- 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
The Parish Council will buy two new dog waste bins. One probably for the centre of the village and one for Mill Lane.
Traffic calming. Somerset county council believe that the measures have reduced traffic speed and are wary of altering the design in case of a public liability claim in the event of accident or injury. They think that the removal of the elements would cause a rise in speeds through the village.
Minor changes to the traffic calming scheme could be considered by Somerset County council. It may be that changes to such things as the lamp post in the front of the pub are feasible. Ideas to the parish council.
The 2015 council tax will include an extra £25 for flood defence measures on the Somerset levels.
The 2012 incident when rocks from quarry blasting were hurled onto the road, has resulted in a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive. Contractors were held responsible and fined. Wainwright’s acted as a prosecution witness. With this in mind, any discussion of the case with the parish council was withheld as this would have been in contempt of court. New working practises are now established. The next quarry liaison meeting is not until 21st October. Meetings are held every 6 months. Attendance is by invitation only and meeting minutes and agendas are not published [post meeting note].
The PCSO is aware of the use of legal highs on the playing field. Dozens of canisters of nitrous oxide have been found. Patrols will target this area as others, as concerns were raised about drug use in our parish.
The library van is still to visit Stoke. It has only 7 Registered users. It could be a useful resource for all ages. It is a case of use it or loose it.
District Councillor Val Horler is to retire from local politics. She has been a fine servant of the village and pursued our interests at Mendip Council. Many thanks for all the time and work involved.
Cookswood. It has been reported that work may be underway in the quarry. Trees have been felled and terraces leveled. It is thought that this is before there is a “satisfaction of planning conditions. The District Councillors have been asked to follow this up.
There is no progress on the affordable housing question.
There is no progress on the purchase of the millennium woodland.
There is a complex question of balancing the burial ground’s books. There appear to be historic arrears in both the dues for interment and salary cheques not cashed in years past.
The new parish website is up and running. Councillors are encouraged to keep it up to date.
Elections are due for the new parish council. If you wish to be nominated as a parish councillor papers can be obtained from Mendip District Council, either to be collected in person or call electoral Services Team 01749 341530 The closing date is 9th April at 4pm.