MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN LEIGH SCHOOL ON MONDAY 17 OCTOBER 1988. The meeting commenced at 7.40pm. Present were A Gould, G Lee, D Turner & J Davis who took the chair. Two Parishionners were in attendance. Apologies had been received from B Chubb, P Rooke & D Yelland. The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted & signed. MATTERS ARISING:- Light in Park Hayes - the Clerk had contacted SCC on the matter. They have no provision to make a grant towards payment of any electricity used by a public spirited private consumer. She then contacted Mr Young, MDC Council Housing Officer for the village, he said if the PC presented facts as to the cost of installing the light & running costs he could put it before either his next Area Houseing Committee meeting on 22 November or the following one approximately 3 months later. The Clerk had been unable to get through to the Electricity Board or to Social Services who may be able to offer assistance but was willing to pursue the matter - it was agreed to do so. Watch The Box - Mrs Lee had agreed to do this. Rent for Memorial Hall - The Clerk had discussed this with Mr Featherstone & it had been agreed to wait until after the Hall AGM. The committee were known to be looking into the rental aspect. Nothing has yet been done about a RED CROSS REP - Clerk will progress the matter. FINANCE: A letter had been received from Mrs Winks asking for sponsorship for the 2 teams entered for the Inter Village Quiz. Sponsorship was proposed by D Turner & seconded by A Gould - motion agreed. The contest had already taken place & one team had won 2nd prize of £15 which they donated to Parish Funds. Leigh Under 5's Group had written requesting that the PC grant of £100 go towards a Rocking Boat. Mr Gould proposed payment & Mr Turner seconded, motion agreed. The PC will pay the full purchase price & claim back the excess over £115 from the Groups treasurer as the VAT is reclaimable. The Clerk put in a claim for salary from 1 April to 30 September of £172.50 and for expenses of £29.91 Mr Turner proposed payment of a claim for £202.41, Mr Lee seconded - motion carried. PRECEPT: At Mr Yelland's request the Clerk had written to the village concerns who had received grants from the PC in the past year asking them if they would be making requests for monetary assistance in the coming financial year. The Councillors present felt that the grants to the Under 5's Group & the Youth Club were in the nature of 'one offs' to help them get established although they did not preclude helping these concerns in the future if they applied for assistance. Mr Featherstone, Chairman of the Memorial Hall Committee, had replied enclosing "Information/Guidance to Potential Grant Applicants". This stated that the local PC can contribute up to 25% of any project cost, he was therefore asking for £1000. It was pointed out by Mr Turner that this was almost the whole of last years Precept. MDC had suggested that any increase in the amount requested be in line with inflation at 5%. He suggested that a letter be sent to the Hall Committee saying that if they could present proof that the majority of the villagers were agreeable to the Parish Rate being increased to such an extent the PC would consider the matter,but it must be borne in mind that that would make Leigh's rate one of the highest in the area. The Clerk pointed out that at the Annual Parish Meeting on 26 May 1988 this had been discussed & the same conclusions drawn. Mr Lee stated that he had just taken over as Chairman of the Recreation Field & had not had time to reply to the letter but he said that the Field was in a very run down condition & with only £900 in the bank the committee did not know if it could continue to function & may have to hand the affairs of the Recreation Field over to the PC, as Trustees, next May. It was agreed that the Rec Field did not have the ability of the Hall to generate money from users. The Councillors present agreed that the letters would be sent along the lines suggested by Mr Turner to the Hall & RFMC and the matter of the Precept discussed at the next meeting. HIGHWAYS & FOOTPATHS: All Night Street Lighting - Mr Lee proposed acceptance of SCC's offer, Mr Gould seconded & the motion was carried. The Clerk had written to the County Surveyor at Frome complaining of the state of the road between Long Cottage & Towns End. The state of the overflow ditch in Blackers Lane was causing concern as was the appearance of a spring in the main road near Tadhill Farm - appropriate action will be taken. It was agreed that the Clerk would try & ascertain what duty the local council had to maintain the village streets. A Temporary Closure Order for FR8/23 had been received from SCC. Mr Turner pointed out that it was hard to close a path that no longer existed as it had been blown up by Wimpey Hobbs. He also stated that the order received on 15 October to take effect from the 22 October was dated 28 October. It was agreed to urge that the closure period be as short as possible & that an alternative route be provided as soon as possible. Surprise was expressed that no letter had been sent following Miss Chubbs inspection of the footpath after the last meeting. It was felt that a letter ought to be sent as soon as possible expressing concern over this footpath. Also to find out the legality of the alternative route - as one had already been provided weren't the PC in receipt of a diversion, not a temporary closure order. The Clerk had spoken to Mr Burkett about the footpath & he had said:- "The County Council is aware of the problems related to the footpath around Halecombe Quarry & is currently negotiating with the quarry owners for the provision of an attractive alternative footpath which could be of a higher standard & more interesting than the path which has been lost." HALECOMBE QUARRY - Mr Lee declared an 'interest'. Mr Davis was planning to organise a meeting of the Liason group after the PC meeting. He had informed the Clerk about a meeting of the Minerals Panel & she had contacted Mr Moon (SCC Deputy Planning Officer). He said that no recommendations were made by the Minerals Panel as further discussion was felt to be needed especially on access & roads.The Panel had decided on a press release & letter to be sent out explaining the position that had been reached to date. They also felt another public meeting ought to be held when more details were available. Mr Moon also said that more discussions were to take place on the Foster Yeoman application. The estimates for the proposed village survey on the Halecombe Quarry application were to hand, the cost was in the region of £3-4000 or more. Councillors felt that this was excessive & decided to take no further action. The question of another Open Meeting on the Application will be discussed again. PLANNING APPLICATIONS - Rulings had been received on Lavendar Cottage, Manor Farm details, Townsend Filling Station, Ivy Cottage outline and Roundhill Cottage. Plans for the Erection of 4 Elderly Person flats on land off Leigh Street raised no objections from those present although it was felt that the provision of more car parking space would be advantageous. No objections were made to a Single storey Extension at Fox Hollow. CORRESPONDENCE - SCC Public Meeting to enable people to question a 'panel' about the Council's activities. A notice had been put up - it was felt that a PC rep ought to go. Notification had been received of an Autumn Conference on 'The Future of the Countryside'. Two people will go to a 'Village Appraisal Information Evening' on 28 November at the Council Chambers, Shepton Mallet. Business in the Community had notified the PC about a 2 day meeting entitled 'Business in the Countryside' starting on 30 Nov. Catalogues had been received from 'Direct' & 'Glasdon'. The next meeting to discuss the Precept will be held on Wednesday 16 November at 7.30 in the School. The Clerk will be unable to attend. The Meeting closed at 9.45.
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