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Jul 2007 Planning Application for the Centre of Creech St Michael 2007-07-20 16:08:36

An outline planning application has been submitted to Taunton Deane Planning Office for the Redevelopment of Creech Motors Site in the centre of the village.

This would involve demolishing all existing business buildings on the site, and building 2 Retail Units, and 13 Dwellings.

This has caused considerable concern among residents as it is commonly felt the present four well established businesses would be lost, along with the nine employed at them.

Many villagers feel this would be an overdevelopment, of the wrong type of buildings for the centre of the village, which would front directly onto the pavement in St Michaels Road, and overshadow the present houses at the rear of the site.

Safety Issues have also been mentioned with regard, to the proposed access road, rights of way, insufficient parking, waste disposal, and the present crossing for school children, and pedestrians.

It has also been stated that this application also goes against the recommendations of The Taunton Deane Local Plan (2004) for future development in the village.

Anyone wishing to view the details of this proposed redevelopment of the Creech Motors Site, can see the plans, which include comments already posted, or send in their views. These are published on the Taunton Deane Planning Application website:www.tauntondeane.gov.uk/tdbcsites/plan/PlAppDets.asp?Applno=14/2007/028

The Planning Application Number is 14/2007/028
Applicant : Mr M. Tucker.
Correspondent : Humberts

Jul 2007 New Chairman for Recreation Field committee 2007-07-07 16:09:09

At the Annual General Meeting July 2007, Brian Rowlinson stood down as Chairman for health reasons, but will stay on as Vice Chairman.  Brian thanked everyone for their support during the last few years and for helping with fund-raising activities.  Paul Chandler was appointed Chairman, and Bill Durman will again be Treasurer.

Other members elected are:

  • Marlon Jeffery
  • Graham Messenger
  • Annette Messenger
  • Adrian Birch
  • Andy Armstrong

Members representing local organizations are:

  • Gerry Willis (Taunton Model Engineers)
  • Simon and Kim Cooper (Local Action Team)
  • Tom Carter (Creech St Michael Parish Council).

A new Children’s Play area, Pump Track and Skate Board Park are at the planning stage but in the meantime the Committee has refurbished the existing play area so that children may continue to use the facilities.

The Committee’s Working Party pitched in and carried out the work themselves, repairing the wooden play equipment and fencing, removing weeds and topping up the bark.  It was reported that this was hard work but fun, that the weather was lovely and there was a feeling of a great community spirit.  Children started using the equipment the following day.

A spectacular fund-raising event is being planned for 31st May 2008.  The popular group RACEY has been booked for the evening and daytime fun will include tug of war, lawn mower racing, and train rides with hot and cold refreshments being served all day.

I am coming to the end of six months acting as temporary secretary for the Recreation Field Committee and during this time I have witnessed a transformation, with several new members joining, the formation of an active Working Party, the refurbishment of the play area and plans coming along for a Pump Track (for mountain bikers), skate board park, and new play facilities.

I regret that other commitments prevent me from continuing but I am pleased to report that Sam Smith will be taking over at our next meeting which is on 20 August at 7pm at the Pavilion, Hyde Lane.

The Committee would love to hear of any ideas Parishioners might have for the bumper May 2008 summer event or the Recreation Field’s development – all are welcome at meetings.

With best wishes
Teresa Habberfield
Creech St Michael Recreation Field Management Committee