MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 1990 IN THE SCHOOL. Parish Councillors in attendance were J Davis, Mrs H Park, D Pattison, D Turner and D Yelland. Mr Yelland opened the meeting by welcoming parishioners, Mr Grand headmaster of Leigh School, and Mr Merrick. The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted. MATTERS ARISING-Halecombe Quarry Appeal had been cancelled. Mr Turner had contacted Mr Dyer concerning the Chapel War Memorial. Mr Gould arrived. COUNCILLORS PERCEPTION FOR FUTURE OF THE VILLAGE. Mr Turner had suggested discussion of this matter as he felt that an over-all strategy should be thought out for the village by the residents rather than wait for bureaucrats to designate lines of expansion. Mr Turner felt that the open field at Spark's Farm ought to be retained as an open space & suggested that it would make a good site for a recreation field. He appreciated that a lot of work had gone into the present Recreation Field but wondered at the possibility of making this more central location into a sports field. Mr Davis drew attention to the fact that the PC had had an application for Low-cost Housing and this could be situated outside the existing village line, he felt that the central location of the Spark's Farm Field & the removal of its double layer of protection had made it vulnerable. From the floor Mr Lee (Chairman of the RFMC) expressed his opposition to re-siting the Rec Field which had been a gift to the village. Mr Turner suggested that the Parish own both fields & that the Spark's Farm Field became a village green. After discussion on future housing development being allowed perhaps to the North of the Spark's Farm Field it was agreed that Mr Yelland would approach ARC, the landowner, informally. (ACTION DY) RECREATION FIELD GRANT APPLICATION Quotations from two builders for emergency repair work at the Club House had been circulated to Councillors. Although the quotations were not for exactly the same work it was agreed by Councillors that short-term repairs were vital. Mr Lee said that the RFMC had £1055 and were prepared to spend £500 on repairs. He said that MDC had no grants available at present, and that he planned to apply to B Tel and the Playing Fields Assoc for financial help. It was also suggested that media appeals be approached. If the PC manage work VAT may be able to be reclaimed. The setting aside of £800 as a grant was porposed by D Turner and agreed upon by all Councillors. EDUCATION Mr Davis had expressed concern about proposed cuts in education & asked Mr Merrick to elucidate. Mr Merrick said that the 1991-92 Education Budget had been increased but cuts would be needed in non-statutory provisions like Rising Fives; School Meals; Future of Outdoor Centres and Special Education Needs in Primary Schools. SCC was a high spending Education Authority because of its policy of retaining village schools. Rising Fives - by removing them from staffing costs about £1,000000 could be saved. Mr Merrick believed that Head teachers would be given a range of options & could possibly be flexible as to their interpretation of the problem. School Meals - If school meals were cut provision for those currently entitled to free meals would need to be made. Mr Grand said that in effect a capitation cut for Rising Fives was proposed. He expressed his concern at the cuts proposed in Special Needs Provision - Co-operation Among Small Schools shares instruments etc and CLUSTER the sharing of a Special Needs advisor were very important to small schools as if children with special needs could be caught young then savings can be made later. His priorities were Special Needs & Rising Fives. Mrs Dixon (Chairman of the School Governors) expressed her committee's concern at the removal of the Special Needs provision, she felt that school meals were not such a big issue but was worried at the removal of Charterhouse facility which had been priced out of Leigh School's range. The Governors had written about these factors. It was agreed to write to SCC supporting Mr Grand & the Governors & stating that if cuts had to be made priority ought to be given to retaining Special Needs and Rising Fives provisions.(CLERK after 20/11 meeting) HALECOMBE QUARRY The Planning Appeal had been cancelled. A letter from Mr Grazier on 12 October 1990 stated that the plan to install the new primary crusher was proceeding as scheduled. From the floor Mr Dixon congratulated the PC on their firm stand against the first planning application by WH. TORR WORKS Noise from the quarry had been obtrusive recently. Mr Merrick had talked to Mr Evans who was planning to do noise tests at night. It was agreed to write to Envir Health (copy to RE) noting and complaining about the increase in noise believed to be from the loading shovels. (CLERK) WHATLEY SCC had requested more information. Mr Merrick said that a Public Meeting would be held when all information was known. If SCC do not determine by 21 November ARC can appeal to the DOE on non-determination grounds. It was agreed to postpone the PC's response until after the public meeting. STOKE LANE QUARRY Mr Merrick said that the owner intended to quarry 1/4million tonnes of stone in 5 years unless the County would pay him compensation not to do so. The County Surveyor was looking at the possibility of weight restrictions but could not make it that the owner of the site was denied access to it. Mr Turner asked if the NRA knew of the proposal as the water course at St Dunstan's Well might be affected. Concern was expressed that the reopening of the quarry set a precedent for others with old minerals consents. It was agreed to write expressing concern that the re-openeing of the quarry could affect the roads of Leigh. (ACTION CLERK) Mr Merrick reported on a meeting between the Police, ARC, Stoke Lane Quarry, Great Elm & Whatley PC's about ROADS. It was decided to propose that for an experimental period weight restrictions would be put on West Bound traffic between Murtry Cross Roads and Hapsford and the results on communities and traffic patterns would be measured. Further restrictions for East Bound traffic from Whatley Cross Roads would be considered. Local residents and SCC Planning and Consents committee would have to approve. The PC said that if restrictions were made through Chantry they would like to be consulted. SOMERSET STRUCTURE PLAN 2ND ALTERATION A pre-meeting was to be held on 20 Nov. Leigh was a participant on Matters 4 & 5 and a rep needed to attend. Details of a Glastonbury office for the MINERALS Teamwere available. INTER-VILLAGE QUIZ - A request for the payment of the £12 entry fee had been made. Mr Pattison proposed payment, Mr Turner seconded - all agreed. NALC APPEAL - Three quarters of a million pounds needed to be raised to provide a permanent endowment. It was suggested that each PC give 0.5% of their annual spending for three years. In Leigh's case that would be £9 pa. Mr Yelland proposed a one off payment of £25, Mr Pattison seconded all agreed. The SCOUT APPEAL was deferred. CLERK'S SALARY - Expenses of £59.11 & salary of £190 were claimed up to the end of September. Mr Turner proposed payment, Mr Pattison seconded, all agreed. PRECEPT agended for next meeting but it was noted a provision for Parish & perhaps District elections should be included. ROADS - Sign at waterworks still not replaced. Flooding at Barns Close and verges needed attention. (CLERK) Mr Gould offered to remove a boulder on Whitehole Hill. CORRESPONDENCE Burial Grant details would be sent off. The opening hours of the Shop & PO were to be altered to: Post Office 9 to 12 Monday to Friday & Shop 9 to 1 Monday to Friday. Thanks would be sent to Mr Godfrey for the notification regretting the need for the action and specifically expressing concern at the lack of Saturday opening and asking for him to reconsider this. (CLERK) A letter from Mrs Turner asking that meetings not be made to coincide with those of the WI was read out and her request for news about PC meetings to be put in the Parish magazine was considered. To date this had been only done occasionally as meetings and publication deadlines rarely coincided. ITEMS FOR NEXT AGENDA - Scout Appeal, Report on SALC Meeting by DP. DATE OF NEXT MEETING - 3 December in the School.
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