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Agenda for the next meeting of Staplegrove Parish Council – Thursday 20th September 2018

Please click here to see the agenda for the next meeting of Staplegrove Parish Council. The meeting will be held in the Blackdown Room of Taunton Vale Sports Club, Gipsy Lane, Staplegrove Road, Taunton, TA2 6LL on Thursday 20th September 2018, and will start at 5pm.

Minutes of the previous meetings are available on this website. Please contact the Clerk (staplegroveparishcouncil@hotmail.com) if you would like copies of any other papers for the meeting.

Taunton Transport Strategy – notes of the meeting held on Thursday 6th September 2018

A meeting was held on Thursday 6th September 2018 to discuss Somerset County Council’s ‘Taunton Transport Strategy’.  In attendance were representatives from Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Staplegrove Parish Council and the Residents of Staplegrove Action Group.

Please click here to see a copy of the notes of this meeting.

The notes will be circulated to those present, and have been sent to Somerset County Council officers with the email below:

“Thank you for last week and I have pleasure in sending the notes of the meeting.

I have to say that we do not accept your statement that a ring road round north Taunton would not be a strategic route.

Your diagram indicating the change of movements for Option 3 shows no increase of traffic on the West Monkton Western Relief Road following the addition of the 500m extension of the Spine Road to Cheddon Road which can not possibly be correct. Your ‘Forecast trip distribution for the Nexus25 development site’ diagram indicates that 60% of the traffic from Taunton will be from north of the town and these vehicles, together with the existing traffic, will wish to use the orbital route to avoid the identified congestion hotspots at St Andrews and Obridge Viaduct, to the benefit of all.

We look forward to your reporting back on the highlighted items.”

Agenda for the Planning Sub-committee meeting – Tuesday 4th September 2018

Please find below the agenda for a meeting of the Planning Sub-Committee of Staplegrove Parish Council, to be held at Brookfield, Rectory Drive, Staplegrove, Taunton, TA2 6AP, on Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 4.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend, and are advised to consult Taunton Deane’s website for details of the planning applications under discussion. This can be found at http://www2.tauntondeane.gov.uk/asp/webpages/plan/plapplookup.asp

Agenda

1. To receive and agree apologies for absence

2. Code of Conduct – Declaration of interests

3. To agree the minutes of the last meeting – Tuesday 21st August 2018

4. 34/18/0020
Erection of single storey extension to side of 31 Scott Close, Staplegrove
5. Any other business

Response to Parish Council request to Somerset County Council to paint SLOW on road near Village Hall

The Parish Council have received a response from Somerset County Council to their request to Somerset County Council to paint SLOW on road near Village Hall (see original post 27th June 2018).  The response can be seen below.

“Ref:  SLOW road marking, Staplegrove Road

We have previously responded to this request for a SLOW marking in the road near the Village Hall.

Chapter 5 of the Traffic Signs Manual states on page 131 “Although the marking may be used alone, it is most effective when it complements a warning sign so that drivers are told why they need to slow down.” In Somerset we have had a policy in place for a number of years of not putting down ‘SLOW’ markings in isolation.

Although the PC are offering to pay for this road marking it is not something that SCC can support. SCC needs to be consistent with its road markings across the County and this marking has shown to be ineffective when used in isolation.

The reason for the SLOW and Yellow Bar markings on the NIDR is due to a speed reduction measure being required on the approach to the bend after a long extent of straight road. This measure was recommended by the safety audit team and was permissible because there are no houses fronting the NIDR.

I apologise for being unable to assist you further in this instance.”

The Parish Council have made the following comments in response:

“We were disappointed to receive your reply below but not altogether surprised.

We had rather hoped that as we had offered to arrange and pay for the cost of putting ‘SLOW’ on the carriageway you would permit us to provide this simple measure. It would have been an endeavour to remind traffic that they were approaching two blind left hand bends and could well come across cars in the middle of the road which had just left the village hall car park. We consider that we to have a responsibility to ensure the safety of vehicles on the road and, of course, in that we have the advantage of our everyday experiences of travelling the local area to guide us.

I have tried to point out the inconsistencies in your various justifications for doing nothing in our many letters over the last few years and particularly in my reply to Mrs Bev Norman dated 10 Nov 2017, but I think that we shall just have to wait for the next regular highway inspection you carry out, as per the Safety Inspection Manual, to see if there is indeed a need for some action before any serious accident does occur.”

The Parish Council will no longer be pursuing this issue.