Home Page

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 11th JUNE  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
Also present: 2 members 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 Goodland, Mr Little and PCSO Mead.

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 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 old A303.

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 buffer strip.

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 weekend:
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 Phillip Little.
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 Ebsworth.
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) Clerk’s Salary & Expenses
The Clerk’s salary of 215.21 and expenses of 8.40 were approved.

12 CORRESPONDENCE   None had been received.

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 weren’t 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 was missed.

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 month’s 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 month’s Agenda.

15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
     Engraved stone
     Parish Hall request for funding
     McDonalds 24 hour opening conditions

16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING   Monday, 2nd July 2012

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.40 pm
KB/12.06.12

Home Page
Previous Minutes