MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 16 FEBRUARY 1998 IN THE SCHOOL. Councillors present: J Davis, M Loten, P Moore, D Turner, D Pattison(Chairman), J Wright and R Dixon who arrived late. The Minutes of the Last Meeting were accepted as a true record and signed. MATTERS ARISING The pavement at Plevna has been resurfaced. HALECOMBE QUARRY - no reply to illegal blasting. (CLERK) LJH - bund, no further news. (CLERK) BURIAL GROUND - Draft rules given to Councillors. A verbal quote for breaching the wall had been received, more quotes will be asked for. (ML,DT,PM & CLERK) [R Dixon arrived] REC FIELD - DP had signed deed on advice of solicitor. HALECOMBE QUARRY FOOTPATH - no map received from Tarmac yet. (DT) Reply about DIVERSION FOR BULLS GREEN LINK stating it was the only alternative. ROADS AND FOOTPATHS Clerk had contacted WS Atkins about the state of the road in the village due to waterworks. She had been assured that the street would be made good when all houses were connected. It was agreed that the way the water main trench had been 'made good' on the bend at Green Shutters lent itself to the road being widened, a request will be made for this to be done. (CLERK) The work on the water main closed Soho/Whitehole Hill road for a number of days without any advance warning being given. A letter questioning this and requesting that all road surfaces and verges be made good will be sent. (CLERK) Footpath & Bridleway Diversions for the Bulls Green Link had come into operation. Concern was expressed that they had been closed early. Letters will be sent to the CC& Police. (CLERK) Work on fields opposite the Rec Field had led to mud been spread not only on the road but on the pavement and walls at the top of the village. It was agreed that if the tractors travelled more slowly through the village the splattering of mud would not be as bad. A request will be made to the farmer. (CLERK) A request will be made for the fence post in the middle of the stile at Soho to be removed. (CLERK) DP proposed that DT be delegated to identify further footpath clearing and find someone to do the work up to maximum cost for labour & materials of £55. PM seconded and all agreed. (DT) PARISH COUNCIL SEMINAR with Mendip on 24 Feb details given to JW. PLANNING REC FIELD CAR PARK planning application supported by PC, request for more details passed to JR. (CLERK) ROOFLIGHTS AT MANOR FARM - permission granted. VILLAGE DESIGN - DRAFT Councillors were very impressed by the amount and quality of work evident in the draft and congratulated all concerned. Councillors agreed that they would have liked to see a stronger statement asking for more emphasis to be put on the use of 'natural' materials in building projects but as we wanted MDC to adopt the statement it was decided that this may not be politic. RD had shown the draft to a local historian and her comments will be passed on to the 'team'. The location of Halecombe quarry was questioned and whether Cranmore was on a sandstone ridge. (CLERK) A copy of a letter to MDC about the planting in the field behind Examiner House had been received. In the past the PC has asked for action to be taken as this agricultural field is being made into a garden without change of use permission being granted. A request for action will be made. (CLERK) FINANCE AUDIT FEE payment proposed by DP seconded by JD all agreed. Cheque 258 on PC General a/c written for £117.50p and signed. VICTIM SUPPORT GRANT request, details given to PM, no grant made. NALC LOCAL COUNCIL REVIEW magazine subscription not taken out. BRIGET PARKER TRUST grant request RD proposed donation of £10, PM seconded all agreed. Cheque 259 made out and signed. PHOTOCOPY BILL [DT declared an interest] for £63.24 received. DP proposed payment, PM seconded all agreed. Cheque 260 made out and signed and given to DT. PARISH MAGAZINE - the Clerk had spoken to Jane Evans about the PC making a grant if all houses in the Parish could receive one issue and the PC newsletter could be included in the delivery and been told that it was feasible. DP proposed granting £80 to the magazine, JW seconded all agreed. Cheque 261 made out and signed. PM offered to organise Newsletter photocopying and delivery if needed. All correspondence will be dealt with. (CLERK) Transfer form to get £1000 from the Investment a/c was signed(ML) CEMETERY- Draft rules will be discussed at next meeting.(CLERK) REC FIELD - next meeting 18/02/98. Work will start on the Draft Lease. (PM, DP,JR & CLERK) JW had attended the EAST MENDIP RURAL TASK FORCE MEETING ON 12/2 and added documents from the meeting to the circulation pack. QUARRY MATTERS Night blasting at Halecombe response will be pursued. (CLERK) Mells/Chantry Lane Closure Inquiry outcome still awaited. CORRESPONDENCE The following were circulated: Details of 'A safer Mendip Workshop' on 6/03; MDC Draft Economic Development & Tourism strategy plan - comments by 9/03; MDC Leisure Plan draft - comments by 20/03; The Clerk; SCC Disabled People; SCC Annual Review; SALC agenda 4/03 & Minutes of 3/12/97; East Mendip Rural Task Force Minutes 2/12/97 agenda 12/02; St Johns Ambulance First Aid Course offer; Agenda 21 info; Halecombe Quarry Liaison Minutes. Details of Playground seminar given to PM. No takers to join FOLS pancake race. NEXT MEETINGS 16 March, 20 April, AGM 18 May.
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