Mr T Tuck Vice Chairman
Mr A Bourke
Mr D Braithwaite
Mr L Piper
Mr K Davis
Mr P Downton
Mr M Lewis County and District Councillor Camelot Ward
Also present: 4 members of the public
In attendance: Mrs K Bourke Clerk
|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies had been received from Mr Crawford.
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST There were none.
3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTHS MINUTES
4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
b) HGV Signs
c) Jubilee Stone
Mr Braithwaite raised the subject of the raised speeds along the old A303 which were indicated in the latest SID readings. Mr Tuck said that we could gain the support of the Avon & Somerset Police to our requests for the Minor Improvement Scheme. The Clerk agreed to send them the reports.
7 PLANNING DECISIONS
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Mr Braithwaite asked Mike Lewis if he had found out how this development had gone through as it wasnt originally an affordable housing scheme. Mr Lewis said that Raglan is a nationwide company and an affordable housing scheme they were planning in another part of the country didnt come to fruition so they took the opportunity to see affordable housing status for the Old Coal Yard site. He said he has spoken to officers at SSDC but was concerned as we went with the onion ring system in relation to the Bennett Close development in terms of locality. He was not confident the same will apply for the Old Coal Yard. Castle Cary could be included in this case although, as Mr Bourke pointed out, a housing development of 180 properties has been sought for Castle Cary.
This site is seen as isolated and the Section 106 doesnt include a pedestrian crossing. Mr Braithwaite asked if the Section 106 still stands. This was stated clearly in the sales documents but Mr Braithwaite was concerned this would not be honoured. The legal agreement between the owner of the site and developer is that a sum of money is contracted to South Somerset District Council/Sparkford Parish Council. The Clerk had found out that the trigger for this money being released was the sale of the first house rather than the occupation of the first property. As there was only one house going to be offered on the open market this may mean a significant delay. Mr Lewis said he would be going to the planners to argue his case on this issue. Mr Davis asked how this has slipped under the radar. Mr Lewis said the issue about the onion ring is crucial in his view and he would ask Raglan to attend a meeting with the Parish Council to discuss these matters. Mr Tuck was also concerned that there was no footpath provision and something needs to be done about this.
14/00843/FUL Change of use of existing storage building to workshop, erect office and workshop extensions, formation of storage compound and temporary siting of portacabins for office use. Lane at Cary Road, Sparkford.
The Clerk said we had only received notification of this application as we were the adjacent parish it came under North Cadbury. The Clerk said this was relating to the cheese store and she had emailed the link to the Councillors so they could look at the plans. No objections were raised but Mr Lewis said we may like to speak to both Mr & Mrs Aldworth and Mr & Mrs Graham who were parishioners and lived very near this building. The Clerk agreed to do this.
9 MATTERS ARISING
Mr Bourke asked if she had any response about the fencing. Emma said she keeps asking but hasnt received an answer as yet from her superior. The Clerk asked if we could take this any further and raised the possibility of asking someone from Head Office to attend a Parish Council meeting. Emma said she would speak to them.
Mr Davis raised the question about the bin at the Old Coal Yard site. Emma said they had moved it as requested but that it had been moved again. She will see about relocating it in the layby.
10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
12 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Bourke said the original problem had arisen from a letter from the Secretary of the Village Hall Committee asking for £250 towards resurfacing the car park and replacing the skirting boards.
Mr Tuck said they hadnt asked for this money for the
resurfacing of the car park as that was going to cost £9,000 and they would have to apply
to Viridor for a grant.
Mr Tuck said he had spoken with the Village Agent who was keen to organise a village café which would need the support of the Parish Council. He requested this item be on the Agenda for discussion next month.
13 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
Mr Davis reported a serious pothole in Twines Close and a blocked drain just passed Cherry Pie Lane where the water was going across the roadway rather than in the gully.
14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING