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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

7.30pm in the Victoria Rooms Fore Street


Questions from the Public.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and address the Parish Council to provide information and raise matters of concern.

  1. Apologies
Members will be expected to provide reasons for absence. Members are reminded that absence for 6 consecutive meetings without approval could lead to disqualification.
  1. Declarations of Interest
The Code of Conduct requires that Members disclose interests of a
personal, prejudicial and pecuniary nature that may be pertinent to tonight's business. A prejudicial or pecuniary interest will require the member to leave the room during the discussion of the relevant item.
In cases of uncertainty members are recommended to consult the Clerk.
  1. Minutes and Matters Arising from minutes
The Minutes of the meeting held on 9th June have been circulated with the summons to this meeting. Members will be asked to consider them for accuracy and if satisfied pass a resolution of approval that they be signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record.
The Actions from the last meeting will be considered unless elsewhere on the agenda.
  1. Planning
a) Applications for Parish Council Decision
b) Applications for Parish Council Comment
c) Other Planning Matters
The Clerk will provide a report about other general planning matters and suggest a date for the next site visit.
  1. Recreation Ground Play Area
Mrs Hoyle will report on progress.
  1. Community Right To Buy
a) Milverton Public Toilet
b) Creedwell Community Rooms
  1. Creedwell
The Chairman will provide a report on the present situation.
  1. Crime
Members will receive and comment on the monthly crime report.
  1. Roads and Footpaths
a) Monthly Footpath Report
Mrs Lumby will report on the footpaths.
b) Monthly Road Report
The Clerk will report and members will raise other issues of concern.
  1. Milverton Burial Ground
The Chairman will report on progress.
  1. Street Light reductions
  2. Honouring Beth French
  3. Milverton Allotments
The Clerk will seek authority for various projects.
  1. Preston Bowyer Phone Box
  2. Correspondence
  3. Finance
a) Monthly report
The monthly report will request authorisation for payments relating to Gardening, Audit, Salaries and PAYE.
b) Audit 2013/14
The Clerk will report its successful completion and request authority to pursue partial reimbursement of cost from TDBC.
  1. Matters to Report
Members are invited to report matters of interest and raise matters of concern for future consideration by the Council, including items from the following external bodies:
Twinning; Victoria Rooms; Milverton United Charities; SALC; Traffic Working Party; Youth Project; Milverton Trust; Milverton Action Group and 10 Parishes.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Milverton Parish Council
Report on Meeting Held 4th August 2014

The meeting was preceded by a minutes silence in memory of former Parish Councillor, Howard Davies.

The Parish Council had been keen to establish what arrangements had been made for street cleaning and litter bin emptying by TDBC following the retirement of Reg Sealy. It was reported that he would be replaced by a mobile area cleaner which was van based. TDBC had said that it would still litter pick and empty bins but however will not spend the time that Reg spent within the village. A member of the public said that the service was now much reduced as the van based operatives did not know where all the bins were. The Clerk was asked to provide TDBC with the locations of the bins in the village. The Clerk also reported that TDBC would be replacing the bin that mysteriously disappeared from the Fore Street car park.

Under planning Councillors commented on the consultation for Prior Approval to change the use of two agricultural buildings to dwelling houses at Week Moor Farm. This was a consultation under new regulations and the Parish Council Councillors expressed concern that the site, and particularly the adjacent road, was known to be prone to surface flooding and recommended that SCC Highways be consulted. There was also concern that the sites will need adequate protection from flooding from surface run off from the arable fields to the south. TDBC would need to ensure that any drainage arrangements would not increase the flood risk to the road. Councillors noted that the proposed dwellings would be close to a working farmyard and sought assurances that they would not encounter problems from noise, odours or agricultural chemicals. Councillors also noted that the buildings under consideration were in a poor state of repair and asked how much if any of the original buildings needed to be retained under a 'change of use'?

On the vexed question of the proposed closure of the public toilets Cllr Wren reported that there despite chasing there had been no progress. He expressed his extreme frustration and irritation at the situation saying that no one in TDBC seemed to know what was happening which was probably because no one in TDBC knew what ought to be happening.

The Crime report had a Milverton focus with incidents of burglary and vandalism. Unfortunately duties prevented a police presence at the meeting to discuss progress.

The Chairman will be attending the next meeting of the PCC on 20th August to discuss the probable closure of the churchyard and establishment of a new burial ground in the village.

The Parish Council was hugely impressed by the achievement of resident Beth French who became the first person to swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly. Councillors discussed the most appropriate way to honour her and the Clerk will be drafting a letter of congratulation. The Council will also open discussions on the provision of a more permanent reminder.

The Council spent £2778 in July, mainly on grass cutting and gardening. Other expenditure included attendance of Planning Officers and salaries and expenses. Please direct any enquires about this to the Clerk.