Mr J Crawford Chairman
Mr T Tuck Vice Chairman
Mr A Bourke
Mr D Braithwaite
Mr P Downton
Mr K Davis
Mr M Lewis County and District Councillor Camelot Ward
Also present: 1 members of the public
In attendance: Mrs K Bourke Clerk
After a short opportunity for members of the public to address the Council, the Chairman opened the meeting at 8.00 pm.
|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Larry Piper and Bill Westcott.
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST There were none.
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
No reports were available from Neighbourhood Watch or the Police. Mr Crawford reported that someone had vandalised the Millennium seat again by ripping off the seat to weigh down a tent which had then been abandoned. The Copse Trust is arranging to repair the seat.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis said he now had the map of footpaths for Sparkford which were being maintained by SSDC. There are very few that are regularly maintained. This is not a satisfactory situation but the funding to do the footpaths is not there. Any other problems with footpaths need to be reported to Eve Wynn at County. The Clerk is willing to do this.
Mr Lewis reported an issue with Cherry Pie Lane which, although small, is important and relates to when Cherry Pie Lane was renamed in the 1990s. It was originally The Avenue No 1, No 2 and Orchard Cottage. One of the residents has changed his cottage to Cherry Pie Cottage due to confusion on the address however it is on his deeds as 2 The Avenue. This all came about as the resident was registering the separate property in his grounds. Now SSDC want £100 to register Cherry Pie Cottage as being in Cherry Pie Lane so they can inform the Land Registry and the Post Office. Obviously there had been an error in the 90s and Mr Lewis welcomed the advice on where to go with this.
Mr Braithwaite said we as a Parish Council have a duty of care and we should pay the £100. It was then explained that it would be £100 per property with the likelihood of 5 properties needing the change. After some discussion it was agreed that if the Parish Council agreed to pay £100 to SSDC Mr Lewis would try to get SSDC to agree to cover all 5 properties. Mr Braithwaite proposed a figure up to £100, Mr Davis seconded and all Councillors were in favour.
It was reported that the footpath next to the garages in Church Road alongside the chain link fencing was virtually unpassable after the rain. It really needs some hardcore put down. The Clerk will report this.
a) Gully Cleaning
7 PLANNING DECISIONS
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
9 MATTERS ARISING
Both Mr Tuck and Mr Davis said that putting the biodegradable material on the adjacent
bank was not a good idea as there were substantial tree trunks and willow limbs criss
crossing the river and they need disposing of rather than dumping as this could cause
further problems with flooding. Any biodegradable material needs to be put on the western
bank belonging to the Montgomerys as anything on the eastern bank will be washed
back into the river and will block the mill stream. The Clerk will contact the EA about
10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
11 CORRESPONDENCE No correspondence had been received.
12 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Downton said he had been contacted by the General Manager at Sparkford Hall who offered the grounds for a village fete or similar next year. However this would have to take place on a weekday as they were fully booked at weekends.
Mr Bourke raised the issue of the article in the Western Gazette relating to Haynes closing down their Sparkford operation in the High Street and were currently trying to find employment for their 41 employees. Also in the article it was reported that Haynes were keen to dispose of the site "with planning permission". As it already had B Classification Mr Bourke had concluded it could mean planning permission for housing which could have the effect of turning Sparkford into a ghost village. Obviously we would have to wait to see if any planning applications appeared.
Mr Bourke reported there was a meeting tomorrow on the playing field with Mr Parr from SSDC to discuss the monies being raised from the Section 106 agreement on the Old Coal Yard development. £15,580 had been allocated for new equipment. Mr Bourke agreed to find out what other monies from the 106 agreement were going towards.
Mr Davis reported dog mess not being cleared from the pathway between Green Close and Church Road. The Clerk will put a request in the Parish Newsletter about this.
Mr Crawford said Mr Littlewood has mentioned all the debris collected in the wall by the old well at the Church bend under the chestnut trees. It was full of old sticks and rubbish. The Clerk will report this to Streetscenes.
The Clerk was asked to contact Alan Rankin to gain permission for access to his land to clear the ditch.
The Clerk was also asked to put an item in the Parish Newsletter requesting residents do not sweep leaves from their drives onto the Highway as this added to the blocked gullies.
13 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS There were none.
14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA There were none.
15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.56 pm.