1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE There
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Mr Davis declared an interest in item 9(c).
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 PCSO Mead gave her report for
December. Crimes reported were criminal damage x 1 and drive off x 6 all
investigated and filed. Calls to the Force Service Centre totalled 14 and included 1
disturbance, 2 drive off, 1 animal, 1 welfare, 1 flood alert and 3 other.
Mr Westcott reported finding a pile of rubbish at the Copse which included a receipt
and PCSO Mead will be collecting this from him. He also reported the purchase of the
second defibrillator which will be handed over to Weston Bampfylde on 24th
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis said it had now been agreed to build 750 houses in Primrose Lane, Mudford.
Mr Lewis asked if the Clerk had received the minor improvement plans from Highways. She
had received these but due to the holidays there had been a delay in circulating them. It
was agreed that Councillors would look at the plans after the meeting concluded. The Clerk
confirmed she had asked Highways that no plans be implemented until the Parish Council
The Clerk reported that the Steart planning application had now been approved on appeal
and asked if this meant that HGVs would be using Sparkford Hill Lane as previously
mentioned. A suggestion was made that the Council look at putting a HGV restriction on
Sparkford Hill Lane and Church Road. This will be an Agenda item to be discussed in
a) Minor improvement scheme
It was reported that properties in the High Street were having problems with water rising
in toilets when they were being flushed. It was thought this was due to rainwater
ingressing the sewers and erupting in toilets and into the roads. It was also reported
that toilet paper had been seen in Church Street due to the same problem. It was agreed
the Clerk contact Wessex Water. Mr Lewis reported West Camel were having similar problems
and it may be worth Wessex Water doing them all at the same time. She was also asked to
mention the new housing development at the Old Coal Yard which will put yet more pressure
on the sewers.
Lamppost no 8 on the High Street had been rammed by a car and was damaged. It had also
had the effect of interrupting the lights on posts 7, 6 and 5. The Clerk will report this.
7 PLANNING DECISIONS
One decision had been received:
13/04762/LBC Internal alterations and the removal of cement render
from the front façade. Little Weston House, Little Weston Road, Sparkford. Application
permitted with conditions.
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Three applications had been received:
1. 13/04617/FUL - Erection of a two storey side extension
incorporating new garage, two storey rear extension, alterations to existing porch to
incorporate alterations to front wall of sitting room and window. Demolition of existing
utility room and partial demolition of existing garage. Firwood, 55 Church Road,
Sparkford. Mr S Comley
2. 13/04855/FUL - Extension to existing agricultural building. Land
opposite Hazelgrove Lodge, High Street, Sparkford. Mr Adrian Smith.
3. 13/05041/FUL - Erection of a retaining stone wall. Mr C Eykyn, Little
Weston House, Little Weston Road, Sparkford.
9 MATTERS ARISING
Mr Tuck asked about the cutting of the hedge. Emma responded that she had her
side of the hedge cut but had been trying to contact Highways to get the Wolfester Terrace
side cut as this wasnt McDonalds responsibility. It was agreed that Mr Lewis
would look into the ownership of the hedge.
b) Village Hall
The Clerk said this was carried forward from the December meeting. It was agreed
that the Clerk will circulate the last two sets of accounts to Councillors. Mr Tuck will
find out who audits the Village Hall accounts. Mr Tuck said there would be no undertaking
of any major refurbishments to the hall. They were financially stable and in better shape
than in the past and there were no expenses forecast. This will go forward as an Agenda
item for February.
c) Setting the Precept
The Clerk read out requests she had received asking for funding from the Scouts, South
Somerset CAB, Somerset Community Justice Panel, Sparkford Village Hall and Victim Support.
No specific sums were requested apart from the Sparkford Village Hall who requested £250
to cover repairs to the skirting boards and resurfacing the car park to improve drainage.
The Clerk then circulated figures to Councillors she had calculated using the South
Somerset District Council electronic calculator. These figures would result in no increase
to parishioners in their Council Tax. Mr Braithwaite proposed acceptance of these figures
and Mr Piper seconded the proposal. All Councillors indicated by a show of hands they were
No decisions on grants would be considered at this meeting.
The change in the way the precept is calculated is due to how the Council tax benefit was
raised. Mr Lewis said if we wanted to significantly raise the parish part of the precept
we would have to have a referendum in the village which would cost a great deal of money.
The Clerk confirmed that she would check with SSDC that the figures calculated would
indeed result in 0% increase to parishioners.
10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary & Expenses
The Clerks salary of £222.66 and expenses of £7.50 were approved.
b) Weston Bampfylde PCC
The Clerk had received a request from the PCC for their grant.
11 CORRESPONDENCE None had been received.
12 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Crawford mentioned the email he had circulated regarding the Environment Agency
lowering the level of the River Cam. Concerns were raised about the removal of the
concrete slab and whether this would be rebuilt so avoid flooding. Mr Crawford will
contact them with these queries.
13 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Tuck asked if Highways could be requested to clear the substantial debris under the
bridge by Bridge Cottage. There had been a build up over time and this had caused flooding
after the heavy rains. The Clerk will contact Highways.
Mr Crawford said that Malcolm Littlewood had reported that the field next to the Church
and the one behind his property were coming up for sale in the near future and it may be
something that the Parish Council should consider.
14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
a) HGV restrictions on Sparkford Hill Lane/Church Road
b) Village Hall
c) Minor improvement scheme
d) McDonalds hedge
15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 3rd February 2014.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.20 pm.