MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
           HELD ON MONDAY 15 jUNE 1998 IN THE SCHOOL.

Councillors  present: J Davis, M Loten, D Turner, J Wright and  D 
Pattison, Chairman.  P Moore arrived late.
Apologies were accepted from R Dixon.

MINUTES OF LAST MEETINGS
The Minutes of the meeting of 20 April, the AGM of 18 May and the 
meeting of 3 June were accepted as true records and signed.
MATTERS ARISING- from 20 April 1998.
Map of Halecombe still awaited.                              (DT)
Weedkiller for footpaths should be safe for animals and children.
CEMETETERY - rough plan but grave size will be investigated. (PM)
CRANMORE TOWER WOODS - site meeting, but no application yet.
REFUSE COLLECTION - acknowledgement that start badly timed.
3 June 1998
Letters  sent  - reply from SWB agreeing to depth for  cable  but 
saying unable to agree that wall will not be damaged as developer 
putting  in  the  cable. Site of transformer  in  hands  of  MDC, 
compensation discussions await agreement to plan.
HEDGEROW DEVELOPMENT - letter acknowledged by MDC.
CEMETERY - Mary Mears has agreed to be the Burial Clerk.

VILLAGE SHOP
Councillors discussed with N Park what they could do to help draw 
the attention of parishioners to the shop's financial state. The
shop is a vital part of village life, providing a social  service 
to  residents.  The Post Office pays a fixed amount to  sub  post 
offices which in many cases subsidises the trading of the village 
store  attached  to  them,  the hours of  the  post  office  were 
cut when it changed hands and it would  be very difficult to  get 
Post Office Counters to increase them.  The shop is taking  steps 
to  publicise  their  service  and  prices  to  residents.  Extra 
business  rate  rebate has been applied for. It was  agreed  that 
after  the  publication of the Village Design  Statement  the  PC 
would write to MDC in support of the shop.                (CLERK)

CEMETERY
A  formal  letter offering the job of Burial Clerk will  be  sent 
along  with a Job Description.  M Mears will be asked to log  her 
hours,  it  is expected that the hours during  the  'setting  up' 
period will be quite high.                                (CLERK)
[M Loten declared an interest and left the meeting.]
Quotations for clearing the cemetery had been received from J & C 
Bird,  B Loten and John White.  JW proposed accepting the  lowest 
quotation which was from B Loten, DT seconded and all agreed.   A 
letter  to  B  Loten  will offer him  the  job,  state  that  any 
equipment  hired or materials needed will be done in the name  of 
the  PC and paid for by them (to enable VAT to be reclaimed)  and 
extra hour rate agreed.  Unsuccessful firms to be thanked.(CLERK)
M Loten was asked to return to the meeting.
A  noticeboard will be needed, designs & prices will be found  so 
PC can decide what to get.                              (M Mears)

MENDIP LOCAL PLAN - DRAFT
Map  doesn't conform to the one shown in the Village  Development 
Plan. Extra protection for Sparks Farm Field - Q3 or LOM2.(CLERK)

FINANCE
Receipt for Community Council for Somerset subscription received.
PRECEPT  had  been  paid  into the PC  current  a/c  ML  proposed 
transfering  1000  to  the  PC Investment  Post  Office  a/c  DP 
seconded, all agreed and cheque 272 made out and signed.
SALC will be asked what VAT can be reclaimed on the swings(CLERK)

REC FIELD
One  of the concrete slabs had been  laid.  DT was asked  if  his 
concrete mixer could be borrowed, he agreed.

ROADS AND FOOTPATHS
Ditch on Blackers Lane dug out and white lines at Green  Shutters 
had been renewed.
A  schedule  of work for footpaths will be compiled and  B  Loten 
will be asked if he will do the work.                (DT & CLERK)

QUARRY MATTERS
Complaints  about the movement of stone by unsheeted dump  trucks 
from  Halecombe  Quarry  to the Bulls Green Road  on  the  public 
highway  and questioning whether the trucks were going  over  the 
weighbridge had been conveyed to SCC.  The reply received to  the 
effect  that  it was not possible to sheet dump trucks  but  that 
they  were loaded safely were not felt to be adequate.  The  fact 
that  yearly  returns on the amount of stone leaving  the  quarry 
were  sent to SCC were not felt to be sufficient either  as  they 
did  not answer the question asked. SCC will be  contacted  again 
and the Police will be consulted about the safety of this mode of 
stone transport.                                          (CLERK)

MEETINGS ATTENDED
JW  and  RD had attended SALC Eastern Region AGM - 9  of  the  11 
officers are from L-O-M and Wookey PC although 53 PC's belong  to 
the section!  Corruption and Ethics and PC's Employer's Liability 
was discussed. Reported crime down 5%, detection rate up by 30%.
[PM left]
SOMERSET SPENDING ON RURAL BUS SERVICES - grant from  government.  
PC support evening services for villages west of Frome.   (CLERK)
FROME AND DISTRICT CAB AGM on 25 June.
CHARITY COMMISSION NEWS circulated.

NEXT MEETING 20 July 1998.




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