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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 4th MARCH  2013 AT 8.00 PM
IN SPARKFORD PARISH HALL

Present:
Mr J Crawford – Chairman
Mr T Tuck – Vice Chairman
Mr D Braithwaite
Mr
s C Goodland
Mr L Piper

Mr K Davis
Mr M Lewis – District Councillor – Camelot Ward
Mr R Little – County Councillor – Castle Cary Division
Also present: 2 members of the public

In attendance: Mrs K Bourke – Clerk

After a short opportunity for members of the public to address the Council, the Chairman opened the meeting at 8.00 pm

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 MONTH’S MINUTES
The Minutes were approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of last month’s 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 the parish.

6 HIGHWAYS
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
a) McDonalds
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 Somerset’s 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. Sharon’s details will be passed on to Andrea.

c) Response received regarding purchase of defibrillator
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) Clerk’s Salary & Expenses

The Clerk’s 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.

12 CORRESPONDENCE
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 Cadbury’s 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.

KB/05.03.13

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