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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 5th September  2016 AT 8.00 PM
IN SPARKFORD PARISH HALL

Present:
Mr L Piper -  Chairman
Mr R Bell
Mrs A Roylance
Mr D Nurse,

Mr T Tuck
Mrs A Voysey as Clerk (covering for Mrs L Davis),
Also present:  2 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
Peter Downton, Kevin Davis, Cllr Mike Lewis

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST   None

3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTH’S  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
DN reported that the Police were seen driving in excess of 50mph along the High Street on 3 dates during August. It was agreed to contact the Police and ask if they could inform the Parish Council in advance if they were undertaking training in the area.

5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR     Nothing to report

6 HIGHWAYS
It was noted that there has been a further increase in the number of overgrown hedgerows around the parish. A copy of the relevant legislation would be circulated to landowners and also included in the next Village Newsletter. It was agreed to contact Chris Cooper at SSDC with regard to weeds in the channels.

7 PLANNING DECISIONS
a) 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. Application permitted with conditions
b) 16/02912/ADV. Installation of 4 new fascia signs and re-location of 3 fascia signs. McDonalds, Sparkford Hill. McDonalds Restaurants Ltd. Application withdrawn
c) 16/02911/FUL. Refurbishment of restaurant including extensions and alterations. McDonalds, Sparkford Hill Option B. McDonalds Restaurants Ltd. Application withdrawn
d) 16/02947/S73. Application to vary condition 1 of approval 14/05009/REM Longhazel,  High Street, Sparkford. Application permitted with conditions
e) 16/02811/FUL. Siting of a mobile home for a temporary period. Land at Sparkford Hall, Sparkford.Application permitted with conditions
f) 16/02524/FUL. Erect dwelling and ancillary stables and B1 workshop, and a new pedestrian access. Land adj to 2 New Cottages, High Street. Application permitted with conditions

8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
a) 16/02909/FUL
(amended plans). Refurbishment of restaurant including extensions and alterations. McDonalds, Sparkford Hill Option A. McDonalds Restaurants Ltd. Objections were raised with regards to traffic flow, parking, noise and lighting.
b) 16/03136/FUL. Change of use of land to residential and the demolition of the existing building on the site and the building of a new garage with home office in the attic. Fletcher Moss, Sparkford Hill Lane. No objections were raised.

9 MATTERS ARISING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER SECTIONS
a) Haynes Publishing site
. Nothing to report
b) Issues at McDonalds. Nothing further to report
c) Old Coal Yard site. No update on land ownership
d) Parking issues at Cedar Court/Bennett Close. Issues to be reported to the Police and Yarlington Housing. TT to discuss the possible provision of parking in the hall car park with the Village Hall Committee
e) Extension of Playing Field lease. The landowners have advised that they would expect an increase in the rent if an extension to the existing lease is agreed and the Parish Council would also have to pay any associated costs
f) Land to the rear of Bennett Close. Enquiries were ongoing with regard to the possible purchase of this land it was agreed that a maximum offer of 50,000 should be submitted.

10 FINANCIAL MATTERS
a) Payment of 172.25 to Mrs L Davis (Parish Clerk salary) was approved

11 CORRESPONDENCE    None

12 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
AR raised concerns about the overgrown state of the land behind her property in Church Road. It was agreed that contact details should be sought for the owner and contact made to discuss further.
The Chairman thanked everyone involved in the Fun Day that took place on 4th September, the event was successful and well attended.

13 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
- Old Coal Yard
- Parking issues

14 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 3rd October 2016, Sparkford Parish Hall.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.14pm.

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