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January Update

Community Grants
Councillors were delighted to be able to make grants to Milborne Port Primary School and Milborne Port Food Share last month of £5,000 and £2,000 respectively. The grant for the school will go towards a great new piece of outdoor play equipment to be enjoyed by children from Key Stage 1 classes and from The Beeches playgroup.

Laptops for Learners
Readers will be familiar with this initiative which has been supported by the Parish Council over the last few years. When Simon Barfoot from DonateIT last called in to collect donated items, he reported that over 550 devices have been provided, which is such great news. If you have an unused and unloved laptop or tablet gathering dust at the bottom of a cupboard, please bring it to our office at the Town Hall on any Tuesday or Wednesday morning between 9am and 12 noon (no monitors or printers, please…) Thank you!

Pud Brook Riverbank Damage – Update
Sadly, there is no progress to report… The Rights of Way Service Manager from the Highways Group at Somerset County Council has informed us that he cannot give us any definite timescales for the repair work at present; the resolution is multi-disciplinary and requires the coordination of officers from a number of different departments. He is working on an appropriate way forward with fellow managers as to an appropriate lead for this project, subject to officer capacity and the best procurement route for the works.  He will let us know when there is any news!

More Flooding Issues!
It seems extraordinary to think that last Summer was the driest for years and that we were praying for rain… Forward-wind five or six months and many readers will be aware of the recent flooding problems on the road to Charlton Horethorne near the entrance to White House Farm. It might well be a haven for ducks but this flooding has posed a significant hazard to motorists. A representative from Somerset County Council visited the site last month to see the problem for himself; once the water has receded, he will have a better idea of what work is needed but he anticipates the requirement for a new drainage system in that area.

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