Barrington Parish Council   

The Parish Council meet at the village hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Please follow this link Annual Chairman's Report Mar 19.pdf to read the Chairman of the Parish Council's Annual Report for 2019

SUMMARY OF THE NOVEMBER MEETING The main focus of this months meeting was the consideration of the draft budget in preparation for agreement in the December meeting & Precept setting in Jan 2020. There was a suggestion of appointing an Allotment Committee, which would be discussed with allotment holders in the next few weeks. A number of blocked drains were identified, with the recent heavy downpours and have been reported to Somerset County Council by the Clerk. Household rubbish had once again been dumped in the woodland walk & the PC were looking into powers allowing them to impose fines on those responsible. For further details of the meeting, please see noticeboards.

SUMMARY OF THE OCTOBER MEETING It was decided to leave the defibrillator outside the village hall but to try to set up a VETS scheme in the village.  Discussions with Somerset County Highways were ongoing to decide on measures to reduce speeding through Barrington, with a meeting being sought.  In an attempt to increase the security of the hall, there was to be a key safe installed which would limit the number of key holders.  It was unanimously agreed for the Parish Council to lay a Wreath on Remembrance Sunday.  For further details of the meeting – see the PC minutes here or on the noticeboards.

SUMMARY OF THE SEPTEMBER MEETING The defibrillator charger battery & pads had been replaced and a more central location was discussed along with refresher training.  Maintenance of the Village Hall was ongoing with the skittle alley now closed.  The notice board at Sharlands had been replaced and the PC were very pleased to note the opening of a new pre-school in the village.  Speeding cars were once again discussed with the PC continuing to look into potential solutions.  The annual allotment rent was due, with a small increase to £15.00 per annum agreed.  There was a request for members of the public to routinely remove old posters from lampposts.  For further details of the meeting – see the PC minutes here or on the noticeboards.

Filming, Tweeting and Blogging and Parish Council Meetings

New regulations came into force on 6th August 2014 as a result of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 which mean that councils and other local government bodies are required to allow any member of the public to take photographs, film and audio-record the proceedings, and report on all public meetings.  The new rules allow for reporting of meetings via social media of any kind. Therefore bloggers, tweeters, and for example, Facebook, YouTube users and individuals with their own website, are now able to report meetings.  

These new rules apply to Barrington Parish Council so if anyone should wish to, they may attend meetings and report in this way.