/ Parish Council / 2009 Minutes / May 2009

Minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting held at 7pm on Monday 11th May 2009
 in the Lower Committee Room of the Village Hall.


Present:  E Webb (Chairperson), A Bishop, R Jeanes, R Rooke, G Lucas, D Durdan, A Birch, T Carter and Jill Loader (Clerk).  Also in attendance were Cllr K Durdan, SCCllr A Clark, PCSO Steve Jackman,  Tim Gardner from Webbers Bus, John Allsop and Graham Buxton-Smith from the Environment Agency and members of the public.

09/254  Election of Chairman. It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that E Webb be elected as Chairman, which she duly accepted.

09/255  Election of Vice-Chairman. It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that R Farrow be elected as Vice-Chairman.  Although she was not present she had indicated she would be pleased to stand again as vice-chairman.

09/256 Apologies: Apologies were received from Cllr Ruth Farrow, Simon Cooper and Kim Cooper and their reasons for non-attendance were accepted.              7.10pm – A Birch arrived.


Public speaking time :   A resident asked whether the PC could enforce dog walkers to stop allowing their dogs to run around farmers fields and cause a nuisance along footpath T10/9.  There were notices asking dog walkers to keep their dogs on a lead, but this was being ignored.  It was agreed to speak to Rights of Way for their advice and larger signs.  


09/257  Declarations of Interest:  None


09/258   Environment Agency – Flood Defence Update:  Graham Buxton-Smith and John Allsop informed the meeting that works on the flood defence system around CSM would commence on 1st June 2009.  A newsletter was being sent to all those residents connected with the works for information. David Mann would be the main contact to answer any queries and concerns.  The finance was in place and it was hoped this defence system would be good enough for many years to come.  It was agreed that the EA could attend any of the PC meetings to give regular updates.  Once the works were completed the EA would be responsible for maintaining the pumps. 


09/259  Webbers Bus:  Mr Tim Gardner introduced the new public bus route (15a) and stated that bus passes could be used prior to 9.00am on the bus from CH at 8.51 through to West View and Hyde Lane only.  This concession had been approved by SCC, following recent complaints.  The new bus would not be going along Bushy Cross Lane on its route as the road was too narrow.  The new timetable would take time to settle down and any amendments would be made after three months.   Comments were made that the new bus service was a great improvement and the buses were very comfortable and clean.   It was agreed to pass any comments via the PC to Webbers Bus rather than receiving the same comments from numerous residents.


7.25pm TDBCllr Kelly Durdan arrived.        7.32pm  SCCllr A Cark arrived.


09/260  Appointment of representatives and working party members.   It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that the following officers be elected:  a) Planning Working Party – E Webb, A Bishop, T Carter b)Taunton Deane Local Strategic Partnership -  R Rooke, G Lucas  c) East Community Partnership (North Curry, Neroche, Corfe, Ruishton, Creech St Michael) – R Rooke, G Lucas, E Webb  d) Local Development Framework and other matters relating to Local Development -  E Webb, A Bishop, T Carter  e) Highway related Matters and Highway Development – R Farrow, G Lucas  f) Footpaths/Rights of Way  R Rooke, G Lucas
g) Recreation Field – A Birch  h) Tree Warden/Hedgerow Steward R Jeanes   i) Fly Tipping/fly posting R Rooke  j) Environment Agency/Flooding Matters/Wessex Water/other environmental matters  R Jeanes, D Durdan  k) Grievance Panel.  E Webb, A Bishop, T Carter l) Village Hall E Webb  m) United Charities – E Webb  n) Appeals Panel – A Bishop, R Rooke, R Farrow o) Disciplinary Panel – E Webb, D Durdan, A Bishop  p) Disciplinary Appeals Panel – S Cooper, T Carter, G Lucas  q)  Twinning Association – R Farrow


09/261 Minutes from April Meeting:  It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed that the April minutes be adopted as correct.  The Chairperson signed each page of the minutes.  

09/262 Matters Arising:  a) Steps at Langaller - footpath had been cleared by R Rooke.  b)  Request for raised kerbs at bus stops no longer required due to new buses. c)  Dog Wardens needed to visit Hyde Lane to stop dogs fouling the path and owners not picking up mess.  d)  Bridge at Ham due to be replaced June/July.   e) Chase up TDBC re Rocketts Close over grown hedge f)  E Webb to speak to shop owner again re a bin.  

09/263  Chairperson’s Report:   The plans for the new Medical Centre had been received.  Anyone wishing to view the plans prior to the planning meeting arranged for Tuesday, 19th May at 7.00pm in the village hall were welcome to contact E Webb. 

09/264 Correspondence






SCC – legal services

Proposed Village Name Stone Licence

It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed to adopt the draft licence for the Ham stone. 



Ham Bridge safety issues

Updated PC regarding the fencing barrier at Ham Bridge.



A38 at Adsborough meeting proposals

Decisions reported under minute 09/271


Peter Sharpe

Letter regarding speeding from North End to Worthy Lane

A Clarke to contact SCC Highways regarding the signage along this road and if more is needed.  Reply to P Sharpe letter our decision


Life Education

Life Education for children

Agreed to donate £50 subject to confirmation from D Greig re S137 rule.