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NEWS

Grants for improving the Jubilee Field/future civil cemetery

 

Over the last few months the Parish Council has made applications to the Quantock Hills Area of Natural Beauty for grants to help with the cost of landscaping the land bought for a future civil ceremony.  We have been successful in securing £5,000 towards the cost of car parking at the lower end of the field.  However this sum will come from the expected Access Funds for the 2024/25 financial year.  As a result, the work will not be started until we have formal confirmation of the grant next year.  This grant will significantly reduce the net cost to the Parish Council and free up some of the money earmarked for this work for other purposes.  In addition, landscaping work is planned for the top section of the field.  This will provide a hard seating area with two large bench seats, the planting of eight fruit trees (kindly sponsored by some Enmore families) and seeds to improve the biodiversity in the wild flower meadow.  The Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund (funded by EDF) has awarded a grant to cover 75% of the cost of items included in our submitted budget.  Thanks to the grant and the generosity of Enmore residents' contributions towards trees and seating, this work can be done without any significant impact on the parish precept element of Council Tax.  We hope that this land will become a much greater asset to the community, providing somewhere to meet and enjoy the countryside, and will also be a useful nature resource for the school.  Work on the top of the field and tree planting is planned for Autumn 2023.

 

 

Wilding Enmore Initiative

 

At the 16th May 2023 Parish Gathering Councillor Fiona Jackson made a presentation about the Wilding Enmore initiative - to improve ecosystems and increase biodiversity and sustainability.  Her presentation slides are available here and a copy of the Wilding Enmore Questionnaire is available here.  Anyone interested is welcome to participate both in discussions on the subject or in practice, whether you have a few square feet of land or many acres.  

Flooding

 

With the prolonged period of wet weather during the Spring there have been flooded roads in the village, and overspill onto residents' properties.  The Parish Council regularly reports problems when it becomes aware of them but the best approach is to report this yourself using the form on the Somerset County Council website.  Here is the link (and it has been added to the Useful Links section of the website as well): https://www.somerset.gov.uk/waste-planning-and-land/flooding.  You have the facts and can give more accurate and current information about the position near your property.  However, it is helpful for the Clerk to know when you have made a report so that we can follow up if reports appear to be ignored.  

Missing signs

The Enmore village sign as you enter the village from the Spaxton/Barford direction
has gone missing, together with a "double bend" warning sign.
If you have any information about their disappearance or whereabouts, please tell us.
 

 

View to a Hill - report on the Quantock landscape
 

This recently published report may be of interest and may be downloaded here.

 

Input please from all Council Tax payers

 

Your Parish Council exists to serve the residents.  Our income is almost all from the Parish element of your Council Tax and, once we have carried out our statutory duties, your money should be used to enhance the quality of life in the parish and meet local needs.  Grants may be available to assist in financing some projects and thus make them more affordable.  Please tell us your suggestions and also let us know if you hear of any potential additional funding

 


 

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