Public time – P.C.S.O.Richard Oaten gave details of the Beat Surgery held monthly at the Village Hall. The times of the visit may change later in the year. Speed Watch week went well. The volunteers do a tremendous job. There are 76 Speed Watch teams over the district 27000 vehicles were recorded overall, with 740 reported for speeding. Richard goes into school and playgroup and gives road safety advice as well as community work. His main queries generally are about cold callers, sheds, and encouraging farmers to join horse and farm watch.
Thanks – Gerry Sayers extended thanks on behalf of all the Parish to those Councillors who are not seeking re-election, and for their committed help over the past 4 years - Lin Turner, Moira Vaughan, and Rodney Baylis and Ros Roderigo, District Councillor. Thanks also to Nigel Pearson, County Councillor, for his help in securing grants and information.
MINUTES of the COMBE ST.NICHOLAS PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
held on Monday 27th April 2015, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
PRESENT ; Mr .Gerry Sayers (Chairman), Mrs Lynn Osborne,, Mrs.Moira Vaughan, Messrs. Rodney Baylis, Rob Grimmond, and John White
Also Ros Roderigo (District Councillor), Nigel Pearson (County Councillor), Martin Wale and P.C.S.O.Richard Oaten, and 1 member of the public.
Apologies – Mrs. Lin Turner, Mrs.Rosemary Yarrow, and Tony Sauer.
Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 23rd March 2015 were approved as a true record, and signed.
106/14-15 VILLAGE HALL REPRESENTATIVE
Clerk, Anne Hunt, agreed to continue as Village Hall Representative
107/14-15 DISTRICT/COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORTS
District Councillor – a) The result of the appeal re new dwellings at Cuttifords Door should be given on 2nd June.
County Councillor –
a) Woolhayes Lane - S.C.C.are renewing the current Rights of Way Policy – a statutory requirements, but no requirement to do anything! Currently 6 cases a year are dealt with
b) The application re the small road improvement grant for the proposed chicane on Combe Hill was handed to Nigel
App.15/01512 Ms S.Ellison, Woodbine Cottage, Court Mill Lane. Demolish existing front single storey extension and replace with single storey extension. No objections.
App.15/01812/14LBC. Mr.I.Stonex, Burnside House, Court Mill Lane. Erection of single storey detached garage and installation of 2 rooflights to existing workshop. No objections.
109/14-15 BEECH TREE - NEW FENCING ON THE LAWNS
a) Rep. from Blackdown Environmental of Dunkeswell, has carried out a risk assessment and check regarding the remaining beech tree but no information yet to hand.
b) Ensure the new fencing will be exactly the same as current fencing.
110/14-15 ANNUAL PLAY EQUIPMENT INSPECTION on The Lawns
It was resolved to accept the service from S.S.D.C. for the Annual Playground Inspection at a cost of £48.
A PlayDay has been arranged by the S.S.D.C. on The Lawns on 14th August
Combe Hill (lower end) – The hardstanding area for the police motorcycle unit has been completed. Thanks extended to Nigel Pearson for use of his compactor. A motorcycle was in attendance recently. 7 drivers were caught driving at over 30 mph in an hour
The application for a grant to cover the chicane on Combe Hill has been given to Nigel Pearson (County Councillor) to be considered in the small road improvement grant scheme..
Deep pothole appeared on Wadeford Hill.
112/14-15 CORRESPONDENCE – FUTURE USE OF PUBLIC TELEPHONE BOXES
It was resolved to purchase the telephone boxes situated by The Green in Combe St.Nicholas and The Haymaker in Wadeford for the nominal sum of £1 each. It will be decided at a later date what they could be used for, i.e. book lending, etc. etc. but it was considered they are too iconic to the `village scene` to be removed. It will be included in the Cloverleaf report to invite suggestions from residents
113/14-15 WITHDRAWAL OF MOBILE LIBRARY STOPS –
S.C.C. is offering a one-off maximum £500 grant to help any alternative schemes to provide access to reading resources. This item to be on the Agenda for May to allow for suggestions.
114/14-15 COMMUNITY RIGHT TO BID
It was resolved to request the Green Dragon Inn be listed on the Community Right to Bid register as a safeguard in case of any future sale/closure of the property. Forms to be requested from S.S.D.C.
115/14-15 Police See public time
Website – Registration Fee for 2 years paid to 123-reg
Risk Assessment statement noted. It was agreed to get Quarterly Playground checks made in future by S.S.D.C. @ £26.50 per visit. Seat by The Haymaker in need of attention.
Approval given for end of year figures. Page 1 – Accounting statements were approved and signed by the Chairman and Clerk, together with the Bank Reconciliation letter. The Annual Governance Statement was also completed. All forms, together with invoices and receipts, minutes etc, will now be checked over by Tom Lane, the Internal Auditor.
External Audit due 15th June.
The following payments were checked and agreed.
Mrs.A.Hunt – expenses and computer allow. £27.89
R.J. and M.R.Vaughan (repay for materials for Police vehicle
parking area on Combe Hill) £51.40
R.Grimmond (repay website registration fee) £78.94
117/14-15GENERAL MATTERS –
a) General Election takes places on 7th May. Also District Councillor election. As there are insufficient applicants for the Parish Council election all applicants are elected uncontested.
b) Rodney Baylis and Moira Vaughan thanked Councillors for their assistance over the past 4 years.