MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 29 SEPTEMBER 1997 IN THE SCHOOL. Councillors present: M Loten, D Turner and D Pattison(Chairman). Apologies were accepted from J Davis and J Wright. PLANNING Conversion and alteration to existing barn to form 2 storey holiday accommodation at Hollybush Cottage, Knapp Hill. Councillors supported this application on the grounds that it would visually improve the property and add to the local economy. Removal of Hedges, Bristol Water. As a statutory body this plan was for information. The Clerk had been told by David Colman the Planning Officer that the hedges would be reinstated either with new planting or by removing the existing hedge in such a manner that it could be put back. If this is done the PC has no objections to the plan. The Chairman had received a letter from Tarmac concerning the bore hole to be sunk at Soho Farm instead of building the balancing lake. The letter stated that the site of the bore hole was at Melcombe View not Soho Farm. The PC felt that this did not affect their objection to the plan to deplete the aquifer during the summer months to supplement the flow of the R Mells. [R Dixon arrived during this item.] RATE RELIEF FOR VILLGE SHOPS QUESTIONNAIRE Was filled out and will be sent back. FINANCE A letter has been received from Burgess Salmon asking for a bond of £500 to cover the costs incurred in relation to the car park land at the Hedgerows. It was agreed that this seemed an excessive amount especially for something that the PC thought was a 'gift' to the Rec. Our solicitor will be contacted. (CLERK) A letter had been received from Mary Nielsen to say that the track to the proposed car park was in her ownership and offering it to the Parish in memory of her parents, Charles and Elsie Jeannes, but asking that she retain a right of way. (DP) Cheque 252 on the PC Current a/c was made out to L-O-M PCC for £864, the Burial grant plus special project grant as agreed on 18/08/97. (CLERK) The meeting went into closed session to discuss the Cemetry. The meeting was opened to the public. JW had learnt at a meeting of SALC that changes were being proposed to the make up of School Governing bodies. There was meant to have been a discussion paper published with a closing date of 7 October but neither the PC nor the school head knew about it. It was agreed to write to the DFEE asking for information. (CLERK) Next Meeting 20 October 1997.
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