MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
            HELD ON 21 SEPTEMBER 1998 IN THE SCHOOL.

Councillors  present: J Davis, M Loten, D Pattison(Chairman)  and 
D Turner.
Apologies were accepted from R Dixon, P Moore and J Wright.
A Ward, District Councillor, sent apologies for her absence.

There being members of the public present who were interested  in 
a PLANNING matter on the Agenda this was dealt with first.
Erection of 3 stables and a tack room at Crossways, Tadhill
Councillors had visited the site with the architect J Robson, the 
original  plan  had been amended to move  the  stables  following 
discussions  between the future purchaser of the property  and  a 
resident.  Parishioners were invited to speak and expressed their 
concerns as to:  the site of the stables, vermin, loss of privacy, 
smell,  danger  of  access  onto  road.   After  the  site  visit 
councillors   agreed  that  they  objected to  the  plan  on  the 
grounds of: 1) Concern at vehicular access onto dangerous  road 
at  dangerous  point  - if granted a turning  area  for  vehicles 
pulling  a trailer ought to be included within the  curtilage  of 
the property. 2) Siting of the stables made vehicular access  to 
the  field  impossible  and thus made  maintenance  of  the  area 
by machinery difficult, future application for access from  field 
onto  dangerous  land?  3) Proximity of  stables  to  residential 
property could cause neighbour problems.                  (CLERK)
Residents were advised to contact their District Councillor.

The  MINUTES of the LAST MEETING were accepted as a  true  record 
and signed.
MATTERS ARISING
WAYLEAVE - signed by Mary Nielson.
VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT - DP & PM attended MDC meeting and spoke 
for  the  adoption of the statement and  MD  Councillors  agreed, 
matter being progressed.
FINANCE  -  cheques  sent out, no receipt from  Skip  Hire,  FOLS 
cheque to be altered.                                     (CLERK)
WATERBUTT                                                    (ML)
CEMETERY                                                     (MM)
SEAT  -  crack  reported to S Vaughan  who  was  contacting  Fete 
chairman, report awaited.                                 (CLERK)
FOOTPATH 8/7 - fingerpost delivered and waiting to be put in.
WEB SIGHT - a dummy will be produced.                        (DT)
SWRPC - councillors who wanted to had made comments.      (CLERK)
BLASTING REPORT - DT, JW and DP had conferred &  DP had written a 
letter  stating  that report was misleading as findings  did  not 
tally  with graphs, letter approved. cc D Molland, M St  John,  B 
Handley.                                                  (CLERK)
S Hayward confirmed as LEA rep to School Governors.
Letter from Police saying dumper trucks legal.
Lawn mower taken by A Davidson on behalf of Hall Committee.

CEMETERY
Quotes awaited for fencing.                               (CLERK)
It was agreed to open the cemetery on 1 December 1998.
FINANCE
[ML declared an interest & took no part in this item.]
Quote  from  B Loten for buying and laying turf  with  aftercare.  
Turf 300 + VAT, Labour 40.
DP proposed accepting quote, DT seconded, all agreed.     (CLERK)
[ML was asked to rejoin the meeting.]
Leigh-on-Mendip First School cheque re-assigned to FOLS.  (CLERK)
GRANT REQUEST FROM PRODUCE AND HANDICRAFT SHOW to replate a  cup, 
no  sum  mentioned but thought to be in the region of  60.    DT 
proposed  granting  up to 60 to replate cup,  JD  seconded,  all 
agreed.                                                   (CLERK)
Request from CHARITY COMMISSION for Rec Field a/c to C Peat.
AUDIT - books to be collected 24/09.                 (ML & CLERK)

TRACK DEEDS
Deeds  had  arrived  from  solicitor.  ML  proposed  that  DP  be 
authorised to sign deeds for the PC, JD seconded and all  agreed.  
DP signed deed and Clerk witnessed.  Deeds will be returned to  J 
Wood  who  will  be asked for better definition  of  boundary  if 
possible.                                                 (CLERK)

PLANNING
Porch  at Myrtle Cottage - no comment but planners will be  asked 
to refer to VDS.                                          (CLERK)
LJH - employees carpark full of industrial machinery, AW informed

ROADS & FOOTPATHS
Somers Hill Road Closure information.
Complaint about hedge on 8/28 dealt with.
Complaint  at  stoppage  of  kerbside  paper  collection  without 
notice,  letter  will  be  written  to  MDC.  Possible sites  for 
recycling facilities in the Parish were discussed, it was  agreed 
to  send  copies of letters to ARC & Tarmac who may  be  able  to 
provide sites.                                            (CLERK)

MILLENIUM - despite requests in the Parish Magazine for ideas for 
the  millenium  nothing had been suggested to  the  PC.   However 
councillors  decided  to book the Hall for Dec 31 1999.   It  was 
decided to ask the Hall if time could be taken at their AGM on 10 
Nov at 9pm to start the discussion.                  (ML & CLERK)

CORRESPONDENCE
MDC  - Recycling banks & Dog Fouling Signs; it was agreed that  6 
signs could be purchased and put up in the village.       (CLERK)
PC SEMINAR - 29 Sept, 3 people to go.                     (CLERK)
TREES OF TIME & PLACE to school.                             (ML)
PC  BULLETIN  & QUESTIONNAIRE; MENDIP LEISURE  PLAN,  RURAL  TASK 
FORCE info - circulated.
SALC pack to DP.
Invite to Hall AGM already discussed.
SOLAR POWER INFO & SPEEDING POSTER - Noticeboard.

Next Meeting  Dates - 19 October, 16 November & 21 December.

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