|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies had been received from Carol Goodland.
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
4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Mr Westcott reported that a burglary had taken place in the village and that it was now in
the hands of the Police. He reported on bad parking at the bottom of Church Road and Mr
Crawford asked him to speak to Thelma Mead about this.
Mr Tuck mentioned the articulated lorry cab that has been parking in the bus stop and also
outside Cedar Court this is being dealt with by Thelma Mead.
Mr Crawford referred to the burglary in Weston Bampfylde and said
that people should make sure they leave some lights on when leaving their properties and
also have a burglar alarm.
PCSO Mead reported on the police statistics for the month of April
which unfortunately now covered a very wide local area rather than just Sparkford. She had
been contacted by Nick Holbrook of The Old Mill. He had installed, at his own expense, a
swinging gate to the entrance of the Montgomerys fields to stop sheep going across.
This has been pulled off its hinges by a member of the public. She will be putting an item
in the Parish Newsletter about this.
She had received photographs and information from Malcolm Littlewood about the theft of
wood from the Copse and was very hopeful of this going to court.
She will be dealing with the issue of double/parallel parking in Church Road as reported
by Bill Westcott.
Thelma reported that as from July she would be going on a new 10
week shift pattern which means we may not see as much of her. Please telephone or email
her with any queries.
Mr Lewis reported that over the Easter weekend fuel was taken from
vehicles on his site and last weekend Garretts found a number of petrol cans adjoining
their property. The thieves had taken both petrol and diesel.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Crawford congratulated Mr Lewis, on behalf of the Parish Council, on being elected as
Mr Lewis had been to the Queen Camel meeting and said he hoped that
Sparkford PC will help Queen Camel as they have just voted and agreed on their affordable
housing scheme. Mr Lewis asked Mr Crawford if he would pass on our experiences to Rosemary
Heath-Coleman who is the new Queen Camel Parish Chairman.
Mr Lewis said that the proposed closure of the A371 Castle Cary Railway Station and over
bridge at Wincanton at the same time was taxing him.
The Clerk had forward copies of the latest SID reports to all Councillors.
Kevin Davis reported that the gully in Church Road (by 55 Church
Road) had dropped lower than 100ml from the dropped pavement and was dangerous. He also
reported that the gully outside Meadow Cottage was also faulty and making noise when
vehicles drove over it. The Clerk will report these issues to Highways.
7 LOCAL PLAN/AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Mr Crawford said he had received an update from Mark Dillon as follows:
All houses now allocated.
Following the enactment of the "bedrooms and benefits" legislation, a
special exception was negotiated for Sparkford people to occupy 3-bedroom houses even if
their exact need was not for one. All of the 3-bedroom houses, except the 3-bedroom,
5-person house (for which they could not stretch this exception) are occupied by people
with Sparkford connections. This last property has gone to someone from Queen Camel.
The two shared-ownership houses have not gone to Sparkford-connected people as none
of these people were able to secure finance.
Dont forget that the Sparkford prioritisation system happens again each time
there is a change of tenant or shared-owner.
The "bedrooms and benefits" legislation has had a serious effect on
social housing building and could not have been predicted when the houses were built.
There will now be a huge shift to building 1- and 2-bedroom houses, which clearly do not
have the same long-term flexibility.
A discussion followed on the allocation rules that Yarlington had
8 PLANNING DECISIONS
Four planning decision had been received:
13/00805/DPO 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. Mr Mark Dillon, Yarlington Housing Group. APPROVED but Deed
of Variation needed to formally amend the Section 106 Agreement.
13/00952/FUL & 13/00954/LBC internal alterations, demolition
of existing conservatory and replacement single storey extension. Mr C Eykyn, Little
Weston House, Little Weston Road. APPROVED.
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. Mr & Mrs J King Brain, The Grange, Little Weston. APPROVED.
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS None had
10 MATTERS ARISING
The Clerk reported that Emma Treloar, Manager of McDonalds Sparkford, had turned
up at 7.30 for the meeting and hadnt realised the Annual Parish meeting was being
held. She reported that the potholes by the garage entrance had now been filled by
McDonalds. The litter bin in the Little Weston layby was being fly tipped overnight with
car parts. They were trying to deal with this issue but as it was happening overnight this
was very difficult.
The Clerk was asked to contact Emma and pass on the thanks of the
Parish Council for all her hard work on litter collections which had been emphasised by Mr
Littlewood on behalf of the Copse Trust.
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £209.96 and expenses of £7.50 were approved.
b) Parish Insurance
The Clerk had received the renewal for the Parish Insurance due on 1st June.
The cost was £326.85. This was agreed by the Parish Council.
12 CORRESPONDENCE No
correspondence had been received.
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The Clerk brought up a problem relating to the Parish Newsletter. Since Jay Farmer had
taken over the editorship she had been receiving more copy to be included which posed a
problem with including advertising on the back page. Haynes, who kindly prints the
newsletter free of charge, are unable to print any more than the four pages currently
included. Jay had contacted the people who request their adverts go into the Parish
Newsletter to ask if they would pay £1 per month for the advertising which would allow
her to put in a separate advertising flyer. Unfortunately most people refused. In the
current edition Jay had actually compiled an advertising flyer on coloured paper and
inserted it into the May issue. She did this entirely at her own expense, using 420 sheets
of paper and 3 ink cartridges. The Clerk had said she shouldnt do this and it
certainly shouldnt be coming out of her own personal funds, and that she would bring
the situation to the Parish Council.
Some discussion took place and it was decided to put this as an
agenda item for the June meeting and mention this in the newsletter so anyone who wanted
to make suggestions/comments could attend, before any decision is made.
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Crawford had circulated an email with information that Mrs Goodland had decided to
retire from the Parish Council and thanked her for her 15 years of service both as Parish
Clerk and Councillor. He asked the Clerk to put this in the Parish Newsletter asking
anyone interested in becoming a Councillor to contact her.
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
a) Parish Newsletter advertising.
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 3rd June 2013.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.04 pm.