Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 9th January 2017
Present: Michael Gay, Joe Cole, Geoff Andrews (Clerk), Claire Knight(Chairman), Sam Ingram, Virginia Purchon, Bob Sargent and Jo Pearce.
- Chairman’s Announcements. The chairman identified emergency exit and equipment.
- Public Access.
Virginia Purchon expressed concern that the Trinidad Works was to be taken over by Eddie Stobart. 60 lorries would operate from the site and Mrs Purchon told the council that the roads were not suitable for more heavy traffic. Increased traffic would cause rapid deterioration of the roads and passing places were very limited. There would also be an increase in noise and light at night time. She asked if the Parish Council could take any action, especially as there could be over 200 lorries on the roads. Discussion flowed and it was decided that Michael Gay should contact AI and express concerns about the proposed development and ask for a site meeting. He would also contact Eddie Stobart. Joe Cole would contact Vikki Venner and inform her of the Parish Council’s objection to the development. Action Michael Gay and Joe Cole by the 19th January. The parish Council thanked Virginia Purchon for bringing this matter to their attention.
Bob Sargent had been invited to the meeting to assist the Council on the recent flooding in the village. He explained that much of the flooding was due to the cultivation of the farmland. And more rain! And consequently, more run off from the fields into the rivers. He offered some solutions to the problem. Encourage more rough unused land either side of the river, strips of woodland; leaky dams on embankments which would slow down rates of run off into the stream and reduce the speed of peak flow. He added that the stream was blocked by vegetation in many places. He also mentioned the ford on Mead Lane and suggested an alternative route around the ford might be a part solution; possibly using a field as storage.
Another approach would be to offer assistance to people in risk of flooding, drain clearance, asking Somerset River Authority for help and finally collect data on local flooding incidents. Sam Ingram suggested a flood committee might be formed which it was thought might be useful as most flooding in the village was localised and not river orientated.
Action: Michael Gay and The Clerk to put requests on Wanstrow Green and Grapevine for helpers to form a flood action group and also request incidents of flooding in the village where people and homes were affected.
- Apologies for absence. Roger Masters, Wayne McKeown, Richard Pellham.
- Interests and Dispensations
4-1 Disclosures of Interests. There were no disclosures of interest.
4-2 Dispensations. There were no requests for dispensation.
5-1 Minutes of the previous meeting: It was agreed that the Minutes of the previous meeting represented an accurate record. Proposed by Joe Cole and seconded by Sam Ingram. The Chairman signed the minutes.
5-2 Matters arising
There were no matters arising.
6-1 Application 2016/225/FUL. Approval of Timber Clad Houses at Ashtree Farm. Action the Clerk to write to Enforcement Officer re the holiday let issue.
6-2 Application No.206/2095HDG Hedgerow removal. Noted.
6-3 Eddie Stobart Planning Application at Trinidad Works. Noted and see above action.
Payments; Payment was made to Mendip Community Bus.
7-2 Receipts: None.
7-3 The reconciliation was not done for December as statements had not been received.
7-4 The Precept was discussed and a figure of £5000 was proposed by Joe Cole and seconded by Sam Ingram. The Council agreed to this figure.
8- Highways (including R’s of W) and maintenance
8-1 A359. No update on Traffic Calming. Scheme should start in February.
8-4 Maintenance. No issues reported.
- Village Hall and Recreation Field
9-1 Village Hall Report.
Michael Gay reported that there were no events planned in the near future. He informed the council that the Play and Stay Toddler Group had closed down after five years.
- Correspondence (not covered elsewhere on the agenda)
- Other Business
11.1 It was noted that waste collection would be every 3 weeks in the future.
11-2 Flooding (See above)
11-3 Meeting with farmers. Noted and will be discussed at a later date.
11-4 Community Funding. Ideas are needed and money needs to be spent. Action the clerk to purchase 5 shovels for the salt bins.
11-5 Joe Cole informed the council that Gigaclear may be in a position to provide fibre to households in Wanstrow. Parishioners are encouraged to register interest.
11-6 Michael Gay reported to the council that the cost of supporting the bus were decreasing. He asked the council if he had their agreement to apply for grants for the bus. He would circulate details of funding before the next meeting
11-7 Joe Cole informed the council that Professor Teresa Ridge, a villager, had been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list. This was awarded for services to Social sciences and Child Poverty. Action the clerk to write to Prof. Ridge offering her congratulations on this award on behalf of the council.
- Proposals for future business.
13-1 To elect chairman for the next meeting. Joe Cole was elected chairman for the next meeting. It was suggested that a rota was needed for the role of chairman so councillors would know in advance when they were in the chair.
- Date of next meeting. The meeting closed at 9.45pm. The next meeting would be at 7.45pm on the 13th February 2017.
Dated: 13th February 2017