Mr L Piper - Chairman
Mr D Nurse,
Mr T Tuck
Mrs A Roylance
In attendance: Mrs L Davis
Also present: Mr Mike Lewis County Councillor & District Councillor, PC Stefan Edwards, PCSO John Winfield
4 members of the public
After a short opportunity for members of the public to address the Council, the Chairman opened the meeting at 8.12 pm
|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Mr R Bell, Mr K Davis, Mr P Downton
It was reported that Mr P Downton had confirmed that he would be standing down from the Parish Council with immediate effect.
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST None
3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTHS (9 JANUARY 2017) MINUTES
4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
The Police offer training for Speedwatch volunteers so this may be a scheme that Sparkford wish to consider re-introducing.
ML asked for an update on the HGV Management Programme from Sparkford to Mudford. PC Edwards advised that it is difficult to enforce and the Police are keen to work with parishioners to assist with the monitoring of this. Parishioners should be encouraged to take photos of vehicles that should not be using these roads and send them to the Police who can contact the businesses/drivers. It should be noted that Hopkins currently have an exemption from Highways.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
ML confirmed that CIL comes into force in South Somerset on 1st April. 15%
of the CIL contribution from developers will be allocated to the parish, with the
remaining 85% being allocated towards strategic facilities. There may be opportunity to
request part of the 85% for infrastructure within the parish.
7 PLANNING DECISIONS None
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS None
9 MATTERS ARISING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER SECTIONS
The Cricket Club has expanded over the last 6 years and now have two mens, one ladies and six junior teams. They are looking at the possibility of renovating the existing or building a new pavilion. There is a need to undertake a survey to identify the condition of the existing building before making any further decisions. LP thanked the club for all of their hard work and acknowledged what a pleasure it has been to see what has been achieved so far. It was agreed that the Cricket Club would come back to the Parish Council following the survey and when more detailed proposals were ready for consideration. The Cricket Club would like to erect a post and rail fence to the rear of the garage, it was agreed that they would send the details to LP and a Parish Councillor would look at the proposal.
b) McDonalds issues In the absence of a representative of McDonalds it was agreed to compile a list of issues to send to the Area Manager by 20 February. The Managers of McDonalds and Hazelgrove Services would be invited to attend the next meeting.
c) Surface Water and Foul Drainage issues A meeting with Wessex Water, SSDC and SCC was held on 26 January. The Officers walked through the problem areas and looked at the existing issues. Flow meters have been installed so we are now awaiting the results. Agreement to undertake works would only be taken if sufficient evidence is gathered from the flow meters to indicate problems. There is concern that the decision to open the sluice gate should not be the responsibility of the property owner. ML agreed to update Queen Camel PC on this issue.
d) Parking issues There are continuing issues with parking on the roadside. As discussed earlier in the meeting it was agreed to send photos to the Police and Yarlington Housing.
e) Night landing strip for Air Ambulance It was agreed to contact Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance and identify their requirements.
f) Financial update Playing Field Financial information reported
g) Financial update Village Hall Financial information reported
10 FINANCIAL MATTERS
12 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
13 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
14 DATE OF NEXT MEETING