LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 21 MAY 1990 IN THE SCHOOL Present were Councillors, J Davis, A Gould, Mrs H Park, D Pattison, and D Yelland(Chairman). Also in attendance were Mr A Merrick (County Councillor) and some parishioners. Apologies had been received from D Turner and the Clerk. The Minutes of the meeting of the 15 March were accepted. The ommission of Halecombe Quarry from the Agenda was drawn attention to, this was due to the fact that the matter would be debated the next evening at an Open Meeting called by Somerset County Council, probably at the Annual Parish Open Meeting on June 4 and in due course at a Parish Council Meeting. A member of the public wanted to know why the meeting of the Halecombe Quarry Liason Committee had been cancelled. The Parish Councillors had been unable to provide any representatives due to other commitments. Mr Yelland asked Mrs Featherstone, an employee of Wimpey Hobbs, to convey the PC's apologies to the company. It was not known when objections to the Wimpey Hobbs Planning Application had to be in by. PLANNING Permission had been granted for 2 semis at the corner of Park Hayes, once again the Parish Council's concerns about overdevelopment and the use of building materials had been ignored. An application for GREAT HOUSE FARM had been received and the plans were put on display. Mr Yelland said that the proposal was lacking in detail but was essentially for a change of use to offices for the ground floor of the house and the use of the barns as workshops by Keyford Frames. It was agreed that more employment was needed in the village but concern was voiced about working hours, vehicle movements, the fact that the Dutch Barn had been errected for Agricultural purposes originally and what would happen if Keyford Frames sold out in the future. It was felt that alternative uses for the property could be the site of an intensive farm or the outbuildings be converted into residential property. Attention was drawn to the lack of mention of the properties listed building status, and the lack of detail on the recladding aspect of the application. From the floor concern was expressed over the new access, was it a second or alternative access? Also the exact meaning of 'light industrial' use was not elucidated. If pressing work was involved it could be noisy and if plating was involved what about the local water, were sewage disposal facilities adequate? Mr Yelland agreed to see if he could visit the firms existing premises and then draft a letter to MDC. (Action DY) FINANCE The payment of the subscription to SALC was proposed by J Davis, seconded by Mrs Park and agreed although the need for a second copy of the magazine was questioned. (Action Clerk) STREET CLEANING Information had been given to Councillors concerning the availability of grants to clean the village streets. The amount of the grant was based on the number of residents of the village and the work could either be sub-contracted back to MDC or someone could be employed by the PC. It was agreed to advertise for someone via the Parish Magazine, Post Office and Notice Boards offering £3 per hour. (Action Clerk) CORRESPONDENCE A letter had been received from LUMP (Leigh upon Mendip Players) requesting a grant towards the cost of buying a piano to be kept in the Village Hall. (Messrs Gould and Pattison declared an interest.) It was thought that £100 to £120 would be needed and some of the purchase price/insurance cost would be recouped by hiring the instrument out for functions. Mr Yelland suggested that the possibility of Arts Grants be investigated & the matter was deferred. (Action Clerk) TORR WORKS - in response to a letter from the PC expressing concern at the dropping of the 'in perpetuity' clause from the Planning permission and substituting 'in 10 years' a reply had been received from Lt Cdr Ingram, Chairman of the Environment Committee. This stated that the granting of quarrying permission at the end of this period on the buffer zone would not be automatic. The diapproval of the Councillors to the substitution was registered. HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE - more information on the reorganisation of the area had been received. Mr Davis drew attention to the fact that the missing sign at the waterworks had still not been errected. It was suggested that it would help residents if warning of work to be carried out on, for example pavements could be given. A parishioner stated that the tarmacing in Bellfield was unfinished. It was agreed that the Clerk would be asked to progress this. (Action Clerk) MIDSHIRES HOUSING LTD letter concerning housing for local people was read. It was agreed that no evidence of need had been forthcoming despite two requests in the Parish Newsletter. GROUNDS MAINTENANCE information letter was passed to Mr Lee. SCC NEWSLETTER - Mr Yelland gave a resume of its contents. WATCH THE BOX - cheque for £5 and information on grants was to hand. The Clerk will circulate details to the RFMC, Hall & Under 5's. (Action Clerk) BURIAL GRANT of £69 had been received. It was agreed to pay the INSURANCE PREMIUM of £30. Notification of an SALC MEETING on June 5 was to hand. It was hoped Mr Turner could attend. SALC had sent information on a Code Of Conduct & the Charity Newsletter which will be circulated. It was agreed not to contribute to the retirement gift. Details on Rural Transport Grants were available and Salaries & Conditions will be discussed at the next meeting. SCC MINUTES would be circulated. Mr Merrick drew Councillors attention to a SCC meeting in Leigh Memorial Hall on June 12 at 7pm to discuss Quarry Routes. A report on the traffic census will be given and the proposals for road development will be described. The meeting on May 22 on HALECOMBE QUARRY was mainly to clarify the application. Mr Merrick agreed that at that meeting he would confirm that a second meeting would be held on this subject. He said that the matter would be discussed by SCC's full Planning Committee on 29 August 1990. Mr Merrick wanted to know if the roads issue would be raised at the Annual Parish Meeting. Attention was drawn by a parishioner to the movement of a convoy of empty lorries through the village early that morning. They had been told that the problem came not from Hobbs but from ECC/Stone Supplies going to Vobster which had now stopped. The date of the next meeting would be decided later, it was agreed to include the grant to LUMP and Halecombe on the Agenda. The Meeting closed.
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