MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON  MONDAY 
18 APRIL 1988 IN  LEIGH SCHOOL.

The meeting commenced at approximately 1950 h.  Present were Miss 
B  Chubb,  J Davis, A Gould, P Rooke, D Turner and  D  Yelland  - 
Chairman.   Three  members of the public and P C Gregor  were  in 
attendance.
 
1.  Apologies were accepted from G Lee.

2.  The Minutes of the last meeting were acceptrd & signed.
 
3.  MATTERS ARISING.
A  letter  had  been received from CAMELOT HOMES  LTD  about  the 
Proposed development at Manor Farm (PC meeting 7 March 1988).  It 
thanked  the  Parish Council for their comments and  stated  that 
after further meetings with the local Planning officer they hoped 
to submit new plans, if possible incorporating: semi-detatched or 
terraced  properties;  reduction of the  existing  ground  level; 
making  a  provision for easing parking problems in  the  playing 
field;  keeping  'frontage'  development in  character  with  the 
village;  staggering  the development to allow new  residents  to 
integrate  and  the  provision   of  adequate  fencing  and  tree 
planting  to stop the danger of damage from cricket balls or  the 
like.  The Councillors were very encouraged by this letter.

School Governor Application form had been returned by Miss  Chubb 
on 18 March 1988.

Two  letters  had  been received  from  Somerset  County  Council 
Surveyors  Department.One to the effect that the  blocked  drains 
would  receive  attention and that further improvements  to  Soho 
Crossroads  could only be carried out if land was purchased.  The 
other  communication confirmed that work on the pavement at  Park 
Hayes will be carried out this summer.

The  East  Somerset Quarry Advisory Committee  meeting  had  been 
cancelled.

A  new  Emergency  Peace Plan had been  received  and  despite  a 
request  from the PC the village shop had not been included as  a 
food store.

4  POST OFFICE
A letter had been received by Mr Yelland from Mr Godfrey the  Sub 
Post Master to say that the paid hours of opening of the  village 
Post  Office had been cut by the GPO to 15 a week.  Initially  he 
had agreed to a trial period of full-time opening but now felt he 
must  cut down to 25 hours a week.  The Clerk had written to  the 
GPO  to  querry  why, in view of  development  plans  within  the 
village  the designation had altered.  No written reply  had  yet 
been received but during a telephone conversation with Mr  Redman 
of the Network Section the Clerk had been advised that each  post 
office's  status was reviewed on its volume of business  when  it 
changed  hands. Mr Rooke asked if another concern could apply  to 
run the Post Office, the answer to this was not known although it 
was  generally  felt that if the policy was to pay  for  only  15 
hours  opening  a  week it might not be so attractive  to  a  new 
operator. Concern was expressed that this might be the start of a 
move  to  close  the  Post Office and  also  about  the  lack  of 
consultation.  It was decided to await the official reply  before 
pursuing  deciding whether to pursue the matter any further.  The 
Councillors   expressed  their  understanding  of  Mr   Godfrey's 
difficult position.

5  FOOTPATHS AND HIGHWAYS

Mr  Rooke  had  had enquiries from some  Parishioners  about  the 
steps to be taken to get a Speed Limit in the village. PC  Gregor 
stated that if Street Lights were within a certain distance  then 
an  area is classified as 'built-up' and automatically has  a  30 
mph limit.  If insufficient lighting then the Highways Department 
must  errect repeater signs at set distances. It was  decided  to 
investigate  with the County Council the possibility of  imposing  
a  Speed Limit.  Miss Chubb asked how it would affect parking  on 
Leigh  Street  after  dark.   PC Gregor  stated  that  if  Street 
Lighting  was  sufficient cars could legally  be  parked  without 
light. The Clerk will pursue the matter.

Mr  Turner drew attention to a section of Pitten Street  part  of 
which  has  fallen into the stream.  Although it occurred  a  few 
weeks  ago the danger is only marked by unlit bollards and  could 
be   very   dangerous.   Somerset   County   Councils    Highways 
Departments attention will be drawn to this.

6  HALECOMBE QUARRY

The Chairman had contacted Mr Grazier after seeing a drill in one 
of the local fields. He was told was this  to get information  on 
water  levels.  The  matter  of the  quarries  future  plans  was 
discussed and he was told that plans are still in hand to mount a 
display  in  the Memorial Hall although present plans  were  much 
changed from those put forward in the '70's.

7  PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Erection  of 2 dwelling & Garages with Access on  Land  adjoining 
Rose Cottage

The reply to the District Council made the following points:  The 
Plot was felt to be too small for 2 dwellings, contrary to Policy 
SP7  part 2 of the Frome Local Plan although 1 dwelling was  felt 
to  be acceptable.  Attention was drawn:-  to a  footpath  across 
the plot; to the Historical interest of the building known as The 
Pound  and  dated  1881; to the transformer already on the  site; 
and  to a claimed vehicular right of way for the property to  the 
East.  Concern was expressed as to the height of the plot.
The  Clerk had been informed that this plan was not going  before 
the  Planning  Committee yet as the Planning Department  felt  it 
needed modification.

It  was  suggested  at this point by Mr Yelland  that  perhaps  a 
meeting  ought  to  be  arranged  with  Mr  Hewitt  our  District 
Councillor  to make known to him the Parish  Councillors  general 
concept for the village and to consult with him. This was agreed.

TOWNS END PLOTS 1,2 & 3

The applications by Chobham Garages had been considered by the PC 
and the following points made to the Planning Committee.
Plot  1:-  Concern over safety of access and egress.   A  Pumping 
Sump  was  shown  on the plan this had  been  disallowed  at  the 
Sawmill Site.   The positioning of the Septic Tank was felt to be 
unacceptable  due to problems stated in 11.80 of the Frome  Local 
Plan.  It was felt that on this site a smaller dwelling ought  to 
be considered.

Plot  2:- Positioning of Septic Tank.  Ownership details seem  to 
preclude  right of access to the property and the  plot  included 
land not in the original outline permission site.

Plot  3:-   As above but a request was made  to  retain  existing 
trees despite their proximity to the house.

All  letters  included  the  observations  that  the  Councillors 
favoured  a residential development providing lorry  parking  was 
excluded  from the proposal site and surrounding area.  And  that 
building materials ought to be in keeping with the area.

This Application will be dealt with on 19 April and approval  has 
been recommended by the Planning Department.

The Planning Application for land at Manor Farm has been deferred 
from tomorrow's Planning Committee Meeting.

FORMATION  OF  VEHICULAR ACCESS,HARDSTANDING &  TURNING  SPACE  - 
TOWNSEND FARM.

Mr A Gould declared an interest and took no part in this item.
No  objections were made to this plan although it was hoped  that 
the wall would be rebuilt in the original stone.

SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION - YEW TREE COTTAGE, TADHILL

The plans were considered and permission was recommended.

Mr  Turner  raised  the question of the building  that  had  been 
errected behind Ivy Cottage.  The Clerk had already contacted the 
Planning  Department and had spoken to Mr  Phillips,  Enforcement 
Officer.  He had visited the site and  decided that as it was  an 
agricultural building it was  permitted  development.  



8  NEWSLETTER

This will be kept if possible to a single sheet and be ready  for 
distribution, hopefully, by 25 April.

9  AGM

Various  village  concerns  had  still to  be  asked  to  present 
reports.  

10  FINANCE

The  payment  of the parish Council's  subscription  to  Somerset 
Association of Local Councils, 46.61, was proposed by D Turner & 
seconded by P Rooke - motion carried.

The  Parish  Councils Insurance Policy  with  Cornhill  Insurance 
Group  required renewing,  the  premium  was  30  and   included 
Employers  Liability.  Miss Chubb proposed payment and  Mr  Rooke 
seconded - motion carried. 

As of April 1 1988 the Parish Council had 126.96 in its  Current 
Account  and  1080.69  in its Post  Office  Investment  Account. 
(Clerk's salary + expenses of 165.81 paid by crossed warrant  on 
11  April.) 200 was allocated to the Church for repairs  to  the 
wall.

11  CORRESPONDENCE

Village Halls - VAT on works of Improvement 
Notes for Guidance had been received from MDC.  It was  suggested 
that  they  might  apply to the Church Wall as  well  as  to  the 
Memorial Hall, this will be investigated. The Guidelines will  be 
brought to the attention of Mr Mattick, Treasurer fo the Memorial 
Hall Committee.

BRITISH LEGION HOUSING ASSOCIATION LTD- SCATTERED SCHEME
A  letter had been received in reply to a query stating  that  as 
soon as more details were known as to when money would be granted 
and work started the PC would be informed and interviews would be 
arranged for  those interested in  becoming tenants of the  Leigh 
property.

APPLICATION FOR A GOODS VEHICLE OPERATORS LICENCE - T J SEAFORD
A  letter had been sent to the Licensing Authority on  behalf  of 
concerned  neighbours  of  LJH but the Parish  Council  had  been 
informed  that  they could not make representations,  these  must 
come from individual land owners.  A list of those  concerned had 
been   sent  to  the  Licensing  Authority  asking   that   their 
representation replace that of the Parish Council.

12  There were no items to be carried forward.

13  The next meeting will be the Annual Parish Meeting and Parish 
Council AGM on Monday 23 May in the Memorial Hall at 1945 h. 


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