NORTH VALE PARISH COUNCIL COUNCIL MEETING
Monday 16th August 2021
Holton Village Hall
Present: Dave Young (Chairman), David Badham -Thornhill, Douglas Hodges, Hannah Crofts and Graham Boaler.
In attendance: William Wallace and David Chapman (Clerk)
Electors Question Time/Comments – none.
County / District Councillor Reports:
William Wallace reported that Somerset County Council has a recovery fund to businesses that have suffered from Covid 19. Dave Young will give the information to the Old Inn at Holton to see if they would be able to apply.
Mr Wallace also said that further information is expected from the Government regarding the decision to accept the One Somerset proposal for a unitary authority in Somerset but that it may result in boundary changes. The unitary authority would be better for residents as, in the past there has confusion about who to contact.
Mr Wallace stated that the SSDC planning department was in a chaotic state. Graham Boaler reported that the SSDC planning portal had been down most of the day.
21.32 Apologies: Jenny Chambers, Simon Ford, Janet Down, Gillian Freeman and Hayward Burt.
21.33 Declaration of Interest/Dispensations: none
21.34 Minutes of Last Meeting;
The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on Monday 19th July 2021 were agreed and signed.
21.35 Matters Arising from Minutes:
Clerk reported that Gary Warren at SCC Highways Department has confirmed that he will go ahead and install the 20 mph roundels in Holton at the entrance and exit of the new 20 mph speed limit.
Clerk confirmed that notices have been out up in the Parish notice boards asking users of footpaths to close the gates.
21.36 Planning Applications:
21.36.1 21/02205/FUL– Solar site south of Brains Farm, Moor Lane, Wincanton – proposed solar farm and associated development – Councillors had no objections in principle subject to the proper provision in the permission / contract to maintain any rights of way across the site. The Parish Council would also like to see that any mitigating works mentioned in the application regarding biodiversity, hedge heights etc permanently secured in the planning conditions / contract.
21.37 Planning Decisions:
21.37.1 21/01501/FUL The Dovecotes, Holton Road, Holton BA9 8AX – the erection of an equestrian filed shelter – approved with conditions – noted.
21.37.2 21/01423/FUL Higher Hatherleigh Farm, Old Road, Holton BA9 8AE – proposed change of use of land to garden and formation of driveway and parking area – approved with conditions – noted.
21.37.3 21/01142/HOU Byways, Higher Holton Road, Holton BA9 8AP – alterations and erection of a two storey rear extension to dwelling house – approved with conditions- approved with conditions – noted.
Planning Other: none
Local Resident – request for the Speed Indicator Device to be used in Lattiford near to the junction with the B3145 facing both ways. Clerk will check with SCC Highways Department.
Local Resident – concerns about ragwort in a filed in North Cheriton. Dave Young will investigate.
Somerset County Council – information on grants available to businesses affected by Covid – 19. Dave Young will talk to the landlords at the Old Inn at Holton to see if they could apply.
Email from the Chair of Blackford and Compton Pauncefoot Parish Meeting regarding collaboration on matters including planning applications. Councillors thought that this was a good idea.
21.39 E A Gale’s Parish Lands Charity – nothing to report.
21.40 Financial Matters:
21.40.1 Review of bank balances at 31st July 2021 – reviewed and agreed. The current balance stands at £12,933.46
21.40.2 Authorise Cheques:
101130 £130.00 Wayne Pamphilion – grass cutting at North Cheriton cemetery
101131 £271.24 D Chapman – Clerk’s salary and expenses August 2021
101132 £25.00 Somerset Association of Local Councils Ltd – Simon Ford training
101133 £80.00 Society of Local Council Clerks – subscription 2021 – 2022
21.41 Matters of report and items for next meeting:
21.41.1 Ragwort in North Cheriton – to be discussed at the September meeting. Dave Young reported that, on a recent trip to Norfolk, he noticed large amounts of ragwort, far worse than the amount in our area.
21.41.2 The next meeting will held on Monday 20th September at 7:30pm in Holton Village Hall.
Meeting closed at 8:30
David Chapman – Parish Clerk