MINUTES OF LEIGH ON MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 16th APRIL 2007 AT 7.30 P.M.
IN THE RECREATION FIELD SOCIAL CLUB
Councillors present. John Wright (Chairman), Chris Cudmore (Vice Chairman), Graham Harris, Frank Higgins, Vicki Taylor, Ty Schlechter.
Apologies: Gloria Cawood
THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING of were accepted and signed.
Responsibility of Churchyard JW agreed to take this up with Mendip District Council regarding the Parish Council taking responsibility for the churchyard to a maximum limit of £1000 ACTION JW
Affordable Housing JA has received an answer from Knightstone stating that all tenants meet the requirements of the S106 agreement but refused to give names. 18 prospective tenants names were passed from Mendip Housing to Knightstone for the six houses, and CC was concerned that there seemed to be no transparency in the selection. It was agreed to take this up at the meeting with Knightstone on 21st May
Printer JA has received the printer, and this has been shown on the current list of assets.
M & S Voucher FH will obtain this. ACTION FH
Somerset Area Working Panel JA stated that this had been completed and sent.
Mendip from the Air There are no copies left of this publication.
A request has been received from Hannah Firth, Archaeological Project Officer, asking for support for the Historic Environment Service in applying to the Somerset Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund for a grant to set up a programme of archaeological, geophysical surveys and excavations, to provide training for local residents in a range of archaeological techniques and for schoolchildren to have experience of archaeology in their area. ACTION JA
Memorial Hall Rent awaiting updated invoice from Booking Clerk
Printer Cheque no 495 value £75.02 payable to J M Anderson to reimburse cost of Printer, VAT and Carriage agreed and signed.
Risk Management This was completed by TS and JA over the last two years and it was confirmed that there were no changes in the community to warrant further risk assessment.
Asset Register this was checked and with the addition of the new printer and the deletion of the old printer and cemetery notice board, which had been removed due to its condition, this was agreed and signed.
Clerks Salary Cheque No 070 was issued and signed to ensure that the Cemetery Account was used to pay for the Clerks Salary for the year 06/07
Mowing Bill the mowing of the cemetery has not yet commenced.
Cookswood Quarry Development A letter regarding answers to the environment concerns was passed to parish councillors.
Noise Complaints have been received concerning noise in the field by the sharp bend in Hookey Lane made by the use of mini motor bikes on two consecutive Sunday afternoons. If this reoccurs, enquiries will be made in order that this nuisance is prevented in future.
Shepton 21 Digital Arts Festival The Parish Council fully support an arts festival, and a letter will be sent to the organisers, but unfortunately our precept is fully committed for the year should a grant be required. ACTION JA
Poppy Appeal The organiser requires help to administer the appeal, and perhaps to take over in the future. This would probably involve delivering and collecting boxes from the various premises locally, and organising people to sell on Poppy Day. It was agreed that this would be advertised on Notice Boards. ACTION JA
Weight Limits on Local Roads Following discussion it was agreed that the weight limit sign at the junction of Marsh Lane and Ham Hill needs to be reported again. Otherwise there were no other weight concerns.
Hall Committee TS stated that at the next meeting on 2nd May the agenda would include discussion on the extension.
Community Activity Project GH requested that a letter of support is written to be included with the bid documentation. ACTION JA
Highways A questionnaire has been received from SCC regarding Highways Related Services. CC has responded to the questionnaire, which will be returned with the observations of the Parish Council.
Footpaths JA passed round copies of the photographs of the kissing gates, which Mendip Ramblers have replaced, by the Mells Stream. It was agreed that we would write a letter of thanks and ask that they let us know where they will be working in the area next. It had been agreed at the last meeting that FH would obtain costs for kissing gates on this footpath, but this will not now be required. It was proposed and all agreed that the kissing gate and other stock currently held at Two Gates would be offered to the Mendip Ramblers for stile replacement in the Leigh on Mendip Parish. It was also agreed that a grant could be made for any other supplies needed. ACTION FH/JA
Parish Forum CC stated that contingency plans in case of emergency were being reviewed. Talks on unitary council consultations are proposed until 22nd June. District Councils have requested an independent referendum. Forums for Change an analysis was presented from all the responses received.
Assignment of Road Names; Parishes Information Bulletin; Leaflet Smoke Free Somerset; Mendip PCSO Steering Group Minutes; Avon & Somerset Police Report; Mendip Strategic Partnership Minutes; SCC Weight Limits on Local Road; SCC Statement of Community Involvement; SALC Local Issues, Local People, Local Money; Thatch; SCC Environment Directorate Public Rights of Way and Open Access Land, A guide for Dog Owners and Walkers; Mendip Community News
Date of next meeting AGM at 7.30 p.m.and APM at 8.00 p.m. 21st May 2007