MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
           HELD ON MONDAY 15 JULY 1996 IN THE SCHOOL.
Councillors  present: J Wright, M Loten, D Pattison.
R Dixon, J Davis and D Turner arrived later.
Apologies  were  accepted  from  S  Haywood.
County  Councillor Merrick arrived during the meeting.

The MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING were accepted and signed.
MATTERS ARISING:
LONG CROSS no reply. 
SPOIL - not policy to spread on verge.
BULLS  GREEN LINK - write to Sec of State asking if Inquiry  will 
be re-opened as inspector given false information.        (CLERK)
[J Davis, R Dixon and D Turner arrived.]
LOW COST HOUSING - a copy of survey will be sent to S Palmer even 
though MDC have the original.                        (DT & CLERK)
No one was able to attend the HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE Teach-in.
The Clerk reported that a Parishioner had complained to her about 
having his house named in the Minutes.  She had explained that it 
was  in response to a request for information in connection  with 
building  work and had only been carried forward due to  her  non 
attendance at subsequent meetings due to illness.  MDC had stated 
that the work taking place did not need planning permission.
Permission had been received from SWEB to attach a NEIGHBOURHOOD 
WATCH SIGN to the pole at Towns End.

PLANNING
Permission had been given for development at TWEED FARM,  DANECOT 
-  Summer House, SKITTLE ALLEY at the REC FIELD and  TOWER  VIEW.  
The  PORCH  at  DANECOT  had been  refused  as  MDC  believed  it 
obstructed the highway.
Notification  of  an  amendment  to  the  plan  submitted  for  1 
WESTLEIGH had been received  showing the inclusion of a chimney.
MYRTLE COTTAGE - the Parish Council were angry about an amendment 
passed  by  the planning officers allowing  the  substitution  of 
reconstructed  for  natural stone.  This matter had  been  raised 
when  the Sawmill development took place and the  materials  were 
altered  without reference to the PC.  It was agreed to  write  a 
strong  letter of protest at the devolution of such an  important 
facet  of planning to officers without the need to consult  local 
opinion. Letter to D Hooper, cc A Ward, G Caywood, G Jeffs(CLERK)
15 PARK HAYES, Rear extension - no objection.             (CLERK)

ROADS AND FOOTPATHS
8/7  locked gate near Rec Field made passage difficult. Hedge  at 
Towns End overgrown, hand rail on bridge on 8/8a needs repair.(DT)
Compliments had been received on the walkway constructed on  8/8a 
it was agreed to write to Sheila Petherbridge cc G Jeffs. (CLERK)
Complaints  about the pavements at Sparks Farm & around to  Barns 
Close quarry had been received.  School sign at the Firs covered. 
A  Merrick  said  that SCC has a working  group  looking  at  the 
devolution  of responsibility for verge/pavement  maintenance  to 
PC's. All agreed that this Council would support this.    (CLERK)


BULLS GREEN LINK - Inspectors report available.  AM said that the 
CC  was pursuing the building of the road and had  granted  money 
for  design  costs.   He reported that the  CC  will  investigate 
modest options for improvements at Long & Beacon Crosses. (CLERK)
Councillors  expressed  their  hope that  in  view  of  newspaper 
reports  about the number of lorry drivers laid off by  Halecombe 
Quarry the building of the BGL would be re thought.

FINANCE by M LOTEN
Grant to Hall of 2300 paid into PC HALL FUND BANK A/C on 5  June 
but  PC  not  notified  by MDC.  As the  work  was  completed  ML 
proposed  returning 2,700 to the Hall Management Committee,   DP 
seconded, all in favour.  Cheque no 7 made out and signed.
A new mandate form from Nat West was circulated for signatures it 
was  agreed  to retain the stipulation for three  signatures  per 
cheque operational on each account at present.
ST GILES PCC - BURIAL GRANT received & paid into PC GENERAL  BANK 
A/C.  DT proposed passing it on to the PCC, J Davis seconded, all 
agreed and cheque no 178 was made out and signed. 
REC FIELD MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE requested that the PC manage their 
project to install play equipment.  The field was conveyed to  the 
PC  in October 1957 so the PC would be able to claim back VAT  on 
any  work they commissioned. DT proposed that the PC manage  this 
project  for  the RFMC and open a bank account to be  called  the 
"Leigh-on-Mendip  Parish  Council Recreation  Field Account".  DP 
seconded and all agreed.                             (ML & CLERK)

QUARRY MATTERS
The Halecombe Liaison meeting had been attended by RD, DP and  JW 
for  the PC.  Tarmac had a policy on lorry sheeting of 2  strikes 
and  out.   Phasing  plan  is going  ahead  as  is  the  circular 
footpath,  walkable by 1997.  Old plant was being dismantled  and 
internal  traffic movements had been improved.  The  quarry  face 
was  being broken up and soil spread and Rookery Farm  was  being 
looked   at.   Concern  was  felt  about  the  cost  of   Tarmacs 
committment  to  the  BGL,  Rookery  Farm  and  the  hydrological 
monitoring.  Next meeting 25 November.
(A Merrick left)

TASK  FORCE   RD felt volunteers were needed to be on  the  other 
working  groups to represent Leigh. The groups  were  identifying 
suitable  projects and requesting funding - the  Environment  sub 
group had agreed to support the expansion and management of Asham 
Woods.
It  was agreed that the surveys (traffic & employment)  would  be 
done as a joint exercise. 
PLANNING  SEMINAR  attended  by  JW - he  reported  that  75%  of 
applications  were  delegated,  if  applicant  wanted  to  go  to 
committee a request had to be made through their DCouncillor  and 
parties were allowed 3 minutes to put their case.





BURIAL  GROUND   JW had contacted Alder King who had  valued  the 
identified  land  at 10000 per acre it was agreed  that  the  PC 
needed  an  independent  valuation.   DT  proposed  employing  an 
independent  valuer, DP seconded all agreed.  DT proposed  giving 
the  sub  committee  powers to pay a valuer up  to  200  without 
application to the whole PC.  ML seconded, all agreed.(JW &CLERK)
A  Draft Scheme for a new management arrangement for the  Village 
Hall  had  been  received from the Charity  Commission.   It  was 
proposed by JD that ML and DP continue their work on this matter, 
DT seconded, all agreed.                                (ML & DP)
The  PC was informed that the Hall Chairman had resigned  it  was 
agreed to acknowledge his work at the Hall AGM.

CORRESPONDENCE
The  following  were circulated:  CPRE APPEAL for  Helpers;  SALC 
papers  about RURAL SOMERSET COMMITTEE and Conditions of  Service 
for  Clerks, THE CLERK, THATCH, LOCAL COUNCIL REVIEW,  NOTICE  OF 
FUTURE   MEETINGS.   SCC  ENVIRONMENT  UPDATE,  MENDIP CONTACT. 
DT took a handout from the COUNTRYSIDE COMMISSION and will add it 
to the circulation documents later.
RURAL TASK FORCE agenda for 17 July & Minutes of 22 May given  to 
DP, RD & JW and one copy circulated.

NEXT MEETING 19 AUGUST 1996 IN THE SCHOOL AT 7.30pm.



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