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Cotford St Luke Parish Council


November  Newsletter 2018

Cotford St Luke Parish Council Newsletter November 2018

Tennis Courts and MUGA

After lengthy negotiations with Taunton Deane Borough Council, the Parish Council has now had the lease for the tennis courts signed over to them. Resurfacing and new fencing has been done to both courts. One of the courts had been marked out as a MUGA (Multi-use games area) this allows both basket ball and football to be played. The other is a standard tennis court. Your PC hopes that the residents of the village will find renewed enjoyment in using this facility.

By now you should all have received cards through your doors (Many thanks to Tony Freeman for the legwork) giving new information regarding the defibrillator located by the village shop. (TA4 1HX). The information on these cards is quite literally life saving. Display them prominently in your home. In the event of sudden cardiac arrest – dial 999 first and ask for the ambulance service. Send someone for the DEFIB and commence CPR. The instructions for use are clear and foolproof .


Care about Cotford ?

The Parish Council Needs New Councillors We are currently looking at co-opting two new councillors to the Parish Council. If we cannot recruit we will not be quorate. TDBC will take over the management of CSL Parish Council. We would thereby lose resident’s input into shaping and planning for our village’s future . COULD YOU BE A COUNCILLOR? Help campaign for the best facilities for our village and be part of making CSL a truly great place to live. It would be sad indeed if we let the running of our village slip out of our hands and into the control of TDBC. If you wish for more information please contact us (see our contact information over the page) or come along to our next meeting at the School on Thursday 13th December and see what’s we are doing at the moment and our plans for the future.

Recreation Ground Children’s Play Area In the spring this year the Parish Council asked the young people at the School what they would like to see on the play area. The result is the hugely improved play area with additions such as a larger zip-wire and trampolines. The fine summer saw constant activity on the equipment. A great area for young people to just chill-out and socialise. On the downside the refurbishment of both the play area and tennis courts saw a regular group of teenagers meeting on the recreation ground determined to vandalise anything that could be easily moved. This included removing sections of safety caging from the works. The Parish Council have been liaising closely with the Police to try and resolve this problem.


“and then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils” So wrote William Wordsworth in his famous poem. This spring saw the 7000 daffodil bulbs planted by the Parish Council provide a heart lifting display on the approaches to the village. We received such positive feed-back that a further 4000 are to be planted this autumn.

Speed Watch Concerns have been expressed regarding increased instances of speeding in the village. The Parish Council has all the necessary equipment, however we need new volunteers to monitor speeding in the village through the Speedwatch initiative. If you could help keep our village safe by giving Speedwatch a few hours of your time please email or telephone the Parish Clerk June Payne. Email: Telephone 07788 775721

Public Art Project Taunton Deane Borough Council have allocated a sum of money to Cotford St Luke for a Public Art Project. This is an exciting venture that could provide enhancement to one or more areas of public land within Cotford St Luke. The brief is broad (and somewhat vague!) but could be in the form of landscaping/ sculpture/a leisure facility/or something practical that is incorporated with some sort of art installation. As a capital sum the money cannot be used to provide a service i.e. art classes or equipment. The project will be publicised to artists across Somerset and Devon who will be asked to bring ideas forward. We are lucky that this area has a number of artists with broad experience in delivering this type of project. Over the coming months the Parish Council will be exploring ideas and working with artists towards the goal of providing Cotford St Luke with an outstanding piece of public art for our village. Do you have any suggestions or ideas you would like to put forward? The Parish Council would love to hear from you. Contact Cllr Linda Featherstone. Email: She will be very happy to discuss the project with you.

Storing Salt for Road Gritting During the period of heavy snow this year. The Parish Council identified where additional grit bins were needed to aid the safety of road users. SCC Highways do not provide for any additional bins to those already allocated to the village. The Parish Council therefore decided to purchase some additional salt bins which we will have to fill ourselves. We are looking for somewhere to store the additional salt. Could you find a small corner of your garage to help?. Additional salting would benefit the village as a whole. Please contact us if you can help.

Litter and Dogs

The Parish Council has gone to great lengths to try and alleviate this problem by installing additional bins for dog waste at strategic points in the village. Dog waste poses a very real health risk , particularly to children playing on the recreational areas.

SO PLEASE, PLEASE, be a responsible dog owner: BAG IT AND BIN IT!


Parish Council website:

Parish Clerk: June Payne: Telephone: 077888775721. June will pass your contact details on to the relevant councillor. CHANGE Feb 2019 Helen Young 01823433607

For Cotford St Luke Community Association or to book the Community Hall contact Becky Smith (Now Cllr Green 07967259513 Mar 2019)

Police Contacts You can report a concern or incident however small on line at: Or leave a voicemail for your local police officers: PC Sharon Baker 0788 9655 302 PCSO Louise Fyne 07889 659476


Best Wishes for the Festive Season from your Parish Councillors Please remember that it is coming up to that time of the year. If we have bad weather could you do your best to clear snow where you can. Spread salt or check on an elderly neighbour? All helps towards making Cotford a great place to live. Parish Council Newsletter We hope to produce a newsletter quarterly from now on.

Do you have any news you would like to share or discussion you would like to raise? You would need to contact our Clerk before the end of February 2019. Next newsletter to go out the beginning of March 2019. Please no ads or politics

NEXT Newsletter will be done when new council appointed.  May 2019

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