Public time –
MINUTES of the COMBE ST.NICHOLAS PARISH COUNCIL MEETING held on Monday 24th November 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, Tony Sauer and John White
Also Ros Roderigo (District Councillor), Mr.Nigel Pearson (County Councillor), Martin Wale, and 2 members of the public.
Apologies – Mrs. Lin Turner,
Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 27th October 2014 were approved as a true record, and signed.
65/14 DISTRICT/COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORTS
District Councillor –.
a) Possible Mobile Library withdrawal – currently under consultation and everyone can respond. (see Minute 70/14) The WRVS/SCC also run a home library service for people unable to visit a library
b) It was reported that S.S.D.C. have agreed to grant funds to the Village Hall Toilet Refurbishments.
c) A review for funding for part of the Saturday 99 bus route is being considered (section between Chard and Yeovil) by SCC. (see minutes 69/14)
d) BT are currently putting new cables through the Parish in readiness for Infinity Broadband but the fibre-optics still have to be `blown down`. Possibly ready in October 2015.
County Councillor –
a) The budget has been overspent by £3million.
b) The new lady Head of children's services has the slightly reduced salary of £70,000 p.a compared to the previous Head.
App.14/04089 Mrs.Cawley, re Land adjoining Combe St.Nicholas Church, part of Sunday School Wood used as Forest School. Erection of timber framed shelter. No objections
App.14/05030 Mrs.J.Gray, Land North of Classet House, Frog Lane. Erection of a detached dwelling house (revised application) After discussion it was resolved that the new angle could be even worse
Councillors recommend refusal as this application is very similar to the original.
McTaggart & Mickel/David Wilson Homes appeals As the decision re new homes in Crewkerne was refused by that Inspector due to the 5-year planning holding the results for these appeals may not be to hand for sometime.
Parish Plan update – Grant of £715 has been awarded by S.S.D.C. towards the cost of printing the final
booklet. Arrangements now in hand to arrange this.
67/14 LAMP-POST ON THE GREEN
The lantern top has been repaired, repainted and new plastic panels fitted. The electrical repairs are due to be completed on 2nd December.
68/14 BEECH TREE ON THE LAWNS
After discussions re the 5 quotations now received, it was resolved to offer the work to Blackdown Environmental of Dunkeswell, as they have better equipment to cover this large tree removal, and the price was very competitive with the other quotes. When a date is known, information will be given to the residents of The Lawns, The School (re parking) and the Police as the road will probably be blocked at times. Western Power do not consider the power lines will be affected.
69/14 S.C.C. BUS CONSULTATION RE 99 ROUTE
S.C.C. subsidise the 99 route between Chard and Yeovil and due to general funding cuts this part of the route is being considered for a reduced service on a Saturday. Services during the week are not in doubt at this time. The 99 route between Chard and Taunton is run as a commercial route, and is not covered by this consultation.
70/14 MOBILE LIBRARY CONSULTATION
As the mobile library stops in this Parish are within 3 miles of the permanent library in Chard, the consultation is due to S.C.C. wishing to phase out these stops to save Council funds.
As the deep gully alongside the edge of the road between Snowdrop Cottage and the Cuttifords Door crossroads is considered to be off-road in the verge, Highways do not have enough budget to fix .
Deep gully on the South side of the corner at Chardleigh Green – will be reported, but probably in the same category as a) above.
Combe Hill – Various suggestions for reducing speed at the bottom of Combe Hill – chicane, vertical cushions (most cost effective), repaint the hatch lines down the middle of the road, change the colour of the road surfact, construct a layby area for the `speed bikes`. Item to be on January Agenda.
70/14 THE LAWNS PLAY AREA – ANNUAL INSPECTION REPORT
Annual report received from S.S.D.C. Most areas acceptable, but trip hazards in places around the wooden edge to the safer surfacing. Check and fill with soil as necessary. John White will check other points made.
71/14 CORRESPONDENCE -
Combe School – requesting permission to use The Lawns on Sunday 7th Dec. for a walking football match to commemorate the match held 100 years ago during the 1st World War in 191.
72/14 Police -
a) Figures re the Precept required for 4/2015 – 3/2016 circulated. Final decision to be made at the January meeting.
b) It was resolved to grant permission for cheques to be signed if necessary before the January meeting, after consultation with the Chairman.
The following payments were checked and agreed.
Mrs.A.Hunt (Exp, tel. and computer allowance £26.64
Royal British Legion (Poppy appeal) £60.00
S.S.D.C.(Annual playground inspection) £57.60
74/14GENERAL MATTERS –
Football Club – Meeting arranged for 1st Dec. at the Football Club to generally discuss matters with members of the Committee and Teams. Gerry Sayers and Lynn Osborne will attend.
Allotments – Owners happy to extend the Lease, with a 5% increase in rent. Rob Grimmond will attend to details. There are currently 2 x half plots vacant.
Mr.Sayers wished everyone a very Happy Christmas.