MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
              HELD ON 16 MARCH 1998 AT THE SCHOOL.

Councillors in attendance:  J Davis, M Loten, P Moore, D Pattison
(Chairman), J Wright and D Turner who arrived late.

Apologies were accepted from R Dixon & A Ward District Councillor

The  MINUTES  of  the MEETINGS of 16 and 27  FEBRUARY  1998  were 
amended then accepted and signed.
MATTERS ARISING FROM 16/02/98
Minutes amended page 1 PLANNING - ROOFLIGHTS AT MANOR FARM 'for 3' 
was added. Page 2 REC FIELD 'start' was altered to 'continue'.
No response yet to NIGHT BLASTING AT HALECOMBE QUARRY.    (CLERK)
Planning violations still under review by MDC.            (CLERK)
[DT arrived]
HALECOMBE QUARRY FOOTPATH - Tarmac still not supplied map.   (DT)
All letters had been sent.
FOOTPATH CLEARING work will be identified & done.            (DT)

NO MATTERS ARISING FROM 27/03/98

SALC PAPERS
THE FUTURE OF REGIONAL PLANNING GUIDANCE - CONSULTATION PAPER
7.14- Yes RPG should play a part in minerals planning.
MODERNISING LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Q2 - The cost of annual elections would impose a financial strain 
on the Parish, District and County Councils.
Q6 - Could the voting system be made less cumbersome?
Q7 - It is very doubtful if changes to voting  days  etc  would 
increase turnout.
Q14 - We call Parish Meetings when anything controversial  occurs 
no legislation needed. Answer will be faxed to SALC.      (CLERK)

NEWSLETTER
Draft discussed, amendments will be made.               (DP & PM)

CEMETERY  [* see page 3 also]
On  the  advice  of the solicitor the  following  resolution  was 
proposed:  PM proposed that Margaret R Loten and John J W  Wright 
be   authorised  to  sign  legal  documents  pertaining  to   the 
acquisition  of the land for the cemetery extension on behalf  of 
the Parish Council.  DT seconded & all agreed.
AGREEMENT - Incorporating the Standard Conditions of Sale(3rd ed)
'Contract  rate'  had been put in the 'Completion date'  place  - 
this  had been brought to the solicitors attention by  the  Clerk 
who was told it did not matter.       
ML & JW signed the top copy of the document.              (CLERK)
RULES - deferred to next meeting.                         (CLERK)
CLEARING  LAND - it was agreed that work needed to be started  on 
the land clearance asap.  Quotations will be asked for to  clear, 
level and re-sow the plot.                           (ML & CLERK)
DT suggested a voluntary working party to do this.
Sue Moore had agreed to draw up a plan of the plot.          (DP)
VAT  - according to advice given to the Clerk we do not  need  to 
register for VAT but a booklet was awaited.
BURIAL  CLERK - no response yet.  The Clerk had  consulted  David 
Smith  at SALC as to whether a serving member of the PC  could  be 
employed and paid to work for the PC - this was illegal  although 
they could work voluntarily.  
It was agreed to try a personal approach.
Requests  for quotations to breach the wall to make  an  entrance 
into  the  new plot had been requested. B Cabot, G Bryant  and  T 
Rossiter had been approached but had either been too busy or  had 
not responded.  A quote from R Dunn had been received but it  was 
agreed that others should be sort if possible.          (JD & JW)

ROADS AND FOOTPATHS
From  MDC FR8/28 letter supporting width of 2m has been  attended 
to.   DT showed a picture of the stile on this fp which has  been 
replaced by a gate and ladder.  He will send info to MDC.    (DT) 
A loose stile stool on 8/5 & an obstruction on 8/7 were reported.

FINANCE - 1000 from Inv a/c available 20/03/98.

SALC SUBSCRIPTION 1998/99 of 54.68p proposed by DT, seconded  by 
JW.  All agreed Cheque 262 on Current a/c made out & Signed.

CLERK'S  SALARY  & EXPENSES - the Clerk claimed  her  salary  and 
expenses for 1/11/97-31/03/98 of Salary 530.50
                               Expenses   40.94
                                  TOTAL 571.44p
DP proposed payment, PM seconded all agreed. Cheque 263 signed.

RECREATION  FIELD  LAND  corrected bill has  been  received  from 
Faulkners  for  the  work on the CAR PARK LAND  but  it  did  not 
contain a VAT invoice from Burgess Salmon.  Details:
                                             
     Faulkners      350 + 61.25 VAT  =   411.25
Burgess Salmon      515 + 90.13 VAT  =   605.13
Local Search                                76.00
HM land registry search & registry fee =    44.00
                               TOTAL   =  1136.38

Less bond of       500 + 87.50 VAT   =   587.50
Interest accrued of                         12.02
                                           599.52

                       BALANCE OWED       536.86P
DP  proposed payment, DT seconded. all agreed. Cheque 264  signed 
and  dated 23/03/98 when Inv a/c transfer money of 2000 will  be 
available.   Cheque  will be sent with instructions  not  to  pay 
Burgess Salmon until a VAT receipt is received.                          

CPRE  SUB of 17.50 proposed PM seconded JW cheque 265  signed  & 
dated 23/03/98. Value audit will be carried out.

RELATE GRANT REQUEST - DT proposed 25, JD seconded, all  agreed. 
Cheque 266 signed and dated 23/03/98.  

CEMETERY the purchase and legal fees in relation to the  purchase 
of  the extension would cost 1457.50.  PM proposed  payment,  JW 
seconded  and all agreed that the cheque could be made  out  when 
bill received.

GRANT REQUEST from Radstock etc District Museum Society refused.
All letters will be sent by the CLERK.

REPORTS FROM OTHER MEETINGS ATTENDED
SALC (JW) - Angela Browning has decided that LA nominated  School 
Governors must earn the right. SALC Papers Circulated.
PC  SEMINAR  AT  MDC (DP & JW) - proposal to  increase  car  park 
charges  in MDC.  This will discriminate against  rural  dwellers 
and pensioners and a letter of objection will be sent.    (CLERK)
REC FIELD (PM) Minutes will be circulated.
HALL COMMITTEE (ML) nothing to report.
PLANNING WORKSHOP attended by DP & JW.

CORRESPONDENCE
DP  had received a request from West Country Productions  for  an 
interview  in relation to a programme about the Bulls Green  Link 
Road - it was agreed that he would appear in a private capacity.
Letter complaining about fence around Hall passed to ML.
MENDIP COMMUNITY TRANSPORT letter will be copied to Evergreens.
Agreement for Hall Hire - Clerk to sign.

AGM  &  APM  -  Village Policeman will  be  invited   and  Mendip 
Community Transport will be invited to attend.
200  copies  of the April Parish Magazine will be  requested  for 
delivery to all homes in the Parish with the Newsletter.     (PM)

NEXT MEETING 20 April in the School.



* Addendum to CEMETERY item:
 Discussion took place on the clause in the Agreement pertaining 
to  the fencing of the new plot.  The vendor has  requested  that 
the PC errect a fence to mark the boundary - the PC were planning 
to  mark the boundary by planting a hedge.  It was  decided  that 
this did not pose a problem.



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