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The proposed Virtual Footpath at North End 2012-12-28 14:51:13
Have your say on the proposed ‘virtual footpath’ at North End, Creech St Michael.   Article written by David Forthergill, County Councillor for Creech St Michael   Both as the local County Councillor and as a Governor of the Creech St Michael C of E Primary School I am very aware of the problems that many people face walking along the road between West View and North End.   The lack of footpath for about 100 metres means that children, the elderly, mums with prams – in fact every pedestrian has to step into the road with little or no protection from traffic travelling in both directions. [caption id="attachment_1599" align="alignright" width="218"] David Fothergill at the site of the proposed virtual footpath[/caption]   Every year each County Councillor is asked to put forward two safety schemes for their Division.   One request I put forward this year is for a footpath along the road between West View and North End.   After a lot of consideration by County Highways a proposal, costing around £20,000, has been drawn up.   Click here to display a PDF version of the drawings.   However due to restrictions in road width, sight lines, land ownership and traffic management the proposal can only be for a virtual footpath i.e. one which is identified by a different colour of surfacing. Obviously this scheme would also be supported by the appropriate signage and road markings.   Having met with representatives of the Parish Council it is clear that there are concerns with this solution but given the restrictions involved it does seem to deliver improvement in safety for those using the new footpath.   The proposal will be discussed at the forthcoming Parish Council and I will also be expected to give feedback to County Highways early in January. I would therefore like to hear your views.   These drawings are at the preliminary stages so any input would be greatly welcomed - now is your opportunity to let me know what you think.   If you would like a large scale copy of the map please let me know and one can be forwarded electronically or in paper format.   Email me on DJAFothergill@somerset.gov.uk , text or call me on 07765 256 256 or write to me at Lantern House, Stoke St Mary, Taunton TA3 5BX
Draft minutes for 3rd December Creech Parish Council meeting 2012-12-28 11:44:28
Announcement from Creech St Michael Parish Council   The draft minutes for the 3rd December 2012 Parish Council meeting are now available online in the Parish Council section on the website.   In order that minutes are publicised as soon as possible after Parish Council meetings, with effect from August 2012 minutes will be recorded on this website soon after the meeting in ‘DRAFT’ format.   Any amendments to the draft minutes, when the minutes are approved by full Council, will be shown in the ‘approval of minutes’ section of the minutes for the following meeting.   Steve Atria Clerk to Creech St Michael Parish Council
A personal view of proposed developments in Creech St Michael 2012-12-14 23:14:43
Article submitted by Eric Chown, Creech St Michael   I attended a crowded consultation at the village hall on Tuesday 12th December 2012 and judging by the comments of the people I spoke to they were not in favour of this particular development in the field behind the local primary school.   The seemingly tight development of 60 houses would only have one entry/exit route on to an already busy Hyde Lane.  This narrow entrance road would consume part of a very popular designated footpath. The development would mean that the school, already oversubscribed, would then be locked as an island with no means of expansion.  The developers, as a carrot would donate parking spaces and build a hall.  I am not sure of the schools response but I understand that classroom space is currently very stretched.   This development has caused some other concerns. It may add to add to the volume of traffic in Hyde Lane, which is the main route for scholars attending Heathfield Community School.   Another smaller (35 homes) also proposed last month would use a parcel of land beyond the newly built Hollingsworth Park.  Again the developers have suggested a new, much needed scout hut, allotments or some other community amenity could be incorporated into the deal.  This plot would be near to the busy motorway.  Not necessarily everyone's idea of rural living.  This also increased the traffic in Hyde Lane with no plans apparent to ease the risks and hazards along this narrow stretch of road.   These proposed, and recently built, housing developments, with nearly 200 homes, have to be seen against the much larger schemes at Bathpool and Monkton Heathfield, just the other side of the motorway, whose plans have been given more thought over transportation links, roads, public amenities and shopping centres. Whereas the growth of our village consists of bits added on with no apparent concerns, lacking forethought on how it will affect the established village structure.   The consultation having now taken place, people are not sure what the outcome will be.  The parish councillors will take the views and feelings of the villagers to the planners but many expressed the view that the 'consultation' is just window dressing and local opinion will be overridden.   Concerns were also raised on the effect of all these new houses will have on the local landscape, the heavy rains we have had caused severe overloading of the field drainage systems and ditches with flooding in various parts of the village with lack of watercourse maintenance being added as an another factor.   Creech is no stranger to flooding but water management schemes, ponds etc do not appear to cope with recent inundations.   A lot to think about for the future of the village.   Do you have a point of view?  Why not give voice to your opinions, for or against, on this forum.   Please email me at publicity@creechstmichael.net to get them published.
Two burglaries in Creech on Tuesday 11th December 2012-12-11 19:13:23
Article submitted by Creech St Michael Parish Council   Two burglaries took place at ‘Queensdown’ and ‘Rocket Cottages’ in the early hours of Tuesday 11th December.   These were two opportunist burglaries.   The parish council ask local people to be aware and check that their belongings are not on display and that their houses are securely locked.   Visit the news page for statistics on Crime in Creech in October 2012
Creech St Michael Crime Figures October 2012 2012-12-11 19:05:06
Article submitted by Nigel Finch Crime figures for October 2012 within a radius of 1 mile from the centre of Creech (TA3 5DP):  
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Anti-Social Behaviour

5

0

3

1

3

2

2

5

4

2

   
Burglary

1

0

1

2

3

2

2

0

2

2

   
Criminal Damage & Arson

2

2

0

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

   
Drugs

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   
Other Theft

0

3

0

2

1

2

4

0

4

1

   
Public Disorder & Weapons

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   
Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   
Shoplifting

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

   
Vehicle Crime

1

4

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

3

   
Violent Crime

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

   
Other Crime

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

   
TOTAL 10 10 5 9 9 10 12 6 11 10
  [caption id="attachment_1584" align="aligncenter" width="300"] October 2012 Crime Figures (click to enlarge)[/caption]   Note: To protect privacy, crimes are mapped to an anonymous point on or near the road where they occurred.   Visit crime figures for Creech for more information   This information is reproduced from information in the public domain and published on www.police.uk
Public consultation on new housing plans 11th December in Village Hall 2012-12-10 19:09:05
Article submitted by Clare Sampson, Chair Creech St Michael Parish Council   A public consultation will be held on Tuesday 11th December 2pm to 7:30pm at Creech Village Hall on the proposed draft plans from David Wilson Homes to build on land adjacent to Hollingsworth Park.   More details can be seen on the attached flyer
Sail on the Canal to visit Santa from Canal Car Park this weekend 2012-12-10 18:50:19
Article submitted by Eric Chown on behalf of Somerset Waterways Development Trust   Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December   Sail to visit Santa at his grotto starting from the Canal Car Park at 10am. [caption id="attachment_1574" align="aligncenter" width="503"] Sail along the canal to visit Santa in his grotto[/caption]   Mulled wine and mince pies for Adults £4, Kids £5 including a present from Santa!
Text the word DRUNK to 81819 to report a drink or drugs driver 2012-12-10 18:36:50
Article submitted by Steve Altria on behalf of Avon and Somerset Constabulary   Drink Driving   Drinking or taking drugs and then driving is a lethal cocktail, so we are urging party-goers to leave their car at home this Christmas.   As the festivities get underway, our Roads Policing Unit has already kicked off its annual Christmas drink drive campaign - Operation Tonic.   This year we are encouraging people to shop a drink/drugs driver by calling 999 or texting the word drunk to 81819 on their mobile phone together with any information which might help us respond. This might include the vehicle registration number of the vehicle and its location and, if you can, the name of the person. These texts are treated in the same way we treat 999 calls.   As part of the initiative, officers across the force area are carrying out stop-checks throughout this month and increasing patrols in hot spot areas, including more isolated locations and rat runs.   The message is clear - if you're getting behind the wheel, steer clear of alcohol and drugs. The penalties are severe:
  • Drink drivers face up to six months in prison, a fine of up to £5,000 and a driving ban of at least 12 months.
  • Anyone causing death by careless driving while over the legal limit could be imprisoned for up to 14 years, with a minimum disqualification of two years.
  • Refusal to provide a breath specimen could lead to a six month prison sentence, a fine of up to £5,000 and a 12 month ban from driving.
  Over the past eight years almost 2,000 drivers have been arrested and subsequently lost their licences as part of Avon and Somerset Police's Operation Tonic.   And drink drivers aren't just jeopardising their own futures - they are also putting other people's lives at risk.   One sixth of all road traffic fatalities in the force area can be attributed to the "fatal four": drink driving, mobile phone use, speeding and failure to wear seatbelts.   Chief Inspector John Holt of Avon and Somerset's Operations and Roads Policing Unit, said: "Our advice to drivers is not to get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all, as research shows that even one drink can impair your driving - motorists just shouldn't take the risk.   "If you do drink and drive there is a good chance that you will get caught. If you are heading out to an office party, then plan ahead - pre-book a taxi, agree a designated driver or arrange overnight accommodation. Drivers can also be vulnerable and over the drink drive limit the morning after, so don't take any chances.   "We would also advise people not to drive if they are taking drugs - whether illegally or even prescription drugs, which advise you not to drive or operate machinery. Your ability to drive could be compromised, making you a danger not only to yourself but other road users.   "By following this advice you will help everyone have a safe and happy Christmas.    
Public Exhibition for Proposed Development of 60 Homes 2012-12-05 14:50:27
PCL Planning represent David Wilson Homes, who are in the process of preparing a planning application to be submitted to the council early next year. The land at Hyde Lane lies to the north of the primary school and a scheme of circa 60 dwellings is envisaged.   Plans for the new homes will be displayed at a public exhibition on the 11th December 2012. It is envisaged that the application will provide additional car parking for the school, as well as enabling highway improvements to Hyde Lane. The event will give the community an early opportunity to see the emerging plans and express views on the final form of development.   The exhibition is being held at Creech St Michael Village Hall. It will be open to the public from 2pm until 7.30pm. Public Exhibition Invite