1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Mr R Bell, Mrs A Roylance, Mr P Downton
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
LP item 10f
KD items 10d and 10f
TT item 10e
3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTHS (5 DECEMBER 2016) MINUTES
The Minutes of the 5 December 2016 meeting were approved and signed by the Chairman as a
true and accurate record of that meeting.
4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Nothing reported
It was agreed to invite the PCSO to attend the next meeting.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR Nothing reported
6 HIGHWAYS Nothing reported
Following the accident on Sparkford Hill last month it was agreed to request that
consideration be given to reduce the speed limit from 60mph to 30mph. There is a
trenchline in the road that should also be reported to Highways. It was agreed that a
request is also made to re-instate the junction sign that was hit in the accident.
A date for the site meeting regarding the Village Gateways still hasnt been
agreed so Highways should be contacted again and date confirmed. TT asked that
clarification is sought that Kerry has a copy of the report that was presented to Sara in
7 PLANNING DECISIONS
16/02109/FUL Retention of timber lodge as a rural workers dwelling. Trackside Farm,
Sparkford Road, Sparkford. Mr William Turner. Application permitted with conditions.
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS None
9 MATTERS ARISING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER SECTIONS
a) Surface Water and Foul Drainage issues Paul Wheatley at SSDC has made contact with
the appropriate Officers at SCC and Wessex Water and they have agreed a site meeting. The
date will be confirmed and KD and TT will attend on behalf of the Parish Council.
b) McDonalds issues Vehicles are parking on the grass area by the Sparkford village
sign. McDonalds have been contacted and the new Manager has advised that she will be
looking at the traffic issues and has agreed to stop vehicles parking on the grass area.
The Manager of McDonalds is hoping to attend the PC meeting next month.
10 FINANCIAL MATTERS
a) Payment of £258.30 to Mrs L Davis (Parish Clerk salary). Approved
b) Parish Council Accounts update The account balance was reported at £12,381.90
c) Annual grant request Sparkford Cricket Club. Approved £200 grantd) Annual grant
request 3rd Sparkford Scout Group. Deferred to next meeting
e) Annual grant request Sparkford Parish Hall Committee. Deferred to next meeting
f) Annual grant request Sparkford Playing Field Association. Deferred to next
g) Annual grant request Sparkford Copse Trust. Approved £150 grant
h) Annual grant request Weston Bampfylde PCC. Approved £150 grant
i) Setting the precept for 2017/18. A 2% increase was agreed to enable footpath and
drainage clearance/maintenance to be undertaken and also assist with the reduction in
funding availability from the District and County Councils.
Mr Littlewood has raised issues with the Superfast Broadband and the unacceptable speed in
Church Road. It was agreed to contact BT and identify if anything can be done to improve
the internet speed.
12 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
TT asked if a reminder could be sent to SCC about the installation of a stile in the
Village Hall car park.
TT requested that we look into the possibility of moving the defibrillator that is
currently located at Hazelgrove Services and re-locate it outside of the Village Hall in a
locked cabinet. It was also felt that there should be clear signage at the locations of
both defibrillators. It was agreed to contact Justin Crawford and ask if the residents of
Weston Bampfylde are happy for signage to be put on the phonebox and contact Southwest
Ambulance for a quote for a cabinet and to provide training to residents.
TT suggested that we look into possible sites for a night time landing strip for the air
ambulance to use. It was agreed to contact Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and identify
A member of the public raised concerns about the staff at Hazelgrove Services advising
lorry drivers that they could park overnight at the service station. It was agreed to
contact the Manager of the Service Station and invite them to attend the next meeting.
13 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
14 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 6 February 2017, Sparkford Parish Hall.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.55pm