasn’t levied a precept for the past few years but did levy a Parish precept towards the village hall extension.
Detail from Mendip DC below shows what the annual cost would be per household (final column) to raise a total of £500; £1,000; or £2,000 for the Parish to spend. This means, for example, that to raise £2,000 the cost for a band D rated property would be £22.26 for the year = equivalent of 43p per week; & for a band H rated property the cost would be £44.52 per annum = approx 86p per week
“The household will get a charge depending on what Council Tax Band they are using the Tax Base. Please see below using 2018/2019 Tax Base (which will change next year) – Lamyat’s Tax base was 89.87
Precept Calculation Band D Increase in Tax bill annually
£500 £500 / 89.87 £5.56
£1,000 £1000 / 89.87 £11.13
£2,000 £2000 / 89.87 £22.26
Then depending on what band the property is you’d have to calculate the following
Band A – Band D / 9 x 6
Band B – Band D / 9 x 7
Band C – Band D / 9 x 8
Band D – As above
Band E – Band D / 9 x 11
Band F – Band D / 9 x 13
Band G – Band D / 9 x 15
Band H – Band D / 9 x 18 ”
(04/10/18) Somerset Waste:
There is a crew shortage at present in the Waste services – this sometimes results in missed or late collections. They are currently looking to recruit additional drivers. Always check the SWP website if in any doubt about what is recyclable and when; and contact them direct if you have any queries. The latest briefing now available is here:
(04/10/2018) The Shoot –John Nicholls who organises the shoot has been asked to provide the list of possible dates for the shoot this season. A hard copy of the list is available from the Parish Meeting Chairman, Paul or from Anthony Ffooks.
Further to the issues raised at the Parish meeting, John Nicholls advised: “I can assure you that we will be doing all we can to prevent birds wandering. We are in the process of putting up more fencing, which should help keep them where they’re meant to be.With regards to the dates, sometimes weather conditions on the day (i.e. fog and low cloud) affect where we go and what drives we do. Because of this, in the past we have included lots of dates on the list, just in case we need to go to Lamyatt. We understand it is frustrating if a date is on the list and we don’t arrive, but we were concerned that if the date was not on the list and we did do a drive in Lamyatt, that would potentially cause problems. Perhaps you could let me know your thoughts on this?
On the subject of signs, we will put signs up from the start of the coming season. We have always stopped the shooting if a walker or rider wishes to pass through, but agree that signs would be helpful. I hope this addresses any concerns…”
Please let Paul know your thoughts on the issue of dates.
(04/10/2018) Footpaths: many thanks to all the volunteers who have helped to keep various footpaths and bridleways open this past summer by clearing around a stile or removing obstructions. The Trustees of the Alms House have been asked to formalise the situation regarding the obstruction of footpath SM13/9 (as raised at the Parish meeting).
The County Council Highways team have produced a Volunteer Newsletter September 2018 and this has useful information about who is responsible for keeping footpaths clear and a report on all the good work being carried out across the County.
(17/10/2018) Broadband services: Lamyatt is included in Lot 3 – Eastern -the Alhampton package where Fibre to the Property is intended. Work was shown as due to commence in Q1 2019, and to be completed by Q3 2019, but we notice that the website has recently started to state ‘under review’ for all packages – we will keep an eye on how progress is being made in nearby Parishes where their start date was earlier than ours.
GigaClear Statement, as released 8th October 2018 : “On behalf of Gigaclear plc, I would like to apologise for the delays in delivering a full fibre network across rural Devon and Somerset. Whilst the first customers are now connected in East Devon, the project is running significantly behind schedule and we accept our performance to date has fallen short of the high standards that we set for ourselves.”
You may register your interest. This does not commit you to anything, it just allows Gigaclear to keep you informed on progress with the rollout. You can also find out more about the likely cost of the various services from Gigaclear and the Internet Service Providers on he same website.
For those who have signed up to an alternative provider, it will be in your interest to keep your options open by registering.
(04/10/2018) Planning Matters: As discussed and agreed at the Annual Parish meeting, where we are made aware of them, we will whenever possible list all planning applications that affect the parish on this website. This gives all living in Lamyat Parish the opportunity to see what developments are in the pipeline, and to comment as they see fit. Alternatively you can register on the Mendip Council website to receive notifications of new applications.
The Parish view will be submitted by the planning sub-group of Paul Chadwick (Parish Chair), Romy Smallwood, Simon Lang, and David Ash. All correspondence sent or received by the Planning group is held on file and available for all in the Parish to review. A copy of the District Councils Planning Policies is held by the Parish group, but can be seen online on the Mendip planning portal. Applications for development should also have a notice pinned up on the premises to alert any villager, and close neighbours should be notified direct by Mendip Council
If you have views on any planning application, positive or negative, or concerned with the detail, which you think that the Parish planning group should take account of, then please let them know. Other comments relating to the application are, as usual, available to view on the Mendip Council planning portal.
There is one current planning application, for the ‘Erection of a first and first floor side extension – Bakewell House’, and that can be seen on the Mendip Planning portal here
(08/05/2018) Mendip Local Plan Consultation: the District Council is now finalising the Draft Local Plan Part 2. This contains policies for the District concerned with, inter alia, housing allocations and potential employment site growth. The relevant website page is here www.mendip.gov.uk/localplanpart2
The Planning sub-group of Paul Chadwick, Romy Smallwood, David Ash and Simon Lang met to discuss the Plan proposals and they submitted a set of comments on behalf of the Parish. You can have sight of their submission here: Lamyat Parish comments on Mendip Local Plan II. The Mendip website also now lists all other comments submitted by the deadline and these can be found here (all 717 comments, though only a few perhaps directly relevant to Lamyat Parish). We await further news on this.
Read on for important links and background on the Parish Meeting
Lamyatt village and surrounding outlying farms and houses are part of Lamyat Parish. The Parish is too small to have a Parish Council but since 1894 it has held a Parish Meeting at which local issues have been debated and discussed. (Note that whilst the village name has two ‘t’s the wider parish name has only one)
There has always been at least an Annual Meeting, and on occasions additional Meetings are held to discuss specific major issues. The Meeting through its Chair, and assisted by others, has been able to: bring a piped water supply to the village (1930’s); oversee the supply of electricity to the village (1940’s); press for the building of local authority housing in the village (1950’s); help resolve flooding and drainage problems on the High Street (1990’s-2000’s); raise a precept to help fund the village hall extension (2010’s). Of course some issues, such as planning developments both within the Parish and adjacent Parishes; highway and transport problems; and rights of way matters; have cropped up on a regular basis.
The Lamyat Parish history as told through the Parish Meeting minute book gives us an insight into how issues have been dealt with, and may make us realise that some have been around in some shape or form for over 100 years!
The 2017 Annual Meeting elected Paul Chadwick as Chairman and gave thanks to the previous chairman Anthony Ffooks for chairing the Meeting in recent times. The Parish Meeting Secretary is Ali Stone. The actions of the Parish are carried out by the Parish Chairman, with the help of others in the Parish and at the Meeting in October 2017 David Ash, Romy Smallwood, and Simon Lang volunteered to help with planning matters. Contact numbers for Paul: 01749 812420 & 07761 967075
The Minutes of the Parish Meeting
Parish Minutes 18th June 2018 – DRAFT to be approved at the next Parish Meeting
Parish Minutes 25th Oct 2017 – Approved at the Parish Meeting on 18th June 2018
Parish Minutes 26th oct 2016 – Approved at the Parish Meeting on 18th June 2018
Copies of most of the previous Parish Meetings are held in archives.
Further extracts from the minute book will be added at a later date. If anyone wishes to see the original minute book and maps held by the parish please contact Paul.
The Parish Meeting has always depended on volunteers within the community to help look after the Parish. That might be to help look after a particular footpath; to ensure that any nearby drain or culvert is clear of debris; or to keep a stock of salt ready for use on the road in winter. Please contact the Parish Chairman if you want to ‘adopt’ a drain or footpath!
USEFUL CONTACTS & INFORMATION
Parish Meeting Chairman: Paul Chadwick, Witch Craig, Portway Hill, Lamyatt, BA4 6NJ 01749 812420/07761 967075 email@example.com
Somerset County Council Highways – to report a pothole or blocked drain 0300 123 2224 or use the template here
Roads & Transport Team roadsandtransportSD@somerset.gov.uk
Local Mendip Area Depot firstname.lastname@example.org
To report a pothole or blocked drain it is useful to take a photo of the location and send it with an email. Highways will endeavour to inspect within 48 hours and give you feedback. The road gullies in the parish are part of the Council’s Programmed activity, which are currently cleaned on a bi annual cycle. The gullies were last cleaned in the 2016/2017 financial year and are scheduled to be cleared again in the 2018/2019 financial year.
Rights of Way – please contact Paul for a copy of the definitive rights of way map. The Parish aims to ensure all are kept open with the assistance of landowners and the County Council’s Rights of Way team. There has also been a request for the Parish to place an appropriately mounted copy on a display board in the parish – suggestions for location welcome at the next Parish Meeting.
Contact to report any obstructions or concerns email@example.com
Note: Clare Haskins helps look after Lamyat Parish R.o.W. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mendip District Council Planning – to submit an application or comment on an application
You can follow the progress with an application by going to the District Council website. Any significant development will need planning permission and any neighbour will be notified and a notice posted up on the property. The Parish Meeting will be asked for comments and observations and in addition to any comments you send in yourselves you could ask the Parish Meeting Chair to make comments. When there is any application made within the Parish this page will carry notice of it with a link to relevant documents.
Mendip District Council main switchboard for all matters 0300 303 8588
The District Council produces a monthly Parish bulletin with a range of useful information including that from other local agencies. This information includes items of relevance to those in business as well as for local residents.
Waste & recycling collections – check the Somerset Waste Partnership website if in any doubt about collection dates/updates, especially if weather or some other event upsets the schedule. Usually, Lamyat properties see a recycling collection every Friday; and waste collection every alternate Friday, but note that Bank Holidays can affect that pattern.
Join the village/parish email list. Regular e-mails are sent around by Caryl Joyce. Please give Caryl your e-mail address if you wish to receive these. email@example.com
Neighbourhood Watch & Farm Watch – Anthony Ffooks has confirmed that he is the contact for these. Please contact him for more information.
Lamyatt village oil buying group – Anthony Ffooks continues to look after this group and a village e-mail goes round to remind all who want to be in on an order. Orders are placed approximately every Quarter- Please contact Anthony by telephone on 812994 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Spark – have been providing practical support to the voluntary sector in Somerset for many years. Their aim is to inspire strong and sustainable communities through voluntary and community action. Spark website
Community Council for Somerset – CCS supports organisations and individuals throughout the County, and they have been involved in many successful projects. 01823 331222 CCS website