Made with Xara The Parish Council sits every month except August on the second Monday of the month in the Reading room in Great Street. It is well supervised by the Council Leader Stuart Maunder. Meeting start at 7.30pm and members of the public are welcome to attend. As can be expected the Council deals with all matters local that affect the village and work very closely with the South Somerset District Council, so much so that the councillor who represents the village attends every meeting to understand the villagers point of view and put forward the views of the District Council and general advice. The Parish Clerk is Louise Brooks: Telephone: 01935 881882;  e-mail: brooksinsomerset@hotmail.co.uk The Minutes of meetings are publicised after they have been approved by the council as “A true record of the meeting”.  This approval takes place at the following meeting, therefore minutes posted here are up to two months after the related meeting. South Somerset MINUTES OF NORTON SUB HAMDON PARISH COUNCIL MONTHLY MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2017 IN THE READING ROOM AT 7.30 P.M. 17/1091 PRESENT:  Mr S. Maunder (Chairman), Mrs S More, Mrs P Biddle, Mr B Matraves, Mr C. Campbell, Mr J Cole, Mrs L. Brooks  (Clerk), Mrs S. Seal (District Councillor), Mrs E. Maunder and 3 members of the public.  17/1092 APOLOGIES:   Mr R. Middleton (Work Commitments)  Mr M. Keating (County Councillor) (Council Commitments)  17/1093 PUBLIC TIME  17/1093/a  Public Time:  A resident from Higher Street asked for clarification as to where the rough ground had been reported on the footpath  behind Higher Street.  He was informed that it was further up from the back of his property. He reminded the Parish  Council that this was actually a permissive path, and not a footpath.  A resident from New Road reported that the ditch between her property and the lane leading to the Church was blocked  and needed clearing.  She had reported that she had seen a couple of rats recently.  ACTION:  CLERK  She also reported that she had seen a car fly tipping into the development site on New Road on the afternoon of the 9th   October.  She took a photo of the car.    Clerk to report this to the agent GTH and ask them for the gate to be locked.       ACTION:  CLERK  17/1093/b  P.C.S.O. Report: The PCSO was not present and no report had been received.  17/1093/c  District Councillor:   Councillor Seal reported that there would be a Bonfire at Ham Hill again this year due to public demand and the success  of it last year on Friday 3rd November.  They also had a spooky story evening planned for the 30th October.  The  Witcombe stream project had now been completed.  They have also been given a Green Flag again this year.  Councillor Seal also commented on the draft Local Plan and discussed the future housing growth.  The current Local plan  has an annual housing target of 725 dwellings per year.  The current focus of growth is Yeovil followed by the Market  towns.  17/1093/d  County Councillor:   County Councillor Mark Keating was unable to be present at the meeting.  He had emailed a monthly report previous to  the meeting to the Clerk who had forwarded it to all the Parish Councillors’. A further update was received by the Clerk  which was also circulated.  17/1093/e CLT Update  Mrs Maunder reported that the S278 on Minchington was still ongoing and Mark Keating was doing a brilliant job to  help her with it.  They have requested that the street lighting be taken out of the S278 so it can be done as it is important  to have some street lighting up there immediately.  Planning Permission will be applied for on the plot at the back of the houses for solar panels.  The shop is doing very well although the Post Office is struggling and is becoming a financial concern. Mark Keating is  also working very hard to get a brown sign erected on the A356.  17/1093/g  Hamdon Youth Group Update:    The youth group now have over 55 members.  The big problem is available sites for the young people to meet.  The  Lighthouse is small and they have increased the rent.  There has been no news regarding the Methodist Hall and it is still  with the Lawyers.  17/1094 MINUTES:   The Minutes from the September meeting have been circulated.  They were agreed and signed.  Proposed: Cllr. Biddle  Seconded: Cllr.   Campbell  Agreed unanimously.  17/1095 MATTERS ARISING: Actions from previous meeting had been concluded or are included in Minutes  17/1095/a Electoral Review of SSDC Area: Councillor Seal felt we had no worries regarding this and it may mean we end up with 2 District Councillors for our Area. 17/1095/b Fitness Equipment for Minchington Rec:  Councillor Matraves had seen the equipment at Kingsbury Episcopi.  Councillor Seal said that it was possible, although Stoke sub Hamdon was having some installed in the near future.  There were grants available but the Parish Council would also have to make a contribution. Councillor Seal would get someone from SSDC to come and talk to the parish council at a future Parish Council meeting.  She felt that we should do a public consultation on this first though and also emphasized that we would have to have many people who would be willing to put some time into the investment. 17/1095/c   Hedge in Broadmead Lane:  The Clerk reported that a letter had been sent to the landowners of the offending hedge.  She had then received an impolite phone call.  Councillor Maunder  reported that he had phoned the Grinters’ and agreed with them that they would cut the hedge.  A letter has been delivered to residents at the far end of Broadmead Lane to inform them that the hedge will be cut. 17/1095/d Minchington Rec  Footpath Entrance:  A complaint had been received via County Councillor Mark Keating, from Adrian Pipe of Chiselborough regarding the safety of the entrance and steps leading up to the footpath across Minchington Rec.  As this is owned by SSDC the email was forwarded to Sylvia Seal and Garry Green.  Garry was responding to him directly informing Mr Pipe that a thorough health and safety check had been carried out before and it was deemed safe.  17/1095/e Verge in Little Street   The Clerk reported that after the last heavy rainfall, although the drains were running clear in Little Street, the verge had grown out so much that it was preventing the running water from reaching the drains.  The Clerk spoke to Matt Orchard who immediately went and dug the verge away where it was a problem. 17/1095/f Safety in School Carpark This was discussed at great length.  The Parish Council asked the Clerk to go back to Joanne Gill, School Governor and ask if the parents’ had been written to regarding driving carefully in the carpark. Also,  the importance of educating the children.  They were happy for 5mph signs to be erected but at the school expense, not the Parish Councils.  However, they do not want any signs to be written on the road itself.               ACTION:  CLERK 17/1096 PLANNING: 17/1096/a  Matters for report:  Nothing to report 17/1096/b      Decisions Notified: Nothing to report 17/1096/c     Applications for consideration: Nothing to report  17/1097 FINANCE:  17/1097/a  Matters for report:   1. End of 2nd  quarter  figures:  Current Account  £      100.00 Reserve Account  £ 36,655.45 £ 36,755.45 There was 0 cheque   outstanding   £      000.00     Total as cash book £ 36,755.45 Books will now be checked by Chairman and examined by the internal auditor, Mike Orchard  17/1097/b  Matters for resolution  Nothing to report               17/1097/c  Cheques Payable    Louise Brooks              Salary & Allowances – September                £    320.70  chq no: 1335  Down2Earth             Grounds Maintenance July-Sept 2017               £    256.00  chq no: 1336 Somerset Landscapes             Grounds April – June  2017 -Rec               £  1,168.74 chq no: 1337 Down2Earth             Verge cut back in Little Street               £      40.00  chq no: 1338 Grant Thornton    Annual external Audit      £    120.00  chq no: 1339 Proposed: Cllr. Biddle Seconded: Cllr. More            Agreed unanimously. 17/1098 VILLAGE HALL:  Councillor Cole reported that the new patio was now completed and looked superb.  The applied grant from SSDC for  £5,000.00 was due to be decided towards the end of October.  Until this was decided the painting and new doors were on  hold until November.  17/1099 RECREATION GROUND:  The Clerk has received a quote for the trees that the Parish Council would like to plant in the recreation field.  The price  per tree (2 oaks and 2 disease resistant horse chestnuts) is £150 each.  This is for trees with a 12-14 girth rootball, planted  and staked.                                   ACTION:  CLERK  The Parish Council made a resolution to accept this quote  Proposed: Cllr. Maunder  Seconded: Cllr. More              Agreed unanimously.  17/1100 CORRESPONDENCE:   The Clerk reported that all correspondence had been emailed to all the Parish Councillors.  Councillor Maunder had received a letter form Ken Dives thanking the Parish Councillors for their kind gift.  17/1101 FOOTPATHS: Nothing to report  17/1102 MEMBERS’ REPORTS: Nothing to report  There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.10pm.  The next meeting will be held on Monday 13th November 2017  at 7.30pm in the Reading Room.