Parish Council Newsletter: August 2022

The Council now has eight Councillors and are keen to fill the ninth seat by the end of August. Why not put yourself forward for co-option and be welcomed on the council!

TINTINHULL PARISH COUNCIL – VACANCY

The Council now has eight Councillors out of the nine required.

The Council is keen to have the nine seats filled by the end of August and if you would like to play your part, which I am sure you will find very interesting and rewarding, you can put yourself forward for co-option and be welcomed on the council. This does not mean that you have to sign up for a 5-year term as you can resign at any time if, on reflection, being a Councillor is not for you. Give it a try – we do not bite. There is a wealth of training to help you on your way.

If you would like to know more, do please contact our Parish Clerk, Heather Bryant, on 01460 234770 or email parishclerk@tintinhull.online

Parish Council meetings are generally held on the third Monday of every month at 7.30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Village Hall.

COUNCILLORS AND PORTFOLIO HOLDERS

The eight Councillors currently are:

  • Steve Creaney (Chairman, Finance, Recreation Ground, Web Site)
  • James Pullen (Vice Chairman, Finance, Sports Ground & Allotments)
  • Douglas Legg (Sports Ground and Allotments)
  • Cath Cox (Planning)
  • Katie Stokes (Highways/Rights of Way, Police Liaison Representative)
  • Derek Mills
  • Ruth Sullivan
  • Julie Raven

Volunteers

  • Web Site – Hugh Manuel, Richard East.
  • Swimming pool Representative/Treasurer – Gerry Hunt
  • Tree Warden – Raef Johnson (Arborist)

FUTURE OF THE SPORT’S FIELD AND PAVILION

The Chairman of the Sport’s Field and Pavilion Working Group (Mark Roddy) came to the last meeting to update on progress made so far.

The Working Group are progressing with the pavilion as it stands at present with a goal of getting it open to a satisfactory standard. This will mean getting the electrics and drains sorted plus a good clean. Usage plans are a key component of the Pavilions’ future to avoid high operating costs with negligible income.

Ash Rovers Football Team will be playing on the football pitches for the 22/23 season. They will have under 7’s, under 8’s, under 9’s and under 13’s teams. The longer-term plan is to try and secure funding to upgrade the entire facility and this is being done in concert with the Working Group and an embryonic Tintinhull Football Club currently being developed. Ash Rovers is available for Tintinhull young people so if your child or grandchild would like to join, please contact the Clerk.

RAILINGS AROUND THE CORORATION TREE

Part of the railings and tree were hit by a vehicle on the early morning of

16th May leaving a lot of damage to the railings. The tree was checked out by an Arborist and was confirmed to be safe. A very generous parishioner has offered to try and straighten out the railings and if this cannot be done, the Council will replace the damaged railings to match the existing.

OVERGROWN HEDGES OR VERGES

Somerset County Council undertake a programme of works for cutting the verges in Towns and Parishes. The only one cut for Class C and unclassified roads is planned between 6.6.22-29.7.22 and Class A&B roads, the 2nd cut is planned between 1.8.22 – 26.8.22. All subject to the weather and unforeseen circumstances. You can report an overgrown hedge or verge on the Somerset County Council web site (Click on Roads and Transport; click on problems on roads; click on overgrown hedges & verges – then follow the link) However, if you feel that it is an urgent problem and a risk to public safety, phone the Police on 101. 

SUPPORT FOR SOMERSET HOUSEHOLDS WITH FOODS AND ENERGY BILLS

Somerset residents who are struggling to pay the bills could be eligible for support with the cost of food, energy, water, and other essentials over the coming months.

SCC has been allocated £3.8m to distribute before September 30 as part of the second round of funding provided through the Government’s Household Support Fund.

Just over £1.2m will be used during the school holidays to provide food vouchers worth £10 a week to children eligible for Free School Meals and a further £1.3m will be used for one-off payments of £100 to residents on Pension Credit. Another £1m will be made available for a range of urgent essentials including fuel, food, and white goods. A total of £200,000 is put aside to help support people who can’t access the internet or online vouchers.

Applications are means-tested and can be made by anyone in urgent need of financial support. To make an application, please visit: bit.ly/SupportFund22. If you need help to apply, please phone Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224. 

DATES OF SCHEDULED PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS FOR 2022

15.8.22                        19.9.22                        17.10.22          21.11.22          19.12.22

Parish Council meetings normally start at 7.30pm. Village Hall & Recreational Ground Trust meetings as and when required. The venue for all meetings is the Village Hall. The Clerk’s email address is:

Heather Bryant parishclerk@tintinhull.online

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