MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
         HELD IN THE MEMORIAL HALL ON MONDAY 18 MAY 1993

The Minutes of the APM of 13 May 1992 were accepted and signed.

Mr Pattison invited village committees to make reports.

MEMORIAL HALL - CLIVE FEATHERSTONE, CHAIRMAN
The  committee  was pleased to report that outgoings and  income  were 
balanced.  It was the Hall's policy to offer the minimum possible rent 
to maintain this balance.  A social fund raising programme routine was 
being  adhered to and had raised 2446 last year.  The toilet  project 
was  almost  completed and thank were given to all concerned,  it  was 
hoped that the Hall/PC liaison would continue in the future for  other 
projects.  The clearing of the outside of the building had been  added 
to the cleaners remit.
D Pattison thanked Clive and his committee for their work on behalf of 
the PC.

RECREATION FIELD MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE - J ROBSON, SECRETARY.
Report appended.
On  behalf of the PC the Chairman thanked Mr Robson and his  committee 
for their work and expressed his confidence in their future.

HALECOMBE SUPPORT GROUP - VAUGHAN GRAY, CHAIRMAN.
The  support group had now been invited to join the  Halecombe  Quarry 
Liaison  Group.   Mr  Gray brought a promise to  the  meeting  from  K 
Grazier  to  support any application for a Weight Restriction  in  the 
village.   If villagers had any complaints or querries concerning  the 
quarry they ought to contact 81 28 00.

From  the  floor  concern  was expressed  to  Mr  Gray  about  private 
contractors  speeding through the village.  D P explained that the  PC 
were  hoping  to get Traffic Calming measures, but  were  experiencing 
difficulties in getting the SCC officer to  come to a PC meeting -  Mr 
Merrick offered his assistance.  The Police had monitored speed in the 
village  and  decided that the number of violations  did  not  warrant 
policing.   Mr  Gray suggested parishioners take  numbers  and  report 
offenders  to the police.  Mr Featherstone offered to compile a  paper 
about the feasibility of width restrictions - grateful acceptance  was 
recorded.   DT  explained to Mr Gray that the PC's  objection  to  the 
Bulls Green Link had been on the grounds that if it became part of SCC 
road policy it would attract vehicles to the area.
It  was  suggested that copies of any complaints about the  quarry  be 
sent to both SCC and WH.

LEIGH HALECOMBE RESIDENTS GROUP - R DIXON, CHAIRMAN 
This  is  an  independent  group  opposed  to  the  Halecombe  Quarry 
expansion. Mr Dixon drew attention to an assurance given in a  booklet 
from  WH in 1990 that with the installation of the new  crusher  there 
would be no crushing on a Sunday, this was not being adhered to.   His 
group  were concerned about repeated violations of Working  Conditions 
imposed  by SCC and asked parishioners to report these to SCC.   On  a 
personal level Mr Dixon had objected to the revocation of the original 
planning permission as he sought reasonable after care provisions  for 
the site. 
From  the  floor  it  was  suggested  that  the  Groups  attitude  was 
confrontational  and  therefore  not  in the  best  interests  of  the 
village.   Mr  Dixon  denied this and  said that the  Group  was  just 
following proper procedure.

It  was agreed that as a result of the discussion generated  by  these 
two  reports that the Liaison Group ought to meet more frequently  and 
this was suggested to Mr Merrick its Chairman.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT RE-ORGANISATION - A MERRICK, COUNTY COUNCILLOR
Mr  M wanted the informal re-action of the meeting to the idea  leaked 
to  the  press  that  the area become part of  a  Bath  based  unitary 
authority.   No strong views were expressed although all  agreed  that 
the quarrying area ought to remain within a single authority.

PARISH COUNCIL REPORT - D PATTISON, CHAIRMAN
Finance  -  Expenditure  had  been approx  2300  of  which  660  was 
administration, and 1500 was granted mainly to village concerns - see 
attached  balance sheet.  The  PC was 400 better off than  this  time 
last year and had therefore lowered the Precept by 10%.
The  Hall Account was set up with the  money, raised  and  granted  to 
pay  for work on the toilet project.  When the account was closed  any 
remaining balance would revert to the Hall. (see sheet)
He thanked Margaret Loten for auditing the accounts.

Hazel  Park  and  David  Yelland had resigned from  the  PC  and  been 
replaced  by Hilary Mawdsley and Shelagh Haywood.  The PC  planned  to 
conduct  a  Village Appraisal to ascertain views on, for  example  the 
purchase  of  a  new graveyard, and he thanked Shelia  Pitter who  was 
drafting a questionnaire.

R  Dixon  reported on the housing questionnaire which had  had  a  48% 
return.   MDC  will  process  the results.   DP  thanked  RD  for  his 
organisational work.

Preliminary  negotiations concerning Sparks Farm Field suggested  that 
the owners were hoping to develop it.  The PC felt strongly that  they 
did not want to see more linear development on the front of this field 
and  would hope that results of the village appraisal would help  them 
in  their fight to retain it as an Open Space in the new  negotiations 
for the Frome Local Plan.

Points Raised from the Floor concerning the Cleanliness of the Village 
will be discussed at the next PC Meeting.

Mr  Pattison thanked Parishioners for attending the Meeting and  there 
being no further points the meeting was closed.



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