MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN LEIGH SCHOOL ON MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 1989. Present were J Davis, A Gould, Mrs H Park, D Pattison, D Yelland and some parishioners. Apologies were received from D Turner and Somerset County Councillor A Merrick. Mr Yelland opened by welcoming Mr R Evans, SCC Minerals Officer, to the meeting. The Minutes of the last meeting had been circulated and were approved & signed. MATTERS ARISING - The Clerk will check if Mr Turner has contacted Mr Underwood of Tarmac Roadstone concerning Whitehole Quarry. The Clerk will retrieve & continue the circulation of the information on Listed Buildings. A check will be made to see if the hedge on the road near Long Cottage has been trimmed. The planning application by LJH for an office extension had been sent back to Mendip. Quarry Liason Committee - Mr Evans asked if members had any preferences for timings of meetings, no preferences were expressed. There are still a lot of details to work out about the meetings but their venue will most probably be Shepton Mallet. HALECOMBE QUARRY - Mr Yelland handed the meeting over to Mr Davis. Concerning the Liason Committee Mr Evans stated that it was not an official SCC body and it would be up to the committee members to decide if the meetings would be open to the public but he had envisaged private meetings with the minutes available to the public. Mr Evans had brought copies of plans H/10/14A & 15A, June 1985 for Halecombe Quarry, they had been approved in September 1985. The area to the south of the haul road had already been planted but Mr Evans believed that the rest of the work of bank construction had not been started. Concern was felt that Wimpey Hobbs appear to be removing a part of a bank already constructed on the South side of the quarry and using it in the construction of the banking in the Soho area. Mr Evans thought that this was in response to the refusal of the recent planning application which was making the Company quarry right up to the boundaries of earlier applications. He further believed that the materials in the settlement lagoons were being dispersed throughout the new banking under construction and that all materials on the North side of the present permission were being removed. He stated that plans showing the limit of permitted quarrying over-ride environmental banking construction plans. The concern of councillors as to the proximity of the quarry edge at Soho was expressed to Mr Evans who stated that the fine details of the position of the quarry edge are not shown on the 1980 plans. Mr Davis asked if a trade off could not be made allowing the Company to quarry right up to the hedge of the land they lease from ARC and therefore not quarry so close to Soho Corner. Mr Evans stated that the Company had permission to go within 100 feet of the perimeter at Soho. Mr Evans said the County Council were looking into altering the criteria for Ground Vibrations and Air Blast, if this happens then it could alter the proximity of quarrying to Soho Corner & perhaps elsewhere. The inability of Mendip District Council to produce a planning application notice of which was published in the local press ammending figures for a Sump at the quarry was brought to Mr Evans's attention. He believed it was concerned with the pumping of water from Phase 1 of the planning permission. While Mr Evans was present the matter of the Proposed Diversion of Footpath FR8/23 at Halecombe Quarry was discussed. A letter from Mr Westcott, County Secretary and Solicitor's Department, had been received in which it was said that as the two statutory objections to the proposed diversion had been withdrawn there would not now be a Local Inquiry by the Department of the Environment. The Clerk had contacted Mr Westcott to enquire into this matter as the PC had not withdrawn their objection to the proposed diversion. According to the information given her because the PC had not written following publication of the Statutory notice their objection was classed as informal. It was felt that objectors other than the PC may have been told that their was no necessity to object again when the Statutory Notice was published and it was agreed to write urging a Public Inquiry as Councillors believe that a Diversion can not and should not be made to this Footpath until the banking is completed and fences are errected so that the exact route of the path can be seen. Before leaving Mr Evans gave details of a Public Meeting to be held in Stoke St Michael on 21 September concerning a planning application by Mr Cullen to use Stoke Lane Quarry for stationing, repairing and servicing lorries. It was agreed that contact would be made with the Chairman of Stoke PC before the meeting and that a representative from Leigh PC would attend the meeting. The Clerk had requested a copy of the plans from MDC and been assured that these would be sent. Mr Evans was thanked by Councillors for giving up his time to attend the meeting. FOOTPATHS & HIGHWAYS - WYVERN WAY. Mr Pattison reported that part of the link route between the north & south route of the Wyvern way had been walked, signs errected where appropriate and a note made of work needing to be done. It was agreed to walk the section along by the River Mells on 17 September at 10 am and to contact Mells PC to inform them about the proposal put forward by Mr Davis and to say that the PC would walk the section in their parish. Mr Pattison had been asked to contribute information about Leigh to the booklet to be published about the walk. A schedule of work will be produced for the path. Mr Davis said that Mr Griffiths, Footpath Inspector, had walked the section on land belonging to Whitehole Farm and is pursuing the matter of re-instating the footpath. Mr Bott will be written to to inform him that the Parish wishes to join the footpath maintenance grant scheme. PLANNING APPLICATIONS - An application to modernise & extend Tweed Farm was circulated. Mr Moore, Treasurer of the Recreation Field Management Committee, presented a report on their behalf. A copy of the accounts will be given to the PC for 1988-89. Income Approx £170 from Football Club £90 from Cricket Club £250 Grant from PC £510 Expenditure £633 (included work in progress.) Expenditure had been mainly on swings although a BBQ site had been made and the benches around the field re-instated and a window through which robbers had gained access had been bricked up. The Cricket Club, who contributed greatly to the maintenance of the environs of the Field, had been requested to review their monetary donation as it had remained static since 1981. The RFMC in conjunction with Leigh & Downhead Sports & Social Club were hoping to complete their joint venture concerning the internal security of the Club house by the end of the calendar year. The possibility of an alarm system was being investigated but it must be feasible and cost justified. The Committee had resources in the bank but felt that they had little room for manoeuvre. They were enthusiastic in their desire to continue to administer the parish's asset with a new or a reaffirmed mandate from the PC if it was so wished. Mr Yelland thanked Mr Moore for his report and was pleased to hear of the committee's enthusiasm. It was agreed that the matter of the RFMC lease would be discussed in detail at another PC meeting. MENDIP COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICES - A request for monetary help had been received. Mr Yelland pointed out that Leigh already contributed to the service through the payment of rates to Mendip District Council. Councillors agreed that the Parish Council would be able to contribute only a very small amount to the amount needed and felt unable to grant any money although the Clerk was requested to write asking to be kept informed of their activities. Signatures of new Councillors were requested to allow the bank account to be ammended. NEWSLETTER - A letter containing information about new Councillors, Halecombe Quarry, Footpaths, Grants made and requests refused, Scheme for Rural Housing and the date of an inaugural meeting with Pc Gregor concerning setting up a Neighbourhood Watch will be produced. CORRESPONDENCE - A letter had been received from Nat West bank to the effect that if the PC wanted their vouchers returned in future a charge of £1.50 would be made. The Clerk had checked with the auditors and as the return of vouchers was necessary she had informed the bank. A copy of B Tel Environmental Fund criteria will be given to the Hall committee. A Parish Emergency Committee Advisor was needed for Leigh volunteers will be requested through the medium of the Newsletter. The Annual Report of the Community Council for Somerset was available. Information on the Wessex Housing Scheme - housing for local people in rural areas at low cost had been received. It was agreed that is was necessary to ascertain need first. This will be done. MATTER FOR NEXT MEETING RFMC Lease. NEXT MEETING - 23 October, 7.30 in Leigh School.
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