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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

1st August 2016
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.

2. 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.   

3. Minutes and Matters Arising from minutes
The Minutes of the meeting held on 4th July have been circulated. 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.

4. Planning        
4.1 For Parish Council Decision
4.1.1 23/16/0019 Erection of a single and two storey extension at 3 Fairfield Terrace, Wood St Milverton
4.2 For Parish Council Comment
4.2,.1 23/16/0017 Replacement of single storey extension at Honeysuckle End Screedy Lane Milverton
4.2.2 23/16/0018/T Fell one Eucalyptus at Sunny Dene High Street
4.2.3 23/16/0022/CQ Prior Approval of Proposed Change of Use from an Agricultural Building to a Dwelling House (Use Class C3) and Associated Operational Development at Weekmoor Farm, Weekmoor Lane, Milevrton
4.3 Other Planning Matters
The Clerk will propose a date for the next planning meeting.

5. Creedwell
The Chairman will provide a report on the present situation.
6.Milverton Surgery
Madam Chairman will report on the meeting with the Partners and the NHS Trust.

7. Roads and Footpaths
7.1 Footpath Monthly Report
7.2 Roads Monthly Report
7.3 Speed Watch and SID Deployment
The Clerk will provide a brief report.
8. Public Toilets
The Vice Chairman will report on the current situation.
9. Crime
Members will receive and comment on the monthly crime report.
10. Clerk Salary Review
The Personnel Committee will report
11. Taunton Deane Electoral Review
Councillors will discuss the consultation.
12. Proposed Merger of West Somerset and Taunton Deane District Councils
Councillors will discuss the options.
13. Allotments
Councillors will discuss some recent issues at the allotments.
14. Correspondence
15. Finance
The Council will consider the monthly report and approve payments for Grass Cutting, Stationery, Gardening, Salaries, PAYE,
16. Matters to Report
Notaro Planning Appeal

Appeal by: S NOTARO LTD
Application Type: Full Planning Permission
Grid Reference: 312361.125598
I am writing to inform you that an appeal has been lodged with The First Secretary of
State against the decision of the Taunton Deane Borough Council to refuse planning
permission for the above application.
Permission was refused for the following reasons:
1. The proposed development would not provide any on site affordable housing.
The proposed off-site contribution is both unacceptable in principle and
insufficient in amount and the proposal is, therefore, contrary to Policy CP4 of
the Taunton Deane Core Strategy.
The development would have a harmful impact upon the character and
appearance of the Milverton Conservation Area as the location and scale of the
development would undermine the connection that the village enjoys with the
surrounding rural landscape, contrary to Policy CP8 of the Taunton Deane Core
Strategy. The harm would not be outweighed by other public benefits of the
proposal when assessed in accordance with the National Planning Policy
Framework (NPPF).
The proposed development fails to provide an acceptable travel plan and future
residents would likely be reliant on the private car for most of their day to day
needs with insufficient measures in place to encourage travel by other modes,
contrary to Policy CP6 of the Taunton Deane Core Strategy, policy A2 of the
Draft Site Allocations and Development Management Plan and guidance in the
The proposed development would provide insufficient children's play space to
meet the needs of the development, contrary to retained Policy C4 of the
Taunton Deane Local Plan or policy C2 of the Draft Site Allocations and
Development Policies Plan.
Insufficient information has been provided to assess the likely impact upon
potential archaeological interests on the site, contrary to Policy CP8 of the
Taunton Deane Core Strategy and guidance in the NPPF.
In accordance with Policy SD1 of the Taunton Deane Core Strategy and
Paragraph 14 of the NPPF it is considered that there are very limited benefits to
outweigh these significant and demonstrable harms and the proposal is,
therefore, not sustainable development.
The appeal will be determined on the basis of hearing. The procedure to be
followed is set out in the Town and Country Planning (Hearings Procedure)
(England) Rules 2000.
We have forwarded all the representations made to us on the application to the
Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspector
when determining the appeal.
If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you
can do so on the Planning Portal at or by emailing.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies to:
Case Officer: MS E SHERMAN
ROOM 3/18
All representations must be received by 23 August 2016. Any representations
submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned. The
Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations. All representations
must quote the appeal reference APP/D3315/W/16/3148085.
Please note that any representations you submit to the Planning Inspectorate will be
copied to the appellant and this local planning authority and will be considered by
the Inspector when determining the appeal.
The appeal documents are available for inspection on the Planning Portal at or at Taunton Deane Borough Council Offices at The
Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE between 8.30am and 5.00pm
Monday to Thursday and 9.30am until 4.30pm on Friday.
You can get a copy of one of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Guide to taking part in
planning appeals” booklets free of charge from the Planning Portal at or from us.
When made, the decision will be published on the Planning Portal.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Milverton Parish Council
Report of Meeting 4th July 2016

The meeting opened with a question about the future of Milverton Surgery and the statement that had been recently issued by the partners at the Lister House Surgery. The gist was that many of the GP partners were coming up to retirement but had been unable to recruit new ones so the management of the practice was being transferred to the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust from 1st August. In relation to the Milverton Surgery the statement said
“In the short term, Somerset Partnership is planning to continue patient services at that site. However, we have been informed that the building’s owners intend to sell the Milverton surgery. The Trust will work with NHS England, staff at the surgery and the local community as to how services can be delivered in an appropriate setting. However, one option is that all services will be delivered from Wiveliscombe with improved transport being provided to support access. Local people will be consulted before there is any change to current arrangements.”

This prompted a lively discussion which revolved around the fact that these changes had obviously been in discussion for some time but this was the first time that they had been made public. It was also claimed that the Patient Liaison Group who were supposed to be the interface between the NHS and the patients it serves had been sworn to secrecy.

Councillors were not at all happy with the lack of consultation and the impending date for the change which implied a fait accompli and the apparent absence of any accountability. The Chair Dr Julie Richardson was authorised to contact both the Lister House partners and the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to find out in detail what was going on and what the plan for the continuation of NHS services to Milverton was.

Before the meeting commenced the Amenity Committee had met with the Council's solicitor, Ms Alison McVay, to be briefed on the contract terms for transferring the Fore Street toilets. Several issues were raised which did not accord with the Agreed heads of Terms and so Ms McVay was asked to respond to TDBC and ask for the changes to be made. It was agreed that the Amenity Committee would meet again on 11th July.

Under planning Councillors considered an application to split 26 Creedwell into two and build a garage with a flat over at the front. Whilst welcoming the development of small and medium dwellings in the village Councillors nevertheless expressed concern at the parking provision.

The Police report mentioned trespass in the school grounds and crowds of youths at the recreation Ground as well as sheep rustling and rural break-ins. The public are requested to phone in details of suspicious incidents or activities to 101.

The Clerk reported that he was continuing to press SCC to get a better measurement of speeds in Wood Street. The current locations for the Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) do not give a sufficiently clear view up the road and therefore cannot accurately assess the speed motorists drive at. It has been suggested that a loop be installed and the Clerk is current pursuing this option.

Councillors received a request for a £200 grant towards the new floor of the Victoria Rooms. However, given that the full cost was likely to exceed £10000 they unanimously agreed to offer £500.

Councillors were told that the Electoral Commission was holding a consultation on new boundaries which would be open until 5th September.

In June the Council spent £2000 on salaries (inc. PAYE), insurance, room hire, grasscutting and gardening.