MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE SCHOOL ON MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 1988. Present were B Chubb, J Davis, P Rooke, D Turner & D Yelland who took the chair. Also in attendance were 3 parishioners. A Gould had informed the Clerk that he may be late in arriving. Apologies were received from G Lee. 3 MATTERS ARISING: Apologies were made to Miss Chubb on behalf of the Clerk & Chairman for not informing her that the P C Meeting on the 25 July was a full meeting & not just a meeting for those without an 'interest' in quarrying to discuss the Wimpey Hobbs & Yeoman Planning Applications. Miss Chubb querried the necessity of informing the Bath Environmental Group about the Halecombe plans, Mr Turner whose suggestion it had been said although at the time he had been unsure if such a group existed he had made the suggestion because quarrying at Halecombe could affect the water table in the Bath Area. He had since been informed that an article on the subject had appeared in a local Bath paper. A map of the proposed extent of the 30 MPH SPEED LIMIT was displayed and all Councillors confirmed their support. In reply to enquiries made by the Clerk concerning STREET SWEEPING IN RURAL AREAS Mr Jeffs informed the P C that it had been decided to take no further action on this matter. All Councillors agreed that something ought to be done about the state of the village. The Clerk will write requesting information on what services Mendip provide and whose responsibility it is to see that the area is maintained. Guide lines from the POST OFFICE COUNTERS LTD on their provision of Sub Post Offices had been received. It was noted that the P O seemed to have broken their own code of practice re advertising the vacancy. Their attention will be drawn to this. 4 HIGHWAYS & FOOTPATHS. S C C had written asking if the Parish wished to opt for ALL NIGHT STREET LIGHTING at no extra cost to the community. It was agreed that this may help to fight crime. It was querried if this would be a requisite for the 30 mph area but as it had not been mentioned in communications from the Surveyors Department it was felt that this was not the case. It was agreed that Councillors would elicited the opinions of Parishioners & discuss the matter at the next meeting. NEW LIGHT IN PARK HAYES - Miss Chubb felt that an outside light on one of the houses would best serve the area designated in Mr Lee's map. Mr Yelland thought that the pruning of a bush & a tree in the area would greatly help the spread of light from the existing light. The Clerk will enquire if any help with payment for elecricity used is available from MDC or SCC to a householder installing a light on their own property specifically to light up an area of public pavement. All the Parish Councillors felt that the cost to the PC was too great to warrant the installation of a new light on this site. FOOTPATH AT HALECOMBE - The Clerk had discussed this matter with Mr Morris at MDC and learnt that the County Council had ordered Wimpey Hobbs to mark out a temporary footpath to replace the one that they had destroyed. A Parishioner complained of the impassability of the rest of the footpath around the quarry area. Mr Yelland expressed the view of all Councillors that if FR8/23 is not re-instated with a walkable diversion the PC must act. Miss Chubb was asked to check the whole footpath and if she felt it necessary to act liase with the Clerk in sending letters to Mr Griffiths, Mr Morris, Mr Bott and Cllr Hewett urging them to take appropriate action. 5 HALECOMBE QUARRY - Miss Chubb & Mr Yelland declared an 'interest' and Mr Davis took the chair. Mr Gould arrived. Mr Davis had approached Mr Grazier who had said that he would be willing to finance a survey of village opinion with regard to the quarry planning proposals. Mr Turner felt that the PC had almost committed themselves to the survey & must progress the matter but the PC must decide what use they would make of the information gathered, he felt that his reaction to the planning application ought to reflect the Parishioners views. The Councillors agreed that the survey must diferentiate in general terms: a) where those who returned the questionnaire lived in relation to the quarry. b) If they had any direct or indirect interest in Halecombe or any other quarry. c) The state of knowledge about the planning application of the person replying. d) What concerned the villagers most about the proposed extension. Mr Yelland offered to provide the Clerk with a list of concerns who conducted surveys to find out parameters & costs. Councillors felt that Mr Lee ought to be given an opportunity to comment on any survey and that Mr Grazier ought to be given the opportunity to see it before it was circulated. Action will be taken as soon as the information is to hand. Letters had been received from Mr Evans replying on behalf of Mr Cross to a letter dated 7 July, and from SALC requesting more information about the quarry planning application and the destruction of FR8/23. 6 PLANNING APPLICATIONS - The rulings on LAVENDAR COTTAGE and MANOR FARM OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION were read out. The ruling on the STOPPING OF THE HIGHWAY AT SOHO COTTAGE had been received. MANOR FARM - Specific plans had been circulated for 6 dwellings & the following observations made - disappointment at lack of mix of houses, concern about the accessing of cars from 6 dwellings onto the main street, and the hope that the materials used in building would be natural and in keeping with the surroundings. Mr Yelland suggested that MDC's attention be drawn to the height of the building plot in relation to the surrounding area - this will be done. No objections had been made to plans to extend CHURCH COTTAGE. LAND ADJOINING IVY COTTAGE - The following observations had been made - concern over proximity of new dwelling to the school & Ivy Cottage, danger of access, and size of site. A letter expressing concern over access had also been sent to the County Surveyor. SINGLE STOREY OFFICE EXTENSION BY L J H - No objections. 7 FINANCE - The Precept had been applied for & received. The annual subscription to the COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR SOMERSET was due. Mr Rooke proposed payment of £6, Miss Chubb seconded, all were in favour & a cheque was made out. A bill for the rental of the HALL amounting to £53 - rent £47 refreshments for 6 June meeting £6 - had been received. Mr Rooke proposed payment, Mr Gould seconded, all were in favour & a cheque was written. Mr Yelland proposed offering the Hall a flat rate of £10 per booking, Mr Rooke seconded the motion & all were in favour. Mr Yelland further suggested that the Parish Council ask to be billed each time they used the facility. It was agreed to transfer £500 from the Current to the Investment Account and to close the Nat West Deposit Account. The Clerk thanked Mrs Loten for helping her to prepare the Accounts for their Annual Audit and presented them to the Chairman for signature. 8 RED CROSS REPRESENTATIVE - A Parishioner will be approached on this matter. 9 B T WATCH THE BOX SCHEME - The Clerk was asked to approach Mrs Lee who lives beside the telephone box to undertake this. 10 PARISH HISTORY BOOKLET - Miss Chubb & Mr Yelland undertook to approach Mr John Fisher the author of the booklet about reprinting & selling it at the local shop. 11 CORRESPONDENCE - A letter from MDC about HOUSING STRATEGY will be circulated for comments. Application will be made for a copy of LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOUNDARY COMMISSION REPORT NO. 550 MDC IMPROVED ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED - Although there was no problem as yet in the village it was felt the attention of the Memorial Hall Committee ought to be drawn to this matter while they were refurbishing the premises. ARTS IN SOMERSET - The PC admitted to being unaware of the grants available through this organisation. Councillors will draw the attention of any body they can think of in the Parish who might be interested in applying. Mr Rooke took the letter. Notification of a Clerk's Training Day on 1 October had been received the Clerk will apply for a place. Mr Yelland proposed payment of the fee, Mr Turner seconded - motion carried. Miss Chubb is contemplating attending the course on FUND RAISING on 8 October. A letter concerning protection of No Claims Bonus & "Excess" Insurance for those using their cars while on P C business was made known to Councillors. It was not felt to be applicable. 12 CARRIED FORWARD - All Night Street Lighting. 13 Next Meeting 17 October 1988 at 1930h in the School. The meeting closed at 2200h.
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