MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 4 DECEMBER 1989 IN LEIGH SCHOOL. In attendance were Mrs H Park, J Davis, D Pattison, P Rooke, & D Yelland who took the Chair. Apologies had been received from A Merrick, County Councillor. The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted & signed. MATTERS ARISING It was believed that the Planning Application for Stoke Lane Quarry had been turned down. D Turner arrived. FOOTPATHS & HIGHWAYS Mr Pattison had written a letter to Mr Griffiths, SCC Footpaths officer, with a list of requirements to put the link path between the two routes of the Wyvern Way into repair. He had also written to the owner of the land to the south of Halecombe Quarry, J J Hobbs, requesting the repair of stiles on their land. Repairs to Blackers Lane had still not been undertaken the Clerk will progress the matter. A parishioner raised the question of the proximity of the road to Soho to the edge of Barns Close Quarry edge & suggested that warning devices be errected. The Clerk will progress this. Mr Turner had met with Mr M Underwood of Tarmac to discuss the state of the quarry in Leigh Woods. The Clerk had obtained a map from SCC showing the extent of their ownership of land in the area. Mr Turner will contact Mr Underwood to see where the boundaries of land owned by Tarmac are. When these are know he and Mr Underwood will consult with the County Council and decide what work needs to be undertaken to stop the dumping of waste etc and to tidy up the site. PLANNING A letter had been received from MDC informing the Parish Council that they will be told of Planning Site Inspections but stating the Parish Councillors will have no right to speak at these meetings. They must brief their District Councillor to speak for them. The Parish Councillors opposed this move by the Planning Site Inspection Sub Committee and agreed to send a letter of protest. A Planning Application for Halecombe Quarry had been conditionally approved but as no number was on the copy of the approval Councillors were unsure to which application it refered. TADHILL FARM QUARRY APPEAL The Appeal will be heard starting 15 May 1990 at the Council Offices, Shepton Mallet. It was agreed that the Clerk would write to Mr Evans, County Minerals Officer, and Mr Merrick to ascertain what action the PC ought to take following their objection lodged earlier in the year. HALECOMBE QUARRY Mr Yelland drew attention to item 2 in the Halecombe Quarry Liason Group Meeting Minutes. He wished it to be recorded that the re-routeing of the Footpath was not discussed with him by Wimpey Hobbs he had simply been informed of their action. It was agreed he would write to the Chairman of the Liason group. He declared an interest and Mr Davis took the Chair. Mr Davis & Mrs Park reported on a meeting they had had with Mr Grazier, Area Manager for Wimpey Hobbs, that day. They had looked at the environmental banks and been told that a 6 foot high fence would be errected three quarters of the way down the bank on the quarry side allowing public access to all the rest of the banking. Mr Grazier was prepared to give written permission for free access to all the unfenced banking during the working life of the quarry but would not guaranteee indefinate public use. It was agreed that it was difficult dealing with the lessee of the land not the land owner. Mr A Gould arrived. Concerning the Inquiry into the Diversion of FR8/23 the Clerk had contacted the County Rights of Way Officer, Mrs Smith, who had told her that the diversion may not be granted. The Inquiry was only into whether to allow the diversion and could not recommend as to the use of the banks as a whole. Mr Turner expressed concern that the PC were not dealing with the land owner all Councillors agreed with him that their objective must be to get unimpeded access to the whole bank in perpetuity. It was agreed that the Clerk would write to Mr Grazier asking for an explanation of the company's "proposals for the diversion and for public access on the embankment" as proposed in the Minutes of the Halecombe Quarry Liason Group Meeting held on 6 November 1989. She would also write to MDC asking for a copy of the "offer of public access made by the Company to the Mendip District Council in 1988" which Mr Grazier alluded to in a letter to the Parish Council dated 7 November 1989. A letter will also be sent to Hobbs Holdings to ascertain their position on the footpath subject. Copies of two letters from Mr R Dixon, a local resident, to the HGV Licensing Department were circulated to Councillors. Objections to the granting of HGV Licences were not permitted from Parish Councils but it was agreed that the PC should write to MDC encouraging them to object to the renewal application by Wimpey Hobbs on the grounds of the unsuitability of the present lorry park. It was agreed that the PC ought to urge the District Council to press that if the licence is granted the following conditions be attatched - any lorry parked on the site must be for use on that site only, and, that lorries from the site do not drive through the village. Copies of the letter will be sent to Mr Hewett (District Councillor) and Mr Merrick (County Councillor) as well as the Director of Planning at Mendip. Mr Yelland resumed the Chair. RECREATION FIELD LEASE Mr Yelland gave a brief resumme of the history of the Recreation Field. It was first leased by the PC in 1923 and then sold to the Parish in 1959. In 1968 it was leased to the Recreation Field Management Committee who have administered it since then. Mr Yelland suggested that the Councillors ask the Committee to rewrite the lease and submitt it to the PC for discussion. Mr Moore (Treasurer of the RFMC) agreed to discuss this with his fellow committee members. The new mandate would list those entitled to be represented on the committee, the frequency of reports to the PC and the arrangement with the Social Club among other things. Mr Moore will report back to his Committee. FINANCE The Burial Grant had been delivered to MDC. Clerk's salary it was agreed to abide by the formula laid down by the Society for Local Council Clerks and Mr Yelland proposed a 10% increase making the annual salary £380. Mr Pattison seconded the proposal & all agreed to it. The Salary rise will be back dated to 1 October 1989. A cheque had been received for £5 from the Watch the Box Scheme & a cheque was made out to Mrs S Lee. PRECEPT needed to be submitted by the end of the year. £1600 had been precepted last year, if that was increased in line with inflation it would go up to £1750. Mr Yelland proposed asking for that amount. Fellow councillors expressed concern that public inquiries and requests for grants may cost more in 1990-91 and Mr Turner proposed the sum of £1800, Mr Rooke seconded & all councillors agreed to this figure. CORRESPONDENCE In response to the Parish Newsletter the Clerk had forwarded names to the Royal British Legion concerning tenants for the new properties in Leigh these had been acknowledged by the Legion. Information on SWEB's new contact person for the area's Street Lighting was too hand. A letter on Rural Leisure was given to Mr Gould for the attention of the RFMC and the Clerk told councillors of a visit from Mr Bywater of MDC who gave information on a new 'play/sports' initiative. It is proposed to make equipment and instruction available to people in rural areas. Mrs Loten was furnishing Mr Bywater with a list of village activities and their organisers. Copies of the Draft Electoral Register were on display in the Church and Post Office. Information on an SALC meeting on 5 December had been passed to Mr Turner. A request for a donation to Frome CAB had been received. Mr Rooke proposed the payment of £5, Mr Turner seconded the proposal & all agreed. It was agreed by Councillors that should a vacancy arise for the PC representative on the Board of Governors of Leigh School Mr Davis would fill it. The next PC meeting will be on 15 January 1990 in Leigh School. The Meeting closed at 2146h.
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