MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 2 JULY 1990 IN LEIGH SCHOOL. Present were Parish Councillors J Davis, Mrs H Park, D Pattison, P Rooke, D Turner and D Yelland. County Councillor A Merrick and some parishioners. Mr Yelland opened the meeting and signed the minutes of the last meeting. MATTER ARISING. Street Cleaner advert will appear in the Parish magazine. Halecombe Quarry Footpath agreement - the Clerk had contacted Mr Bull at the County Solicitor's office as had Mr Merrick. Mr Bull felt that for the County to insist on the Company signing the agreement not to quarry under the new public footpath was entering into a grey area. It had been decided to shelve it for the moment & make it a condition if the planning permission is granted for the expansion of the quarry. Mr Merrick thought that any legal agreement would be between the company and the county. FOOTPATHS & ROADS It was noted that the Leigh-Hale Combe residents group had cleared part of the footpath to the south of the quarry. Concern was expressed that a gate on the footpath through Sparks Farm land was locked, the matter will be raised with Mr Able. (Action Clerk) Weeds were coming through newly surfaced village pavements, a letter will be sent to Mr Burkitt. (Action Clerk) Mr Rooke raised the matter of the proposed extension to the parking area at the Cricket Field that had been part of a planning application for new houses at Manor Farm. It was suggested that because the homes had not yet been built the car park had not been constructed. Mr Jeannes will be contacted. (Action Clerk) WHITEHOLE QUARRY Mr Bull had offered to find out the owner of the area concerned - a copy of the OS map will be sent. (Clerk) HALECOMBE QUARRY Mr Davis took the chair. A letter from the D of E to Mr Pattison told of a pre-inquiry meeting on 26 September at 10am in Shepton Mallet prior to the Inquiry in November. Mr Merrick said that the Halecombe site would be visited on 30 July by the Environment and Transport Advisory Group (ENTAG) of SCC, he offered to seek clarification on whether the visit would be open to members of the public. (Action Mr M) Mr Merrick understood all members of the Environment Committee would be invited to the meeting on 16 July in the Hall. Mr Turner expressed his concern over the continuing state of disrepair of the roof of Rookery Farm despite a resolve by MDC Planning Committee to serve an order. (Action Clerk) Mr Yelland resumed the Chair. VENUE FOR A FUTURE SALC MEETING Mr Turner proposed offering the hospitality of the village hall to SALC. Mr Pattison seconded & all agreed. (Action DP) SPEED LIMIT EXTENSION It was agreed that a speed limit extension out to Town's End & Tadhill was desired as something was needed to slow vehicles down at this point. Mr Merrick recommended requesting warning signs. Agreed to write sending Mrs Anderson's 'accident record'. (Action Clerk) SOMERSET STRUCTURE PLAN REVISION The plan as it pertained to Housing, Roads and Minerals was discussed. See copy of objections included in Minutes. CORRESPONDENCE A copy of a letter from Mrs Dixon to the Rivers Authority concerning de-watering on her property had been received. It was agreed that the PC would send a copy of their letter of objection to Halecombe Extension marking in the item pertaining to water. (Action Clerk) The Memorial Hall wish to apply for a grant from MDC for 50% of the £7000 needed to repair the drains and alter the toilets. If the PC manage the project VAT can be reclaimed. This was agreed to in principle & a letter will be written when needed. (Action Clerk) Mr Yelland told Councillors that he had on 29 June, in his capacity as Chairman, signed the Memorial Halls grant application to the Telecom Fund for £150 for external notice boards reserving the right to rescind if Parish Councillors disapproved or any other application requests came in from any village organisations before the closing date of 30 June. No other requests had been received. Weight Restrictions for Leigh Street will be discussed at the next meeting which will be on Monday 10 September in the School.
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