The Parish Council
The Parish Council is an autonomous local authority within the meaning of various acts of parliament. It is composed of representatives elected by the people of the parish to make decisions and speak on their behalf. It is a corporate body which means it exists as a legal entity, which is distinct from the rights and responsibilities of individual members.
Keinton Mandeville Parish Council has 9 members and meets on the first Tuesday of every month in the village hall at 7.30pm. Minutes and agendas of the meetings are displayed on the Parish notice board situated on the side of the village shop.
To view the Parish Council Standing Orders click - here
Date of Next Meeting
5th December 2017
Click here to view the last set of minutes.
Click here to view archive minutes and other documents.
Parish Council Publications
Parish Council Members
Parish Clerk - Sue Graham
Sun View, Babcary Lane, Keinton Mandeville, TA11 6DR
Tel: 01458 224593 or
District and County Councillors
District Councillor: Dean Ruddle
County Councillor: David Norris
Parish Council News/Notices
News December 2017
Once again we are writing to you in the hope that you can assist us with our annual Surviving Winter Campaign.
Every year, Somerset Community Foundation runs this appeal, encouraging people who do not need their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it so that it can be redistributed to elderly residents suffering from fuel poverty in the county. Last year over 400 older people in Somerset were helped to keep warm and better connected, thanks to local donors and pensioners who gave to Surviving Winter.
This year we have a target of raising £100,000 so that we can help 500 isolated and vulnerable older people over the winter. We would be extremely grateful to you if you could publicise this campaign in your Parish magazine by publishing the attached paragraph. If you wish to have more information or have further queries, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01749 344949 or visit our website :
Christmas Tree Service
This year’s Christmas tree service will take place on Saturday 16th December at 6pm around the village Christmas tree, all are welcome, please come along to sing some favourite carols.
South Somerset District Council Local Plan .
SSDC is currently consulting on its local plan. The Parish Council will be responding to the consultation but it is also open to the public and parishioners may wish to respond. See the consultation document on the SSDC website https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/spatial-policy/local-plan-review---issues-and-options-consultation-october-2017/
and in particular the sections containing the following paragraphs which identify Keinton Mandeville as a possible area for further development.
5.27 An initial assessment of existing Rural Settlements shows that there are a number of settlements that currently have a good range of local services, some employment opportunities, and sites that could accommodate additional growth. These include settlements like Keinton Mandeville, Curry Rivel and Merriott, where developments of between thirty and fifty dwellings have previously been approved.
5.28 Given the role of smaller settlements in delivering housing growth in South Somerset, an option could be to add an additional settlement category ‘Villages’ to Policy SS1 (Settlement Strategy). These would be settlements with a level of services, self-containment and development opportunities that could justify a specific level of growth and/or small scale allocations.
Thank you for completing the housing survey questionnaire this will shortly be analysed and we will let you know the results.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas Treecycling. South Somerset District Council in partnership with Keinton Mandeville Parish Council is offering Christmas Treecycling! Start the New Year off sustainably by recycling your tree into mulch! Bare (free of ornaments, metal, stands), real trees of all shapes and sizes accepted Drop off between 8th and 15th January 2018 to the compound at the side of the village hall
The police report at the last Parish Council meeting noted that we are still being visited by opportunist thieves who are looking for unlocked or poorly secured sheds and garages. Power tools, chain saws and similar are items on the ‘shopping’ list. Please lock sheds, outbuildings and garages and vehicles if left unattended
Keinton Mandeville now has an oil club, providing an opportunity to reduce the cost of your heating oil. Not only do we group your order with others in your local club but we also group other clubs' orders around you! Therefore a club with 6,000 to 10,000 litres will be joined with other local clubs in a delivery area to make one large bulk order. In many areas we now order twice a month and in some areas three times a month during the busier months, ensuring you never need to miss out on a group order.
See - https://www.oilclub.co.uk/heating_oil_clubs/the_keinton_mandeville_in_somerset_heating_oil_club.html
The Parish Council would like to wish all parishioners a Happy Christmas and New Year.
Test Census recruitment
Help shape the future of country by working as part of the test Census team in South Somerset
Are you looking to be part of something special? The Census is a fantastic project, dating all the way back to 1801. It’s a completely unique mission, and will involve every household in England and Wales. Because no two censuses are the same, a test is being carried out this year and they need your help!
Being a part of the preparation for the 2021 Census will mean that you make a real difference to society, and work on a project with huge significance and impact. The Office for National Statistics are looking for people with a range of skills and have both full and part time temporary roles available.
What jobs are available?
They need temporary Census Officers who go knocking from door to door. These roles could be perfect for you if you’re looking to:
• Earn some extra money
• Invest in your community
• Return to work after a break
• Earn some money whilst you study
• Work after you’ve retired
What’s in it for me?
Working on the Census is an excellent opportunity and delivers many benefits. In addition to gaining invaluable experience in the Public Sector, you’ll develop your skills and experience on a project of national significance. Being a valuable part of this one-of-a-kind project, you’ll make a real difference to your community and help to shape the future of the country. You’ll also enjoy flexible working hours.
To find out what Census jobs are available in South Somerset, visit https://www.brookstreet.co.uk/ons-census/ and click on the South Somerset link.
Mobile Library Stops
The Mobile Library routes have been revised, as a result the library will now stop at only at Queen Street Laybay between 1.30-1.50 pm on Thursdays (every 4 weeks):
· 27th August
· 24th September
· 22rd October
· 19th November
· 17th December
· 14th January
· 11th February
· 10th March
Bollards Irving Road - Lakeview Quarry Application
A number of residents attended a recent parish council meeting to express concern over rumours that the bollards in Irving Road could be removed as part of the Lakeview Quarry Planning Application.
The applicant has since stated that the proposals do not include any proposals to remove the bollards in Irving Road, and the Highways officer has also stated that he has been advised that the bollards at Irving Road are not being removed.
The Parish Council has a grant budget for local groups and organisations. If you would like to apply please write to the clerk at the above address including the following information:
• The number of members from the village regularly attending the organisation.
• The amount you would like to request and on what it would be spent.
• The likely benefit to residents of the village.
Planning Applications information
Planning application observations - a note to all parishoners.
When a planning application is made, the District Council have a duty to inform residents of neighbouring properties and to invite their observations. Similarly, the Parish Council is asked to consider and make observations on all planning applications in the village. Please note that South Somerset District Council DOES NOT routinely inform the Parish Council if it has received objections about the application. If you wish the Parish Council to take your comments into account in their deliberations, please make sure you either attend the Parish Council meeting in person or copy your comments to the Clerk in time for the meeting (check the date with the clerk beforehand.) Residents submitting applications are also welcome to attend the meeting at which their application will be considered. Agendas for all parish council meetings are displayed on the noticeboard on the side of the shop at least 3 clear days in advance of the meetings.
Noticec of Conclusion of Audit
The notice of conclusion of Audit, and external audit report in the Annual Return are now available to view on the Transparency Code tab.
Mobile phone found in happy tracks
A mobile phone has been found in Happy Tracks Park
If you think it may be yours please contact the clerk. 224593