1 a) ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN
stood down from the post of Chairman. Mr Larry Piper was prepared to stand as
Chairman. He was proposed by DN and seconded by RB. All agreed. LP signed the acceptance
of office form.
b) ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN It was proposed by PD and seconded by AR that TT
stand as Vice Chairman. KD was also proposed but not seconded. All agreed that TT be
2 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
PCSO Thelma Mead
3 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
LP items 9b and 11q
TT item 9a there followed a discussion with reference to the minutes of the
meeting held on 4th April 2016. TT agreed to abstain from item 9a.
KD items 11n and 11q
4 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTHS MINUTES
a) The Minutes of the meeting 4th April 2016 were approved and signed by
the Chairman as a true and accurate record of last months meeting.
b) The Minutes of the extra-ordinary meeting 11th April 2016 were
approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of last months
10 Matters arising not included in other sections (item taken early).
a) Foul and Surface Water Issues
Mr Tidman attended the meeting, following the SPC meeting in December 2015 in issues were
raised, to present Wessex Water findings on foul water drainage in Sparkford. Mr Tidman
explained the overall pipe network in Sparkford and presented photos (on screen) dated
December 2014. He said that further investigations took place in March 2016. The
conclusions were that there was no significant infiltration and that problems found were
attributed to fat/grease deposits, root ingress and debris such as flushable
wipes causing blockages. Cleaning had taken place to clear these problems and
routine 6 monthly checks were in place in the Haynes publishing site area and other out
fall pipes. With regard to the High street and Hazelgrove School area of the system, pipes
had been sealed with silicone to limit the problem of odours. Questions were asked, there
followed discussion and Mr Tidman was able to advise that a model had been created since
December 2015 but that 2 or 3 flow meters needed to be put in place to produce results for
testing and verifying the Sparkford model. This would be done in conjunction with work in
the Yeovil area in the summer 2016. Mr Tidman was asked on a number of occasions but
unable to confirm that Wessex Water would accept responsibility for any house-holds
flooded with foul water unless it could be proved that it was a capacity issue when they
would undertake to resolve it. It was concluded that the Parish Council was no further on
that it was in December, that questions raised then were unanswered, that flow monitors
needed to be present in the system during the autumn/winter months which is when the
problems occur not in the summer and that another opportunity had been missed causing
delays to Parish Council comments on planning applications. Mr Tidman was thanked for
attending the meeting and then left.
5 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
PCSO Thelma Mead sent a report in her absence. Of the reported crimes in Wincanton
Rural South 20 out of 30 related to other and 4 were for criminal damage. 166
calls were made to the Forces Service Centre, 31 of these related to Sparkford and of
which 17 were road related incidents, 7 were other, 3 were
suspicious and 3 were theft.
6 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
ML not present
Nothing to report.
8 PLANNING DECISIONS
Change of use of Home Farm Office (B1) to residential (C3), Home Farm House, High
Street, Sparkford. Permission granted with conditions
b) 16/00508/TPO Application to carry out works to
trees. Sparkford Cricket Ground, Brains Lane, Sparkford. Permission granted for
work to limes on submitted plan. Consent refused regarding oaks on the submitted plan.
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Mixed use redevelopment (residential/commercial) together with associated works and
access ways. Haynes Publishing, High Street, Sparkford. Also, amended plans and
information retention of Rose Cottage and Woodbine Cottage. A discussion took place
following on from Mr Tidmans earlier presentation. Mr Travers offered the point that
Wessex Water had no objection the application but were concerned about the current
proposed drainage strategy and so recommended a condition be attached to the planning
permission. Councillors were of the view that Wessex Water had not addressed the issues
raised in December as reported above and therefore it was proposed that objections be made
to the planning application on the grounds that Wessex Water (WW) had not given adequate
assurance that the foul drainage system could cope with the proposed additional houses.
Work due to have been carried out by WW after the meeting of the Parish Council in
December 2015 had not been completed. Flow monitors had not been put in place over the
winter months and so the model created for Sparkford could not be verified. The flow
monitors were due to be installed over the summer when rainfall is likely to be less. The
Parish Council had reported, in December, that there are known problems in the village
with foul drainage particularly in the autumn and winter during and after periods of heavy
rainfall, it is believed that there is surface water ingression in to the system causing
back flow to houses hence the need for flow monitors to be put in place. Also, there are
concerns regarding the number of points of access on to the High Street creating road
safety issues and that no provision had been made for Sparkford Storage related traffic
(whose entrance/access is within the application site) being able to turn within the site
thus preventing vehicles reversing on to or off the High Street (6 votes for, 1
abstention). Also, it was proposed that the retention of Rose Cottage and Woodbine Cottage
in the submitted amended plans was welcomed (6 votes for, 1 abstention).
b) 16/01059/COU Change of
use of agricultural land and buildings to C1, C2 and C3, Sparkford Hall, Sparkford Road,
Sparkford.(LP left the meeting having declared an interest). Following the site visit on
21st April 2016, Councillors understood amendments had been made to the
application regarding the deletion of the paddock and orchard from the application.
Clarification was needed. If this had not happened then objections would remain. It was
resolved that following further consultations for with SSDC for clarity, comments would be
agreed by TT, DN and KD to be made to the Planning Officer.
LP returned to the meeting.
c) 16/01436/OUT Residential development of up to 8 dwellings
including access. Land OS4859, off A303, Sparkford. Mr Crawford spoke reading this
application drawing attention to the cumulative effect of numerous applications along the
High Street for residential development. He warned of the domino effect and this
application was one such and asked if Councillors wanted to see Sparkford become a large
dormitory village with inadequate employment opportunities and services for the new
dwellings. All agreed that objections be made to this application on the grounds of
inadequate infrastructure in the village, that access off Sparkford Road could be a
problem and that there were on-going problems with land ownership and provision of a
public footpath and safe access from development on Sparkford Road on to the High Street,
that there was no employment as part of the proposal and therefore did not fit with SSDC
policy SS2. Also a request for a tree preservation order be made for trees in and on the
boundaries of the application site.
ML arrived at 9pm. He was given the opportunity to make his report for Item 6
6 County and District Councillor
ML apologised for arriving late. He advised that Queen Camel Parish Council had
expressed concerns about the impact of additional housing projects in other neighbouring
villages that had implications for the new school in Queen Camel. There was a suggestion
that these villages might liaise with Queen Camel. With regard to what to do about the
number of applications for residential development ML suggested that Sparkford PC should
continue to press the case of foul and surface water drainage issues. Also to mention the
local services, e.g. the school in Queen Camel. It was understood that the school is full,
places having been offered to pupils from Yeovil, allowing none for local/catchment area
children. All agreed that LP should write to Mrs English asking for a report on this
10 MATTERS ARISING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER SECTIONS
a) Item taken early and minuted above.
b) Consultation on potential leisure planning obligations.
i) 16/00725/OUT Haynes Publishing development site
ii) 16/01436/OUT Land OS 4859 off A303, Sparkford.
TT reported on the meeting held with representatives of the Playing Field Association,
Parish Hall Committee and Sparkford Cricket Club to discuss sums of money accruing from
two major housing developments approved in the village and two more pending approval.
These developments will provide a large sum of money to benefit the village in various
ways as part of section 106 provision. The Parish Hall favour replacing the village hall
with a new modern building at a site to be agreed within the village and it was suggested
that it would be beneficial for the hall to be sited next to the playing field.
The playing field would like to purchase and extend the existing field and provide
a road access, also to investigate with network rail provision of a foot bridge over the
railway line to replace the existing footpath crossing, adjacent to the playing field. The
cricket club have a junior section bursting at the seams, and would like to see the
pavilion improved or better still replaced with a permanent structure. All agreed that
this report be sent to SSDC.
c) McDonalds/Sparkford Service Station. Nothing to report
d) Village information evening/Survey. A final report is expected for the June
11 FINANCIAL MATTERS
a) Payment of Clerks Salary - £366.05 was approved.
b) Payment of Invoice No. 43 LGRC Associates Ltd for Transparency Code Training
£144.00 incl. £24.00 VAT was approved
c) Payment of cash £464.96 (required in the absence of electronic means of payment),
PC World order 17686049, dated 20.04.2016, to complete purchase of laptop computer for
Parish Council use was approved.
d) Payment annual maintenance grant 2016-17, Sparkford Copse Trust, £150
e) Payment annual maintenance grant 2016-17, Sparkford PCC, £150
f) Payment annual maintenance grant 2016-17, Holy Cross Church, Weston Bampfylde,
g) Payment annual maintenance grant 2016-17, Sparkford Village Hall, £150
h) Payment annual maintenance grant 2016-17, Sparkford Scout Group, £150
i) Payment annual maintenance grant 2016-17, Sparkford Playing Field Association,
j) Payment annual maintenance grant 2016-17, Weston Bampfylde Village Hall, £150
Items (d) to (j) were taken together being the budgeted grant applications and were all
k) Receipt Precept (£5,506) & CTRS grant (£320) for 2016-17, £5,826 BACS
payment 08.04.16, noted
l) Receipt VAT refund £512.17 for financial year 2015-16, BACS payment 05.04.16 noted
m) Parish Insurance renewal due 1st June 2016, quotes Hiscox - £314.76, Aon - £284.40. LP reported that
two quotes had been sought and were for similar cover. As this is a budgeted sum, a cheque
be issued. It was agreed to accept the Aon quote of £284.40.
n) Appointment of Mrs L Davis as Clerk to Sparkford Parish Council. KD left the
meeting for this item. All agreed with the appointment.
o) Internal Audit completed by Mr L Stevens on 20.04.16, as circulated. Noted with
thanks to Mr Stevens
p) Completion of External Audit form Sections 1 and 2 for 2015-16. The sections
were completed and forms signed
q) Request for contribution to SSDC Playday combined with Playing Field Association
Fun Day on 4th September 2016. LP and KD
left the meeting for this item. After a short discussion it was agreed that £200 be
donated towards the cost of the play day, payment on the agenda for June meeting.
a) Notification of an appeal had been received against the refusal of planning
permission 15/01632/COU siting of 21 permanently occupied residential mobile homes, Long
Hazel Caravan Park, High Street, Sparkford. Mr and Mrs Walton. Item for the next agenda.
b) Invoice for SALC membership received and also mentioned consideration of SLCC
membership. Clerk to investigate cost of SLCC membership. Both to be put on the June
c) KD reported he had heard from the Environment Agency and would circulate the report
prior to consideration at the June meeting.
d) TT had followed up a report of an abandoned vehicle in Wolfester Terrace, the matter
was being dealt with.
13 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
LP sought confirmation from ML that councillors had acted correctly when considering
registering an interest in an item with specific reference to item 12 (b) of the minutes
of April 11th meeting, this was given.
14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
TT asked that an item be put on the agenda to discuss whether SPC should omit the
August meeting from its annual calendar.
15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 6th June 2016, 8pm, Sparkford Parish Hall.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 10.05pm