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Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 18th March 2019.

Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday 18th March 2019 in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm.

1. Apologies: Cllr. Martin Baker.

Present: Cllrs. Martin Allen (Chairman), Brian Gale and Pat Lennard and Ray Triggol. Cllrs David Hall (Somerset County Council (SCC)), Derek Alder (Sedgemoor District Council (SDC)) and Liz Perry (SDC).

Also present: the Clerk, together with five members of the public.

2. Minutes of the previous meeting of 18th February 2019 were taken as read, approved and signed.

3. Matters arising from the minutes.
  •  Bus Shelter Garden Maintenance. The Clerk reported that Ms Rhiannon Buckton had agreed to proceed on the basis outlined at the last meeting of 18th February 2019.

  • Poor road drainage at West End Farm. The Clerk rad an email from SCC Highways stating that a number of gullies along Chedzoy Lane would receive a visit from the high-powered jetter in the coming months.

  • 'Somerset Wood'. The Clerk reported that he had been advised that the cost of maintenance of each tree planted in memory of each of the fallen in WW1 would be £25.00 for the initial five years, or £5.00 per year. For the eleven fallen from the parish of Chedzoy therefore the five-year total would be £275.00, or £55.00 per year. The motion was agreed at the last meeting that Chedzoy would be supportive and it therefore remains for the timetable of payments required, the Clerk to liaise with the Clerk of Cheddon Fitzpaine and West Monkton on this.

  • Litter Problem throughout the parish. The Clerk reported that SDCs 'Clean Surroundings' department have agreed to deliver two sets of high-visibility jackets and pickers to his address on permanent loan, for distribution to the volunteers.
4. Somerset County Council report. David Hall reported as follows:
  • SCC Budget for 2019/2020. This was set two weeks ago. As the budget came in under the estimate for 2018/2019 it is possible the level of gritting next winter will be restored to that before the recent cut back, or even a little more.

  • ē Broadband. David is due to meet Paul Coles of BT this Wednesday to discuss possible alternatives following the GiggaClear failure. A further meeting with Parish Council inclusion will follow later. Central Government funding for the Devon and Somerset rollout has been extended until 2010.

  • Sedgemoor Campus. This has now been officially opened and David was very impressed with the standard of finish.

  • Hinkley Point. Construction is progressing well. EDF report that the Combwich jetty is on schedule for completion around Easter 2019.

5. Sedgemoor District Council report. Cllrs Derek Alder and Liz Perry reported as follows:
  • SDC Budget. A full SDC Council meeting agreed the 2019/2020 budget in February and the resultant increase in the SDC element of Council Tax for the coming year is £5.00 for a Band D property.

  • Corporate Scrutiny meeting. This recently discussed the merits of modular housing, as being comparatively cheap and quicker to install and includes one to four  bedroomed properties.
6. Planning.  One new application received (But too late for inclusion in tonightís discussions).

Reference: 18/19/00001/DT.
Type: Full Planning Permission.
Proposal: Erection of two detached bungalows.
Location: Glebe House, Front Street, Chedzoy, Bridgwater, Somerset.
Applicant: Messrs Harris Bros and Collard Limited.

This application will be the subject of a special planning meeting on Wednesday 27th March 2019 in the village hall at 7.30 pm.

7. Correspondence.
  • Sedgemoor Local Plan 2011/2032 - Notification of Adoption. The Clerk read an email confirming the SDC had formally adopted the Sedgemoor Local Plan 2011/2032 at a meeting on 20th February 2019.

  • SCC Nominations for Chairmanís Award. The Annual Ceremony for Service to the Community is schedules to take place on the evening of Thursday 4th July 2019. The search is on for deserving people who have made outstanding contributions to their community. Nominations can be made by completing an online form and must be submitted by 5.00pm on Tuesday 7th May 2019.

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  • Chedzoy Village Hall Representatives. The current Parish Council representatives, Cllrs. Pat Lennard and Ray Triggol confirmed they are carry to continue.
8. Matters arising from the correspondence. None.

9. Finance.

Balances after allowing for all payments made.

Lloyds Bank Current Account £3590.69
Lloyds Bank Deposit Account £2.48
Cambridge Building Society Easy Access Account £12341.19

Four cheques were issued as follows:

Number Amount Payee For
629 £152.47 Mr C.N Fry March salary
630 £26.18 Mr C.N Fry Expenses
631 £40.00 Oxford Rural Allotment rent
632 £203.71 S. Sutcliffe Kiosk expenses

10. Any Other Business, including date of next meeting.
  • RTL2 Funds. These are funds which were paid historically by developers and are designed to fund leisure facilities in the same parishes. Chedzoy have none of these as they were used towards the development of the playing field. These payments have now been replaced by CIL payments.

  • Damage to the edge of the road near Temple Farm. The Clerk read a reply email from Laurence Hackling of SCC Highways stating that the verge 'over- run' is occurring throughout the county network, and that any repairs are damaged again in a very short time. However, he says that he will look favourably at arranging some verge repairs in the affected area of Chedzoy Lane in the coming financial year.

  • Somerset Good Neighbours. The Community Council for Somerset is helping to tackle the apparent disconnect between our close neighbours. Often popping around to borrow a cup of sugar is the extent of our relationship with our neighbours. CCS has won funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to facilitate the first village/parish 'Good Neighbour' scheme in Somerset.

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  • Health watch Somerset. The Publicís views on local health and care services are being sought by way of a roadshow tour of the county.


Date of next meeting: Monday 15th April 2019 in the village hall at 7.30 pm.

There being no other business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 8.40pm.


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