MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 1 DECEMBER 1997 IN THE SCHOOL. Councillors present: J Davis, M Loten, P Moore, D Turner, J Wright and D Pattison, Chairman. The MINUTES OF 3 NOVEMBER were corrected - under FINANCE the total of Clerk's salary should read £562.85p not .35p they were then accepted & signed. MATTERS ARISING - Both DT and Clerk had communicated with the Dog Warden and local Mendip Councillor had been contacted. SOMERSET STRUCTURE PLAN - reply saying decision not to include Minerals made by County Council, agreed to write to Planning Director. (CLERK) LAWN MOWER & FLY TIPPING still outstanding. (DT & CLERK) Letter from MENDIP CROSS TRAILS TRUST circulated. OLD WELLS ROAD - reply from Police who are waiting to hear from SCC. LJH visited - no illegal parking and bund being investigated. FINANCE Subscription for SLCC of £35 now due. DP proposed payment. PM seconded, all agreed. Current a/c Cheque 255 made out & signed. PRECEPT - Discussion took place on the amount to be requested for next years precept. The PC is in the process of buying land for a civil cemetery and negotiating for car park land at the Rec field, certain provisions have been made for these expenditures especially the former but total expenditure is not known. PM proposed a Precept of £2500 for 1998/99, JD seconded and all agreed. A request will be sent to MDC. (CLERK) REC FIELD PLANNING FEE - DT proposed payment of £95 for Change of Use application when it is put in, JW seconded and all agreed. Change of Signatory Form for the PO Investment a/c were signed by those present. RD's signature needed. (CLERK) Info from Co-op Bank - £2000 minimum in current a/c needed to avoid charges. PLANNING CHANGE OF USE TO CEMETERY application put in by PC. Support info will be sent. (CLERK) HOLLYBUSH COTTAGE planning application passed. MDC requested the official spelling of village name. It was agreed that it was Leigh-on-Mendip. (CLERK) ROADS & FOOTPATHS Complaint had been received about the state of the pavement at the entrance to Plevna. (CLERK) Concern about dumper truck on the Old Wells Road operating without lights at dusk.Contract Manager will be contacted.(CLERK) BULLS GREEN LINK - fixed price contract including removal of protesters has been made. CEMETERY UPDATE Tim Westlake at Daniel & Crutwell has been instructed to act by the Clerk. Certain points had been raised for discussion with the PC - 1) Whether to apply for a Legal Right of Way through the churchyard to the new plot. Faculty gives right of access to new plot but there was concern that it could be revoked. Time would eventually establish a legal right of way. It was agreed to Minute that the Parish Council agreed not to seek a Legal Right of Way through the existing churchyard at this time. 2) Who would sign any legal papers? It was proposed by PM that any 3 councillors could sign the papers, DT seconded and all agreed. 3) It was agreed to ask the Clerk to write to Wessex Water and SWEB to see if there were any services under the plot and because the PC know there is no planning permission outstanding on the land not to ask the sol to do further searches. PM proposed, DP seconded, all agreed. (CLERK) 4) DT & DP agreed to check the plot measurements. (DT & DP) 5) It was agreed that access to the new plot would be through the existing churchyard only. The Clerk will convey the above to the Solicitor. The Clerk had met with Evelyn Withy of MDC who looks after their cemeteries. She had shown her the sort of records that were kept by MDC and had given her info on rules and regulations that govern their properties. She had also suggested a sub committee be formed but all the councillors felt they wanted to be involved. DT agreed to produce copies of rules of Mendip and the Church for discussion at the next meeting. The Clerk explained that she did not feel able to administer the new cemetery as she felt it ought to be someone in the village with fewer committments than she had, it will be advertised in the Parish Mag and anyone interested will be asked to attend the next PC meeting. (CLERK) A financial policy will need to be decided for the new cemetery which ought to be financially independent. It was agreed to ask the sol for advice on options to purchase. (CLERK) REC FIELD UPDATE DP had heard from the solicitor and spoken to J Robson about the conditions to be imposed. DT proposed giving DP permission to approve conditions on behalf of the PC. JD seconded, all agreed. QUARRY MATTERS HALECOMBE LIAISON MEETING - meeting had been poorly attended.It was agreed that the PC ought to be officially told. (CLERK) Complaints had been received about the closing of the road while blasting takes place at Halecombe and the blasting at 4pm when it is dark. It was agreed to write to SCC copy to qaurry. (CLERK) SCC MINERALS LOCAL MINERALS PLAN CONSULTATION response to be published on 12 Dec '97. Clerk will get a copy, paying for it & claim on next expenses. (CLERK) CORRESPONDENCE The following were circulated - CPRE Information; Local Gov Commission Final Report (Leigh incorporated with Stoke & Downhead): Age Concern info; SCC Minutes: Rural Task Force Minutes given out. John Davis was thanked for his work as PC rep on the Leigh School Governors. His place will be taken by J Wright. Next Meetings 19 Jan 1998 & 16 Feb 1998.
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