|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Mr Piper.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Mr Crawford declared a personal interest in Item 9(b) as he knows the applicant.
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 said it had been a quiet period. He asked if the Parish Council could
approach the Police to have one of their speed watch units in the village. Councillors
agreed to this. He reported that the defibrillator fund was progressing and they had put
in a request for two units from the British Heart Foundation. He hopes one would be in
situ by Christmas at the Spar. The other one, if granted, would be situated in the phone
box in Weston Bampfylde. Priority will be given to the one in Sparkford.
Due to shift patterns PCSO Mead was unable to attend the meeting and
the Clerk read out her report. Recorded Crime for July was 3 x non-dwelling burglary, 1 x
violence against a person, 1 x theft from a motor vehicle, 1 x criminal damage. Calls to
the Force Services Centre were 6 x anti-social behaviour, 7 x crime, 2 x general, 12 x
public safety/welfare and 8 x transport/traffic. During July she had received a call about
parking on the pavement in Church Road and anti-social behaviour in the early hours coming
from the same address as the owners of the vehicles. She has now spoken to the landlords
of the property and will speak to the tenants. Local residents had been pleased with the
Regular patrols of Sparkford Copses have been carried out and she
had received another report of trees being cut down. If anyone sees any suspicious
vehicles in the area of the Copses please report it on 101.
There have also been reports of anti-social behaviour at McDonalds and noise. This
also needs to be reported to 101 so the incidents can be logged.
Mr Lewis reported there was a theft from a business in Sparkford a
couple of weeks ago where cash was taken, broken doors/windows and burglar alarm cut.
There had also been a fatality in Galhampton on 27th July. He has asked
Highways for a speed reduction from Sparkford to Galhampton of 50mph. Motorbikes tend to
use this piece of road as a race track and something needs to be done.
Mr Crawford said an empty property in Weston Bampfylde had been
broken into and a door removed. Ringmaster had also indicated there had been shed
burglaries in the area and to make sure everything had been locked away.
Mr Braithwaite said it would be nice to see the presence of Police in the village now and
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis reported that last Monday the District Council decided to suspend their
Local Development Plan because the Planning Inspector has found a number of instances in
the plan that are not sustainable; 3 areas include the urban extension in East Coker,
location of the extension at Ilminster in the wrong place and lack of employment land
around the market towns in particular and not sufficient detail in the plan as to where
this employment land will be. The Planning Inspector asked for these issues to be looked
at before the Plan is re-submitted in 6/8 months. The existing plan will remain in force
for the time being.
Mr Braithwaite personally thanked Mr Lewis on behalf of the Playing
Field Association for his role in obtaining a grant for the repair of the tractor.
Mr Crawford asked if the District Council still owned any local authority housing. Mr
Lewis said all properties had been sold to South Somerset Homes with £50 million received
from central Government. There are pieces of land attached to properties they still own
relating to parking, green areas etc. The County Council owns a number of properties but
not housing. There is a partnership arrangement between the District and County Councils
and registered social housing authorities.
Mr Braithwaite said there was a problem with 40/50 tonne trucks travelling up and
down Church Road. They always cut the corner by the Church. The Clerk was requested to
report this to Highways and ask if a weight limit sign could be put at each end of the
It was reported that the trees at Manor Farm were again overhanging the footpath.
Mr Tuck asked if there was any news about the replacement 30mph
speed limit sign by Cam Cottages and also the Advance Warning Sign opposite Haynes. The
Clerk will contact Highways again about these issues.
7 LOCAL PLAN/AFFORDABLE HOUSING There
was nothing to report.
8 PLANNING DECISIONS
Three planning decisions 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, BA22 7HP.
Mr Jonathan King Brain. Prior Approval not required
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, BA22 7HP. Mr Jonathan King Brain. Prior Approval not required
c) 13/02079/COL Application for a certificate
of lawful development for an existing single storey extension to the rear corner of the
existing 2 storey building. The New House, Ainstey Drive, Sparkford, BA22 7JT. Mr Brian
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Two planning applications had been received:
a) 13/02466/FUL - Construction of childrens wooden tree house with
ladder and slide around lime tree situation in back garden. 6 Ainstey Drive Sparkford BA22
7JT. Miss Nicola Brine. No objections had been received on this planning application
and SSDC notified.
b) 13/02807/FUL - Erection of a new calf house. Land at Middle Farm,
Weston Bampfylde Road, Weston Bampfylde. Mr Michael Bishop.
Near neighbours from three properties had already spoken at the beginning of the meeting.
Their concerns are summarised here. Whilst in principal they did not object to the Calf
House there were serious issues regarding screening and tidying up the area. There are 5
barns already on site which appear not to be utilised and a question arose as to why a new
footprint was being requested. There will be problems with noise as when the cows and
calves are separated they will be in adjacent areas. In the 1999 plans which were agreed
by SSDC a condition was that a line of trees and hedges be planted. This appears not to
have been done.
Mr Braithwaite said these were all valid points and the only
screening was some scruffy bushes and not mature hedges and trees. Noise screening should
be planted before any building commences. Mr Bourke also said the Parish Council should
support the parishioners at least on visual screening. He suggested that a bund would
minimise the noise issue. The Clerk will send all these comments to SSDC.
10 MATTERS ARISING
Unfortunately Emma Treloar was unable to attend the meeting. Mr Bourke had
received a telephone call from Mr Phillips of Wolfester Terrace complaining about noise
from motorbikes and people last Tuesday. There were also problems still with overnight
The hedge adjacent to Wolfester Terrace needs topping and trimming now to thicken it up
which would help with the noise issue. Autumn is the time to carry this work out. The
Clerk will contact Emma about these issues.
b) Co-option of new Parish Councillor
Mr Peter Downton was the only applicant to apply to fill the vacancy left by Mrs
Goodland. After a short discussion and written ballot Mr Downton was co-opted to the
c) Specific roles for individual Councillors
This matter was brought forward from last months meeting. Mr Crawford said
a lot of Councils did have Councillors looking after specific roles in the Parish. A short
discussion ensued with Councillors agreed it was a good idea in theory. It was agreed to
take this forward to Septembers meeting with a list of roles and then we could see
who could be assigned to the various tasks.
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £197.15 and expenses of £7.50 were approved.
12 CORRESPONDENCE No correspondence had
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
a) Holiday Notification
The Clerk requested that Councillors notify her when they will be taking holidays so she
can cross their name off the planning circulation list.
b) Good Councillor Guide & Local Administration edition
It was agreed that the Clerk should order individual copies of the new Good Councillor
Guide. The Clerk said that there was a new edition of Arnold Baker on Local
Administration which SALC could get at a 20% discount. The discounted cost was £60 but
the Clerk pointed out that the copy she had was nearly 20 years old. It was agreed to
order a copy.
Mr Lewis offered to pick up the Good Councillor Guides on Wednesday when he went in to
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
There were no further questions.
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
a) Conservation Area for Little Weston.
b) List of roles for Councillors.
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 2nd September 2013.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.10pm