|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Mr Bourke.
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Mr Tuck declared an interest in item 7.
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 Mead read out the police report statistics which are now covering the
Camelot Ward as against figures for just Sparkford.
She will be attending the Evergreen meeting on 13th March. She confirmed the
Speed Watch has resumed and they had been out once or twice a week.
She has spoken to the Site Manager at Bennett Close and to
Yarlington Homes and agreed that an item regarding parking on The Avenue would be included
in the welcome pack for the new owners/tenants. Mr Lewis suggested she get email
confirmation from Yarlington regarding the issue of not parking by the double white line.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Little reported that elections will be held on 2nd May.
Mr Lewis asked for the Parish Council to reaffirm their wishes as to the affordable
housing being allocated to Sparkford residents, children of residents etc. It was
confirmed that as per the Section 106 Agreement any residents, whether of gold, silver or
bronze status, should be given first refusal of the housing before any offers go outside
a) Speed reduction on Cary Road
The Clerk had circulated the response from Highways about this matter and was now
waiting for information on whether the signage could be improved.
b) Water courses in Sparkford
Mr Tuck said there was a survey some years ago on the water courses in Sparkford. He
understood that Somerset County Council had an allocation of money to give to landowners
to make improvements to drains etc. There were problems such as trees fallen into rivers
and bank subsidence. We had tried to get South Somerset District Council to adopt the
length of culvert up to Manor Close a few years ago but were unsuccessful. He continued
that if we had money and could go to the landowner to ask for access to maintain the
ditches and get them redug this would help to solve the problem.
Mr Little considered this a very good case and suggested we
apply for a grant. In the first instance we should contact Harvey Siggs, the Cabinet
Member responsible for the Flood Relief Fund. It was agreed that when Mr Tuck gave the
full information to the Clerk she would then contact Mr Siggs.
7 LOCAL PLAN/AFFORDABLE HOUSING
It was reported that the date for the official opening of Bennett Close would be on Friday
22nd March. As soon as the Clerk received confirmation of timings she would let
Councillors know. PCSO Mead also requested that the Clerk let her know the timings.
8 PLANNING DECISIONS
One planning decision had been received:
13/00071/FUL Conversion of existing car port into a study. Kings
Keep, Little Weston Road, Sparkford, BA22 7HP. Mrs Y White. APPROVED
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
One planning application had been received.
13/00805/DPO Application for the modification of a S106 Agreement
to exclude a strip of garden land from the agreement and to allow the land to be
transferred to properties on the neighbouring development. Land Os 6817 Part, The Avenue,
Sparkford. Mark Dillon, Yarlington Homes.
10 MATTERS ARISING
There was nothing to report.
b) Andrea de Berker Village Agent
Ms de Berker had kindly come to the meeting to introduce herself to the Parish
Council. She has been in post since last July working with other villages in the area.
When more funding came through she also took Sparkford and Chilton Cantelo under her wing.
She works from home for 10 hours a week and is employed by the Community Council for
Somerset; part of their remit is the Oil Scheme and trying to get youngsters into the milk
industry. Her post is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the Bernard Herridge Charity and
Total Somerset. Her role is to provide people in Somersets rural communities with
easier access to information and services and she has been working with a lot of the older
communities in villages. It is a confidential service. The Clerk suggested she get in
touch with Sharon Bradford and attend the next Evergreen meeting on 13th March.
Sharons details will be passed on to Andrea.
c) Response received regarding purchase of
The Clerk read out a letter from a parishioner who was against the purchase of a
defibrillator for the village. After a short discussion Mr Braithwaite proposed we drop
the idea of the purchase, Mr Tuck seconded and all Councillors agreed. The Clerk was asked
to respond to the parishioner.
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £220.46 and expenses of £7.50 were approved.
b) SALC Affiliation Fee
The sum of £150.07 was agreed.
c) Playing Field rent
The sum of £125.00 was agreed.
a) Funding request from South Somerset CAT
The Clerk had received a letter from South Somerset Community Accessible
Transport requesting funding. They recently lost the SLINKY contract with Somerset County
Council which had resulted in a loss of funding in excess of £40,000 annually. They have
over 4 registered individual members in our parish that they provide a service to and Ms
de Berker confirmed that she had been speaking to parishioners regarding local transport.
Following a short discussion Mr Braithwaite proposed a grant of £100, Mrs Goodland
seconded and all Councillors approved.
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Braithwaite asked if there was any news regarding the commemorative stone. The
Clerk confirmed she was still waiting to hear from the stonemason but would chase him up.
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Lewis said that when considering the amendment to the planning application for
the Section 106 Agreement we may wish to consider the flooding potential of the buffer
strip of land being handed over to the residents of Cedar Court. There may be a potential
for blocking drainage from the field behind. Perhaps a condition of the planning
determination could be that Yarlington/C G Fry install a pipe under the land from the
field before this buffer strip changes hands. Mr Crawford will request this in our
comments back to South Somerset District Council.
Mr Piper asked if any information had come through about a
new entrance/exit being installed at the Cadbury Business Park as he has seen that one is
being constructed between the units and the cheese store. No-one has seen anything
although this actually comes under North Cadburys domain.
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA There
were no items.
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 8th April 2013.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.10 pm.