Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council have jointly developed the draft Taunton Transport strategy Taunton - Connecting Our Garden Town.
The strategy provides a vision for transport in Taunton and brings together investment plans and proposals from the County and Taunton Borough Councils, along with other organisations who are involved in, fund or provide transport services. The Strategy is about moving around the town itself.
According to the draft it demonstrates recent progress and showcases the breadth of achievable but ambitious proposals which will be brought forward over the next 20 years. It acts as a clear evidence of the direction Taunton wants to take in respect of transport, mobility and quality of life.
If you want to have your say about cycling, walking, busses, trains, pedestrian zones, parking, public charging points, ring roads et cetera in Taunton Deane you should hurry because the consultation closes on 17 August 2018. It only takes 10-15 minutes: respond to the consultation.
Do you want faster broadband?
If you are frustrated with your slow broadband come along to a public meeting in Kingston Village Hall on Wednesday 12 September at 1900. A new project to deliver faster broadband to households in Kingston St Mary has been put forward by
Voneus Ltd who specialise in setting up superfast connections in rural areas.
Working with St Mary's church, the firm has designed a system to beam a broadband signal to local homes from small transmitters at the top of the church tower.
The Church of England is encouraging churches throughout the county to use their towers, where suitable, to help their local communities achieve faster broadband speeds and Voneus has now been given the national contract.
Paul Lawrence of Voneus will be attending the meeting in Kingston St Mary to outline the scheme and answer any questions. He will also be holding meetings at a later date at Cheddon and West Monkton who are both anxious to see how their parishes could benefit.
For further information please contact Barbara Stokes on 01823 762417 or email
Somerset Waste Partnership recycles more types of plastics
A big change to plastics recycling in Somerset is announced at Somerset's recycling sites.
According to Somerset Waste Partnership every recycling site is now taking plastic food pots, tubs and trays - the rigid plastic containers for yoghurt, margarine, fruit and other foods - as well as all plastic bottles. However, there's no mention of kerbside collection of these plastics.
What can be recycled and what not
Grant for Spine Road - North Taunton Development
The Government has announced a £7.2 million grant to enable the building of the spine road through the proposed housing development north of Staplegrove.
The new spine road will run from Kingston Road to a point near the Silk Mills roundabout. It should greatly ease traffic pressures on existing roads particularly during the early construction phase of the proposed housing development.
Promoters of the development had argued they could not afford to build the spine road until they had sold 400 plus new homes to pay for it.
This would have meant that all the construction traffic going to and from the site would have had to use Kingston Road and a so-called 'drop down' road into Corkscrew Lane.
Conditional outline planning permission for the new 1,625 homes development was given by Taunton Deane planners last autumn despite opposition from the parish councils of Kingston St Mary and Staplegrove, and residents' groups.
Ray Stokes, chair of KSM Parish Council, said: The spine road, provided it is built in its entirety before work starts on the houses, should ease some of the potential traffic conflicts on Kingston Road and reduce the risk of even greater 'rat running' through the village.
We have been fighting this development for more than eight years. This is a small victory but unfortunately, we have lost battle to prevent this swathe of productive, agricultural land, on the approach to the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, being covered in tarmac, bricks and mortar.
Source: Kingston St Mary Parish Council
Success for Family Fun Cycle Ride
The Family Fun Cycle Ride on Sunday 10 June 2018 was a success according to organisers. At least 40 riders (as young as five) cycled one or two routes along the lanes of Kingston and Nailsbourne.
The event was organised by KAPACC in support of Bike Week. Read more about the cycle ride
Ways to pay Taunton Deane Borough Council Bills
From the 29 March 2018, the cash machines in Deane House and Wellington Community Centre are to be removed and Taunton Deane are providing, as an alternative, a more modern system which is more convenient for customers.
Therefore if you still wish to pay cash for a Council Service then you will be able to use one of the many shops and convenience stores who are signed up to the Paypoint network or any post office.
All you will need to do is take your bill which will have a bar code on it to one of the outlets and pay cash in the normal way. Alternatively it may be easier for you to pay your bill over the phone, Taunton Deane have a 24/7 payments line 01823 356598 or you can pay at any time online using the website www.tauntondeane.gov.uk
Kingston St Mary Community Partnership formed
After the launch of the Community Plan in April 2017 the Steering Group (CPSG) has been transformed into an umbrella group named Kingston St Mary Community Partnership (KCP).
The KCP's main aims are to implement the action points from the Community Plan, to monitor and review progress on the Plan and to encourage, support and connect the various community groups established under the CPSG.
The KCP works with the KSM Parish Council, Taunton Dean Borough Council and neighbouring community groups. It's run by and for volunteers in Kingston St Mary. Read more about KCP and find out how you can get involved.
You can also follow the activities of the KCP more closely on Facebook.
Walk or cycle Heritage Trail
The South Quantock Heritage Trail connects several places in the area of Kingston St Mary.
Whether you are walking, cycling, driving or maybe just browsing around one or more of these fascinating places, you will find something to interest you here. There are four walks and two cycle rides which start from either West Monkton or Kingston St Mary churches where there is ample parking. Read more »
Support the things you value in KSM
The Community Survey of households in Kingston St Mary (2017) showed that many people and activities in our villages could benefit from additional support, and many respondents would volunteer their help but didn't know where to start - but now you do.
You could support the things you value in our local community. Volunteering is good for volunteers, and good for their beneficiaries. Whether it's supporting the elderly or infirm, protecting our environment, or sharing skills, let's explore the potential to co-ordinate volunteering in our neighbourhoods, in a safe and efficient manner that works for everyone.
For further information please contact Nicky Perry via
Bonfires during warm and windless days
Please think about your neighbours if you burn your garden waste during warm and windless days. Lighting a bonfire with no or little wind (less than 4 Bft or 8-12 mph) could easily lead to air pollution issues like smoke, dust and smells, and breathing problems. Just do it if the air is circulating well but without high winds and not during the night when wind speeds drop.
Concerns about dogs on the Playing Field
The Playing Field Committee in the village of Kinston St Mary is raising concerns about an increase in dogs on the field and dog mess left behind. This has caused concern in the community, particularly for parents and the safety of their children who have been upset.
To be clear, dogs have never been allowed on the Playing Field. As a result, the Committee put up new signs in January, but sadly these were vandalised at significant cost. The Committee asks dog owners to respect the principle purpose of the Playing Field and not to walk their dog on the Playing Field.
The Playing Field is managed by the Playing Field Committee, a group of local volunteers who ensure its upkeep and manage the bookings for the Pavilion.
Live updates traffic and road works
Somerset County Council launched a new mobile-friendly website offering live updates of unplanned travel incidents.
Anyone planning a journey in Somerset by car, bus, train and/or bicycle can now find all the information they need to avoid unnecessary delays in one place:
It also has a searchable map showing details of all current and future planned road works and road closures in Somerset.
The new website is complemented by the @TravelSomerset Twitter account which provides live updates directly from the County Council's traffic control team.
News from the parish council
July 2018 Taunton Transport Strategy - There is a deadline looming (17 August - red.) for comments on the Draft
Taunton Transport Strategy, related to the garden town status. You are reminded to have your say and put pressure on the council for inclusion of a northern link road in any highway planning for the next 20 years.
Hedge cutting – Don't forget as hedge cutting starts in September to keep your gullies and drains free of debris, to reduce risks of flooding.
Planning – Planning applications were agreed - just one this month, for the felling of trees in a conservation area at Brantwood.
Next Meeting – The position of Acting Chair will pass to Cllr Ray Stokes at the September meeting.
Upcoming meetings parish council
Monday 10 September 2018
Monday 8 October 2018
Monday 12 November 2018
Monday 10 December 2018
The regular meetings will be held in the Committee Room – Village Hall, starting at 19.30 hours. See what's on the council's agenda & minutes.
More information about the parish council.
Facts & figures
Always wanted to know how many residents Kingston St Mary counts, how many children and elderly live in the parish, how households are composed, or what levels of education qualifications the population holds?
Then have a look at facts & figures.
Crime map and statistics
Explore and compare crime and outcomes of crime in Kingston St Mary.
The contents are compiled by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and updated monthly.
Village Activities and Facilities
Each year Link-Up publishes the Directory of Village Activities and Organisations. The booklet contains local information for the residents of Broomfield, Cheddon Fitzpaine and Kingston St Mary. Read more »
Charity provides free training for unpaid carers
Compass Carers provides free training opportunities for unpaid carers who are caring for a friend or relative living in Somerset. This includes First Aid, Assertive Communications, Lasting Powers of Attorney and many more.
More information at Compass Carers
Local history of Kingston St Mary
The Kingston St Mary History Society researches, collects and preserves documents and other items relating to the history of Kingston and its neighbourhood. The society holds regular meetings to which all are welcome.
More information at KSM History Society.
Items for sale
If you wish to advertise an item for sale within the parish you could do so on this website. This facility is for parish residents only - commercial ads are not accepted.
Click, touch or swipe here and fill in the form.
New members for the KINGSTON PLAYERS wanted
The Kingston Players have been presenting dramatic productions in Kingston Village Hall since 1952 but membership has dropped and the long term future of the group is uncertain. If you are interested in performing on stage or helping behind the scenes, please get in contact and help secure the future of this important village group.
Can you help place a collection tin in Kingston St Mary?
We need to place more collection tins in Somerset villages.
Each tin placed raises an average of £40, enough to fund two hours of nursing care for someone terminally ill within Somerset.
If you would like to take one, two or even ten tins to place in a local shop, or know any shop owners, businesses or have any other ideas then please do get in touch. All money raised helps Marie Curie deliver nursing care for more people living with a terminal illness, and their families.
Big changes this year!
With the Church’s blessing the annual art exhibition will no longer come under their PCC umbrella. So big changes are afoot.
Change in date: Saturday 22nd September through to Sunday 30th September.
This year we will be coinciding with the Somerset Art Works Weeks (SAW).
We will be advertising within the SAW brochure which will give us far more coverage and therefore hopefully increase sales. Various other slight changes will be happening.
Look out for details in future editions of Link-Up and on this website.
If you want more information you can contact any of the following:
Julia Hammett 01823 451642
Annie Trolley 01823 451312
Sheila Hayes 01823 451426
Serena Lumley 01823 451877
The community survey showed that many people and activities in our village would benefit from support - can you help?
Could you walk the footpaths, befriend a neighbour, support maintenance in the Spinney, pick up litter, volunteer in a community shop...?
Contact us if you want to help or if you have questions: email@example.com