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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2014 AT 8.00 PM
IN SPARKFORD PARISH HALL

Present:
Mr J Crawford – Chairman
Mr T Tuck – Vice Chairman
Mr L Piper
Mr D Braithwaite
Mr P Downton

Mr M Lewis – County and District Councillor – Camelot Ward
Also present: 2
members of the public
Minutes taken by Mr Larry Piper in the Clerk’s absence

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
Mr Kevin Davis and Mr Tony Bourke

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST     There were none

3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTH’S MINUTES
The Minutes were approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of last month’s meeting.

4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Mr Bill Westcott reported that there was little or no response made by police when using the police 101 telephone number. Mr Braithwaite reported a similar experience.

5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Mike Lewis reported that the Local Plan was coming to a close and there should be a conclusion on the 6th of November. He also reported that the mobile library will become a thing of the past if it is not supported. Castle Cary library is unchanged and will stay as it is.

6 HIGHWAYS
Mr Brathwaite reported large potholes at the avenue “T” junction to Castle Cary at least 2 inches deep. A note was made and a note to Highways will be sent in due course. Residents’ concerns about traffic speed on The Avenue/London Road were brought to the attention of councillors. The long-awaited Small Improvements Scheme plans from Highways to help with traffic calming are promised by the end of the month.

7 PLANNING DECISIONS
14/03789/FUL
– Animal shelter and feed store, Church Road. Approved.

8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
An application for change-of-use of Sparkford Hall had just been received and will be circulated to councillors.

9 MATTERS ARISING
a) McDonalds
Mc Donald’s need a reminder regarding the collection of rubbish in the vicinity.

10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerk’s Salary & Expenses
The Clerk’s salary and expenses of 198.35 were approved.

11 CORRESPONDENCE
Mudford Action Group asked Sparkford PC for possible financial support to fight against the proposed housing development near them. There was no proposal to make a grant.

12 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Downton reported that the Parish News is still being printed without cost to the Parish.  Councillors expressed their sadness at the resignation of our Parish Clerk due to ill health. All agreed that her contribution to the Parish Council has been exceptional and wished to record their heart-felt thanks for everything that she has done. The position will be advertised in the Parish News.

13 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Mike Lewis expressed his gratitude for the help he has received from Mrs Karen Bourke while she has been Parish Clerk, which has made his job a lot easier and will be greatly missed
He thanked the PC for their offer of 100 towards the correct registration of Cherry Pie Lane with the Land Registry, but was hopeful that the District Council would not need to call on it.

14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA

15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 1st December 2014
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.30 pm.
LP /06/11/14

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