/ Parish Council / 2008 Minutes / January 2008


Minutes of a Meeting held at 7pm on Monday 7 January 2008 in the Lower Committee Room of the Village Hall.


Present:  E Webb (Chairman), R Farrow, A Bishop, T Carter, K Cooper, S Cooper, D Durdan, R Jeanes, G Lucas, R Rooke (Parish Councillors) and T Habberfield (Clerk).  Also in attendance were A Lehner, P Smith, and members of the public. 


08/01:  Chairman’s Welcome:  The Chairman opened the meeting at 7.05pm, reminded members of the Code of Conduct and asked them to speak up if they have any interests to declare regarding agenda items.


08/02:  Apologies:  Apologies were received from Cllr Birch and his reasons for non-attendance were accepted. 


08/03:  Minutes – Minute “07/163” had been omitted and this was corrected.  It was proposed, seconded and agreed by a vote of 8 with abstentions by Cllrs Rooke and Durdan that the Minutes be adopted as correct.  The Chairman signed each page of the Minutes. 

08/04:  Matters Arising.  The Clerk was asked to contact SCC again regarding the rusting manhole cover at T10/23, and the landowner concerned where barbed wire is causing problems at T10/12, nr Hyde Lane.  With regard to trees at West View, the residents would like to meet with TDBC.  The bollards at Tristram Drive have been replaced.  A complaint had been received about pavements at Queens Down and Tristram Drive.  TD Highways will be writing shortly with details of recommended safe crossings and will include one near CSM Post Office/shop.  TDBC have refused the PC’s request for recycling bins at the Bell because these are being removed and replaced by kerbside collections.


08/05:  CSM Recreation Field:  Kelly Durdan attended and stated that, following the resignation of Paul Chandler, she had been voted on to the Committee as a Member and was then made Chairman elect and temporary secretary.  She has made some progress in determining who is responsible for running the football teams and is currently reading the Lease from the Parish Council and the Agreement with Taunton Model Engineers.  She is shortly due to meet Ken Marsh of Somerset Playing Fields Association with the Parish Clerk to go over a list of queries.

08/06:  Local Action Team:  There was nothing to report.


08/07.  Correspondence:  Letter dated 4.12.07 from J Perrett, SCC in reply to the PC’s strong letter of complaint that residents at CSM and Adsborough had been left at bus stops due to bus overloading stating that no further incidences have been reported but the inspector will carry out further checks.  A new service will be commencing on 18.2.08 between Bridgwater and Taunton using the main A38 and operating via Monkton Heathfield. The service numbered 15 will run hourly and is operated by Webberbus in competition with First. This will add an extra bus per hour and should help to reduce any overloading which may occur on 21/21A.  It was agreed that any other incidences of this nature must be reported immediately - a similar incident recently occurred at Ruishton.


Email dated 29.11.07 from A Maynard, Rocketts Cottages Residents Association stating that some motorists are still using the Rocketts car park, which is clearly marked for residents and visitors only, and they are doing so in a dangerous manner.  They are considering employing a wheel clamping operation.  It was agreed that parents dropping children off have inadequate facilities for parking but SSC children and parents are being encouraged to walk to school.  Parents dropping off children often remain to chat, causing further obstruction and children waiting in the playground for the bells to go at 8.55 and 9am means that some parents remain to ensure children are safely in school.  The Bell pub has given permission for parents to use their car park but this is not being taken up.  The PCSO would carry out an inspection shortly; Cllr Farrow would hold discussions with the headmaster, and enquiries would be made as to who owns the Rocketts car park.







A J Bullen, Internal Auditor

Letter enquiring if we wish to reappoint for 2007/08

It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that Mr Bullen be reappointed for the coming financial year.


Highway Lighting  SCC

Copy of letter to Mr Durman regarding Lighting at Dillons Road. 

Letter states that “without the support of the Parish Council we cannot instigate or provide any detailed information”.


G Hooper & L Hooper, 16 Rocketts Cottages

Reply to our letter that the PC has received complaints about regular bonfires in their garden.

Letter states that material is burned for themselves and neighbours only, does not take place in school hours; they will endeavour to cause less smoke annoyance.  Also pointed out parking problems at Rocketts (see above).


08/07:  Accounts:  This would be covered at the financial meeting for Parish Councillors which would take place on 14 January.

08/08(a).  Planning Applications received: 20.12.07. Ref 14/2007/048.  Application by West of England Developments for Residential Development comprising 66 dwellings including 28 affordable dwellings on land off Hyde Lane, CSM.  It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to support this application provided: (1) an appropriate traffic plan is put in place which includes the following conditions agreed between by the PC with the developers: Outline application:  Normal conditions covering time period, detailed plans, landscaping etc appropriate to an outline planning application.


Hyde Lane restriction/closure: Full details of the proposed restrictions and works to the length of Hyde Lane to be closed to through vehicular traffic shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the commencement of any works. This to include provision for the retention of appropriate agricultural access to the surrounding land. Reason: to ensure that the future maintenance of this section of Hyde Lane is secured and that adequate agricultural access is retained without conflict with existing and future residential development.


Affordable housing: The affordable housing is to be spread across the whole of the application site at a consistent average density. Reason: to ensure that the affordable homes are fully integrated into the overall development pattern.


Height of development: The development hereby approved shall not include any residential accommodation above first floor height and be contained within the dimensions identified in paragraph 13.3 of the Planning Statement accompanying the application. Reason: in the interests of visual amenity having regard to the location of the site in relation to the settlement of Creech St Michael and to the adjacent built development.


Car park for recreation area: full construction details of the additional car parking provision for the recreation area shall be submitted to and improved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the commencement of any works. These works to be completed to the reasonable satisfaction and confirmed in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the occupation of any dwelling on the application site. Reason: in the interests of highway safety so as to ensure that the car parking is provided in order to avoid on street parking by users of the recreation facilities.


Recreation facilities: A scheme for the provision of recreation facilities shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the commencement of any works. This scheme will provide for financial contribution (or works to an equivalent cost) toward the provision and future maintenance of additional and improved facilities on the adjacent recreation field. Reason: to secure appropriate contribution towards improved facilities within the existing facility.


Access for construction traffic: A traffic management plan for the delivery of all materials and access to the site for construction workers shall be prepared and submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the commencement of any works. This to include measures to ensure that traffic movements are appropriate in size number and frequency to the available routes and shall also take into account any specific measures appropriate to the use of Hyde Lane by schoolchildren in connection with the adjacent Primary School. Reason: In the interest of highway safety and the amenity of local residents.  The Clerk was also asked to respond as follows: 


Traffic during the Development: we would like a condition attached to the permission that construction traffic should not use the village roads through Creech St Michael and Creech Heathfield in order to access the development. Hyde Lane is considered to be a “safe route” to school, and many schoolchildren use it to get to Heathfield School, Monkton Heathfield and Creech St Michael Primary School. For this reason we would also like a condition that construction traffic cannot access Hyde Lane between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm during school days during the development. Creech St Michael has a 6’6” width restriction in any event which we would expect to be strictly observed.


Traffic after the Development: It is vitally important to prevent rat-running through Creech St Michael and Creech Heathfield, and we would like every effort to be made, through design, signage, traffic calming, etc, to prevent this from happening.


Access to the new A38 Relief Road: the proposed Hyde Lane Development will allow a safe pedestrian path for children and others between Creech St Michael Primary School as far as the Motorway Bridge, Hyde Lane, thus strengthening Hyde Lane as a “safe route for children”.  We still feel strongly that it is very important that a link is made from Hyde Lane to one of the proposed new roundabouts on the new A38 Relief Road.  Although we appreciate that traffic will come in from the A38 as well as out, the proposed Hyde Lane Development will could mean 120 additional vehicles in Hyde Lane (adjacent to the A38) which, for both environmental and safety reasons, should be able to access the A38 without either going back into Creech St Michael (creating extra traffic past the school and extra congestion in Creech St Michael centre) or attempting to negotiate the narrow and impractical portion of Hyde Lane which passes over a narrow canal bridge and past the rugby club.


19.12.07.  14.2007/049.  Erection of Porch to replace conservatory, Sunnydale, Meads Droveway, Creech Heathfield.  It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to support this application.


16.11.07.  31/2007/026.  Change of use of agricultural land and construction of a park and ride facility (including security/information building incorporating toilets and bicycle storage, approx 1000 car parking spaces, coach pick up/drop off point, access roads, bus priority measures and cycle route connections) and landscaping at os field ref 0061, 0046, 8763, 7967 (pt) and 6873 (pt), Cambria Farm, Ilminster Road, Taunton.  The following response was agreed:  We believe the site is too close to the M5 Motorway junction, resulting in this already congested area becoming regularly gridlocked with traffic backing up as far as Ruishton and onto the Motorway, causing hazardous conditions.  The congestion referred to above will result in drivers cutting through Ruishton and Creech St Michael to access the A38 and A361, and this could be considerable bearing in mind the coming housing developments at Monkton Heathfield and Hyde Lane, Creech St Michael.  St Michael’s road in Creech St Michael already carries heavy traffic, especially in the mornings and late afternoons.  There is already poor air quality in Henlade and this would become even worse.  We feel strongly that Somerset County Council decided upon the site at Cambria without proper consultation with stakeholders and local people and for this reason we feel this application should be refused pending proper and thorough consultation regarding the site’s suitability for this purpose.  In any event, we would call into question the viability of the Park and Ride without the A303/A358 dualling project, which we understand is now in question.  Indeed, we feel strongly a Park and Ride at Cambria Farm should not be considered until the road from Thornfalcon to the M5 junction has been dualled.  Ruishton and Thornfalcon Parish Council’s position as set out in their letter of 4th January is supported unreservedly.  The negative effects of this proposed development will be felt by both Ruishton and Creech St Michael Parishes, and detailed comments regarding the knock-on negative effects of the scheme on the Creech St Michael Parish were also sent in.


08/08(b) Other Planning Matters








Erection of conservatory at Iona, Bull Street, CSM

Approval granted



Erection of extensions at Ann’s Orchard, Laburnum Terrace, CSM

Approval granted



Extension to stable block and construction of 40mx20m Arena at field OS no. 201, Hyde Lane, CSM

Approval granted



Erection of double garage, garden store and double car port following demolition of garage at Hill Cottage, St Michaels Rd, CSM

Approval granted



Construction of 2 dormer windows to the rear of Litton Dale, CSM

Approval granted


08/09:  Footpaths and Pavements.  A ditch at Meads Droveway is causing problems because of an inadequate pipe, but this is a private lane.  At St Michael’s Hill there is earth on the pavement.  The footbridge at Ham is closed because it requires repair and is inspected weekly.  Worthy Lane, which is also a footpath, has large potholes and is overgrown where SCC tarmacked the side of the road some years ago; a resident had a bad fall there.  SCC funded materials some years ago for the road upkeep and a request is to be made to SCC for help with a maintenance programme.


08/10:  Adsborough:.  A letter from SCC stated that safety improvements to the road and bus stop are considered necessary but there is no funding at the present.  The Chairman is consulting with them because of the dangers of speeding on the three lane section for drivers and pedestrians.  Reflectors have been fitted at the first right hand turning from Walford Cross into Adsborough.  The bus shelter is much cleaner now, having been given an extra clean, but a sheet of Perspex has been stolen with some damage to the metalwork.  The Clerk will report this to the police, contact the insurance company and ask TDBC for a quotation to replace.  It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to ask the contractor to clean all the bus shelter 4 times per year and enquire how much extra it would be to get the whole of the structures cleaned including the roof.


08/11.  Annual Parish Meeting – it was suggested the police should be invited to promote their surgeries and someone from the mobile library service.


08/12.  To receive County & District Councillors’ Reports:  TDCllr Durdan said there are plans to provide 100 affordable homes at National Trust land at the top of Wellsprings Road. 


08/13.  Matters of Report: The Clerk was asked to contact a resident at Meads Drove who asked for a dobbin but this has been rejected by TDBC.  The recycling lorry leaves shard of glass and tin can tops on the pavements and roads.  There is a large amount of rubbish in the road, verge and hedge at Hyde Lane.


08/14.  Matters to be brought forward to the next meeting:  Footpaths and pavements, bus shelters, Annual Parish Meeting, Adsborough, Parking at Hyde Lane. 

The meeting closed at 8.20 pm.  The next 2 PC meetings are to be held on Mon 4 February and Monday 3 March.