Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Ilminster Emma Jane Taylor

This is The West Country: Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Ilminster Emma Jane Taylor Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Ilminster Emma Jane Taylor

OVER the last two weeks the weather has improved and it has begun to feel like summer. The good weather has enabled the town wardens to catch up on some of the open spaces work.

The cemetery is looking better than it has in recent weeks. The railings along Strawberry Bank and around Orchard Vale are now adorned with planters that enhance the areas in the same way that the hanging baskets in the town centre are a visual treat.

My thanks to all those residents who have contacted the council to express the pleasure the planters and baskets give them.

The school year is coming to an end, exams and school proms are behind us, and we are rapidly moving into the summer holiday.

Many of you will be faced with the question ‘how do we keep the kids amused?’ Activities are taking place in the town and it is worth checking our local information centre, websites and of course the News for information. And don’t forget the Facebook page ‘Free Stuff To Do in the Holidays’.

On Saturday I was invited to attend the South Somerset District Scout Camp. It was good to see so many youngsters busy setting up camp and joining in a wide range of activities. Moves are afoot to reduce the number of Scout districts and this was the last South Somerset District Camp to take place before the districts merge.

Ilminster’s Party on the Park event is drawing nearer. The programme of activities continues to grow and combined with the musical entertainment we have planned should produce a fun-filled day for all the family.

If there is a community group out there that has not been in contact but would like a pitch to enable it to raise funds, please contact the PoP team either by email at ilminsterpop@gmail.

com or at facebook.com/ ilminsterpop.

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12:19am Sun 13 Jul 14

orchardman says...

I have to say it is nice that the current mayor can find time to update the townsfolk on what the council is doing around the town, and whilst the planters on Strawberry Bank are pleasing to the eye, maybe she would like to take advantage of the good weather to take a stroll along the foot/ cycle path adjacent to the Rec in Canal Way where the perimeter hedge has remained untrimmed so far this year thus defeating the object of separating pedestrians and cyclists as the pedestrians, many of them families with young children, are forced to use the cyclist (plenty taking advantage of the good weather!) part of the path. The overgrowth is also enveloping the bus shelters and signs. The same problem is also apparent on Frog Lane where the bench half way along which used to give a nice view to the fields opposite, currently gives a view of the brambles etc. on the other side of the path. Even if these areas don't fall directly under the council's remit, there is a need for a bit of 'digitus extractus' to sort these areas out to make them presentable to all, particularly visitors using Tesco car park, a lot of whom use Frog Lane to access the town.
I have to say it is nice that the current mayor can find time to update the townsfolk on what the council is doing around the town, and whilst the planters on Strawberry Bank are pleasing to the eye, maybe she would like to take advantage of the good weather to take a stroll along the foot/ cycle path adjacent to the Rec in Canal Way where the perimeter hedge has remained untrimmed so far this year thus defeating the object of separating pedestrians and cyclists as the pedestrians, many of them families with young children, are forced to use the cyclist (plenty taking advantage of the good weather!) part of the path. The overgrowth is also enveloping the bus shelters and signs. The same problem is also apparent on Frog Lane where the bench half way along which used to give a nice view to the fields opposite, currently gives a view of the brambles etc. on the other side of the path. Even if these areas don't fall directly under the council's remit, there is a need for a bit of 'digitus extractus' to sort these areas out to make them presentable to all, particularly visitors using Tesco car park, a lot of whom use Frog Lane to access the town. orchardman
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4:33pm Thu 17 Jul 14

keepcalmandbeathe says...

The overgrowth that "orchardman" refers to along Canal Way is the responsibility of the highways department at Somerset County Council as it is the pavements that they are obstructing (well thats according to County hall when I contacted them) , ( if I have been misled by the County Council then I apologise), So instead of trying to score points against the Mayor who has given a reasonable report. I would suggest you contact your County Councillor and ask them what is being done to tidy this area up and make the pavements passable again.
The overgrowth that "orchardman" refers to along Canal Way is the responsibility of the highways department at Somerset County Council as it is the pavements that they are obstructing (well thats according to County hall when I contacted them) , ( if I have been misled by the County Council then I apologise), So instead of trying to score points against the Mayor who has given a reasonable report. I would suggest you contact your County Councillor and ask them what is being done to tidy this area up and make the pavements passable again. keepcalmandbeathe
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