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Creech Flower and Produce Show Adrian Birch 2022-07-05 22:03:44

Creech Flower and Produce Show

Saturday 3rd September 2022 

Village Hall. 2.00 pm

Following last year’s amazing Show,  Creech’s premier community and cultural event will be taking place again this year on the afternoon of Saturday 3rd September at the Village Hall.    As usual we are  hoping to incorporate the ever-popular dog show.   Fantastic homemade cream teas will be available.   Lots of prize money and cups to be won in over 100 show categories.    Not just veg, fruit and flowers but art, photography, crafts, baking, brewing and loads of creative things for children to enter 

To give everyone as much notice as possible we have revised the Schedule of Classes for this year’s show which you will find here.     Some  printed copies will be available at usual outlets a little later. 

If you would like to help with the Show, contact the organising group on 

Start preparing your exhibits now!

Please find an updated version of the 2022 schedule for the Creech Flower and Produce Show.    The only change from the previous version which was posted here is the inclusion of Gill’s cake recipe which looks delicious.
Click Here To Download The Schedule

CSM PC Notice of date of Commencement of the Period of Public Examination 2021 2022 Adrian Birch 2022-05-30 19:32:34



Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)



1. Date of announcement Wednesday 1st June 2022 (a)
2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be
reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited
AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject
to change as a result of that review.
Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial
year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other
documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested.
For the year ended 31 March 2022, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application

(b) Andrew Williams, for CSM Parish Council, 1 Impens Cottages, Petherton Road, North Newton, Somerset,
TA7 0BB (Email clerkandrfo@creechstmichael.net)
commencing on (c) Monday 13th June 2022
and ending on (d) Monday 1st August 2022
3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:
• The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
• The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could
either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful.
Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.
The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above
dates only.
4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of
Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:
PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
15 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD

5. This announcement is made by (e) Andrew Williams on behalf of CSM PC


A358 Taunton to Southfields Dualling Scheme Adrian Birch 2022-05-30 19:26:54

National Highways (formerly known as Highways England) will be undertaking supplementary consultation on the proposed A358 Taunton to Southfields Dualling Scheme (the scheme).  

As set out in previous correspondence in 2021, National Highways intends to apply under section 37 of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended) (the 2008 Act) for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for this scheme. You have previously been identified as a neighbouring parish council in which the scheme is situated for the purposes of section 42(1)(a) of the 2008 Act. 

We undertook statutory consultation in relation to the proposed application between Tuesday 12 October 2021 and Monday 22 November 2021. As part of the development of the scheme and having had regard to responses received to statutory consultation, we are now undertaking a supplementary consultation in relation to certain changes made to our proposals. 

National Highways supplementary consultation will run from Tuesday 24 May 2022 to Sunday 26 June 2022 at 11:59pm.

A358 Supplementary Consultation _Public notice.pdf

A358 Supplementary Consultation_Neighbouring Parish Council Letter.pdf

Parish Council Vacancies Adrian Birch 2022-05-17 10:46:44

Creech St Michael PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Casual Vacancies have occurred in the office of Councillor on the Creech St Michael Parish Council. Unless ten electors for the Parish give notice in writing by 10th June 2022 to the Returning Officer, Somerset West and Taunton Council, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, Taunton, Somerset TA4 4QA (elections@somersetwestandtauntoncouncil.gov.uk), requesting that an election be held, the Parish Council will, at a Meeting to be held in July 2022 at Creech St Michael Village Hall, fill the vacancies by the co-option of new Councillors.


Clerk to the Parish Council

71 Brutton Way
TA20 2HB

Dated: 20th May 2022

Note: The requests do not have to arrive at the same time and can be in any form, for example, letter, fax or email. 


Disruption To Traffic Adrian Birch 2022-03-21 11:00:51

Somerset County Council contractors are due to start works in the next few weeks to modify and improve the traffic management measures put in place before Christmas. This will include; modifications to the 20mph gateways at Langaller, Hyde Lane, Creech Heathfield and Lipe Lane to make them more prominent; more 20mph repeater signs and roundells on the carriageway along St Michael Road, Creech Heathfield Road and West View.  There will obviously be disruption to traffic while the works are in progress.

Creech St Michael PC is working closely with SCC to improve road safety in Creech.  If you would like to get involved in speed watch please contact the parish clerk at clerk@creechstmichael.net who will pass your details on to the organiser.

Watch out for further details of start of works which will be advised when known.

Your Parish Council Needs You Adrian Birch 2022-03-02 15:04:21

We are a group of residents running your Parish Council from all ages, backgrounds, in work and retired who want to give something back to society and help the village and its environs to live in harmony with a community spirit and to the best of the ability of the area around us. We want to stop the erosion of the countryside around us, protect our footpaths and streets, give the next generation an opportunity to enjoy themselves safely in an environment that they can relax in. However, this does not happen unless there are like minded people willing to give up their time to try and organise this idle. There are vacancies for four Councillors at present, and we would like to recruit more members to help us reach our goal and spread the work more evenly between us. It is an easy process – come to a meeting and listen in and then if you are interested in becoming a Councillor -

To stand as a candidate at any election a nomination paper and consent to nomination must be submitted. The nomination paper requires details of the candidate such as their name, address, and description (if any), these details will be printed on the ballot paper if the parish you are standing in is contested.

Please request a Nomination Pack from the Assistant Clerk at clerk@creechstmichael.net, complete it, and return it to the Assistant Clerk by Friday 1st April 2022 to be able to stand as a candidate for the Parish Council.

Please think if you would like to come and join us and help us. We cannot do the work required for the community if we do not have a full council (11 members).

If you want change come and help us.

Annabelle Peters
Chair, Creech Parish Council

Planning Matters Adrian Birch 2022-02-07 10:33:58

CSMPC has been consulted by SWT licensing to comment on application MA/52586 for a street traders license made by the licensee of The Bell Inn in Creech, trading as Juniors.  SWT Council will determine the application on 24/02/2022.  The application is for a van selling burgers, chips and pizzas to operate from the pub car park.  The operating hours applied for are 7 days a week between the hours of 14.00 and 23.00 hrs. CSMPC will be considering its response to the application at its meeting on Friday 11th February at the Village Hall, Cartwright Room.  The meeting starts at 7pm.  Comments can be made to the PC by residents in advance of the meeting to clerk@creechstmichael.net or at the start of the meeting, and to SWT Council at enquiries@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk using the general enquiries form.

7th Feb Parish Meeting Now 11th Feb Adrian Birch 2022-02-03 15:57:32

This meeting had to be re-scheduled. The meeting will now take place on Friday 11th Feb.

Job Vacancy- Clerk Adrian Birch 2022-01-30 18:31:16

Creech St Michael Parish Council

Vacancy for a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

We have appointed an Assistant to the Clerk however, due to our Clerk and RFO leaving we are looking to appoint a new Clerk and RFO. This is an exciting opportunity for a community minded and motivated individual, with relevant experience, to undertake this interesting and varied post supporting, with the help of an Assistant to the Clerk, a highly ambitious and active parish council, that has recently undergone changes.

Creech St Michael is a village situated on the edge of Taunton. The Parish Council is actively engaged in all issues affecting its residents including imminent, large-scale housing and commercial land developments. The Council has several sub-committees and panels reporting into it and the CSM PC has the benefit of an in-force Neighbourhood Plan.
We are seeking a Parish Clerk and RFO with relevant experience, working positively with an Assistant to the Clerk, alongside the Parish Councillors to help implement the parish projects, and to ensure that all key legal, financial, and other governance requirements are met.

The successful applicant will either hold, or be willing to give a commitment to obtain, the Certificate in Local Council Administration. Previous experience would be advantageous.

This is a part-time role working from home at an average of 80 hours per month, which will involve attending occasional evening and daytime meetings in Creech St Michael and therefore flexibility on the number of hours worked each week is a must. Any training will be paid for and in addition to the contracted hours. The position is graded at LC2 SCP 18-23 depending on qualifications, 2021 award pending. Mileage allowance, working from home allowance, mobile phone and laptop will be supplied.

How to apply
Please contact the Chairman of the Parish’s Staffing Committee by email, neil.davidson@creechstmichael.net  for a copy of the Job Description and an informal discussion around the role. A formal application will then be required.


SWT approves new litter enforcement scheme Adrian Birch 2022-01-30 17:16:37

News Release

25 January 2022

SWT approves new litter enforcement scheme

Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) Council has approved a new enforcement scheme to help keep its streets and public spaces free from litter.

The new scheme, which was adopted unanimously during last Wednesday’s Executive meeting (19 January 2022), will permit litter enforcement operations to be carried out by EH Commercial Services (EHCS) from 1 April 2022 as part of a 12-month trial with East Hampshire District Council.

SWT’s Executive Councillors voted unanimously to adopt the scheme, agreeing that ethical enforcement delivered through an established public partnership was considered the most cost-effective option.

The agreement will enable the recruitment and deployment of two new Environmental Enforcement Officers through EHCS with delegated authority to issue littering fines throughout SWT’s urban and rural hotspots. EHCS is a for public benefit company wholly owned by East Hampshire District Council, which specialises in ethical enforcement services for local authorities in the south of England.

Not only is littering illegal and antisocial, it consumes considerable council resources. Keeping the district clean through litter removal and mechanical sweeping costs the Council circa £1m a year. Furthermore, the environmental impact from discarded litter often leads to clogged stormwater drains resulting in flooding after heavy rain, or it can enter rivers, canals and the sea, threatening aquatic ecosystems.

To avoid prosecution, anyone issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for a littering offence will be charged at £100, which will be discounted to £80 if paid within fourteen days of the date of issue. Payments will be taken by SWT, with administrative functions including the processing of FPNs, handling of complaints and appeals also managed by EHCS.

The officers will be familiarised with SWT's safeguarding procedures, ensuring FPNs are not issued to vulnerable adults or individuals under the age of 18. Body cameras will also be worn to protect themselves and members of the public.

The enforcement scheme supports a new Litter Strategy which was also adopted during Wednesday’s meeting. The strategy aims to reduce litter more widely through the provision of strategically sited and frequently serviced bins to facilitate ease of disposal, and public education to encourage positive change.

Both the strategy and enforcement scheme adheres to the Government's 2017 Litter Strategy for England, encouraging local authorities to improve their environments with appropriate and proportionate enforcement. They also support the Council’s corporate commitment towards maintaining litter-free environments.

Executive Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Andy Sully, said: “Tackling litter at source through good infrastructure combined with proportionate enforcement will help change the behaviour of people who feel it’s acceptable to drop litter.

“However, rest assured the adoption of the enforcement aspect is not a money-making exercise but intended rather an effective deterrent in the fight against littering which is a criminal offence. The revenue gained will be used to fund the service and any surplus made must, by law, be reinvested into environmental activities by the Council.”


Editor’s Notes


Matt Auty

Communications and Engagement

Somerset West and Taunton Council


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