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MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 5th JANUARY 2015 AT 8.00 PM
IN SPARKFORD PARISH HALL

Present:
Mr J Crawford – Chairman
Mr T Tuck – Vice Chairman
Mr A Bourke
Mr D Braithwaite
Mr K Davis
Mr M Lewis – County and District Councillor – Camelot Ward
Also present: 1
member of the public
In attendance: Mrs A Voysey – 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

Mr L Piper
Mr P Downton

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None

3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTH’S MINUTES
The Minutes were amended under "Items for Future Agenda" delete ’not’ in second line and were approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record of last month’s meeting.

4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Mr Wescott was not present. Thelma Mead sent a report, apologised for her absence and requested that any questions arising from the meeting be passed to her. Crimes in Camelot Ward for December 2014 were recorded as Non dwelling burglary – 2, Violence against a person – 1, Criminal damage – 1 and Other – 2.

A request was also made, should there be any concerns or issues related to crime that these should be reported on 101 which is a system that logs calls and is covered by staff and can ensure continuity over time. Direct personal contact can result in delayed responses and disappointment

.5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Mr Lewis advised that the County Council is reviewing footpaths throughout Somerset. In the past Sparkford has raised concerns about the lack of upkeep of footpaths and the Parish Council may wish to take the opportunity to consider footpaths within the parish. Information can be found on the County Council web site and the consultation period is thought to be 6 or 8 weeks long, ending in March.

The County Council is considering the new Queen Camel school proposal, with a recommendation that conditional permission be granted. It is known that there are objections based on concerns regarding inadequate parking provision, 34 spaces, and potential overspill into nearby roads. Other key issues are the number of children attending the school living within Queen Camel and those from neighbouring villages in the catchment area, the provision of bus services for pupils coming from outlying villages, and whether the site could accommodate more parking. It was also noted that more parking within the site may jeopardise other plans such as a swimming pool and a natural science area. Further information regarding the application and all comments made can be found on the County Council web site.

6 HIGHWAYS  None

7 PLANNING DECISIONS  None

8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS None

9 MATTERS ARISING
a) McDonalds –
it was noted that the litter pickers had been seen in the village

10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS

a) Clerk’s Salary & Expenses – none
b) Setting the Precept 2105/16

Mr Tuck mentioned the possibility of work being required to be done to the parking area in front of the village hall at some time in the future.

Earlier in the year a request had been received for an increase in the Annual Grant from one of the 6 recipient organisations. At the time it was it was felt that an increase could not be awarded to one and not the remaining 5. On this basis it was proposed by Mr Bourke that the Annual Grant be raised by 50% to 150 for all 6 organisations. Mr Tuck seconded. All were in favour.

There followed a short discussion about changing the Parish Precept, it was agreed that it should remain at its current level.

11 CORRESPONDENCE
One email had been received regarding Transparency Code for Parish Councils with an Annual Turnover not Exceeding 25,000 which indicates that an audit will be required for 2014/15 and the following financial year but there after will not be necessary

12 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

a) Installation of dog bin by sub-station.
It was reported that the replacement is in position.

b) Cricket Club –overhanging branch
The branch is to be removed

Drains and gully gratings are noted to be over overflowing, particularly along Church Road. Mr Lewis would mention this. Also the pothole at the A359/London Road junction remains unfilled. Clerk to follow up both matters with County Council

A watchful eye is to be kept on the Coal Yard site development and occupancy of the houses as this affects the S106 payments.

13 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS  There were none

14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA  No items raised

15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday, 2nd February, 8pm
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.50pm

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