MARK PARISH COUNCIL
A Meeting of Mark Parish Council was held in the Church Hall, Vicarage Road, Mark on Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 at 7.00 p.m.
The following are some of the topics discussed.
Report of the County Councillor
County Councillor Huxtable reported upon an improving financial situation at the County Council. He hoped that a highway safety scheme in the vicinity of Mark First School would soon go out to consultation. He undertook to chase up the provision of revised signage to enable the extension of the speed limit at Blackford Road to be implemented. Extra finance would be available to support rural bus services and he would shortly be chairing a meeting of Town/Parish Council representatives to discuss the funding of the 67 Service during 2020/21. A new climate change grant scheme would also shortly be launched to support green initiatives.
It was noted that applications had been made for financial assistance from local organisations and a public appeal had been launched to assist with funding the cost of the work. A grant of £5,000 had been secured from the Nuttall Trust and £1,000 had been promised by Mark PCC. Public donations to date amounted to £2,230. It was agreed to request that work does not commence until after the VE 75th Anniversary Commemorations on 8th May 2020.
Balance of Accounts
It was reported that our accounts at 31st January 2020 were in order and in line with the expenditure agreed in the budget April 2019 to April 2020. Authorisations for Payment were approved for GWB Services - grass and hedge cutting and Parish Clerk - expenses & sundry payments.
Risk Management Report/Statement of Internal Control 2019/20
Members considered and approved a Risk Management Report and a Statement of Internal Control for 2019/20.
It now appeared that adequate balances would be available at 31st March 2020 and it was agreed to give detailed consideration to the subject of reserves during the formation of the 2021/22 budget.
Public Areas Portfolio
It was agreed to report defects at Vole Road, Kingsway and Merryfield and to request refurbishment of the white lines at Littlemoor Road. A landowner would also be requested to cut back a hedge overhanging the carriageway at Southwick Road. It was noted that all recent fly-tipping deposits had been reported to the District Council and subsequently removed. A Meeting would be held with the school governors to discuss the issue of parents parking near the School for long periods with engines running and obstructing residential driveways. The Litter Pick Day on 29th February 2020 had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. It was agreed to thank a parishioner for his valuable work regarding litter picking and to request a further Community Payback Scheme visit.
Councillor Francis gave an update on the refurbishment of historic finger post signs. Burtle Parish Council had contributed 50% of the cost of the work to the sign at River Bridge. He also reported upon the operation of the shared SID scheme.
It was noted that no urgent issues had been raised in the annual safety inspection report. A wooden picnic bench however had become dangerous and it was agreed to remove this item and to purchase a suitable replacement bench.
Public Rights of Way
There were currently no issues relating to the local public rights of way.
Village Hall /Football Pitch Area
It was noted that the Mark Community Association were investigating improvements to the football pitch area including refurbishing the goalmouth which required remedial action.
Councillor Mrs Weekes reported upon statistics relating to visits to the web-site during February which had shown an increase on the previous month.
It was agreed to amend the cemetery regulations to prohibit large plastic framed floral tributes.
The next Meeting will be the Annual Parish Meeting followed by the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council to be held on 5th May 2020 starting at 7.00 p.m.
Help Keep Mark Tidy:
It was with regret that it was decided to delay, as reported earlier, the annual Mark litter and general debris clean-up day on Saturday 29th February. Our sincere thanks to those community members who came to the Village Hall on Saturday to help with the planned clean-up.
National Grid T-pylons work starts – public information events
From May 2020, we are starting work to build the world’s first T-pylons from Bridgwater to Loxton, where they will connect with the underground cables we are installing across the Mendip Hills. Our first activity will be to build temporary road accesses and a temporary haul road along the route of the new overhead line. This will help us to keep construction traffic away from local roads.
Construction activity in your area will include:
Over the coming weeks you may see us carrying out surveys and vegetation clearance. Before we start work in May, we will write to properties close to the route and meet with the parish councils to keep them updated.
We are also holding public information events where you can come along to meet our project team and find out more.
Woolavington Village Hall
Tuesday 21 April 2020
4.00pm – 6.30 pm
Mark Church Hall, Vicarage Lane
Tuesday 5 May 2020
3.30pm – 6.30pm
The Hinkley Connection Project is a new high-voltage electricity connection between Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth. It will connect low-carbon energy sources, including EDF Energy’s new Hinkley Point C, to UK homes and businesses. The new connection will be 57 km long: 48.5 km of overhead line and 8.5 km of underground cable through the Mendip Hills.
To minimise the impact on the local landscape and make way for the new connection, we’re removing over 67 km of existing overhead lines and pylons.
We recognise our work will cause disruption and we are sorry for any inconvenience. We’re working with our contractors, Balfour Beatty, to minimise disruption as best we can.
If you would like more information on our project, please see our project website www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk or call our community team on 0800 377 7347.