MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN LEIGH SCHOOL ON MONDAY 6 FEBRUARY 1989 . Councillors present were B Chubb, J Davis, A Gould, D Turner & D Yelland, Chairman. Also in attendance were some parishioners. Apologies were received from G Lee and P Rooke. The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted as a true record & signed. MATTERS ARISING: An acknowledgement had been received to a letter about Towns End narrow road. No reply concerning the 'Bull's Green Link' was to hand. It is believed that Torr Works plan will be heard by SCC on 8 March. FINANCE: Subscription for SOMERSET PLAYING FIELDS ASSOCIATION was due. Mr Turner proposed payment of £5, Mr Gould seconded motion carried. RENT FOR MEMORIAL HALL: When the sum of £10 per booking had been agreed on no proviso was made for slot meter heating. All Councillors agreed to pay heating as well as booking charge. TRANSFER FROM INVESTMENT ACCOUNT of £200 signed. BURIAL GRANT - A grant of £400 had been applied for to facilitate the purchase of a mower. A letter had been received saying that subject to confirmation £250 will be given. HIGHWAYS & FOOTPATHS: Mr Davis requested that after an accident on 31/01/89 at the junction of the road from Downhead & the Wells road, near the resevoir, the CC be asked to errect signs on the road from Downhead giving advance warning of the actual crossroad. It was so agreed. Water on the road at Knapp Hill was still causing a problem - the clerk will pursue these matters. Miss Chubb expressed concern at parking on the pavement in front of the Sawmills development - Mr Yelland will progress this. FR8/23 - A letter had been received dated 24 January concerning the proposed diversion of this path. Much discussion took place on this item. It would appear that the present agreed temporary diversion has a crack across it about 30 feet from the quarry face and Wimpey Hobbs have instituted another diversion. The Councillors expressed their discontent with the conflicting evidence given by SCC and WH. It was decided to write to SCC expressing dissatisfaction with the present diversion instituted by the Company & requesting the reinstatement of the agreed first temporary diversion taking into account the safety aspect posed by the crack. A request for the immediate resiting of the section of path between D & F to on top of the environmental bank as shown in the proposed permanent diversion will also be made. If this is done provision will need to be made for a childproof fence, not on the skyline of the environmental banking, between D & F. The surface of the path was causing concern and it was agreed that the CC ought to ask the company to rectify this matter. Councillors felt that any proposed temporary diversion ought to take into account any current & future quarry workings so as to give minimal disturbance to walkers. Concerning the new permanent diversion it was felt it was too early to consider it as A to H would appear to be on top of the, as yet unconstructed, environmental banking & concern was expressed as to what would happen to the path during its completion. However Councillors approved of the proposed new route if it was on top on the banking but agreed that the map supplied by the CC was of little use as it did not show elevations. Mr Turner pointed out that for future recreational purposes the Councillors must try to get the best possible path & one on top of the banking would, in his opinion, be the best. PLANNING APPLICATION: For Tweed Farm - agricultural workshop, & Ivy Cottage - domestic extension, garages & access change had been responded to. It was agreed to send copies of Comments to Cllr Hewett. A notice of an application for a shed by Leigh Under 5's group had been received, the clerk will check that a copy of the plans will be sent to the PC. A letter to the Youth Club suggesting that they liase with the Under 5's Group concerning the shed question had been sent. A copy of a letter from the Youth Club to the Hall Committee concerning the use of the car park by riders of the club owned motor bike & the errection of a shed was read. Mr Davis showed an ammended map of the new proposals for Torr Works. The environmental banking will still be in the same place but approx 45 acres just inside will not be quarried at this time. It was agreed to write expressing concern. HALECOMBE QUARRY: Miss Chubb & Mr Yelland declared an interest & were invited to remain by Mr Davis who took the chair. All the members of the liason group had met earlier that evening with Mr Grazier & been told about an ammended plan which had been submitted but which the Parish Council had not yet received. The new access would be on the site of the chipping store which would be moved into the quarry. The 'sterile area' down to the brook would be used for employee car parking. The road gradient out of the quarry will be 1 in 15. The primary crusher will go 2 metres below present site level. The intention to make a public right of way all round the top of the environmental banking had been discussed as well as grading the slope of the waste tipping area towards the village. Mr Grazier hopes that SCC will discuss the plan on March 8. The matter of the applications for HGV operators licences out of the quarry was taken up. Mr Grazier had stated that there was no increase in lorry numbers but said that what appeared to be an increase in applications was due to WH transfering to an owner driver scheme. He stated that the quarry had permission for parking 100 vehicles. This was disputed from the floor - it was stated that WH had said that they had space for 100 lorries but they did not have permission for that number. The matter of SCC's stated intention to hold another public meeting will be pursued by the Clerk. Mr Yelland resumed the chair. SOMERSET MINERALS POLICY DISCUSSION DOCUMENT: An update of the Policy document was welcomed by all. The PC were in agreement with many of the comments made. It was felt that research was needed into the effects of deep quarrying, that quota levels ought to be imposed, more use be made by all quarries of existing rail heads. That the construction of new roads just for quarry traffic be opposed as it could open the way for other quarrying activities in the areas served. Buffer strips to protect quarries and villages ought to be imposed & that contingency planning was needed to cope with premature closing of any workings to assist in their reinstatement. It was agreed that the policy framework needed tightening up and that SCC ought to petition for the dispersal of quarrying throughout all viable areas & not just in the East Mendips as well as designating definate producion zones themselves. A letter will be sent containing these observations to SCC. CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED: MEMORIAL HALL COMMITTEE - thanks for £200 grant & invitation to put team in to Intra-Village Quiz. Not enough PC members were available. Notification by the YOUTH CLUB of noise on 25 February from a rock band. For information Mr Yelland told Councillors that the Hall were discussing permission to ride the motor bike in the car park on 7 February. He had approached ARC for permission to use an area in Barns Close. MDC BUILDING CONTROL SERVICES - concerning the right of the developer to name streets they had constructed but suggesting PC's can make suggestions if they wish but they must approach the developer. LEIGH PCC - acknowledging receipt of £67 Burial Grant. MDC - KEEP MENDIP TIDY CAMPAIGN - notification of public meeting at 7 pm on 1 March. Requests for a paper bank had been received enquiries will be made. SEVERNSIDE RADIOLOGICAL SURVEYS - an advert for gamma background radiation surveying was noted. SCC COUNTY COUNCIL CENTENARY - offer of grants towards amenity tree planting - the Playing Field committee will be informed & a copy placed on the notice boards. PUBLIC SAFETY INFORMATION BILL / EARLY DAY MOTION NO 256 - request by Joyce Quinn MP for public to write to local MP supporting motion for access to information on reports concerning public safety. CELEBRATING COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IN SOMERSET - Seminar to be held on 13 February to familiarise district & parish councillors with community schools initiative. Mr Yelland stated that 2 years ago there was a move to open schools for use at other times. He had written to the school governors requesting permission for skate boarder to use the playground out of hours. The next meeting will be on Monday 27 February in the School.
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