Mr J Crawford Chairman
Mr T Tuck Vice Chairman
Mr D Braithwaite
Mr A Bourke
Mr L Piper
Mr R Little County Councillor Castle Cary Division
Mr M Lewis District Councillor Camelot Ward
Also present: 4 members of the public
Mr Matt Cridland, Business Manager, McDonalds
In attendance: Mrs K Bourke Clerk
|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies had been received from Cllr Carol Goodland.
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST There were none.
3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTHS MINUTES
4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Tuck reported that the verges in Sparkford Hill Lane were still
deteriorating and it was agreed that the Clerk would contact Highways again.
7 LOCAL PLAN/VILLAGE DESIGN
Mr Bourke raised the issue of drawing up a Local Plan for Sparkford as from what he understands with the new Localism Bill South Somerset District Council will give precedence to the views put forward in a Local Plan. Mr Lewis said this was correct.
8 PLANNING DECISIONS
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
(07/02958/FUL) Land adjoining The Roundhouse, High
Street, Sparkford. Mr & Mrs Phillip Little.
b) 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
10 MATTERS ARISING
Mr Bourke said he was happy to propose we go ahead with this. Mr Crawford asked if the money would come from public funding. Mr Tuck said there had been criticism in the village that we hadnt had any celebrations for the Jubilee and this would be much better and would be a lasting heritage. Subject to finding a suitable location Mr Tuck proposed we go ahead with this, Mr Piper seconded and all Councillors were in favour. Mr Braithwaite said he would donate £100 towards the cost. The Clerk is still waiting to hear from Highways about the placing of the stone. Mr Lewis said he will find someone to dig the hole for the stone.
b) Parish Hall request for funding
The Clerk suggested that before the next precept is set all the various committees look at their budgets for the following 12 months and arrive at the meeting with this information for the Committee to be able to set the correct level of precept. This was agreed.
c) McDonalds 24 hour opening conditions
The Clerk received a telephone call this afternoon saying the
residents of Wolfester Terrace had just received notification from McDonalds that they
were commencing 24 hour trading from tonight.
Mr Tuck asked why conditions havent been adhered to before the 24 hour opening. Why hasnt the sound barrier been erected? He said McDonalds were subjecting all residents of Wolfester Terrace to all the people coming out of pubs and clubs who know that the restaurant is now open 24 hours. Families do not travel in the middle of the night. On bank holidays and weekend from July/August it is absolute bedlam with cars parked down the side, in the petrol station car park and in the road. This is not acceptable.
Mr Bourke said we were given an undertaking several times by
McDonalds that they would install a fence 3 metres high.
Mr Crawford read out the legal conditions imposed on the licence and
said we are going to be giving you and your company a hard time until they put in all the
Mr Braithwaite said since these are legal commitments that we were
given and they have not been adhered to then they cannot open tomorrow. Mr Cridland said
the legal team have given advice saying they have fulfilled all conditions on the licence.
Mr Lewis said it was his understanding on the barriers that it wasnt the ones internally within McDonalds car park but it was ones to stop the lorries parking up overnight in the lorry park. Mr Cridland said there were pop up barriers in the lorry park. He also said all the shift managers have been trained in conflict resolution but they have had issues with the lorry drivers threatening staff. They were currently working with PCSO Thelma Mead regarding license registration numbers which were forwarded to her to send our warning letters. There have been a lot of issues with the lorry drivers. Mr Piper said it was obvious this was going to happen. Mr Tuck said once they have turned the taco off it was no wonder they get abusive as they are not allowed to move on by law until they have their required break and this isnt something your shift managers can deal with. Mr Cridland said he appreciated this but they have done their best. One major problem was refrigerated lorries parking all night which, again, the McDonalds staff cannot control. Mr Tuck said it was very surprising that a company the size of McDonalds have not put in measures to appease local residents or even to address the issues raised by this meeting.
Mr Braithwaite said it was in pretty poor taste to give not even 24
hour notice of this happening and that they were running roughshod over people especially
in this district.
Mr Bourke said he was watching the CEO of McDonalds on TV the other night regarding the Olympic franchise and one of the comments she made was that she was proud of the companys handling of the bid and public relations. If this is what she considers to be good practice by McDonalds perhaps they arent worthy of the franchise decision. A letter to her, perhaps copied to the press, showing the "good relations" with the people of Sparkford may be appropriate. It now appears that legal nitpicking has been given precedence over the morality of keeping their undertaking.
Mr Lewis said he had two points certainly the litter picking which was an issue for most of the residents in Sparkford has improved. He hopes that with the 24 hour opening that the agreement that the delivery lorries will cease at 4 pm will not be breached. It remains that the residents are really concerned by the fence not being fit for purpose and concerns still remain about conditions not being adhered to. The Parish Council have taken a lot of time and trouble to put in these conditions because it is a unique area within McDonalds but it needs to do more to protect the residents.
Mr Little said can we ask for the Licencing Department to check to see if all the conditions have been fulfilled. Mr Crawford said we need to ask the Licencing Department tomorrow. Mr Cridland said rest assured if it is not legal the 24 hour opening will cease immediately. Mr Cridland said in his last two 24 hour restaurants (Yeovil and Street) the cases of vandalism and boy racers were lessened.
Mr Crawford asked the Clerk to contact the Licencing Department in
Mr Crawford thanked Mr Cridland for coming to the meeting but we need to make sure our residents in the parish are happy. We want to work with you. Mr Cridland said he would attend the Parish Council meeting in August.
Mr Lewis said we need to encourage residents of Wolfester Terrace to record all incidents and he thought PCSO Thelma Mead had a special log sheet which she would collect once a week. The Clerk will contact her about this.
d) New Code of Conduct
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
b) Payment for audit
b) Area East Community Forum Invitation 17th
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING Monday, 6th