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Staplegrove Annual Parish Meeting

The annual parish meeting for Staplegrove is this Wednesday 11th May 2022 at Staplegrove Village Hall. the meeting starts at 6pm and is an opportunity to

  • Find out what the Parish Council has done in the last year
  • Hear about other groups and organisations in Staplegrove
  • Meet the newly elected Parish Councillors
  • Find out what the impact of a new Taunton Town Council could have on Staplegrove Parish Council
  • Show support for your Parish Council

The annual parish meeting will be followed by the Staplegrove Parish Council AGM which is also open to any member of the public

Councillor Elections Somerset 2022

In May, elections will be held for the new Somerset Council and that is an opportunity to become a councillor. The current Somerset County Councillor Rod Williams who represents Staplegrove and Rowbarton has written the following piece about the role of a councillor, what it means, what is expected and what the pay is.

BE A SOMERSET COUNCILLOR!

All political parties are looking for candidates for the new Somerset Council.  The role is important for Staplegrove, for Somerset and for our democratic system; how important it is may depend on you. 

The rewards of being a Somerset Councillor will be many.  You will get to know your local geography better than now.  You will meet delightful people. 

You will help people with small things that matter a lot to them.  You will represent large numbers of residents with big concerns, even if opinion ranges between the diametrically opposed. 

You will get some things done.  You may well initiate some big improvements for the future and may prevent a few bad mistakes.  And you will be eligible for an allowance of about £700 per month. 

But don’t stand for election with little or no idea of the role.  I believe the role is three-fold.  First, you represent your residents.  Second, you represent the Council.  And third, you represent the public interest; and this part can need the most thought. 

You’ll need to work on things your residents have little interest in and in areas of which you know nothing.  And due to the privileged information you have, you’ll see things that others can’t.

You must be able to live with frustration.  Much of your life is spent persuading.  You will want it all done faster.  Patience, good relationships and nice  judgement are key to getting things done.

For me, being a County Councillor is a full-time job. As well as being in meetings throughout the day, you need to prepare for them and follow them up.  You need to get away from the screen and out and about.  As a County Councillor, it’s busy.  But in the new Council a Councillor’s workload will increase. 

The new Somerset Council will be different from the County and District Councils.  Somerset Council, Local Community Networks and the Taunton Town Council will be new organisations doing new things. 

This new era will give us remarkable opportunity – to improve the lives of residents, to improve the place we live in and to stimulate the prosperity we need to pay for the improvements we want.  We must take this opportunity.  If you want to be part of it, contact me or the party of your choice, fast. 

And one other thing – you need to get elected in May and devote the next five years of your life to it!

Councillor Rod Williams

Somerset County Councillor for Rowbarton and Staplegrove 07881 922028 – RodWilliams@somerset.gov.uk

Bug Hotels and Tree Planting

Sadly, several trees have had to be felled n the Grove due to disease. However, several of the undiseased logs have been put to good use through the construction of bug hotels. Five have been built by Cllr Moon and we hope that bugs and small animals will make their home in the Grove.

We have been able to replace some of the trees felled in The Grove through Somerset West and Taunton’s free trees scheme. Cllrs Bird, Talbot, Clark and Went with the help of friends recently planted 8 new broadleaf native trees. The Grove is more accessible now due to the creation of paths through the trees and undergrowth and we hope you will enjoy the woods whilst respecting the new hotels and newly planted trees.

Success for Manor Road Children’s Playground in Annual Playing Fields Competition

The competition is run by Somerset Playing Fields Association. The playground is managed by the Parish Council and is inspected each week by a Parish Councillor. In the last year new trees have been planted along with a hedge and these are now established. The Parish Council have been delighted to see an increase in the number of people visiting and enjoying the playground and only have one request to make ‘ Please dispose of your rubbish either by taking it home or using the bin provided’.

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Annual Governance and Accountability Return year ended March 2021

Each year Staplegrove Parish Council prepares an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR). The right for the public to view the AGAR and associated documents is given in this notice. All the documents relating to the AGAR that have to be published can be found in the Finance or Policy and Audit pages on this website.

Annual Parish Meeting 2021 – Chairman’s report

At the Staplegrove Annual Parish Meeting held on 6th May 2021 by zoom, Michael Clark, chair of Staplegrove Parish Council for the last two years reported on the last two years and his report can be read here. His report includes an update on the North Taunton Development, the footpaths, the playground and the Grove, and a thank you to those who help in the community. The meeting also heard reports from the Staplegrove Trust, The Parish Paths Liaison Officer, Staplegrove Community Group and Staplegrove Youth Football Club.

New Hedge in Children’s playground

The Parish Council, in its position as trustees of the Recreation Ground, has planted a hedge alongside the existing metal railings adjoining Kibbys Field, on the southern boundary of the playground. It is a broad mix of plants including Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Hazel which will provide blossom in spring and berries in autumn/ winter and would be good for nesting birds and some butterflies. The mix is in accordance with RHS guidance. It’s not easy to see at the moment but hopefully as it becomes established it soon will.