MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON 1 FEBRUARY 2000

IN THE SCHOOL.

Councillors present: A Gould, N Haskins, G Jeanes, M Loten, P Moore (who arrived late) and J Wright, Chairman.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING were accepted as a true record and signed.

MATTERS ARISING [P Moore arrived during this item]

All letters sent, booklets from Charity Commission not yet arrived.

PLANNING

HAY BARN, HOLLYBUSH COTTAGE, KNAPP HILL – support.

ERECTION OF SINGLE STOREY CONSERVATORY & SATELLITE DISH, THE HAZELS, LEIGH STREET – comment: timber or wood grain PVC would be more compatible with the materials used for the house. Councillors were surprised that permission asked for the ‘dish’ as others had been put up in the village without permission.

RETENTION OF USE OF BARN FOR BUSINESS AND STORAGE PURPOSES, EXTERNAL ALTERATIONS AND ASSOCIATED WORKS AT TOWNSEND FARM [A Gould declared an interest and took no part in this discussion] – support: will improve the access/egress to the village. CLERK

[A Gould returned to the meeting]

For Information ML told the PC that the YEW TREES in the CHURCHYARD are to be pruned to reduce their canopy. MDC and Archdeacon have agreed.

ROADS & FOOTPATHS

JW had been given a list of ‘gullies’ by WSAtkins, GJ offered to check them. GJ

Councillors will be given a Parish map showing boundaries & footpaths. CLERK

CHURCHYARD CLOSURE

A letter from Rob Thurston of MDC had been received. He has discussed the matter with Derek Hooper and raised the following points: 1) understand that PC likely to devolve responsibility to DC. 2) In principle happy for PC to carry out day to day maintenance. 3) If this done the Health and Safety arrangements would have to be adequate. 4) A survey of the condition of features would need to be done to assess the long and short term financial implications. It was pointed out that Councillors and the PCC have been trying to get some sort of survey done since the closure problem was first raised but have not been successful. Councillors felt let down by the procedure and concerned about handing over the churchyard and paying for maintenance but having no control over the area but sadly felt they had no option. JW proposed devolving St Giles’ Churchyard to MDC, NH seconded and all agreed. CLERK

A meeting will be arranged between R Thurston, D Hooper, and ML and JW, but no decision or agreement can be made without referral to the PC. CLERK

CEMETERY

Long term plans for possible expansion of this facility to be investigated. CLERK/ML

RECREATION FIELD – PM

The seat to be put on the concrete area outside the changing rooms. CLERK

HALL – no report.

FINANCE

VILLAGE WEB SITE – bill for 2000-01 rental £155 + £27.13 VAT = £182.13p.

It was agreed that more use must be made of this facility as it costs the Parish quite a lot of money. Efforts will be made to get more up to date information from clubs etc and to advertise it among estate agents. NH proposed payment, GJ seconded & all agreed. Cheque 319 on current account made out & signed. CLERK

PRINTER – Somerset Computing had purchased a Brother HL-820 Laser Printer costing £159 + £27.83 VAT = £186.83p this was well within budget. PM proposed payment, JW seconded and all agreed. Cheque 320 made out and signed. CLERK

Interest of £104 had been paid on the Investment account.

A transfer of £500 from the Investment to Current a/c was signed.

QUARRY MATTERS

A complaint about the 1620h blast at Halecombe Quarry on 31 January had elicited the following information from Ian John at Somerset CC. Although the vibration level was within the permitted scale the Air Over Pressure had been recorded as 127 at Green Shutters and 125 at the School – the permitted limit is 120. The quarry management had said this was due to the weather conditions – low cloud cover. According to IJ if this is shown, presumably through complaints being made to Somerset CC, to be a persistent problem then the County Council could take action to limit blasting to when the weather conditions are more favourable.

MEETINGS ATTENDED

JW had been to the East Mendip Rural Task Force Meeting on 18/01/00 and added the papers to the circulation pack.

CORRESPONDENCE

A number of complaints had been received about the helicopter exercises of the 12 January and the disturbance they caused. A letter from the Community Relations Officer at Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton was to hand. It was agreed that people ought to be informed when the exercises are to take place but it was questioned whether exercises of this type need to be conducted so close to villages and livestock. CLERK

Circulated: SALC Papers; Information about the next MDC/PC Seminar on 9/02: Parish Council News.

Next Meeting – TUESDAY 7 MARCH IN THE SCHOOL.


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