MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETIMG HELD ON MONDAY 29 JANUARY 1990 IN LEIGH SCHOOL Present were J Davis, Mrs H Park, D Pattison, D Turner and D Yelland, who took the Chair. Also in attendance were some parishioners. Apologies had been received from Mr A Merrick (SC Councillor). The Minutes of the last meeting had been circulated and were duly agreed on and signed. MATTERS ARISING Mr Yelland had received a letter from Bridget Dawes tendering her resignation as the PC's representative on Leigh School Governors. Mr Davis was confirmed as the PC's representative. It was agreed with Mr Turner that the matter of cleaning up work at Whitehole Quarry would be discussed at the next meeting. Letters had been received from Mr Cross & Mr Merrick in response to the PC's letter regarding Torr Works. Mr Cross's letter was written before the meeting of SCC's Planning Committee on 10 January and stated his intention to press for the 18 hectares behind Downhead to be preserved from quarrying 'in perpetuity'. Mr Merrick's letter, written after the January 10 meeting, stated that 'for a period of 10 years' had replaced 'in perpetuity' therefore allowing for the possibility that at some date after this time permission could be given to quarry the land. After much discussion it was agreed that a letter expressing regret at the decision and asking for an assurance that quarrying permission would not be automatically granted on this land after ten years would be sent. Mr Merrick had written to update the PC on other matters from the last meeting - The Environment Committee of SCC meeting on 10 January had agreed that if Wimpey Hobbs submitted a revised planning application to extend Halecombe Quarry a full environmental assessment would be needed. Mr A Gould arrived. The Mutry Cross-Mells road through Great Elm is to be closed for 10 days from 14 February so Mr Merrick had suggested to Mr Chapman, the County Surveyor, that a traffic count takes place during that time as it would give a good indication of what would happen if Great Elm gets a weight restriction order. If this is done it means delaying the public meeting to be held to discuss HGV traffic problems and he hoped that the PC would support this. A letter of support will be written. HALECOMBE QUARRY FOOTPATH APPEAL Mr Pattison had circulated to other Councillors a copy of the PC's case, Mr Turner congratulated him on the document. In the document (enclosed) a brief resume was given of the background to the case, the nature of the PC's objection and the fact that the role of a footpath is for recreation and access. On the aspect of recreation the PC felt that:- a) the views from the proposed footpath were worse than those from the original path. b) The environment of the path would be artificial as it was man made and due to lack of grazing animals would soon become overgrown and unwalkable. c) Concern was felt that it might become a path between 2 fences. d) Also Councillors were concerned over what would happen when quarrying ceased. ACCESS - because less direct than the original route people might be encouraged to use the road with all its inherant dangers. The PC recognised the disadvantages of re-instating the original path but believed it was important to demonstrate that a footpath can not be unilateraly destroyed. The fine imposed on the company was felt to have been derisory and the PC urged that the public ought to be recompensed for the loss of the amenity by having access to the banks 'in perpetuity'. Mr Yelland asked the PC if they felt that this was the right thing to do and the way to do it. Was the nature of the argument fair and reasonable? It was agreed that this was the case. It was noted that the new proposed route might not be permanent as the banking might be pushed into the quarry when/if it ceased working. It was also felt that any promises from Wimpey Hobbs with reference to the path must be made legally binding. Messrs Pattison, Davis and Turner will attend the Inquiry. CORRESPONDENCE Mr Pattison thanked Mr Davis and his brother-in-law for their work on the local footpaths in connection with the Wyvern Way link. The payment of an anticipated bill in the region of 60 for expenses incurred during the work was agreed upon by all present. A thank you letter from Frome CAB for the PC's donation had been received. A reply had been received concerning MDC PLANNING SITE INSPECTION SUB-COMMITTEE. The question over the unavoidable non-attendance of the pertinent District Councillor had not been answered, the Clerk will write seeking clarification. A timetable and information on LOCAL BUSES & a new HOTLINE had been received. Copies of the new ELECTORAL ROLE were available. The state of the PARISH COUNCIL NOTICEBOARD outside the POST OFFICE was causing concern - the Clerk will check into ownership & see what work needs to be done to make it waterproof. ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING Mr Yelland suggested that in view of the proposed Inquiry into the Halecombe Quarry expansion that was to take place later this year the Councillors ought to consider how best to ascertain the views of all parishioners. It was agreed to discuss this at the next meeting as well as Whitehole Quarry & Soil Returned to Halecombe. It was agreed that the Clerk would contact Mr Hewitt, District Councillor, to discuss when would be convenient date for him to attend a meeting, preferably in the week commencing 12 March & the date would be decided accordingly.
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