MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING HELD IN THE MEMORIAL HALL ON 26 SEPTEMBER 1989. Parish Councillors present were Mrs Parks, Messrs Davis, Gould, Pattison, Turner & Yelland, Chairman, as well as some parishioners. The meeting had been called to discuss with local residents the planning applications by LJH Engineering & Mr Cullen - Stoke Lane Quarry. LJH - ENGINEERING - Proposed Parking & New Access. Discussion took place with residents in the vicinity of LJH concerning their worries over the latest planning application by the company. After the discussion the Parish Councillors agreed that a letter of objection to the plan be written making the following points:- 1) The information given & the plans supplied were not detailed enough. 2) The details of the new entrance were sparse and concern was expressed at the width of Green Lane, the fact that the hills and bends on the road made visibility in the proposed entrance area poor and that traffic using this stretch of road was fast moving. 3) No details on positioning of new entrance or width of splay. 4) Lack of details on screening/lanscaping for the site, bearing in mind its hilltop position. 5) Concern at the speed which heavy lorries move in and out of the premises onto, not only Green Lane but onto the Old Wells Road, and the speed of passing traffic. 6) That development is contrary to the Frome Local Plan. It was felt that concerns for the future of the whole plot owned by LJH and the fact that the industry was thought by many present to be more suited to a trading estate with better access should not be included in the letter. It was also felt that if the application was refused the buisiness of LJH would not be affected as they could carry on using Barns Close for storage. The Clerk had informed the Clerk to Chantry of the application & it was decided to contact Downhead Parish Meeting Chairman. Mr Gould had to leave. Mr Yelland thanked the residents who had attended and contributed to the meeting and offered them a chance to leave if they so wished. STOKE LANE QUARRY A plan of the proposed development of this site had been received but no details had been given with the plan. The Clerk had been told that the plan was for the stationing, repairing and servicing of lorries. Mr Davis who had attended the Public Meeting in Stoke when the matter was discussed said that the application also included the building of animal feed store facilities and the quarrying of 320000 tonnes of stone to make the site suitable for these purposes. Mr Yelland felt that as the site was outside Leigh Parish it ought to be made clear that the Council were not commenting on the use of the site but on how this use would affect the Parish. Consternation was expressed from the floor as it was felt that the principal of opening a quarry, unused since 1975 was of vital importance to this Parish. Mr Yelland was invited from the floor to declare an interest which he declined. Mr A McIllop, a resident of Stoke, who was present was invited to speak. He said that residents had been told that technically Mr Cullen, the applicant, could start quarrying immediately. Mr Turner expressed the belief that quarrying had been suspended because of pollution to the water course. Mr Yelland had also heard this although an ex Stoke resident thought closure had been due to access. Mr McIllop said that he was concerned about the increase in lorry movement which could be as many as 120 vehicles per day. Mr Davis said that at the Stoke meeting the figure of 60 lorry loads of stone per day was mentioned. In view of the feeling that the meeting wished to discuss quarrying matters Mr Yelland asked Mr Davis to take the Chair. Mr Davis reported on the Stoke meeting to fellow Councillors. Mr Cullen's business has outgrown its present site and in his attempt to find suitable alternative premises he has been offered the use of Stoke Lane Quarry by Mr Luff, owner of Wainwrights. Mr Cullen wants to make a level site within the quarry for his lorry and animal feed business and to make a new access to Bector Lane. To achieve the area needed within the quarry he is proposing to remove the 320000 tonnes of stone in more than one year but less than two years. When questioned about routes to be taken by the lorries Mr Cullen had said that that was up to the individual drivers, but all traffic had to go east. Parking places were to be made on Bector Lane and on the road into Stoke. Mr Davis was concerned that lorries would come through Leigh Parish using roads that were unsuitable for their size. He believed that Stoke PC supported the view that Mr Cullen's lorries ought to move from Stoke Village. It was agreed that information on weight restrictions will be sought from SCC & discussed at the Council's next meeting. Mr Pattison expressed the view that this PC ought to object on the aspect of quarrying as well as access. Mr Turner thought that the Nature Conservancy Council would object as the quarry is an SSI. Mr Turner expressed concern that if Leigh Parish Council objected to aspects of the application that were not their concern any valid points they made might be ignored. It was agreed that the Clerk would consult the Association of Local Councils to see if objections to things other than those that directly affected this Parish, i e traffic, could be made. It was decided to write to MDC to object to the plan on:- 1) the information received at the Public Meeting in Stoke on transport grounds. 2) To suggest that as the proposal included the quarrying of a certain amount of stone this Council felt that an application to quarry ought to be made to SCC. 3) To request more information. Mr Gould returned and the meeting closed shortly afterwards. 12/10/89 I am still having printer problems hence the late arrival of these minutes. I contacted SCC about a weight restriction to be imposed on village roads. I was advised that a weight restriction would take quite a long time to be processed and there was no guarantee one would be imposed. However it was suggested that at the same time the PC ask for 'Unsuitable for HGV' signs to be errected, this took less time to process. It was suggested that 'ammunition' to support a weight restriction should be furnished, eg narrow bridges, accidents involving lorries, use of roads at anti-social hours etc. Mr Evans phoned concerning the Quarry Liason Group. He suggests an inaugural meeting on Monday 6 November in Shepton Mallet starting at 1800 or 1830h. In the recent Frome Local Plan Enquiry the fact that ARC had appealed against the designation of land at Sparks Farm as an 'amenity open space'. I wrote to MDC expressing the PC's wish for it to retain this status & have been informed that the PC will have an opportunity to make representations about the modifications in due course. Mendip Planning Committee are now meeting fortnightly - one meeting purely for planning development control matters, intermediate matters go to the other meeting. Next meeting 17 Oct meeting on 31 Oct (development control). Letter from Royal British Legion asking if the PC is aware of any local person who may be interested in either the developments at Coleford or Leigh. Please think about it before next meeting. Age Concern want to know of any 'frail or vulnerable elderly people in' the parish who would benefit from the 'WINTER WARMTH CAMPAIGN' - ie advice, information & practical help in the winter.
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