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Agenda for Monday 4th February Parish Council Meeting 2013-01-29 18:09:35
Announcement from Creech St Michael Parish Council   The Agenda for the Monday 4th February 2013 Parish Council meeting is now available online.   Steve Altria Clerk to Creech St Michael Parish Council
TDBC consultation for potential development sites in Creech 2013-01-29 12:52:09
Article submitted by Nigel Finch, Langaller   Taunton Deane Borough Council has published the latest updates to the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan (SADMPP) for a consultation period to 7th March 2013.   The purpose (reproduced from TDBC website) of the Plan is to:
  • To set out a range of smaller allocations across the Borough consistent with the Core Strategy and in particular, the settlement hierarchy established by Policy SP1 of the Plan; and
  • To define development management policies, where necessary, to ensure that  sustainable development is delivered in accordance with the principles of the Taunton Deane Core Strategy and National Planning Policy Framework
All documents in the SADMPP are in the public domain for review and comment.   There are eight areas in Creech St Michael identified in the plan for potential housing development.   The map of the eight areas is republished below for convenience with respective descriptions and comments.   [caption id="attachment_1681" align="aligncenter" width="292"] Potential site allocations in Creech (click to enlarge)[/caption]

Table 3.6 Creech St. Michael Potential Future Development Options

Site No Site Area Site Description
1 Land at North End (CSM005) 0.6 ha Site lies to the northeast of the Village Centre and is relatively poorly related to its services and facilities.
2 Land at Worthy Lane (CSM013) 0.6 ha Site lies to the northeast of the Village Centre and is relatively poorly related to its services and facilities.  There may also be access constraints associated with development of this site.
3 Glenthorne, Northend (CSM003) 2.4 ha Site lies to the northeast of the Village Centre and is relatively poorly related to its services and facilities.  There may also be access constraints associated with development of this site.
4 Land east of Recreation Ground (CSM016) 7.0 ha Open countryside close to areas of existing open space.  The northern most parcel of the site is very open from the motorway whilst to the south site abuts site no. 6.  Site is only really likely to be a realistic option for development beyond the current plan period and assuming that site no. 6 comes forward first.
5 Hyde Lane (CSM012) 2.6 ha Fields to the west of the recent David Wilson scheme and the subject of a recent planning application by Strategic Land Partnerships.  Site is well related to school and other services and facilities in heart of the Village.
6 North of School (CSM009) 2.5 ha Greenfield site enclosed by residential development on east and west and by the Primary School to the south.  Site is well related to school and other services and facilities in heart of the Village.
7 Land off Hyde Lane (CSM017) 3.3 ha Greenfield site to the west of existing Village Envelope.  The site is very open from the Canal and lacks containment.  Site is well related to school and other services and facilities in heart of the Village.
8 Mill Lane (CSM011) 0.3 ha A small greenfield site to the south of the Village Centre.  This site lies within floodplain and is not well-related to the centre of the Village.
  Please visit the TDBC SADMPP portal for further information: http://consultldf.tauntondeane.gov.uk/portal/sadmpp/siteallocations
Vacancy for Parish Caretaker 2013-01-28 12:03:16
Article submitted by Clare Sampson, Chair of Creech St Michael Parish Council   Vacancy – Parish Caretaker (Part Time 5hrs p/wk)   The Parish Council is seeking to employ a suitably experienced and skilled person to carry out maintenance, key holding and other caretaking duties within the parish of Creech St Michael.  
  • The majority of the caretaker’s duties will be at the Recreation Field.
  • The post will involve some weekend/evening working and own transport and the ability to travel within the parish is essential.
  • An enhanced CRB check will be a pre-requisite for this post.
  If you would like to ask a question or for details of the duties involved contact Councillor Clare Sampson Tel 412914 or email claresampson@hotmail.co.uk.   To apply write or email the parish clerk explaining your suitability for the post. Ensure you either enclose a current CV or provide your full contact & experience details.   Closing date for applications Friday 8th February.   Steve Altria (clerk) 0823 666295, clerk@creechstmichael.net, ‘Marloes’ 23 John Grinter Way Wellington TA21 9AR   (The position is initially for 6 months)
Rainbow cafe at Creech Village Hall last Saturday every month 2013-01-27 18:44:54
Article submitted by Eric Chown, Web Publicity   [caption id="attachment_1666" align="aligncenter" width="502"] Rainbow Cafe held Creech Village Hall last Saturday every month[/caption]
Snow woman seen relaxing in Creech St Michael 2013-01-24 14:17:22
Article submitted by Nigel Finch   A great photo taken by Creech resident, Eric Chown … (but who built it?)   [caption id="attachment_1659" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Relaxing at North End, Creech St Michael, January 2013, copyright Eric Chown[/caption]   Click here for more photos taken by Eric of Snow Scenes in Creech January 2013
Tues 12th Feb TDBC Planning developments exhibition and consultation 2013-01-23 14:59:12
Article submitted by Steve Altria, Clerk to Creech St Michael Parish Council   Tuesday 12th February 3:30pm to 7:30pm Creech St Michael Village Hall   Exhibition and public consultation for views on current building development plans in Creech St Michael   [caption id="attachment_1653" align="aligncenter" width="502"] Development planning public consultation 12th February[/caption] To download flyer click here
Sat 2nd Feb Lib Dem Dinner in Village Hall 2013-01-23 14:39:17
Article submitted by Eric Chown, Web Publicity   Taunton Deane Liberal Democrats East Deane Branch Annual Dinner   Creech St Michael Village Hall Sat 2 Feb 2013 7 pm for 7.30pm   Speaker will be Julian Orbach   £15 per head for a three-course meal with a cash bar Book now and pay at the door     Because everything is home-cooked it is important that you book in advance. Please do not delay.   Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.   Telephone Mick Humphreys for reservations 01823 443955
Sun 3rd Feb Kare Bears Childrens Nursery Open Day 2013-01-22 11:41:36
Open Day Sunday 3rd February 10am til 5pm   STOP PRESS (25th Jan) - DUE TO SNOW DELAYING COMPLETION OF THE GARDEN AREA THIS OPEN DAY, ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR 27TH JANUARY, HAS BEEN DELAYED UNTIL SUNDAY 3RD FEBRUARY   If you are interested, come along and see the nursery which is in the old Medical Centre (next to the Village Hall)   Although the nursery setting is new, Karen Davey the proprietor has over 16 years experience as a child minder and was rated ‘outstanding’ in her last Ofsted inspection   Tel Karen Davey on 01823 412060 for further information
Draft minutes for 7th January Creech Parish Council meeting 2013-01-22 11:18:04
Announcement from Creech St Michael Parish Council   The draft minutes for the 7th January 2013 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
Sat 9th Feb Concert byTaunton Deane Male Voice Choir in Village Hall 2013-01-16 09:32:17
Flyer submitted by Sandy Adams   Creech Village Hall Saturday 9th February 7pm concert by Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir [caption id="attachment_1639" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Choral Concert by Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir in Creech Village Hall[/caption]
Help required for planning the new Pavillion 2013-01-14 15:08:36
Article submitted by Clare Sampson, Chair of Creech St Michael Parish Council   Are you, or a neighbour, an Architect / Surveyor / Quantity Surveyor / Draughtsman or suitably qualified to help us to initially plan, estimate and design a new or refurbished pavillion for the recreation field?   Work starts soon to install the new play equipment and play areas and we (the Parish Council) want to get going on our next project to refurb or rebuild the Pavillion.   In order to apply for grant funding we need plans and estimates.   Can you help us?   If so we would love to hear from you, please contact Clare Sampson via the parish clerk - clerk@creechstmichael.net.
Free thermal energy survey for homes in Creech 2013-01-07 18:33:50
Article submitted by Brian Jeanes, from North Curry   Would you like to see your home in a new light?   For quite some time now the Deane Energy Saver Scheme has been offering free energy surveys of houses in the area during which advice on money- and energy-saving measures is given.   These surveys are carried out by a team of volunteers who are completely independent of all vested interests. [caption id="attachment_1628" align="aligncenter" width="314"] Thermal energy image of a home[/caption]   They now have available an Infra-red camera which is used to take thermal images of buildings (see above) showing where heat is being lost so highlighting areas where improvements could be made.  It can even be used to check on the effectiveness of injected cavity wall insulation.   To book a survey including thermal imaging ring Keith Parsons on 01823 321667 or email him via dess@hotmail.co.uk
Comments on the proposed development behind Creech primary school 2013-01-07 17:22:46
Article received from a concerned parishioner who wishes to remain anonymous   An open letter to the Parish Council   To the Parish Council   Comments on the proposed development of 60 houses behind the primary school.   I attended the consultation at the village hall {12th December 2012} on the proposed development of over 60 houses in the field behind the local primary school and like many others am against it for the following reasons:   1.  The only exit road runs directly alongside the school and would be used by parents to park their cars whilst dropping and collecting their children from school causing considerable danger to pedestrians.  The top of West View is currently used for this purpose where parents appear to abandon their cars, close to corners and with little thought for other road users or residents.   2.  If this is the only entry and exit to the estate, then it is insufficient to accommodate the likely minimum of 120 cars (Average of two per household) using it daily.  This poses increased risk of accidents involving school children who would be crossing this access road twice a day and also to elderly folk visiting the Medical Centre.   3.  Service vehicles (waste/refuse/postal deliveries/grocery/household deliveries) will also add to this traffic.   4.  This increased traffic would also add to the already busy usage of the narrow Hyde Lane where there is already concern regarding the volume and speed of traffic.  The road is used by both primary school pupils and those attending Heathfield Community College.   5.  The provision of 32 additional parking spaces is unlikely to alleviate the problems causes by drop off & pick up time parking at the school which has nearly 300 pupils and will probably need to expand further.  These parking spaces are likely to be taken by school staff, helpers and visitors.   6.  Using this field for housing will leave little potential for further development of the school which will be sorely needed if housing development continues.   7.  The increased ‘concreting’ over of land in this area will increase the risk of flooding to other houses in the area.  The recent heavy rain has left gardens in West View, which have not had any problems in the last 20 years, perpetually sodden for the last three months.   8.  The design of the David Wilson Homes are not appropriate for a village.  Three storey houses with little gardens are town houses, as many as possible being crammed into the space available to made as much money as possible with little thought being given to their suitability to a village environment.   This field is also a popular area with dog walkers, ramblers and children alike. Don’t let’s destroy the reason we all chose to live in Creech.   A parish resident
Choral Evensong Thornfalcon Church 27th January 6pm 2013-01-07 17:04:12
Article submitted by Peter Cox, Organist Creech St Michael Church   [caption id="attachment_1616" align="aligncenter" width="486"] Choral Evensong Thornfalcon Church 27th January 2013[/caption]  

Join us for Choral Evensong at Holy Cross Church, Thornfalcon on Sunday 27th January at 6.00pm

Music by Vaughan Williams and Mendelssohn

 

Service led by the Rector,  Rev. Rebecca  Harris.

Choir : St Michael’s Singers led by Peter Cox

Organist: Ian Carson
Creech St Michael Crime Figures November 2012 2013-01-03 15:29:15
Article submitted by Nigel Finch Crime figures for November 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

3

 
Burglary

1

0

1

2

3

2

2

0

2

2

1

 
Criminal Damage & Arson

2

2

0

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

 
Drugs

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 
Other Theft

0

3

0

2

1

2

4

0

4

1

1

 
Public Disorder & Weapons

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 
Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 
Shoplifting

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 
Vehicle Crime

1

4

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

3

1

 
Violent Crime

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

1

 
Other Crime

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 
TOTAL 10 10 5 9 9 10 12 6 11 10 7
  [caption id="attachment_1612" align="aligncenter" width="300"] November 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
Agenda for Monday 7th January Parish Council Meeting 2013-01-03 14:15:50
Announcement from Creech St Michael Parish Council   The Agenda for the Monday 7th January 2013 Parish Council meeting is now available online.   Steve Altria Clerk to Creech St Michael Parish Council