LEIGH-ON-MENDIP ANNUAL PARISH MEETING HELD IN THE MEMORIAL HALL ON JUNE 4 1990 Councillors present were J Davis, Mrs H Park, D Pattison, P Rooke D Turner and D Yelland, 23 parishioners and Mr Merrick, Somerset County Councillor. Apologies were received from A Gould. The chairman, Mr Yelland, opened the meeting by telling those present that this meeting was being held outside the stated time. He welcomed so many parishioners to a meeting that gave them a chance to draw to the attention of Councillors any points of interest or concern within the community. A resume of the 15 May 1989 meeting was given and the Minutes were accepted as a true record and signed. HALL REPORT (Written by Mr Featherstone, read by Mrs Loten.) It had been a good year for the Hall and it was felt that both finances and the Committee were in a strong position. The Race Night had raised about £1200 thanks to support from the community & local industry, the income from rentals was well on the way to allowing a balance between income & outgoings. The Hall had been decorated internally & a grant from the Parish Council had paid for the sanding & varnishing of the floor. A wet/dry vacuum cleaner & light weight tables had been purchased. Although the grant application to do the windows had been refused it was hoped that a grant to upgrade the toilets would be forthcoming. It was felt that work was needed on the outside and the car park. The Hall Committee thanked the PC and the village for their support. QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR: Mr Marables stated that he had volunteered to cut the grass outside the Hall last year but no one from the Committee had yet contacted him. An apology was extended on behalf of the Committee. Mr Yelland said that the PC had been able to reclaim VAT on the money granted for work on the floor. RECREATION FIELD MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT (Mr P Moore) The accounts for 1988,89 & 90 were presented. In 1988 Income was £908.69 including grants from MDC & the PC Expenditure £576.22 - main expenses being repairs to showers & purchase of a strimmer. Assets £1380.68. In 1989 Income was £18.71 (due to part not being credited until January 1990. Expenditure £644.53 - main expenses being bench repairs, swings being replaced & made safe & BBQ built. Assets £754.86. In 1990 Income £219.00 Expenditure NIL Assets £973.86. (Interim Accounts) QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR: Concern was expressed over who was responsible for the upkeep of the Club House. The RFMC responsibility was for the changing rooms and exterior of the building and the Social Club 's was for the interior of the Club area. Mr Yelland gave a brief resume of the terms of the lease of the land - the PC are trustees but the RFMC administer the area. The lease expired in June 1989 but it had been agreed to continue in the spirit of the lease. The arrangements between them and regular users of the field & building were not, at this stage, the concern of the PC & ought to be discussed by the RFMC. It was agreed that although not a charity the Social Club could apply to the PC for a grant. Mr Yelland on behalf of the PC thanked both the Hall & the RFMC for their hard work and thanked those who had presented reports at the request of the Parish Council. He felt that the holding of SCC's meeting on Quarry Roads in the Hall on June 12 was one of the results of better decor. The Chairman asked if anyone else wished to make a statement to the meeting. LEIGH-HALE COMBE RESIDENTS GROUP REPORTR Dixon (Chairman) The self funding interest group is made up of 15 households & their 30 or so residents. In the past 2 years they have mounted objections to: the expansion plans for Merehead & Halecombe Quarries; to the destruction of FR8/23; to the inclusion in the Frome Local Plan of the designation of Barns Close, Asham & Hapsford quarries as sites for 'bad neighbour' industries; to the reservation of land for the 'Bulls Green Link'; and to the applications for licences to park lorries alongside the Halecombe Brook. Representations on these items, in conjunction with other groups, have lead in some cases to their being refused & in the case of FR8/23 to a successful prosecution. In connection with the lorry parking to the banning of some lorries & the admission that Wimpey Hobbs needed planning permission for the park. QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR: A parishioner asked why all residents had not been sent the groups 'mail cards' with which to object to the expansion of Halecombe - Mr Dixon replied that to date no complaints had been received. An objection from a resident to the fact that no one from WH management was at the meeting to present their case was met by Mr Yelland with the reply that they had had a copy of the Parish Newsletter advertising the meeting and would have been most welcome. Mr Merrick suggested that another year they could be specifically invited. The Chairman asked if membership was open to all in the village - Mr Dixon said no, it was a private group. Mr Merrick asked if the Councillors would like to give some convenient dates for the next Halecombe Quarry Liason Group Meeting to SCC and suggested it should be before the PC make their observations on the current application. He said that another public meeting would be held to discuss the matter but no date was yet decided on. He had had official notification of the certificate for FR8/23. Mr Davis asked if WH had signed the legal agreement relinquishing their quarrying rights to land under the footpath before the certificate was granted. Mr Merrick said he would ascertain this for the PC. Dates suitable for the Liason Group will be discussed at the June 11 PC meeting. PARISH COUNCIL CHAIRMAN'S REPORT - D Yelland. In the Newsletter a reference had been made to the 10p per week paid in Community Charge for the Parish Council & Mr Yelland outlined the work done by the Council so residents could decide if they got value. Over the year 12 PC Meetings had been held, some fixed & some as the need arose, 2 open meetings took place the Annual Parish Meeting & one to discuss LJH's & the Stoke Lane Quarry Planning Applications but the public had been invited to speak at each PC meeting. He thanked Mr Merrick for attending so many meetings. Two councillors had resigned in the course of the year & the two vacancies had been filled without recourse to an election thanks to one candidate standing down. There had been fewer housing planning application this year but more industrial ones and he personally thanked J Davis, Chairman for Quarry Matters, for his work on Halecombe Quarry. The Inquiry into the FR8/23 had brought experience of a public inquiry & he felt that D Pattison was now capable of anything that came his way in the future in this line. With the advent of a footpath grant of £100 work had been carried out on replacing stiles & making local paths walkable. Thanks were due to J Davis for his suggestion to Somerset for a path linking the North & South Wyvern Ways, between Frome & Shepton Mallet, going mainly through the Parish, which the County Council adopted, and also for his work in replacing stiles & making the footpaths walkable. On the subject of the environment - litter & fly tipping were a problem and volunteers were called for to organise the collection of rubbish which the District Council would take away. The PC were liasing with Tarmac about Whitehole Hill Quarry. One of the functions of the PC was to apply for grants for village organisations, Grants from MDC had been £250 for a mower & £72 Burial Grant and SCC had granted £100 for footpath maintenance. Of the Precept of £1600 about 30% was spent on salaries & expenses, 50% on grants to village concerns and 20% on miscellaneous expenses. Mr Yelland concluded by hoping that the parishioners felt that their money had been well spent and invited questions. QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR: A complaint was made concerning wire on a stile near Mrs Moores - the path mentioned was not a public right of way but a 'custom & permissive footpath' & it was suggested that if people felt it ought to be made a definitive route they contact the Clerk. The frequency of Newsletters was questioned - Mr Yelland stated that they came out as & when the Council felt it was necessary. There being no further questions the meeting closed at 2055h.
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