MINUTES OF-LEIGH-ON-MENDIP ANNUAL PARISH MEETING HELD ON 13 MAY 1992 IN THE HALL Apologies were recorded from A Merrick. Mr Yelland welcomed 13 parishioners to the APM which was their opportunity to speak. Those taking advantage of this were the RFMC, the Hall, the Halecombe Support Group & the Leigh-Halecombe Residents Association. The minutes of the APM of 10 May 1991 were accepted as a true record & signed. THE MEMORIAL HALL - Clive Featherstone, Chairman. The financial targets set last year had been met and a surplus was now being generated. Unfortunately local industry support had been lost but the shortfall was being made up by Bingo. Grants from MDC & SCC had been made enabling the work on toilet improvements to start in August, minimum disturbance would occur during the work enabling the use of the Hall to continue. It was hoped to improve the windows in the future for which all the money would probably have to be raised and then the problem of the car park and the kitchen roof would be addressed as part of a 7 year plan. Mr Featherstone answered questions concerning the surface of the car park, the diminution of storage space and the fact that Saturday night Bingo meant that the Hall was not available for general hire. This latter fact had been noted but the committee had decided to encourage the Bingo because of its reliability, it would not be viable if it was re-scheduled frequently although occassionally this had been done. It was an activity in which many residents as well as outsiders took part. Mr Yelland reminded those present that the actual running of the Hall & policy decisions were the business of the Committee. He thanked Clive for his report & the committee for all their hard work. RECREATION FIELD MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Steve Fear & Jan Robson. The field was run by a committee of 5 elected members and 10 representatives from interest groups. Funds amounted to £815. Insurance for all aspects of the field and club were up to date and all the machinery had been serviced. The field did not have much ability to generate money & relied on the cricket & football for funds. Since it had been re-constituted in January the committee had been identifying income sources & maintenance arrangements with regular users. Their long term plans were to construct a new play area for children, re-vitalise the building, to improve parking & perhaps acquire more land for a football pitch, and find someone to cut the perimeter grass. Mr Featherstone stressed the grant aid available which the new committee were eager to pursue. Mr Yelland thanked Steve & Jan & their committee for their hard work in the short time they had been administering the field. HALECOMBE SUPPORT GROUP read by June Featherstone on behalf of V Gray. The group had continued in existance after planning permission had been granted to monitor Wimpey Hobbs adherance to the schedule agreed, to liaise with the Parish Council by attending PC meetings and to further good Community Relations as laid down in the BACMI Environmental Code. Mr Yelland thanked June for her statement. LEIGH-HALECOMBE RESIDENTS GROUP Chairman R Dixon. Membership of the group was confined to those around Halecombe. Mr Dixon congratulated the PC for their stand over the past year concerning local quarries. The group had joined in the submission made by Somerset Friends of the Earth to the Inquiry into Whatley Quarry's proposed expansion. They were concerned about open cast aggregate extraction & the fact that Somerset did not have a Minerals Plan. A questioner from the floor asked for the PC's views on the lack of a county minerals plan and what influence the PC had in this matter, this will be discussed at a future meeting. (CLERK) Mr Yelland thanked Mr Dixon for his report. PARISH COUNCIL D Yelland, Chairman. In the past year 11 meetings, including the AGM, had been held & 2 guest speakers had attended to discuss housing and minerals. 7 planning applications had been dealt with, (Changes meant that these now had to be discussed at a full meeting within 14 days of receipt) and there had been 8 issues bordering on planning/complaints. A Housing Survey was being undertaken to ascertain village need for low cost housing. The PC noted with some dismay that their forcast that the proposed Bulls Green Link would open up the Mendip spine road to HGV's looked like becoming Somerset policy although no application to build the BGL had yet been made. The various members of the PC had represented the Parish on different committees and were thanked for their involvement. With PC help a Neighbourhood Watch had been established. Regret was expressed that after an initial meeting in November held by MDC to discuss planning guidelines their had been little action. During the year the PC had basically spent their precept and had a years money in hand as was their policy. In the next year the PC was to work with the Hall over the management of their building project. Margaret Loten was thanked for her work on the accounts. It was suggested from the floor that a map showing footpaths around the village be put on display. (CLERK) A request from the floor for a safety barrier at the entrance to the Rec Field's pedestrian gate will be pursued by the Clerk. (CLERK) Parishioners were thanked for their support in attending the meeting which closed at 2135h.
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