|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies had been received from Peter Downton.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Mr Davis declared an interest in item 9 (b).
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 it had been a very quiet month. There would be an official
ceremony handing over the defibrillator to Hazelgrove Services at 2pm on Tuesday, 3rd
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis reported that both the District and County Councils are going through the budget
process. We will know more in January and February as to what the future services may be.
They are seeking to hold front line services where possible. He said the A371 is open
today as promised. He has talked to both County and Highways about the poor notice
regarding the resurfacing work on the A303.
Mr Crawford said that NALC is concerned about the Councils receiving
the grant from Government but not passing it on. Mr Lewis said they would follow the
instructions given by the Government.
a) The Clerk said she had not heard anything about the Minor Improvement Scheme. It was
agreed to keep this on the Agenda.
b) The Clerk read out a letter from Streetscenes regarding the
emptying of litter/dog bins. One condition stated that they were not going to collect
litter from bins on private land. We have a bin in the Playing Field which Streetscenes
hold the keys for and they have been emptying it. The Clerk was asked to contact
Streetscenes to confirm the existing agreement still stands.
The Clerk reported that the A303 from Hazelgrove to Podimore is
being resurfaced. The work will take 19 nights and commences on 2nd December.
The road will be closed from 8.00pm til 6.00am Monday to Friday.
Mr Braithwaite asked Mr Crawford if any landscaping work had been
carried out on the site of the new calf house in Weston Bampfylde. Mr Crawford is keeping
an eye on this and said no works had been undertaken as yet.
7 PLANNING DECISIONS
One planning decision had been received:
13/04158/TPO Application to fell a lime coppice in the rear garden
of 5 Ainstey Drive and remove minor overhanging lower limbs of one lime tree. Mr M Wright,
5 Ainstey Drive, Sparkford. APPROVED with conditions.
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Two planning applications had been received:
13/04762/LBC Internal alterations and the removal of cement render
from the front façade (partly implemented). Mr C Eykyn, Little Weston House, Little
Weston Road, Sparkford.
13/04747/COL Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for
the existing use of land as residential garden and works to form pond. Higher Farmhouse,
Higher Farm Lane, Weston Bampfylde. Mr & Mrs J Weatherhead.
9 MATTERS ARISING
It was reported that there is litter everywhere. The litter bin on the Barrow
Road at the station entrance has been trashed. The Clerk will report this to McDonalds.
Mr Bourke said that despite two failed fundraising events the Playing Field
Committee would not be requesting further funds.
Mr Braithwaite asked if the Parish Council could have sight of the Village Hall accounts
up to the present. There had also been a suggestion of writing a business plan. Mr Tuck
said there were plans to resurface the car park and sort out the drains in front but these
were on hold. Mr Crawford asked if this means they will not be making any capital plan
requests. Mr Tuck confirmed they wouldnt be making any requests. Mr Crawford asked
to see a copy of the accounts at the next meeting so we can see how much money is in the
The Clerk said she had received requests from the Somerset Community
Justice Panel, South Somerset Citizens Advice Bureau and the 3rd Sparkford
Scout Group. The Clerk was asked who normally receives funding on an annual basis. She
confirmed that grants were paid to The Sparkford Copse, Sparkford Playing Field, Village
Hall, Sparkford PCC, Weston Bampfylde PCC and South Somerset CAB. She was asked to put the
request from the Scouts as a separate item on next months Agenda.
10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £201.46 and expenses of £7.50 were approved.
b) Stile & Dog Gate
The Clerk circulated a photo of the new stile and dog gate installed at the
cricket ground. Mr Crawford had received an email of thanks from the Cricket Club. The
Clerk had received an invoice for the work for £120, which was cheaper than the original
quotation. This had previously been sanctioned.
11 CORRESPONDENCE No
correspondence had been received.
12 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Braithwaite asked about the Section 106 on the Old Coal Yard development. Mr Lewis said
the amount was £33,000 with some being held for leisure and recreation. The Clerk will
contact Neil Waddleton regarding the trigger points of the Section 106 and ask what are
the elements and if we could have a copy of it. It was also reported that work had begun
on the site and the Clerk said that two trees by the advanced warning sign had been cut
down. She didnt know if Highways had done this, as they were due to prune the
overgrowth back, or if the builders had removed them. She confirmed she would contact Phil
Poulton to check on this and the TPOs on the lime trees on site.
It was also asked how much contaminated soil had to be removed and
if it was the 20 feet that was mentioned, what would happen to the roots of the trees. The
Clerk will check the conditions. Mr Tuck asked if they were going to use the sewer outfall
that was installed. The Clerk will also check on the removal of contaminated soil.
13 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Bourke referred to the proposed Main Modification Consultation from SSDC and asked if
it would have implications on Sparkford. It was agreed he would go to one of the drop in
sessions to find out more information to bring back to the Parish Council.
The Clerk was asked if she had contacted Hazelgrove School regarding
the noise from their cattle grid. The Clerk had emailed the Bursar over the summer but had
not received any response. As this was an ongoing problem she was asked to telephone the
Mr Lewis wished everyone a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.
Mr Crawford responded with a similar response on behalf of the Parish Council.
14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
b) Scouts request for funding
c) Minor Improvement Scheme
15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 6th January 2014.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.00 pm.