MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
              HELD ON 15 MARCH 1999 IN THE SCHOOL.

Councillors  present:  J  Davis,  M Loten,  P  Moore,  D  Turner, 
J Wright, D Pattison(Chairman).
Apologies had been received from A Ward, District Councillor.

The  Clerk  asked  councillors to correct their  MINUTES  of  the 
FEBRUARY  MEETING so that the date of next meeting read 15  March 
not May.  The Minutes were then accepted and signed.

MATTERS ARISING
All letters had been sent.
OAK COTTAGE - plans passed for garage. House in garden refused.
MANOR FARM refused.
CHANTRY LANE INQUIRY - copies of papers circulated.
WEB  SITE - 3 donations of 10 to date, webmaster is  Tom  Turner 
who will be thanked for his work.                         (CLERK)

NEWSLETTER
Draft had been prepared by DP.  Amendments were suggested and  it 
was agreed to include a flyer about the web site.  PM offered  to 
print and to deliver the newsletter for which he was thanked.(PM)

CEMETERY
Four tenders had been received from: Daniel Bristow; Robin Smith; 
David  Jarvis  and Meare Landscape. The Parish  Clerk  questioned 
whether  the  PC ought to be paying for the mowing of  the  whole 
churchyard  as  the  church had not yet  applied  for  the  final 
closure of the old area, ML pointed out that the Burial Grant for 
the  98/99  financial  year had not been passed  on  to  the  PCC 
because  of the imminent closure and that initially this was  the 
money  that  would be used to pay maintenance  work.  Councillors 
agreed  to accept the tender from D Jarvis, and to authorise  the 
Burial Clerk to commit up to 400 for the mowing/strimming.  (MM)
Councillors will ask MM to bring the Register to the next meeting 
so they can see it.

RECREATION FIELD
DP  had  written  to  T R Morgan the  builder  at  the  Hedgerows 
concerning  the disgraceful state of the Parish owned  track  and 
the spoil on the car park.  It was agreed if no response by 29/03 
a site meeting with all parties will be organised.        (CLERK)
Letter  from  ARC  concerning  access over  the  track  had  been 
forwarded by M Nielsen.  Deeds will be checked.      (DP & CLERK)

FINANCE
Cheque 295 for balance of web site costs  on PC current a/c  made 
out to Magic Moments for 105.63p and signed (agreed 15/02/99).
CEMETERY  -  hedge plants bill from Barters  Farm  Nurseries  for 
36.00 + 6.30VAT = 42.30p.  Bill already paid by  MM  with  a 
personal  cheque.  DT proposed payment, PM seconded  all  agreed.  
It  will be seen if MM can be repayed by Barters and the PC,  the 
name  on  the bill, can pay the amount so VAT can  be  reclaimed. 
Cheque 296 made out, not signed until payees name known inserted.                                                    
CEMETERY NOTICEBOARD - bill from B Loten for labour and materials 
to  put  up the noticeboard and plant hedge - total  26.98p.  JD 
proposed payment, JW seconded all agreed, cheque 297 made out and 
signed.
MENDIP DISTRICT COUNCIL DOG SIGNS - bill for 6 signs for  38.40p 
+  6.72VAT=45.12p.   DP  proposed  payment,  PM  seconded,  all 
agreed. Cheque 298 made out and signed.
SALC  SUB  -  61.07p.  DP proposed  payment,  JW  seconded,  all 
agreed. Cheque 299 made out and signed.
RELATE GRANT REQUEST - PM proposed 25, JD seconded, all  agreed. 
Cheque 300 made out and signed.
CLERK'S  SALARY  - for the last quarter of the financial  year  - 
Salary  283.14p  +  Expenses 32.09p  =  315.23p.  ML  proposed 
payment,  PM seconded all agreed. Cheque 301 was made out,  dated 
the 20/03/99 when a deposit of 600 from the Investment a/c would 
have been paid into the current a/c, and signed.
BURIAL  CLERKS  SALARY from the Cemetery a/c - Salary  26.64p  + 
Expenses 18.13p = 44.77p.  DP proposed payment, PM seconded all 
agreed. Cheque no 2 made out and signed.

PLANNING
HONEYSUCKLE  COTTAGE CONSERVATORY - supported, DP  had  consulted 
the shop nextdoor to the house who had no objections.
RETENTION  OF  BUILDING  FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL  USE,  CROSSWAYS  - 
ojected to because of danger of access and worry about signing on 
a  dangerous  crossroads  unless this latter  could  be  strictly 
controlled.
OFFICE/STUDIO  AT  THE PIGGERIES, GREAT HOUSE FARM  -  supported, 
ecologically sound as a straw bale construction and in line  with 
the VDS.

RURAL ENGLAND DISCUSSION PAPER - no comment.

QUARRY MATTERS
DP had attended a meeting of the MENDIP QUARRY ADVISORY GROUP  on 
12/03/99.   In  future IDO's will have to have  an  environmental 
assessment  done.   No aggregate tax in the  Budget  because  the 
industry  has  proposed a voluntary code of conduct,  this  means 
that  the money will not go into the public coffers. An SALC  rep 
will   go  to  the  MINERALS  LOCAL  PLAN  meetings.   MPG6   new 
consultation paper is in preparation and it is believed  forcasts 
will be much lower.  Most complaints about noisy lorries was from 
when  the vehicles were empty, when tested for compliance with  the 
noise standard  lorries only consisted of a cab and bare chassis. 
New  standards are being introduced in 2001.  Next meeting  in  6 
months.

REPORTS
MILLENIUM  COMMITTEE - PM.  Projects under  discussion:  Doulting 
stone  seat  to be put on land donated by the  Bell  pub;  street 
party  in  June  2000;  restoring  church  clock;  mugs  for  the 
children; bulb planting.  Beacon Millenium booklet given to PM.

SALC EAST AREA AND EXECUTIVE MEETINGS - JW.  The Mendip Hills JAC 
is AONB orientated.  Community Shop course 26/03.  The future  of 
the Association was discussed as a decision needs to be taken  in 
the  next  year  as  to how the future will  be  faced.   It  was 
suggested  that SALC affiliation fees be halved to encourage  all 
Councils to join.
SALC had discussed the  WS Atkins monopoly on road maintenance.

CORRESPONDENCE
Already circulated - MDC Corporate Services info: CRISP  leaflet: 
Somerset Village Competition: SALC meeting diary: Electoral Role: 
THATCH: SCC Minutes: MDC Air Quality Report.
Circulated  - MDC Parish Council Liaison Meeting Minutes:  Mendip 
in  Bloom  competition:  1999 Annual Housing  Seminar  on  29/03: 
Transport Corridor notes.
Quiz team - non formed.
Community Regeneration in SW info to be given to Rec and Hall.

NEXT MEETING 19 APRIL
              AGM and APM 17 May.









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