MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 19 NOVEMBER 1991 IN LEIGH SCHOOL Councillors present were J Davis, R Dixon, Mrs H Park, D Pattison, D Turner and D Yelland. Apologies had been received from A Merrick. The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted as a true record & signed. MATTERS ARISING Bulls Green Link - Mr Merrick was tabling a motion as SCC insisting that an Environmental Assessment was done. The PC were told that the County Officer had misrepresented their views at Mr Boscawen's Mendip Quarry Advisory Group Meeting on 14 November saying L-O-M PC had no objection to the road. A letter refuting this had already been sent to each member of SCC Environment Committee, it was decided to send copies to: Asham & East Mendip Group, CPRE, MDC,Mendip Society, SALC, Cllrs Hewett, Caywood, Townend & Maggs, & Heathcot Amory. (A Gould arrived during this item). CLERK WHATLEY QUARRY DP WYVERN WAY Mr Merrick had spoken to Jim Docherty, CC Rights of Way Officer, who with the help of David Wright from Frome College who has produced a leaflet, is resurrecting the project. CHURCHYARD the Clerk will pursue with MDC closure procedure.CLERK RFMC the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting will take place at 8pm. PLANNING a letter expressing concern over the pond will be sent to NRA. CLERK The Minute Book had been returned to the Clerk. HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY Messrs Dixon & Pattison had attended the Review of Low Cost Housing Meeting at MDC. A draft of the Housing Survey Form had been submitted to Lynda Peacock & was discussed by Councillors who suggested ammendments. RD & DP PLANNING The matter of the siting of the PC Noticeboard will be raised with the British Legion. Offers for the local flats had been made to locals or their dependants. RD DP had raised the matter of PC's handling of Planning Applications with Mr Watson at MDC. By law the reaction of PC's must be determined at a meeting. It was agreed that the response time of 14 days made this difficult & it was agreed to write to MDC asking for more time. It was agreed that this PC could reply within 3 days after a meeting. CLERK ROSE COTTAGE although the PC had no objections it was agreed that the neighbours ought to be consulted. DP SAWMILL COTTAGE Mr Yelland declared an interest & temporarily left. No objections were raised but it was suggested that if the render were to be removed at some time in the future the new building ought to be compatible with the old. CLERK Notification of Outline Planning Permission for Fox Hollow, Land at Leigh Street, Land adjacent to 20 Park Hayes, and Sparks Farm had been received. SALC MEETING REPORT D Pattison - Planning Applications had already been discussed. Mr L Kimberely, MDC officer responsible for this area will be invited to attend a PC meeting. CLERK A Training Course had been held on 28 October. The Country Work Initiative Fund which gives grants to local initiatives generating employment might be used to fund Village Appraisals. Advice on the NRA was obtainable from Hon Sec of SALC. Ownerless land - if recorded in the Minute Book can be claimed by the PC. Mr Dixon stated that to the best of his knowledge Parishioners still retained free & unrestricted access to the environmental banking at Halecombe Quarry. Plans to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of PCs were being made. Mr Whitmarsh, SCC Chief Traffic Engineer, had spoken to the meeting. He had suggested traffic calming measures each feature of which cost approx £1000 of which the PC would be required to fund about one third. This will be discussed in the future. CLERK QUARRIES J Davis took the Chair. Complaints had been received concerning the colour of the new conveyor belt visible above the environmental banking. Mr Davis, following normal PC procedure had contacted County to see if this was within their province & they had contacted the quarry manager. Mr Dixon, who had also received complaints on this matter expressed disappointment that the PC were not consulted before the structure had been erected. Mr Pattison thought the matter should be put before the Liaison Meeting. Mr Hanley, who had sent his apologies via Mr Yelland for his non attendance at the meeting had told him that night shift working would cease by the end of the month. Maximum working hours would be between 0600 & 1800h whether the new Primary Crusher was working or not. FINANCE Mrs Dixon, Chair of School Governors, had requested a grant of £400 towards the purchaseof a new computer for Class 1. Concern was felt about the security of the classroom but it was agreed that if legally possible for the the PC to make the grant with a proviso as to an interest being retained if the machine was disposed of within 5 years they would do so. Mr Pattison proposed the granting of £400, Mrs Park seconded all agreed on the motion subject to its legality. CLERK PRECEPT - A request from the Hall for £600 for the next financial year was to hand. It was agreed that the Parish Meeting Requirement for 1992/93 would be £2000. Mr Turner proposed & Mr Gould seconded the motion, all agreed. LORRIES IN THE ENVIRONMENT as the document had not been seen by everyone it will be discussed at the next meeting. ROADS Complaints concerning tarmacing outside 18 Park Hayes, a collapsed ditch and subsidence on Blackers Lane, and flooding drains near Great House Farm were passed on. CLERK DY will inspect the footpath to WH following complaints. Confirmation of the FP at Manor Farm was to hand. CORRESPONDENCE DP will attend SALC Meeting on 3 December. D O N M 29/11/91 at 7.30 in the School to discuss Lorries in the Environment & the Housing Survey.
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