< [1] Application 44/21/0001 at Legglands for three dwellings. A submission of “no comment” was made on the 21st January, subject to there being no transport issues with additional vehicles exiting on to the road. Submission number 3DS308859 [2] We now come under Wellington Town Centre for policing. Our contact is .. Steve Hill, PCSO 7178, Neighbourhood Policing Team, Wellington Police Station, Victoria Street, Wellington, TA21 8HR Telephone 07889655203 Email steve.hill@avonandsomerset.police.uk [3] Reminder: Diane Malley (salary agent) has increased her fees from £67 to £100 per annum with effect from the new financial year. [4] I enclose a resume of the finances as at the end of January. If you wish to view the full spreadsheet I can forward it you in Excel and that will allow you to play around with figures if you wish to do so. AGAR (National Return) balance £15,333.50 The amount brought forward was £12,335.10 Income received to date is £7,465.54 which includes non-grant £7,115.54 grant £350.00 Our expenditure to date is £4,467.14 which includes on salaries and PAYE £2,911.95 on other expenditure £1,555.19 The value of our assets is £3,094.19 SUMMARY brought forward £12,335.10 annual income £7,465.54 total income £19,800.64 expenditure £4,467.14 unprocessed payment £0.00 ledger balance £15,333.50 predicted bank balance £15,333.50 The budget including contingencies £7,660.00 Keep healthy, Neil   strong>

Number 18

Minutes of remote meetings or emails received
December 12th 2020

[1] Planning application 44/20//0025 at Backways Lane, Wellington. Closing date for comments is the 25th December, although in practice better treated as the 22nd. The Chairman and one other councillor have arranged a site visit.
[2] Cosmic website invoice for £125.99 paid 3rd December. Bank balance now £15363.49
[3] The precept request, which was passed by a majority vote, for £7,350 has been received by Somerset West and Taunton Council (3rd December) j.howells@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk
[4] Holywell Lake’s new postbox has been installed.
[5] We have been asked to reconsider joining the Blackdown Hills Parish Network at an approximate annual fee of 20p to 25p per elector. …574 electors. The unanimous decision was not to do so and Catherine Bass was emailed to that effect on the 8th December.
[6] Speedwatch in Ford Street has recruited three new members. They have been trained by the coordinator, and assessed by the police. Sadly speeds have risen considerably during lockdown so the figures are still very high.
[7] The Final Business Case for a unitary authority was emailed to the Parish Council on the 12th December.
[8] The Monument Scaffold is coming down as far as the plinth , stones that cannot be used are being offered for donations on Sundays between 11am and 3pm
[9] Talks with SWT Council about improving the parking at Cross ways farm Wrangway lane are ongoing.

Please note the new Parish Council website, which is regularly updated

All council meetings are held virtually, if you need or want to bring any thing to a meeting please contact the parish ClerkPlease read our latest news reAt present, due to national circumstances, the Parish Council cannot meet face to face but their work continues. “Meetingsports below.

” are held remotely and copies of these (in WORD and as a PDF) or financial summaries (in EXCEL or WORD) can be requested from the clerk at any time. Please email at wwpcclerk@gmail.com. It has been a busy time as usual and we hope that this finds all our parishioners and their families in good health.

Throughout the lockdown period the Council has continued its role in commenting on all planning applications, visiting wherever possible and considering the comments of parishioners. If you wish to look at any application and/or our comments please go to the Taunton Deane planning site and use the planning code or property name to view them https://www2.somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk/asp/webpages/plan/plapplookup.asp

• In April it was unanimously agreed that the present chair and vice-chair remain in office.
• A commitment was also made to financially support the work of the “Welly Angels” a local coronavirus support group and this was taken from our contingency budget.
• In May our chairman surveyed all the benches in the Parish for safety and condition, and there were only two that needed immediate attention, at Beacon Lane and Wrangway.
• All the remaining footpath signs have been installed where needed. At present one more which appears to have been removed will be replaced on footpath WG13/19 towards Gerbestone Manor. If there are any issues with footpaths in the vicinity please mail the clerk or log any concern at https://roam.somerset.gov.uk/roam/map and a member of staff will investigate the issue and contact the appropriate landowner.
• As the Police speed enforcement units are back in action Community Speedwatch has returned. In Ford Street there has been a significant increase in speeds, with the highest percentages in Somerset being recorded. A complementary issue was raised by a resident following accidents and near misses on the road between the A38 and Ford Street, outside the 30mph speed limit area. After much discussion of issues affecting Beam Bridge Hill, Holywell Lake and other parts of the parish it was agreed that there may be a case for seeking an amendment of the speed limits along the A38 and along the lower end of Ford Street Road. The A38 around Wellington in particular has numerous limit changes. At present this has been forwarded to the appropriate authorities but it has also been indicated after police and local authority investigations that there is no speeding issue which needs to be addressed imminently at the site of a recent fatality.
• In June the cast-iron fingerpost at Thorne St Margaret was repainted by Councillor Hasell and that at Ford Street will be repainted in the spring of 2021. At the same time minor refurbishment of the library in the old kiosk at Ford Street will be undertaken. This facility, owned by the Parish Council is extremely popular and many compliments have been given.
• The Annual Governance and Accountability Return has been completed, signed by the chair and sent to the auditors; please see below. The new arrangements for “AGAR” allow those smaller councils below both the income and expenditure limits of £25000 to be exempt from a national scrutiny, although the documentation remains unchanged and will be examined by the external auditor. This does not exempt us from what is called a limited review, or even a full external audit, but our finances are in very good shape and are subject to a full internal independent audit.
• In September the chair was involved in examining the condition and placement of the salt bins and had made recommendations. It was clear that one had been removed. It is vital that those at the top of Ford Street and Wellington Hill are retained.
• Wellington Monument Progress. It is intended that the scaffolding will be removed in the spring and that once public access has been reinstated a maximum of two people at a time will be admitted; head torches will be needed. Additional security cameras have been installed and stone from the monument is being sold to raise funds. £2,000 has so far been raised.
• Following a major issue which resulted in the closure of Wellington Hill it was considered that advance warning signs on the main highway for HGVs entering Monument Hill are needed, and those HGV signs linked to Ford Street need to be checked. This has been passed on to the Traffic Management Team who assure us that this will be undertaken as soon as possible.
• November: The website is almost complete and if you are reading this then it is proof of the hard work undertaken by our chairman.
• There was a new application for speed limits on the A38 from Swains lane to Jurston roundabout which was identical to those existing. However it transpires that this was necessary as the original application for the present speed limits was not secure. There is NO change to the limits

Finally, as clerk, I see the hard work undertaken by your councillors, all without expecting thanks or praise. I would therefore like to thank them on our behalf for their commitment.

In October 2020 the Annual Financial return noted the following.
AGAR (National Return) balance £16,470.61
The amount brought forward was £12,335.10
Income received to date is £7,465.54
which includes
non-grant £7,115.54
grant £350.00
Our expenditure to date is £3,330.03
which includes
on salaries and PAYE £1,941.30
on other expenditure £1,388.73
The value of our assets is £3,094.19

brought forward £12,335.10
annual income £7,465.54
total income £19,800.64
expenditure £3,330.03
unprocessed payment £0.00
ledger balance £16,470.61
predicted bank balance £16,470.61