MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY JULY 1 1991 IN THE SCHOOL. Parish Councillors present were Messrs Davis, Dixon, Gould, Pattison, Turner and Yelland and Mrs Park. Mr Yelland opened the meeting by welcoming parishioners. Mr Merrick had sent apologies as he would be late arriving. The Minute book had gone missing after the AGM and its return would be very welcome, fortunately as all Minutes were on disc they could be reproduced. The Minutes of the meeting on the 8 May were accepted & signed. MATTERS ARISING- Great House Farm Mr Yelland had spoken to the owners of the farm who said the tipping had been done by agreement between the developer & the field owner & they had been unaware of the agreement until after the material had been tipped. MDC had said no planning permission was needed to tip & SCC had said that no waste disposal licence was needed as the house and field were in the same ownership. However the PC had information that this was not correct & must decide whether they were going to act as the law may have been broken. It was agreed that the PC ought to write to SCC concerning the ownership. (ACTION CLERK) Parking at Ducks - the matter of HGVs being parked at Ducks would be pursued as it was believed the operators licence on the land had expired in February 1991. (ACTION CLERK & DY) Minerals Review - Miss Harbinson (SCC) had been unable to attend this meeting but Mr Evans had intimated that an invitation to the next meeting would be accepted. (ACTION CLERK) The Minutes of the AGM held on 10 May were accepted & signed. HALECOMBE QUARRY Mr Davis took the Chair & welcomed Mr Hanley from Wimpey Hobbs. The Liaison Meeting was reported on - quarry directional signs had been ordered, work on the foundations for the primary crusher would begin soon, hours of working were 0300-2200 h, rubber liners for dump trucks had been investigated but were not deemed suitable. A report was being prepared on the crack in the Church wall by WH. Mr Hanley said that the planting on the West Bank would go ahead in September whether the agreement had been signed or not. Councillors expressed their concern at the new Electricity Sub Station & the fact that no seperate Planning permission was need for its construction as Mr Evans felt it was permitted development. Councillors agreed to write to MDC & SCC requesting that the matter be decided by a Planning Application as it was encroaching on an area designated for landscaping. (CLERK) The Application for the route of the power line was discussed & it was decided to send a letter of objection to Sec of State for Energy with copy to SCC & MDC. (CLERK) Gratitude was expressed to Mr Hanley at the prompt action of WH in lowering the lights below the sky line when a complaint had been made. Mr Gould suggested that a quarry directional sign be placed at the top of White Hole Hill to prevent lorries trying to negotiate the narrow lane to Leigh. (CLERK) Mr Hanley said that he was willing to listen to any problems residents may have concerning the quarry & see what could be done. It was noted that no official notification of the outcome of the quarry planning application had been received. Mr Hanley was thanked for attending the meeting. Mr Yelland resumed the chair. FINANCE - Grant applications had been received from the School Governors, the Memorial Hall Committee, Frome CAB & a verbal application had come from the PCC. R Dixon proposed donating £5 to Frome CAB. D Turner seconded and all agreed. (CLERK) Of the money in the PC account approximately £1000 was committed, leaving the PC with, if they wished to keep a years precept in hand, approximately £2000 that they could use for grants. D Turner proposed granting £200 to the School Governors to purchase books, D Pattison seconded, all agreed. Mr Gould raised the legality of giving money to the school, D Y thought that it could be legally given to the Governors but it will be checked with SALC. (CLERK) Mr Yelland as a member of the PCC said that a verbal request had been made to him that the PC grant either £266 + VAT to pay from beetle & woodworm treatment for the furniture & doors, or £350 +VAT to treat the South Porch & Tower stairs. It was suggested that a donation for the latter could be made if a request was received. The Hall had requested a grant of 25% of the cost of installing new toilets. As the total would be over £9000 it was felt that this was outside the scope of the PC. It proposed by D Turner & seconded by R Dixon that £600 be granted to be spent on the new toilet scheme. (CLERK) Mr Gould noted that the land for the new Rec Field car park had been fenced off & asked if the PC was liable for any expense in this connection, the answer to this was not known. Mr Merrick, SC Councillor arrived. An appeal for funds from Piper Lifeline was to hand. D Yelland proposed a donation of £10, D Pattison seconded & all agreed. (CLERK) PLANNING - a verbal complaint had been received concerning the residential caravan parked at the pheasant farm. (ACTION DP & DY) The ROME LOCAL PLAN PROGRESS REPORT 1991 was being circulated. Using comments already made by R Dixon, D Yelland asked other councillors whether they thought the village looked to Frome or Standerwick or elsewhere for shopping. It was agreed that this ought to be ascertained at some stage. Mr Merrick commented that the Bulls Green Link had been included in the Draft Policies for 1992-3 by SCC. Concerning the Leigh Playing Field (R11, Page 10) it was proposed by D Yelland that the PC contact the owner of the field adjacent to the Rec and the owner of the piece of redundant land in Bellfield between the Hall & the Church & see if they would be willing to negotiate their sale to the village. The PC approved this move. (ACTION DY) Mr Dixon requested info on Conservation areas. (ACTION CLERK) SALC MEETING REPORT of meeting held in the village Hall. It had been attended by Brian Tanner, Chief Executive of SCC & Graham Jeffs Chief Executive of MDC & was to discuss government proposals for local government. Mr Pattison felt that the parish councillors present conveyed their feeling that they would not necissarily like more power but would like more notice to be taken of their views especially on planning matters. A request for any info on quarry blasting had been made it was thought that the possible damage to the church might be pertinent to this. (ACTION DP) Training Day info was to hand & would be circulated. It was agreed to circulate the RUH Bath application for NHS Trust status. CORRESPONDENCE - Village needs survey will be conducted Linda Peacock (MDC) will be contacted. (ACTION CLERK) Letters from the Charity Commissioners pertaining to the field & hall were to hand. Although requested no rep had come from the Field, they will be asked to the next meeting. (ACTION CLERK) Short Mat Bowling - a reply will be sent. " Notice of Audit had been received. " RBL Housing a rep was needed for the Local Housing Committee the info will be circulated & it will be discussed at the next meeting. Mr Yelland had talked to Mr Elwood(RBL) about a notice board for the PC being placed on the flats being built & was hopeful that this would occur. A Notice will be put up concerning the availibility of the new flats. (CLERK) Letter from CPRE required no action. DY had had a letter from LJH apologising for the inconvenience caused by the tannoy & saying action had been taken. Mr Dixon offered to read out the letter which contained a complaint against him & this was done. DY & RD had discussed the matter & would respond. It was felt that membership of the PC did not preclude persons acting as private individuals. (ACTION DY) The Clerk had tried to contact Melhuish & Saunders following complaints about their advertising signs without avail. Following info from MDC concerning advertising it was agreed to write to them giving a limited time for reply before taking the matter further. (ACTION CLERK) A Complaint concerning the path past the pheasant farm had been made. (ACTION DP & DY) MEETINGS It was agreed on the casting vote of the Chairman that the next three meetings would be held in the Hall, a rent will be negotiated. (ACTION DY) The next meeting will be on Thursday 5 September at 7.30 in the Hall.
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