MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 8 JANUARY 1990 IN LEIGH SCHOOL. In attendance were J Davis, A Gould, Mrs H Park, D Pattison, D Turner and D Yelland, Chairman, and some members of the public. Apologies had been received from P Rooke and County Councillor A Merrick. The Minutes of the last meeting were ammended at the request of Mr Turner to read on Page 3 paragraph headed PRECEPT - '......Mr Turner proposed that the sum of 1800 would better reflect inflation in view of the increasing number of residents.' The Minutes were adopted and signed. MATTERS ARISING A letter had been received from Mr Burkitt (SCC Surveyors Dept) concerning a request to repair the footpath to Wimpey Hobbs in which he stated that there were no funds available to 'raise the standard of lightly trafficked rural footpaths.' It was decided to write saying that the PC were only requesting repair of the damage to the pavement not the upgrading of that path. In the same letter a request will be made for reflectors on the road from Leigh to Soho between the Wimpey Hobbs office building & the first dwelling, to warn motorist to take care as the quarry edge is very close to the road. The reply to the Planning Sub Committee letter was agreed on and will be sent. Notification had been received that the appeal against the refusal of planning permission to Western Roadstone for a quarry at TADHILL had been withdrawn. It was agreed that Mr Yelland would contact Miss Chubb concerning the School Governors Board. HALECOMBE QUARRY FOOTPATH APPEAL - on 31 January 1990. Mr Yelland expressed his view that the PC's objections had been overcome and were therefore unsustainable and that the PC might loose credibility if they did not drop them. Mr Pattison felt that the PC ought to retain the right to object otherwise it might be said that they had tacitly agreed to the destruction of the footpath. Mr Turner said that if the PC withdrew its objection it might loose the right to speak at the Hearing, in his opinion the new footpath did not equal the original and he expressed his concern that the Company had not gone through the correct proceedure for moving the route. Mr Davis said that the Inspector could demand the reinstatement of the original path. Mr Pattison expressed his opinion that the PC's objection was that the footpath had been unilaterally and illegally diverted and that the local community should be recompensed for that act. Making the environmental banking into Common Land was discussed. Mr Davis and Mrs Park in a meeting with Mr Grazier were told that the banks might be pushed back into the quarry when working ceased, therefore the footpath would be destroyed again. It was agreed to pursue the matter of Common land with Hobbs Holdings and ARC the land owners concerned. Mr Gould was concerned about the maintenance of the area if it was designated 'common'. A proposal was put before Councillors as to whether the PC's objection ought to be sustained - a majority of Councillors elected to continue with the objection. Mr Yelland asked if it was valid to object to the width of the footpath, which could be enclosed by fences. Mr Davis thought that a footpath the width of the bank could be requested. Mr Pattison agreed to speak on behalf of the Parish Council. Mr Turner proposed a meeting before the Inquiry and the 29 January was agreed on. CORRESPONDENCE Mr Merrick had given Mr Davis a copy of briefing notes sent to County Councillors concerning the Proposed Extension and Deepening of Halecombe Quarry. They gave details of the criteria for an Environmental Assessment. It was agreed that Mr Merrick ought to be told that Parish Councillors felt an environmental assessment ought to be requested. Review of Mineral Sites - A letter from Mr Evans (SCC Minerals Officer) gave notice that this had started on 1 December 1989. Initial work will concentrate on crushed rock quarries. Mr Evans invited comments and promised to contact the PC in the future to discuss the Review with regard to this area. Removal of Top Soil by WH - Letter from Mr Evans stating that no further action was proposed as 830 cubic metres of topsoil had been returned to the site according to information given to him by the quarry. It was agreed to write to Mr Evans asking for documentary evidence of the amount of soil returned to allay residents scepticism of the amount involved. Torr Works - Mr Davis had been told by Mrs Britten that Foster Yeoman were unhappy with aspects of the planning consent granted and were in dispute with the County Council. They wanted to a) Work longer hours. b) To increase yearly production to 7.5million tonnes. c) Wanted the 18 ha behind Downhead to be protected from mining for 10 years only, not in perpetuity. As it was due to be discussed on 10 January Mr Davis had contacted various councillors & a letter of protest had been sent. A letter concerning noise, especially at night, from Halecombe had been sent by Downhead Parish Meeting. It was decided to contact Mr Merrick and ask him to pursue the matter. A request will be made that copies of the letter are forwarded to Mr Hewett (MDCouncillor) and Messrs Bold & Dixon of Environmental Health. Leigh Halecombe Residents Group had written concerning SCC 's 10 January meeting about Torr Works. Weight Restriction Order - Frome Area - Information about weight restrictions enforced and intentions to monitor traffic flow after the opening of the Frome By Pass so that a solution can be identified if needed had been received. Modification to Frome Local Plan - The PC will be informed of any modifications in due course. Porter First Step Homes - Information had been received concerning this Companies selling expertise in connection with Housing Associations. A letter from Mr Merrick, Somerset County Councillor. As a member of the Frome Police Division Consultative Committee he would be interested in any ideas from the Council in connection with the Chief Constable's Goals and Objectives. It was agreed to write and say how much the visible police presence in the village was appreciated. Planning Applications Plans for two Semi-detached homes adjacent to the Old Chapel had been received. Councillors were concerned about: 1) Access - unsafe because too close to the corner. 2) Overdevelopment of the site - in size more suited to 2 x 2 bedroom homes or 1 x 4 bedroom home. 3) Objection to use of Bradstone. The same builder had done an excellent conversion to Lavender Cottage in natural stone why could that material not be used here. 4) If permission is granted hedge ought to be retained as a feature of the site. MDC Decision on the following plans had been received: Clivonne Cottage, Leigh Street conditional approval for detached double garage & two storey extension. LJH - formation of new access & change of use to parking area permission refused. Tweed Farm Cottages permission refused due to its failure to meet criteria SP10 of the County Structure Plan. Next Meeting will be on Monday 29 January 1990 In conclusion it was agreed that Messrs Davis, Pattison and Turner were mandated to progress Quarry Liason Meeting Matters. The Meeting closed.
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