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MINUTES of the COMBE ST.NICHOLAS PARISH COUNCIL MEETING held on Monday 27th October 2014, at

7.30pm in the Village Hall.


PRESENT ; Mr .Gerry Sayers (Chairman), Mrs Lynn Osborne, Mrs.Moira Vaughan, Mrs.Rosemary Yarrow, Messrs. Rodney Baylis, John Gilbert, Rob Grimmond, and John White


Also Ros Roderigo (District Councillor), Mr.Nigel Pearson (County Councillor), Martin Wale, 1 member of the public. And P.C.S.O. Julie Middleditch


Apologies – Mrs. Lin Turner, Mr.Tony Sauer.and P.C.Alan Hollick




Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 22nd September 2014 were approved as a true record, and signed.




District Councillor –.


a)  On the last Area West Housing Report it shows that 10 people/families have indicated they would prefer to live in this Parish


b)  It was reported that S.S.D.C. have agreed to grant funds to the Village Hall Toilet Refurbishments.


c)  Letter received from nearby resident to Football Club concerned about the recent Firework Display.


County Councillor –


a)  A further complaint has been received about the 8am bus to Taunton Colleges being full and leaving passengers behind.. John Perrot, of be contacted re latest situation


b)  A grant cannot be given from his budget to the Village Hall toilet refurbishments as funding is being received from other sources.


c)  A consultation is in the process re the reduction in mobile libraries from 4 to 2. Most affected will be villages who are within 3 miles of a permanent library. Report in next Cloverleaf Magazine for residents to make representation to S.C.C.


d)  Local tenders should be promoted to keep local jobs, whereas they currently tender from all over the country.


e) Following the departure of the controversial and expensive Childrens Officer the post of Head of Childrens Services is being advertised at £130,000 (one third of previous Head)


P.C.S.O.Julie Middleditch - Julie was welcomed as the new P.C.S.O. for this area, together with P.C.S.O.Richard

Oaten. There is currently a good Speed Watch team and no other issues in this Parish, Generally there is an

increase in rural crime, particularly concerning shed break-ins




  • App.14/04294 Mr.Ben Stoddart, re Land OS 3618 N.of Ham Farm. Erection of agricultural/equestrian building for straw, feed and machinery storage (revised application) No Objections.


  • McTaggart & Mickel/David Wilson Homes appeals The decisions will now be delayed until January.


  • Parish Plan update – copy of booklet sent to Paul Philpott for comment and information re grant.




The final costs for the toilets refurbishment amounted to £22,000 which is £4000 more than anticipated. Grant has been applied for from S.S.D.C. Letter of thanks received from the Village Hall trustees for the £1000 donation from the Parish Council




The quotation has been received from SSE Contracting for £472.82 to rewire the lamp-post. It was resolved to accept this quotation. The lantern top will be repaired with new Perspex, but it will need metal repairs, due to rust.




3 quotes have been received and these were circulated. Ros Roderigo has also had some information from various members of the Blackdown Hills Partnership. Meetings will be arranged with these members prior to making a firm decision. It was also discussed about leaving the felled trunk of the tree as a play item. Insurance checks to be made first, but SSDC Play Officer is quite happy with this idea. The other beech tree and the cherry trees need checking as a different type of fungus has appeared on these trees. Clerk to investigate whether large trees should be insured.



  1. The edge of the road between Snowdrop Cottage and the Cuttifords Door crossroads is still dangerous. Highways to be contacted again.

  1. The drains and kerbing in the layby opposite The Haymaker were on the list for repair in April 2014, but we are not aware of any work carried out to date. Highways to be contacted.

  1. A minibus has been added to the 99 route at 8am in the mornings to ensure the extra passengers get to Taunton, but problems still occur. SCC to be contacted re latest position.



Poster received re the future of Govt. Revenues and Benefits Service. They want to get all residents to work Online and are requesting any local places where residents could access computers. None known


61/14 Police -




Nigel Pearson thanked for organising the grant from the Health and WellBeing fund towards the new fencing on The Lawns, but this will be put on hold until the beech tree felling has been completed.

b) Half year Bank Reconciliation/statement of accounts circulated.


The following payments were checked and agreed.


Mrs.A.Hunt (Exp, tel. and computer allowance                    £27.84

SSE (exploratory investigation re Victorian lamp-post          £64.19




Allotments – Owners happy to extend the Lease, with a 5% increase in rent. Rob Grimmond will attend to details.


Youth Club – now closed due to lack of leaders.


Underway Meade – At the last AGM some new volunteers came forward. An additional meeting, with at least 15 people present, now required to confirm the new Trustees.


Broadband – A new Infinity Broadband box has been installed alongside the wall of the play area. No notice given, and no news yet re connection date.


Football Club – re Minute 54/14 (c) Re letter about no consideration to nearby residents when Firework Evening and other events held. Meeting with football club members to be arranged.

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