|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies had been received from Mrs Goodland, Mr Little and PCSO Mead.
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST There were none.
3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTHS MINUTES
The Minutes were approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate
record of last months meeting.
4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Mr Westcott reported a quiet time for Neighbourhood Watch but there was an
increase in unwanted phone calls. He had heard of a company called Daisy Communications in
Yorkshire who can unlock any blocks that phone companies install. The Speedwatch team had
a presentation and now have 5 teams of two people. They will receive their final induction
at the end of July and then they will be able to carry out their Speedwatch duties. They
are still looking for more members. Mr Westcott then reminded Councillors that the NHW BBQ
is this Saturday 16th June.
The Clerk had received a report from PCSO Mead. There were 8 calls
to the Force Service Centre: 1 x theft, 3 x traffic, 2 x drivers under influence, 1 x
drugs and 1 x admin. Four crimes were reported: 2 x drive off, 1 x possession of cannabis
and 1 theft and handling. PCSO Mead will be attending the Evergreen Club meeting on
Thursday 14th June with her beat surgery. They will be delivering bogus caller
information to the sheltered housing in Green Close.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Neither the County nor District Councillor were present at the meeting but the
Clerk was asked to contact Cllr Lewis regarding cutting the verges at the bus stop on the
6 HIGHWAYS There was nothing to report.
7 LOCAL PLAN/VILLAGE DESIGN
Mr Crawford reported that there had been a meeting with Mark Dillon and C G Fry
this afternoon on site. There was a slight delay due to the specifications for the drive
going into the affordable housing development which has to be up to adopted Highway
standards. They also have to install a pipe into the gully for rainwater. These are small
issues but they have to be sorted out. BT has lowered the fibre optic cable into a deeper
trench. There are ongoing talks with the affected residents in Cedar Court about the
8 PLANNING DECISIONS
None had been received.
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
a) 12/01303/ADV Display of a V shaped hoarding and one
portable A frame. Dairy House Yard, Sparkford. Mr M Lewis.
b) 11/04244/COU Advice of appeal receipt. Long Hazel Park, High
Street, Sparkford. Mr & Mrs Walton.
A further two planning applications had been received over the
c) 12/01836/FUL - Erection of a detached dwelling with attached garage
and formation of vehicular access (renewal of planning application 07/02958/FUL) Land
adjoining The Roundhouse, High Street, Sparkford. Mr & Mrs
d) 12/01843/FUL - Erection of a small barn in the north-east corner of
the field adjoining 1 Meadow Cottages, Sutton Montis Road, Weston Bampfylde. Mr Peter
Both of these applications were circulated to Councillors for their comments.
10 MATTERS ARISING
a) Diamond Jubilee stone trough
A discussion took place about this and Councillors came to a decision that an engraved
stone welcoming people into the village would be more appropriate. The Clerk was asked to
investigate the possibility of a blue lias engraved stone with Charlton Quarries and a
stonemason. She will also contact Highways to enquire about obtaining permission to place
this on the verge.
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £215.21 and expenses of £8.40 were approved.
12 CORRESPONDENCE None had been
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
a) Advice of holiday dates
All Councillors were requested to pass on holiday date information to the Clerk so items
such as planning applications werent put through the door of a Councillor who was on
holiday. This has happened twice this month meaning the date for comments to get to SSDC
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Braithwaite said he had put a padlock on the grit bin on the corner of Green
Close as local youths were using it for shooting practice. All Councillors agreed to keep
an eye on the other grit bins as we may have to purchase more padlocks.
Mr Tuck said that at the AGM and May meeting of the Parish Hall
Committee it was decided to install an extractor fan in the kitchen. This would cost £298
plus VAT. He asked if the Parish Council would consider giving a grant towards this work.
Mr Crawford asked if Councillors were minded to put this on next months Agenda. Mr
Tuck said this would then be too late to have it installed before the breakfasts take
place in July/August. He also asked if the Parish Council would pay the invoice on behalf
of the Parish Hall Committee to enable them to claim back the VAT. This was agreed. Mr
Braithwaite suggested the Clerk give a donation of £50 which would mean this would not
have to go on the next Agenda as it is in her remit to authorise this amount. This was
agreed but it would also go onto the next Agenda for further discussion.
Mr Piper said he had heard that McDonalds were intending to open
their store on the 24 hour basis on the August bank holiday. What was happening to the
conditions they had to carry out before this could go ahead? It was agreed to put this on
next months Agenda.
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
Parish Hall request for funding
McDonalds 24 hour opening conditions
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING Monday, 2nd
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.40 pm