Norton Fitzwarren Parish Council
Community Governance Review for the Unparished Area of Taunton
Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) have recently made a decision to commence a Community Governance Review of the unparished Area of Taunton. They have also decided to a review of the adjoining Parish areas with the intention to implement a Town Council for all or part of that area.
The attached map illustrates the adjoining eight parishes that are being considered for inclusion.
The map confirms that Norton Fitzwarren Parish, along with seven others, is included in the Community Governance Review and it is proposed that all or part of our Parish will be included in a new Taunton Town Council.
SWT are now commencing a consultation on the Community Governance Review during which all local residents, business owners and organisations of the eight parishes can give their views.
Your Parish Council is going to respond to the consultation but in doing so would like to gather your views on the proposal as a resident and a member of the community of Norton Fitzwarren Parish.
What is a Community Governance Review?
It is a review to decide on changes to existing local governance arrangements including whether or not a new Town Council should be set up for the unparished area of Taunton (outlined in green on the map) and whether it should also incorporate all or some of the surrounding parishes (outlined in blue on the attached map).
Why is the outcome of the review important for Norton Fitzwarren?
It is important for Norton Fitzwarren Parish because if implemented the Taunton Town Council will take over all or part of our Parish and with it local control and representation.
The loss of your Parish Council will mean that control of assets that have accumulated over the years, like the Allotment site, playing field, the new playing field, children’s play areas, will be lost to Taunton Town Council. The Parish Council contributes to planning decisions, hires Contractors to mow grass, remove weeds, cut hedges and parish footpaths, provides litter and dog bins, repairs to parish gates, this is work is not carried out by SWT Council. A speedwatch team is also organised through the Parish Council. Grants have been awarded this year to the Church, Village Hall and Conquest Centre who would lose this support.
How is your Parish Council gathering your view?
Your Parish Council is gathering the views of all residents in the Parish to establish whether residents would prefer to remain part of Norton Fitzwarren village and Parish or become part of Taunton Town instead. Your views will help to inform the consultation response that your Parish Council makes to SWT.
How can you provide your view to your Parish Council?
Your Parish Council has developed a questionnaire please complete the questionnaire via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6WBYSZN
Your Parish Council is also holding an open evening to provide more information about the review and to provide an opportunity for you to ask questions. Paper copies of the questionnaire will be available at this event. The open evening will take place on Friday 10th December, 2021 at 7.30pm in the village hall.
If you have any queries or require any further information, please contact the Clerk, Janet Gobey by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01823 259439
(Apologies it appears that 3 of the qujestions do not work with multiple answers, this part of the questionnaire will be re-run in 2022.)
For draft minutes of October meeting please see 'Meeting minutes' page
CLOSED BRIDGES ON FOOTPATH FROM MANOR PARK -UPDATE
THE PARISH COUNCIL ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE BRIDGE BARRIERS ON FOOTPATH T18/9 MANOR GARDENS TO WICK LANE WILL BHE MODIFIED SO THAT WALKERS CAN 'CROSS AT THEIR OWN RISK' THIS IS DUE TO THE PARISH COUNCIL'S AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CONTINUED PRESSURE TO GET A RESULT.
NEW SIGN FOR GREAT WESTERN WAY
A new sign has been purchased for Great Western Way which will welcome new residents into the village.