THE HISTORY OF WINSHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of Parish Council Meetings

1976-2014

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1975-1979

1980-1984

1985-1989

1990-1994

1995-1999

2000-2015

Summary 1975-1979
Miss Harding led the Parish Council through until March 1977,when the Rev. B.  L. Bateson took over. Roy Smart was Parish Clerk until 1979, when he resigned. He then became a Councillor and immediately was voted in as Vice Chairman. .Jean Cameron became Parish Clerk.

The main issues related to the introduction of Street Lighting towards the end of 1979 and the development of Davies Close in1975. The smell from the new sewerage plant was also a topic of frequent comment. There was also some possibility of the merging of the two Parochial Parishes of Winsham and Thorncombe, but as we now know, nothing came of that (1979).

Many Planning applications were considered and it is interesting to browse through them, with the benefit of knowledge of the eventual outcome!

1974
November-Start of typed Minutes
1975 1976
January January
February February
April May
June July
July September
September October
October November
November
1977 1978
January January
February February
March April
May
June July
July August
September September
October November
November  No Meeting
December
December
1979
January & February-No Meetings
March
April
June
August
October
November
December

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Summary 1980-1984

Two long running issues dominated the deliberations of the Parish Council during this period, which in retrospect seems to have been a fairly quiet one. The first related to the problem of establishing a path to the cemetery through land that was owned by the Diocese prior to the sale of the Vicarage. This was finally reconciled in 1984.
Another problem was the difficulty in establishing a speed limit through the village, and at the end of 1984 the argument was still raging.
Other items of interest related to problems of flying cricket balls and the dangers they presented to the residents of Davies Close and Bakersfield, and whether or not Winsham should declare itself a Nuclear Free Zone (as an example to the rest of the world!). It was also agreed that the problems of duplicate numbering of houses in Fore Street and Church Street should be put right. Ken Harvie became Parish Clerk in1983 .

1980 1981
January January
February February
No Meeting No Meeting
April April
May-Missing May
No Meeting June
July No Meeting
August August
No Meeting September
October No Meeting
November November
No Meeting No Meeting
1982 1983
January January
February No Meeting
No Meeting March
April April
April (EPCM)
May (APCM) May
No Meeting June
July July
August No Meeting
No Meeting September
October October
November November
No Meeting December
1984
January
February
March
April
April
-Annual Parish Meeting
May (APCM)
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

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Summary 1985-1989

A recurring theme throughout this period was the smell from the sewerage 'works' at the eastern end of the village. Nothing ever seemed to get done, but there were a lot of complaints. Towards the end of the period it seems to be admitted that the smell was getting less. The Kitchen and Committee Room extension to the Jubilee Hall in 1988,costing nearly 18,000 is referred to frequently. The Parish Council had no responsibilities  in this matter, but obviously they had an interest. Behaviour of the youngsters around the War Memorial also caused a lot of concern in 1985 & 1986. Street Cleaning also features as a 'bone of contention' with the District Council. Some things never change! 

1985 1986
January January
February No Meeting
March March
April
April (APM)
April   
April(APM) 
May (APCM) May
June June
July July
August August (1)
August(2)
September September
October October
November November
December No Meeting
1987 1988
January January
February(1))
February(2)
February
March March
April           
 April (APM)
April           
April (APM)
May (APCM) May
June June
July July
No Meeting August
September September
October October
November November
No Meeting December
1989
January
February
March
 April             
April (APM)
May
June
July
September
October
November
December

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Summary 1990-1994
A strange mood seems to permeate the Minutes for this period. The introduction of Street lighting seems to be the major event and that not until 1993. A climate of mild dissatisfaction seems to come through, with a raft of what seems now to be minor complaints. Bad parking, litter, noise, 'never see a policeman'. Perhaps it was a reflection of the economic downturn of the period. Miss this section if you want to be cheered -up!

1990 1991
January January
February February
March March
April April
May May
June       June (SPCM) June
July July
No Meeting No Meeting
September September
October  October
November November
No Meeting
1992 1993
January January
February February
March March
April April
May May
June June
July No Meeting
No Meeting August
September September
October October
November   November(EPCM) November
No Meeting No Meeting
1994
January
February
March
April
May (APCM)
June
July
No meeting
September
October
November
December

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Summary 1995-1999-the end of a millennium

During this last five years of the Millennium the main topics were the extension of the Cemetery , principally involving the acquisition of the land and then organising it to ensure that it is kept in an appropriate manner at reasonable cost.(1996 marked the actual acquisition).

This period also saw Colin Slade become Chairman, and the retirement of Ken Harvie as Parish Clerk after fourteen years service, who was replaced by Mrs Pat Green, the first Parish Clerk not to live in Winsham, coming from Ilton. With these changes also came a determined effort to modernise the Parish Council's administrative procedures. As part of this, the Personal Computer and the Internet made its debut in the managing of Winsham Parish Council affairs, as they were doing in many areas of local government work and in most other walks of life.

In 1997 Winsham won the Somerset' Village of the Year 'award, and the national award in the 'Youth' category.

1998 saw the appointment of a Parish Paths coordinator which resulted very quickly in a great improvement in the condition of many of the styles and gates found on the public footpaths .This year also saw the Planning Approval for the Court Farm Close development. 

1995 1996
January January
February February
March March
April April
May (APCM) May (APCM)
June June
July
August August
September September
October October
November November
December December
1997 1998
January January
February February
March March
March-APM
April April
May 
May         
May
May
June June
July July
September September
October October
November November
December December
1999
January
February
March
March (APM)
April
May
May
(APCM)
June
July
No Meeting
September
October
November
December
 
 
THE NEW MILLENNIUM  
2000 2001
January - missing January
February-missing February
March March
April-missing April
May May
June June
July July
August-No meeting August-No meeting
September-missing September
October-missing October
November November
December December
2002 2002
January  
February  
March  
April April APM
May  
June  
July  
August  
September  
October  
November  
December  
2003 2004
January January
February February
March March
April April
April (APM) April (AGM)
May April(APM)
June May
July June
September July
October September  
November October
December November  
  December  
   
 
 
2005 2006
January February
February March
March April
April May
May June
June July
June (APM) July (Planning)
July September
September October
October November
November December
December  
2007 2008
February January
March February
April March
May April
June May
July May (AGM)
August June
September July
October August
November September
December November
  December
   
 
 
2009 2010
March February
April March
May April
June May
July June
September July
October September
November October
December November
  December
2011 2012
February February
March March
April April
May May
June June
July July
September September
October October
November November
December December *Draft
   
2013 2014
February January (EOM)
February (EOM) February
March March
April April
May May
June June
July July
September September
October October
November November
December December
   
2015 2016
January January
February February
March March
April April
May May
May (Annual Meeting)  
June June
July July
August (No meeting) August
September September
October October
November (Missing) November
December ( Missing) December

 

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