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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 4th July  2016 AT 8.00 PM
IN SPARKFORD PARISH HALL

Present:
Mr L Piper -  Chairman
Mr K Davis
Mrs A Roylance
Mr D Nurse,
Mr P Downton
Mrs L Davis - Clerk

In attendance ;- Mr M Lewis County and District Councillor Camelot Ward,
Also present:  5 members of the public

After a short opportunity for members of the public to address the Council, the Chairman opened the meeting at 8.00 pm.

1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Mr T Tuck, Mr R Bell

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
DN – item 8b and 8e

3 APPROVAL OF PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES
a) The Minutes of the meeting on 6 June 2016 were approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of last month’s meeting.

4 CRIME
PCSO Thelma Mead was not present and no report had been sent.

5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
ML reported that Devon and Somerset Superfast broadband had approved funding for Phase Two but following SSDC’s decision not to contribute towards this there was no update on whether this will happen in South Somerset.
ML advised that there is support for Somerset Rivers Authority and we are now awaiting information about the links.
There were no questions from Councillors.

6 HIGHWAYS  Nothing to report.
KD advised that the trees on the left hand side of The Avenue are overhanging the pavement forcing pedestrians to walk on the road. It was agreed to contact the owners and also include an item in the next Village Newsletter.

7 PLANNING DECISIONS
a) 16/01859/ADV 2 internally illuminated replacement MID pole signs. Hazelgrove Service Station, Wolfester Terrace, Sparkford. Application permitted with conditions.

8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
a) 16/01720/FUL
Replace wooden windows with UPVC . The Stables, Weston Bampfylde. Mrs Brock. No objections
b) 16/02227/OUT. Outline planning permission for residential development of up to three dwellings and the creation of a new vehicular access. Land OS 9032 Part, Old London Road, Sparkford. Mrs Karen Sellars. DN left the room having declared an interest. All Councillors objected to this application
c) 16/02109/FUL Retention of timber lodge as a rural workers dwelling. Trackside Farm, Sparkford Road, Sparkford. Mr William Turner. There were no objections to this application.
d) 16/01436/OUT Residential development of up to 6 dwellings (amended plans). Land OS 4859 off A303, Sparkford. All Councillors objected to this application as per previous comments.
e) 16/02524/FUL Erect dwelling and ancillary stables and B1 Workshop and new pedestrian access. Land adjacent to 2 New Cottages, High Street, Sparkford. Mr and Mrs D Nurse. DN left the room having declared an interest. There were no objections to this application.

9 MATTERS ARISING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER SECTIONS
a)
Village information evening/Survey results A summary of the results has been received today and will be circulated to all Councillors and added to the agenda for discussion at the next meeting
b) Surface Water and Foul Drainage issues There have been further issues with the drainage following recent downpours, these have been reported to Wessex Water and we are awaiting a response
c) Land to the rear of Bennett Field The Parish Council are investigating the possibility of pursuing the possible purchase of a piece of land behind Bennetts Close for use as an extension to the playing field.

10 FINANCIAL MATTERS
a)
Payment to Mrs Davis for Clerk’s Salary - 258.30 was approved

11 CORRESPONDENCE   None

12 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
It was agreed that further comments relating to the drainage issues in the village would be sent to SSDC to be read out at Area East Committee relating to the discussion about the Haynes planning application.

13 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
Website/SALC feedback
Village Survey results
Environment Agency update on Surface Water/drainage

14 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 1 August 2016, 8pm, Sparkford Parish Hall.

15 OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Flood reported that Wessex Water have confirmed that non return valves and holding tanks are being installed at Ainstey Drive.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.25pm

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