|1 APOLOGIES FOR
Apologies had been received from Mr Little, Mrs Goodland and Mr Piper.
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
PCSO Thelma Mead gave her monthly report for January-February:
6 crimes were reported and dealt with, 4 drive offs have been dealt with and filed,
1 drive off still under investigation, 1 possession of cannabis cannabis warning
issued and filed.
7 calls to the force service station; 1 theft, 1 suspicious/wanted, 1 contact, 1
contact re flooding, 1 miscellaneous and 2 traffic accidents.
She reported that she has been reporting pot holes and the lack of white lines in
the area. She has been keeping an eye on the parking issues related to the affordable
housing site and these were now under control. She will be contacting Tony Leach at
Highways regarding blocked drains in the area.
Following contact from the Clerk she has been in contact with
Highways regarding moving the 30mph signage further back towards South Cadbury; the Road
Policing Unit has also been in touch with Highways regarding this signage. She is awaiting
Mr Westcott said there was an incident on the High Street at approximately 10am on
Saturday with a high speed police car chasing a vehicle.
Mr Braithwaite mentioned a large pothole between Queen Camel and Marston Magna and
Thelma confirmed she had reported this.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis said there would be an Executive meeting on Thursday and it is anticipated
that South Somerset District Council will not increase their precept for the coming year.
Mr Tuck said the litter bin that had been relocated in the Little Weston lay-by was
leaning quite badly and wouldnt take much to push over. The Chairman said this had
only recently been relocated following complaints from the farmer but would ask SSDC to
look at it.
It was also mentioned that there was a lot of water flowing
from the farm on the Cary Road over to the Cadbury Business Park which would be extremely
dangerous if it iced over. Mr Lewis said that Mr Little had asked the North Cadbury Clerk
to deal with this but the problem is mainly that the water coming off the farm fields also
has effluent in it and it is blocking the gully. The gully sucker had been out to clear
but it had blocked again almost immediately. It was agreed that the Clerk contact the
North Cadbury Clerk asking if we could be of any assistance in helping to deal with this
7 LOCAL PLAN/AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The Clerk had received a question from Mr Piper regarding the air source heat pumps
and the attenuation tank. The Clerk had contacted C G Fry who confirmed the air source
heat pumps had been installed and their land agent was dealing with the paperwork with
SSDC. The attenuation tank had been installed and is located under plot 1s car
parking space and also under the parking space for plot 2 and 3. It was anticipated that
the site would be handed over to Yarlington on 1st March.
Mr Bourke asked if the Revd Guy Bennett had been approached
regarding an opening ceremony. Mr Crawford said he didnt know if any ceremony was
being planned. The Clerk said that Mark Dillon had originally thought it was a very good
idea to invite Revd Bennett as the development is named for his family. It was agreed that
the Clerk would contact Yarlington about this.
Mr Lewis said residents had asked him about the details for
the two 50/50 dwellings and he had been in contact with Mark Dillon. Unfortunately no-one
had yet shown interest in the part ownership dwellings and they have designed a leaflet
giving information. Mr Lewis had agreed to have these delivered to all residents in the
Parish. At the moment these two dwellings were being offered countywide. Mr Crawford said
that the rented properties hadnt been released as yet but would be put up on
Yarlingtons website as soon as they were. Mr Braithwaite said he saw someone move
into one of the dwellings today.
8 PLANNING DECISIONS There
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Two planning applications had been received:
a) 13/00014/FUL Re-instatement of blocked in
window at attic level on north gable elevation. The Dairy House, Little Weston Road
Sparkford BA22 7HP Mrs Sarah Sutton
b) 13/00302/FUL Demolition of existing single storey extension and
erection of a new replacement single storey extension. Cider Press House, Little Weston
Road Sparkford BA22 7HP Mr/s Ralston-Saul
10 MATTERS ARISING
Although this had already been agreed at a previous meeting recent changes by the
Government meant this had to be looked at again. Mr Crawford said that for people on
certain benefits there has always been a reduction in their council tax but those people
still have to have their services provided and they have to be paid for. Up until now the
majority of this has been rebated by central Government to the County and District
Councils. What has happened now is that central Government has reduced the value of the
rebate and the deficit has to be made up by the individual council tax payers in order to
bridge the gap. The Clerk had emailed paperwork relating to this and also a sheet showing
the different increases in council tax various precept amounts would mean. This needed to
be agreed this evening and Councillors had to bear in mind the fact that although there is
no cap on Parish Councils this year there is no guarantee that there would not be a cap on
the precept next year. Also there is no guarantee that we would receive the grant from
central Government next year either.
Following a discussion Mr Crawford asked how Councillors felt
about increasing the precept as previously agreed. Mr Tuck said we cannot stand still in
the real world; Mr Braithwaite said there would inevitably be other demands on the parish.
Mr Braithwaite proposed that we increase the precept to £5,000 as previously agreed. Mr
Bourke seconded the proposal and all Councillors were in favour. The Clerk will complete
the relevant paperwork.
Mr Lewis said we should make sure parishioners are aware what
the precept is being spent on. He said another part to this that everyone is going to be
expected to contribute in some measure to the council tax so it will be fairer in that
everyone pays something. It was agreed to place information in the Parish Newsletter.
b) Code of Conduct Adoption
The Clerk had emailed a copy of the South Somerset District Council Code of Conduct
to all Councillors. This had been adopted by SSDC on 12th July 2012. Following
discussions between the Clerk, SALC recommendations and the District Council the Clerk
then proceeded to outline changes that she suggested making to the Code. Following this Mr
Bourke proposed we adopt the amended Code, Mr Braithwaite seconded the movement and all
Councillors were in agreement. The Clerk will forward the amended copies of the Code to
Councillors and also lodge it with South Somerset District Council as required.
i) Register of Members Interests
Following the successful adoption of the new Code of Conduct every Councillor had
to complete a Register of Members Interests form.
Emma Treloar introduced Sheena to the Council. Sheena will be covering Emma when
she takes leave in the summer. Emma said she had organised an event in Yeovil with local
businesses doing a litter pick and would like to do a similar event in Sparkford. It was
agreed she would contact the Clerk with dates and details so these can go in the Parish
Mr Bourke asked if the issue with the fence was any further forward and Emma said
she was still sending emails about this but hadnt heard anything yet. She would
continue to chase the issue.
Mr Lewis said that the big No HGV Overnight Parking sign
seems to have resolved the issue. Emma said it had apart from a few drivers who had gone
over their allowed hours and the odd foreign drivers who just drove over the bollards.
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £220.46 and expenses of £7.50 were approved.
The Clerk said she had received an email from the new Village Agent who
requested a meeting with the Parish Council. After some discussion it was agreed to invite
her to the March meeting. The Clerk had also received information from the Village Agent
regarding help with heating costs and she would put this in the Parish Newsletter.
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS None.
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Braithwaite asked if there was any news on the defibrillator. The Clerk said it
had been agreed to put an item in the February Newsletter asking for comments from
parishioners but, as yet, she had received none.
Mr Lewis said that in 1994 when setting up Dairy House Yard
he had put up 2 signs warning of deer in the road one was in the lay-by to the
right hand side of the Cadbury Business Park and the other just past Haynes Motor Museum.
Unfortunately he has recently had to clear up two carcasses of deer that had been hit by
vehicles. There is currently a 60mph speed limit on this part of the Cary Road and they
frequently get motorbikes and cars far exceeding this limit. He thought that there was a
good reason to request restriction on this speed limit for general public safety. He has
cleared both of the signs which had been slightly obscured by vegetation. It was also
mentioned that vehicles exiting the Cadbury Business Park had a poor view of oncoming
vehicles and at this high speed there was every likelihood of an accident. It was also
reported that the Cadbury Business Park was extending so more traffic would be
entering/exiting from there. It was agreed that Mr Lewis will speak to PCSO Mead and the
Clerk will contact Highways.
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
Mr Tuck requested that water courses in Sparkford be put on next months
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 4th March 2013.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.15pm