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Minutes 10th August 2016

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Cavill, Day, Gage, Haskins, Thompson, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk; C Cllr D Fothergill, eight members of the public, Ms J Pearson, Clerk Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council, Mr K Tutill Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, D Cllr R Parrish.   128/16 Apologies Mr T Burton was unable to attend as there was a planning Committee meeting at TDBC. Cllr Besley, business, Cllr Ling, personal.   129/16 DPI Dispensations No dispensations had been received or granted.   130/16 Adoption of minutes taken on 13th July 2016. The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so were taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 13th July 2016 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Haskins, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.   131/16 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting. No further comments or questions were raised. The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Bus service changes: four of the residents from the sheltered housing at Heathfield Drive/Richards Crescent attended the meeting and explained there is now no longer a direct service from MH to the Crown Medical centre and railway station.  The previous service allowed elderly residents to access directly the doctor’s and the supermarket.  The situation is currently compounded by lack of a local shop. New routes for the 21 and 21A follow the A38 Eastern Relief Road. Planning application 48/16/0046: Two residents attended to speak against the application.  Their objections had been circulated to all councillors, one of the emails was also read aloud. The planning objections raised included traffic and highways issues, smell, environmental issues and working hours. Lack of signage around the canal was reported: some signs may have gone missing. One member of the public was the agent dealing with land west of Greenway.  It was agreed the redline of the original nomination had been drawn incorrectly and action would be taken to correct this.  A new redline map showing the community land allocation was handed in. One member of the public was one of the three pharmacies interested in proving ‘Unforeseen Benefits’ to NHS England to obtain permission for a pharmacy at the Local Centre.  The Parish Council has already registered its comments to NHS England. The member of the public explained that it is not unusual to have to prove the case for ‘Unforeseen Benefits’ in new housing areas; he had successfully challenged NHS England on previous occasions and he would be pursuing that line. Cllr Gage had requested that measurements were taken of the carriageway at the A38 Eastern Relief Road running up to the junction with the A38 at the Canal roundabout. He asked if the measurement had been done. It was suggested that the cycle path to Dyers Lane should be extended to allow access onto the canal towpath. Public question time was closed and the meeting reconvened. 132/16 Items raised by the Public during Open Session and reports SCC Cllr Fothergill: Loss of Webber Bus left gaps in the bus network. SCC is trying to set up a circular route linking Creech Surgery, Crown, and Lyngford Park.  First Bus receives no subsidy therefore their decisions about routes are purely commercial.  He will meet with the public who attended the PC meeting. It was suggested that L McCaffrey (traffic) should be in touch with J Perrott (Travel Plan)...

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Minutes 13th July 2016

Posted by on 11th August, 2016 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Haskins, Ling, Thompson, Tully. Cllrs Cavill and Tully arrived later. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk; C Cllr D Fothergill, two members of the public, Ms J Pearson, Clerk Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council.   112/16 Apologies Mr T Burton was unable to attend as there was a planning Committee meeting at TDBC. Cllr R Parrish (TDBC).   113/16 DPI Dispensations No dispensations had been received or granted. Cllr Thompson declared personal and prejudicial interest in planning application 48/16/0043.   114/16 Adoption of minutes taken on 8th June 2016. The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so were taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 8th June 2016 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Haskins, seconded by Cllr Thompson and all agreed.   115/16 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting. No further comments or questions were raised. The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME   The two members of the public were from Yallands Hill and wished to make comments about road traffic conditions, now, in the future with the bus gate on A3259, in relation to the new houses being built at Aginhills, the possible effects on the A3259 traffic of the closure of Bridgwater Road, and abuse and difficulties getting in and out of their drives. Directional signs and 30mph road signs in the Parish were all obscured by overhanging vegetation. Ragwort was reported at a number of locations, including A3259, Bridgwater Road and the A38 (new ERR). The absence of a direct bus service to the Crown Medical centre was reported, and alternative routes being taken along the A38 (ERR). Lack of pavement between the Charles Church development and Monkton Elm was again reported. Somerset Sound had been unable to get a spokesperson from the Parish Council prior to the Planning Committee meeting at which the Aldi application would be heard. Pavement on the A38 from the hairdressers to beyond the railway bridge is overgrown. White vans are parking on the roadside (probably a business) in the Crown Industrial Estate (Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish).   Public question time was closed and the meeting reconvened. 116/16 Items raised by the Public during Open Session and reports Cllrs Fothergill and Cavill will attend at the resident’s house on Yallands Hill. Clearance of overhanging hedgerows around directional signs will be reported to SCC Highways. Ragwort will be reported to SCC Highways. The dilemma resulting from the change of bus routes will be reported to SCC J Perrett and J Newell. Overgrowth of weeds on pavement A38 to Creech castle junction will be reported to TD parks department.   Report from SCC Cllr Fothergill The Bridgwater Road (former A38) road closure is in place and it is aimed to complete work by the last week of October. Some local businesses have complained about accessibility. The A38 bus gate will not be built in time for September.  Persimmon is not willing to open Roy’s Place at the moment. Double yellow lines have been requested by residents at Brittons Ash. The devolution debate has now agreed 23 authorities are together but will not support a single elected Mayor. Instead the option of a principle combined authority leaders group will be supported. This is to get government money via the LEP for infrastructure projects etc. Ofsted has given a good report...

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Minutes 13th April 2016

Posted by on 17th May, 2016 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 13th April 2016 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Haskins, Thompson, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk; D Cllr R Parrish, S C Cllr D Fothergill, Ms J Pearson Clerk Cheddon Fitzpaine, Mrs J Besley Communications Volunteer.   053/16 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllr Ling (personal) and Mr Tutill.   054/16 DPI Dispensations No applications for dispensation had been received.   055/16 Adoption of minutes taken on 9th March 2016 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 9th March 2016 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Thompson, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.   056/16 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting. The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Owing to pressure of time, Councillor Fothergill was invited to give his report at this point rather than the later place on the agenda. Cllr Fothergill reported that the government is driving towards academy school, SCC is resistant due to its overall good Ofsted rating. Devolution is also driving forward: the area will be Somerset and Devon to include 23 authorities including a national park.  Some services are shared already. Funding from government will be affected if the bid is unsuccessful. Mayor for the devolved area is the government’s preferred option, S and D are resistant. Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be on May 5th: Bishops Lydeard and Cothelstone Neighbourhood Plan referendum will be on the same date. Questions to Cllr Fothergill: Will Hyde Lane repairs include the banks- yes. When will the NIDR be finished – this year. Other items raised: Parking in Heathfield Drive causing obstructed road, especially at corner of road (where extra house was built). TPO’s on trees especially in the Primary School and in School Road. Recycling plastic: distinction into categories is inconvenient and roadside rejection is a disincentive to recycle. Ditch behind cottages on Bridgwater Road needs clearing. Potholes in roads especially at top of Greenway. Christmas tree dumped in Dyers Brook.   The meeting was reconvened.   057/16 Items raised by the Public during Open Session Reports from residents about parking on Heathfield Drive will be sent to PCSO Claire Escott for further investigation. D Galley TDBC will be contacted ref questions about TPOs from A Pritchard Cllr R Parris responded to Cllr Tully’s remarks about plastic recycling.  The greater the roadside service the greater to cost to ratepayers. Three weekly recycling connections have been trialled in Wiveliscombe.  More bins will have an impact in urban areas. Increased opening hours at Priorswood have been successful. Estates office at Viridor confirm that clearing the vegetation from the ditch to the rear of the houses on Bridgwater Road is on a regular maintenance schedule, due shortly and again in the autumn. D Quick’s comments ref site meeting for potholes and ditches had already been reported. The particular pothole on Greenway had been noted. Christmas tree had been collected by Highways area supervisor D Brown.   58/16 To approve and adopt receipts and payments year end accounts The Clerk went through the Receipts and Payments accounts that had been circulated to all councillors prior to the meeting.  The quarterly reconciliations had been signed by a Councillor not recognised as a signatory at the bank; and the appropriate bank statements had been initialled by the same Councillor. After questions it...

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Minutes 9th March 2016

Posted by on 17th May, 2016 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 9th March 2016 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Haskins, Ling, Thompson, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk; Mr T Willis, Mr T Burton TDBC, D Cllr R Parrish.   034/16 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllr Gage and C Cllr Fothergill.   035/16 DPI Dispensations No applications for dispensation had been received.   036/16 Adoption of minutes taken on 10th February 2016 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 10th February 2016 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Tully, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed.   037/16 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  Cllr Ellis reported no further progress had been made with Cllr Gage in determining which photos from the Millennium Book should be copied onto the new West Monkton Website photo gallery.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME   Cllr Thompson raised the matter of the apparently abandoned turquoise semi-vintage car that had been parked on Greenway for months. Mr Ted Willis presented his report which had been circulated prior to the meeting. He noted the need to establish by how much the river falls over particular lengths. 10.77 mtrs is the critical height at the lock gates, confirmed in the Hyder report of 2005, and now needing confirmation.  If the drop of the water levels could be secured then it was unlikely that there would be further problems at Bathpool. The dam at Bradford on Tone will only make a difference of 2 – 6 inches by the time it gets to Bathpool, which is not enough. (T Burton later in the meeting stated that the dam was not the only attenuation measure being considered). Readings taken by Mr Willis of 11.18 – 10.77 would be too large for the 6 inch reduction created by the upstream dam. However, it is appreciated that Bathpool is being included in the scheme, because on its own it would not generate sufficient funds to facilitate work.  Acacia Gardens was built on the figures for a 1 in 75 year storm.  But measures must be taken against a 1 in 100 year storm (which would be 12 mtrs river height).  Given the measurable drops in the river from Firepool to Bathpool, it is likely that the river will fall another 1/4mtr from the lock gates to the motorway bridge.  The discharge points at the motorway have been visually examined, there is a second discharge point at the M5 about 24 inches in diameter, with no flap gate and a concrete slope down to the river.  The EA say this one does not belong to them, it may be privately owned.  It is suggested that the EA should take the profile of the land to the M5 bridge. Mr T Burton gave his report, noted as appendix 1 and distributed separately. Cllr Day reported that the triangle of grass at the phone box in The Street was being eroded by traffic; and more reflectors were missing from the oak posts. Cllr Haskins reported subsidence on the lane where Skanska are due to repair the ditches including the piped section across the field gate.  Other areas where the road edges were missing were reported, this was following the closure of the A3259 which resulted in more traffic using the back lanes. Litter is continuing...

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Minutes 10th February 2016

Posted by on 17th May, 2016 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 10TH February 2016 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Haskins, Thompson, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: K Tutill, Chairman Neighbourhood Plan, SCC Cllr D Fothergill, 1 member of the public.   018/16 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllrs Gage and Ling, and District Councillor R Parrish.   019/16 DPI Dispensations An application for dispensation had been received from Cllr Tully in respect of the planning application 48/16/0005 (Aldi), and a dispensation had been granted.   020/16 Adoption of minutes taken on 13th January 2016 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 13th January 2016 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Tully, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed.   021/16 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  Cllr Ellis reported no further progress had been made with Cllr Gage in determining which photos from the Millennium Book should be copied onto the new West Monkton Website photo gallery.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME   Cllr Fothergill gave his report due to having to attend North Curry PC later.  Storm Imogen had resulted in at least 30 trees falling down, 177 emergency call outs, and roads closed owing to flooding.  As a consequence, scheduled work has been delayed.  Flooding at Richards Crescent will be dealt with later in the agenda*.  The budget has been set – a further £20m saving on last year.  For the first time in a number of years there will be an increase in the basic council tax of 1.9%; the government has required an increase of 2% to ensure care workers are paid the national living wage; and a separate precept will be collected on behalf of the Somerset Rivers Authority of 1.25%.  The total increase on a band D house will be circa £60.00.  Work will begin immediately on the budget for next year which requires further cuts to find £17m of savings. Cllr Fothergill confirmed the road closure of the A3259 on 15th Feb, and agreed independent data could be collected from the SID which was scheduled to be in Goosenford week commencing 15th Feb. Cllr Fothergill noted the forthcoming meeting with M Cusack (Head of Highways at SCC) for the Bus Gate Working Party and other Councillors.  It was reported that the simplest re-run of the traffic modelling would cost £2-3k; but the questions asked by the BGWP would require modelling that could cost up to 20k.  It was agreed that it would be prudent to find a middle road, so that progress could continue and to ascertain if WMPC could contribute anything towards modelling to get the answers to the questions asked. Cllr Fothergill reported that BT was not connecting to the new houses in the Urban Extension, apparently the UE was not part of the original tender put in by ‘Connecting Devon and Somerset’. Cllr Thompson reported that he had inspected flooding on A3259/Blundells Lane following flooding on 6th Feb, and flooding at Hyde Lane.  He had reported these events back to J Southwell (EA). It was suggested that such events should be recorded on a data base so that cross referencing could be done with data from other sources (e.g. at Bathpool).  Causes of the flooding at the two places were discussed:  A3259/Blundells was probably due to the culvert being blocked under...

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Minutes January 2016

Posted by on 17th May, 2016 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 13TH January 2016 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Haskins, Ling, Thompson, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: K Tutill, Chairman Neighbourhood Plan, Mrs J Besley (Communications Volunteer), 3 representatives of West Monkton Cricket Club, 3 members of the public.   001/16 Apologies No apologies had been received.   002/16 DPI Dispensations No applications for dispensation had been received, nor any dispensations granted.   003/16 Adoption of minutes taken on 9th December 2015 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 9th December 2015 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Gage, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed.   004/16 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  Cllr Gage reminded Members that it had been suggested that the pictures from the Millennium Book should be copied onto the new West Monkton Website photo gallery.  No further progress had been made on this matter.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Members of West Monkton Cricket Club, who had been asked to attend, gave a presentation of their future aspirations and plans and their wish to raise the profile, accessibility and involvement of the Cricket Club in the community.  A paper had been circulated to Members of the Parish Council prior to the meeting.  The plans were ambitious, including the building of a new Pavilion, but doing this would open the way for further grant aid from, for example, the ECB (English Cricket Board) and Sport England.  The proposed new Pavilion would allow for more social use of the Pavilion, and its design allowed for growth.  Secure storage facilities, ground maintenance and other equipment would also be required.  The Club has already gained status in the League, and has plans to develop opportunities for Women’s and Youth cricket teams.  Other local sports clubs have expressed interest in sharing the facilities: baseball and hockey.  It was noted that a baseball pitch could be accommodated in the land available, whilst the ‘super leap’ ball area would be on the other side of Camels Hump which would be closed to through traffic. Listing the Cricket ground as a Community Asset with Community Right to Buy was noted. It was pointed out that to qualify for grant aid evidence of security of tenure would need to be obtained from Persimmon who owns the land. If security of tenure was obtained for circa 24 -28 years, that might remove the need to protect the land by registering it as a Community Asset: furthermore if security of tenure was evident it could be written into the Neighbourhood Plan which will run to 2028. The club is managed currently by volunteers and it is likely that would continue. Proposals were outlined to enhance the links to the Dyers Brook wildlife corridor at the Cricket Club end. Members of the Cricket Club answered questions from Councillors.   Other matters raised in Public Question Time: It was reported by a resident, that the unfinished pavements around the houses in the Charles Church development were proving difficult for the first of the residents in the new houses as building work was continuing all around them.  Getting to school was difficult.  The traffic was not yet restricted by the 30mph zone, so fast traffic was passing their front gardens. Cllr Haskins reported that the hedge to the side...

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Annual Parish Meeting March 2015

Posted by on 31st March, 2016 in meeting minutes

At Annual Parish Meeting 25th March 2015   The meeting was attended by 21 people including 6 Parish Councillors, 1 District and Parish Councillor, and the County Councillor D Fothergill.  The Chairman, Cllr Ellis, welcomed attendees to the meeting; explaining that the meeting was not a Parish Council meeting, but a meeting organised by the Parish Council for the Parish, required to be done annually by statute.  She thanked her fellow Councillors and the Clerk for their support.  The Annual Report of the Parish Council was handed out to attendees and will be distributed to all houses in the Parish that at present receive the Village News. Apologies Apologies were received from Stuart Haskins and Martin Ellis.   Minutes of the last meeting The minutes were proposed as a true record by Norman Cavill, seconded by Roger Cox and agreed; they were signed by the Parish Council Chairman Cllr H Ellis. Attention was drawn to the various flyers and reports on the seats, including reports from the Litter pickers, St Augustines’ and the Annual Report of the Parish Council.   The Panel of Speakers was introduced and each gave a short presentation about their organisations and the work they did. The assistance they could offer to individuals in the community as well as community initiatives became apparent as the presentations were made.  At the end of the four speakers’ presentations, there was a question and answer session.   The panel of speakers comprised: Christine Trueman, CAB especially employment; Jane Birch Community Council for Somerset – Community initiatives; Jo Humble TDBC Housing section; Audrey Mansfield, Village Agent. Christine Trueman explained the aims and objectives of the Citizens Advice Bureau, presenting some national statistics and then some local ones.  In the 2011 census, the population of West Monkton was 4304.  In the past year 3% of that population had consulted the CAB. The average in Taunton Deane for the same period was 4.2%.  The most frequent topic of consultation was finance, debt resolution, benefits and employment issues. Hours of opening are usually 9.00 to 2.00pm with a later start and finish on a Wednesday.  There is a telephone answering service.  Appointments can be drop-in or pre arranged. Access is available to sign language and foreign language translation.  The CAB office is in Magdalen Lane in Taunton, with outreach facilities in some villages and home visits if necessary.  It is funded totally by donations. Audrey Mansfield explained the role of the Village Agent; she looks after villages from West Monkton to Burrowbridge and had been very busy during the floods; disbursing grants to people to rebuild their homes and businesses through the Somerset Community Foundation. She is able to visit individuals and obtain assistance, company and advice as needed. A regular Sunday Afternoon Tea event had been established in Creech St Michael, complete with drivers, helpers and hosts. The Village Agent service is funded by the Big Lottery, and is essentially a referral agency; there are 14 agents in Somerset. Jane Birch also worked for Community Council for Somerset, a colleague of Audrey’s but with a different remit.  She is the Community involvement Officer – involved with assisting in schemes to make the community a good place in which to live.  The CCS can offer support for community buildings (e.g. village halls), and currently have a funded project on high speed broadband offering training for businesses and individuals.  Essentially the service offered is to help a community achieve what it wants to achieve. Jo Humble, TDBC Housing section, explained the opportunities for low cost housing in the new development at Monkton Heathfield...

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Minutes 11th November 2015

Posted by on 21st February, 2016 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Haskins, Thompson, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: K Tuthill, Chairman Neighbourhood Plan, County Cllr D Fothergill, Mrs J Besley (Communications Volunteer), Mr T Burton TDBC, Mr T Willis, 5 members of the public.   172/15 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllr Ling – personal.   173/15 DPI Dispensations No applications for dispensation had been received, nor any dispensations granted.   174/15 Adoption of minutes taken on 14th October 2015 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 14th October 2015 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Besley, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed.   175/15 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Mr T Burton gave an update on Planning matters relating to the Monkton Heathfield Urban Extension and the environs.  These are reported in Annex 1. The Chip Van – the Chip Van has a license and all necessary certification.  North Curry Village Hall welcome it into their car park, it is a good community asset.  The wide verge on Meadway is planted with daffodil bulbs and maintained by the Parish Council, and during the winter months the grass is too boggy for the van to park there.  Recent wheel tracks from the Chip Van show this to be the case.  Parish Council endorse Chip Van parking in Village Hall car park. The metal ‘No cycling’ post has been reported to TDBC Housing, recent inspection shows the post needs replacing. The SID on Greenway will not be able to make any readings because a red landrover is parking immediately adjacent to it. Road markings are missing from the new Monkton Elms roundabout which is causing confusion to drivers. Noted that an abandoned car on the old part of Greenway has a TD sticker on it but hasn’t been removed – has been there a long time.   The meeting was reconvened.   176/15 Items raised by the Public during Open Session A letter will be written to the Village Hall Management Committee in time for their meeting on 2nd December 2015 supporting the Chip Vans request to operate from the Village Hall Car Park during the winter months.   The TDBC Housing Officer has been notified again of the large tree in the garden in School Road, and the damaged state of the ‘No Cycling’ sign on the footpath link between School Road and Heathfield Drive.   The SCC SID officer will be informed of the problem with the SID on Greenway.   TDBC and PCSO Claire Escott will be reminded about the abandoned car.   177/15 To consider and adopt the latest drainage report from T Willis and to resolve to forward the report to TDBC, SCC and the EA. Ted had received the SCC Chairman’s Award for service to the Community (at an event in October) and he showed the photograph of Cllr C Lawrence handing him his Award Certificate. Ted Willis’s report for March 2015 had been circulated prior to the meeting. He explained that new figures from the Hyder report had been included and the AOD datum levels reviewed.  The problem with Dyers Brook will remain until a solution is found, downstream. At Bathpool, in a...

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Minutes 9th December 2015

Posted by on 21st February, 2016 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Ling, Thompson, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: K Tuthill, Chairman Neighbourhood Plan, County Cllr D Fothergill, Mrs J Besley (Communications Volunteer), Ms D Arscott TDBC. No members of the public were present.   190/15 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllr Haskins – business.   191/15 DPI Dispensations No applications for dispensation had been received, nor any dispensations granted.   192/15 Adoption of minutes taken on 11th November 2015 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 11th November 2015 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Thompson, seconded by Cllr Besley and all agreed.   193/15 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Ms D Arscott, Leisure Officer,TDBC, explained the source of the funds from developments in the area, and the amounts involved. She explained the bids she had received from organisations in the Parish (one not known to Councillors). The funds are required to be spent on providing recreational facilities for the community. It was noted that this information needed to to be considered further by the Parish Council at the meeting in January when a response to Ms Arscott would be formulated. Regarding the tennis courts suggested for Hartnells, this would be a reserved matter for planning or a matter of negotiation with the developer. With reference to the suggested alternative use of the play areas now no longer covered by commuted sum at St Quintins and Acacia Gardens:  it was explained that the provision was geographically determined, therefore the play areas could not be converted into alternative use.  TDBC would have to replace equipment that had fallen into disrepair (even though the commuted sum was no longer available).  It was explained that the new Community Facility had a significant budget to cover furnishings, kitchen equipment etc, and the community would need to decide how the funds were spent. J Besley reported that Phase two of the roll out of fibre in the Parish would begin next year. She requested Parish Council support that Monkton Elm, Prockters Farm shop and businesses, and Cossey’s business units would be included in that tranche. Cllr Tully asked questions of Cllr Fothergill regarding the NIDR in Taunton, pavements in Dunster and charges levied by Somerset Waste Partnership. Cllr Gage requested that matters regarding overspill of the canal into Dyers Brook could be investigated further with the EA. Cllr Besley requested that the Persimmon/Redrow developers should clear litter blowing from the site down Langaller Lane. Cllr Fothergill’s report was brought forward as he had to leave early: The effects of the Chancellors Autumn statement were being felt. Bus rates have been transferred to local level.  Care costs are escalating, the 2% precept allowed by the Chancellor will raise £4m, which is not nearly enough.  The government support grant will cease to be made by 2020, leaving a £40m gap. Work on the new primary school has started, an issue with access is being sorted out. SCC is terminating the contract with SW1 one year early, in order to make savings: the major problem is the SAP, which IBM has customised, so a replacement will not be easily found.   The meeting was reconvened.   194/15 Items...

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Minutes 13th January 2016

Posted by on 21st February, 2016 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 13TH January 2016 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Haskins, Ling, Thompson, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: K Tutill, Chairman Neighbourhood Plan, Mrs J Besley (Communications Volunteer), 3 representatives of West Monkton Cricket Club, 3 members of the public.   001/16 Apologies No apologies had been received.   002/16 DPI Dispensations No applications for dispensation had been received, nor any dispensations granted.   003/16 Adoption of minutes taken on 9th December 2015 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 9th December 2015 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Gage, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed.   004/16 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  Cllr Gage reminded Members that it had been suggested that the pictures from the Millennium Book should be copied onto the new West Monkton Website photo gallery.  No further progress had been made on this matter.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Members of West Monkton Cricket Club, who had been asked to attend, gave a presentation of their future aspirations and plans and their wish to raise the profile, accessibility and involvement of the Cricket Club in the community.  A paper had been circulated to Members of the Parish Council prior to the meeting.  The plans were ambitious, including the building of a new Pavilion, but doing this would open the way for further grant aid from, for example, the ECB (English Cricket Board) and Sport England.  The proposed new Pavilion would allow for more social use of the Pavilion, and its design allowed for growth.  Secure storage facilities, ground maintenance and other equipment would also be required.  The Club has already gained status in the League, and has plans to develop opportunities for Women’s and Youth cricket teams.  Other local sports clubs have expressed interest in sharing the facilities: baseball and hockey.  It was noted that a baseball pitch could be accommodated in the land available, whilst the ‘super leap’ ball area would be on the other side of Camels Hump which would be closed to through traffic. Listing the Cricket ground as a Community Asset with Community Right to Buy was noted. It was pointed out that to qualify for grant aid evidence of security of tenure would need to be obtained from Persimmon who owns the land. If security of tenure was obtained for circa 24 -28 years, that might remove the need to protect the land by registering it as a Community Asset: furthermore if security of tenure was evident it could be written into the Neighbourhood Plan which will run to 2028. The club is managed currently by volunteers and it is likely that would continue. Proposals were outlined to enhance the links to the Dyers Brook wildlife corridor at the Cricket Club end. Members of the Cricket Club answered questions from Councillors.   Other matters raised in Public Question Time: It was reported by a resident, that the unfinished pavements around the houses in the Charles Church development were proving difficult for the first of the residents in the new houses as building work was continuing all around them. Getting to school was difficult.  The traffic was not yet restricted by the 30mph zone, so fast traffic was passing their front gardens. Cllr Haskins reported that the hedge to the side...

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Minutes 12th August 2015

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 12th August 2015 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Haskins, Ling, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: K Tuthill, Chairman Neighbourhood Plan, Mr T Willis, Cllrs R Parrish and D Webber (TDBC, also Cllr Webber Chairman of Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council), Mrs J Pearson (Clerk, Cheddon Fitzpaine PC).   118/15 Apologies Apologies had been received from County Cllr Fothergill who was attending North Curry Parish Council.   119/15 DPI Dispensations No applications for dispensation had been received.   120/15 Adoption of minutes taken on 8th July 2015 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 8th July 2015 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Ling, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.   121/15 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising. The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Cllr Webber asked what the Parish Council was doing about speeding along the Goosenford straight. It was reported that the hedge at the side of 92 Farriers Green was overhanging and needed cutting.  Ownership of the hedge was discussed, and it was considered the hedge was owned by Taunton Deane Borough the Council, being part of the footpath from Milton Hill across the back of Farriers Green Park and coming out between the houses at the top end of Farriers Green. It was reported that a tree in the garden of no 42 School Road is overhanging into the garden of no 41.  The properties belong to TDBC so this will be reported to TD Housing section. It was reported that a tree in a dangerous condition was hanging out of land belonging to Tanpits Farm On A38 in the vicinity of the old A38 junction with the road to Creech St Michael, now the site of the Monkton Elm roundabout of the Eastern Relief Road, it was reported that the old road markings have not been replaced with ones suitable for the new roundabout, and the traffic cones that had been employed were now largely scattered and run over. Ragwort infestation on road side verges was a noticeable problem, setting Somerset apart from its neighbouring Counties. Congestion was reported at the junctions of Hyde Lane and Acacia Gardens with the A38. The central reservation at the junction of the A38 and the A3259 at Monkton Elm has vegetation of such a height that the visibility is lost It had been suggested that a water cooler might be installed at the Village Hall, paid for by the Parish Council.   122/15 Items raised by the Public during Open Session Clerk responded that Parish Council had asked for the next two SID sessions to be located on the Goosenford straight to gather evidence of speeding, as public comment and report is not sufficient.  Any evidence from other sources would be appreciated. The data from the SID will be sent to Parish Council. Once the evidence has been gathered, then a speed camera car could be requested.  In the longer term, Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish and West Monkton Parish have jointly discussed with Cllr David Fothergill (Highways) the possibility of a traffic calming scheme across the two parishes along the back lanes from Dosters Lane (Walford Cross) to Cheddon Fitzpaine (Primary School); it would come in as a Small Improvement Scheme. The hedge at the top...

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Minutes 8th July 2015

Posted by on 14th August, 2015 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 8th July 2015 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Haskins, Ling, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: 1 member of the public, Cllr Fothergill (SCC), Cllr R Parrish (TDBC), K Tuthill (Neighbourhood Plan Chairman), Mrs J Pearson (Clerk, Cheddon Fitzpaine PC).   101/15 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllrs Gage and McCubbin (personal), and the reasons accepted.   102/15 DPI Dispensations Cllr Tully had applied for dispensation to speak and vote on matters relating to drainage systems at Bathpool.  The application was granted on the basis that by virtue of where he lives Cllr Tully would have information not otherwise available to the Council.  This dispensation commences on 7th July 2015 and will apply for the period of the next four years.  Therefore the dispensation will expire on 7th July 2019 and a new request will need to be made in July 2019.   103/15 Adoption of minutes taken on 8th June 2015 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 18th June 2015 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Tully, seconded by Cllr Ellis and all agreed.   104/15 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising. The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Cllr Fothergill showed slides demonstrating Demographic trends in Somerset between now and 2033.  The slides clearly demonstrate the elderly population is growing, the younger people are gravitating to the cities some of which are university towns.  Younger populations stay in the cities until about mid forties then move out to the more rural areas.  People live longer hence an increasing percentage of elderly in the rural population.  Trends should be borne in mind when Neighbourhood Planning.  The impact on services that will be provided by the County is very significant – £90million more on social services/housing/medical/bus services etc.  The future of rural schools becomes questionable.  It may be that Taunton is disadvantaged by not having a university – Bridgwater has a college actively involved in training for the nuclear industry and seems to buck the trend.  The time frame is 18 years which is not long, within this time some villages will become unsustainable. A resident reported litter in Dyers Lane and Milton Hill, and graffiti on the wall on the bend of Dyers Lane by the litter bin. Enquiries were made about the maintenance of the Open spaces on the M H development. Reports were heard about the overgrown footpath running between Farriers Green Park to the school, the uncut roadside verge at Aginhills roundabout including ragwort, weeds growing in the pavements at St Quintins, and the serious hazard now being caused by a resident’s overgrown hedge on Meadway by the letter box. Highways reports were made regarding sinking manhole covers on A3259 by the Garden Centre (only recently restored by the utilities company whose property they are), and on Yallands Hill and Milton Hill. The uncut grass in the closed Churchyard at St Augustines has been reported to TDBC whose responsibility it is. The tree at the Village Hall was cut down because it was diseased and dangerous. Report from J Besley (Communications Volunteer): there are now 118 subscribers one of whom follows the matters reported on the website very closely. 105/15 Items raised by the Public during Open Session The demographic trends shown by...

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Minutes 10th June 2015

Posted by on 15th July, 2015 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 10th June 2015 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Ling, McCubbin, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: 5 members of the public, Cllr Fothergill (SCC), Cllr R Parrish (TDBC), Mr T Willis (drainage report), Mr T Burton and Mrs A Rhodes (TDBC), K Tuthill (Neighbourhood Plan Chairman), Mrs J Besley (Communications volunteer).   0084/15 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllr Haskins (personal).   0085/15 DPI Dispensations All Councillors applied for a DPI dispensation in order to contribute to debate and discussions on budget setting and precept.  All applications were granted on the basis that so many members of the Council would have disclosable pecuniary interests in this matter (all councillors have homes in the Parish) that it would impede the transaction of the business (i.e. it would otherwise be inquorate).  This dispensation commences on 10th June 2015 and will apply for the period of the next four years.  Therefore these dispensations will expire on 10th June 2019 and a new request will need to be made in June 2019. All Councillors with email addresses signed an agreement form to accept service by email, in accordance with recent legislation (Local Government (Electronic Communications) (England) Order 2015 which came into force 30th January 2015, and described in NALC Legal Topic 5.   0086/15 Adoption of minutes taken on 13th May 2015 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 13th May 2015 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Gage, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.   0087/15 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising. The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME T Burton and Ann Rhodes TDBC The exchange of information from Tim Burton and Ann Rhodes is recorded in Annex 1 to these minutes.   Other matters relating to the MH development – Gypsy prevention measures were discussed. Dog fouling on the pedestrianised part of Hyde Lane was reported.   Ref agenda item 11: Cllr D Fothergill was invited to make his report at this point in the agenda as he had to attend another meeting later. Cllr Fothergill reported that the lights on the A3259 were not working due to problems with the camera; repairs were underway.  SCC has approved all issues pertinent to County Council associated with the proposed new primary school. The school is needed by September 2016, time is tight, developers should not delay any more.  Contingency plans are in place.  The trigger is 401 occupied houses.  He is having a site meeting (as reported by email forwarded to Councillors) with SCC officers to get to the bottom of the A3259 bus gate issue, then will have a meeting with the Parish Council. Cllr Fothergill reported that SCC officer Phil Lowndes has confirmed that as soon as the ERR s opened then the bus gates will be installed on the A38: dates not confirmed nor plans of traffic calming measures.  The WRR is going through the planning process, the delay is because land deals have not been finalised.  The Prime Minister has confirmed the work on the A358 and Junction 25 will go ahead, Highways England are looking at the work. The changing demographic of Somerset to 2033 has revealed some surprises.  Cllr Fothergill will show the presentation at the next meeting of Parish Council on...

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Minutes 13th May 2015

Posted by on 12th June, 2015 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the Annual meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Cavill, Day, Gage, Haskins, Ling, McCubbin (arrived at 7.30pm), Tully. In attendance:  Cllr Fothergill (SCC), one member of the public.   60/15 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllr Besley (business). Mr A Pritchard (Friends of Farriers) wished to record his apologies.   61/15 To minute that a quorum is present It was minuted that the meeting was attended by 8 councillors, therefore a quorum was present.   62/15 Election of Chairman Cllr Day proposed that Cllr Ellis should be the Chairman for the year ahead, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed. There were no other nominations. It was resolved that Cllr Ellis should be the Chairman of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead.   63/15 Election of Vice Chairman Cllr Gage proposed that Cllr Haskins should be the Vice Chairman for the year ahead, seconded by Cllr Cavill and all agreed. There were no other nominations. It was resolved that Cllr Haskins should be the Vice Chairman of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead.   64/15 Declaration of Acceptance Cllr Ellis completed the Declaration of Acceptance of position of Chairman of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead: other councillors completed the Declaration of Acceptance of Membership of West Monkton Parish Council.  All forms were completed in the presence of the Clerk and signed by her.  It was resolved to defer the Declaration of Acceptance of Office of Cllr Mark Besley to a date before or at the next meeting of the West Monkton Parish Council on 10th June 2015 (proposed by Cllr Day, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed).   65/15 Register of Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. All Councillors completed a new Register of Disclosable Interest.  Councillors are required to inform the Clerk and TD Monitoring officer within 28 days of any changes that may occur. The meeting was closed Public Question Time   Mr K Tuthill presented an initial assessment of doing a Neighbourhood Plan, outlining what would be involved in terms of effort, cost and community involvement and the financial implications and potential advantage to the Parish regarding CIL money.  Copies were given to all Councillors. It was noted that grants were available from a number of sources to support the cost of the work required to be done, including the referendum. Much of the background information was already available because of the evidence base required for the TDBC Core Strategy, and various reports required for the MH development. The emails from Ann Rhodes (NP Officer at TDBC) had been forwarded to all Councillors on 22nd April.   Mrs J Besley Communications Volunteer made some suggestions for information gathering in advance of the Core Strategy Review. She stated that the review would be in 2016, when Issues and Options would be reconsidered.  She suggested that speeding along the Goosenford straight was a suitable issue to bring forward and suggested that SIDs might be relocated from the two main roads to collect data from Goosenford.  She also asked if models used for planning applications made under the Core Strategy would be validated after the event.   Cllr Fothergill had no report but advised the meeting he was now the Cabinet Member for Highways.   Cllr Haskins reported the bad potholes on the A3259 from Yallands Hill to Prockters.   The meeting was reconvened   66/15 Future plans West Monkton Parish Council resolved to proceed with further examination...

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Minutes 8th April 2015

Posted by on 15th May, 2015 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 8th April 2015 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gulliford, Haskins, McCubbin, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: 4 members of the public and Cllr Fothergill (SCC).   0045/15 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllr Gage (personal).   0046/15 DPI Dispensations No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0047/15 Adoption of minutes taken on 11th March 2015 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 11th March 2015 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Day, seconded by Cllr Besley and all agreed.   0048/15 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising. The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Mr T Willis spoke about his report on water levels at Bathpool, his report having been previously circulated. The flap gates need to be looked at to ensure they can deal with the water, when required, even when the River Tone rises.  He is preparing an engineering report for the flap gates.  He has accessed the Hyda survey prepared for the Hartnells Farm development and the attenuation ponds there.  The report states that a 1 in 2 year storm will result in 28mm rain, and a 1 in 100 year storm will result in 63 mm rain.  The data from the Bathpool flap gates shows that on these figures, the flap gates will cope with a 1 in 2 year storm, but not a 1 in 100 year storm. He believes the gates can’t cope because they are too heavy against the water.  Recent preventative measures have improved the height of the Tone, which can now absorb more water, but the works done have to be maintained.  He has sorted the data he has collected up to January.  He will present another report in the fullness of time.  He was thanked by the Chairman and other Councillors for the excellent and detailed work he has done.  It was resolved to forward the report to TDBC, SCC and EA, proposed by Cllr Day, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed. Cllr Day passed on comments made by a resident at the coffee morning about access at Farriers Green Park. The large timber building in the garden of Robyns, Greenway was commented on, as neighbours consider it is over large for the space it is in. Cllr Tully reported that the tree (walnut?) outside the Primary School in School Road is covered in ivy and suggested that remedial measures were needed. Cllr Day reported an increase in speeding traffic along Noah’s Hill. No reply had been received from H Perrott at TDBC estates office regarding parking by non-residents in the car park of the flats in School Road. 0049/15 Items raised by the Public during Open Session Mr Willis was thanked by the Chairman and other Councillors for the excellent and detailed work he has done.  It was resolved to forward the report to TDBC, SCC and EA, proposed by Cllr Day, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed. It was generally considered that the issues mentioned about Farriers Green Park were already being dealt with by the Parish Council.  The front gate was the way it always had been; the rear footpath was receiving attention, with increased litter picking and the state of the slope through the safety barrier being monitored,...

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Minutes 11th March 2015

Posted by on 2nd May, 2015 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 11th March 2015 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Gulliford, Haskins, Tully. In attendance:   Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: Mr K Tuthill, Mr P Hampson, A Pritchard.   0030/15 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllr McCubbin (unwell).   0031/15 DPI Dispensations No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0032/15 Adoption of minutes taken on 11th February 2015 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 11th February 2015 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Haskins, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.   0033/15 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising. The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Mr K Tuthill was welcomed to the meeting.  He had come forward as a willing volunteer to head up the feasibility work on a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish. He explained his background in development, in a number of companies.  He had read the information file provided by the Clerk.  His initial view was that the Parish Council would have to agree to spend money in order to get money back.  He said that a team would be needed.  A Pritchard volunteered that he was willing to help. It was suggested that a percentage of bungalows might be a suitable inclusion in WM Neighbourhood Plan, also possibly District/solar heating.  Try to find out how much other areas have spent on their Neighbourhood Plan, so budgets can be set as appropriate. Other matters were brought to the attention of the Council as follows: Bad behaviour at night time in the layby at New Cross was reported by a resident who lives nearby.  He gave a brief history of the layby.  Over the years it has grown from being a single space to one for 4 cars; and the grassy area was regularly cut.  The bollards had not helped reduce the amount of parking.  Following his previous complaint, several months of nuisance acts had followed, which have been reported to the Police: the nuisance acts have started again. A Pritchard asked what arrangements were being made for the new secondary school since there was no feedback/information coming from the Primary school. The seat at New Cross has one arm missing. Cllr Tully reported that parents of pupils at the Secondary School are beginning to park in the car parking areas for the flats. Cllr Gulliford reported pedestrians having difficulties in Hyde Lane at its junction with A38 opposite the pub, because of overhanging leylandii hedges. Cllr Besley reported overhanging field hedges on the corner of Prockters Lane with Titley Cottages Lane (runs into Sidbrook). Cllr Day reported that the bus stop and timetable displayed at The Street are now out of date, since the bus route has been discontinued.   0034/15 Items raised by the Public during Open Session Following Councillors questions and answers, it was resolved to proceed with the preparation of a plan to be presented by Mr K Tuthill to the Parish Council at the meeting on 13th May 2015: reasonable expenses would be reimbursed.  Proposed by Cllr Cavill and seconded by Cllr Gulliford, all agreed. The matter of public nuisance being caused at the layby at New Cross had been reported to the PCSO, it was agreed to include the Police Beat Manager in the correspondence.  A site meeting...

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Minutes 26th March 2014 Annual Parish Meeting

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West Monkton Parish Council Annual Meeting of the Parish 26th March 2014   The meeting was attended by 13 people.  The Chairman welcomed attendees to the meeting; explain that the meeting was not a Parish Council meeting, but a meeting organised by the Parish Council for the Parish, required to be done annually by statute.  She explained the challenges posed by the Urban Extension, which Parish Council is addressing as best it can.  She thanked her fellow Councillors and the Clerk for their support.  The Annual Report of the Parish Council will be distributed to all houses in the Parish at present (different arrangements will come into play as the Urban Extension grows) as a centrefold in the Village News. Apologies No apologies had been received.   Minutes of the last meeting The minutes were approved as a true record and signed by the Parish Council Chairman Cllr H Ellis.   Presentation by West Somerset Railway A very interesting presentation was made by S Jarvis and P Conibeare of West Somerset Railway. History and statistics were introduced by anecdote and recollection.  New developments were described (the turntable at Norton Fitzwarren) and hopes for the future including a commuter link into the main line service to London.  Special events were described, the special steam trains, including Thomas the Tank Engine, and Dunster by Candlelight. Training is available for interested volunteers, young and old alike.  Passenger numbers and annual turnover were explained.  It is estimated the WSR contributes £10million to the local economy annually. . Reports from Avon and Somerset Police Authority POLICE REPORT – MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL 26/03/2014 During the month of February there were 38 reported crimes. Theft shop – 2 Burglary non dwelling – 1 Theft from Motor vehicle – 6 Assault – 1 Theft from Motor vehicle – 11 Assault -1 Other crime – 16   March. 15 Reported crimes. These being: Theft from Motor vehicle – 3 Theft shop -3 Burglary, Dwelling – 1 Burglary, Non dwelling 1 Violence against a person – 1 Other – 6   Please be mindful that the Monkton beat also covers that of Hankridge and Cashford Gate as part of the police beat boundaries.   As you can see we are still suffering from high numbers of theft from Motor vehicles. Again this is either when items of value have been left on display in the vehicle or when cars have been left insure, entered and loose change taken. Our District Targeting Team have been working hard to try and catch the perpetrators and our capture car (an unmarked Police car which is fully equipped with CCTV / camera’s) has been out and about at various locations within the beat.   Safety camera partnership is still looking for more sites to use within the beat area. I have asked for the latest statistics for the area.     PCC Visit The Police Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens visited the Priorswood Community Centre on March 19th. This was received well and many members of the community attended and voiced their opinions and concerns about policing in general. Sue has stated that she intends to roll out as many body cameras as her budget allows to help in the reduction of Anti-Social Behaviour and violent incidents.   Neighbourhood watch We are still looking for individuals who want to start up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in their area. Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is about you and your neighbours, coming together to have a say in the issues that matter to you in your community. We have been committed to supporting Neighbourhood Watch throughout our force...

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Minutes 11th February 2015

Posted by on 26th March, 2015 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 11th February 2015 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Gage, Gulliford, Haskins, McCubbin, Tully. In attendance:  Cllr U Palmer (TDBC), Mrs J Besley Communications Volunteer, Cllr D Fothergill (SCC), Mr T Burton (TDBC),  Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: no members of the public.   0016/15 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllrs Besley (business) and Cavill (personal).   No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0017/15 Adoption of minutes taken on 14th January 2015 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 14th January2015 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Gage, seconded by Cllr Haskins and all agreed.   0018/15 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Mr T Burton (TDBC) was welcomed to the meeting.  He gave an update of planning progress on a number of matters including the WRR. The full presentation and questions asked can be found in  Annex 1 attached to these minutes. Other matters were brought to the attention of the Council as itemised below. The seat at New Cross has one arm missing.  The ear on the new play horse at Farriers Green is missing. Volunteers are needed for refurbishment of the older equipment remaining at Farriers Green play area. The location of the new seat and litter bin at the Play area was discussed. Evidence of rough sleepers at the Hankridge Nature reserve (maybe abandoned) was reported. Street lighting between the flats car park and the Community Hall at Heathfield Drive was reported as inadequate, a resident had fallen in the dark. Tyres have been dumped at Walford House drive on the A38. It was noted that new residents were at Monkton House, Hadley and 49 Greenway.   0019/15 Items raised by the Public during Open Session The broken seat arm and the missing ear will be reported to the Lengthsman. An advert for Volunteers for the Play equipment refurbishment will be placed in the Village News and on the parish website www.westmonkton.net The location suggested for the new seat and litter bin at Farriers Green Play area is the rise beside the sand area and before the boundary hedge.  ‘No Dog’ signs will be requested. Rough sleepers will be reported to the Police (PCSO Escott). Welcome Packs will be delivered to new residents in the Parish.   0020/15 To consider Planning applications registered at TDBC 48/14/0052 Mrs K Walker: change of use of land from garden to church car park with removal of four trees in the garden of the vicarage of St Augustine Church, West Monkton.  Likely issues: need to consider impact of further hard standing on setting of the listed church and the loss of trees on the appearance of the Conservation Area. Parish Council comment: the Parish Council supports this application. 48/14/0054 Mr G Clifford: Change of use of part of farm outbuildings from agricultural to dog grooming business (sui generis) at Hyde Farm, Hyde Lane, Bathpool, West Monkton.  Likely issues: impact on character of area and building to be considered.  Parish Council comment: the Parish Council considers that access may be difficult despite the mirror proposal, but the Parish Council is very happy that the buildings are being used. Sui Generis – Certain uses do not fall within any use class and are considered ‘sui...

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Minutes 14th January 2015

Posted by on 16th February, 2015 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 14th January 2015 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Cavill, Day, Gage, Gulliford, Haskins, Tully. In attendance:  Mrs J Besley Communications Volunteer, Cllr D Fothergill (SCC), Mr B Gulliford (later co-opted), Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk: two members of the public.   0001/15 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllrs Besley and McCubbin (business), Cllr U Palmer.   No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0002/15 Adoption of minutes taken on 10th December 2014 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 10th December as a true record, proposed by Cllr Haskins, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed.   0003/14 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME It was suggested that Hyde Lane should be re-inspected. The two members of the public had comments about the A3259, the bus gate proposals, speeding and SIDs, weight limits narrowness of the footway by the tree at the school field gate on Milton Hill. The Communications Volunteer asked when the Core Strategy Review would begin. Cllr Gage asked when the earth from the layby at New Cross would be removed. Cllr Palmer asked if a Limited Parking order could be placed on Meaday to stop the cars parking there for days and nights on end.  A grey Ford Mondeo and a grey Ford Fiesta had now been parked in the same place in excess of 10 days.   The meeting was reconvened.   0004/15 Items raised in open session Cllr Fothergill agreed to arrange a meeting with J Fellingham that could be attended by Parish Councillors. The comments made by the residents about A3259/WRR proposals were noted.  It was agreed to send them SID reports when they came in. Cllr Fothergill advised that putting restricted parking regulations on the bottom end of Meadway would be unlikely as it would not be enforceable.  He advised that the parked cars should be reported to the police.   0005/15 To consider Planning applications registered at TDBC   48/14/0051 Mr G Clifford WRR Option C Response to 48/14/0051 The Planning Supporting Statement by Richard Needs SCC/MJ004007/002 rev2.0 states in 14.1.3 the ‘The proposed scheme has been through extensive public consultation through the Local Plan as well as a series of public exhibitions and meetings with groups of residents’.  Many of the residents remember that the scheme was ‘sold’ to them on the basis that there would be a bus gate at Yallands Hill.  This application, like the application for Option 1 does not show a bus gate at Yallands Hill; although it is to be noted and emphasised that the Parsons Brinkerhoff Transport Assessment has based the assessments for 2028 on the existence  of a bus gate at Yallands Hill as well as at the other end of the village. Parsons Brinkerhoff Transport Plan page 36 para 6.3.2 ‘…as the 2028 scenarios include a two way bus gate on the A3259 west of Milton Hill’.  WMPC believes that the stated aim ‘The provision of the Western bypass…significantly reducing severance caused by the existing A3259 and A38 which both run through the settlement’ in the Design and Access Statement Richard Needs SCC/MJ004007/001-2.0 will be negatively impacted by not including the bus gate at Yallands Hill.   As with the WMPC response to Option 1, this...

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Minutes 10th December 2014

Posted by on 15th January, 2015 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Day, Gage, Haskins, Tully. In attendance:  Mrs J Besley Communications Volunteer, Cllr D Fothergill (SCC), Cllr U Palmer (TDBC) arr 7.30pm.  Mrs J Pearson (Clerk, CFPC) taking minutes.   0171/14 Apologies Apologies had been received from Cllrs Cavill (personal) and McCubbin (unwell).  The Clerk was unable to attend owing to personal reasons. No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0172/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 12th November 2014 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 12th November as a true record, proposed by Cllr Haskins, seconded by Cllr Gage and all agreed.  It was resolved to accept the Annex as a record of the meeting with T Burton, proposed by Cllr Besley, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.  It was requested that all the records of the regular update meetings with T Burton and recorded as Annexes should be kept together in a separate file.   0173/14 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Progress regarding dog and litter bins was sought, as Clerks notes indicated an extremely lengthy bureaucratic process. Users of the Village Hall noticeboard are having difficulty using the board as it is new and hard.  Same situation applies to the Parish board on the other side of the entrance to the Village Hall. A broken manhole cover on Blundells Lane before Noahs Hill was reported. Measures to bring new residents into Village activities were raised.   0174/14 Items raised in Open session Clerk would chase up litter bin on Dyers Lane, waiting licence.  No license required for replacement and repair outside shop.  Dog bin/litter bins in School Road license was to be arranged between two departments in TDBC since road wasn’t adopted at the far end. Broken manhole cover was reported to TD Highways. It was decided that new residents would be invited to the Annual Parish Meeting by flyer through the door of each house occupied on the MH development.  Organisations that regularly use the Hall would be invited to have an information table at the APM – Chairman would approach Iris Piggott for this. It was suggested that the Canal and Rivers Trust/ Inland Waterways might also be invited. The event was to be included in the Village News.   0175/14 Applications registered at TDBC 48/14/0042 Mrs K Walker: Erection of a two storey and single storey extension and formation of new access to include part demolition of boundary wall at The Stables, West Monkton.  Likely issues: householder application – so consider adverse impact on the character of the building, street scene and/or surrounding area and whether proposals result in loss of amenity through overlooking, loss of light/outlook or other disturbance from completed development. Comments: The Parish Council supports this application.  The design looks attractive, the materials used should be in keeping with existing, and the preferred materials would include double roman tiles if possible and Monkton stone if possible. The application represents a good enhancement.  The reinstating of the archway is to be commended.  The materials of which the gates were to be made did not appear to be specified, the materials and the style of the gates should be in keeping with the overall style and materials...

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Minutes 12th November 2014

Posted by on 11th December, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Haskins, McCubbin, Tully. In attendance:  Mr T Burton TDBC, Mrs J Besley Communications Volunteer, Mrs P A Cavill Clerk, and 5 members of the public.   0155/14 Apologies There were no apologies.  No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0156/14 Resignation The Chairman reported that Simon House had resigned on 10th November 2014 with immediate effect.  Co-option of a member will be considered.   0157/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 8th October 2014 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 8th October as a true record.   0158/14 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.  There were no other matters arising.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Mr T Burton TDBC gave an update on matters relating to the MH development and then took questions from Councillors and some members of the public.  The report of this session is tabled as annex 1. Residents of Heathfield Drive attended to make comments on application 48/14/0035.  Although amendments had been submitted by the applicant, the essential issues raised with the first application had not been addressed. A resident reported that the Car park at the Church would be going ahead soon, members of appeals committee at the Church were in consultation with D Galley TDBC about trees. It was reported that the footpath gate was broken at Woodballs and repairs were needed. It was reported that the tarmac around the metal works on the A3259 is beginning to break up again and needs repair. The ‘rat run’ through the back lanes of the village was discussed, Dosters and Blundells Lane and the Goosenford Road. It was reported that contractors were making the 90degree bend area at Camels Hump (Hobbs Lane) very muddy.   0159/14 Items raised in Open session T Burton noted that any questions that Councillors may have could be forwarded for his attention.  There was some discussion including bus gates and rat running.  Cllr Gage suggested that the Parish Council’s position on bus gates should be agreed, and it was agreed that this matter would be on the next meeting’s agenda. A meeting offered by SCC J Fellingham should be taken up. It was reported that Planning comments in respect of 48/14/0035 would be sent in to K Marlow TDBC Planning Officer. It was noted that the Parish Council would consider the plans for the Church car park when they came forward as a planning application.  It was recalled that a grant towards the cost of the car park has been given. It was reported that Woodballs stile repairs were being sorted out by Glenn Martin SCC Rights of Way officer. It was noted that the deteriorating tarmac around the metal works on the A3259 would be reported to D Quick SCC Highways. It was noted that Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish is similarly affected by ‘rat running’. It was stated that Persimmon would be contacted ref contractor’s mud on the road at Camels Hump.   160/14 Planning applications registered at TDBC 48/14/0016 Mrs J Moore: amendments to P11 and P12 (Cricket ground); revised junction arrangements, right turn junction from A3259, noise mitigation fence adjacent to link road and existing properties, removal of pond from frontage of P11 and replacement with ‘orchard’ as per other areas.  See...

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Minutes 8th October 2014

Posted by on 17th November, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 8th October 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill, Day, Gage, Haskins, House, McCubbin, Tully. In attendance:  Cllr D Fothergill (SCC), Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk), and 8 members of the public.   0140/14 Apologies There were no apologies.  No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0141/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 10th September 2014 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 10th September as a true record.   0142/14 Matters arising Cllr House elaborated further on some items on which he had reported in the June and July meetings.  Path Field was discussed. It was reported that the County Education section had withdrawn its support for improving the Path Field into a single track carriageway because, it was alleged, it was thought the greater part of the congestion problem in School Road was caused by cars delivering and collecting children attending the Primary School; and so the problem would disappear when the new Primary School opened.  Cllr Fothergill (SCC) reported that he had recently met with Officers from the Education section and had heard nothing of this: he also noted that decisions on the carriageway would be a County Highways matter.  It was recalled that T Burton had stated that the carriageway across Path Field would be built at the developers’ discretion; it was not part of a S106 condition.  It was noted that the case could be argued when the detailed application for the development of Path Field came to Parish Council for consultation. There was general consensus amongst Parish Councillors that relocating the Primary School would not materially reduce the congestion in School Road. Cllr House alluded to the New Homes Bonus and the discussion noted in para 103/14. Cllr Cavill totally refuted the statement that a document from TDBC about NHB had been altered before it was presented to the Parish Council. Cllr Day explained that the Spital Trust had bidden farewell to Rev Boucher at the September meeting, because their next meeting would be in March, which would be after Rev Boucher had left the Parish.  He remains head of the Trust until he leaves the Parish. The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting and was taken as read.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME A number of residents living adjacent to the proposed development 48/14/0035 voiced their concerns (currently a butchers shop). A resident of Meadway asked questions about the historical and current consultation and management of the Monkton Heath field Urban Extension by Taunton Deane Borough Council. A resident asked if explanations of the Monkton Heathfield development and current status of roads etc could be publicly posted. Two residents of Hyde Lane cottages explained the dangerous traffic situation in Hyde Lane, and showed photographs. The traffic mix is speeding cars and traffic related to the three building sites in Creech St Michael.  The problem is exacerbated by the closure of Langaller Lane and Brittons Ash. Cllr Tully reported that the road edges on Hyde Lane are crumbling away. Cllr Tully reported that work on the construction site is starting at 7.30am.  He reported that this is because lorries are arriving too early and being let onto site to keep the roads clear. Cllr Tully reported that there is sand and mud on Hardys Road. Cllr Tully reported...

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Minutes 10th September 2014

Posted by on 9th October, 2014 in meeting minutes

 ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 10th September 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Cavill, Day, House, Tully. In attendance:  Cllr D Fothergill (SCC), Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk), Cllr U Palmer TDBC and 2 members of the public.   0126/14 Apologies It was resolved to accept apologies from Cllrs Besley (business), Gage (personal) Haskins (personal) and McGubbin (work).  No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0127/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 13th August 2014 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 13th August as a true record.   0128/14 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Cllr House reported that litter and rubbish at various places around the Parish were becoming more apparent as vegetation died back, particularly on Sidbrook from the last of the houses to the field gate in the bend opposite the pond.  A Pritchard (litter picker) reported similar problems at Dyers Lane from Swingbridge to Milton Hill.  It was suggested that some local initiatives to highlight the problem could be put in place. Cllr Day reported vehicles parking on the road at Titley Corner were causing obstruction to traffic, and requested that the resident’s car park should be used, as it was empty at the times the car was parking on the road. Goosenford speeding was reported by a member of the public. Mud on Pathfield path had been left behind by Western Power working. The two litter bins outside the shop in School road were damaged and loose on their footings. Junction of Dyers Lane with Sellicks Road at Milton Hill is at the wrong camber causing problems for vehicles turning, and difficulties for two cars with caravans travelling in opposite directions.  It was reported that SCC Highways had stated the junction fulfilled the relevant criteria. Pavement alongside the A38 from ATS to the new houses was reported as very narrow in part due to collapse of the bank by the development. A Pritchard requested an update on state of Path Field footpath proposals for one way single track connection to A38 from School Road. A brief summary of the history of the proposals and the aims and aspirations of the Parish Council were explained.  Measures to prevent the route becoming a rat run had been discussed and traffic modelling would show likely traffic flows. It was reported that the current medical opinion on schizophrenia sufferers was that they were more likely to be a danger to themselves rather than a threat to any others. The meeting was reconvened.   0129/14 Items raised by the public during Open Session   The potential for doing a litter pick in the area in Sidbrook described above would be investigated. Quotations would be sought for two more litter bins, at Dyers Lane by Swingbridge and at Dyers Lane junction with Sellicks Road. TD Housing would be approached regarding parking at Titley Corner (although some of the houses are now in private ownership), and the obstruction to traffic would be reported to PCSO Claire Escott. The speeding at Goosenford would be reported to PCSO C Escott. A Pritchard would make enquires with ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ to see if flags or stickers could be used to highlight problem areas. The path across Path Field would be checked to ensure the mud was...

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Minutes 13th August 2014

Posted by on 11th September, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 13th August 2014 at 7.00pm in the Church Room, St Augustine’s, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill (arr later), Day, Haskins, Tully. In attendance:  Cllr D Fothergill (SCC), Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk) and 14 members of the public.   0112/14 Apologies It was resolved to accept apologies from Cllrs Gage (personal) House (personal) and McGubbin (work).  No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0113/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 9th July 2014 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 9th July 2014 as a true record.   0114/14 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting. Other matters arising were deferred.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME The majority of the members of the public in attendance had come about application 48/14/007, and they all were given an opportunity to air their concerns about the possible dual use of the attenuation pond in Brittons Ash Green.  It appeared that the residents had not been informed about the potential for dual use.  It did not appear that any of the records for this application, accessible on TDBC website, had been checked for facts. Another member of the public, resident at Hyde Lane Cottages, reported the construction lorries from the Lyndon Homes site in Creech St Michael were using Hyde Lane, contrary to their conditions. Overgrown hedges on A38 between the former site of Watermarque and the Railway bridge were reported, also hedges at Brittons Ash and Hyde Lane.  Dog fouling at Hyde Lane was reported.   The meeting was reconvened.   0115/14 Items raised by the public during Open Session The motivation behind the introduction of terracing on the edges of the attenuation pond and an electricity supply box was explained to those present.  After the residents expressed considerable anxiety about the dual use status and what the actual use might be, Cllr Fothergill suggested that the residents should put together a list of their preferred restrictions on the use of Brittons Ash Green and the attenuation pond, so that the Parish Council could consider these as a basis for the introduction of a bye-law. Overhanging hedges on A38 have been reported to SCC Highways. Rubbish at the allotments has been reported to the Lengthsman for clearance. Uncut grass at Walford Cross has been reported to SCC Highways.  Use of a contractor other than SCC, for work extra to SCC provision, has been investigated. Dog fouling has been reported.   0116/14 Environment The Lengthsman’s report was given: grass cutting at allotments, cleaning area around Church seat and general maintenance had been undertaken during July. TPO on Oak Tree on Greenway: after some discussion it was resolved that Cllr Tully would send addresses of neighbours and possible new owners of ‘Robins’ to D Galley TDBC. Play Area at Farriers Green: the drawings had been circulated prior to the meeting and all agreed the plans were acceptable.  A query was raised regarding the time frame involved which will be relayed to D Arscott, TDBC. After some discussion is was resolved to obtain quotes for two more dog bins, one at Brittons Ash Green, and the other at the end of School Road.  Also it was suggested the emptying schedule needed to be checked as it seemed to have become less frequent. It was noted that the notice board on the A38...

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Minutes 9th July 2014

Posted by on 19th August, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 9th July 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Besley, Cavill (arr later), Day, Gage, House, McCubbin, Tully. In attendance:  Cllr U Palmer (TDBC) and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   0098/14 Apologies Apologies were received from Cllr Haskins.  No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0099/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 11th June 2014 The draft minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting, so taken as read. Two amendments were requested in para 90/14: …’as Taunton will build twice the number of houses than in Yeovil,’… …’taxes will go up ref Growth Plan’… There were no objections to the amendments being made. The notes of the meeting with T Burton TDBC appended as Appendix 1 were not agreed. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 11th June 2014 as a true record. Two out of 7 Councillors present had not attended the meeting on 11th June, 4 of the Councillors present supported the resolution.   0100/14 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting, and the contents noted.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME   Cllr House recorded his thanks for clearing the pavements either side of the bend and the laurel hedge from 42 Greenway being cut promptly when requested.  However he noted that on the Meadway side of the bend, the vegetation is overhanging the pavements.   Cllr Tully reported: Poor visibility at Walford Cross junction due to height of grasses in the traffic island Lack of road signage on the new David Wilson Homes site at Aginhills Query regarding the future of the open space at St Quintins on the Persimmon site where the rough sleepers had been found Overgrowing pathways between ATS garage and the new houses, and between the railway bridge at Bathpool and the Tone River bridge Dog fouling by two chocolate coloured Labradors in the care of a female in School Road; plus request for a dog bin at the bottom of School Road by Path Field/Safe Routes to School to Farriers Green Lack of visible Police presence in the Parish, apparently the patrol car had not been seen down School Road for a long time Overflowing litter bins outside the shop in School Road and at Cherry Grove Cross Roads Turn right only proposals for the new pedestrian crossing may cause residents of Elms Estate some inconvenience A person reputedly diagnosed schizophrenic had been housed in 2 bedroomed accomodation in the flats in School Road and it was reported that by bizarre behaviour was making a nuisance of himself.  Cllr House added that under the current policy, the situation would only get worse.   Cllr Palmer reported: Trees at Fouracres, by overgrowth, had caused damage to the fences of houses in Meadway adjoining the property, and branches were intruding into Meadway gardens.  Residents of the property, a care home, had been outside, shouting noisily and using foul language which was causing distress to residents of Meadway, especially those with young children.  Aerosols had been ignited which exploded causing alarm and distress. There was overhanging vegetation obstructing the towpath running between Swingbridge and the Crown Estate causing difficulty for cyclists.   Cllr Day reported positive comments about the third piece of gym equipment at Farriers Green and that the lollipop man on A3529 was appreciated.   The meeting was reconvened. 0101/14 Items raised by the public during Open Session Cllr...

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Minutes 11th June 2014

Posted by on 10th July, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 11th June 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Haskins (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Cavill, Besley, McCubbin. In attendance:  Cllr D Fothergill, 2 members of the public and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).  Mr T Burton TDBC attended the first part of the meeting.   0083/14 Apologies Apologies were received from Cllrs Ellis, Gage and Palmer (personal).  No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted. The meeting was closed to allow an information gathering meeting with Mr T Burton TDBC, the notes of which are appended to these minutes. At the end of the meeting with T Burton, he departed and the Parish Council meeting was re-opened. 0084/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 11th May 2014 Having been circulated prior to the meeting, it was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 11th May 2014 as a true record, proposed by Cllr House and seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed. 0085/14 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Mr Cooper reported that tents are appearing on the land between the ERR and the canal; and the ERR is being used as a race track.  Mr Cooper outlined potential problems in Hyde Lane when Langaller Lane is closed and suggested traffic light controls. With reference to application 48/14/0015, he suggested that there should be protection for Hyde Lane Cottages, with landscaping around the cottages, traffic control systems through the development and extending the width restriction on the bridge further along Hyde Lane. Cllr Tully reported that construction work was starting before 7.30am on Hardy’s road:  the top bar on the stile at Farriers Green was coming off: and a new salt bin would be required at the junction of Dyers Lane with the road into Aginhills. It was reported that congestion around the car boot sale was causing problems and staff were redirecting traffic on the roads. It was reported that the 30mph restriction in Goosenford is being ignored. It was reported that some of the potholes on Hyde Lane had been repaired, others had been left and no repairs had been done on the crumbling road edges. Cllr Day reported that there is long grass at the bus shelter on the A38: there is overhanging vegetation on the pavement on the side of Meadway (the hedge is from 42 Greenway).  Cllr House added that the opposite side of the road is also obstructed by greenery.  Cllr Besley reported the field hedge on the corner of Blundells Lane with the road to Titley Cottages needs cutting. It was noted that a good job was done on the stream on Noahs Hill and the posts around the phone box.  The lights were commissioned on schedule at Milton Hill/Aginhills. It was reported that the wide verge used for parking outside the Church Drive going up Church Hill is unsightly. Ted Willis presented his fourth report.  It had been circulated prior to the meeting with photographs.  Maintenance is needed.  The extent of the possible collapse/accumulation of silt now extends halfway along that stretch of Dyers Brook, and it is continuing to accumulate.  There may be up to 9inches of silt.    It is like a bridge of silt creeping towards the edge of the culvert which will create a back pressure and flood Acacia Gardens.  Up till 2008 May Gurney inspected the culverted length of Dyers Brook, it has not been inspected...

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Minutes 14th May 2014

Posted by on 5th July, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the Annual meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 14th May 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Haskins, Gage, Tully, Cavill, House, Besley, McCubbin (arr 7.30pm). In attendance:  Mrs Jo Pearson CFPC Clerk, Cllr Fothergill (SCC), one member of the public.   61/14 Apologies There were no apologies and there had been no requests for DPI dispensations had been received.   62/14 To minute that a quorum is present It was minuted that the meeting was attended by 9 councillors, therefore a quorum was present.   63/14 Election of Chairman Cllr Tully proposed that Cllr Ellis should be the Chairman for the year ahead, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed. There were no other nominations. It was resolved that Cllr Ellis should be the Chairman of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead.   64/14 Declaration of Acceptance Cllr Ellis completed the Declaration of Acceptance of position of Chairman of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead: other councillors accepted membership of West Monkton Parish Council.   65/14 Register of Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. There were no changes to the Register. Receive and adopt the current Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Code of Conduct. It was resolved to adopt the Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and Code of Conduct as circulated to all Councillors. General Powers of Competence It was resolved that the Parish Council continued to satisfy the conditions for General Powers of Competence.   66/14 Election of Vice Chairman Cllr Tully proposed that Cllr Haskins should be the Vice Chairman for the year ahead, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed.  There were no other nominations. It was resolved that Cllr Haskins should be the Vice Chairman of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead.   67/14 Election of Footpaths Officer, Allotments Warden, Highways Officer Councillor Gage: Footpaths Officer Councillor Haskins: Allotments Warden Councillor Besley: Highways Officer Cllr Cavill proposed the above three positions should be filled by those nominated, seconded by Cllr Ellis and all agreed.  There were no other nominations. It was resolved that Cllr Gage would be Footpaths Officer, Cllr Haskins would be Allotments Warden and Cllr Besley would be Highways Officer for the year ahead. Election of Tree Warden Cllr Gage proposed that Cllr Day should be the Tree Warden for the year ahead, seconded by Cllr Haskins and all agreed.  There were no other nominations. It was resolved that Cllr Day would be the Tree Warden of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead. Election of Public Open Spaces Officer Cllr Besley proposed that Cllr McCubbin should be the Public Open Spaces Officer for the year ahead, seconded by Cllr Gage and all agreed.  There were no other nominations. It was resolved that Cllr McCubbin would be the Public Open Spaces Officer of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead. Election of Planning Officer Cllr Besley proposed that Cllr House should be the Planning Officer for the year ahead, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.  There were no other nominations. It was resolved that Cllr House would be the Planning Officer of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead.   Parish Council representative on the Village Hall Management Committee Cllr Day proposed that Cllr Tully should be the Parish Council’s representative on the Village Hall Management Committee for the year ahead, seconded by Cllr Besley and all agreed.  There were no other nominations.  It was resolved that Cllr Tully would be the Parish Council representative on the Village Hall Management...

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Minutes 9th April 2014

Posted by on 14th May, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 9th April 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Gage, Cavill, Haskins, Besley, Cllr McCubbin arrived later. In attendance:  Cllr D Fothergill, 1 member of the public and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   0046/14 Apologies No apologies were received.  No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted. 0047/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 12th March 2014 Having been circulated prior to the meeting, it was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 12th March 2014 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Tully and seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed. 0048/14 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME It was reported that the brambles were seriously obstructing the footpath between the Bathpool Inn and the Canal bridge.  The footpath is in greater use because more people are walking from the new Urban Extension. An estimate had been obtained for the ditching work required on Blundells Lane and the contractor had availability on 14th April 2014. It was reported that gulleys are blocked on the hill below New Cross and drains need clearing around the seat at the entrance to St Augustine’s Drive. It was reported that the triangle at Overton is overgrown and obscuring visibility and needs strimming. It was reported that there is a fallen tree obstructing the path running along the top boundary with the School Playing Field at Farriers Green Park, and access to the path from Milton Hill needs repair as it was washed away during the winter. It was reported that two vacant allotments need spraying for weeds and the paths need mowing. It was reported that a horse box had travelled along Camels Hump (Hobbs Lane) blocking the road for other traffic using the road. Disconnect between SCC road closure and Bus Company was reported ref bus stop at Milton Hill. Eroding road edges and potholes along Hyde Lane were reported, plus difficulties associated with increased volume and type of traffic between Hyde Lane cottage and Bathpool, including bridge over the canal. It was reported that posts at The Quarry have fallen over and it was suggested they could be set right when the posts are put in at The Street by the phone box. It was reported that Mrs David had retired from litter picking and cleaning the Bathpool bus shelters, and A Pritchard had agreed to continue the task. Public Question Time was closed and the meeting reconvened.   0049/14 Items raised during open session Brambles obstructing the footpath between the Bathpool Inn and the Canal bridge will be reported to I P Titcombe SCC again.  If nothing can be done by SCC, TDBC DLO will be approached to give a quote for the job. The blocked gulleys and drains will be reported to SCC. The Lengthsman will be asked to do the necessary strimming at the triangle at Overton. The fallen tree and the state of the access path will be reported to the Parks Dept TDBC. Camels Hump (Hobbs Lane) will be checked to see if it has width restriction signs. Disconnect between SCC road closure and Bus Company ref bus stop at Milton Hill will be reported to SCC and First Bus. A report regarding the ongoing and unresolved issue of the change of use of the Hyde Lane section between Hyde Lane Cottages and the junction at Bathpool by...

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Minutes 12th March 2014

Posted by on 2nd May, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 12TH March 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Gage, Cavill, Haskins. In attendance:  Cllr D Fothergill, Mr T Willis, 1 member of the public and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   0031/14 Apologies Apologies were received from Cllr Besley and McCubbin (business), Cllr Palmer.  Cllr Cavill arrived later from another meeting.  No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   0032/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 12th February 2014 Having been circulated prior to the meeting, it was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 12th February 2014 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Haskins and seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed.   0033/14 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME   Ms Lazenby acting for the application for change of use at 154 Bridgwater Road,48/13/0077, read a statement regarding changes made to the parking arrangements in answer to objections raised by the Parish Council.  The changes had been made in consultation with TDBC Planning Officer and Mr and Mrs Morgan residents at 154A.  An independent assessment of car movements had been made by Peter Brett Consultants and verified by SCC Highways.  The figures quoted relate to capacity, so start up will be fewer, then gradual increase as the business grows.  The maximum attending at any one time would be the maximum number of children on the books.  TDBC Planning Officer has agreed the need in this area. Mr Ted Willis presented his report for the previous month.  The report and tables had been circulated prior to the meeting.  He explained that at a rainfall of 10mm the lock gates are ok and Dyers Brook stays within the culvert.  At 16mm, Dyers Brook exceeds the culvert and flooding results.  Two photos were presented as evidence of this point.  On Christmas Eve Allens Brook overtopped twice, but not at Yew Tree Lane.  On 5th Feb, Yew Tree Lane flooded.  The question now is to find out why the lock gates don’t let the water out as they should.  T Willis will prepare a paper; although the EA have told him they will not change the gates.  The cost of replacement gates is about £8k plus VAT  The gates need 12inches of head to work properly.  Influences on this include the angle of the gate – the header wall is 5 degrees more than the manufacturers recommendation: so the gate has to be 50kg not 30kg.  If this were to be rectified, the gate would open earlier and save 4inches of head.  The weight is calculated on ‘flat and square’, but the gates are neither of these.  EA is going to check the rainfall regularly vs head. Cllr Day reported conversations with Nigel Griffiths (Conservation/environmental expert).  How will the crumbling banks to the ditch on Noahs Hill be repaired? Phone Box triangle getting badly churned up by large vehicles – preventative measure? What TPOs are there on trees in the field below Monkton House? A resident on the A38 at Bathpool has reported anti-social hours of working and noise from the contractors in the Urban Extension. It was reported that the contractors are filling the former ditch down the side of Hyde Lane with polystyrene and earth. The footway from Bathpool Inn to Canal Bridge is obstructed with weeds and overgrown brambles. Wedding signs and notices on noticeboards are not being taken...

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Comments to TDBC and SCC on Infrastructure provision

Posted by on 4th April, 2014 in meeting minutes

Provision of infrastructure at the urban extension through Community Infrastructure Levy and New Home Bonus (March 2014)     West Monkton Parish Council (WMPC) considers planning application 48/14/007 and application 48/14/0009 are phases of an overall urban extension development and, without proper explanation, no longer has faith that it could be viewed as a sustainable development. WMPC makes an objection to both applications of the urban extension because TDBC has failed to give proper explanation how infrastructure and services will be provided. WMPC has raised its concerns previously through written correspondence and a meeting with senior members of the council.   A recent policy decision for social and affordable housing appears to epitomise the lack of coherent logic being applied to all the policies and planning applications relating to the urban extension. It appears this policy decision was made in isolation without considering the possible consequences to the urban extension:   There is no possibility of Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) being able to provide the requisite infrastructure for the urban extension or fulfil the aims of the Local Plan. WMPC is not aware whether New Homes Bonus (NHB) will be spent on infrastructure or other uses. TDBC needs to be open and transparent about the spending of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and NHB. TDBC is consulting how it can devolve services to parish councils because of the lack of funding to provide services- what will be the position with an increase of 3,500 houses. The inability of TDBC to be able to afford an artificial increase in the number of people in social and affordable housing from across Somerset that potentially requires council tax support. The Local Plan proposals aim to build on the existing community and services. However, contrary to this statement TDBC is now consulting on council tax support where it is clear this social group will have an impact in the provision of services i.e. there will be more people in this social group than the existing population of WMPC. Contrary to the Local Plan- minimise the need for residents to travel, including enhanced facilities etc. Local people do not have a priority clause for housing nor to attend the local senior school, which is one of the best performing in the area. No explanation why TDBC has put the interests of people in other local authority areas before local residents or other constituents in the Borough when the Local Plan aims claim otherwise (contrary to Local Plan as above). Therefore if the requisite infrastructure cannot be provided for the urban extension, what does this mean to the parishes of West Monkton and Creech St Michael? If a development is not viable because too much CIL is charged then at what point would planning applications be refused? Last year West Monkton Parish Council (WMPC) participated in the consultation for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) draft charging schedule. The view of the parish council remains broadly the same while it accepts some legislative changes have been made. Once more, WMPC would like to express its concern that it is not being provided proper responses to legitimate concerns it has in relation to key policy issues that have a direct impact on the local community through the building of the urban extension (for example, letter to Ms. P. James September 2013).   Following the submission to this consultation WMPC met Cllr Williams, Mr Burton and Mr Cleere because the parish council had concerns in relation to key infrastructure requirements needed for the urban extension and the lack of communication and/or consultation in relation to the requisite infrastructure...

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Comments to TDBC and SCC on Senior School place provision

Posted by on 4th April, 2014 in meeting minutes

Availability of senior school places (March 2014)         West Monkton Parish Council (WMPC) seeks clarification about the plan for pupil places at Monkton Heathfield Community School for the building of the next phase of the urban extension- designated areas R4 and R5 for the planning application 48/05/0072. The senior school is a shared infrastructure facility for many surrounding parishes.   Under the proposed phasing plan (produced by the developers) it is understood the building of a new primary school will be brought forward to cater for additional primary pupil numbers. WMPC is not aware what building is taking place as part of the urban extension at its neighbouring parish at Creech St Michael, which might also affect pupil places at the school. Both parishes share infrastructure facilities.   School places were first considered under the Local Plan written in 2004- A Co-ordinated approach to Development. WMPC assumes the formula used to calculate places remains the same. It was viewed the school’s capacity at that time: “…. is expected to have little spare capacity. A review of secondary school catchments may also be required to accommodate this growth since the school has only limited ability to expand its on-site.” Since this date changes have taken place in the five state senior schools in Taunton that might affect the amount of pupil numbers available from when the plan was first written.  For example, some schools have expanded in size while others might have ceased to exist.   Historically Monkton Heathfield Community School is normally over subscribed, as it is one of the best performing state schools in Taunton. Somerset County Council (SCC) has tried to force the school and parents to send children from the local community to different schools even if that meant siblings attending different schools. This was not acceptable then and it is not acceptable now.   Performance is a key factor for parents in deciding which school they wish to send their children. It is also a reason why people move and choose to live in this specific area. Many of whom work hard and financially extend themselves to achieve this goal for their children (the 52% of working age people in the community TDBC refers to in its current consultation on community charge).   The Local Plan (p.126. Para. 8.141) states: “The expansion of schools could have a significant impact on travel and congestion in the area, and the schools should prepare and implement Green Travel Plans to minimise undesirable impacts.” WMPC strongly recommended the extension of School Road to the A38 by way of a single one way carriage way to meet this objective. WMPC has made this representation to the developers and TDBC. WMPC requests this suggestion is revisited and implemented as it feels this is in accord with the spirit of the Local Plan (page.126. Para. 8.138).   WMPC strives to work collaboratively with the respective local authorities and developers in making the urban extension a success. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to make informed constructive observations when the parish council is not informed of the full facts about the provision of infrastructure nor made aware of the rationale behind policy decisions that appear to be made in isolation without considering the consequential impact on the local community or the building of the urban extension. We all need to work to an overall plan so our endeavours are co-ordinated to achieve our goal in producing a thriving community.   It has always been the contention of WMPC that there should be a costed holistic plan so that each phase...

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Minutes 12th February 2014

Posted by on 3rd April, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 12TH February 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Gage, Besley, Cavill, McCubbin, Haskins. In attendance: Cllr D Fothergill, Mr T Willis, 2 members of the public and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk). 0016/14 Apologies No apologies were received; no requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted. 0017/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 8th January 2014 Having been circulated prior to the meeting, it was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 8th January 2014 as a true record, proposed by Cllr Gage and seconded by Cllr House and all agreed. 0018/14 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting. A reply had been received from D Quick SCC indicating that WMPC could approach adjacent landowners with a view to clearing the ditch running from Noah’s Hill to Prockters. D Quick indicated that work on the road at Noah’s Hill would begin in May. It was noted that Steve Raybould was commissioned to mend the waterfall at Noah’s Hill, and it was suggested that D Quick could be informed so that he could co-ordinate works with S Raybould. The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Two members of the public spoke about the proposed development of 4 houses in the field between Sidbook Orchards and Sidbrook Cross. The member of the public was resident adjacent to the proposed site. She made the point that the proposed development lies outside the village envelope development boundary Various blocked drains were reported – half way up Yallands Hill, under the seat at the entrance to St Augustine’s Church Drive, layby on Cherry Grove Hill below seat. Various potholes were reported – on Doster’s Lane by the telephone exchange, on Camels Hump (Hobbs Lane), round the ironworks on the A3259, at the foot of Abbotswood’s drive at Noah’s Hill. Overgrown vegetation was reported on the road from ATS to the new traffic lights on A38; also obscuring the finger signpost to Coombe on Boome Lane. A report was received about drainage on the footpath at Aginhills Meadow, Milton Hill. It had previously been understood that there were drains on the footpath, but the drains are on the roadside. Water is draining out of the school playing fields/Farriers Green Park through the retaining wall onto the footpath, and accumulating in the lowest point of the path because the footpath has no drains in it. Contractors’ rubbish is accumulating in the closed section of Dyers Lane. Measures need to be found to stop the use of the infilled section of Dyers Lane as a shortcut as it dangerously opens straight onto the roundabout at Aginhills Meadow. Flytipping at the former sales office site constructed by Persimmon is becoming a menace and attracting rats etc. The entrance into Farriers Green Park is slippery adjacent to the fitness area, and needs attention. Discarded litter and plastic bags in hedges are very noticeable in the Parish. A Post Office van has been seen using the footpath to the letter box as a turning area, and consequently has churned up the verge either side of the tarmacadam path. Recent road changes, installed as part of the accepted Highway solution to Aginhills development, have rendered the access to one of the bungalows adjacent to the roundabout at the Milton Hill/School Road junction very dangerous. The matter is exacerbated because the resident is a builder and has a number of vehicles. Since bollards were...

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Minutes 8th January 2014

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 8TH January 2014 at 7.00pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Gage, Besley, Cllr Cavill. In attendance:  Cllr D Fothergill, and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   001/14 Apologies Apologies were received from Cllr McCubbin, business, and Cllr Haskins, personal; no requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted. 002/14 Adoption of minutes taken on 13th November 2013 and 11th December 2013 Having been circulated prior to the meeting, it was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 13th November as a true record, proposed by Cllr Gage and seconded by Cllr House and all agreed.  It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 11th December as a true record, proposed by Cllr Tully, seconded by Cllr Besley and all agreed. 003/14 Matters arising The Clerks report had been circulated prior to the meeting and no further items were reported upon.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Cllr Besley noted that the ditch by Prockters was overflowing across the road, needs cleaning out (see later agenda item).  He reported that the noticeboard from Brittons Ash which had fallen over in the high winds was now stored in a dry place.  Although in a bad way, if necessary the board could be repaired enough to last a few more years. Cllr Tully reported on a number of matters: The new roundabout down Milton Hill at Dyers Lane had frozen in the icy snap between Christmas and New Year.  Reports had been received that two vehicles had skidded, a bicycle accident had happened and a pedestrian had fallen over.  The SCC Emergency number was not available, a message was left but no response ever received.  The absence of a grit bin was regrettable.  The slipperiness was exacerbated by the oil that is used in the surface finishing, the area should have been finished with soft sand. The drains in the area of the former bus stop at the top of Milton Hill are blocked and the road is flooding.  Blocked ditches at Brittons Ash are having the same effect. The ditches in the area by Hyde Lane Cottages are full and overgrown and a large area at the junction is flooded.  Reports have been received of three accidents in 10 days involving vehicles trying to avoid the flood, and going off the road into the ditch. A letter has handed to the Clerk about potholes on Milton Hill.  It was reported that the service road leading to the back of the flats in School Road is in a bad state with potholes. Members of the public had raised queries about the consultation for the Phase 6 (Stage 2) planning application. Cllr Gage added that the drains at Cherry Grove crossroads and on the hill are blocked, causing water to run over the road.  He asked if roundabouts on the Urban Extension would be tarmaced. Cllr Day reported that blocked drains at Beans Corner in West Monkton were having similar effect, water running across the road toward the houses on the other side. A flooded area at Titley Corner was reported. Cllr Gage noted that a new crossing had been installed on the Wellington Road, yet still there was no crossing on the A3259.   The meeting was reconvened.   004/14 Items raised during open session Blocked drains and ditches and flooded roads will be reported to Highways. A query has been raised with D Quick to...

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Notes taken at a meeting with developers 22nd January 2014

Posted by on 13th February, 2014 in meeting minutes

Notes taken at the meeting held on 22nd January 2014 Present: Gavin Hill (Redrow), Richard Williams (Persimmon), Ted Nelthorpe (Persimmon), Edward x? (Redrow), Steve Taylor (RPS) Cllrs Ellis, Day, Tully, Cavill, Haskins, Gage, House, Besley In attendance Mrs Tricia Cavill, WMPC Clerk In essence the following extract from earlier emails represented the framework for the meeting. ‘The Parish Council has asked me to confirm with you that the meeting on 22nd Jan at the Village Hall at 7.00pm will be a presentation that will NOT be classified as a ‘consultation’: that the presentation will address plans for ALL of stage two and possibly three, not just the small pocket at the top end of the area in application 48/13/0081: that you will give consideration to and explanation of your position regarding the ERR: that you will confirm your position regarding incomplete S106 payments: that you will identify which items on the original list of trigger points have been reached and how you have settled them: why you wish to change the chronology of the development, and why you have proposed access to the site shown in 48/13/0081 off the A38 when the A38 is not bus gated or traffic calmed’. Developers: The application currently going forward 48/13/0081 is for the parcel of land in the angle between Langaller Lane and A38. Parish Council comments on this application have already been submitted to TDBC Planning. The application will be accompanied by an application for the estate spine road: application in by the end of Jan and start in summer of this year. The development of Phase 2 was described. (1)First will be the area covered by application above; (2)second will be the area around the Cricket Ground, (3)third will be adjoining what has already been built in Phase 1, and (4)the final blocks will be between areas 1 and 3 (because drains and roads need to go through here). The application for the completion of the Eastern Relief Road (ERR) has gone past SCC and the Safety Audit; the technical submission has been made and the application should be in by the end of the month. Anticipate the start will be Feb or March, complete by the end of 2014. Traffic calming of A38 and A3259 will become operational when the ERR opens: bus gate on A38 will be at Bathpool, bus gate on A3259 will be by Prockters. Public consultation on these will take place during the ERR build. Application for (1) is coming through at the moment: the street scene will be similar to what has been elsewhere, with some new styles. The houses will be at a lower density, and more will be detached, greater density will be at (4). There are few Social and Affordable Houses. S106 triggers: Primary School 400 occupied houses: The first classroom contribution is overdue and the second is coming due. There is a dialogue ongoing to bring the primary school forward to 2015, the 400th occupation is anticipated in 2016. Local education authority people are Mike Lewis and David Clews. Developers are ready to go with 14 classrooms and ‘a community contribution’ (not building a community facility as per Cotford). The School building will house Community facilities, and Debbie Arscott of TDBC has been consulted. Current build rate is about 120 houses per year. Orders have been placed for furnishing the Play Areas, Community Square and Brittons Ash Green. Work is ongoing for electricity supply to Brittons Ash Green for Amphitheatre/attenuation pond. Western Relief Road (WRR): Trigger point 651th occupation Persimmon/Redrow are objecting to no contribution from Strongvox and David Wilson...

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Minutes 11th December 2013

Posted by on 9th January, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 11TH December 2013 at 7.00pm in the Church Room, St Augustine’s, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Haskins, Gage, Besley, Cllr McCubbin, Cavill. In attendance:  One member of the public, Cllr D Fothergill, and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   167/13 Apologies No apologies were received; and no requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted. 168/13 Adoption of minutes taken on 13th November 2013 – deferred to January meeting 169/13 Matters arising – deferred to January meeting   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Cllr Fothergill presented a cheque to Mrs Di Besley for the West Monkton Singles Club to purchase a tea urn and china, from SCC Health and Well Being fund.   Cllr Tully reported long grass being left behind after a cut at the old peoples bungalows (so TDBC Housing section responsible). Aginhills development: Cllr Haskins reported access problems being experienced by a resident at the top of Milton Hill during road improvements required under conditions of planning permission for Aginhills development.  No notification had been given.  Problems with crossing the road at Milton Hill junction with new development access road were reported, also obstruction to Safe Routes to School, drainage concerns on lower footpath left behind after construction of new higher roundabout. Councillors noted the absence of the Lollipop lady crossing on A3259, due to her retirement.   The meeting was reconvened.   170/13 Items raised during open session and report from Cllr Fothergill Cllr Fothergill was able to respond to some of the issues as part of his report. Road works at Milton Hill: As well as the obstructed access the issue of the moved bus stop was discussed.  It was considered that the new location just before the junction with A 3259 would cause much obstruction, and other locations are under consideration.  Problems lower down Milton Hill are known to J More TDBC and Cllr Fothergill. The absence of the lollipop lady crossing is not an SCC cut, it is not a responsibility of SCC to provide one: the funding rests with the School, and they have a budget.  A volunteer is urgently sought. School Road link to A38, further investigations have raised some questions.   SCC believes that the bottom part of School Road is not adopted, and in the ownership of the bottom two bungalows; Cllr Cavill believes that ownership was transferred to SCC some 15 or so years ago.  SCC is concerned that the road will become a rat run to avoid the bus gates and as such they would not wish to support it.  Parish Cllrs responded that other roads in the Parish are already rat runs with SCC declining to put in preventative measures.   Parish Cllrs explained that they had only ever considered the link would be a single lane road with one way traffic.  This did not seem to affect SCC’s reason to not support. 171/13 Precept Papers showing the recommendations of the Working Party for the Precept for 2014/15, and the reasons supporting it, had been circulated prior to the meeting.  It was resolved to set the Precept for 2014/15 at £27379.00, proposed by Cllr Tully, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed. 172/13 Responses to Bus Services and SADMP It was agreed the responses as drafted would be submitted to SCC and TDBC (respectively). 173/13 Planning applications registered at TDBC 48/13/0074 Mrs J Moore: Variation in conditions , in line with existing plan 48/10/0072 Highway and footpath details Highway and...

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Minutes 13th November 2013

Posted by on 9th January, 2014 in meeting minutes

ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 13TH November 2013 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Haskins (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Gage, Besley, Cllr McCubbin arrived at 8.30pm. In attendance:  Two members of the public, Ms J Pearson Clerk CFPC, Cllr D Fothergill, and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   152/13 Apologies Apologies were received from Cllr H Ellis (personal) and Cllr N Cavill (TDBC business); and no requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted. 153/13 Adoption of minutes taken on 9th October 2013 The minutes had been previously circulated. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 9th October, proposed by Cllr House, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed. 154/13 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting, the contents of which were noted.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME   Mr T Willis gave a report on flooding issues at Acacia Gardens and the canal.  He had met and or communicated with the Environment Agency, Wessex Water, SCC, TDBC and gained a very comprehensive overview of the situation. He reported that at the road at the start of the culvert, the four road drains do not go into the holding tank (as previously supposed). On the drawings that Redrow left with TDBC the road drains are shown going into the culvert.  So when Allens Brook fills, the culvert is filled, the road drains add to the culvert and the road floods.  This has been confirmed by Denis Quick (SCC).  So water from the brook rises up the walled area and comes over the top.   In the culvert there is a lot of silt, so the space for water is reduced to 30% of original capacity. After 19mm of rain one night T Willis found only half of the culvert space was left. TD, via John Herrington, has cleared much of the vegetation, but no-one cleared the silt.  Without dredging, there is no solution to the problem and one of the residents of Acacia Gardens is having his garden eroded away.  Wessex Water has confirmed that for storm and foul drainage all Monkton Heathfield’s water comes down 1 pipe t the pumping station.  More pipes are ready but have not been linked, because not signed over by contractor Perry Simon: needs a procedural document to do this.  When the change over is complete, MH water will drain into the Bathpool system which has valves and holding tanks.  In the event of heavy rain the pumping station is put at risk, J Moore is now appraised of the situation, and is on the case.  Daniel Martin SCC which has overall responsibility for flooding in the area, will be in touch with Steve Webster.  It is thought that Adkins is contracted to Wessex Water and they have been present in the area.  Paul Godfrey will be in touch with T Willis. The Parish Council thanked T Willis for his efforts. Speeding was reported to be of concern at various parts of the Parish: A38, accident at Milton Hill roundabout, and at Langaller junction.  The pinch point at Greenway has been removed from the list.  Safe Routes to School appear to be unprotected from traffic. State of the Information Point was reported.  The Phone Box at The Street has been the recipient of a lot of books tapes and CDs, and there is insufficient space for them all. A Village Clean Up day in the Spring was suggested: particular areas are always...

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11th December 2013 response to Bus Service subsidised routes (SCC)

Posted by on 16th December, 2013 in meeting minutes

West Monkton Parish Council response to SCC Consultation on Review of Subsidised Local Bus Services West Monkton Parish Council agrees that demand responsive services should be retained where possible to provide access for rural communities with particular regard to the needs of the elderly and those who may not have access to a car.  Reduced frequency of operation is preferable to a totally cancelled service. West Monkton Parish Council notes that there is no reference to the position that the Bus Companies may take, although the inference is that without SCC subsidy many services will stop.  It would have been useful to this consultation document if that information had been available.  The Parish Council would seek assurance that the SCC proposals have been made in consultation with the bus companies; and every effort is being jointly and co-operatively made to keep as many of the services as possible.  The Parish Council would further suggest that the Authority should be looking positively and openly at alternative offers and arrangements that may come forward.  Is there any opportunity to provide one-off grants to assist the start up of alternative arrangements for community transport? As a Parish Council representing a significant rural area, the concerns about rural isolation, and loss of public transport is taken very seriously. The provision of public transport in the Parish is already poor, and the removal of subsidy will affect (mostly) elderly residents: hence the suggestions made in the paragraph above. However, the Parish Council also represents an Urban Extension that will be the size of Wellington.  The development has taken on board its ‘urban’ status and has a comprehensive travel plan in place, many pedestrian walkways and cycle routes and reduced parking places per dwelling in the expectation of fewer car owners because of efficient public transport systems.  A rapid transit system has been alluded to in conversations about the Urban Extension.  Currently Taunton is a very brisk 20 -30 minute walk away from this urban extension, so the preservation of the travel plan is key.  Presumably the developers have been informed of the removal of subsidy?  Has it been clarified how the proposals to remove subsidy would impact on the transport plan for the urban extension?  Approximately one third of the first 1000 dwellings will be social and affordable housing, and 25 % of the remaining 3500, totalling approximately 1215 dwellings.  As the social housing is part of Homefinder Somerset, has SCC considered the increase in people from the social group likely to need the bus service because of the volume of people parachuted into the parish living in social and affordable housing?  If the bus service was to be removed from the Urban Extension because of the removal of subsidy, then the pressures on the success of the Urban Extension would be considerable: for example; increased on-street parking, congested estate roads, increased vehicle movements in the delicate infrastructure around Milton Hill and the WRR.   The Parish Council seeks reassurance that dialogue has already taken place between the authors of this review and the SCC and TDBC officers involved with the Monkton Heathfield Development.   December 2013...

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11th December 2013 response to Statement of Community Involvement

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TDBC Statement of Community Involvement   West Monkton Parish Council Response Statement of Community Involvement West Monkton Parish Council considers the document as proposed is very worthy. The implementation of consultation processes and community involvement, (as experienced by West Monkton Parish Council) is very difficult, and the challenge to TDBC will be delivering the Statement to the communities it seeks to serve. It is essential that as many means as possible are used to engage the community.  Notice of a meeting or an exhibition examining all or part of the proposals whatever they may be is not sufficient.  TDBC needs to consider mailshot deliveries, advertising in local newsletters, large road side signs.  The Authority should also be prepared to stage such exhibitions to suit the community, so from 8.00am to 8.00pm, not to suit TDBC staff working hours.  Additionally, it is essential to recognise that the general public are not aware of Town Planning procedures and implications. There needs to be much more overt and open statements and explanations about possible outcomes of decisions that are being consulted upon.  The case in point – Monkton Heathfield, page 251 Local Plan, ‘a settlement the size of Wellington’ was the only actual reference about what was coming to the Parish. No explanation was given about the change of status to ‘urban extension’. So the majority of residents had next to no awareness and claimed they had not been consulted. In contrast, a good example of consultation was the exhibition organised by Strategic Land Partnerships ref Hartnells farm and West of Greenway.  The event was very well publicised, well staffed, and ran all day from 8.00am to 8.00pm in an easily accessible venue (the Village Hall). Appendix D is useful for those who do not have this information anywhere else. This may be a Draft document, but contains a number of typos and grammatical errors that should have been removed at the proof reading stage before the TDBC document went public.   Additionally, TDBC could draft something generic that could be added to parish council websites and magazines for key changes/policies across the Deane or to the affected area. TDBC should also make it very clear (all information) what it is trying to achieve. As previously raised by Cllr House, with the SD document, there is so much missing that an informed response cannot be made unless you were a member of the TDBC executive or senior manager at TDBC. This is not acceptable and could be viewed as misleading to steer a policy in a direction that TDBC wish to achieve and that they are only paying lip service to public consultation. The public must have all the facts clearly communicated. It would also be helpful to inform the public what changes were made as a result of consultation so that the public do not cynically view it as a waste of time. Does TDBC have a community panel (lay people) or something similar from across the Deane for people to comment upon their policies? Could they not use their race for equality forum or similar meeting to include people from parishes? Another couple of examples-  the spend of NHB. It should be made clear to the public of WMPC where that money is spent. Also, Neighbourhood Plans were poorly communicated to the people and parishes affected. Compare TDBC website to Sedgemoor. The latter is far more informative.       November...

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11th December 2013 response to change of use of rural service provision and conversion

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West Monkton Parish Council response to Report to LDF Steering Group Technical Note Policy Guidance for change of use of rural service provision and conversion of existing buildings   With reference to section 1.7.  Core Strategy policy DM2 7 – sequential approach towards conversion of existing buildings. It is recognised by those who live and work in the countryside that many of the old farm buildings were built to accommodate horse and cart or early machinery, which was generally much smaller than the equipment used on farms now.  So doorways are too small, roofs too low, access no longer appropriate, and the buildings are not used and fall into disrepair.  It is suggested to TDBC that far from being the least sustainable option, in many cases conversion into accommodation or other use is the only option other than letting the building fall down. Sadly the amount of bureaucratic procedure proposed to apply to this will cause such delays that will most likely result in the building falling down. In the event that a building can be saved, it should be in keeping with its surrounding or surrounding buildings. Inappropriate design of modern homes that look do not complement the existing structure should not be allowed to inadvertently slip through the net.  The Core Strategy policy on  green energy measures associated with such buildings, e.g. wind machine attached, should be suitably complementary.         Report to LDF Steering Group Technical Note Policy Guidance for change of use of rural service provision and conversion of existing buildings   1. Background 1.1 The provision and retention of rural services are essential in order to assist in the creation and retention of sustainable communities, prevent inequality of access and assist in combating rural deprivation. 1.2 Government policy in the NPPF requires the identification of a network and hierarchy of centres and recommends that plans should promote the retention and development of local services and community facilities in rural areas. 1.3 The NPPF also seeks to promote a strong and prosperous rural economy, supporting business expansion through conversion of existing buildings and well designed new build. In this regard the Framework also seeks to avoid new isolated homes in the countryside unless there are special circumstances. 1.4 The Borough Councils adopted Core Strategy seeks to progress these objectives through the application of the following policies: 1.5 Core Strategy policy CP3 iv. states that within rural areas proposals which would result in the loss of small shops, public houses, surgeries and other community services and facilities “will not be permitted where this would damage the vitality and viability of a settlement or increase car travel by local residents unless it can be independently proven to be unviable for re-use for local service provision”. 1.6 This policy replaces Local Plan policy EC15 (C) of the Local Plan, the supporting text requiring a range of marketing and viability requirements to be submitted. 1.7 Core Strategy policy DM2 7. requires a sequential approach to be taken towards conversion of existing buildings. The supporting text requires demonstration that such buildings are demonstrably unsuited for the listed uses prior to consideration of residential use which is often considered the least sustainable option and most likely to impact on the intrinsic visual character of the countryside. 1.8 Policy DM2 7. replaces policy EC6 of the Local Plan. It also reflected guidance in PPS7 for reuse of rural buildings and the suggestion that certain uses may be preferable over others. The NPPF replaced PPS7 in March 2012 and whilst that ‘preference’ is no longer stated, policy DM2 has been found to...

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11 December 2013 response to Social and Affordable Housing

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Supplementary Planning Document- Affordable and social housing in Taunton   West Monkton Parish Council response   West Monkton Parish Council (WMPC) wishes to respond to the Supplementary Planning Document. The Supplementary Planning Document covers how Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) intends to implement social and affordable housing for the benefit of its constituents. WMPC is of the view the policy needs to be modified and an additional local priority clause added.   It is submitted the paper lacks clarity on a number of key issues that the public should be made aware of to make an informed response. Annexes to the proposed Supplementary Planning Document need to be added to bring that clarity and demonstrate that TDBC is being transparent in its public consultation.   Points made in our previous exchanges in correspondence with TDBC and the Portfolio Holder for Housing should also be considered with our reply. To date a proper explanation from TDBC to the issues we raised has not been forthcoming.   Nor has it been explained why the evidence and analysis on the housing need from independent consultants for the Core Strategy up until 2028 is invalid or that it needs to be modified to incorporate an influx of people from outside the TDBC area. This evidence was sent to an independent planning inspector who adjudicated in favour of TDBC against the wishes of developers and their representatives. A proper explanation needs to be given by TDBC why the evidence it relied on for the Core Strategy is no longer valid. The proposed document will increase the amount of people seeking social and affordable housing, the subsequent infrastructure need will increase, yet these factors were not included in the risk assessment for the urban extension when it was known there would be a ”significant” financial shortfall. Where will the shortfall in monies for infrastructure come from?   In order for a consistent approach to be achieved to all participating local authorities, the costing of such a proposal is not evident from the paper, nor is it clear whether TDBC has the capacity to fund and resource a pan Somerset policy. Could it be clarified to what extent, if at all, the five other local authorities will contribute to the £180 million shortfall in infrastructure spending for the urban extension. It is submitted this burden should not fall to the local taxpayer together with the other social/economic issues when TDBC constituents do not even have a priority over people who live outside the area.   It is also suggested that a revision of the spending from the New Home Bonus needs to be made. With such a large shortfall it is suggested all of the NHB needs to be applied to infrastructure costs and no other purpose i.e. shortfall in grant to TDBC because the proposed policy will only exacerbate the predicted shortfall in infrastructure spending.   The paper does not make it clear that it is a pan Somerset policy and how people from this social group in TDBC will be accommodated if not successful in their application (identified by the Core Strategy by external consultants on the population of TDBC- not Somerset area, EU or further afield). It is suggested the proposed policy will/has increased the number of people requiring social and affordable housing without informing us how it will be achieved. The suggestion in sections 1.2 and 1.8 that developers could agree off-site affordable housing provision with TDBC has been shown to be deeply unacceptable to local communities i.e. Bishops Hull/Creech St Michael.  This does not appear to be a successful way to...

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11 December 2013 response to SADMP

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West Monkton Parish Council response to Site Allocation and Development Management Plan – Preferred Options and TD SADMP Preferred Options draft Sustainability Appraisal Volumes 1 and 2   It is noted that NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) was drawn up to reduce the amount of ‘red tape’, with a predisposition to allow development to take place.  The SADMP document and its draft appraisal , by its ponderous and detailed content serves to replace the removed red tape with locally based policies, directives, assessment criteria etc.  It is regrettable that this position has been taken.  It is also regrettable that yet again Taunton Deane has failed to communicate successfully with the average reader who is not a town planner or employee of the local authority, so the jargon becomes a barrier to understanding; and the significance of the SADMP document and the policies it articulates are easily missed. The Parish of West Monkton is the location of the largest urban extension in the Deane, 4500 dwellings and associated employment land and infrastructure, and so it is stressed that no further sites should come forward under SADMP within the current plan to 2028.   SADMP-Preferred Options Strategic Objective 3 – town and other centres.  The proposals for principle and secondary shopping areas are far far too prescriptive: competition will not be able to thrive in an artificially contrived environment, and competition is what will keep the principle shopping areas alive and dynamic.  Whilst appreciating the wish to make out of town shopping centres subordinate and not competitive to in- town shopping, and restricting other centres to mostly food stores; the interpretation of this policy into a small town the size of Wellington i.e. the urban extension at Monkton Heathfield will turn the retail centre shown on the MH Masterplan into a very inadequate provision for local needs, lacking vitality and viability;  thus people will be more inclined to go into Taunton or Hankridge.  Unless the public transport system is incredibly robust in terms of frequency of buses and number of bus stops, they will make that trip in a vehicle; which is the opposite of the declared aim. The current system in Taunton, described as ‘less sophisticated’ than the proposals has actually delivered a very good shopping experience, with only 6 % shop vacancy rate compared with 14.5% nationally.  The fact that no responses are recorded should not be greeted with complacency but alarm – why did no one bother to comment?  It is not possible to legislate for the dynamics of a shopping area, people make choices and tastes and preferences change: the very prescriptive nature of these proposals will end up with empty shops rather than shops which could temporarily be the ‘wrong sort’ but nonetheless occupied.  Policy should include positive support and encouragement for pop-up shops in empty premises (Bristol for example does not charge rates to short term pop up shops). It doesn’t have to be complicated or costly.   Strategic Objective 4 Housing The Parish of West Monkton believes it has already done more than its fair share in providing accommodation to meet predicted needs and demands: the Parish comprised circa 1500 dwellings before the introduction of the Urban Extension of 4500 dwellings.   The Parish Council states most strongly that putting more houses in the Parish would be excessive and it would be very difficult to support any additional applications coming forward under SADMP. The Parish of West Monkton is pleased to note that Taunton Deane is recognising that parts of the Deane are rural  and there is a need to support the rural economy by...

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9th October 2013

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 9th October 2013 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Cavill, Haskins, Gage, Besley. In attendance:  Ms J Moore TDBC, Cllr D Fothergill, and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   137/13 Apologies Apologies were received from Cllr D McCubbin (personal) and Cllr U Palmer (business); and no requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted. 138/13 Adoption of minutes taken on 11th September 2013 The minutes had been previously circulated. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 11th September, proposed by Cllr Besley, seconded by Cllr Gage and all agreed. 139/13 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting, the contents of which were noted.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME It was observed that the Toucan crossing on the A38 Persimmon site is still not operational. Whilst members of the Rugby Club are keeping the ditches clear on Hyde Lane, the culverts are filling. Water is bubbling up at Titley Corner. Milton Hill drains are getting blocked due to earth from the David Wilson Homes building site, and the contractors have blocked the ‘Safe Routes to School’. 140/13 Items raised during Open Session Complaints will be registered at Persimmon and Cllr Fothergill will be informed about the delay in commissioning the Toucan Crossing. J Herrington (now at SW1) will be informed of the potential flooding at Hyde Lane. Cllr Besley will contact Wessex Water ref Titley Corner. David Wilson Homes will be contacted about Safe Routes to School and blocked drains.  Safe Routes to School officer at SCC will also be informed. 141/13 Environment It was noted that the Lengthsman needs to do another spraying on weeds on pavements in Greenway. A Pritchard has been appointed as litter picker for the two bus stops on the A3259 at the Merry Monk and along the main road as far as Spital. Flooding issues: although not successful in the application for the SCC Flood Alleviation grant, it is believed that work is ongoing at Acacia Gardens/Allens Brook/Dyers Lane.  A member of the public is assisting J Herrington (SW1) and S Lipscombe (EA). No further information on the Poppy Campaign. Play provision: position re Farriers Green explained prior to the meeting.  D Arscott (TDBC) will attend Parish Council in New Year, with update on monies received from Strongvox and possible plans for play area.  A response registering interest will be made to TDBC annual Play Grant (31st Dec). An application will be made to Cllr D Fothergill SCC for Health and Well Being grant to fund one more piece of outdoor gym equipment – the senior recumbent bicycle. Site meeting on Monday determined the position of a litter bin at the bus shelter at the Merry Monk.  Quote to supply and install was £395.00 plus VAT.  Parish Council resolved to accept the quote, proposed by Cllr Haskins, seconded by Cllr Ellis and all agreed.   142/13 Monkton Heathfield development No information regarding the electricity supply to Brittons Ash Green.  Clerk will ascertain state of play.   143/13 Liaison with TDBC Cllr House reported on his meetings with TDBC.  The visit by J Moore earlier in the evening had been brought about by Cllr House, and he was thanked for his efforts. Cllr House had established that the large boards erected by Charles Church had no planning permission, and it had been agreed by TD that the boards were over large and far...

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11 September 2013 Minutes

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 11th September 2013 at 7.30pm in the Church Room, St Augustine’s, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Cavill, Haskins, Gage, McCubbin, Besley. In attendance:  One member of the public, and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   123/13 Apologies No apologies; and no requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   124/13 Adoption of minutes taken on 10th July and 14th August 2013 The minutes had been previously circulated. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 10th July, proposed by Cllr McCubbin, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.  It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 14th August 2013, proposed by Cllr Day seconded by Cllr House and all agreed.   125/13 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting, the contents of which were noted.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME The member of the public spoke about a planning application 48/13/0050, explaining details about the access, siting of the garage and the levels and contours of the plot.  Councillors had the opportunity to ask questions. Cllr Day reported a campaign, mentioned on the radio, to commemorate the First World War by planting poppies. Cllr Besley reported details of a survey relating to the flooding at the end of Blundells Lane and the orchard running into Hartnells Farm.  The survey had been commissioned by SLP.  The flooding problem starts at Allens Brook and then other water courses become affected, thus taking action at Prockters was recommended.  The holding capacity proposed for the proposed Hartnells development could not be increased; the culvert under the road at Prockters cannot be increased.  WSP recommends two possible solutions: dig out the ditches around the island at the end of Blundells Lane, and dig a 750mm deep ditch in Prockters Orchard.  Environment Agency has been consulted, EA does not want to increase the flow downstream.  Owner of Prockters Orchard is in agreement to dig the ditch.  There is some support for the introduction of a balancing pond on the other side of the road.   126/13 Items raised during Open Session The member of the public was asked to remain whilst 48/13/0050 was heard to be able to answer questions from Councillors. The First World War Poppy campaign will be brought to the meeting in October if further information is available by then. Regarding the proposals to alleviate flooding at Prockters – letters will be written to Julie Moore TDBC, and SCC ref the ditch around the island, and letter to Tim Baker (SLP) ref ditch in Prockters Orchard.  It was agreed to press for action sooner rather than later as work could be completed before the bad weather of winter begins.   127/13 Environment Lengthsman had completed refurbishing the seat outside the garden centre, and made a good job of it.  Strimmer is in use. The trained volunteer is working on footpaths, especially round the Church.  The Footpath Warden is pursuing the matter of the collapsed wall with the owner of the wall.  The footpath between the School Playing Fields and Farriers Green Park has been identified as being the responsibility of the TD Parks Dept.  Cyril Rowe has agreed to clear the path, and the Lengthsman will assist with future maintenance. Grass cutting by DLO There was general agreement that the contract was working better this year.  All the areas were being cut, and in accordance with the agreed schedule of cuts.  Current...

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11th September 2013

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 11th September 2013 at 7.30pm in the Church Room, St Augustine’s, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Cavill, Haskins, Gage, McCubbin, Besley. In attendance:  One member of the public, and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   123/13 Apologies No apologies; and no requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   124/13 Adoption of minutes taken on 10th July and 14th August 2013 The minutes had been previously circulated. It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 10th July, proposed by Cllr McCubbin, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.  It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the meeting on 14th August 2013, proposed by Cllr Day seconded by Cllr House and all agreed.   125/13 Matters arising The Clerk’s report had been circulated prior to the meeting, the contents of which were noted.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME The member of the public spoke about a planning application 48/13/0050, explaining details about the access, siting of the garage and the levels and contours of the plot.  Councillors had the opportunity to ask questions. Cllr Day reported a campaign, mentioned on the radio, to commemorate the First World War by planting poppies. Cllr Besley reported details of a survey relating to the flooding at the end of Blundells Lane and the orchard running into Hartnells Farm.  The survey had been commissioned by SLP.  The flooding problem starts at Allens Brook and then other water courses become affected, thus taking action at Prockters was recommended.  The holding capacity proposed for the proposed Hartnells development could not be increased; the culvert under the road at Prockters cannot be increased.  WSP recommends two possible solutions: dig out the ditches around the island at the end of Blundells Lane, and dig a 750mm deep ditch in Prockters Orchard.  Environment Agency has been consulted, EA does not want to increase the flow downstream.  Owner of Prockters Orchard is in agreement to dig the ditch.  There is some support for the introduction of a balancing pond on the other side of the road.   126/13 Items raised during Open Session The member of the public was asked to remain whilst 48/13/0050 was heard to be able to answer questions from Councillors. The First World War Poppy campaign will be brought to the meeting in October if further information is available by then. Regarding the proposals to alleviate flooding at Prockters – letters will be written to Julie Moore TDBC, and SCC ref the ditch around the island, and letter to Tim Baker (SLP) ref ditch in Prockters Orchard.  It was agreed to press for action sooner rather than later as work could be completed before the bad weather of winter begins.   127/13 Environment Lengthsman had completed refurbishing the seat outside the garden centre, and made a good job of it.  Strimmer is in use. The trained volunteer is working on footpaths, especially round the Church.  The Footpath Warden is pursuing the matter of the collapsed wall with the owner of the wall.  The footpath between the School Playing Fields and Farriers Green Park has been identified as being the responsibility of the TD Parks Dept.  Cyril Rowe has agreed to clear the path, and the Lengthsman will assist with future maintenance. Grass cutting by DLO There was general agreement that the contract was working better this year.  All the areas were being cut, and in accordance with the agreed schedule of cuts.  Current...

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14th August 2013

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 14th August 2013 at 7.30pm in the Church Room, St Augustine’s, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House,Cavill, Haskins, Gage. In attendance:  One member of the public, Cllr Umi Palmer, Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   117/13 Apologies Cllrs Besley, McCubbin (personal).   No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   118/13 Planning applications registered at TDBC 48/13/0043/LB Ms D Hartnell Demolition of redundant stone barn at Quantock Farm West Monkton.  Likely issues: assessment of historic importance to be considered. Comment: Cllr Cavill declared personal interest.  The Parish Council supports the application.  However, the building bears evidence of its industrial past and Parish Council raises the question should Heritage look at it to determine if it has any significance.  This response was made as the result of a show of hands vote: 4 were in favour, 1 against and 2 abstentions (one due to declared personal interest). 48/13/0044 Mr G Clifford Removal of condition number 6 of application 48/94/0013 to allow unrestricted B8 storage or distribution use at J & K Aquatics Bridgwater Road West Monkton. Likely issues: Impact on area to be considered.  Comment: the Parish Council has concerns about highway access and egress onto the A38 at Bathpool.  Currently, most traffic movements are occurring early in the morning; should this change to normal working hours the impact onto traffic flow or otherwise on the A38 will be significant.  The buildings and yards are suitable and the Parish Council would consider an application for change of use in due course when received. 48/13/0047 Ms K Marlow Installation of a below ground slurry pit at Quantock farm, West Monkton.  Likely issues: any impact needs to be assessed on site.  Comment:   Cllr Cavill and Cllr Day declared personal interest.  The Parish Council believes that this application will allow the storage of slurry over the closed period of winter.  The application needs to go ahead because the animal numbers are there already.  It could reduce the problem of smell (which happens on emptying) as it will allow spreading at more appropriate times, and could offer an opportunity for the applicant to use a more neighbour friendly method of application of the slurry to the ground.  Currently there is an issue with nearby residents regarding the smell at spreading. The meeting was closed for Public Question Time in between the first and the remaining planning applications. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Mrs Keyte enquired again about the unauthorised erection of a building at Quantock Farm, that she had enquired about in PQT in July.  The Clerk reiterated that the response and the outcome of the TD enquiry would be available on the TD website, the Parish Council had not received a notification of the outcome.  The building had been erected under Parrett Catchment procedures.  The new NPPF government legislation was explained – the presumption is in favour of sustainable development.   Cllr Tully expressed concern that the Toucan crossing on the A38 linking the new development with Bathpool was still not working, at least 5 weeks since the reassurance that they would be switched on very soon.   Cllr Haskins reported an increase in fly tipping in the Parish, which he considered was linked with inaccessible opening hours for the tip at Priorswood.   Stones have been set in concrete on the edge of the verge at ‘Julin’, Greenway.  The stones are not in keeping with the area, and it is believed they do not belong to the bungalow whose road frontage they are...

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10th July 2013

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 10th July 2013 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Tully, House, Haskins, Besley, McCubbin. In attendance:  Six members of the public, Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   101/13 Apologies Cllr Gage (personal). Cllr Cavill at a TDBC meeting.  No requests for DPI dispensations were received or granted.   102/13 Adoption of the minutes taken on 12th June 2013 It was resolved to accept the minutes of the 12th June as a true record, proposed by Cllr House, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.   103/13 Matters arising The Clerks Report had been circulated, the contents of which were noted.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME The application for the SCC Flooding Relief Scheme was explained by a member of the public from Acacia Gardens, who is assisting as he has local knowledge.  The underlying causes of the flooding were explained, Dyers Brook, Allens Brook and the culvert under the canal all playing a part.  The culvert was last inspected in 2008 and found in good condition, but more recent excavations had to be abandoned due to the extent of the accumulation of silt.  Dyers Brook joins Allens Brook at a right angle which exacerbates the problem.  The silt is sufficiently deep to be hazardous if children play in the area.  Changing water patterns are eroding the bank and the roots of an overhanging willow, which will need attention in due course.  Erosion of the banks needs to be stopped as it could potentially jeopardise private properties nearest the stream in Acacia Gardens.  There are holding tanks below Acacia Gardens but the road drainage is directed straight into the culvert.  It has been found that the attenuation pond draining Dyers Brook appears not to be working.  Ownershp of the culvert needs to be established.  Meetings had been held with the Environment Agency, County Cllr D Fothergill, Cllr N Cavill and SW1 John Herrington.  J Herrington is working on a proposal on which to base the application for funding under the Flooding Relief Scheme.   A member of the public brought attention to the unauthorised erection of a building at Quantock Farm; the case had come before the Planning Committee TDBC as an enforcement issue on 26th June.   A member of the public expressed dissatisfaction that the grass cuttings dumped over the fence into the grounds of the Primary School had not been removed.   Two members of the public spoke about an application for a dwelling in the garden of 49 Greenway Road 48/13/0040.   A member of the public spoke about an application for 2 bungalows at Southview Monkton Heathfield 48/13/0018. He represented the views of two other neighbours to the site.   Parking in School Road continues to be a problem.   Cones had been placed one night on the A38, but were gone again next day, without any apparent reason.   The potholes between BT exchange and ‘Spellbound’ on Dosters Lane need repair.   There had been a casualty on the new roundabout on the A38 at the Monkton Heathfield development.   It was reported by a resident that the pavement between the Bathpool Inn and the bridge was overgrown and obstructing pedestrian access.   104/13 Items raised during Open Session The comments made on planning 48/13/0018 will be considered when the Parish Council formulates its response to TD Planners. The comments made on planning 48/13/0040 will be considered when the Parish Council formulates its...

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12th June 2013 minutes

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 12th June 2013 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Haskins (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Gage, Tully, Cavill, House, Besley, McCubbin. In attendance:  Cllr Fothergill (SCC), three members of the public, Denise Day, Community Payback officer, and Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk).   87/13 Apologies Cllr Ellis (away). No requests for DPI dispensations were received.   88/13 Adoption of the minutes taken on 8th and 22nd May 2013 It was resolved to accept the minutes of the 8th May as a true record, proposed by Cllr House, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.  It was resolved to accept the minutes of 22nd May as a true record with one additional sentence which was added at the meeting.  Proposed by Cllr Cavill, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed, the added sentence being initialled by the Chairman of the meeting.   89/13 Matters arising The Clerks Report had been circulated, the contents of which were noted.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME The three members of the public wished to speak about planning application 48/13/0018 an application for 2 dwellings at Southview, Monkton Heathfield.  One spokesman spoke on behalf of another resident who was unable to attend.  It was explained that the comments on the original application had been submitted to TD Planners and were already on the record, so the comments should address only the amendments that were on the agenda for this meeting. The drawings continue to inaccurately reflect the true situation regarding parking – what is shown as a parking space is currently a glass veranda.  Parking issues that would result in extra cars in Heathfield Drive had not been addressed, and it would appear that the gentleman’s agreement regarding parking for one of the houses that overlooks the site is being revoked.   Access onto the main road remains difficult, the amendments do not change this, nor has access for emergency services been addressed. The levels of the site remain unclear.  Plot no 1 has been changed, but to no effect on the major issues set before the TD Planners last time.  The Wildlife report does not recognise that there are slow worms and birds on the site.  The SE boundary depicted on the site plan is incorrect.  Wessex Water apparently has concerns about the location of the sewer on the site.  The road infrastructure remains inadequate for the development which is considered to be overdevelopment of the site.  The issues of loss of privacy have not been addressed by the amendments.  The amended plans appear to encroach onto existing gardens to the neighbouring houses.  Flooding at the bottom of the site has not been sorted out.  The residents were of the opinion that a site visit would explain their concerns better than words, although the Planning Officer had not been very helpful.  The Planning Officer’s responses to the concerns raised appeared to indicate that she did not understand the lie of the land nor its situation.   Denise Day Community Payback Officer gave a short presentation on the way the Community Payback scheme works.  The type of activity engaged in went from litter picking to painting.  The rules for those serving Community Sentences are very strict, and breaches can lead to further hours to be worked, or even resentencing.  The Community servers work an 8 hour day, in groups of circa 10 with a supervisor.  They have their own transport and a limited number of tools.  The person/organisation giving them the...

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22nd May 2013

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the roll-over meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton, to conclude the business rolled over from 8th May 2013. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Haskins, Gage, Tully, Cavill, House, Besley. In attendance:  Cllr Fothergill (SCC), one member of the public, Mrs P A Cavill (Clerk), Audrey Mansfield, Village Agent.   73/13 Apologies Cllr McCubbin (unwell). No requests for DPI dispensations were received.   74/13 Matters arising The Clerks Report had been circulated, the contents of which were noted.   The meeting was closed for Public Question Time PUBLIC QUESTION TIME The new Village Agent, Ms Audrey Mansfield, introduced herself and left contact information behind.  The Parish Council is already aware of the role of the Village Agent.   The member of the public spoke about the planning application she is submitting for change of use at 156 Bridgwater Road, for a children’s day nursery; application 48/13/0026.  Members of the Parish Council sought clarification on a number of issues that were later taken into account when the Parish Council’s comment on the application was composed (see under ‘Planning’).   Unsatisfactory communications were reported regarding David Wilson Homes.  The maker of the original complaint regarding a change in the name from Aginhills to Aginshill had never received an acknowledgement.  More recently, an enquiry made on the site had received a spurious comment.   The speed of traffic going up and down Milton Hill was again reported as too high.  Of particular concern were the SWP lorries. A speed of 60mph was reported at the crossing place on Milton Hill for ‘Safe Routes to School’. Speed hump in School Road between Space and Tacchi-Morris is crumbling.   It was reported that the grass opposite the Stores in School Road is in need of cutting. Also the grass in Meadway, when cut, needs to be taken away as it is so long.   The meeting was reconvened.   75/13 Items raised by the Public during Open session     David Wilson Homes – Clerk will take the matters forward. Cllr Fothergill will take up issues of speeding SWP lorries.  The speed ramp will be reported to I Titcombe SCC.  The need for a speed camera on Milton Hill will be reported to PCSO C Escott. Clerk will clarify the position regarding the grass cutting contract with DLO.   76/13 Internal Auditor’s report, approval of accounting statements, annual payments and receipts report. The annual accounts had been circulated previously.  It was resolved to adopt the annual accounts for 2012/2013, proposed by Cllr Ellis, seconded by Cllr Tully and all agreed.  The accounts had been internally audited by Mr B Howe, and his comments were read to the meeting – no further action was required on his comments.  The accounting statements on the Annual Return were read out and explained.  It was resolved to adopt the accounting statements.   77/13 Insurance for the year ahead The Clerk explained the cost, extra items had been added to the cover.  Two options were available – one year at £908.55, or three years sign up would give a 5% reduction – £863.12 per annum.  After some discussion it was resolved to sign up for three years, proposed by Cllr Day, seconded by Cllr Haskins and all agreed.   78/13 Unfilled responsibilities It was resolved that Cllr Tully would accept the role of representative on the Village Hall Management Committee, proposed by Cllr Gage, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed. Cllr House sought further clarification of his role of...

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8th May 2013

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the Annual meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 8th May 2013 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Haskins, Gage, Tully, Cavill, House, McCubbin. In attendance:  Mrs Jo Pearson CFPC Clerk standing in for Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk. Cllr Fothergill (SCC) John Williams Leader TDBC, B Cleere and T Burton TDBC.   60/13 Apologies Cllr Besley (business), Cllr U Palmer, Mrs Cavill (unwell). No requests for DPI dispensations were received.   61/13 To minute that a quorum is present It was minuted that the meeting was attended by 8 councillors, therefore a quorum was present.   62/13 Election of Chairman Cllr Cavill proposed that Cllr Ellis should be the Chairman for the year ahead, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed. There were no other nominations. It was resolved that Cllr Ellis should be the Chairman of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead.   63/12 Declaration of Acceptance Cllr Ellis completed the Declaration of Acceptance of position of Chairman of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead.   64/12 Register of Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. There were no changes to the Register. Receive and adopt the current Standing Orders and Financial Regulations. It was resolved to abide by Standing Orders and Financial Regulations. General Powers of Competence It was resolved that the Parish Council continued to satisfy the conditions for General Powers of Competence.   65/13 Election of Vice Chairman Cllr Cavill proposed that Cllr Haskins should be the Vice Chairman for the year ahead, seconded by Cllr Gage and all agreed.  There were no other nominations. It was resolved that Cllr Haskins should be the Vice Chairman of West Monkton Parish Council for the year ahead.   66/13 Election of Footpaths Officer, Allotments Warden, Open Space Officer, Press Officer, Environment and Tree Officer, Highways Officer Councillor Gage: Footpaths Officer Councillor Haskins: Allotments and Open Space Officer Councillor Day: Press Officer Councillor McCubbin: Environment and Tree Officer Councillor Besley: Highways Officer   Parish Council representative on the Village Hall Management Committee vacant position Parish Council representative on the Spital Trust Cllr Day Parish Council representative on West Monkton C of E Primary School Governors Cllr Ellis   Cllr Cavill proposed that the above positions should be retained as per the previous year. Cllr Tully seconded and all agreed.  There were no alternative nominations. It was resolved that the Councillors should continue in their areas of responsibility (listed above) for the year ahead.   Election of Planning Committee According to previous custom, to ensure that Planning Meetings should be quorate, it was agreed that the whole of the Parish Council would be members of the Planning Committee.  It was resolved that all Parish Councillors should be on the Planning Committee.   67/13 To consider continuation of annual subscriptions The current subscriptions/affiliations are to SALC, SLCC and Community Council for Somerset.  It was agreed that the current subscriptions represent good value.   To consider continuing support for three charities The Parish Council has supported Taunton and District CAB, the Village News, and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  These charities offer appropriate service to the Parish.  It was resolved to continue to support the three charities listed for another year. Cllr Day proposed to continue with the three subscriptions, and the three charities, seconded by Cllr Gage and all agreed.   68/13 New position – Planning Officer In view of the demand imposed by the MH development, it was agreed to appoint an officer to keep an eye on the plans and amendments. ...

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10 April 2013

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ADOPTED WEST MONKTON PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Wednesday 10TH April 2013 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, West Monkton. Present: Cllr Ellis (Chairman) Cllrs Day, Haskins, Gage, Tully, Cavill, Besley, House, McCubbin. In attendance:  Mrs P A Cavill, Clerk, Cllr Waymouth,J Pearson Clerk CFPC, 8 members of the public. 46/13 Apologies There were none. 47/13 Adoption of the minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 13th March 2013. It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a true record, proposed by Cllr Gage, seconded by Cllr Day and all agreed. 48/13 Matters arising from the minutes: Clerk’s notes had been circulated prior to the meeting, and were taken as read.  Additionally, it was reported that arrangements for the Internal and External Audit are now underway.   The meeting was closed. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME Members of the public living near SouthView spoke about the application to demolish existing buildings and replace with two single storey dwellings.  Details of the application were considered to be inaccurate, an out of date location plan had been used, and other details had been omitted from the application.  The proximity of adjacent dwellings was itemised, and issues of overlooking were explained by the residents.  The gradient of the site was not adequately shown on the application, and issues were evident about how the site would be levelled – lowering or raising the level to create a level site would result in further flooding to adjacent gardens, additional to what happens currently.  The access of the site is difficult, the A3259 is a very busy road, the drive drops steeply away from the pavement, and the pavement in that location was very narrow.  The overdevelopment of the site would not allow access for emergency vehicles.  Four or more car parking spaces would be lost by the development and those displaced vehicles will have to park elsewhere.  The most likely parking would be in Heathfield Drive, which the Parish Council has already reported to TDBC as being so congested with parked cars that emergency vehicles would have difficulty getting to the sheltered housing at the further end of Heathfield Drive.  The speakers had submitted comments to the case officer at TDBC.  The height of the pitched roofs was not indicated, and there is no confirmation of the ground level.  Plans indicate removal of hedges that do not belong to the landowner. The owner of Bartons spoke about his application to knock down single storey extensions and replace with one two storey extension.  Concerns about overlooking were addressed. The person complaining about the marketing names used by David Wilson homes on the site at Aginhills (Aginshills) has not been able to get any satisfaction from the developer. Litter on the main road seems on the increase, in particular around the bus shelter.  The need for a new cleaner for the Merry Monk bus shelters and the main road between Merry Monk and Spital was reiterated.  Dumped heaps of earth remain at the former sales site at Langaller Lane.   The meeting was reconvened.   49/13 Items raised during Open Session In view of the attendance by members of the public, the planning applications 48/13/0018 Southview and 48/13/0019 were considered at this point in the agenda, and responses formulated.  These responses are recorded in these minutes under ‘55/13 Planning applications registered at TDBC’. Cllr Tully offered to advertise in his shop window the need for a cleaner and litter picker for the two bus shelters at the Merry Monk and the main road A3259 between the Merry Monk and the...

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