MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE MEMORIAL HALL ON WEDNESDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 1988. Present were J Davis, A Gould, G Lee, D Turner and D Yelland who took the Chair. Also present were 6 Parishionners. Apologies were received from B Chubb and P Rooke. The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted & signed. MATTERS ARISING: The light in Park Hayes was still being investigated. The Leigh Under 5's Group had decided not to purchase the 'Rocking boat', it was agreed that they could use the Parish Council grant when they needed to without reference to a full meeting. The road between Long Cottage & Towns End had been repaired as had the spring near Tadhill Farm however the ditch at Blackers Lane still needed attention - the Clerk will advise the County Surveyor. FINANCE: a) The payment of the Audit Fee of £28.75 was agreed. b) A request from the Bridget Parker Olympic Appeal was discussed but no grant was made. c) Grant requests from the Memorial Hall, Recreation Field and the Parochial Church Council had been received. The PCC asked for the payment of MDC Burial Grant & a top up for general maintenance & repairs. The Hall requested £200 to cover the estimated cost of installing 2 fire resistant doors. The Rec Field gave details of an estimated £3,000 of expenditure that would be necessary in the next few years & asked for any assistance possible. It was decided that if the PC reserves were to be kept at their April 1988 level there would be approximately £500 available for grants to village institutions. The PCC request was then considered and the Chairman stated that a grant had been applied for from MDC for the purchase of a new mower for the church yard. He explained that although the church was the current Burial Authority this could and probably would be transfered to the PC therefore if the PC could help to supply equipment for maintenance prior to this eventuality this would benefit all concerned. Given the uncertain nature of this application it was agreed to pass on the MDC grant of £67 and note that when the question of the mower was resolved a further suitable application would be considered as appropriate. The Hall & Field applications were considered at length & in particular the relative abilities of the two organisations to generate their own income.Due to the Fields inability to raise money from rents it was proposed to grant the Field £250 and the Hall £200. Proposer J Davis, seconded by G Lee & carried unanimously. d) Precept - This was discussed as an open item with those members of the public present. It was noted that the open meeting in April had indicated a wish by those present for greater support for the Hall & Field from the Parish Rate. The Agenda for the current meeting had advertised the question of raising the Rates for these institutions & there were no objections from those present however it was generally agreed by the Councillors that any increase should not raise our anticipated Rate above that of surrounding villages. After much discussion it was agreed to set the Precept at £1600, an increase of £250 on the previous year (NB inclusive of election costs). It was noted that general expenses were expected to remain at their current level therefore the additional money would be available for grants within the village. HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS: Mr Gould had to leave at this point. The Chairman displayed some leaflets obtained by the Clerk while on a Training Day, he also gave details of a letter received concerning FR8/23. It was decided to write to the appropriate authorities confirming that the section parallel with the road between Soho Crossroads & the quarry entrance was unwalkable & that the conditon of the layby at the conjunction of the footpath & the road was unsuitable. It was also agreed to express concern with reference to the precedence set if a landowner was allowed to destroy a footpath without penalty. Continued flooding on Vobster Road near Barn Close was a problem & although informed by the Clerk of the surface water on the road below Knapp Hill Farm no action had yet been taken - the Clerk will be asked to write to SCC. HALECOMBE QUARRY: Messrs Lee & Yelland declared an 'interest' & Mr Davis took the Chair. He reported that Mr Grazier had urgently requested a meeting of the Liason Committee but his personal attempts to contact Mr Grazier had been in vain. It was noted that the Clerk had been advised by Mendip that the PC was unlikely to receive any ammmended plans before the meeting on the 13 December when they hoped that the matter would be considered by the Planning Committee. Information from SCC led us to believe that this was not the case. It was agreed to write to SCC and Wimpey Hobbs to ascertain what exactly the current position was. Mr Yelland resumed the Chair. PLANNING APPLICATIONS: None had been received. A brief discussion of Torr Works was held when Mr Turner reported on a visit he had made. It was agreed that he would pursue the possibility of other visits by interested persons. CORRESPONDENCE: Soc of Local Council Clerks Annual Meeting is to be held on 3 December. There will be a chance for the discussion of problems concerning dogs. The Clerk will be asked to raise the problems of stray dogs & dustbins, excrement & sheep worrying. Information on SALC was passed to D Turner who asked if any other Councillor could attend the December 1 meeting as he was unable to do so. The next meeting was to be on Monday, January 9 1989 in the School. The Meeting closed.
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