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. jal190399.
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