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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 1st August  2016 AT 8.00 PM
IN SPARKFORD PARISH HALL

Present:
Mr L Piper -  Chairman
Mr R Bell
Mrs A Roylance
Mr D Nurse,
Mrs A Voysey as Clerk (covering for Mrs L Davis),
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 8.02 pm.

1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Trevor Tuck, Peter Downton, Kevin Davis.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
LP – item 8b

3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTH’S (4th July 2016) MINUTES
The Minutes of the 1st August 2016 meeting were approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of that meeting.

4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
There was nothing to report. PCSO T. Mead’s non-attendance was noted, it was understood that she has been on sick leave. Constable S Stephen is covering for her and contact should be made to request a visit to a parish council meeting in the near future.

5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
ML reported that a new twitter account and web site for those wanting to know about traffic issues in Somerset – www.travelsomerset.co.uk

6 HIGHWAYS
It was noted that hedgerows were overgrown around the parish. There was no feedback from the Clerk regarding contact with owners of hedges. ML advised that where a hedge was by a footpath the riparian landowner is required to maintain it. Where it is by a road the County Council is responsible. Chris Cooper of Street Scene, SSDC, would be the appropriate contact.

7 PLANNING DECISIONS
a) 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. Permitted with conditions.
b) 16/
02858/COL. Application for a lawful development certificate for the erection of a porch and a covered bin store. Application withdrawn.

8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
a) 16/02947/S73
. Application to vary condition 1 of approval 14/05009/REM Longhazel, High Street, Sparkford. Mr and Mrs T Veiga. All agreed that no objection be raised.
b) 16/02811/FUL. Siting of a mobile home for a temporary period. Land at Sparkford Hall, Sparkford. G Beddows and J March-Smith. LP having declared an interest did not comment. All agreed that no objection be raised.
c) 16/02905/FUL. Proposed porch and covered bin store. Paddock Lodge, Cherry Pie Lane, Sparkford. Mr Bruce Weston. All agreed that no objection be raised.
d) 16/02912/ADV. Installation of 4 new fascia signs and re-location of 3 fascia signs. McDonalds, Sparkford Hill. McDonalds Restaurants Ltd. The file was not available. No decision was taken. Deferred to next meeting.
e) 16/02909/FUL. Refurbishment of restaurant including extensions and alterations. McDonalds, Sparkford Hill Option A. McDonalds Restaurants Ltd. The file was not available. No decision was made. Deferred to next meeting
f) 16/02911/FUL. Refurbishment of restaurant including extensions and alterations. McDonalds, Sparkford Hill Option B. McDonalds Restaurants Ltd. A lengthy discussion was held regarding this proposal. It was understood that 6 objections had been made to SSDC about the proposal. The Parish Council had sought an extension of time to make its comments. McDonalds is seeking to improve its through put by expanding the drive thru facility which would result in a loss of parking spaces. It was felt that the site is already busy enough especially during holiday periods and with inadequate parking capacity. Increased through put would lead to more people leaving the site stopping in the surrounding area and leaving litter. If more outdoor eating areas were to be provided this would lead to further noise and disturbance for neighbouring residents. It was suggested that if expansion were to take place that it should be conditional upon top quality extractors and filters being installed to keep smell (and noise) pollution to a minimum for the benefit of adjacent residents. Reference was made to the hedge along the Wolfester Terrace boundary and whether this could be replanted as an evergreen hedge and whether the fence could be increased in height but these issues do fall within the scope of the planning application. It was also thought that one of the planning applications had been withdrawn.

Consideration was given to a ‘failsafe’ position if planning permission were to be granted that the lorry parking area could be closed and used to provide additional parking spaces for McDonalds customers. This would potentially benefit residents as HGV’s would no longer park thereby with cooler units running through the night. It was decided to go back to SSDC with these comments.
g) 16/02913/ADV. Installation of signs. McDonalds, Sparkford Hill. McDonalds Restaurants Ltd. This proposal is replace existing signs and where they are illuminated they would be no brighter than existing. It was decided that no objection be made and that the one comment made be sent to SSDC

9 MATTERS ARISING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER SECTIONS
a) Village information evening/Survey results. Nothing to report
b) Surface Water and Foul Drainage issues. Nothing to report
c) Website/SALC feedback. Nothing to report
d) Somerset County Council’s Listening Learning Changing Initiative. Anyone wishing to join this course should let the Clerk know.
e) Land to the rear of Bennett Close. The Chairman explained that enquiries were being made with regard to the purchase of this land as the lease on the playing field expires in 7 years. A meeting had been arranged for Monday 8th August at 7.30pm and will involve the Parish Council, Playing Field Association and Parish Hall Committee.

10 FINANCIAL MATTERS
a)
Payment of 258.30 to Mrs L Davis (Parish Clerk salary) was approved

11 CORRESPONDENCE
None

12 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
The appeal by Mr Walton and Longhazel Caravan Park had been allowed and costs awarded against SSDC.

13 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
- Bennett Close
- Haynes Publishing site
- McDonalds planning applications
- Old Coal Yard site, clearing the verge and footpath provision. Clerk to write a letter to Stonewater for an update.

14 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 5th September 2016, Sparkford Parish Hall.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.05pm

AV/03.08.16

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