1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Mr Wescott, Thelma Mead
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 report from PCSO Thelma Mead had been previously circulated. No comments were
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
ML had nothing to add to his report for the Annual Parish Council meeting other than to
draw attention to his circulated rebuttal to an election campaign document from another
candidate regarding a village plan/large scale development in the village. He added that
he would support the Parish in seeking funding if it were to pursue a flood/drainage
a) The SIS for Sparkford is one of a number of projects being
implemented in the area. The latest expected date for the work is June 2015.
b) The Clerk and then Vice Chair met on site in April and measured the
deeper potholes, noted the more general wear and tear of the bridge A359/The Avenue
junction area. Photographs were also taken. There has been no response to the email sent
7 PLANNING DECISIONS
a) 15/00615/FUL Demolition of existing front porch, single-storey
garage & workshop, Erection porch, two-storey side extension & single/two-storey
rear extensions & access alterations 57 Church Rd, Sparkford, Mr & Mrs Stent
PERMITTED WITH CONDITIONS
b) 15/01276/OUT Outline application for the erection of a dwelling house
and garaging using existing access. Land Adjoining Mill Cottage, Church Road, Sparkford,
Yeovil, Somerset, Mr A Hopkins REFUSED
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
a) 15/1666/FUL Change of use part of field to garden, double garage to
replace existing single garage. Single storey extension to bungalow. Greystones, Weston
Bampfylde Rd, Weston Bampfylde. All Coucillors had seen the application, no objections
were made, Clerk to advise SSCD accordingly.
b) 15/01632/COU Use of land for the siting of 21 permanently occupied
residential mobile homes Long Hazel Caravan Park, High Street, Sparkford. The applicant
was given an opportunity to speak about the proposal, explaining that the accounts show
the caravan park to be in decline. By providing 21 units for occupation for the over
50s he hoped to meet local needs at affordable prices, reduce traffic flow to/from
the site, employ 8 members of staff (including his wife, daughter and himself) and secure
a future for Long Hazel Caravan Park.
The applicant was asked about drainage at the site and he responded that it is all
existing. The plans had not been seen by all Councillors. An extension of time should be
requested with SSDC for comments to be submitted.
c) 15/01816/FUL Demolition utility room/conservatory. Erection of single
storey extension/sunroom to rear of property. The Laurels, Church Rd, Sparkford, BA22 7JN,
Mr S Crewe. The plans were being circulated and would be returned for Clerk to pass on the
9 MATTERS ARISING not included in other sections
a) Clerk to approach the Village Agent, Scout Leader and Village Hall
secretary with a view to being included on the SLA Civil Contingencies Unit list
b) The project to resurface the parking area to the front of the Parish
Hall would cost £2,840, selected as the best from three quotes. A grant of £1,000 from
SSDC was available with The Parish Council being asked to contribute 10% i.e. £284. The
Parish Hall Committee contributing the remainder (being £1,540) plus the cost of removing
the curb upstand not included in the quote. The Parish Hall was willing to forgo its
annual grant of £150 for 2015/16. On this basis DB proposed that the Parish Council
contribute £300, seconded by KD. All were in favour.
c) The high fence at the Old Coal Yard site had been looked in to by ML
and SSDC advised that it formed part of approved plans for the site, as such no action
could be taken. However the possibility of early and fast growing planting to soften the
impact of the fence was being investigated. It was also noted that the building company at
the site had gone in to receivership and the future was therefore uncertain with regard to
the landscaping and S106 agreement.
d) The Clerk had received an email from the manager of MacDonalds
requesting a meeting with Parish Councillors. Clerk to arrange meeting, TT and LP to
10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) The Clerks salary of £258.30 was approved.
b) Two quotes were considered from Came and Company via Hiscox
Underwriting and from Aon. Comparisons were made between the two. LP proposed that the
Came and Company Quote of £301.68 be accepted, this was seconded by DB. All were in
c) SALC affiliation fees of £153.44.This was agreed.
One email had been received from a resident of the Parish firstly noting that the
bench at the Copse, given by Wessex Water, had been removed. Also, that there was an
increase in large vehicles travelling at speed along Church Road. The Clerk to write to
Palletline and Gregorys.
12 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLOR
DB suggested that the Parish Council should write to thank Sparkford Cricket Club
for the good job they had done at the ground, to say that it is good to see so many
children attending on Tuesday evenings and to congratulate them on how good the cricket
ground looks now. KD also noted that the Club had problems with dog litter being left on
the field which posed a health hazard to all cricketers using the ground. It was agreed
that the Clerk write letter, including an invitation to the next Parish Council meeting,
to the Chair of SCC and to prepare information about dog littering for the Village
DB was not happy with the explanation of the increase in the Parish Precept. ML to seek
14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
a) Sparkford Cricket Club.
b) Flood mitigation; The culvert at Church Road and under the River Cam,
ditch behind the garages to the east of Church Road.
15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 1st June 2015, 8pm
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.25pm