MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 17 JULY 1989 IN THE 
                         VILLAGE SCHOOL.


Present  were  J  Davis,  A Gould  (who  arrived  during  Matters 
Arising),   D   Turner  and  D  Yelland,   Chairman,   and   some 
parishioners.

Apologies  had  been received from P Rooke  (Parish  Councillor), 
R Hewett (District Councillor), A Merrick (County Councillor) and 
B Chubb.

A  letter  from  Miss  Chubb dated  23  June  1989  offering  her 
resignation from the PC due to personal reasons was read out.

MATTERS ARISING  -  Recreation  Field:  a  baby  swing  had  been 
installed. 
Wyvern  Way  - discussed late.  
A  reply had been received from  Mr Watson of MDC concerning  the 
use of building materials in the village.  It stated that by  law 
the  Planning Authority must not become involved  in  stipulating 
the exact building materials to be used.  ( A Gould arrived).  It 
was  agreed that Mr Yelland would make enquiries in  the  village 
from  those  house holders who had knocked the render  off  their 
homes  to  see if the work had been grant aided by MDC.   It  was 
further  agreed  that  enquiries would also be  made  into  which 
buildings  in the village were listed and whether Leigh could  be 
made into a Conservation area & the implications if it were.
A  reply  had  been received from TARMAC  concerning  rubbish  in 
Whitehole Quarry which they had agreed to clear and to check  the 
area regularly for further tipping.

FINANCE 
1)  MDC BURIAL GRANT of 72 had arrived and will be passed on  to 
St Giles PCC.
2)   WATCH THE BOX cheque for 5 had arrived & will be passed  on 
to Mrs Lee.
3)  YOUTH CLUB GRANT.  A letter had been received asking for  the 
grant of 100 to go towards a radio/cassette player to be  bought 
second  hand.   It  was agreed to make the  grant  &  forward  it 
together  with a covering letter requesting details of  what  the 
money is spent on.
4)   MEMORIAL  HALL.  A request had been received for the  PC  to 
pay  for the sanding of the Hall floor, estimates were  included.  
The Hall Committee had accepted the second option from A.M.B.  at 
a  cost  of 454.50 + VAT. It was agreed that all  users  of  the 
premises  would benefit from this work. It was suggested  that  a 
proportion  of the money granted be in lieu of rent for the  PC's 
use of the premises up to April 1, 1990.  It was proposed  by  Mr 
Turner  that  the PC pay for the sanding and hope to be  able  to 
reclaim the VAT. The motion was seconded by Mr Gould and  passed.  
Mr  Yelland will discuss the terms of the grant with Mrs Winks  & 
report back.


5)   UNDER 13'S CRICKET CLUB.  A request for a further  grant  of 
50 had been received.  It was decided to refuse the request  due 
to  the  PC's  other monetary commitments but it  was  agreed  to 
suggest that the Club apply next year for financial help if  they 
needed it.

PLANNING
OUTLINE  PERMISSION  FOR HOUSE & GARAGE AT CLIVONNE  COTTAGE  had 
been  refused  by  MDC on the grounds  of  highway  problems  and 
failure   to  harmonize  with  surroundings  as  well   as   over 
development of the site. 
CONVERSION  OF METHODIST CHAPEL & SCHOOL TO 2 DWELLINGS had  been 
passed provided, among other conditions, that off-street  parking 
was provided.
IVY  COTTAGE  - APPROVAL OF DETATCHED DWELLING  DETAILS.  It  was 
noted that it stated in the approval that "samples of the roofing 
materials and of the materials to be used in the construction  of 
the  external  walls  shall be approved  by  the  Local  Planning 
Authority  before any work is commenced."  Although Mr Watson  in 
his  letter read out in Matters Arising stated that the  District 
Council had no control over materials used.
UNDER 5'S STORAGE SHED AT THE MEMORIAL HALL.  Permission had been 
granted for its erection for a 5 year period.
IVY  COTTAGE  - DOMESTIC EXTENSION & CHANGE OF  ACCESS.   Granted 
provided that adequate vehicle turning space within the curtilage 
and  visibility splays at the new access were suitable  and  also 
that the garages constructed were for domestic purposes only.

CURRENT PLANNING APPLICATIONS
HALECOMBE QUARRY BANKING ACROSS THE 'ARC FIELD'. It was agreed to 
send  MDC another copy of the letter sent to SCC on  this  matter 
and to stress the need not to view this application in isolation, 
it  must  be  seen  as part of  the  overall  plan.   Councillors 
welcomed the better graded banking.  They were concerned that the 
boundary  of  the  quarry  face was not shown  on  the  plan  and 
suggested  that  it ought to be.  It was suggested  that  as  the 
original boundary circumnavigated the 'ARC field' and  as  Wimpey 
Hobbs  were gaining more stone from being able to  construct  the 
new  bank across the field a  'trade off' ought to be worked  out 
leaving a greater distance between the quarry face and the hamlet 
at  Soho, it was agreed to press for this in the PC's  letter  to 
MDC.  Having objected to the planning applications for the  areas 
above and below the area covered by this application  Councillors 
agreed that they had to object to this plan on similar grounds. 
 CLIVONNE  COTTAGE  - DOUBLE DETATCHED GARAGE &  2  STOREY  HOUSE 
EXTENSION.  The PC had  no objection to the extension  or  garage 
but believed that there were still problems with the access.

SOMERSET STRUCTURE PLAN DRAFT PROPOSALS.
The  Clerk had contacted SCC and been given an extension  of  the 
deadline  date  for  comments  on the  Plan  to  allow  for  it's 
discussion at this meeting.  A long discussion took place on many 
aspects of the Plan. 
The  Councillors were concerned as to the lack of clarity of  the 
map  showing  the Special Landscape Areas in the  County.  It  is 
impossible  to ascertain if Leigh is within the Special Area  but 
if it were not Councillors felt that representations ought to  be 
made for it's inclusion.
MINERALS  POLICY  There was no provision in the plan  for  buffer 
zones  between  settlements and the quarries.   Councillors  felt 
that  such  a provision ought to be made  and a  distance  of  at 
least 400 metres was thought reasonable.
No  comments on the use of old quarry sites are included  in  the 
plan.   The  Councillors  felt that this ommission  ought  to  be 
rectified and their use for suitable leisure purposes ought to be 
encouraged.
Concern was felt at the inclusion in Minerals Policy M4 of basalt 
etc.  As there is already an emphasis on limestone extraction  in 
this  area Councillors were strongly opposed to the insertion  of 
other   named  rocks,  feeling  that  it  could  support   future 
applications to mine minerals other than limestone.
In Minerals Policy M6 the inclusion of sandstone & basalt for the 
first time caused concern.  Councillors agreed that as this  area 
already  suffers  from the activities of limestone  quarrying  it 
would  be  unfair  to  subject them to  the  quarrying  of  other 
minerals.
The  statement  that the CC would encourage further  output  from 
rail linked quarries was noted.

An  increase in the number of households  in the Mendip  District 
in  the last 15 years of 29.3% was noted as was the  deletion  of 
Coleford-Highbury as a rural centre.

Mr  Yelland  stated  that  in  his  opinion  the  previous   Plan 
Settlement Policy 5 had been badly or wrongly interpreted and  it 
was  agreed  that the PC would draw attention  to  the  continued 
refusal  of  Planning Permission outside  the  specified  village 
area.

HALECOMBE QUARRY
A  letter from Mr R Evans, SCC Minerals Officer, suggesting  more 
formal liason links with the quarry to include County &  District 
councillors  had  been received.  Councillors were in  favour  of 
this  but Mr Davis drew attention to his belief that  Mr  Merrick 
had  initiated  the  idea, had reservations.   He  expressed  his 
dissatisfaction  with the current liason links but was  concerned 
that  the  new  group might decide things 'in  camera'.   It  was 
agreed  that the PC would have to delegate councillors to  attend 
the new group's meetings who would then report back to the PC and 
parishioners  and  Mr Yelland pointed out that all  decisions  on 
Planning  were subject to the democratic process.  A letter  will 
be  sent  to Mr Evans intimating the Council's  support  for  the 
proposal  and requesting more information as to the 'make up'  of 
the group and whether their meetings will be public.

HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS
Wyvern Way - Mr Davis had heard from the footpath inspector  that 
the  link  path that he suggested between the two routes  of  the 
Wyvern  Way was supported by the County Council.  Mr Yelland  had 
discussed  the  route with ARC, one of the landowners over  whose 
property  the path will go, who were sympathetic to the  need  to 
errect  stiles, sign posts and to clear the path.  It was  agreed 
that  an  assessment of work necessary needed to be  made  before 
progress could be made.

A  complaint about the overgrown hedge on the corner of the  road 
going passed Long Cottage and the Wells road had been received  - 
the Clerk will progress.
Subsidence on the Wells Road near Tadhill Farm and Tadhill  House 
was noted & the CC will be advised.
Complaints  had  been received about the rubbish in  the  village 
street.  Enquiries will be made into MDC cleaning scheme.
The  Clerk was asked to obtain any information she could  on  the 
Public Enquiry re the objections to the diverting of the footpath 
at Halecombe Quarry.

It  was  agreed  to write a letter to Mr R  Evans,  SCC  Minerals 
Officer,  complimenting  him on thr comprehensive nature  of  his 
report  on Halecombe Quarry and their past history  of  problems.  
The   Parish  Council  welcomed  the  paper  and   endorsed   its 
recommendations.

Mr R Dixon was invited to report to the Council on the discussion 
held on this report this day by SCC.  He said that the  Halecombe 
Quarry was felt by County Councillors to be a persistant offender 
against  its Planning Permission rules.  It had been stated  that 
the  county  and  residents were victims of  an  inadequate  1980 
Minerals  Consent.  It was felt to be imperative to mitigate  the 
suffering  of  residents in the area, and a  motion  to  instruct 
Planning  Officers to monitor Halecombe closely for any  breaches 
of  the Planning consent was agreed by County  Councillors.  They 
also  consented to giving Halecombe Quarry a higher  priority  in 
County Council affairs.    

PARISH COUNCILELECTIONS
With  the  request by at least ten parishioners for  an  election 
following the resignation of Mr G Lee, Miss B Chubb had  tendered 
her  resignation  earlier than she had planned and there  were  2 
vacancies  on the PC.  The Clerk had been sent  nomination  forms 
which  had to be in to MDC by noon on 21/07/89.  If  an  election 
was to be held it would take place on 17/08/89.

CORRESPONDENCE
Following  a letter from Mrs H Mawdsley concerning a cat  injured 
in  a 'gin trap' in the area the Clerk had tried to  obtain  more 
information  from the Police to lay before the Council.   However 
due to the unavailability of P C Gregor this matter will have  to 
be deferred to the next meeting.

A  letter  from SCC requesting any information on  the  sites  of 
disused Waste Tips was read out, Councillors knew of none in  the 
area.

Discussion of a letter from Mendip Council for Voluntary Services 
was deferred to the next meeting.

ITEMS FOR THE NEXT MEETING
Gin  Traps,  Neighbourhood  Watch  Scheme  and  Mendip   District 
Council.

The next meeting will be on 11 SEPTEMBER, 1989 in the School.

The meeting closed at 2326h.










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