MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10 1990 IN THE SCHOOL. Present were Parish Councillors J Davis, Mrs H Park, D Pattison and D Turner. Mr Davis took the chair and welcomed Mr Merrick and Mr Townend as well as parishioners. Apologies were received from P Rooke and D Yelland. MATTERS ARISING Mr Able, Sparks Farm, had been approached re the locked gate on the footpath. He had expressed his willingness to install a stile if one was available. Mr Davis had a stile and would arrange. Manor Farm - the land was now the property of Melhuish and Saunders & they would have to be contacted about the car park. The Clerk was awaiting Mrs Anderson's 'diary' to forward to SCC in connection with an extension of the speed limit. PLANNING A copy of the decisions made by MDC on the Frome Local Plan Enquiry had been sent. Councillors again expressed their concern over the removal of the 'double layer' of protection on the field at Sparks Farm - its classification as an 'amenity open space' had been removed. It was decided to write to MDC expressing disquite as the retention of the field as an open space was strongly felt to be neccesary to maintain the ambience of the village. (Action Clerk) Street Naming - the designation of the 3 houses at Ducks as 'Oak Leaf Court, Townsend' was agreed by the PC. Notification of an appeal by LJH was to hand. The Clerk had obtained a copy of MDC's representation. The PC fully supported this and a letter will be written accordingly. A representative will be sent. (Action Clerk) ROADS & FOOTPATHS Mr Turner had spoken to the residents at Pitten House concerning the blocking and the signing of the footpath. Information on the 'link' path between the North & South Wyvern Ways was needed for the booklet. Mr Pattison offered to supply this. (Action DP) The Clerk had pursued a complaint into the state of the footpath outside the new houses at Manor Farm. A representative of Melhuish & Saunders had stated that the footpath will be repaired soon when one of the driveways is laid. A request had been made by the Hall Committee that MDC cut the borders of the carpark. (Action Clerk) Weight Restriction for Leigh Street - Mr Merrick had spoken to Mr Longridge at County Hall who had offered to send an officer to speak to Councillors on this. It will be arranged.(Action Clerk) Traffic Signs - signing for Halecombe Quarry had been discussed at a Halecombe Liason meeting. Mr Merrick had made the suggestion to sign the quarry at Long Cross, Mary's Grave & Park Corner in the hope it might stop the movement of HGV through the village. Mr Turner felt that this was a return to the old idea of recommended quarry routes and questioned its acceptability. The question of how far back the signs would have to go was discussed and Mr Pattison pointed out that non of the proposed signs were in the Parish. It was agreed to discuss this with the SCC official. QUARRIES Whatley - this planning application is unlikely to be discussed until next year so the matter was deferred. Torr Works - an application to alter the banking at Tunscombe Lane, where it will go across the bottom of the lane, and to deepen the permitted mining level on 36 hectares to 147m had been received. While Councillors agreed with Mr Davis that the landscaping proposals were an improvement and ought to be supported concern was felt that it and the deepening application were joined. It was agreed to write supporting the landscape proposal but stating the PC's objection to the deepening proposal and urging that the deepening proposal be the subject of a seperate planning application. (Action Clerk) Mr A Gould arrived. Halecombe Mr Merrick told Councillors that SCC had received a letter from the DOE that day telling them that they must not discuss the Halecombe Planning Appication until given permission to do so by the Sec of State. He conjectured that this was due to the requests to 'call in' the 3 current planing applications. A discussion took place on the officers report made to the County Councillors in which approval was recommended with the proviso of a legal agreement being entered into. As this could take time to work out the report had been altered to say that night-time working of the Primary Crusher must cease from April 30 1991 not January 31 1991. Concern was expressed by Councillors that with current reports in the financial press on the state of profits made by Wimpey money might not be available for any capital spending. It was suggested from the floor that the PC ought to write to Mr Grazier reminding him of his promise at the Liaison Meeting in April 1990 that a new primary crusher would be unconditionally installed within 12 months & request the date when this would happen. (Action Clerk) On questioning from the floor Mr Merrick expressed his support for the WH Planning Application. He also said that he believed that the money for the link would be subject to a legal agreement. Concern was expressed by Mr Pattison on the lack of restoration details in the officers report. Mr Merrick said that as it was not known if Halecombe would be a wet or dry quarry restoration details could not be included. He felt this matter would have been addressed if the CC had been able to discuss the matter on the 11 September. FINANCE A cheque for £576.54p from MDC had been received as the balance of the PC accounts at 31 March 1990. This was due to the introduction of the Community Charge which no longer allows the DC to retain any balance between the amount of intended precept & the estimated penny rate product to offset against the next years penny rate calculation. It had been put in the current account. Recreation Field Mr Lee told councillors how he had shown Mr Yelland the Pavillion at the field which is in a bad state of repair. The roof leaks, the ceiling is coming down, 2 toilets need replacing and guttering and window sills need attention. The RFMC were appealing to the PC for financial help. A report from Mr Yelland was read out. Mr Pattison suggested that repairs be categorised as those that were essential and immediate, ie the roof, and others. The PC agreed to help financially and it was suggested that Mr Lee obtain two estimates to put before them. The payment of the Audit Fee was agreed. The Clerk will pursue the possibility of a triennial audit. (Action Clerk) A request for financial help had been received from the Piper Lifeline Appeal Mr Pattison proposed payment of £15, Mr Turner seconded & all agreed, a cheque was made out. It was decided to seek more information about the appeal by the CVS for help towards minibus costs. (Action Clerk) Payment of £5 for the Watch the Box scheme had been banked & a cheque was made out to Mrs Lee & given to her husband. Mr Turner will discuss with local medical practitioners the documents to hand on the Establishment of Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust. CORRESPONDENCE Request by NRA for flood information was not applicable to this area. Information from ARK Play Services Ltd re costs for maintaining play sites will be given to Mr Lee (RFMC). A letter from the Memorial Hall Committee requesting a letter from the PC stating their willingness to act as Project Manager had been received. The Clerk will deal with it. (Action Clerk) It was agreed that if a request was received asking the PC to pay the entrance fee for the teams in the inter-village quiz it would be viewed with sympathy. Details of Training Courses for PC Clerks had been received. Considering the size of the parishes precept JL felt that £112 + VAT was excessive. She was asked to pursue the cost of being a non resident participator. (Action Clerk) At the next meeting the Village Future, Village Housing, Weight Restrictions, Signing for the Quarry, Whatley Quarry, & the Inter Village Quiz will be put on the agenda. The next meeting will be on Monday 22 October 1990 in the School. 17 September 1990.
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