|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Kevin
Davis, Thelma Mead PCSO
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST 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
a) The Clerk reported that the abandoned car in Church Rd was being dealt with.
b) The Clerk reported that an enquiry regarding excessive speed in the village,
particularly at the Parish Hall end, resulted in a response regarding the mobile speed
camera being sited outside the pub. As this did not address the issue raised it was agreed
that the matter continues to be pursued
Neighbourhood Watch reported that there were people camping in the Copse and that
the no camping sign had been removed. There had been incidents of fighting and
burglaries at the Sparkford Inn. Street light No. 17, opposite the Inn is on all day which
needs to be reported
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
ML reported that the Rights of Way Improvement Scheme had been approved and would be
reviewed in ten years time
a) Small Improvement Scheme (SIS), the scheme has been approved and a program of work
is being drawn up. It is hoped that the work will be done in May.
b) The mound of spoil has been dispersed. Thanks go to LP, KD and Mr R Piper. It
was noted that the grass verge surrounding the village Jubilee stone had not been mown. It
was agreed that ML would request for this to be done by Streetscenes.
c) Slotted channel at Orchard Close/Church Rd junction has been cleaned
d) Notice of Speed limit extension as previously circulated. Consultation period
had expired, no further information had been received. Councillors noted that as the speed
limit area is to be extended where new development has occurred then the same could apply
regarding an extension of the speed limit at the Parish Hall/Cam Cottages end of the
It was also noted that the junction of The Avenue and the A359 Cary Rd continues to
deteriorate. To be certain of the issues TT and the Clerk to visit the site and draw the
matter to the attention of highways. ML would also raise the issue.
7 PLANNING DECISIONS
a) 14/04902/COU Change of Use of Sparkford Hall from a C3 dwelling to
mixed use of Class C3, C1 and C2. Sparkford Hall, Sparkford Road, Sparkford, C Beddows and
J D March-Smith PERMITTED WITH CONDITIONS
b) 14/05052/FUL Residential development of 11 dwellings. Land OS
3432 (rear Of The Burrows), HighStreet, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, Mr & Mrs Nigel
c) 14/05524/FUL Erection of a light steel framed building to house
a soft play area. Haynes International Motor Museum, Cary Road, Sparkford,
Yeovil,Somerset,BA22 7LH, Mr M Penn PERMITTED WITH CONDITIONS
d) 15/0099/NMA from the last meeting, the Clerk established that
there is no decision notice for a Notification of a Minor Amendment
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
a) 15/01276/OUT Outline application for the erection of a dwelling
house and garaging using existing access. Land adj Mill Cottage, Church Road, Sparkford.
13 members of the public attended, 6 spoke and one letter was read from in the absence of
the author. The objections to the proposal are summarised below.
· The site is outside the
· The character of this end of Church Road would be changed.
· The proposed dwelling would dominate the corner of the
· The outstanding historical views out of and into the
village, including the Grade II listed 15th Century Church, would be disrupted
especially for footpath users
· The site is in a field which was the location of the
original village and therefore has archaeological and historical interest.
· Sparkford has seen considerable residential development in
recent years including the Old Coal yard site. Permission was granted for Pipers Field (26
houses) and refused for 11 in the High Street on the grounds that there is no further
development requirement in Sparkford
· There is an occupied badger set, also slow-worms, foxes and
owls can all be observed in the field. The development will have a negative environmental
· The site of the proposed house is six foot/ two metres above
that of the adjacent cottages on Church Road As such it will be dominant in the landscape
and be oppressive and intrusive to neighbouring residents.
· The footpath is often unusable and blocked by the animal
feeders located close to the field entrance.
· If permission were granted the scale of the proposal would
escalate from a three bedroom house to something much larger.
· 5 people reported difficulty in using the SSDC web site,
notably the absence of objections posted using on line facilities, letters sent and not
posted on the web site and difficulty in viewing comments and documents.
Having heard comments from the public at the beginning of the meeting Councillors
discussed the application. It was agreed that JC should contact the Planning Officer to
ascertain whether the adoption Local Plan had any policy implications for the application
and comments be drafted accordingly. A proposal that we the Parish Council object to
the application was made by TT and seconded by DB. All were in favour
b) 15/01182/FUL Erection of new livestock building. Windsor
Farm, Sutton Montis Road, Queen Camel. This application is in Queen Camel Parish,
Sparkford PC is notified as it is near the boundary.
9 MATTERS ARISING
a) Foot path revue as reported under Item 5 above.
10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNT
a) The Clerks salary of £598.60 and expenses of 40.11 for January, February and
March 2015 were approved
b) The Clerk had received an invoice from Greenslade Taylor Hunt for the half
yearly rent of £125.00, for the Playing Field. This was agreed.
c) The Clerk had received a retrospective request from St Mary Magdalene Church,
Sparkford PCC for their Annual Grant of £100 for 2014/15. It was agreed.
d) A request from Sparkford Copse Trust for their Annual Grant of £150 for 2015/16
was received. It was agreed.
e) A request from Sparkford PCC for their Annual Grant of £150 for 2015/16 was
received. This was agreed.
f) The end of year accounts for 2014/15 which had been previously circulated to all
councillors were proposed to be accepted by PD and seconded by DB. All were in favour.
g) The Clerk reported that Mr L Stevens had been approached with regard to carrying
out the internal audit which had been previously circulated. The internal and external
audits were approved.
g) It was agreed that the no changes be made to the Assets Register from last year.
a) A letter from Barclays bank had been received advising that the details of the
signatories had now been changed as a result of the change in clerks.
b) The Clerk read from the letter from Somerset Local Authorities Civil
Contingencies Unit regarding points of contact in emergency situations. It was agreed to
bring this item to the next meeting.
c) An email had been received from Mr and Mrs Walton regarding Long Hazel Park
which was previously circulated. The contents were noted and the Clerk is to acknowledge
12 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
As this was the last meeting of the current Parish Council JC expressed his thanks for
all the time and effort that the Parish Councillors and retiring Clerk had put in over the
last four years.
ML then added that as JC would not be standing for re-election he would like to take the
opportunity to thank JC for all his hard work particularly with South Somerset D C and
Somerset C C over the past four years - not forgetting the previous 16 years that Justin
has been on the Parish Council.
JC added his thanks to ML for all the time and work he had put into his roles as District
and County Councillor
It was asked how, when the council had agreed to the Parish Precept for 2015/16 to
be kept at the same level as 2014/15, there had been in an increase on the Council Tax
Bill. Clerk to seek an answer to this from SSDC and place this in the Parish News.
Concern was expressed at the high and unsightly fence that is being erected at the Old
Coal Yard site. ML and Clerk to raise this issue with South Somerset DC
Dog litter was reported to be a problem along Church Road, it was agreed that a reminder
of the need to clean up after dogs be placed in The Village Magazine.
The subject of footpaths being blocked and stiles being broken had been raised during
the course of the meeting. Clerk to follow up and contact SSDC.
Attention was drawn to a road sign on the A359 approach to Sparkford being obscured by
vegetation. Clerk to clarify which sign and report to SSDC/Highways.
13 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
a) Old Coal yard site
b) Resurfacing of area to front of Parish Hall (car park)
c) SLA Civil Contingencies Unit
14 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Annual Parish Meeting Monday, 11th May 2015, 7.30pm
Parish council Meeting Monday 11th May 2015, 8.00pm
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.35pm