/ Parish Council / 2018 Minutes / 27th April 2018

Minutes of the CREECH ST MICHAEL Annual Parish Meeting

held at 7.30pm on Friday 27th April 2018 at the Village Hall.

Present: PCllr S Hutching (Chairperson of the Parish Council chaired the meeting), S Greenhalgh (Vice Chair), P Brown, A Birch, S Harris and K Reed (Parish Councillors). Steve Altria (Clerk). Also in attendance were 65 members of the public.

Apologies were received from PCllrs Y Guest, D Knight, G Lucas, C Sampson and I Wright. SCCllr D Fothergill.

Minutes of the last Meeting. The Minutes of the meeting held on 21st April 2017 copies of which had been circulated, were agreed without amendment. The minutes were then signed by the Chairman as correct.

Matters arising from the previous meeting. None.

Parish Council Report. The Chair (SH) introduced himself and welcomed all those present to the APM. SH explained it had been a busy year for the Parish Council. It had adopted three telephone boxes situated at Ham, Creech Heathfield and CSM and adapted them to house defibrillators.

4 new dog bins had been brought and installed in Worthy Lane, Charlton Road (by Canal), O/S Rec Park and on the RofW off Charlton Road. SH praised all those involved in the organisation of the Party in the Park which had been very successful once again and had enabled other events such as the senior citizens fish and chip lunch to be enjoyed and donations made to the Schools and towards the defibs. SH advised that the CSM Neighbourhood Plan is progressing well and that as CSM has some very large scale developments such as 3500 houses in our parish, Nexus the large employment site (adjacent to Junction 25) along with road improvements to Junction 25 of the M5, to Creech Castle and the Toneway that these developments and future developments will have an effect on Creech it is important for the Parish to have a NH plan in order to get the best outcomes for Creech St Michael.SH advised that the PC is currently working towards improvements in the Rec Park.

Stuart Lewis and Dan Armston from Wessex Water gave an Update on the Ham Sewage Treatment Works. SL explained that the new access track from A358 to the sewerage works at Ham crossing Ham Lane was completed on the 3rd April 2018 and opened operationally from 11th. Traffic along Ham Road will be limited to the occasional courier driver. SL acknowledged that there had been some tanker driver issues but these were being addressed as identified so now should have ceased.

He explained that their site signs would be removed shortly and repairs to some verges along Ham Road will be done following discussion with representative householders. He also advised that works on the site associated to the Sludge Treatment processing will continue this year and that there is an emerging plan to build some barns to improve aesthetics. The next five year’s plan is currently being determined.

In answer to a question SL confirmed that Landscaping of the new road would take place at the right time (end of the summer) and then their environmental contractor would maintain it. SH thanked WW for putting the new road in place.

Jane Knowles of Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (Sport England funded body in Somerset) stressed the importance of physical activity. JS explained SASP existed to encourage people to do activity and that she would be challenging those present to think differently.

JK advised that the UK was one of the most inactive countries in the world, describing the UK as a ‘sit-down’ country on a par with the middle east and brazil and far behind the USA. Somerset is just above national level. JS highlighted that Physical activity has a direct impact on health particularly in later years, including a significant impact on cancer. The risk reduction is 30/40%. Smoking and hypertension all contribute to early deaths. She stressed the importance of doing at least 30mins a week strenuous activity and explained that it is never too late to start as activity makes an immediate impact on a range of conditions. JK advised against sitting still for more than an hour as getting up and moving protected cells.

In answer to questions JK advised that gardening varied; heavy digging was considered moderate exercise whilst pruning was not. When advised that children could not be encouraged to cycle through the village as the road was not safe JK advised to find a quieter spot or to use the canal towpath. Further suggestion from the floor were using the saving from the ceasing the diesel scrappage scheme and to tax sugary drinks in order to invest in Schools. JK was advised that as the PC had done a lot in the Rec Park and asked if SASP would fund improvements to the playground behind the Village Hall. JK advised that was a matter for the owners TDBC and that SASP as a charity had very limited funding of its won.

Steve Greenhalgh (CSM PC Vice Chair) Consultation on the improvements proposed for the Rec Park. SG advised that the PC has some money but would need further money to rebuild the pavilion to provide a small café, changing rooms, a function room and kitchen. If anyone has ideas on improvements or funding to let the PC know. SG highlighted the importance of looking after and maintaining buildings and that a capital grant to build a community building that could be used by youth and adults would provide a building that would compliment the Village Hall but not give any immediate maintenance responsibilities. SH highlighted that village population was increasing.

CSM Neighbourhood Plan. The Chair of the CSM NH Plan Panel Charlie Cudlip. CC advised that the draft plan had now been submitted to TDBC.

He introduced Simon Coles of Planning Consultants WYG who have been advising the PC over the past year. SC highlighted that once approved the plan would increase the amount of community infrastructure levy that the developers pay to the PC from 15% to 25%. SC explained that the PC have been following a statutory process involving two consultations and now TDBC will undertake a further consultation before the plan and responses are

sent to an independent examiner for review. After review the next step is for a public ballot at which it is important that the majority vote yes as this would enable the PC to drive a programme of benefits using the CIL receipts to benefit the community. In answering questions SC advised that though it may seem the village is going to be overwhelmed the decision have been made and can’t be overturned. Development will take years to be deliver upto 2028. What we can do is help safeguard/identify the areas where the community does not want development as the NH Plan is a community led identification of sites to be developed; as without a plan the village would be under pressure of additional development. In response to being asked SC explained that whilst there was no minimum turnout required it was important to have a good turnout and that a simple majority vote would prevail. CC advised West Monkton had been passed this week with a 96% vote and that Trull had already a plan in place.

CC explained that he was on a crusade to get a 20mph speed limit in the village. As SCC have no money it is clear that any improvements will be difficult to achieve. He suggested that if everyone drove at 20mph that would help. In response to a question CC advised that it would cost between a half to one million to get a decent road safety scheme through the village and that recent traffic count figures equalled that on the Longport Road. A questioner suggested that traffic would move easier if restrictions were removed. PB explained that we need to make St Michaels Road a worse choice than using the main roads or traffic would simply increase further. This would involve putting in more restrictions in order to discourage drivers. When asked if the proposed development at The Barton’s would be an issue for Highways SH advised that this was a small scheme so would not be considered material though highways would have to be happy for the scheme to proceed.

Ian Sturdy Director of Operations, Internal Drainage Board. IS advised that he used to work for the Env agency and its predecessor the Nat Rivers Authority, Int drainage Board where set up in the 1800s in areas of special need. The board has a single function to focus on drainage/flood risk locally whilst the Env Agency had many responsibilities such as waste and operates across the nation. In Somerset there are two drainage boards; The Axe Brue and the Parrott and they oversee all the watercourses in the area bar the rivers. IS advised that Landowners are responsible for maintaining their own courses and the IDBs work with them and partners to resolve issues to ensure all are maintained for the benefit of all. This accounts for 5% of the IDBs work with 95% being maintenance tasks.

The boards are made up of a mixture of appointed and elected members and there are 22 staff with a budget of circa three qtrs a £m of which a third is paid to the Env Agency for services provided annually. The Drainage Boards give consents over 1200 km and 1172 structures and all developments must be applied for as generally land is tide locked and as high tide rhynes or watercourses don’t have fall the channels need to be maintained to have flow. Land use is dependent on water levels so water run off rates are monitored and measured. The boards seek to

ensure that development improve or at worse do not add so techniques such as storage, attenuation or SUDS are used in order to ensure that developers’ proposal are sensible. Last year 313 application were responded to.

Open Questions

PB advised that the Village Flower Show would be held on sat 1st Sept. As this year would be a Flower and Produce

show he challenged villagers to get seeds in the ground and to start growing. There will also be an information stall

at PIP.

Meeting finished 9.30p.m

Steve Altria