|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Mr Tuck.
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 said it had been a very quiet month. He was looking forward to the resurgence
of the Speed Watch. He has had good feedback from the Spar who were going to allocate
money for the defibrillator; Haynes were also interested and Dr Huins was very keen on
this going forward as although they have one in the surgery it is only available at
surgery times. Mr Westcott also said they now have 15 trained volunteers for the
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis said the County had launched two pilot schemes for reporting potholes. These were
to enable the local communities to take a photograph of the pothole and upload to the
County Council website. He was still very much in the process of learning priorities for
this quadrenium. There are no significant changes at this time but may be in mid
August/September. The District Council Planning Inspector is extending his view of the
local plan for 14 days. It will be early autumn when his report comes back to the District
Council. It has been a very thorough inspection.
Mr Bourke asked if there were any indications from the Inspector as
to his areas of concern. Mr Lewis said one was the East Coker development which is an
urban extension in the South of Yeovil rather than in the North where the jobs are. Also
Shuddrick Lane in Ilminster has caused the local community concern as it came forward very
late in the day. The regional plans were preferred and the new plans are not good for the
area. There have been robust discussions around the table.
a) Gully in Church Road
It was reported that this had now been repaired.
b) Water courses in Sparkford
The Clerk had received documentation for the Flood Mitigation Fund and it looked possible
to apply for a grant to clear the water courses as discussed at the March meeting: the
carrier ditch measures 148 meters, its length needs clearing and banks reshaping, also
both sides will need refencing with stock proof fence after the ditch works, length 260
meters, 36meters of fence is in private ownership and will not need refencing to keep
It was agreed that permission needed to be obtained from the landowner to access the land
to carry out this work.
It was asked if there was any news about the traffic calming in the
High Street. The Clerk said this project had been accepted by County but they were looking
at various methods. Mr Lewis was asked if he would investigate.
7 LOCAL PLAN/AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Mr Crawford said he had contacted Queen Camel offering information about our scheme, sent
a copy of our 106 Agreement and the grant of planning conditions.
8 PLANNING DECISIONS None had been
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
None had been received. The Clerk had circulated the consultation on the solar PV
application which, although not in our parish, is adjacent to it. Mr Crawford had printed
off a map showing the area was 30-35 acres with enough electricity for 1,400 houses. The
siting of these solar farms is very much related to a high voltage power line being in the
10 MATTERS ARISING
Emma Treloar reported that they had now filled in all the potholes. At the moment
Ben was clearing up after the bank holiday rush and would be getting out to clear any
rubbish in the village. Mr Bourke asked if there was any news about the fences and Emma
responded saying she was continuing to send emails to Head Office reminding them.
Mr Lewis said he had been contacted by a resident in Wolfester
Terrace regarding the overgrown hedges. He knew that part of it belongs to McDonalds and
part to the Spar but it was overhanging the highway. Emma said she would get this dealt
with over the next couple of weeks.
b) Parish Newsletter
The Clerk said that everyone would now be aware that Jay Farmer will no longer be
able to carry on as Editor of the Parish Newsletter and the July/August edition would be
her last. She had received a phone call advising that Peter Downton, who lives in Church
Road, had volunteered to take on the Editorship of the newsletter. The situation still
remained about the advertising and it was clear that all four pages are now being taken up
with reports and news. Mr Crawford said he had been contacted by three people who had
complained about the small print and the Clerk had also been approached about this. Mr
Crawford said someone who had advertised in the past was more than happy to pay £12 per
year for advertising and most local newsletters charged £15 or more and Martock charges
£12 per month. It was suggested that advertisers make a one off payment for a once a year
flyer which Larry Piper offered to print for free. It was agreed that the Clerk would give
Mr Piper the contact details of Peter Downton. The Clerk then suggested that Malcolm
Littlewood may be happy to put an extra page onto the Parish website which contained
contact details of local businesses etc.
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £220.46 and expenses of £14.00 were approved.
b) Community Council for Somerset
The renewal fee of £35 for membership was agreed.
c) Peter Lacey Memorial
The Clerk had received information from SALC that they were intending to place a bench on
land in the centre of West Buckland as a permanent tribute to Peter. Peter regularly mowed
and took pride in keeping the area tidy for the village. SALC were asking each Council to
donate £10 towards a fund to buy a bench with an appropriate plaque. If contributions
from member councils exceeded the cost of the bench any additional money would be passed
to West Buckland Parish Council to help with the cost of future maintenance. After a short
discussion it was agreed that Councillors would personally give the Clerk a donation
towards this rather than paying out of the precept. The Clerk would raise a cheque once
monies have been paid into the Parish bank account.
12 CORRESPONDENCE There was none.
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
a) Commemorative Stone
The Clerk reported that she, Mr Crawford and Mr Bourke would be visiting the
Stonemasons workshop on Wednesday to see the blue lias stone picked out and would
also be able to choose the type of lettering that will be used. She said she would take
photographs so these could go into the "time capsule" the Scouts would be
organising to bury under the stone. Mr Lewis said if he provided a spray can could the
area where the stone will be placed be marked out and he will get Subscan to check the
area making sure there are no services in the area. He will also organise the hole to be
b) SSDC Somerset Together AGM
The Clerk had circulated details of this meeting on 2nd July and asked
Councillors to let her know if they would be attending so she could send the reply slip
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Lewis referred back to the PV farm situation and said West Camel and Queen Camel were
having ongoing talks and discussions about applications and Chilton Cantelo had also
received an application. He said it was important to have a fixed policy regarding
community benefits so the developer knows up front what is expected. Parishes need to get
this organised for the future.
He also said South Somerset had received the highest number of applications for this type
of development but didnt know what the sunshine figures for the area were. It was
reported that Yeovilton would have all these figures.
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA There were
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 1st July 2013.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.55 pm.