Text Box: Leigh on Mendip   	 	    1                                       Parish Plan Action update 2018ACTION PLAN

 

Short-term action targets

 

 

Issue

Aim – possible way forward

Priority

2018 status (actions)

A

Communicating with Parishioners

Review of Village Magazine and how it is funded. See below

High

Communication by Noticeboards(2), Village Magazine (by subscription to PCC), Village Website,  Tel Box (adopted in 2012) and LoM Facebook (2014). Occasional leaflets to all households.

B

PCSO support and contact

Always in Village Magazine on

Leigh contact page

High

The PCSOs have periodically attended the Parish Council and Active Living Centre meetings.  This has been welcomed by the older parishioner.

Contact details are on website, Noticeboards (Sep2015) and Village Magazine (back cover).

Communication with through Partners and Communities Together (PACT) for public.  Future “Beat Surgeries” to be held in church community room.

C

Taxi Link Service scheme

Always in Village Magazine on

Leigh contact page

Medium

Mendip Community Transport (Mendip Slinky Service) provide a door-to-door service within the Mendip area. It is provided for senior citizens, those with disabilities, and socially excluded persons – details on Village Website.  Private taxi advertised in the Village Magazine.

 

D

Web site address

Always in Village Magazine on Leigh contact page

Medium

Web addresses for Leigh and Stoke are on the back cover.

E

Diary of events page in Parish magazine

Always in Village Magazine

High

Events page inside front cover of magazine.

Constantly updated events are on the website (What’s On).

Events also published by individuals on LoM Facebook.

F

Parish Council info

Always in Village Magazine

High

PC Chair and Clerk contact details in magazine. Minutes and Agendas on Website and Noticeboards. Supplemented by Annual Newsletter (delivered to all households) and occasional Facebook posts.

G

Notice boards

Upgrade/ maintenance to include contact info detailed in the Village Magazine

Medium

List of contacts (inc. PCSO) included on the PC Noticeboards (Sep2015).

 

Noticeboard next to Park Hayes replaced (2016).

H

Village pack

Upgrade/update and identify new people to distribute

Medium

“Village Welcome Pack” published and distributed to all households (May 2009). Updated as required (v7-Oct2017). Available on the Village Website and a copy (or website details) delivered to new residents by the Parish Council.

I

Neighbourhood watch

Identify new people to distribute

High

Latest NHW coordinators and NHW notices are shown on website.

Some areas have lapsed. Four schemes cover East, Central (2) and Townsend/Tadhill. PCSO to be asked to increase NHW coverage.

J

More/better finger posts

Approach MDC re possible maintenance and additional signs on main roads

High

Village signs (2) have been replaced by Village Stone Signs (3)

Since 2017, the Parish Council have arranged for refurbishment of the finger posts, most now kindly repainted by Chris Ingrem.  Major repair to fingerpost at Downhead/Old Wells Road crossroads in progress.

K

Spring bulbs

Approach PCC and Nurseries to sponsor

Medium

Bulbs planted – funded through East Mendip Community Partnership.

 

L

Better liaison with Planning

Approach MDC via PC

High

Several training sessions / presentations have been held by MDC and attended by Parish Councillors. Planning applications are available on the MDC website, PC recommendations are emailed to MDC. District Councillors attend PC planning discussions. Mendip Local Plan Part1(2006-2029) issued which severely restricts further new development in the village. Part 2 issue due in 2019. PC to comment on any future Local Plan consultations.

 

Table 6 – Long- term key actions

 

Subject and priority

What should be done

Partners

Lead responsibility

2018 status (actions)

ACTION 1

 

Plastic & cardboard recycling

 

High Priority

Facility in village

MDC

Somerset Waste Partnership /

Viridor Waste Management

Parish Council

Weekly kerbside plastic and cardboard collections now provided by Somerset Waste Partnership. Some plastics are excluded but since 2018 now taken at Recycling Centres. Kerbside collections proposed to collect all plastics in the next 2 years.

Individual responsibility to minimise use of plastic packaging.

 

ACTION 2

 

Litter

 

High priority

Continued collection

 

Extra litter bins

 

New dog waste bins

Sub-committee of volunteers

 

MDC sub contractor

 

Parish Council

Sub- committee / Parish Council

 

Most litter and fly tipping problem is in lanes around the village.  Annual litter picking organised by WI. Several residents regularly collect litter whilst they are taking a walk.

 

Fly tipping can be reported to MDC who collect  promptly. Fly tipping surveillance and convictions have been stepped up following closure of Coleford Recycling Centre.

 

4 dog waste bins now throughout the village. 2 in Rec Field, one in Bellfield (next to Hall) and one at entrance to footpath to Halecombe quarry. MDC arrange emptying.

ACTION 3

 

Speeding traffic

 

Key Areas:

Townsend

School

 

High Priority and emotive

In the village, speed above 30mph, outside this zone, speed above 60mph is breaking the law

 

People want cars to travel at safe speeds in the area

Police

 

Parish Council

 

PCSO

 

Community Safety Partnership

 

Community volunteers

Police

 

PCSO

 

Community Safety Partnership

6 monthly Speed monitoring by the Rec Field demonstrates that no general speeding problem (April 2017 – median 26mph, 85% percentile 32mph, little change since 2011) apart from approximately 5 instances per day of cars travelling at over 50mph. Somerset withdrew this speed monitoring in 2018.  A local “Speedwatch” scheme is to be considered if there is support (& volunteers).

 

Townsend – revamped road markings include warning bars, “SLOW” and side lines.

Only driver education can prevent drivers approaching this blind single-width stretch without due care. 

 

 

Subject and priority

What should be done

Partners

Lead responsibility

2018 status (actions)

ACTION 4

 

Parking around school

 

High Priority and emotive

Make area safer, ban parking on dangerous bend,

Introduce speed warning (intelligent) lights

 

Move garage cars to yard

Parents

 

LEA (school)

 

Police

 

Parish Council

 

Volunteers

Highways

Parish Council

School – “Wig-wag” solar powered warning lights installed (Dec 2012) on Quarry Lane and Leigh Street to flash only at school times.

 

Congestion during school drop-off & collection (wide catchment area) with specific hazard of parking on the Quarry Lane corner. Parish Council has supplied school with a warning notice “THINK! Parking here could endanger a child’s life” for the corner.

Walking and parking in the Hall car park is encouraged by the school.

 

Parish Council funded  scooter rack (proving popular). 

 

PCSO actively monitoring for any unlawful vehicles.

 

In 2018 illegal trader has been parking cars near to the school. PCSO has taken action and since removed. Monitoring to continue.

 

ACTION 5

 

 

Young people’s activities

 

 

High Priority

Increase in constructive activities and opportunities for young people

 

Local young people,

Youth workers,

School representative,

Local vicar,

Rec. Field committee,

Volunteers,

Parish Council

 

Connexions

 

Rec. Field committee

Youth Club ran for 4 years. Numbers declined in 2011 and it became unviable. The facility (in Rec Field Clubhouse) is available but volunteers needed to run it.

 

Young people were involved in fundraising for a Pump Track in the Rec.  This was opened in April 2017 and proved popular.

 

Additional “practice” goalpost installed.

 

Create an enhanced children’s play area once the adjacent Open Space has been purchased.  

ACTION 6

 

Extension to Memorial Hall

 

High Priority

Extend Hall

Hall Committee

 

 

Parish Council

 

Hall Committee

New Committee Room added and facilities are constantly being enhanced.

 

Commercial dishwasher installed in 2017.

Subject and priority

What should be done

Partners

Lead responsibility

2018 status (actions)

ACTION 7

Shop and Post Office facility

(Village sustainability)

 

Medium Priority

Feasibility / viability study

 

Community Committee

 

MDC

 

Small business advisor

Sub-committee

The Broad Bean Farm Shop opened in 2012 but closed in 2013.

 

Mendip Mobile Advice Service visited monthly (Sep 2014 to March 2015 (very few customers)

 

Weekly Mobile shop visit discontinued due to lack of custom.

 

 

The Leigh on Mendip Community Activity group (LOMCA) has offered regular support to the older parishioner wishing to do internet shopping. 

 

There are free weekly bus services to ASDA and RADCO.

 

Friends of Leigh Church (FOLC) are pursuing further community uses for St Giles’ Church. Community Friendship Café opened in 2018.

 

ACTION 8

 

Businesses and Jobs

 

Medium Priority

Encourage sustainable enterprise

Parish Council,

Local existing and potential employers,

MDC

Small business advisor

Parish Council

Website provides a list of local businesses wishing to advertise.

 

Parish Council have looked favourably on planning applications which provide local employment. Unfortunately previous workshops at Great House have been closed. 

 

 

ACTION 9

 

 

Affordable Housing

 

 

High Priority

Further assessment of need /

demand

Parish Council

 

Housing Associations

 

Mendip Housing

Parish Council

The Meadows development provided  6 Affordable Houses.  2 further Affordable Houses included in Grove Shute Farm Planning Conditions (2015) were not feasible, although a sum of money is available towards Affordable Housing until 2020. No current local need registered on the Housing Register and no responses from developers or Housing associations.

 

Mendip Local Plan (2006-2029) Part 1 (Strategies & Policies) was adopted in Dec 2014. See para 4.11 - no further housing in LOM other than for exceptional affordable or other locally promoted schemes. Therefore no justification for a Neighbourhood Plan at this time.

Subject and priority

What should be done

Partners

Lead responsibility

2018 status (actions)

ACTION 10

 

Bridle, Cycle and

Footpaths

 

High Priority

Creation of new cycle ways and bridleways

 

 

Maintenance of existing paths

Rider reps

Sustrans

MDC

Parish Council

School

Interested Parties

Sub-committee / Parish Council

Footpaths are being monitored by the Parish Footpaths Officer (Parish Council) and maintained by landowner, Mendip Ramblers, Parish Council or volunteers.

Rights of Way issues are handled by SCC.

Additional Permissive Paths have been opened by Tarmac at Halecombe quarry.

 

Footpaths adopted by individuals to provide minor maintenance and report problems.

 

Growing crops across footpaths remains a recurring problem.

 

Consider developing a cycle link to “Colliers Way” via Halecombe quarry and bridleway to Mells. 

ACTION 11

 

Environmental area

 

High Priority

Create adventure / wildlife areas

 

Volunteers,

Somerset Wildlife Trust,

Environmental advisors,

Local land owners

Sub-

committee with Parish Council

LOMCA continues to promote environmental and wildlife issues. 

 

Tarmac have donated and developed an area of woodland at Halecombe Quarry for the school to use as a Forest School.

 

Wildflower Meadow areas planted and maintained (Rec Field & Halecombe Quarry), supported by Somerset Wildlife Trust.

ACTION 12

Community Activity Project

 

High priority

 

Covers long-term actions:

1,5 &7

 

plus provision for new activity clubs + drop in centre, particularly for elderly

Feasibility and grant assessment

 

Memorial Hall unsuitable

 

Develop Rec. Field building options

 

Include wide range of environmental measures plus IT / learning capability

 

Community

Committee

 

MDC, SCC, MSP

 

Youth & Education

 

Energy Trust

Rec. Field committee

Memorial Hall now provides suitable facilities (see Action 6 above).

 

The provision of new activities for the older parishioner has continued through LOMCA with the Active Living Centre events and internet, heritage, kurling & cake and gardening meetings.  For the main activity (ALC) numbers continue to grow, strengthened by interaction with neighbouring villages. 

 

LOMCA sustainability is always considered and financially this has now been largely achieved,  although there is some ongoing concern about the number of volunteers offering help.

 

Defibrillators installed at Memorial Hall and Recreation Field Clubhouse. Two courses held.

 

Open Space field to be purchased to enable various community activities. Initially to include allotments, then children’s play area. Other ideas include adult exercise equipment, dog exercise area, community orchard/garden.