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Doulting Parish is located east of Shepton Mallet encompassing Doulting, Prestleigh, Bodden and Waterlip. The parish is bisected by two major roads, the A361 which passes through Doulting and the A371 which passes through Prestleigh. Volunteers operate a Speedwatch in both villages.
The Parish Council has six councillors and a clerk and meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. The Parish Council welcomed two new councillors at the November meeting, Councillors Greaves and Yoell were co=opted onto the council to bring it up to full strength, contact details on the Parish Council page along with contact details for all councillors and the Parish Clerk.
The council manages the Padfield Green play park and the Glebeland community park, both in Doulting.
The next meeting of Doulting Parish Council will be on Wednesday 13th March 2024, 7.30pm at Doulting Village Hall.
The Parish Council has been discussing Somerset Councils proposals to devolve assets and services to Town and Parish Councils which, in effect, signals a forthcoming reduction in the services they provide in an effort to overcome a large budget deficit. The transfer of those services to Parish Councils, should they wish to take them on, will mean that parishioners will pay for them direct via their Parish Council precept (Local taxation).
The Parish Council, in setting its budget for the year 2024/25, has been forced to make decisions about how it will respond to these reductions in services without any idea of what services will be cut or what the cost will be to parishioners which is, of course, a wholly unsatisfactory situation. In the light of the above, the precept was agreed at £23,000.00 an increase of £8,500 on 2023/24 of which £7,000 has been ringfenced in reserves to cover any shortfall in services provided by Somerset Council. The agreed budget can be viewed on the Parish Council page.
A date for your diary; 10th April 2024, which has been set for the Annual Parish Meeting where matters of concern can be brought to the Parish Councils attention.
The next Glebeland Committee meeting is on 10th April 2024, 10am in the Community Room.