January Update

Members’ Roles
There have been a few changes in positions and committee membership over the last few months:  Cllr. Rob Lockey is now the Vice-Chairman of the Council; Cllr. Tom Campbell is the new Chairman of the Planning & Environment Committee with Cllr. Rob Lockey as the Vice-Chairman.  Cllr. Robert Tizzard has just joined our Management Committee.  Our new councillors, Mrs Anna Wagner and Mrs Lyn Harrison now sit on the Planning & Environment and Management Committees respectively.  We wish them well in these new roles.

Important date for your diary!  Local Council Elections – Thursday 5th May 2022
Many of you will already be aware of the forthcoming elections and as you would expect, the Parish Council is very keen to welcome more councillors; we currently have 9 councillors out of a possible 13 so we are again encouraging local residents to volunteer to put themselves forward for this very important role.  South Somerset District Council will be managing the entire process so we will let you know when they have posted the information on their website.

So why become a Parish Councillor?  Maybe you are new to the Parish and want to become involved with local matters, or maybe you have lived in the village all of your life and you are now looking to give something back. To qualify, you must be 18 or over and on the electoral register. The Council would benefit from a membership representing various backgrounds and various ages. The Parish Council is involved in many different activities, from local planning matters, to managing the open spaces and working with our community groups, to delivering projects. If you have time to spare, skills and experience that you could bring to the role and a genuine interest in our village, why not consider putting yourself forward to become a councillor?

New projects for 2022
Our different committees have been working hard over the last few months to decide on priorities for the Parish Council from April 2022 and to research the likely costs of these projects; this can be quite a tricky process, especially at a time where costs are particularly unpredictable.  However, careful management of current resources and of predicted expenditure means that the extra precept that Milborne Port Parish Council will be asking for will constitute a rise of only £2.50 per year for a Band D household.

So how does the Parish Council plan to spend its precept?  Well, in addition to the usual business of the Council, there are plans for an increased allowance for the care of overgrown amenity areas around the village, for improvements to the skate park, for clearing overgrown areas of the cemetery and the installation of a fence and for a new Youth Council, driven by Cllr. Lockey – and more!