New Buildings and Developments Update – September 2018

Posted by on 16th September, 2018 in Hidden

A 3259 Bus Gate / Western Relief Road Somerset County Council remain committed, officially, to the installation of a bus gate on the A3259. However, they have undertaken to complete the Western Relief road (WRR) first, then to carry out a traffic survey and consult on the results before deciding where (or whether?) to install the bus gate. The WRR was due to be completed by early next year. However, the timetable has slipped. The Hartnell’s developers won a legal case that has removed the requirement for them to make a £ 1,000,000 contribution to the WRR costs. We await developments. Monkton Heathfield Phase 2 development (MH2) The Masterplan for the phase 2 development was due to be published in July. It has not yet been published and we do not know when that might now happen. Only when it does, can we consider any impact on the parish and whether there is scope for us to comment or intervene on the plan. The adopted policies of the Neighbourhood Plan must be considered by developers when they submit any planning application. Hartnells Farm development Things are moving forward on the development of the land around Hartnell’s Farm and building is likely to commence in the next 3-6 months. 300 houses are due to be built in four stages. Persimmon presented their revised plans by means of a detailed design code for the first phase of the development to West Monkton Parish Council’s planning meeting on the 4th of September (following comments on the original application from the Parish Council). The original planning application did not follow some of the Policies of the Neighbourhood Plan. It was explained that some of the Section 106 agreements regarding social and affordable housing put in place on the outline application take priority over the Policies of the Neighbourhood Plan, since the NP was made after the outline permission was granted. Other areas of concern are being addressed by the developer. The development will involve a new roundabout on the A3259 and three new pedestrian crossings and also a requirement to dig up Bawler Road for infrastructure works. These works are likely to slow traffic considerably and may well cause more traffic to use less suitable routes as a rat-run. A Construction Management Plan has not yet been presented by the developers. Communications Members of the public can attend WMPC Planning Committee meetings as well as Parish Council meetings. Dates are published on the agendas and minutes. Information can be found on the West Monkton website www.westmonkton.net, the West Monkton facebook page, in the Village news and on the eight notice boards in the Parish. There is also an electronic message board which can be viewed through the front door of the BACH. Members of the public can attend Parish Surgery at the BACH on the second Thursday of every month at 8.30am. Drop in for a coffee and talk informally to clerks, and parish/district/county Councillors. Clerks can be contacted with queries or enquiries by email clerk@westmonkton.net, assistantclerk@westmonkton.net or by phone 01823 413...

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Taunton Deane Borough Council – Customer Hub – Opening Times

Posted by on 26th July, 2018 in Hidden

The new opening hours for the Customer Hub (face to face) are; Monday 8.30am – 5.00pm Tuesday 8.30am – 5.00pm Wednesday 9.30am – 5.00pm Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm

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Highways England M5 Resurfacing Work

Posted by on 19th April, 2018 in Hidden

Highways England operates, maintains and improves England’s motorways and major A roads. I am writing to let you know we will shortly be undertaking a programme of essential resurfacing work on the M5 northbound and southbound between junctions 25 and 26. The attached letter provides detailed information regarding the works, including start dates, details of our traffic management and the diversion routes for full closures. Please note that whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances, such as severe weather, may mean slight changes to it. We will always aim to notify you of any major changes within the programme but please monitor www.trafficengland.com/ to keep up-to-date.   M5 J25-26 Resurfacing...

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge Sunday 13th May 2018

Posted by on 5th March, 2018 in Hidden

On Sunday 13th May Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will be holding our eighth annual Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge, starting at 11am in Watchet and ending in West Bay. In 2017, 580 supporters took part in this event to help raise funds to keep Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flying and in doing so collaboratively rode just over 30600 miles (that’s approximately 35 journeys from Lands End to John O’ Groats!) and raised more than £79,000 – that’s  enough to fund approximately 26 missions by the air ambulance. This event is not a race and involves cycling along some of Dorset and Somerset’s glorious countryside, riding through picturesque villages, with a mix of quiet back roads and busier main roads, interspersed with some demanding climbs and hairy descents this challenge definitely offers something for everyone! We are aware that this event may cause you and your neighbours some slight disruption and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. If you would be willing to help marshal this event in your neighbourhood and help us keep everyone safe, we would love to hear from you. With best wishes and many thanks for your support. Tina Viksna Fundraising Manager Tel: 01823 669604...

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Would local residents like to see two tennis courts for free use in the Parish at Hartnells Farm?

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