LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
              HELD ON 22 APRIL 1996 IN THE SCHOOL.
Councillors  present:  J  Davis, S Haywood, M  Loten,  D  Turner, 
J Wright, D Pattison(Chairman).
Apologies were given from R Dixon who expected to be late.
Also  in  attendance A Ward (MD Councillor).  A  Merrick  (SCC) 
arrived later.

The  Minutes of the meeting of 18 March 1996 were accepted  as  a 
true record and signed.

MATTERS  ARISING - items still outstanding Mud on Street  &  Long 
Cross.                                                    (CLERK)
BURIAL GROUND - DP had approached A Ward for advice, site meeting 
organised for 28/04 at 1100h with sub committee.     
BRAMBLES - Cleared by party of Councillors.
PARKING ON PAVEMENT NEAR THE CHIMES - ML had spoken to Mr Garcia-
Perez  who  refused  to park elsewhere, he  said  he  had  police 
permission  to  use  pavement to work on vehicle.   ML  spoke  to 
PC  Smith who will pursue the matter. [PC Smith has been  invited 
to the AGM/APM.]
REC  FIELD - (DT) Footpath already diverted. Land  Registry  show 
track land belongs to Jeannes.
FINANCE - Hall windows done. VAT claimed on PC a/c.
NEWSLETTER - see later.
VILLAGE  CLEAN UP - (SH) not as well attended as last year but  a 
success, see FINANCE.

ROADS AND FOOTPATHS
DT - Felt that PC ought to look into provision of a car park.   A 
Ward offered to approach MDC as to steps that would be needed.
(A Merrick arrived)
DT & Clerk were contacting local land owners/tenants to encourage 
them to keep paths open this year and to compile a footpath  map. 
1st Frome Scouts are working over w/e on F8/1.
SCC  will  be reminded of: lay by in Hollybush Lane,  kerbing  at 
Herbert Dunn House, church step, hole in road outside LJH.(CLERK)
LITTER  BIN - request for bin near bus stop from Parishioner  who 
offered to be responsible for emptying it.                (CLERK)
(RD arrived)
F8/33 obstructed by sheep wire.                           (CLERK)
Letter  from parishioner about hedge removal in fields near  Park 
Hayes and what appeared to be the piping of the streams.  A  Ward 
and  parishioner had seperately approached, among other  concerns 
the  DOE and NFU.  It was agreed that Council would approach  NRA 
re water piping; write to MP to urge speedy adoption of  Hedgerow 
Protection  Bill;  look into tree preservation orders.   AW  will 
find  out  from  MDC if brook can be  culveted  without  planning 
permission.                                         (AW,RD,CLERK)

PLANNING
Summerhouse at Danecot - no objections.                   (CLERK)
LJH CARPARK CHANGE refused by MDC.

QUARRY MATTERS
Halecombe - it was felt PC ought to contact new owners.  Question 
had  been  asked by parishioner concerning  opening  of  circular 
path.  It was agreed to write to Tarmac.                  (CLERK)
WHATLEY- planning certificate not yet issued.
(AW left)

FINANCE (ML)
TRIENNIAL AUDIT - PC needs to send copy of accounts after AGM.
PARISH PATH MAINTENANCE - SCC request repayment of any grant left 
as they had passed function to MDC.  PC had spent 12 out of  the 
100.   ML  proposed repayment of 88, DP seconded,  all  agreed.  
Cheque 00246 made out for 88.
VILLAGE CLEAN UP - 5.34 spent.  DP proposed payment, DT seconded 
all agreed.  Cheque 00247 made out and given to S Haywood.
PRECEPT of 2780 paid into current account.  It was  agreed  to 
transfer 2500 to Investment a/c.  Cheque 00248 made out.

BURIAL GROUND SUB COMMITTEE
The  school  plan to start their nature corner.  DP  to  talk  to 
headmaster.   ML will speak to Archdeacon about faculty  for  any 
work.  Meeting with A Ward on 28/04.              (SUB-COMMITTEE)                                        

MEETING ATTENDED BY COUNCILLORS
HALL (ML) Windows renewed, main hall redecorated, MDC had made up 
the grant shortfall left be SCC.  Ruling on last VAT querry still 
awaited,  VAT claim on new work to be made.  Trees  in  Bellfield 
still  causing problems but both District & County  Council  deny 
ownership.  Next scheme is to do floor.
VODAPHONE  SEMINAR -(DT) mainly about mast provision, our  Parish 
not affected.
EAST MENDIP RURAL TASK FORCE - (RD,JW) 3 working groups set up to 
deal with Transport, Environment & Employment.  The latter  would 
like  an employment register for each Parish so that money  could 
be  targetted.  It was agreed that this may be part of  a  future 
survey.
(AM left)
PARISH NEWSLETTER - (DP) draft discussed by Councillors.     (DP)

CORRESPONDENCE
WILDCHECK SURVEY given to school.
CONCERT FOR CHERNOBYL - 26/04 at 1930h Wells Cathedral displayed.
RENDEVOUS SEMINAR - 9/05 at Council Office 1000-1430,no-one  able 
to go.
VILLAGE SHOP COMPETITION entry form to be filled in.      (CLERK)
Rural  Task Force Minutes; SLCC 22nd Annual Conference; SCC  Road 
Safety Plan; CPRE Mag & Annual Report; Local Council Review; Avon 
&  Somerset Policing Plan; The Clerk; Bus Timetable; SALC  notice 
re new accounting procedures - circulated.

NEXT MEETING AGM/APM 20 May in the Hall.



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