|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
There were none.
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
David Braithwaite, Tony Bourke and Kevin Davis declared an interest in item
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 one alarm call out but it had been the owner.
He had received a telephone call from someone interested in taking over the paperwork for
the Speedwatch. £600 has been promised for the defibrillator and they were aiming to
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis apologised for the non-collection of recycling on Saturday. A number of
people emailed SWP to register the fact it hadnt been collected. Seemingly
Sparkford, North Cadbury and Babcary were affected. With the A371 closed the dynamics of
routing had changed. The Clerk had also contacted SWP and was told the non-collection was
due to lack of staff.
Mr Lewis reported that SSDC had a good store of salt at the moment.
The Clerk had received a SID report but it only covered 10 days in August. The
median was 34mph with 85% percentile at 40mph with a total count of 459 vehicles.
Mr Davis reported he had the road sign for Orchard Close which had been removed/damaged.
He will let the Clerk have it and she will contact Highways.
It was reported that brambles were overgrown on the footpath at the junction of the High
Street and Wolfester terrace and continued up to Mrs Wakes house. The Clerk will
7 LOCAL PLAN/AFFORDABLE HOUSING
At the Clerks suggestion it was agreed to remove this item from the Agenda.
8 PLANNING DECISIONS
There had been one planning decision received:
13/02466/FUL construction of a childrens wooden tree house
with ladder and slide around lime tree situated in back garden of 6 Ainstey Drive. GRANTED.
9 PLANNING APPLICATIONS None had been
10 MATTERS ARISING
The Clerk said that Emma Treloar was unable to attend the meeting due to personal
circumstances. She is arranging for a contractor to cut the hedges. Both she and Ben were
continuing the trash walks as often as possible and is hoping to arrange another litter
pick around the local area again. She is contacting Thelma with updates on lorry
Mr Lewis said some parishioners had contacted him asking for 10mph
speed limit signs at the entrance to the Spar/garage and McDonalds to try to slow down
traffic on site. They were concerned for pedestrians safety due to the substantial
speeds being done within the area. The Clerk will report this.
b) Conservation Area for Little Weston
This had been postponed as Tim Cook was unable to attend, but would go ahead at
the next meeting.
c) List of roles for Councillors
After some discussion it was decided not to allocate specific roles to the
Councillors but continue with the Clerk dealing with matters arising.
d) Sparkford Commemorative Stone
Mr Crawford and the Clerk circulated photographs they had taken of the blue lias
stone when they visited the stonemason a few days previously. There was also a photograph
of the exact location where it was going to be installed. Mr Tuck asked if the area around
the stone could be mown as an accepted area by South Somerset District Council. It was
then suggested that an area around the stone was dug out, membrane laid and granite
chippings laid down. This would obviously keep the area tidy. It was agreed by all that
this was a good idea.
e) Request from Sparkford Cricket Club
Following their request to cut down the lime trees on the cricket field, they
then came back asking for help with maintenance on the field clearing ditches,
hedge cutting, mowing the outfield on a regular basis and strimming the banks of the
A discussion took place and it was agreed that the Clerk contact Phil Poulton, the Council
Arborist, requesting a visit to check the condition of the trees and to see if any work
needed carrying out on them.
It was mentioned that the lease issued on 25th December
1962 for a period of 21 years had expired in 1983 and that perhaps the Parish Council need
to look into this and getting legal advice on issuing a new lease.
It was also mentioned that the Cricket Club could possibly write to the Parish Council
requesting a maintenance grant. The Clerk was asked to contact them advising that the
Parish Council did not have any staff to carry out the work requested, although Mr
Braithwaite had mown the field some two years ago at his own cost.
The matter of the lease will be put on the Agenda for discussion at the September meeting.
11 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £233.27 and expenses of £7.50 were approved.
b) Annual grant for Sparkford Playing Field Association
The request for £100 was agreed.
c) Annual grant for Sparkford Copse Trust
The request for £100 was agreed.
d) Payment for Local Council Administration book
Payment of £60 for this book was agreed.
12 CORRESPONDENCE None had been
13 ANY OTHER BUSINESS There was
14 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Lewis reported that the planning application for the new calf house in Weston
Bampfylde would be before the Area East Committee at the meeting on 11th
September following representations from members of the local community.
It was reported that there is a pothole outside the entrance to Haynes on the High Street
and also at the junction of The Avenue and Cary Road. The Clerk will report these.
The village Fun Day is being held on 15th September in the Sparkford Playing
15 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
a) Conservation Area for Little Weston
b) Cricket Club lease
16 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 7th October 2013
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.45pm.