MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE MEMORIAL HALL ON MONDAY 2 JANUARY 1989. Present were J Davis, A Gould, P Rooke, D Turner & D Yelland, Chairman, and some members of the Parish. Apologies had been received from B Chubb & G Lee. MATTERS ARISING: Roads - Blackers Lane drains, Knapp Hill and the place where FR8/23 joined the road had all received attention. Finance - The Precept had been posted on 22/11/88. Mrs R Smith Somerset County Council's Rights of Way Officer has taken over the handling of FR8/23. FINANCE: The payment of the annual subscription to the Society of Local Council Clerks was proposed by D Turner, seconded by A Gould and passed. A cheque was made out. Money for Leigh Youth Club: A general 'shopping list' had been received on 22/09/88 and more recently Mr Yelland had been told verbally that the money was needed to finance repairs to a motor bicycle. It was agreed that a letter was needed confirming this - the Clerk will contact the Club. Concern was expressed that both the Youth Club & the Playgroup wanted to errect sheds behind the Hall, the PC had already agreed in principle to one for the Play Group & it was suggested that liasion take place between the two concerns. HIGHWAYS & FOOTPATHS - The Clerk had written to SCC at the behest of A Gould enquiring into the possibility of errecting signs at Towns End warning drivers of oncomming traffic in the middle of the road - no reply had yet been received. PLANNING APPLICATIONS - Mr Davis took the Chair and invited Mr Yelland to remain. Mr Davis reported on a meeting the liason group had had with Mr Grazier when he had told them about blocking the banking gap at Green Shutters and fencing round the bunde. An Ammended Plan for HALECOMBE QUARRY had been received the next day with the certain alterations to the original:- 1) Banking at Green Shutters. 2) Showing reduction of shale area to be quarried. 3) Moving the access to near Park Corner. 4) Showing the Closure of Lime Kiln Lane. Concern about the closure of Lime Kiln Lane and its repercussions on the village were expressed. If closed it could be quarried across or used to park vehicles and Mr Turner urged rejection of this plan. It was agreed that Mr Grazier had expressed the need for an improved road network to and from the quarry and had intimated that Somerset County Council were aware that his company were willing to help finance its construction. Councillors felt that they needed information on future road plans in the area & the 'Bulls Green Link Road' was mentioned - the Clerk was asked to pursue this. Although the revised access had been moved right away from the village, the new siting was not felt to be in the best interests of the village, the concensus being that the present access is the most acceptable to local residents. The Councillors agreed to oppose the application on the same grounds as last time and also:- a) closure of Lime Kiln Lane, the major link between Leigh and Frome. b) Access. c) The fact that Rookery Farm was now a Grade 2 listed building. d) The area at Park Corner was a site of Special Landscape value. e) No timescale for the banking, planting etc had been included in the plan and the village would obviously like that done as quickly as possible. Attention was drawn to the fact that there was no guarantee that the fields along Lime Kiln Lane, within the bank and having a seperate entrance, would remain as farm land. Also access was needed to the Sewage Works. It was agreed that a letter would be written to the DOE concerning Rookery Farm's roof which need repair. TORR WORKS: It was decided in the light of inaccurate reporting in a local paper of the PC's reaction to Torr Works to write again to Somerset CC with the Parish Council's comments. The Discussion Document on Minerals Policy will be discussed at the next meeting. CORRESPONDENCE: 1) ' Village Homes for Village People' leaflet from NACRT who help establish country based rural housing associations. 2) Information from Frome Community College about the Village Venture Competition. 3) Leaflet about grant aid towards upkeep of Bus Shelters. 4) Help the Aged 'Piper Lifeline' - MDC willing to provide 50% of cost of alarm for an elderly person. Information will be given to the Evergreens Secretary. MATTERS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE NEXT MEETING: Minerals discussion plan, rent for Hall. The next meeting will be on Monday 6 February at 7.30 in the School.
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