1 APOLOGIES FOR
Mr T Tuck, Mr L Piper, Mr P Downton
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.
The minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting, held on May 11th 2015, were
approved and signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
PCSO Mead reported that recorded crimes for the Sparkford area of Wincanton rural
south were 6 making off without payment (still under investigation) and 1 rural
theft. There were 34 calls to Force Service Centre of which 27 were road related
incidents, 1 assist other services , 2 thefts, 1 burglary, 1 assault and 1 concern for
welfare and 1 alarm. TM had also inquired why the mobile speed camera (motorbike) had not
visited Sparkford. It had been found that after risk assessment the Community Safety
Partnership had been unable to find an adequate site for the mobile speed camera unit to
stop at either end of the village.
BW had no further crime related comments to add but had received a number of cynical
comments regarding the Small Improvement Scheme (SIS).
ML inquired about travellers at Queen Camel and was advised that they had moved on.
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR.
ML advised that Somerset County Council highways had launched a web site giving
information on road works and utilitys work. Details of the web site to be sent to
a) SIS - The Clerk reported that she and the Chairman has raised
issues with highways during the course of the work including misspelt signage, new
gates being obscured by hedges and signs/bollards expected but not in place.
Also that TT was seeking a meeting with County highways. KD expressed disappointment in
the scheme and queried whether the measures would reduce vehicle speed through the
village. Members of the public, in attendance, had also expressed their concerns about
effectiveness of the scheme as implemented. It was also asked if the new weight
restriction sign at Wolfester Terrace had already been knocked askew or if it was put up
that way. Councillors wanted to know where the money for the scheme had been spent. All
were in agreement that this question be raised.
b) The Bridge/The Avenue/A359 Cary Road Junction the Clerk
reported that highways, in an email dated 5th June 2015, considered that the
deterioration of the junction had become more evident and that it will be added to a
future schemes list which are presented as schemes prior to each financial year to secure
funding, against a budget, for those works and are based on hierarchy and priorities. VM
commented that travelling from the east and turning north towards Castle Cary at the
junction was like crossing a ploughed field.
7 PLANNING DECISIONS
Demolition of existing utility room and conservatory. Erection of single storey extension
to rear of property and a new sunroom. Demolition of existing rear redundant chimney, and
making good eves and wall. The Laurels, Church Rd, Sparkford. PERMITTED WITH CONDITIONS
b) 15/01978/S73 Application to vary condition
2 (approved plans) of the planning approval 12/01836/FUL by substitution of revised plans
6502-01 to suit revised scheme The Round House, High Street, Sparkford. PERMITTED WITH
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
a) 15/02398/FUL Extension to Office Space. Mill Farm, Weston Bampfylde
Road, Sparkford, BA22 7HY. Mr Andrew Mangles. All Councillors had seen the application, no
objections were made, Clerk to advise SSDC accordingly.
b) 15/02468/REM Approval of reserved matters for erection of bungalow,
following approved application 14/04228/OUT. Land rear of Annhurst, Wolfester Terrace,
Sparkford. BA22 7JE. Mr P Reeves. All Councillors had seen the application, no objections
were made, Clerk to advise SSDC accordingly.
c) 15/02459/FULThe erection of an agricultural/horticultural worker's
dwelling to replace existing mobile home. Vale Of Camelot Growers, Old London Road,
Sparkford, BA22 7JR. Mr & Mrs O Coulsey. All Councillors had seen the application, no
objections were made. Clerk to summarise comments for DB to check and Clerk to forward to
d) 15/02408/FUL Change of use of existing storage building into a farm
shop. Mill Farm, Weston Bampfylde Rd, Weston Bampfylde, BA22 7HY. All Councillors had seen
the application, no objections were made, Clerk to advise SSDC accordingly.
9 MATTERS ARISING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER SECTIONS
a) McDonalds. The Clerk reported that a meeting had taken place with
the manager, Mr M Biles, TT, LP and herself. Topics discussed included the fence and ditch
on the boundary with Wolfester Terrace, speed humps that had been removed during car park
resurfacing, overnight parking (KD noted that the bollards were being put in place to
prevent overnight lorry parking), litter picking and a Love Where You Live
community event to be arranged by McDonalds in the September/October. The supply of a
replacement bin at Sparkford Copse (recently damaged), replacement seat (recently removed
from the Millennium Wood by persons unknown) were also mentioned.
b) Sparkford Cricket Club dog waste and grant request. The
Clerk had spoken with the dog warden about what could be done at the Cricket ground and
the continuing dog waste problem. The major problem being policing of those
exercising their dogs and failing to pick up excrement. If the Cricket field is in the
ownership of the Parish Council a ban could be placed on dogs for the duration of the
cricket season, at the site. Ownership of the Ground is to be checked at the Land
Registry, pending this KD proposed that a ban on dogs at the cricket ground for the
duration of the cricket playing season, from 1st April to 30th
September, be imposed. This was seconded by KF. All were in favour.
DB suggested that a grant of £300 and that the 2016-17 grant of £150, a total £450, be
given to the Cricket Club towards the refurbishment of the kitchen. This was proposed by
KF and seconded by KD. All were in favour.
c) Flood mitigation scheme - Church Road/ditch rear of garages. ML
advised if the Council is to seek a grant from Somerset County Council for this work then
an application must be made before the end of July 2015. Clerk to liaise with KD regarding
letter to the land owners.
The Clerk also reported that the issue of sewage had been raised at the August 2014
meeting when Mr Barker of Wessex Water attended but she could find no further
correspondence since then. Contact had been made with Wessex Water to follow this up but
there had been no reply.
10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
a) Clerks Salary of £275.61 for June was approved.
b) Clarification regarding VAT had been sought from SALC. The grant of
£300 towards the cost of the resurfacing the car park in front of the Parish Hall was
agreed by all.
c) SALC training for new parish councillors. KF and VM expressed an
interest in attending the Being a Good Councillor course on 15th
July 2015. Two places had been booked at a cost of £20 each, total £40.
d) Sparkford Parish Hall Chubb Fire and Security Ltd Service. The Parish
Hall committee had forwarded the invoice for the Chubb service of fire extinguishers along
with a cheque made out for the total less VAT. Clerk to seek outstanding sum for Parish
Hall Committee and put this on the agenda for next month
e) A copy of the External Audit report had been previously circulated.
This was noted. A copy of the report to be placed on the web site.
f) Parish Council accounts had been circulated. These were noted.
An email had been received regarding the dog waste bin at the electricity sub-
station which has been removed and disappeared for a second time. Options were discussed
and it was decided to place this matter on the agenda for the next meeting.
A second email had been received regarding noise and disturbance thought to be coming from
Sparkford Hall. Clerk to make a telephone call to the Hall to advise that complaints had
12 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS None
13 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
As recorded in the minutes.
14 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 3rd August 2015, 8pm
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.22pm