JUNE 2019




Mark and Wedmore Ward

Polly Costello – polly.costello@sedgemoor.gov.uk 01934 713564

Will Human – will.human@sedgemoor.gov.uk 01278 641795


View from Sedgemoor

Polly Costello and Will Human would like to thank the voters of Mark, Wedmore and the outlying villages for the faith and trust they have placed in them at their recent re-election to the roles of District Councillors.

They want to let all of the residents know that whichever way they voted, they are there to represent all and are happy to receive any requests for help or information that is in their power to give.

Both are to take up new and prominent roles in the new Council; Polly is to be the Licensing and General Purposes Committee Chairperson and Will is being appointed as Vice Chairperson of Audit and Scrutiny Committee. They are both remaining on the Axe Brue drainage board.





The 2 May 2019 Local Elections have seen changes in the structure of Mark Parish Council. At the Annual Meeting of Mark Parish Council on 9 May, the following elections were made:






2015 to 2019

2019 to 2023


Nick van der Bijl

Simon Emary


Geoff Francis

Geoff Francis


Anne Hanlon

Dave Champion


Eileen Corkish

Eileen Corkish


Jan Horn

Jan Horn


Sally Flack

John Spencer


Jendy Weekes

Jendy Weekes


Will Human

Will Human


Richard Young

Richard Young


As I have not stood for a re-election for no other reason than a couple of other interests were impacting on my time. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the 2015-2019 Council for their commitment to the Parish of Mark.  

I would also like to thank the Parish of Mark for your support, your contribution and your understanding in sometimes difficult circumstances. The experience of being on the Council has been rewarding, enjoyable and quite a ride, one that I shall not forget.

Yours sincerely, Nick van der Bijl



It was unanimously agreed that Councillor S. Emary be elected Chairman for 2019/20 and unanimously agreed that Councillor Francis be elected Vice-Chairman for 2019/20.

Members passed a vote of thanks to Mr van der Bijl for his valuable work on behalf of the Parish Council.



County Councillor Huxtable reported upon the work of the County Council including finance, highway matters, Somerset Waste Partnership and Bus Service 67. He was pursuing the possible installation of flashing warning lights in the vicinity of Mark First School and it was noted that the County Council had now made the Traffic Order to extend the 30 mph speed limit at Blackford Road



The balance of accounts as 1st April stands at - Current £8,669.58, Reserve of £33,317.01. Members formally approved the Financial Statement, Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statement for 2018/19 required by external auditors.

It was agreed to adopt the revised model Financial Regulations as supplied by the Somerset Association of Local Councils and The PC their insurance cover for 2019/20 and determined that no changes were currently necessary.



-006 Retrospective application for the conversion of a terrace of 3 houses to form a pair of semi-detached houses and a detached house, 4 & 6 The City, Mark – I. Jones – recommend permission.

-007 Conversion of milking shed to living accommodation to be used as ancillary accommodation to main dwelling, erection of extensions and conversion of cider barn to living accommodation, Primrose Farm, Vole Road, Mark – Mr & Mrs Johnson – recommend permission.

-009 Repairs and stabilisation of freestanding wall, Mark College, Blackford Road, Mark – PMBC Ltd – recommend permission.



Highways Matters

It was noted that all recent highway defects and fly-tipping deposits had been reported to appropriate authorities. It was agreed in principle to accept a quotation from N.A. Haggett (Builders) Ltd to carry out enhancement work to the lay-by at Jubilee Green. It was also agreed to arrange for various seats to be cleaned/treated. The PC would like to thank a parishioner who had kindly cleaned the Church Street bus shelter. Councillor Francis gave an update on the refurbishment of historic finger post signs, and also reported upon the operation of the shared SID scheme and members also received statistics on information obtained from the SID and Community Speedwatch.

Play Area

It was agreed to enter the 2019 Field of the Year Competition organised by the Somerset Playing Fields’ Association.

Public Rights Of Way

It was noted that an issue at The Wall had been referred to the Local Drainage Board for attention.

Village Hall/Football Pitch Area

It was agreed that the defibrillator at the Village Hall be replaced in the near future following advice by the South West Ambulance Service. It was noted that the proprietor of the holiday park at Mark Causeway had installed a defibrillator at his site which would also be available for public use.


Councillor Mrs Corkish reported that a number of memorials were leaning due to ground settlement. It was agreed to check the memorials in the cemetery and take action in any cases where they were found to be unstable.

Welcome To Mark Leaflet

It was agreed to arrange an update of the Welcome to Mark Leaflet.



Councillor Mrs Weekes reported upon statistics relating to visits to the web-site during April. Reference was also made to the current situation regarding the installation of superfast broadband network in the area by Truespeed.



The Council have set up a dedicated email address to assist communication from the community over issues of concern.  markparishcouncil@gmail.com



The next Parish Council meeting will be held at the Church Hall on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at 7.00 p.m.


Simon Emary


Mark Parish Council








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