Public time –
MINUTES of the COMBE ST.NICHOLAS PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
held on Monday 27th July 2015, at 7. 30pm in the Village Hall.
PRESENT ; Mr .Gerry Sayers, Mrs. Deborah Perreau, Mrs.Rosemary Yarrow
Messrs. Rob Grimmond, Don Macdonald, Jonathan Nex, Tony Sauer, Ian Stonex
and John White
Also Nigel Pearson (County Councillor), Martin Wale (District Councillor) and Mrs.Anne Hunt (Clerk)
Apologies – Mrs. Lynn Osborne, Mr.John Gilbert and Police
Don Macdonald and Jonathan Nex were welcomed to the Council. Declarations of Acceptance of Office and Register of Members Interest Forms completed.
Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 22nd June 2015 were approved as a true record, and signed.
30/15 DISTRICT/COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORTS
County Councillor –
a) Communication received re apparent lack of help from Police following data collection and recurrent offenders report by the Speed Watch Volunteers. Some members of the Police do not seem so keen on Speed Watch. The new Speed Enforcement motorbike has been stationed at the bottom of Combe Hill on a few occasions, and drivers have been caught. The new 30mph roundels painted on Combe Hill do appear to have made drivers slow down. Nigel will contact Insp.Tim Coombe,
b) Nigel attended a Health Committee meeting, with speakers from the NHS. A summary of the meeting shows the NHS has many difficulties but in future Trusts could be broken up and everyone will have to work together.
c) Nigel also attended a Rights of Way meeting. 307 cases awaiting, but only 6 completed this year.
District Councillor –
a) Although the Cuttifords Door development was dismissed by the Inspector, McTaggart and Michel are now taking this case to a Judicial Review at the High Court, against the Inspectors’ findings.
b) Martin won a motion at the District Council to remove/reduce car parking charges. This was passed and there will be a free initial period, possibly up to 2 hours, allowing better trade for the market towns. The District Council currently makes approx.. £1million a year from car parking charges, so some other services will be affected.
c) The main road from Cuttifords Door to Chard High Street is currently being resurfaced properly, following bad works 3 years ago.
App.15/03065 Mr. & Mrs.H.Evans, Ile Cottage, Pudleigh Lane. Alterations to include erection of 2-storey extension. No objections
App.15/01131 Mr.D.Saunders, Yellow Rose Caravan Park, Underway. Amended plans – 2 new pitches (reduced in size) and 2 extra parking places. No objections
App.14/02808 Hill View, Cuttifords Door. Copy letter received re the new building not conforming to plans, especially the garage – pitch of roof and height. Martin Wale will also contact Planning Officer
Tree Preservation Order effective re 2 groups of trees in the Orchard Field at Cuttifords Door.
32/15 PARISH PLAN `FOLLOW-ON` MEETING
A follow-up social evening was held on the 2nd July in the Village Hall. 50 residents attended. P.C.S.O. Richard Oaten gave a short presentation about the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Various topics were discussed, including use of the Church, footpath volunteers, litter picking volunteers, bus service, availability of Broadband, and oil consortium. It was considered to be a good and informative meeting. Cheese and wine was provided. A further meeting will be held next year.
33/15 NEW FENCING ON THE LAWNS
a) The new fencing has been installed and looks good. The self-closing unit on the pedestrian gate still to be fitted plus a few minor finishings.
b) The 2 seats will be re-fixed very shortly.
c) All the seats needs repainting, and Chard Amenities Team will be approached for a quotation
34/15 THE LAWNS - PLAY EQUIPMENT QUARTERLY CHECK
Quarterly check carried out by S.S.D.C. Some caps missing, slight rust on slide, and bolts loose.
John White will check.
A free Play Day organised by S.S.D.C. booked for Friday 14th August
a) Roundels will now be painted on the Cuttifords Door road instead of repainting the yellow rumble lines. The `Slow` signs will be repainted.
b) Sides of the road between Slades Cross and Combe Football Club getting very deeply gutted. Also further up the road surface disintegrating
c) Paint markings around gully work in Court Mill Lane getting very feint – work area could be missed.
d) Recent drain repairs in Knightshute very satisfactory.
e) The larger tractors, plus harvest, using Combe Wood Lane to get to the A.30 have caused a few problems with verge destruction and street name sign damage.
36/15 CORRESPONDENCE –
a) A road safety event for Senior Citizens, called Route 60+, can be arranged in the Village Hall. An article to be put in the next Cloverleaf magazine, and posters put up to see if there is enough interest. This event is arranged through the Somerset Road Safety Unit and addresses driving skills and habits and how vehicles have changed over the years.
b) Furnicare is operational again in Yeovil.
37/15 FUTURE USE OF PUBLIC TELEPHONE BOX
The contract is now available for signing and the cost will be nominal of £1.00 When the contract is signed, B.T. will send some paint for use on the box. An article was circulated showing how the box can be converted with shelving for a book exchange. Decision re use for box – next agenda.
38/15 WITHDRAWAL OF MOBILE LIBRARY STOPS –
The mobile library has now ceased in the Parish. Details of bookshelves have been submitted to S.C.C. to see if suitable to obtain the grant being offered by S.C.C.
39/15 COMMUNITY RIGHT TO BID
Completed Forms ready to be sent to S.S.D.C. re The Green Dragon for their consideration.
See Minute 32/15 above. The details of 5 residents who are willing to help with Neighbourhood Watch schemes in their immediate area have been sent to Bridgwater Neighbourhood watch office.
a) A discussion was held regarding the increased charges for the grass cutting in the churchyard, but further financial details are required before the amount of grant can be agreed.
The following payments were checked and agreed.
Mrs.A.Hunt – expenses and computer allow. £29.15
B.T. (Nominal charge for telephone box on The Green) £1.00
Society of Local Council Clerks (sub due) £88.00
42/15GENERAL MATTERS –
a) Some of the builders rubble left near The Green has been cleared.