MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE MEMORIAL HALL ON MONDAY 17 APRIL 1989 Present were J Davis, A Gould, G Lee and D Yelland, Chairman, and some parishioners. Apologies had been received from B Chubb, P Rooke and D Turner. Minutes of the last Meeting had been circulated. In item (9) 'Memorial Hall Committee' was deleted. The Minutes were adopted and signed. Concern was felt by the PC that a site meeting had been held by MDC Planning Committee at Tweed Farm to discuss a recent planning application and the Parish Council had not been informed. The Clerk will write querrying this. FINANCE Mower - a grant had been applied for by the PC to purchase a mower to be used primarily in the churchyard. Verbal notification had been given that £250 had been granted and the Church Warden having taken advice from the person who maintained the grass in the churchyard had purchased a hand mower costing £259.99. As the mower was the property of the PC all the Councillors felt it could be used by other village concerns who maintained land owned by the PC. Watch the Box - A cheque had been received by the Parish Clerk from British Telecom as payment for the first quarter of the Watch the Box Scheme, it was agreed to pass this on the Mrs Lee with thanks. Youth Club Grant - A letter had been received from Mr Mattick concerning the payment of £100 grant agreed by the PC on 18/07/88 (page 173 Minute Book). Despite requests the Councillors had not yet been supplied with the specific details of what the money would be used for as they had requested. It was agreed that Mr Yelland would contact Mr Mattick in person. SALC Subscription - This was due but the exact details were not to hand. Mr Yelland proposed and Mr Gould seconded a motion to pay the subscription if it was not in excess of £60, all agreed. Rent for Hire of Hall - Payment of the £10 rental charge was proposed by Mr Davis and seconded by Mr Gould. DETAILS OF THE AGM AND ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - it was agreed to hold the AGM on 15 May at 7.30 and the Annual Parish Meeting at 8.00 in the Hall. The Memorial Hall and Rec Field Management Committee will be asked to make reports. Comments will be invited from others on village life. The Hall Committee will be asked to provide refreshments. PLANNING APPLICATIONS - MANOR FARM Concern was expressed by Councillors at the finish on the three houses nearing completion the Conditions of approval had been consulted and it was felt unfortunate that MDC had approved the use of rendering despite Parish Council objections. An application to construct 5 large houses on the rest of the plot had been received. The plans made provision for a car parking area for the Rec field users behind the houses. It was agreed that: 1) Ownership and right of access for the parking needed to be established - the Parish Council are the landlords of the Social Club. 2) Who will maintain the Right of Way along the Farm access which will be traversed by people parking at the rear of the properties. 3) Once again it was strongly reiterated that these were not the type of homes that the village needed to have built in its environs. Smaller houses were needed. It was suggested that perhaps the 2 detatched houses nearest to the Social Club could be made into a terrace of 3 2 bedroomed properties. 4) Concern was felt for the proximity of the nearest house to the Playing Field and it was felt that measures ought to be taken to protect windows and gardens from enthusiastic sportsmen. 5) Strong objections were made by Councillors to the use of stone and render. They would like to see the use of natural stone or, if necessary reconstituted stone. HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS Mr Yelland offered to investigate the placing of stones on the highway around "Greenways". Perhaps the Council could be approached to make a footpath in front of the two houses. A request had been received from the County Council to display notices concerning the diversion of the footpath FR8/23 at Halecombe Quarry. This will be done and another letter listing the objections of the Parish Council will be sent. Complaints have been received concerning the passage of lorries through the village street early in the morning. A letter will be sent to Mr R Lambert of Stoke St Michael who had been identified as one of those driving through the village with a copy to Mr Grazier of Wimpey Hobbs. A letter concerning the PARISH PATH MAINTENANCE SCHEME had been received from SSC. Grants will be made to PC's of £100 if less than 15 miles of footpaths within the Parish and £120 for over 15 miles to cover out-of-pocket expenses incurred in conjunction with the voluntary effort of clearing surface growth from footpaths. Mr Yelland proposed joining the scheme and Mr Gould seconded the motion. HALECOMBE QUARRY - Mr Davis took the chair. Mr Davis reported on the site meeting he had attended prior to SCC open meeting in the Hall. A coach will leave the Bell Inn at 9.30 am on 19 April for Taunton for those interested in attending the Minerals Panel and then the Planning Committee meetings of the County Council. It was agreed to investigate whether it was possible to consult a local government omnbudsman as the PC felt that access to information about this planning application had been difficult to come by. Mr Yelland resumed the chair. CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED A leaflet entitled YOU AND THE COMMUNITY CHARGE was available. Information on the BUS PASS SCHEME was to hand. An invitation had been received for the Chairman to attend a discussion day on the effects of quarrying in the Mendips on May 2 from the COUNCIL FOR THE PROTECTION OF RURAL ENGLAND. Information on grants from the BRIDGET PARKER OLYNPIC COMEMORATIVE TRUST had been received by the Parish Council. Information on the MENDIP COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE was available from the Clerk. Details of SLCC ANNUAL CONFERENCE had been received. April 22-29 has been designated ENVIRONMENT WEEK by MDC concern was expressed on the dumping of rubbish on roadsides around the Parish and it was agreed to approach the Youth Club to see if they would be interested in helping to tidy up the village. Especially in the regions of Whitehole Hill, Lime Kiln Lane and Barns Close. Also a prize of £27 will be offered to an individual or group putting forward the best idea that would benefit the village. The next meeting will be the AGM and Annual Parish Meeting on 15 May.
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