|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
There were none.
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST There
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
Mr Westcott reported there had been some vandalism which destroyed the concrete
uprights for the stile leading onto the railway. There had been a temporary repair and the
Clerk confirmed the stile would be repaired properly by Network Rail. Mr Westcott also
reported that the speed sign in the High Street had been blown down in the wind and he had
it in his possession. The NHW BBQ had been successful with over £400 raised, some of
which would go towards the defibrillator. There had also been a bucket collection at the
car wash at the garage to raise more funds for this.
The Clerk read out the report from PCSO Thelma Mead:
The recorded crimes for the month of June were theft from a motor vehicle x 1 and criminal
damage x 3. Calls to the Force Service Centre were anti-social behaviour x 8, crime x 7,
general x 6, public safety/welfare x 8 and transport/traffic x 12.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis reported that the SSDC Enforcement Officer, Lynette Osment, had removed
all the signs for the Sparkford Inn and Party in the Park. Although he could understand
the Sparkford Inn signs being taken all the ones for the Party in the Park were
advertising for a charity event. He was trying to find out why these ones had been
Mr Bourke asked Mr Lewis if the Enforcement Officer knew that the Village Breakfast
Committee had permissions from the County, Police and Environment Agency to place their
signs. Mr Lewis said he would inform Lynette Osment about this.
He said the Flood Summit had been held recently for the whole of
Somerset. The outcomes of these discussions are being considered and suggested the Parish
Council go online at Somerset County Council website it will show what decisions are
likely to take place regarding flooding. The Government are saying those who are affected
by flooding should be able to get insurance. Decisions have to be made before September
and there may be comments the Parish Council wish to comment on and make recommendations
to the County Council or District Council.
It was reported the 30mph sign was missing east of Cam Cottages. Complaints had
been made about the noise emanating from the cattle grid at Hazlegrove School. The Clerk
was asked to send a letter to the Bursar asking them to tighten the grid up to lessen the
There was a problem with the sewer under Ainstey drive. Wessex Water
had been in the field for the last 3 weeks and when they put a camera down they found that
the drain under the railway line has failed. The Clerk was asked to obtain an update from
It was also reported that the surface water manhole in the Manor Close footpath was a trip
hazard it is raised about 4" above the footpath and tree roots are thought to
be the contributory factor to this. The Clerk will contact Highways.
7 LOCAL PLAN/AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Mr Tuck raised the issue of maintenance of borders etc at Bennett Close but was
told that the residents should contact Yarlington about this.
8 PLANNING DECISIONS None had been received.
a) 13/02558/AGN Erection of an agricultural building for the
storage of farm implements. Little Weston Farm, Little Weston Road, Sparkford. Mr Jonathan
b) 13/02557/AGN Extension to existing
agricultural building for the storage of hay/straw and farm machinery. Little Weston Farm,
Little Weston Road, Sparkford. Mr Jonathan King Brain.
Although these two Agricultural Notifications had been on the South Somerset District
Council website the Clerk had not actually received them. The Clerk will send a link to
Councillors so they can view the applications online. Mr Lewis said we should pay
particular attention to the height of the agricultural building to avoid the problem that
arose in Marston
Mr Crawford thanked Mrs Sutton for attending the
meeting and requesting the Council to assist in obtaining conservation status for Little
Weston. He explained a little about conservation areas and which local villages had
achieved this status. He asked Councillors if they wished to put this as a future agenda
item. Mr Lewis said he would invite Tim Cook along to address the Parish Council
explaining more about this subject which would also allow more parishioners from Little
Weston to attend the meeting. This was agreed and Mr Lewis would let the Clerk know what
he had arranged with Tim Cook.
Mr Crawford said he had received an email from Mr
& Mrs Walton who are considering submitting a planning application for full
residential use of six of the pine lodges. The six plots currently do not have lodges on
them. It was agreed this could not be discussed until an application came through. Mr
Lewis suggested the Parish Council conduct a site visit once the application arrived. Mr
Crawford reported that Mr Walton had said we would be welcome to visit at any time.
10 MATTERS ARISING
The Clerk said that Emma Treloar was on holiday and unable to attend the meeting.
Mr Tuck complained that the extra McDonalds bins needed to be emptied more often as on a
Monday they were full and overflowing. Mr Lewis said that SSDC emptied the bins on a
Thursday and it was worth asking Emma to contact Chris Cooper at Streetscenes with a view
to possible changing the collection day.
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £199.46 and expenses of £7.50 were approved.
12 CORRESPONDENCE None had been
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS There was no
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Crawford said we needed to put the co-option of a new Parish Councillor to replace Mrs
Goodland on the August agenda. This was agreed.
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
1. Conservation Area
2. Co-option of a new Parish Councillor
3. Specific roles for individual Councillors
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 5th August 2013.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.50 pm.