MINUTES OF LEIGH-ON-MENDIP PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY 1993 IN THE SCHOOL. Councillors present were J Davis, A Gould, H Mawdsley, D Pattison (chairman) and D Turner. There were no apologies. D Pattison welcomed Mr D Hooper, Director of Planning and Amenities at Mendip District Council. The Minutes of the last meeting were accepted and signed. Mr Hooper explained to Councillors that his department were working to improve relationships with Parishes. (RDixon arrived) The problem of LJH was discussed, a letter had been received from the enforcement officer asking to be informed if the parking problem still persisted, it does. (CLERK) Mr Hooper was sympathetic to the PC's chagrin about not being involved in the landscaping aspect at LJH and explained that although MDC Code of Practice does not mention consultation on specific details in sensitive cases like this one it ought to take place. DT expressed the general feeling that the Inspectors recommendations had been ignored. Mr H said that his departments lack of ecological and landscaping skills were to be rectified. If enforcement action was to be taken "demonstrable harm" would have to be proved. The PC suggested that a leaflet like the recently produced 'House Extension Design Guide' be produced for in-fill housing in villages covering such topics as materials. Mr H said this was being done for Conservation Areas. DT cited the case of the Sawmills and the change from natural to bradstone. Mr H explained that all planning matters were covered by government guidelines. RD asked how village could become a Conservation Area and it was explained that a large number of listed buildings helped when application was made. The Clerk told Councillors that when she had inquired into Conservation Status she was told it was too late. Mr H said a new Local Plan draft would be ready for consultation in September. DT raised the question of the removal of the C22 designation from Sparks Farm Field and the importance of keeping it open. He also asked if a Village Appraisal asking where people would like to see development would carry any weight. Mr H suggested he talk to Philip Cooke on this matter, and added that MDC were not under pressure to find sites for housing. (DT) On the subject of the Bulls Green Link/Old Wells Road objections had been received from virtually every parish west of the link and a decision had been deferred until 22 February as a genuine concern was felt about the environental impact. Mr H had recommended supporting the road to the Planning Committee. JD asked for Mr H's view on the use of the OWR. He did not know if it was a new strategy and was assured it was. He explained that the District Plan was powerless to discuss quarrying and that it was important to produce a relevant and workable plan. On the subject of Rookery Farm he explained that a voluntary agreement to do repairs had been reached and until such time as a demolition consent was given it would be treated as any other listed building. The matter of the Churchyard was touched on and it was agreed that the time to act was now to ensure inclusion in the local plan and he suggested talking to Les Kimberley, Development Control Manager. (CLERK) DP thanked Mr Hooper for attending the meeting. The question of lorries in the village was discussed with Mr Merrick who suggested that numbers were necessary before weight restrictions could be discussed. MATTERS ARISING HOLWELL EXPANSION letter still in draft. (RD) LJH - letter to be sent to Enforcement Department. (CLERK) EBENEEZER CHAPEL - DT will talk to Mr Dyer and the new owner about re-siting the war memorial. (DT) RE-CYCLING BINS - Letter from MDC who had provisionally agreed with Bell Inn on siting. All agreed that PC should be consulted as felt bottle bank unsuitable. (CLERK) EXAMINER HOUSE - complaint on angle iron passed on verbally to owner. REC FIELD - AG and DT had met with Mr Dutson of ARC and reps of the Rec Field. A rent of £250 for approx 5 acres had been suggested reviewable every 5 years, this amount was felt to be negotiable. The only problem appeared to be access to the part of the field not wanted by the RFMC. It was agreed that the PC ought to be involved and the RFMC were preparing a proposal to put before the PC. SPARKS FARM FIELD - DT had discussed this with Mr Dutson and was given the definate impression that it was hoped to build on the area. It was agreed that the PC must formulate a case to keep it green. Village Appraial to be discussed at next meeting. (CLERK) Thanks were given to JD for clearing the brambles in village. RD expressed the hope that the large sewage tanker would not become a permanent feature. Concerning Mud left by farm vehicles it was felt it ought to be removed or police could be informed. Checks will be made.(CLERK) Complaint about mud in Park Hayes farmer will be told. (CLERK) LJH TANNOY NOISE - letter received, matter rectified and suggestion made that complainants contact company immediately next time. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SIGNS - erection info given to M Loten. SW REGIONAL PRELIMINARY REPORT circulated. (RD) QUARRY UPDATE no response to PC letters yet. (CLERK) LORRY CENSUS Mrs Pitter said traffic appeared to have decreased but the survey will be done. VILLAGE SURVEY - will be closed at the next meeting. CLOSURE OF THE GRAVEYARD Agreed to invite PCC rep to next meeting. (CLERK) JD said a lump had fallen out of the wall between the churchyard and the school, he will see vicar. (JD) ROADS AND FOOTPATHS Complaints had been received about dirt and hedge cuttings on the road and also about rubbish dumping. MDC will be told. (CLERK) PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY Intention to co-opt and inviting candidates to be posted. (CLERK) HALL UPDATE M Loten said three bills had been paid so far and an Architects Certificate was on its way so the grant could be applied for. QUARRY UPDATE It was proposed by JD and seconded by RD to leaflet the village again about the BGL. (RD etc) PC will write to the members of the committee (CLERK) RD drew attention to the notice in the Somerset Standard about revocation of 3 old planning permissions at Halecombe Quarry and suggested the PC object. DT and DP both had reservations. It was agreed to explore the legal position of imposing aftercare conditions with SALC. (DP) CORRESPONDENCE SLCC sub proposed by DP, seconded by AG all agreed. (CLERK) Notification of SLCC meeting on 2 March for clerks. SALC - Training Day on 'Improve your Meeting' circulated along with other information. SCC ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT OPEN DAY info circulated. Letter from Mr Merrick about change of venue for BGL meeting to Whitstone School. Next Halecombe Quarry Liaison Meeting 1 March at 6.30 at Halecombe. DT and JD will attend. SCC Papers circulated. The Next Meeting will be on 22 March 1993 at 7.30pm in the School when items on the Agenda will include Parish Council Meeting Procedure.
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