Mr J Crawford Chairman
Mr D Braithwaite
Mrs C Goodland
Mr A Bourke
Mr L Piper
Mr R Little County Councillor Castle Cary Division
Mr M Lewis District Councillor Camelot Ward
Also present: 2 members of the public
2 Members of Staff, McDonalds
In attendance: Mrs K Bourke Clerk
|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies had been received from Mr Tuck, PCSO Thelma Mead and Bill Westcott.
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST There were none.
3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTHS MINUTES
4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
PCSO Thelma Mead had also confirmed that Speed Watch was about to go live. She has a log form for the residents of Wolfester Terrace to fill in with times/dates of incidents at McDonalds and will take them round to residents and tell them about the new 101 telephone number.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis said we should encourage Thelma to talk to the residents of Wolfester Terrace to pick up the logs and encourage the residents to fill them in. The Clerk said she had already stressed the importance of recording incidents to some of the residents who said they would pass the message along.
7 LOCAL PLAN/AFFORDABLE HOUSING
8 PLANNING DECISIONS
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
The Clerk reported that she had received information that there is a
change of the planning appeal for the Walton application which will now be determined by
the Informal Hearing procedure.
10 MATTERS ARISING
Mr Bourke said he understood the Clerk had sent him copies of all the correspondence, meetings and minuted items between his predecessor and the Parish Council and District Councillor and that he was going to give us some response. Mr Cridland said he had forwarded it all to his Area Manager and reiterated that all the conditions of the license have been met by the repairs carried out on the existing fence. Mr Bourke asked if he had any comments to make about what his predecessor had discussed. Mr Cridland said the two individuals concerned have now both left the company; he is the restaurant manager now. Mr Bourke said that McDonalds have abrogated on promises made and now are sticking to the letter of the law and are not taking this forward. The Customer Relations person who came with Matt Cridland said the fence repairs will make a considerable difference to the noise level for the neighbours. Mr Bourke said it wouldnt make any difference as whats needed is something to divert the noise upwards ie a 3 metre fence. If the noise level increases what reassurances can McDonalds give if the promises made over time have not been kept? He went on to say that the "super fence" mentioned in previous Minutes was a proposal put forward by McDonalds themselves and not the Parish Council we had just asked for a normal motorway standard 3 metre fence but McDonalds had come back to us suggesting a double sandwich insulated fence: a very expensive option.
Mr Braithwaite said the residents were not given any notice of the 24 hour opening happening and they feel they had been walked over. This is just not good enough.
Mr Little asked to whom the Parish Council should write to get the matter of the fence sorted out. The Customer Relations person said she would give the details to the Clerk. Mr Crawford said we are asking you to look at this as we know you can afford it. This has been going on for years and can be sorted out forever by a relatively cheap fence.
Mr Lewis said McDonalds may expect the residents of Wolfester Terrace to communicate their concerns to McDonalds but many of them are elderly and they expect the Parish Council, South Somerset District Council and the County Council to speak on their behalf. It is not necessary for them to speak out directly as they do not want retribution from some of the people visiting McDonalds. You should look on us as their representatives. The vast majority of them need to have their concerns listened to.
Mr Crawford said this is not necessarily all bad behaviour but it is customers and traffic all the time, 24 hours a day. Matt Cridland said most noise came from lorries going into the garage and deliveries. Mr Crawford said we know many of the customers are going to the garage as well as McDonalds.
On a good point it is good news about the additional signage in the HGV area for no overnight parking and in the drive through lane asking customers to respect the local environment. Matt Cridland said he plans to come to the next meeting. Mr Crawford said we would like to see all of us getting on well but mainly that the residents have a peaceful life. Some of the things McDonalds are doing are good but the fence is key to the residents of Wolfester Terrace. He then thanked them for attending the meeting.
b) Commemorative Stone
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
Mr Lewis said the success, particularly of the Restorative Justice Panel, is excellent. Valerie Keitch, the Manager, has been a prison governor. It really does work both for those causing problems and their parents/guardians. Mr Crawford said it also provides a redress to victims as well. It was agreed to put this on the Agenda for consideration at the next meeting. Mr Little requested the Clerk to send him a copy of the letter.
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Crawford reported that he was going to bring up the matter of
replacing the missing litter bin in the Little Weston lay-by but had realised that he
still had the one that was removed from the corner of Twines Close and this would be
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING