/ Parish Council / 2006 Minutes / February 2006

Minutes of a meeting held at 7pm on Monday 6 February 2006
in the Lower Committee Room of the Village Hall.


Present: E Webb (C hairman), P Cllrs R Farrow, A Bishop, R Bryant, T Carter, K Cooper, S Cooper, D Durdan, G Lucas, R Rooke, C Cllr A Clarke, D Cllr G Leighton.


941. Chairman’s Welcome: The meeting proceeded at 7pm when the Chairman welcomed those present.


942. Apologies : Apologies were received from Cllr Holdaway and B Rowlinson.


943. Creech St Michael Recreation Field Committee . Letter of 28 January requesting financial assistance with the refurbishment of the play area, old tennis courts and disabled access for which they had submitted a quotation on their own notepaper in the sum of £19,279 + VAT. They are to make an application to TDBC for 33% of this. It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that this matter be deferred until more information is obtained. The Clerk was instructed to write requesting a minimum of 3 quotations on contractors’ own notepaper and querying the necessity of a high fence around the redundant tennis courts – it is understood that this is for the Model Railway but it is not clear why it is necessary and whether the Model Railway are to contribute; & how they intend to find the other monies they will require. The Chairman stated that the scaffolding laid down across the entrance gate to prevent motorcyclists entering also had the effect of preventing wheelchair and pram/pushchair access.


944 Correspondence requiring a decision :







Reply turning down our request for relocatable cctv camera

No further action to be taken at this time


Envir Agency

Letter re nuclear waste at Hinkley Point

The PC does not wish to take part in the consultation process

In addition, a letter had been received from N Farrow on behalf of the Creech St Michael Twinning Association asking if the PC had any objection to the Association expanding to include Ruishton and Thurloxton. It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that the Council has no objection. A Parishioner had contacted the PC to ask if the proposed pavement from Worthy Lane to the North End roundabout would continue down to Creech Heathfield; it will not, although Councillors felt it would be a good idea. E-mail from SALC stating that a response regarding the Codes of Conduct consultation was required by mid-February. The consultation document was returned to the Clerk & it was noted that SALC would be putting in their response separately. Letter from LAMP dated 27.01.06. This letter arrived too late to circulate to Councillors, but the Clerk was asked to write to SCC that the PC supports LAMP.


945. Minutes 930-939: It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that the Minutes be adopted as correct. The Chairman signed each page of the Minutes.


946. Matters Arising from the above Minutes: Tim Harman of Help the Aged has agreed to do a presentation at the APM. Regarding the hard standing at 2 The Myrtles, the Estates Office at TDBC stated that the tenant would have to apply to for planning permission for a hard-standing and, as she is cannot get a doctor’s referral; she would have to fund the project herself. The Clerk had therefore written to TDBC on the basis of road safety along the parking area outside The Myrtles, stating that the lack of hard standing creates a safety problem. PC Hicks is keeping an eye on congestion in the village centre, especially in the mornings. I Titcombe of S Highways had replied regarding the Traffic congestion in the village, stating that there was not a problem with congestion when he was there but he could understand that between 8-9am parking would slow the movement of traffic. He did not normally support formal parking restrictions in villages for a 'part time' problem; this is because enforcement by TDBC Parking Attendants would be difficult. He suggests that this parking is not dangerous and that on-street parking, although it can cause some congestion, does slow down vehicles and may even deter 'rat running' through the village. He had inspected the A38 approach to the North End roundabout, stating that there is good visibility, 30 mph speed limit signs, roundabout and 'reduce speed now' signs and 'slow' and yellow bar road markings. If drivers are speeding and choose to ignore all these warning signs and road markings, there is nothing he can do to prevent this. Regarding Cheats Corner from the Creech direction; at this time of year he cannot see a problem, but in summer when the hedge is in leaf and the grass is high on our verge, visibility could be impaired. He would ask for the verge to be cut if a problem should occur, but there is nothing he can do concerning the hedge. There is no history of personal injury accidents at either of these locations. Regarding the 30mph sign obscured by the hedge on Hyde Lane corner, in spite of the hedge recent being cut back, the superintendent has been asked to inspect this. The Clerk was asked to make an appointment with I Titcombe to discuss these traffic issues in CSM. The weight restriction sign, opposite Ham Road junction fell over & that has been re-erected & concreted in.


947. Employment Act : Councillors had been sent (1) the new Employment Contract for Clerks with job description & grievance procedure, & Health & Safety at Work (2) Clerks’ Salaries & Mileage Allowances for 2005-7 (3) NALC’s implementation of the National Agreement on Salaries & Conditions of Local Council Clerks (4) National Agreement (5) Guide to Good Employment Practice in Local Councils, together with some notes made by the Clerk. The Chairman told Councillors that it is important they read all the material. It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that E Webb, A Bishop and D Durdan would form the new grievance panel which is necessary. This matter is to be discussed in detail at the March meeting.


948: Accounts.Computer: It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that the Clerk be paid £159.00 for the Council’s use of her computer for four years, representing 60% of the depreciation of its depreciation. The Council’s laptop would be kept as a backup once it has been reconditioned under its warranty. Bills to be paid: The Clerk having checked invoices as correct, it was proposed, seconded & unanimously agreed that the following amounts be paid: Clerk’s expenses - £82.11, Zurich Insurance - £35.70, Clerk (use of computer) - £159.00, Clerk’s wages - 351.56. Broadband: It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that Pipex be instructed to provide broadband and telephone, paying by direct debit if necessary.

8pm T Burton & Cllr G Leighton arrived.


949(a) Planning Applications received:







Replacement profiled plastic coated sheet roofing at Cr. Paper Mills, CSM

It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that there is no objection to this application provided that Health & Safety regulations with regard to asbestos are adhered to.



Erection of 2 storey rear extens. at Worthys Farm, CSM

It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that there is no objection to this application.



Erection of extens. to form 2 storey extens. & erection of 1 storey lean-to extens. to rear–Canal Cottage, CSM

It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that this application be objected to because it is felt it would have a detrimental impact on neighbours.  It would take light from neighbouring properties and reduce their privacy.  In addition, there would be insufficient parking for vehicles.



Erection of 1 storey extension at Gubbins, Hyde Lane, CSM

It was proposed, seconded and agreed by a vote of 8 with 2 abstentions that this application be objected to because it is felt this would have a detrimental impact on its neighbours & a detrimental visual impact.



Proposed mixed use urban extension development comprising residential, employment, local centre, new primary school, A38 relief road, green spaces and playing fields at Monkton Heathfield

T Burton of TDBC attended to explain this application. Two developers had submitted their 1 st outline plans and discussion took place concerning: possible traffic congestion and whether more could be done to alleviate this, the route of the proposed roads & whether the plan may encourage traffic to use the existing A38 rather than the new A38 relief rd; housing density and how many stories dwellings would have; where green spaces and playing fields are sited & their access; how public footpaths are to be accommodated. Given the size of this application, Councillors agreed to study the application and map and return their views to the Chairman by 17 February.


949(b) Other Planning Matters







Conversion of barn to dwelling at Durmans Farm, Charlton

Permission refused



Appeal – Ham Farm, Ham, CSM

Appeal dismissed



Alterations to outbuildings at Charlton Manor - letter re small amendment

Small amendment



Construction of vehicular access to A361 (renewal of 14/00/036) at Hamiltons, Walford Cross, Taunton – PC’s request that this work be carried out ASAP.

TDBC states there is no requirement for this to be implemented, but vehicles on the grass verge are being investigated by TDBC Enforcement Dept.


950: Traffic Matters at Adsborough. Councillors had received a Parishioner’s letter with copies of his correspondence with C Bakewell of SCC & I Liddell-Grainger MP, regarding serious concerns about traffic dangers on the A38. Cllr Webb stated that she was due to meet a member of SCC the next week. She had received copies of a report from R Tremaine about Adsborough which states that a central safety reservation is not feasible but community and school transport is available so people no longer have to use the bus stops on the opposite side of the A38. This report would be circulated to Councillors to read.


951. Notice boards: It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that D Gage’s quotation of £96.50 per notice board to fit plain boards without glass beneath the existing boards at Adsborough and Ham be accepted.


952. Footpaths and Merlyn’s Copse: It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to accept Durston Tree Surgeon’s quotation to carry out the following work this year: Strim and clear footpaths - £210 per cut. Maintain Merlyn’s Copse as last year - £140. Merlyn’s Copse - reduce height and prune into shape large apple tree near gate. Cut back overhanging branches towards road and remove any dangerous branches that could fall onto the path. Remove branches from site - £250.00.

8.45pmK Cooper & S Cooper left.


953: Matters of Report: Cheats Road would close for 3 weeks from 21 February for flood relief work. The footpath at the end of Bull Street by the river would close from 30 Jan for 4 weeks but a diversion would be provided for walkers. It is understood that the Post Office would change hands shortly. A Parishioner had reported that the work on trees carried out at Thurloxton had been unsatisfactory in several places and there were also problems with blocked drains. The PC had carried out an inspection and could see no problem apart from the trees on the green triangle at Adsborough for which a request had been made to S Highways to trim back. The dog bin had been installed at the Canal Car Park. A pothole had reappeared between the slaughterhouse and the bridge; Cllr Clarke was reminded that the signs at Bull Street are still required; the hedge at the traffic calming at Coxes Hill requires cutting; people are exercising their dogs in the school playing fields resulting in fouling of this space & the Clerk was asked to prepare a piece about this for the press. Dog fouling was also reported on the pavement adjacent to the school, at Meades Droveway and West View and the Clerk was asked to make an appointment with the dog warden. “Wayside”, which is opposite the public house, has no dropped kerb. Branches require cutting back at Dillons House. A conman “Mr Murphy” posing as a builder had been operating in the area with a van. Ham is to have a fun day & regatta in Aug organised by D Durdan and A Murray (tel. 443510), & any ideas or help would be gratefully received. Councillors agreed that they would support this in any way they could. E Webb read out the Council’s response to the proposed Boundary Commission changes, stating that the Council is opposed to the proposed changes because Ruishton & CSM are immediately adjacent to each and other and enjoy a very good relationship, tackling problems together and attending each others events.


954: Reports from Taunton Deane Officers : D Cllr Leighton reported that the bridge near the bottom of Bull Street had been demolished because it did not meet the drainage board standards, and it was being rebuilt with the aid of a Defra grant. Planning training was to take place on 20 March including planning enforcement. The TDBC budget had been recommended and was due to rise by 3% for the coming year which equates to approx 1p. per week on average per household. This rise had been kept as low as possible. Regarding the Boundary Commission proposals, only 1 Parish had supported the changes. The TDBC branding may be improved but there are no plans to change the logo. D Cllr Durdan said that from 1 April a free bus pass will be available to the over 60s. The Environment Agency is purchasing 2 new pumps this year & 2 next year which will reduce the pumping out of flood water at Currymoor from 36 days to 16.


955: Matters to be brought forward to the next meeting : Clerk’s Contract and salary.


The meeting closed at 9.09pm.