MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 18 JULY 1988 IN THE SCHOOL. Present were B Chubb, J Davis, G Lee & P Rooke. Mr Davis took the Chair. Four members of the public were in attendance. 1 Apologies were received from D Turner & D Yelland. 2 Following information given to the clerk by SALC the Minutes of the AGM on 26 May 1988 & the Parish Meeting on 6 June 1988 were accepted & signed. With regard to the Minites of the PC meeting of 20 June Mr Lee objected to the sentence commencing "Mr Yelland stated.....improperly". After discussion he agreed to withdraw his objection. In the paragraph beginning "Mr Turner felt....." it was agreed with Mr Lee's consent to add after "County Council" the words 'on condition that enquiries were made into conducting an independant survey'. Mr A Gould arrived at this point. Mr Lee asked that the sentence: 'Mr Lee left at this point' be ammended to read 'Mr Lee had to leave at this point' The Minutes of 20 June 1988 were accepted & signed. 3 MATTERS ARISING. A reply from Post Office Counters Ltd had been received. It stated their commitment to maintaining rural offices despite their losses. Mr Rooke enquired if another concern who would perhaps be prepared to remain open longer hours could apply for the franchise - enquiries will be made. Nothing had yet been done to the road near the Sawmills despite a letter to the appropriate department. It was suggested that Environmental Health were contacted about the noise caused when empty vehicles drove over it. The matter will be left for a fortnight as the contractors are returning to tarmac the road ways into the development. Planning Applications: Soho Farm access conditionally approved. New dwelling & access at Ivy Cottage refused. 2 Dwellings adjacent to Rose Cottage - permission for 2 single storey homes given. The appeal on land in Bellfield near the Church was rejected. 4 Mr Lee displayed a map he had made of a badly lit area in Park Hayes for which a street light had been requested by residents. Parish Councillors will view the area & discuss the matter at the next meeting. The Clerk had spoken with Mr Hall of the Traffic Section at Taunton. A 30 mph limit can be put on the area from the bridge near Manor Farm to Townsend Farm, with signs on the junction of Stocks Lane & the Main Street and on the road to Barn Close with no need to go to Committee. However to include the area at Townsend in this an application would need to be made to Committee & Mr Hall gave it as his opinion that it would not be granted. However, due to the 2 recent accidents which had taken place near Townsend Cottage it was decided that application should be made for an immediate speed limit to be placed on the village & the wheels set in motion to apply for the inclusion of Townsend. Enquiries into the cost of repeater signs will be made. A width & weight restriction on the village were discussed. It was agreed to write to local quarries - Wainrights, ECC, ARC & Wimpey Hobbs asking them to request drivers not to drive through the village. Mr Gould had been asked for information about stiles for Public Footpaths. He will be given the name of the Footpath Inspector. FOOTPATH AT HALECOMBE. Great concern was expressed that the footpath, FP 8/23 had been blasted away in one section & blocked in another. A Parishioner said he had informed Somerset Rights of Way Association who had written to the District Council advocating prosecution of Wimpey Hobbs. Due to the absence of Mr Morris who deals with this matter for Mendip DC the Clerk had been unable to find out if the Quarry had permission to divert the path - the Clerk will pursue this matter on 25 July with Mr Morris & the PC will then decide on its course of action. DIVERSION OF FP 8/23. An aplication by Wimpey Hobbs to divert FP 8/23 was discussed. Concern was expressed that the path between points J,K & L was dangerously close to the proposed quarry edge & it was felt that it would be more logical for the path to go straight across the neck of land from J to L. This will be conveyed to MDC. Concern was expressed that the soil had been stripped from the footpath area. 5 HALECOMBE Messrs Davis, Gould, Rooke & Turner had met with Mr Grazier of Wimpey Hobbs on the 13 July. Mr Grazier had said that the Company were looking at the purchase of a face crusher which would, it was felt be quieter. It was pointed out that as this machine would follow the blasting those nearer this area would be more disturbed. The Liason Committee members felt that they had achieved nothing. Mr Lee had to leave at this point. It was agreed that eligible members would meet on 25 July in the Hall at 7.30 to formulate a reply to Halecombe & Torr Works planning applications. 6 PLANNING APPLICATIONS: Lavender Cottage -(i)off the road parking should be provided if possible. (ii) Frontage of property should be kept as natural stone. Townsend Filling Station - Mr Rooke & Mr Gould as neighbours of this property declared an interest.(i) Site plan was of Mr Rookes property. (ii) No objections were raised. Torr Works - this will be discussed on 25 July. 7 FINANCE: A letter requesting payment of the £200 held by the PC for Church wall repairs was read. Payment was proposed by Mr Gould & seconded by Mr Rooke all agreed & a cheque was signed. A Grant of £5 to Midsummer Norton CAB was proposed by Mr Rooke, seconded by Mr Gould, all agreed & a cheque was signed. Mr Rooke had received a letter from Mr Preedy asking for financial support for the Youth Club. Mr Preedy had expressed the need for money to purchase for example an old vehicle for the youngsters to dismantle & rebuild & Mr Rooke had offered his expert help. Concern was expressed by all Councillors at the lack of activities for teenagers in the village. Miss Chubb suggested that the PC needed to know what any money already granted to or in possession of the Youth Club had been spent on. A letter was read out from Mrs Loten concerning the proposal to start an under 5's Playgroup in the village & requesting financial help to purchase, e.g.tables & chairs. Mrs Loten explained that the new group would have the use of any money already raised by the Mother & Toddler Group with which it would amalgamate & that they were also hopeful that they would get grants from other concerns e.g. Pre School Playgroups Association and the Council. Mr Davis suggested a grant of £50 to each concern but it was felt by other Councillors that this was not enough. A credit of £100 was proposed for each concern by Mr Rooke & seconded by Mr Gould. & agreed. It was agreed that any purchases either concern wish to make will be refered to the PC, justified by the concern, and will be made on their behalf by the PC so that VAT can be recovered. 8 RED CROSS REPRESENTATIVE - defered to the next meeting. 9 As the PARISH HISTORY LEAFLET was not to hand this was defered. 10 Beckington Parish Council had written concerning grants to Sweep the streets in Rural areas - originally discussed by the PC 7 March. They would like the matter discussed by each council & then raised at the AGM of the SALC on 15 October. It was agreed that the Clerk would find out more about this grant. A copy of the Somerset Minerals Policy had been sent by Mr Evans. Notification of a Fund Raising Training Day had been received. A questionaire from the Institute of Leisure & Amenity Management concerning play areas in the community had been received & will be given to Mr Lee as Council rep on the RFMC. A letter from Mr Mattick Treasurer of the Memorial Hall requesting information as to the length of time the Council had used the Hall since January was read. It was agreed that the Council had used the hall on: 7 March from 7.30 to 10.30, 23 May from 7.30 to 9.40, 6 June from 7.30 to 11.45 approximately 9 1/2 hours. Mr Mattick will be informed of this and also of the fact that Somerset County Council should be billed direct for their use of the Hall. 11 The Red Cross and the Parish History will be discussed at the next meeting. 12 The next meeting will be in the School on 5 September at 7.30. The meeting closed at 10.15.
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