MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP ANNUAL PARISH MEETING HELD ON FRIDAY 10 MAY 1991 IN THE MEMORIAL HALL. Councillors present were J Davis, R Dixon, A Gould, Mrs H Park, D Pattison & D Yelland. Apologies were accepted from D Turner. Mr Yelland welcomed Parishioners on behalf of the Parish Council. The last Annual Parish Meeting Minutes had been circulated. Mr Yelland expressed disappointment that no representative from the Recreation Field Management Committee was present to make a report. He asked Mr Gould about the work to the Club House partially funded by the PC. Although Mr Gould had not seen the final job he understood that the Committee were happy with it. It was suggested from the floor that the RFMC apply to MDC for a grant, the PC had also suggested this on the 22 October 1990. A report was presented by Mr Featherstone, Chairman of the Memorial Hall Committee. The committee's aims were for the Hall to survive as a village assett. In the short term they hoped to improve the toilets and windows & upgrade the outside: in the long term they would like to extend to provide a small meeting room & storage area & to replace the asbestos roof. Of the Halls income 33% came from the Under 5's, 33% from others & 34% from new regular users, the aim was for regular income & outgoings to balance. From 1/10/89 to 30/9/90 Income had exceeded outgoings by about £290 & reserves stood at about £4500. Fund Raising had generated £3159 & thanks were expressed to all concerned. Mr Featherstone was questioned as to the need for new toilets - he stated that this was due to the inadequate 'fall' of the existing drains. The use of the Hall for PC meetings was raised, it was agreed to review this at the next PC meeting. Mr Yelland thanked Mr Featherstone & congratulated him & his Committee for their work. He questioned the rent charged but was told this was in line with advice from the Village Hall Advisory Service however the Committee were always ready to discuss the matter with regular village clubs. Favourable comments on the facilities had been passed by Mendip DC officials attending the recent elections. Mr R Dixon, Chairman of the Leigh Hale Combe Residents Association reported that his group, whose membership is confined to residents round Halecombe Quarry, had been involved in opposition to Halecombe, Whatley & Merehead Quarries expansion plans. They had liaised with environmental groups & the County & District Councils. On behalf of the Residents Group he congratulated the PC on their work on the quarry plans. Mr D Yelland reported as Chairman of the Parish Council. He personally thanked all his fellow councillors for their work as PC reps & in particular Mr Davis for all his work concerning quarries & Mr Pattison for his representation work. He commented on the exceptional participation of residents at the PC meetings and thanked Mr Merrick, SC Councillor, for his attendance at so many meetings. The PC had heard from Mr Townend of SALC about quarry matters, Mr Langridge from SCC on roads & Mr Cox from Shire Counties Housing on Village Homes within the last year. He felt that the most important function of the PC was Planning, to make observations and try to achieve improvements that would benefit the village. With regard to Halecombe Quarry of the 6 major observations made by the PC progress had been made on 2. In his view the Bulls Green Link could have considerable environmental costs for the Parish & bring it no benefit. On other matters he felt that he & his colleagues were very frustrated at the seeming inconsistencies in MDC's planning policy. Of the general complaints made about roads & footpaths some had brought a swift response & some not. He did not think L-O-M had a specific impact of the County Council's Education Policy but at least Mr Merrick had heard what they had to say. It was felt that the PC could not have prevented the closure of the Post Office & Shop but he urged villagers to use the new PO. FINANCE - the year had started with reserves of £1500 and ended with double that. The Precept was set about 6 months before the new financial year & allowances had been made for election expenses. Of the PC's income he drew attention to the money that passed through the PC's accounts:- the Watch-the-Box Scheme to combat vadalism, for the past 2 years Mrs Lee had looked after the box. A grant from the B T Environmental fund had been paid via the PC to the Hall. The Burial Grant was an annual amount paid through the PC to the Church. In the last year no grant had been made to the Hall therefore expenditure had been lower than expected. No grant had been passed on to the Church who were waiting until their position with regard to proposed death watch beetle treatment had been finalised. The Precept for this financial year had been kept at the same level as it was felt that Election costs could be absorbed. Reserves of £1800 to £2000 were anticipated at the end of next year. 31% of PC money went on administration,postage etc 48% was recycled within the village 2% went on external appeals. Mr Yelland was questioned from the floor as to why he 'stood down' as Chairman when quarry matters were discussed. He replied that this was his personal choice as he did not want allegations of bias to be made against him. However on quarry matters he was always pleased to advise fellow councillors for the benefit of the village. AOB Mr Merrick told Councillors that he had ascertained that the Restoration Bond spoken of in relation to Halecombe's Planning Application was Index Linked. There being no further buisiness the meeting was declared closed & parishioners were invited to partake of refreshments. 21/05/91 jal.
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