/ Parish Council / 2007 Minutes / July 2007


Minutes of a Meeting held at 7pm on Monday 2 July 2007 in the Lower Committee Room of the Village Hall.


Present: E Webb (Chairman), R Farrow (Vice-Chairman), A Bishop, T Carter, K Cooper, S Cooper, R Jeanes, G Lucas & R Rooke (Parish Councillors). Also in attendance were TDCllr Leighton and members of the public.


07/87: Chairman's Welcome: The Chairman opened the meeting at 7.03pm. She reported that she had enquired how Brian Rowlinson was after his operation; he is on antibiotics and making slow progress.


07/88: Apologies: Apologies were received from Cllr Durdan and his reason for non-attendance was accepted. ..


07/89. CSM Recreation Field: It was proposed, seconded and carried by a vote of 5 with 4 abstentions to grant the Committee ?535.22 for play area bark and ?567 being the amount approved towards the disabled entrance (approved in Nov 06). Cllr S Cooper reported that at a meeting between CSMRFC and TME a plan had been arrived at which will grant TME their necessary access and allow a pump track, skateboard area, new play area and improved car parking. A copy of the plan was examined and it was a resolution was made by a vote of 6 with 3 abstentions that the Parish Council, as Title holders of the Recreation Field, agrees to the plan and grants permission for the work to go ahead.


7.10pm TDCllr Leighton arrived.


07/90. LAT: The Ham River Fun Day had not been successful and probably required more publicity. The police's BBQ at CSMRF was successful with 35-40 youngsters attending, and the Clerk was asked to thank her. Cllr Cooper paid tribute to Cllr Rooke and Graham & Annette Messenger who put in a lot of hard work. Plans are being made to hold a bumper event next year at CSMRF with a Marquee, a dance in the evening for which "Racey"? had already been booked and this would be given as much publicity as possible.


07/91. Correspondence requiring a decision:








TD Area Working Panel meeting on 4 July.

K Cooper is to attend


Victim Support

Request for Donation (they gave a presentation at the APM)

It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to donate ?25.00


Bill Durman

Petition from 10 residents of Dillons (1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,12) that street lighting be installed from the main road to the 1st corner

The Clerk was asked to reply that another resident of Dillions Road has offered to help organise a meeting which TDCllor Leighton is willing to chair

June 07


Request for PC to join CPRE at a cost of ?30 per annum, or make a contribution

It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to join for one year.



Nominations required for reps on the TDBC Standards Committee

No representative was put forward


Carolyn Drew

Current Parking & Pedestrian arrangements in Kingdon Mead

The Clerk is to report this matter to the police


7.40pm SCCllr A Clark arrived.


07/92: Minutes 07/74-07/86 for June. It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that the Minutes be adopted as correct. The Chairman signed each page of the Minutes.


07/93: Matters arising from the above Minutes: Regarding the cracks in the concrete at Crufts Meadow, SCC had marked the worst of them for repair. They had inspected the concrete behind Crufts Meadows and declared it requires no attention. They had offered to take no action regarding safety issues where the paths meet the road and the Clerk was asked to report this to the police. A meeting had taken placed with TD Highways and they had agreed to extend the double yellow lines in Hyde Lane opposite the School. The Headmaster would be asked if he could write to parents pointing out that parents can still deliver and collect children outside the school.


07/94: Accounts: It was also proposed, seconded & unanimously agreed that the following amounts be paid: T. Habberfield (use of computer) - ?159, Clerk's salary - ?411.31, Village Hall Hire -?54, Zurich Insurance - ?739.12, LAT (BBQ expenses) - ?100, Recreation Field - ?567 (towards disabled entrance), Recreation Field - ?535.22 (for play area bark), Clerk's expenses - ?176.28 (for 3 months). The Clerk presented the final year accounts which showed income of ?17,342.31, spending of ?14,357.62 and a surplus of ?20,679.22 in the bank. These funds had been held in abeyance pending management problems at Creech St Michael Recreation Field and it was agreed to hold a finance meeting later in the year. The Newsletter had shown a surplus for the year of ?1,287.69. It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to approve the accounts for internal audit. Sections 1 and 2 of the Audit Commission Return were approved by the Council and Councillors replied in the affirmative to the 8 questions on page of Section 2. The Chairman and Clerk signed the Return on pages 2 and 3.


07/95. Planning Applications received: The Chairman asked Councillors to consider if they had an interest in any of the planning applications and if so, could it be a prejudicial interest?








Erection of double garage, 2 Worthy Cottages, Worthy Lane, CSM

Cllrs S & K Cooper declared a personal interested and abstained from discussion and voting. It was proposed, seconded and agreed by a vote of 7 with 2 abstentions to support this application.



Installation of amateur radio transmission/ receiving aerial

The aerial can be adjusted and taken down during bad weather. It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that this application be supported.



Demolition of bungalow & erection of 2.5 storey dwellings at Rosewood, North End, CSM

It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to OBJECT to this application because to replace the bungalow with 2 semi-detached 1.5 storey dwellings would be overdevelopment; would be detrimental to the visual character of the neighbourhood, would not be in keeping with the listed building next door; neighbours' properties would be overlooked; would create a traffic hazard because 2 dwellings could mean double the number of vehicles; the access would be dangerous with poor visibility coming and going, and with insufficient room for vehicles to manoeuvre.



Erection of conservatory at Willow House, Ham

It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to support this application.


18.06.07 - 14/2007/028. Redevelopment of garage and post office for the provision of 2 retail units and 13 dwellings at CSM. It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to OBJECT this application and reply to TDBC as follows:


(1) Overdevelopment. There is too little space for the number of units proposed; they would be squeezed in and would allow occupiers little or no outside space. The accommodation block to the front would have no front garden whatsoever, and the block to the rear would be overbearingly close to households behind them thus affording little privacy to all parties.


(2) Character. We strongly disagreed that the development would be in sympathy with its surroundings. The lack of any provision for a front garden would radically change the character of the village as all other properties at this point in the village have a front garden or yard. The grey stone proposed would not be in keeping with the area, this is not the type of stone traditionally used in the village and sourced locally.


(3) Change of use. Businesses presently operating from the site are well supported by local people who do not wish to lose them. Proposed housing at Hyde Lane will result in an even greater need for these services. Although 2 retail units are provided for, we fail to see a need for shops, which would not be suitable to rehouse the displaced services. The application is overwhelmingly for dwellings and it is considered this would constitute a change of use. The redevelopment of redundant Brownfield sites for housing is supported but this land is not redundant and villagers are anxious not to lose the services of the garage, car sales, valet service & hairdressers. The development proposed would appear to be in direct contravention with the Taunton Deane Local Plan/Local Development Framework and consequently inappropriate for the village.


(4) Site Access, Safety and Parking. Contrary to statements at 0.4 of the application brochure, we strongly submit that 12 car parking spaces would provide insufficient off-road parking and would add to on-street parking. 13 dwelling houses may create a requirement for 26 or more parking spaces, and that does not take into consideration visitors to the occupiers of the properties, staff from the 2 retail units, their customers, and their delivery vehicles. The development would result in a dangerous "pinch point"? in the centre of the village and accidents are likely to increase as a result. Vehicular access into the site is already difficult and the road to the school, which is extremely busy in the mornings and afternoons, is practically opposite the planned entrance. This stretch of road is busy in the mornings and afternoons/early evenings with commuters as well as 'rat running' by traffic between the A38. A358 & A361. The Londis store is only a few yards down from the planned entrance and access to the village shop, which provides a valuable and much used amenity in the village, would be further compromised by this development. The application makes no mention of any traffic calming south of the planned entrance to reduce the speed of approaching traffic, particularly that coming from the south of the village. The local primary school's walking bus crosses at a designated spot which is only marginally to the right of the planned entrance to the new development. The development would result in a net increase in traffic in Creech St Michael resulting in even more congestion around the village centre. We are not aware of plans to increase public transport or alternative transport links to counter this, and we would submit that this development would conflict with the Borough Council, County Council and National Government wishes to make transport links more sustainable and would be at odds with the Local Transport Plan for Somerset.


(5). Properties to the rear of the site. The proposed accommodation block to the rear would encroach upon properties behind it and compromise their rights of access. Will you please confirm to us that the Borough Council and County Council rights of way departments are aware that this application proposes to build over neighbouring parishioners' rights of way?


(6) Services. We would submit that refuse/recycling lorries/delivery vehicles will find it difficult to services these dwellings/shops and will add to the already considerable traffic congestion in the village centre. Furthermore, we see no facilities for residents to put out their refuse and recycling. We believe this development would ruin the heart of Creech St Michael and spoil its special character.


07/96: 2 Adsborough Hill Cottages. Replies had been received from Bridgwater College stating that the complaints of the Adsborough Residents had not been substantiated, and from Somerset Fire Brigade stating that they had carried out an inspection (when students were residing at the cottage) and could identify no fire risk. A parish councillor queried the effectiveness of this inspection because the interior of the cottage had not been inspected and it was not clear how a fire engine would be able to gain access close to the cottage. Mr Marker attended on behalf of his parents, Mr and Mrs Marker, the owners of 2 Adsborough Hill Cottages. He said that Mr and Mrs Marker were surprised parishioners had complained to Bridgwater College without first voicing their concerns to them, and they hoped that people would come directly to them in the future. They refuted the complaints made in the Neighbourhood Watch's letters to the Parish Council and to Bridgwater College, stating that 4 students a different lot each week, stayed from Monday to Friday. They were adults and did not require constant supervision, but Mr Marker attended the property each evening and at breakfast time each morning. PC Jo Davis had looked into the situation and was unable to substantiate any complaints. Mr and Mrs Marker had taken legal advice and would take legal action if the harassment continues.
Mrs Webb replied that if the Parish Council receives a complaint from a Parishioner then they are obliged to look into the matter. It was agreed that the Neighbourhood Watch would be approached with a view to arranging a meeting with Mr and Mrs Marker and the Chairman of the Parish Council and the Parish Clerk.


07/97. Footpaths. Cllr Rooke said he had reported to SCC a problem with the bridge at Ham. A Parishioner had received injuries on stiles from Worthy Lane to Meads Droveway and SCC had quickly inspected and corrected the faults. Cllr Rooke would inspect the stiles again. Regarding a collapsed culvert at Foxholes, the advice obtained by the Clerk is that repair work is not the responsible of any local authority, and the track users are advised to get together to plan how the repair is made. There is a long-standing problem, reported several times, of a dead end in the footpath at Llangaller, and a rusting manhole cover.


07/98. To receive County & District Councillors' Reports. SCllr Clarke reported that the poll result was 82.9% against unitary authority, and a final decision by Government is awaited. TDCllr Leighton said that the DCLG results are expected in July. She is Vice Chair of the Review Board and is also on the committee of the Strategic Planning, Transportation and Economic Development Review Panel. Regarding the Monkton Heathfield development she is waiting to be informed about a special planning meeting. There is to be discussion about employment land and negotiations with the developers. The Monkton Heathfield Panel is examining designs to ensure they will be appropriate.


07/99. Matters of Report: The Clerk was asked to report the following: a property at Foxholes has had building work and was planning permission necessary; signs were still obscured by vegetation at Adsborough. The dropped kerbs which had been promises by TD Highways had not been provided. No reply had yet come back regarding a safety survey at Northend. The drain at Ham is still blocked. The hedge at Coxes Hill is still growing into the pavement. At 14 Dillons Road there was an obstruction opposite the bungalow. Hedges requiring re-cutting in Hyde Lane because of fast regrowth.


07/100: Matters to be brought forward to the next meeting: This is a planning/finance only meeting.
The meeting closed at 8.55pm.