MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
             HELD ON 18 NOVEMBER 1996 IN THE SCHOOL.

Councillors  present: J Davis, S Hayward, M Loten, D Pattison,  J 
Wright.  D Turner and R Dixon arrived late.
MINUTES  OF  LAST  MEETING were accepted as  a  true  record  and 
signed.
MATTERS ARISING Grant paid to Parish Magazine & thank received.
Outstanding-Minutes of items from which public excluded.  (CLERK)
[D TURNER ARRIVED]
REGIONAL PLANNING MEETING - DT & JW unable to attend.
CEMETERY - letter sent.
HALL AGM - well attended, new committee elected.
VILLAGE GREEN - Millenium Green info arrived - DT took to copy.
[R DIXON ARRIVED DURING THIS ITEM]
FINANCE
FINANCIAL REPORT - PC current a/c 13.26. Inv a/c 5388.18.
Hall Fund - .59p. 
REC  FUND - 298.36.  The Rec Committee appear to be putting  all 
their buying transactions through the Parish Council.  There  are 
still  problems with this a/c being charged for each  transaction 
it was agreed to see if, when the a/c is regularised  signatories 
could  be added from the Rec Committee. A request for payment  of 
bill from Lexique Signs for 97.84 + carriage 10.00 + VAT 18.87
TOTAL  126.71p.   DP proposed payment, SH  seconded  all  agree, 
cheque no. 7 made out.                               (CLERK & ML)
PRECEPT FOR 1997/98 - figures prepared by DP formed the basis for
discussion. DT proposed 3100.00, SH seconded all agreed. (CLERK)

PLANNING  -  letters  had ben received from  Coleford  PC  and  a 
parishioner concerning the state of the COKE OVENS near the River 
Mells.  It was agreed to contact Penny Stokes (MDC)  asking  that 
they be scheduled.  Copy to landowner.  It was also agreed to ask 
her about the LIME KILN behind the village.               (CLERK)
LEIGH  HOUSE reply concerning building materials.  JW  will  take 
matter up at Planning Meeting 19/11.                        (JW)
DOVECOT - permission granted.
DEVELOPMENT  AT LEIGH STREET - PC feel it is  overdevelopment  of 
the site, a semi would be more appropriate.               (CLERK)
MENDIP VIEW - a complaint had been received about commercial  use 
of  the  property.   This was specifically  pointed  out  to  the 
applicant by MDC in the permission document as needing a planning 
application.   Also gardenisation of agricultural land  by  owner 
without Change of Use permission as has also happened at Examiner 
House.  MDC will be informed.                             (CLERK)

ROADS & FOOTPATHS
Leaflet "Farming and the Highway" received.
Danger  of  mud  on road from Soho to  Whitehole.  Farmer  to  be 
informed.                                                 (CLERK)
CHURCH STEPS - to be raised at next PCC.                     (ML)
Write  to  FETE COMMITTEE re paint on pavements from  the  Street 
Fair and ask for it to be cleaned.                        (CLERK)

QUARRY MATTERS - Liaison meeting 25 Nov at 1930h in the Hall.
COUNTY STRUCTURE PLAN & LOCAL MINERALS PLAN out soon SCC will  be 
contacted  to  make  sure PC receives  copies  and  is consulted. 
It  is believed the MINERALS PLAN consultation will be  over  the 
Christmas period so extra copies will be requested.       (CLERK)
A complaint had been made about an excessive blast by  Halecombe. 
complainant was told too much explosive had been used.
REPORTS  -  HALL AGM  PC will write to retiring chairman to thank 
him for all his work.                                     (CLERK)
RURAL TASK FORCE (RD)  The Environment Working Party  had  failed 
to  get  the  backing  from the  full  committee  to  oppose  the 
industrialisation of disused quarries, including Barns Close, was 
inappropriate.  They  had supported, however, that  the  quarries 
were  not  suitable  for heavy industry.   They  also  agreed  to 
include, in our Parish, a bid for funding to preserve the  valley 
of the River Mells.  Concern had been expressed that support  for 
the  industrialisation  of Barns Close could  be  connected  with 
redundancies  in  Coleford.  It was agreed to write  to  District 
Councillor about this.                                    (CLERK)

CORRESPONDENCE
Items circulated - CPRE information; TRAVELLERS info (RD  offered 
to produce a paper for the PC on recent meetings re Travellers)

NEXT AGENDA - MINERALS PLAN, TRAVELLERS PAPER(RD)

NEXT MEETINGS  16 December 1996
                   20 January 1997.




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