MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN LEIGH SCHOOL ON MONDAY 23 OCTOBER 1989. Councillors present were Mrs Park, J Davis, D Pattison, D Turner, J Davis and D Yelland who took the chair. A Gould conveyed his apologies and said he would be late. Mr A Merrick, County Councillor, & members of the Parish were in attendance. Apologies had been received from Mr R Hewett, District Councillor. MATTERS ARISING Mr Turner consulted fellow councillors as to what action they wanted taken at Whitehole Quarry before contacting Tarmac. B Tel Environmental Fund leaflet had been given to the Hall Committee. Matters Arising from 26 September Meeting A letter concerning Planning Application 060348/014 at LJH was read out. Objections had been made on lack of information, concern over new access, lack of landscaping/screening details on this hilltop site, unsuitability of site for large industrial development and feeling that further development was contrary to the Frome Local Plan. Mr Yelland had visited Mr Hill of LJH to discuss the situation. Mr Hill had invited Parish Councillors and Parishioners to visit the site. Stoke Lane Quarry A letter had been sent to MDC expressing concern that this planning application might cause more heavy lorries to traverse unsuitable roads in the Parish, also concern had been expressed as to the legality of re-opening a closed quarry. Mr Merrick was invited to comment: He said that he thought that the matter had been deferred by County but he would let the PC know all the details. The Clerk had contacted County Hall about a ban on lorries through the village and it had been suggested that an "Unsuitable for Heavy Goods vehicles" restriction be applied for while 'ammunition' was collected to apply for a weight restriction. The Chairman asked Councillors what they wished to do. It was felt that a letter ought to be sent explaining that if the Planning Application was granted a potential 30-40% increase in traffic nuisance could result. After discussion it was agreed to leave the matter until Mr Merrick reported. Highways and Footpaths The hedge on the Wells road had been pruned and the Clerk having been told by Mr Turner of a hole in Leigh Street had contacted Highways who had mended it. The Clerk will write concerning:- 1) A hole in Blackers Lane. 2) Holes in & general state of the pavement from Leigh to WH offices. 3) Concern over the creeping destruction by lorries to the hedge between Knapp Hill road & Rookery Farm due to the verge being lost in recent road widening work. Footpath FR8/23 A letter had been received this day by Mr Yelland from Mr Handley of Wimpey Hobbs, Halecombe stating that the new temporary footpath route as agreed with the County Council along the bottom of the embankment will be in operation from 800h on 24 October 1989. Mr Davis said he had been informed of this by Mrs Franklyn - Asham & East Mendip Group - who had been advised by Mr Guildford at Wimpey's London office. When Mr Davis had contacted Mrs Smith (CC Rights of Way Officer) he had been given the impression that she had only just been advised of this news, she stated that the original Diversion Order had run out months ago and had not been renewed therefore there was no legal footpath at present and this new one was an act of kindness by Wimpey Hobbs. Mr Merrick offered to check matters with County Hall and said that the Inquiry into the Diversion Order would take place on 31 January 1990. Mr Davis asked that he ascertain the legal position for the Parish Council. It was decided to write to the County Solicitor asking for confirmation of the new route and asking why the PC had not been consulted, a copy will be sent to Wimpey Hobbs. Concerning the Permanent Diversion Mr Yelland suggested that the PC had no objection to the route, their complaints having been concerned with the difficulty of locating the route. Not all Councillors agreed and it was felt that once the banks were completed the PC ought to consider the matter again. Barns Close Footpath Mr Yelland had contacted first ARC & then LJH about a trench across this path. Mr Hill had admitted responsibility & said it would be reinstated on 24 October. It was agreed that a letter from the PC concerning any Footpath obstructions ought to be sent to the land owner concerned. The Clerk had received a complaint about Footpath signs being put onto gateposts & fences without the land owners permission - it was agreed to write to the person concerned & apologise. Wyvern Way All paths in the parish had been walked and a work schedule needed to be assembled for Mr Griffiths, Footpaths officer. Mr Jackson, Whitehole Farm, had agreed to the signing of the path across his land and this Parish Council had agreed to errect stiles needed for this section. It was suggested that Mr Pattison talk to Wimpey Hobbs about the route of the path to the South of the Quarry & agreed that SCC needed to be informed of the need for steps into the grit depot at Park Corner where the footpath comes out onto the road. Planning Applications Details of conditional approval for re-roofing at LJH & work at 1 Park Hayes had been received. Complaints had been received about the mobile home parked on Mr Perry's land. The Clerk had been told by MDC that Planning Permission would be needed and it was agreed to ask MDC to inspect the site. Halecombe Quarry Liason Committee Mr Yelland handed the chair to Mr Davis. A letter had been received from Mr Evans (County Mineral's Officer) informing the PC that the first meeting would be on 6 November at Shepton Mallet Council Offices. The committee would be made up of a County Councillor as chairman - Mr Merrick - a District Councillor, up to 3 Parish Councillors, up to 3 Quarry Company employees, one member from the District Councils Planning and Environmental Health departments and the Minerals officer for Somerset. Suggestions were invited for Agenda items. It was agreed that an opportunity should be made to discuss anything that occured immediately prior to the meeting. Mr Gould arrived. Suggested agenda items were: 1) Footpaths to North & South. 2) Environmental Banking especially the new proposal for the Southern banking. 3) Top Soil - has any been returned? Mr Dixon from the floor asked that the PC advocated the opening of the meetings to the public. Mr Merrick said he believed that there was no automatic right for the public to attend meetings where decisions were not being made but it was agreed to include this. Hence 4) Opening of meetings to the Public. 5) Noise nuisance (measured at Soho Cottage). 6) Dust Mr Dixon asked that Wimpey Hobbs make available their plans etc to the PC. It was agreed to request this 7) That Plans, drawings and bore hole data be made available to the PC. Mr Merrick stated that he understood a plan was being submitted to get National Government Finance for the Bulls Green Link Road & it had been hinted that they would look on this with favour as a way to allleviate the problem of quarry traffic through Great Elm & Mells. From the floor Mrs Hewell stated her belief that Chantry opposed the Link Road and she took the opportunity to make a plea for the inclusion of an Environmental group on the Liason Committee. Mr Merrick expressed concern that the committee would get too large. Mr Turner expressed his concern that the Link Road could lead to further industrialisation of quarrying in the area, specifically the granting of permission for the Tadhill Quarry. It is believed that the Inquiry into this Quarry application will be in May. Mr Merrick stated that he would be seeking consultative meetings with those concerned with the Link Road and other road network details when the options had been prepared. It was agreed that Messrs Davis, Pattison & Turner would attend this meeting and it was agreed that discussion on this item had already been protracted enough and the Councillors moved on to the next item on the agenda. Mr Yelland resumed the Chair. Finance It was agreed that the Council would pay the entry fee for the 2 teams in the Inter Village Quiz. The Clerk claimed a salary for the period 1/4/89 to 30/09/89 of 172.50 Expenses for this period were telephone calls 13.47 stamps 20.94 stationary 11.95 reports purchased 8.00 paper (VAT 1.95) 14.94 Room hire & Quiz entry 22.00 91.30 263.80 The claim for 263.80 being agreed a draft to withdraw the money from the Post office was signed. A letter had been received asking for recommendations by the PC for residents for the new British legion flats in the village. It was agreed to include this item in the Newsletter a rough draft of which had been circulated by Mr Yelland. The Neighbourhood Watch meeting date had been set for 20 November in the Hall and this would also be included in the Newsletter which would be delivered with a copy of a leaflet on the scheme provided by Mr Hill. It was agreed that following a recent complaint about the 0811 bus through the village normally being full a request for a Parish Bus Advisor would again be made. Mr Hewitt had contacted the Clerk following the District Council's meeting to discuss the Frome Local Plan Inquiry Recommendations. She had expressed the PC's concern to him on the appeal made by ARC about the allocation of Sparks Farm as an Amenity Open Space. The DC had agreed to the recommendation to withdraw such a designation but Mr Hewett told the Clerk that only agricultural development would be allowed. It was agreed that the PC did not agree with its withdrawal & a letter will be written stating this. As it was so late it was agreed to postpone the discussion of the Recreation Field Lease until the next meeting. Items for Next Meeting RF Lease, Clerk's Salary. Date of Next Meeting 4 December at 7.30 in the School. The Meeting Closed.
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