- Cookswood quarry. Still no final paperwork in place so no progress on development goals.
- Traffic calming. The letter sent to Somerset highways has been received and our questions will be researched.
- Millenium wood. It is still the responsibility of the county and they should mow the grass. It is yet to be sold to the parish, possibily for £1, though conditions and expenses will apply.
- The corner of the roadway at Crosslynds and the Old Post office is seen as dangerous for pedestrians. Somerset Highways will be asked to appraise the situation.
- Superfast broadband will go live for our village before Christmas.
- Village design statement. The present document, in draft form, is to be put on the village website. It is still work in progress and will be added to and edited by our working party.
- Planning application for a site between Water’s Edge and Gooseacre for two houses will require a separate meeting as the paperwork did not arrive in time for this agenda.
- The 161 and 164 bus routes are being put out to tender. There is interest in taking up these services.
- Two new community buses are planned. A village co-ordinator is required to find out what services will suit the parish best.
- The planning application for the conversions at Live and Let will be approved by Mendip as they see a benefit in increasing the housing stock that over rides the concerns over parking issues.
- The village Church is seeking to install solar panels on the south facing roof. There was no opposition to this.
- Cheques were signed for the grass cutting, street lighting, play bark, training for new parish councillors and the hire of the village hall.
- The playing field grass cutting is now carried by new contractors who do pick up grass cuttings. The costs of the old and new contracts are still to be resolved. Date of next meeting 3rd Sept.
- Parish website: It is proving impossible to add the minutes of previous meetings to the new site at present.
- Traffic calming: Responses to the Somerset traffic report are still under discussion. The parish council is interested in a fuller statement than that received some weeks ago. The traffic engineer enlisted by the Restore Stoke group has provided some searching questions that may be pertinent.
- Cookswood quarry: Mendip District council are about to grant an environment certificate. Subject to planning conditions further landscaping is probable.
- Affordable housing: We believe that Nina Richards at MDC is likely to talk to James Francis about his offer of land, for both private and shared housing off Frog Lane.
- Planning items: Bentley’s restaurant complex – the problem of parking issues were raised by the public and discussed by the p.c. The parking allocation on the plans does not tally with parking spaces on the ground. This plan was therefore not recommended for approval.
- Home House – extension and alterations were recommended for approval now that the ecological statement is in place.
- East End cottages – replacement of derelict extension was recommended for approval.
- Oak Cottage – the new rear extension was recommended for approval.
- Finance: Cheques were authorise for daily cleaning of the Lychgate, the clerk’s expense and salary, the burial clerk’s salary, new play bark for the playground and grass cutting of our open spaces.
Traffic survey results: 404 questionnaires were given out, one copy to each household on the electoral register in the parish. 35% were returned. Of these 75% opposed the present traffic calming scheme. 22% were in favour of the measures. 3% of the returns were filled in incorrectly.
Planning applications were received for a new house alongside Cook’s Farm. This development was recommended for refusal because of the difficulty of access. The Manor House application was referred to Mendip as the property is a listed building.
The D Day celebration events are now widely publicised. There is still time to help as a marshal, with a stall in the pub yard, with cakes for sale, raffle gifts and help setting up the event on 7th June.
Contact ALUN STEWART 01749 840275
Cheques for the cutting of the playing field, the grass on the churchyard and burial ground, annual insurances, lighting and the Somerset Association of local council were authorised.
Parish council chairman and vice chair are to change for the new council’s year. Ray Watts is to be the chair and Tanya Squire is to be Vice chair.
The lychgate newsletter may develop into a village wide newsletter. The council are considering a paper that covers the school PTA, the football club, the pub and shop and all parish news. The council input will remain.
The parish is committed to holding a meeting for the villagers on the completion of Somerset’s traffic survey this summer. Highways should send a representative. It may be that a further poll of resident’s opinions will be set up.
THURSDAY, 21ST MAY 2015 AT 7.00PM IN THE MEMORIAL HALL
This is not a formal Parish Council Meeting, but one where you, as electors, are welcome to come and participate.
After the Minutes of last year’s Annual Assembly have been read and agreed, the Chairman will present his review of the past year. Financial Reports will be presented by the Parish Council, together with annual accounts from representatives of other local committees. The meeting will then be open to questions and comments from the floor.
- MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
- CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
- PARISH COUNCIL BALANCE SHEET
- PLAYING FIELD BALANCE SHEET
- MEMORIAL HALL BALANCE SHEET
- YOUTH CLUB BALANCE SHEET
- TODDLER GROUP BALANCE SHEET
- GENERAL BUSINESS
A Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday, 21st May 2015 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall
- Apologies for absence
- Declarations of interest
- County & District Councillor’s Reports (unless covered at the Annual Meeting)
- Minutes of previous meetings
- Matters arising from the Minutes
- Traffic Calming
- Speed Watch Update
- Affordable Housing
- Application No. 2015/0946/FUL –Edford Garage, Edford Hill, Holcombe – Extension to the existing commercial premises
- Bank balances
- Cheques for authorisation
Primrose Garden Maintenance Ltd – Grass Cutting
Aon Ltd – Insurance
SALC – Membership fee
Glasdon UK Ltd – Dog Waste Bins
SSM War Memorial Hall – Rental charges
EDF Energy – Lighting
Playing Field Grant
15 Burial Ground
16 Village Design Statement
18 Matters to report/Items for next Agenda
Date of next Meeting: Thursday, 18th June at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall