|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
None had been received.
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 had nothing to report.
The Clerk read out the police report from PCSO Thelma Mead
for the period December 2012 to January 2013:
10 crimes reported and dealt with: 7 making off without payment, 1 attempted
burglary, 1 other offence and 1 domestic incident. 8 calls to the force service centre: 2
pre-planned events, 3 flood warning Environmental Agency, 1 attempted burglary, 1 unknown
and 1 traffic.
The Community Speed Watch will resume in the New Year when we
have managed to find other locations to stand in the High Street. They had a get together
with CSW in December and had a good response. Ken Flood has the equipment back from Stuart
Hunter and will be issuing a list of dates.
Mr Westcott is still the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator and anything relating to
NHW should be passed to him in the first instance.
Ken Flood is the Community Speed Watch Co-ordinator and will liaise directly with
PCSO Mead, Stuart Hunter CSW Chairman and the Road Policing unit in Yeovil.
PCSO Mead had spoken to the Site Manager at the affordable housing build in The
Avenue about parking issues. She has given them No Waiting cones and posters to make the
tradesmen aware of the parking issues and that they have permission to park in the village
hall car park. She and the Road Policing Unit will be making regular patrols to ensure
they keep to what has been agreed.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Little said it had been a fairly quiet time and had no points to make.
Mr Crawford asked if there was any news about the government funding for the County
Council. Mr Little said they were 5.5% down on what they received last year from the
Mr Lewis reported that they are due to agree on the Local
Development framework next Thursday. There is an argument about housing numbers still. The
District Council agreed a number of houses but the government are saying something
different in the Regional Spatial Strategy which means more houses than South Somerset
District Council want.
Mr Lewis thanked Mr Little on getting the problem with Mrs
Prestnails flooding sorted out. Highways officers met with her and carried out
7 LOCAL PLAN/AFFORDABLE HOUSING
There was nothing to report. Mr Piper asked if we had heard anything
regarding the air source heat pumps but we hadnt. Mr Bourke asked if we had a finish
date. Mr Crawford said originally it had been Christmas but they started late and had
problems with the weather so it may be Easter.
8 PLANNING DECISIONS There were
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS There
10 MATTERS ARISING
Mr Piper said there had been an increase in rubbish over the last couple
of weeks. Emma Treloar said they had been having problems on site with some youngsters and
car parts being put in their bins. She is trying to get a camera installed in the lorry
park as the barriers are being broken down as fast as she can replace them. She will get
Josh and Ben to go back to the original rubbish picking route.
With regards to the fence the discussions have now gone up a level and moving in
the right direction.
Following the precept decision at the last meeting we had been informed
that the impact of the Governments recent announcement regarding Town and Parish
Councils and the Localisation of Council Tax would negate the precept. We now have to add
in certain amounts relating to the number of people receiving benefits in the parish. If
we dont add this figure to our precept then we will receive a shortfall.
Unfortunately the District Council dont yet have these figures but have set up a
meeting for the 24th January to give this information and the Clerk, Mr
Crawford and Mr Bourke will be attending. We have been advised that there is no cap placed
on the precept this year.
c) Warden Scheme
The Clerk had contacted our insurance company to enquire if the parish
insurance would cover volunteers carrying out highways related work. They said that
volunteers that work under the control of the Parish Council in connection with our
activities are included in the definition of an employee on the policy and are therefore
insured automatically under both the Employers and Public Liability insurance
sections of our policy. If aged between 16 and 80 they are also covered under the Personal
Accident insurance section. However the Parish Council must ensure any volunteers work in
a safe environment and that they have access to the correct tools and personal protective
equipment/clothing. A risk assessment of their tasks should be carried out in writing and
kept on the PC files.
The Clerk had also contacted local Parish Clerks to see if
their parishes had shown any interest in the Warden Scheme but she had not received any
Mr Piper asked if we could still receive the money from the County Council if we
decided to go ahead but was told that we have to be part of four parishes sharing a Warden
to benefit. He thought we should still go ahead with carrying out this work as it appeared
the County Council will not be doing it.
Mr Little said we could apply to the Community Enablement
Fund which would be available to one parish if they wished to go forward with this and the
Clerk was asked to email him asking for details. Mr Bourke objected and said we should ask
if there would be any specific strings attached in requesting any money. The County
Councils intention is to persuade parishes to take on some facilities they currently
The Clerk had made enquiries from the British Heart Foundation, South
Western Ambulance Service, our local GP Surgery and the Community Heartbeat scheme.
Basically if we went ahead with the SW Ambulance Service we would have to give them a
donation of £1500 for the defibrillator (which would still remain the property of the
SWAS). They would maintain it, update the software and replace batteries etc. However we
would need to purchase a special external heated unlocked cupboard at a cost of £720. The
"shelf-life" of the defibrillator is normally 7 years after which we would need
to start the process again by giving another donation.
The response of the GP surgery was positive in saying that it
was a good idea, very easy to use and they would be happy to show people how to use one.
However we would need to provide evidence to support public access. Following a cardiac
arrest the chance of survival decreases by 23% per minute. It is very important medical
treatment starts as soon as possible. If a defibrillator is used within one minute of a
cardiac arrest the chance of survival is 30%; if a defibrillator is used within five
minutes the chance of survival goes down to 2%. If someone had a CA in Green Close or at
the McDonalds end of the village then the chances of someone getting to the village hall,
picking up the defibrillator and returning to the patient within 5 minutes is very
unlikely as is the case of a CA happening outside the village hall.
A discussion ensued and it was agreed the Clerk put an item in the Parish
Newsletter, giving the costs, asking what parishioners thought about the suggestion.
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £157.47 and expenses of £8.50 were approved.
12 CORRESPONDENCE None had been
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Braithwaite had been approached by a number of people regarding the
flooding of the river and the responsibilities for the river and sluice gates. Mr Crawford
said an investigation into the responsibilities should be made before we informed
Mr Davis said Mr Flood had contacted him before the meeting
to say he now had the new laser gun and also that the Road Policing Unit had been looking
at the position of the 30mph speed limit sign on the old A303. They agreed with the Parish
Council that it should be moved and the Clerk was asked to contact PCSO Thelma Mead to see
if we could get their support in requesting Highways move the sign.
Mr Tuck reported that the track way from Church Road to the
restored bridge had been trashed by County Council workmen. Mr Rankin was under the
impression the track way would be hardened up and reinstated by the Footpath Division
which is why he gave them access.
The Clerk was asked to contact Peter Radford, the bridge expert at County, to ask
about plans to repair the track way and to thank him for the restoration of the bridge and
the new stile.
Mr Crawford reported that the Clerk now needs somewhere
secure to hold all the Parish records and the suggestion was the Parish Council purchase a
lockable cupboard which would be placed in the village hall. A discussion ensued and Mr
Braithwaite proposed that the Clerk be given permission to purchase a cupboard up to the
value of £175.00. This was seconded by Mrs Goodland.
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
There were none.
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA There
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 4th February 2013.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.00 pm.