Parish Council News for November:
Grit Bin Champions needed:
As already reported, five new grit bins have been purchased by the Parish Council, these have now been delivered and will be installed over the coming month. However, as part of the budget cuts at Somerset County Council, they announced at the end of October that they would no longer be filling up the grit bins this winter. The Parish Council has a small amount of grit stock that will be going into the new bins, beyond that the Parish has no way of keeping the bins full throughout the winter. One idea that has come forward is that each grit bin is fostered by a family / person, this family would then keep the bin full all winter by keeping spare grit in their shed / garage and topping up the bin if necessary. The Parish Council would pay for the git by way of reimbursement at the end of the winter, a small bursary would also be offered to the foster family. The locations of the grit bins requiring a foster family in Beckington are; • The Corner of Sandy Lane and Warminster Road • Church Hill (by St Georges gate) • Frome Road (Above Stubbs Lane) • Bath Road (Below Mill Lane) • Goose Street (location to be agreed) and in Rudge are; • Rudge Hill (Near Scotland Lane) • Full Moon (near to). If you would be interested in taking on a grit bin and giving it a loving home, please contact the Parish Clerk
Bath Road Bus Shelters:
Parishioners should have seen by now the two new bus shelters on Bath Road. The completion of this project brings to an end years of work and fundraising by many residents across the Village. Not least Angela Pritchard, who raised £3,200 and it is to her late husband Ken that the Bath side bus shelter is dedicated to. The Council offers it sincere thanks to everyone that has been involved with this project.
Village Water Pump:
Work is now underway to restore the Beckington Village pump, this should have been completed by early December.
New Dog Bins:
Five new dog bins have now been installed across the Parish. Following feedback from residents, a further three location were identified as requiring a dog bin. At its meeting at the start of November the Parish council agreed to purchase a further three bins and install them by the end of the year.
Traffic Speed Through Village:
Somerset County Council Highway Department carried out speed checks within the Village in September, the raw data shows that the Village has a problem with traffic speeds. The Parish Council is exploring the options available to it including the purchasing of a Speed Indicator Device so that traffic speed can continue to be monitored.