MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 25 JANUARY 1988 IN LEIGH SCHOOL 1 The meeting began at 7.45 pm. Present were J Davis, B Chubb, A Gould, P Rooke, D Turner. D Yelland was in the Chair. Two members of the public and Mr J R Somerville Manager of the Royal British Legion Housing Association Limited. Apologies were accepted from G Lee and Councillor Hewitt. 2 The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted and signed. 3 MATTERS ARISING i) Cllr Hewitt had replied verbally to a letter from the PC expressing their concern over the lack of notice taken by the Planning Committee of their comments with regard to 1&2 Sawmills Development. He sympathised with their feelings and explained that because of their strong objections the matter had been put before full committee who had discussed it at length and decided to allow the change on practical grounds. ii) A letter had been written about the sign post near Hollybush Cottage. It had been painted. iii) A list of meeting times had been sent to the Police. iv) Flats on Site B, Park Hayes - a letter about the lay by had been sent to M D C and also an invitation to Mr Somerville who now addressed the meeting. Mr Yelland stated that the Planning Application for Site B had been passed. A representative of Mells P C joined the meeting. Mr Somerville thanked the P C for giving him an opportunity to talk to them and also for not objecting to the Royal British Legion Housing Association plan. The flats would be part of a totally new concept in housing for the elderly - that of scattered accommodation in the rural areas linked by radio to a mother house and to a central emergency service in Yeovil. By using this method it was believed that rural stress could be alleviated by allowing elderly people to remain in their familiar environment, in property they could cope with. The RBL, the fifth largest housing association in the country only builds sheltered accommodation for the over 60's. Anyone in this age group in necessitous circumstances or housing need is eligible to apply. The RBL is funded by the Treasury through the Housing Corporation. Land is bought at the District Valuation and the flats in the new scheme would be managed by a committee made up of members of the R B L Housing Association and local representatives. Each P C where flats were located, would be asked to nominate a local person to be Guardian of the flats and visit them daily, the Warden will communicate daily but only visit once a week thus keeping costs low. Each flat in Leigh will have a floor area of 45 square metres and offer the resident a seperate Living Room and Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen with a cooker and fridge and plumbing for washing machine/drier, and storage area. Heating will be by electric storage radiators. Car parking spaces and a communal covered access are also provided with those flats on the ground floor being termed mobility flats - ie capable of taking a wheel chair. Local people would be encouraged to identify local applicants from their own and neighbouring villages to live in the flats. Upon questioning Mr Somerville hoped that sufficient funds would be available to invite tenders for Phase 1 - the Leigh Site B flats and those in Coleford along with another wardens house between April and June of 1988. It was hoped that the site at Wanstrow and Site A in Leigh would be purchased by the end of the financial year and the building completed in 1989, it was assumed that the block in Leigh would take approximately 60 - 65 weeks to construct. The R B L were happy to investigate any site that any local Parish Council thought might be suitable as long as it could be purchased at District Valuation. Mr Somerville was of the opinion that such sites ought to be in close proximity to existing Council Houses to release those properties for younger community members. Although no definate figures were available yet it was thought rents would be approximately £18 per week with a service charge of £7. Each tenant would pay their own fuel bill estimated at between £5 & £6 weekly and rates those at present on Housing Benefit would have to pay 20% of the Rates. Mr Yelland thanked Mr Somerville for coming to talk to the Parish Council about the scheme. 5 HIGHWAYS Mr Lee had expressed concern to the clerk about the flooding in Park Hayes area caused by the blocked drains. It was agreed that the matter would be taken up and also the drainage at Blackers Lane, Downhead Lane and on the road down to Vobster be mentioned. 6 FINANCE The payment of the annual subscription to the Society for Local Council Clerks was due. Miss Chubb proposed payment of the £11 Mr Rooke seconded and the motion was passed. A Training Day for local Councillors and Clerks was to be held on the 16 April at a cost of £3. Agreement was given for the clerk to attend. Mr Yelland had received a request from the PCC for the payment of £50 granted to them by the Parish Council at the meeting on 29 June 1987 to enable them to effect repairs and purchase tools. Payment of the money was unanimously agreed. 7 NEWSLETTER It was agreed to follow up the success of the first newsletter with a second one to be brought out before the AGM in May. 8 AGM ARRANGEMENTS To be held on 30 May in the Hall. Mr Yelland stated that he would ask the Hall and Recreation Committees to make a report at the Annual Parish Meeting to be held before the AGM. 9 CORRESPONDENCE Coleford Parish Council had written to advise that a request had been made for a sign warning heavy goods vehicles about the hazards of Lower Coleford to be placed at Soho Crossroads. A copy of Byelaws - Straw and Stubble Burning and Crop Residue Burning had been received from Mendip District Council and would be available for public inspection at the clerk's house. A reply had come from Mendip District Council about: Parish Council Notifications of Planning Applications. As from 26/01/88 Parish Councils will receive Planning application decisions for their area. A request for decisions for the whole area which had been made was turned down on the grounds that they would be "of limited value.....as most decisions taken by the District Council are only of significance locally and have little significance district, county, or region wise." A Burial Grant of £67 had been awarded by MDC. Somerset Community Health Council had written requesting information on any problems experienced by parishioners in gaining access to Health Care. A reply was hoped for by mid February. Any problems will be reported to the clerk who will reply. A one day conference is to be held by Somerset County Council on Living in the European Environment details were circulated. FROME LOCAL PLAN A copy had been received and would be circulated to Council Members. Objection must be in by 4 March. 10 MATTERS TO BE CARRIED FORWARD Recommendations for School Governors. 11 NEXT MEETING March 7 1988 at 7.45 pm in Leigh School.
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