(02/08/2019) Flood prevention follow up; Electricity outage & refuse collections
Flood Prevention discussions
At the Annual Parish Meeting in May, concern was raised about the possibility of changes in agriculture on the hill resulting in more run off in the event of exceptional heavy rain. The flood of May 1998 had caused disruption and major problems to a number of houses along the main village road. It was agreed that we look into ensuring that the system installed following that previous flood was up to scratch.
Consequently, with the help of the District Councillor, Michael Gay, a site meeting has recently been held attended by Caryl Joyce who had first hand knowledge of what happened last time, Paul Chadwick as Parish Meeting Chairman, and the Flood Risk representatives from Somerset County Council. The District Councillor also attended. The meeting was useful to ensure that the officers understood the nature of the problem last time, and could better review what actions had taken place and what might need to be done now. We anticipate some follow up work by the Council to investigate whether the underground culverts are still operating efficiently, and other actions to help mitigate any problems that might arise. We hope to be able to report back on all this at the next Parish Meeting in Autumn.
The electricity Outage of May 13th: A good number of folk in the village who were affected either by the over-running of the planned outage, or by non-notification in the first instance, have now received their compensation cheques. The process has by no means been smooth and some households may now have been refused compensation. SSE Network have seemingly changed their approach in 2 significant ways – after initially agreeing that all would be compensated and implying that it would be automatic (many of us will recall how Bristol Water just sent cheques to every household last year after a water supply problem) they then backtracked and required individuals to apply. Some few weeks later, however, and they then determined that they had been paying out the compensation cheques contrary to their own policy (!) and have now determined not to pay out on any fresh claims. If anyone adversely affected feels that they would like to complain formally about SSEN’s handling of this please let us know the outcome. I have already advised them that they will lose the goodwill of communities by chopping and changing approaches, and treating households differently.
Some residents that have received their cheques have subsequently donated that money to the Parish Meeting – Many thanks for that contribution and at the next Parish Meeting decisions on how to spend any funds held by the Meeting can be taken.
Delayed/Missed Refuse collections – Those living on the main High Street have had a missed collection, possibly two in some instances. I believe this is due to the previously stated problem about staff shortages, no doubt exacerbated over the summer holidays when some of the operatives themselves will be going on holiday with their families. The usual rules apply – notify Mendip Council as soon as you are aware of a missed collection; it is better if 2 or more notify the Council rather than everyone assuming someone else has done so. (note, those living beyond the village hall up Portway Hill have a separate small vehicle collection).
Use this link to report a missed collection or call Mendip on 0300 3038588
Footpaths – Many thanks to those in the village who help look after a footpath or a stile adjacent or close to where they live by clearing away the nettles or overgrowth that can occur. There has been some work by Merv Walters to improve the drainage in the field behind the Church going up to the top of Portway Hill, no doubt in readiness for planting. A side benefit of this is that the footpath up that hill will be drier underfoot, as will be the one going from the Church to the back of the village hall. As per usual, please notify County Council Footpaths & Bridleways direct if there is any major blockages or broken stiles on footpaths you use. Rightsofway@somerset.gov.uk
Paul Chadwick (Lamyat Parish Meeting Chairman 07761 967075)
(29/05/2019) The Annual Parish Meeting was held in the village hall on Thursday May 16th. There was a good turn out and it gave those present from the Parish the opportunity to hear detailed updates from:
- The Village Hall Committee
- The Welch Alms House Trust
- The Parochial Church Council
- The Bullbeggar Cider co-operative
The Meeting also had a chance to review local issues concerning Highways, the Pheasant Shoot etc. and review the Parish accounts.
Under AoB the recent electricity outage on May 13th was discussed and all in the village that had supplies cut off were advised about the compensation available from the Electricity Suppliers. If others want to follow the lead of some at the meeting wishing to donate their compensation to the Parish Account for future actions then please contact me for details.
Also under AoB there was a discussion about the possible impact that changes to the planting regime on Creech Hill could have; and also concerns about the village spring water supplies.
Please see the Draft Annual Meeting minutes for a record of discussions and actions.
Later in the year we hope there will be an opportunity at another meeting to invite our new Mendip District Councillor (Michael Gay) and the Somerset County Councillor (Nigel Hewitt-Cooper) to update us on their Council’s activities.
My thanks to Alison Stone for drafting these minutes
Paul Chadwick (Parish Meeting Chairman)
01749 812420 & 07761 967075
(29/05/2019) Somerset Waste Partnership SWPMay2019update
(note, Important contacts are at bottom of webpage)
(23/01/2019) Lamyat Parish meeting – Tuesday 8th January
Many thanks to the 31 residents of the Parish that attended this meeting on a cold evening. There was a healthy discussion about highways & traffic measures; preparing for winter 2019; and whether or not to set a precept to cover any costs. The end result is that the Parish meeting determined that we won’t look to alter the current speed limit of 60mph in the village; nor apply for the signs looking to deter heavy lorries. It was also agreed that the salt for winter 2019/20 wouldn’t be bought by the Parish, but that Malcolm Frapple would coordinate raising funds and sourcing sufficient supplies. As a consequence no Parish precept will be set for the financial year 2019/20.
The response from the County Council to the Parish about the Highway matters was received by the Parish Meeting Chairman, Paul Chadwick, on the morning of the 8th Jan. This was despite the request being made back in October, followed up by three e-mails and a phone call, and contacting the County Councillor twice to chase a response. The response is copied here. You will note that the County Council changed their estimate for the traffic costs but gave no reason for this. My thanks to our County Councillor for attempting to get a response from the Highways Dept on this matter.
draft parish minutes 8th january 2019 –Approved at the Meeting on 16th May 2019
Subsequent to the meeting, the County Council Highways and County Councillor have again been asked to clarify why the Highway improvement costs had escalated so much, and also to explain the delay in replying to enquiries. No response to date.
The next Meeting of the Parish will be the Annual Parish Meeting and this will be held in May 2019
MEETING AGENDA for 8th Jan
- Minutes of the previous meeting (31st October 2018 – copy below)
- Highways & Traffic update – reducing the speed limit from 60mph to 30mph & restricting lorry traffic. County Council estimate of cost between £3k and £5k.
- Winter Preparations – provision of salt – County Council are due to top up grit bins this winter but we will need to buy salt for bins and sacks for Winter 2019/20. Could cost £300 based on previous use.
- Precept for any of the above items or other items to be agreed at the meeting. (e.g. The Parish Meeting hasn’t been paying for use of the village hall)
Paul Chadwick, Parish Meeting Chairman 07761 967075
(*) see detail below of level of precept required to raise different amounts in the village and what it equates to as an annual payment per household
Please advise your neighbours if you think they might not have seen the formal Meeting notice on the village notice board or in the village hall or the 2 emails that have been circulated.
An Annual Precept for the Parish? What would it cost each household?
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 various totals 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 approx 10p per week
£1,000 £1000 / 89.87 £11.13 approx 21p per week
£2,000 £2000 / 89.87 £22.26 approx 43p per week
£3,000 £3,000/89.87 £33.39 approx 64p per week
£4,000 £4,000/89.87 £44.52 approx 86p per week
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 ”
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:
(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. the plan was for minimum 30mb connection. 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.”
For an explanation of why there is now a delay and what they envisage doing about it:
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.
The most recent planning application, for the ‘Erection of a first and first floor side extension – Bakewell House’, was approved in early December 2018 with conditions 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 – Approved at the Annual Parish Meeting on 16th May 2019
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