MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 20 JANUARY 1997 IN LEIGH SCHOOL Councillors in attendance were: R Dixon, S Haywood, M Loten, D Pattison (Chairman) and J Wright. J Davis and D Turner arrived later. Apologies had been received from Cllrs A Ward(MDC)& A Merrick(SCC). The MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING were accepted as a true record and signed. MATTERS ARISING REC FIELD info on new lease still awaited. The new boiler was not provided by Grahams and the money, £273.78p, has been returned and the cheque paid into the L-O-M Rec Field a/c. (ML & CLERK) D TURNER AND J DAVIS arrived. VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT - pack arrived, already seen by JW & DT will be circulated and more packs requested. (CLERK) ROOKERY FARM information passed on. HEDGE GROWTH - clearing in progress; concern at the cutting of the verge so close to the roots of the hedge will be conveyed to SCC, a repeat request for clearance of path to Halecombe will be made. (CLERK) MAGAZINE - local press requested copy of agenda and minutes. The PC will send info regularly making no charge. (CLERK) TRAFFIC CALMING - now dealt with by MDC. Request to be included on the list will be sent to them, cc A Ward. (CLERK) MENDIP VIEW - contravention of planning regulations. Garages being used to do up a classic car, occupant advised by enforcement officer about change of use need for field. No reply to date concerning field behind PO. (CLERK) BLACKERS LANE - SCC had visited and spoken to DT. FINANCE - response from Nat West to say a/c altered and therefore will not incur charges. Promised quarterly statements not received, bank will be contacted. (CLERK) SPARKS FARM FIELD - ARC will attend Parish Meeting. Invites will be sent to: Cllr Ward, & the Planning & Transport team at MDC. Discussion took place on the advantages of a Village Design Statement(VDS). It was agreed the Parish Meeting was primarily to get village reaction to the request by ARC but the compilation of a VDS would be discussed. Preparation for the Parish Meeting were delegated as follows: Flier, acetate preparation, VDS. (DP) Photocopying of and distribution of fliers to Councillors, and invitations. (CLERK) Maps. (DT) ROADS AND FOOTPATHS LOCAL ACCESS INITIATIVE - letter of support to MDC. (CLERK) Complaint about hole in road beside LJH carpark. Clerk had reported this once and County officials had been unable to locate it. It will be reported again. (CLERK) Complaint about mud on road in Town End area. Farmer will be contacted. (CLERK) FINANCE - ML. No movement of PC or Hall Fund a/cs. REC FIELD a/c current balance - £445.43p. Only councillors can be signatories for the a/c. CPRE sub due will be put on next Agenda. (CLERK) PLANNING Complaint about contravention of Planning Permission by LJH, MDC will be asked to investigate. (CLERK) Permission for 2 houses late F Vining land passed although houses must be single storey with no windows in roof. HILLCREST - 2 storey extension and lean-to conservatory: no comments. (CLERK) MDC LOCAL PLAN - joint display for Leigh & Stoke, no date yet. WHATLEY IDO - it was agreed that this was a totally inadequate planning application request deficient in many aspects, e.g depth, noise, environmental impact. A reply will be formulated for discussion at the next meeting. (DP) QUARRY MATTERS BULLS GREEN LINK - Government Office of the SW have denied SCC request for funding. It was agreed to write to C Clarke, Chairman of the Planning and Resources Committee, expressing opposition to money for this project being found by cutting other budgets. The BGL planning permission is still the subject of a legal challenge. (CLERK) MINERALS LOCAL PLAN exhibitions - Nunney 11/02, Gurney Slade 12/02, Leigh 4/03 each one followed by a discussion at 7.30. BURIAL GROUND Reply from solicitor saying client unwilling to negotiate on size of plot or price. Sub committee meeting convened for 27 Jan, 8pm at Church Cottage. (DP, JD, ML & JW) REPORTS FROM MEETINGS ATTENDED ON BEHALF OF PC REC FIELD (SH) Mouse Night 31 Jan at 7.30, race sponsors sought. AGM 26 February, 8pm. Minutes will be added to circulation pack.(DP) HALL (ML) Minutes circulated. RURAL TASK FORCE (RD,DT,JW) Local Access Initiative and Village Design Statements already discussed. New IT Courses in Coleford. The large job losses in Coleford had been discussed, Leigh Councillors were concerned at the pressure that seems to be being exerted by Coleford Councillors to encourage industry to be sited in neighbouring parishes. Junior Envir Minister in area in February, when he will be attending a meeting of the Mendip Quarry Advisory Group. From 1 February wheelie bins will be provided to all households. New Redundant Buildings Officer to be appointed. Bridleways Assoc want to have a Mendip circular route dedicated. CORRESPONDENCE The following were circulated: TWINNING NOTES; UNDER 8 REVIEW; MENDIP CARE & REPAIR ANNUAL REVIEW (copy for Evergreens will be requested); SIGNPOST info. LOCAL GOV COMMISSION BOUNDARY CHANGES - the final draft and local government prefered option links our parish with Stoke, Downhead, Cranmore and Doulting. NEXT MEETINGS - 17 February, 17 March.
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