NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2013
Mrs. L.A. Ruff, Clerk of the Council, Street Parish Rooms, 6 Leigh Road, Street,
Somerset BA16 0HA Tel. (01458) 440588
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.street-pc.gov.uk
C U R R E N T P A R I S H P R O J E C T S
STREET PARISH COUNCIL INVITES COMMENTS ON STREET HIGH STREET AREA ACTION PLAN SUMMARY
Last month the Parish Council published a summary of the Street High Street Area Action Plan through the local press, noticeboards, website and Facebook. It summarised the plans and proposals for improving the viability and vitality of the village centre. Local residents were able to contact Street Parish Council to give their views on the plan. All comments received are currently being considered before the plan moves on to the next stage.
HERITAGE WEEKEND IN STREET
Following the success of last year’s event there will be another Heritage Weekend this year in Street, co-ordinated by The Street Society, Strode Theatre and the Clarks Foundation. The events will be held in Street on the 13th and 14th September as part of the countrywide scheme. There will be two illustrated talks at 7.30pm on Friday 13th September at Strode Theatre on the subject of Quaker Women and Quakers in Industry. The talks will be followed by a film by Neil Clarke of the 2012 Wilfrid Road Open Day.
On Saturday 14th September there will be timed visits to the new Clarks archive building, The Grange, the Shoe Museum and the factory site. Tickets for all events will be free but must be obtained in advance from Strode Theatre.
MENTORS NEEDED FOR RAISING ASPIRATIONS PROGRAMME
Would you like to become a mentor to a young person and make your mark in the local community?
Somerset Community Foundation is looking for 40 mentors for its Raising Aspirations community programme piloted at Crispin School in Street. The scheme, which has been running for two years, aims to help students fulfil their potential and progress opportunities. Pupils are paired up with volunteer mentors from local businesses from a range of backgrounds who provide support and create a motivational environment. One to one meetings take place at the school’s premises each month for an hour. Training and on-going support for the mentors will be provided.
For more information please contact Jocelyn Blacker on 01749 344949 or Jocelyn.Blacker@somersetcf.org.uk
OLDER PERSONS CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY
On Monday 16th December, 2013 the Annual Older Persons Christmas Tea Party will be held at Brookside School from 2pm – 4pm. Free minibus transport will be available. Bookings for the transport and your place for the party can be made with Street Parish Council from Monday 4th November. Call 01458 440588.
PARISH AWARDS 2013
Nominations are invited for the Good Citizen Award and for the Community Award 2013 and must be submitted by 31st January, 2014. Nomination forms can be obtained from the Parish Council – contact details at front of newsletter. The Good Citizen Award is for an individual who has carried out active, unpaid service to the community during the past year, whether it was within an organisation, as a good neighbour or a reliable volunteer.
The Community Award is for an organisation which has assisted the Street community in some way during the past year.
MEETING ROOMS FOR HIRE
At Street Parish Rooms we have a large and a small meeting room for hire during the day. We are located in the centre of Street, close to bus stops and public car parks. Contact 01458 440588 or email email@example.com for more details.
PARISH SURGERY - THURSDAY, 5TH SEPTEMBER,
THURSDAY, 3RD OCTOBER,
THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER, 2013
NO SURGERY IN DECEMBER
C O M E A L O N G A N D H A V E Y O U R S A Y!
2 Parish Councillors will be available from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon in the John Webster Room, Street Parish Rooms, 6 Leigh Road, Street to discuss any matter relating to Street with residents.
Y O U R C O U N C I L L O R S
N O R T H W A R D
CLLR. BRIAN PERRY Belmont House, Sutton Road, Somerton
Tel. 07767 893309 TA11 6QL
CLLR. MRS. JOYCE SMITH 58 The Whithys, Street BA16 9PL
Tel. 01458 442536 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLLR. BOB SMITH 58 The Whithys, Street BA16 9PL
Tel. 01458 442536 Email email@example.com
CLLR. GEORGE STEER 83 Portland Road, Street BA16 9PZ
Tel. 07970 783235 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
VICE-CHAIRMAN OF COUNCIL
S O U T H W A R D
CLLR. MRS. VAL. APPLEBY 32 Bluestone Court, Oxendale, Street BA16 0NF
Tel. 01458 446146 Email email@example.com
CHAIRMAN OF COUNCIL
CLLR. BRYAN BEHA Kirkee, Marshalls Elm, Street BA16 0TZ
Tel. 01458 840090 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLLR. DAVE FILBURN 10 Princes Road, Street BA16 0NL
Tel. 01458 446456 Email email@example.com
CLLR. LLOYD HUGHES 37 Overleigh, Street BA16 0TR
Tel. 01458 443742 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLLR. TERRY NAPPER 33 Brooks Road, Street BA16 0PN
Tel. 01458 445648 Email email@example.com
W E S T W A R D
CLLR. RICHARD BOYCE 12 Fielding Road, Street BA16 9PG
Tel. 01458 441828 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLLR. ALAN COPPING 26 Smithfield Road, Street BA16 0RG
Tel. 01458 443975 Email email@example.com
CLLR. MRS. BARBARA COWELL 19 Brookfield Way, Street BA16 0UE
Tel. 01458 443397 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr. Napper is also a member of Somerset County Council
Cllrs. Beha, Hughes, Napper and Steer are also members of Mendip District Council.
The other District Cllr. is not on the Parish Council and his details are -
Cllr. J. Carter, Parsonage Farm, Croscombe BA5 3QN Tel. 01749 330112
PARISH CLERK, LINDA RUFF Street Parish Rooms, BA16 0HA
Tel. 01458 440588 Email email@example.com
SYNOPSIS OF ANNUAL REPORT
1ST APRIL, 2012 TO 31ST MARCH, 2013
MEMBERS OF STREET PARISH COUNCIL
Details given of the 12 members and contact details for the Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer and Clerical Assistant.
Details given of the Planning and Policy and Finance Committees and of the various panels and working groups.
CALENDAR OF MEETINGS
Times and dates of meetings of the Council and Committees given. Details of meetings not yet held below. Unless otherwise stated all meetings will be held in the John Webster Room at the Parish Rooms, Leigh Road, Street -
Starts at 7.30 p.m. with Public Question Time at 7.15 p.m. on 3rd Tuesday in month. Check notices for exact dates.
15th October, 2013, 19th November, 2013, 10th December, 2013, 21st January, 2014, 18th February, 2014, 18th March, 2014 – Annual Parish Meeting at 6.30 p.m., 15th April, 2014
Starts at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. on 1st Tuesday in month with Public Question Time
5 minutes before the meeting starts.
Starts at 6 p.m. or 6.30 p.m. on 3rd Tuesday in month with Public Question Time 5 minutes before the meeting starts (start time depends on number of applications to be considered)
Check notices for exact times and dates.
1st and 15th October, 2013, 5th and 19th November, 2013, 3rd and 10th December, 2013
7th and 21st January, 2014, 4th and 18th February, 2014
4th and Wednesday, 19th March, 2014, 1st and 15th April, 2014
POLICY AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
Starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 5th November, 2013 and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday,
4th February, 2013.
An Overview of the Council’s Achievements in 2012/13
During the year the Parish Council has been working in liaison with other authorities and community organisations on a wide variety of local issues.
v In May, 2012 the Investiture Ceremony for the new Council Chairman was held in Strode Theatre. The Parish Awards 2011 were presented to Susan Monaghan and Bernie Lock who were given the Good Citizen Award. The Community Award went to Strode Theatre.
v The Council supervised the Olympic Torch Relay through Street and decorated the route with Union Jack banners.
v In addition to the new website, the Council set up accounts with Facebook and Twitter to enable local residents to contact them in additional ways.
v The Clerical Assistant, Rebecca Brown was appointed in May.
v Consultation was ongoing with Somerset County Council on local highways issues including addition yellow lines at West End and other locations in the village. The scheme to widen the pavement and install a pinchpoint at The Mullions in the High Street was also completed.
v The Skate Park has continued to be very popular and minor improvements were carried out during the year. A new robust fence has been installed adjoining the field so that farm animals cannot get into the Skate Park.
v New ‘Cold Calling’ Signs were installed at the entrances to the village in partnership with the Street Neighbourhood Watch Association.
v Extensive work took place at the Strode Road Allotment Site to improve drainage. This was match funded by Crispin School.
v A Christmas Tea Party was again held for older residents of Street at Brookside School and over 80 people attended. The Christmas Lights at the parish rooms were switched on by Chairman Cllr. Mrs Valerie Appleby.
v New metal benches were installed in the High Street to replace the wooden benches that had become rotten.
v Grant assistance was given to numerous organisations including Strode Theatre, Crispin Community Centre, Hindhayes School and Mendip Mallards.
v The Council improved its storage and archiving facilities in the parish rooms.
v A telephone box on Somerton Road was adopted in response to a public request for it to be saved.
v A World War One Centenary Working Group was set up to consider how best to commemorate the centenary in August 2014.
v Councillor Filburn continued to support local schools and youth groups with the village planter scheme. 1st Street Scout Group is now maintaining several of the planters.
v The Council took out a subscription to GIS Get Mapping to enable detailed plans to be produced in house.
v The Chairman planted a tree at Merriman Park to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
v A flag pole and Union Flag were erected on the outside of the Parish Rooms to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee Year.
v The Council commissioned a cabinet for the John Webster Room to display the twinning and other gifts given to the Council over the years.
v A Street Community Pride Group was set up by local residents, organisations and members of the parish council in response to complaints received from the public. Two litter picks took place and further events are planned.
SUMMARY OF COUNCIL ACTIVITIES DURING 2012/2013
During the Council year 2012/2013 a number of community events were held including the Investiture of the New Chairman, Street Football Club Fun Day and Christmas Tea Party. A wide range of issues were discussed and a number of projects were completed including extensive work at the Strode Road allotment site and the provision of new benches on the High Street. The Street Skate Park was well used by local young people and meetings took place twice a year to consult with them on the facility. Meetings have been held in the Parish Rooms and there has been an increase in the number of organisations using the meeting rooms for a variety of purposes.
v Numerous planning applications were considered and recommendations submitted to the Local Planning Authority. Some of the more significant proposals included the extension of the Sainsbury’s supermarket at Gravenchon Way and the erection of supported housing for Bridgwater YMCA in the High Street.
v During the year there has been a marked increase in the number of grant applications made to the Council including those from organisations who wish to use the parish rooms. Details of grants awarded are given in Chapter 5.
v Consideration has been given to numerous matters including the construction of a pinchpoint at the Mullions on the High Street and changes to services provided by the County and District Councils due to the reduction in finances.
v In November the budget and precept for 2013/14 was agreed. The precept was set at £250,000 or £74.99 per Band D property. This was to allow for the Council to take on some responsibilities for providing services that are reduced by the County and District Councils.
v In December the Annual Christmas Tea Party was arranged for elderly residents which takes place at Brookside School. Transport was provided to the event by the Street Children’s Centre using minibuses.
v The council continued to hold surgeries once a month at the parish rooms but these were held on a Thursday instead of a Saturday to encourage more local residents to attend.
Street Parish Council
Balance Sheet as at – 31st March 2013
31st March 2012 31st March 2013
1,037 Debtors 1,096
3,382 VAT Control 2,433
1,878 Prepayments 655
76,326 National Westminster Curr A/c 52,092
357 Bank of Ireland Corporate Call 359
40 All Leicester Deposit Acc 40
5,067 Britannia Building Society 5,072
60,694 National Westminster Deposit 0
0 Petty Cash 6
0 Nat West Bonus Saver 110,893
148,781 Total Assets 172,647
13,895 Creditors 10,330
134,886 Total Assets Less Current Liabilities 162,317
97,727 General Fund 125,522
37,159 Ear Marked Reserves 36,795
The above statement represents fairly the financial position of the authority as at 31st March 2013
and reflects its Income and Expenditure during the year.
Street Parish Council
Income and Expenditure Account for Year Ended 31st March 2013
31st March 2012 31st March 2013
200,000 Precept 205,000
0 Sponsorship Received 0
0 Grants Received 0
4,000 Reimbursements 435
36 Interest Received 206
204,036 Sub Total 205,641
400 Administration 300
10,250 Other 4,719
12,723 Council Building 13,738
0 Merriman Park 0
227,408 Total Income 224,398
11,130 PWB/Section 137 Payments 14,000
2,735 Christmas PWB / S137 1,242
277 Civic Event and Badges PWB / S137 305
14,142 Sub Total 15,547
24,228 Administration 57,232
25,945 Grants 28,583
49,264 Other 44,952
8,925 Skatepark 12,969
39,209 Council Building 37,142
0 Merriman Park 543
161,713 Total Expenditure 196,967
General Fund Analysis
55,952 Opening Balance 97,727
227,408 Plus : Income for Year 224,398
161,713 Less : Expenditure for Year 196,967
23,920 Transfers TO / FROM Reserves - 364
97,727 Closing Balance 125,522