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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 8th APRIL  2013 AT 8.00 PM
IN SPARKFORD PARISH HALL

Present:
Mr J Crawford – Chairman
Mr T Tuck – Vice Chairman
Mr A Bourke
Mr D Braithwaite
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 Carol Goodland.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST   There were none.

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   There was nothing to report.

5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Crawford addressed the meeting saying that Bob Little was not standing at the upcoming elections and so this would be the last meeting at Sparkford he will attend. He thanked Mr Little, on behalf of the Parish Council, Clerk and parishioners, very much for all the hard work and support he had given us for many years.

Mr Little thanked Mr Crawford for his kind words. He went on to say he was compiling a list of outstanding activities and would be contacting the Clerk about this. He will also endeavour to obtain the latest information on the small highways improvement scheme.

Mr Lewis said there was not much happening at the District Council at the moment. The most significant thing was the official opening of the affordable housing. He thanked Sparkford Parish Council for their efforts. He thought it would be very useful to other parishes if Sparkford could write down their experiences both good and bad, lessons to be learned etc. This was agreed.

6 HIGHWAYS
The Clerk reported she had no response from Harvey Siggs at County in regard to the ditch issue that had been raised the previous month. Mr Little asked for a copy of the email and would chase it up.
Mr Braithwaite reported the pot holes in Queen Camel and Mr Little said he would report this.

7 LOCAL PLAN/AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Mr Crawford said he had been very impressed with the affordable housing at the recent opening. The Rev’d Bennett had been delighted that the scheme had been named after his family and that he was invited to open the housing.

8 PLANNING DECISIONS
Two decisions had been received:
12/04727/FUL – Erection of a garage block and outbuildings, extension to residential garden area and creation of new driveway. Mr & Mrs Ralson-Saul, Cider Press House, Little Weston Road, Sparkford. GRANTED.
13/00302/FUL – Demolition of existing single storey extension and erection of a new replacement single storey extension. Mr & Mrs Ralson-Saul, Cider Press House, Little Weston Road, Sparkford. GRANTED.

9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Two planning applications had been received:
13/01094/FUL Change of use from single detached dwelling to two semi-detached dwellings,
The Orchard, Cherry Pie Lane, Sparkford BA22 7AT. Mr R Bell
13/01127/FUL Demolition of existing rear lean-to. Construction of a two-storey and a single-storey lean-to extension at the rear, together with internal alterations. The Grange, Little Weston BA22 7HP. Mr & Mrs J King Brain.

10 MATTERS ARISING
a) McDonalds
Emma Treloar said she was hoping to install the camera by the lorry bay very soon. She had organised a litter pick on 17th April and so far had approximately 10-15 people attending.
Mr Lewis reported that several people had spoken to him about the surface by the entrance of the Spar Shop which is very bad. Emma Treloar said she had spoken to Spar but had not received a positive response so said she would deal with the matter.

11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerk’s Salary & Expenses
The Clerk’s salary of 199.46 and expenses of 7.50 were approved.
b) Approval of Accounts
The annual accounts to 31st March were presented to the Parish Council and were approved.

12 CORRESPONDENCE
The Clerk had received a letter from South Somerset Community Accessible Transport thanking the Parish Council for their recent donation.

13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
a) Peter Lacey SALC
The Clerk had circulated the recent email regarding the sudden death of Peter Lacey. She had also received information about the funeral which had been circulated. Mr Crawford said he wasn’t sure how SALC would replace Peter as he had been such a fount of knowledge and gave an amazing amount of support to Parishes. It was agreed to send condolences to his colleagues at SALC and also to his family. Mr Crawford said he would try to attend the funeral on Friday.

14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
The Clerk reminded the Parish Council that the Annual Parish Meeting would be held prior to the next meeting in May and would commence at 7.30pm.

15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA   There were none.

16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 13th May 2013. Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30pm and normal meeting will commence after the APM.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.05pm.
KB/11.04.13

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