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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 7th MAY  2012 AT 8.00 PM
IN SPARKFORD PARISH HALL

Present:
Mr J Crawford – Chairman
Mr T Tuck – Vice Chairman
Mr D Braithwaite
Mr A Bourke

Mr L Piper
Mrs C Goodland
Mrs E Alden
Mr R Little – County Councillor – Castle Cary Division
Mr M Lewis – District Councillor – Camelot Ward
Also present: 1 member of the public

In attendance: Mrs K Bourke – Clerk

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
Apologies had been received from Mrs Alden.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST   There were none.

3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTH’S MINUTES
The Minutes were approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of last month’s meeting.

4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Mr Westcott said it had been a very quiet period. Mr Crawford said he had found broken glass in the copse around the tree roots. If anyone finds anything similar please let him know and he will clear it.

5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Little had nothing to report.
Mr Lewis said he was due to attend a National Planning Policy Framework meeting and he will let us know of anything that is of interest to us.

6 HIGHWAYS
Mr Little reported that on the 28th April his broadband went down as he was about to compile the report for Highways on the minor road improvement scheme and he thanked the Clerk for printing off all the details which enabled him to send the report by post.

Mr Tuck said the post opposite Haynes Publishing by the bridge was still missing the advanced warning sign and asked the Clerk to report this to Highways.

Mr Piper asked if anyone had reported the two street lights which were out in the High Street. The Clerk asked him to let her have the column numbers and she would report this.

Mr Westcott reported that something seemed to have been done about the drains in the High Street as there is no longer any smell. He had seen Wessex Water there working for a few days. Mr Lewis said that the District Council now have an Environmental Health Officer and he would get the contact details to the Clerk.

7 LOCAL PLAN/VILLAGE DESIGN     Nothing new had been heard.

8 PLANNING DECISIONS
Two planning decisions had been received:
a) 12/00399/S73 – Application to vary condition 2 of planning permission 09/00987/FUL dated 21/05/2010 to substitute approved plans in the interests of making better use of the available space and enhancement of the building. Barn at Brains Lane, Sparkford. APPROVED
b) 12/00734/LBC – conversion of redundant barn to form dwelling and associated outbuilding to provide storage and parking. Barn at Brains Lane, Sparkford. APPROVED

9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
One planning application had been received:
a) 12/01672/FUL – Erection of single storey extension to dwelling. Cider Press House, Little Weston Road, Sparkford BA22 7HP. Mrs Lavender Ralstone-Saul.

10 MATTERS ARISING    There were no matters arising.

11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerk’s Salary & Expenses

The Clerk’s salary of 220.46 and expenses of 7.50 were approved.

b) Renewal of parish insurance
The Clerk informed the meeting of the renewal cost of the insurance and after some discussion it was agreed to continue with Came & Company. The Clerk was asked to contact the Cricket Club to get a copy of their public liability insurance.

12 CORRESPONDENCE    There was no correspondence received.

13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Following a discussion regarding planting a tree for the Diamond Jubilee no agreement could be reached as to where to plant it. Mr Piper suggested placing a large stone trough at the entrance of the village on his land and his family would agree to keep it planted up. He thought it would be a nice welcome into the village. Everyone agreed this would be ideal and would start to look for a suitable trough.

14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Tuck asked what the District Council’s horticultural maintenance schedule of cutting verges was as the piece of land at the corner of Wolfester Terrace/High Street had not been done, the piece round the bus shelter on the old A303 and the land by the bus shelter opposite the Sparkford Inn had also been missed. Mr Lewis agreed to look into this.

15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA    There were no items for the next agenda.

16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 11th June 2012.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.37 pm
KB/08/05/12

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