14th November 03
UPLOWMAN PARISH COUNCIL: MINUTES OF MEETING
Held on 14th November 2003 at the VillageHall, Uplowman, starting at 8.35pm
Minutes taken by Mr R Hodgson, Clerk to UplowmanParish Council
Action points in bold. 9 members of the Public werepresent
3.1 Minutes of the meeting had beenpreviously circulated. They wereapproved without amendment and signed as a true record by the Chair.
4.1 There were no matters arising from theminutes that would not be covered by the Agenda items.
Incomesince last meeting£55.00(Repayment ofplanning fee for Hall)
Clerk?s expenses: £1.74 plusHonorarium (£315.25)
Mr A Kidley, for grass cutting:£39
Repayment of planning fee to UHRA(£55.00)
UHRA, for half share ofnoticeboard (£45.98) and hire of room (£18.00)
District Audit fee (£58.75)
5.3 The Clerk reported that the Annual Audithad been completed; the auditor had notraised any concerns.
5.4 The Clerk would get specimensignatures from Mr Burman and Mrs Veen for operation of the account.
6.1 A proposal for a mobile home to besited at Hr Reed Farm had been withdrawn.
6.2 Although proposals to construct newaccommodation at the school had been reported in the Press, no planningapplication had yet been received.
7.1 DCC had advised that the Lengthsmanwould inspect the parish roads during February
7.2 DAPC and SLCC were arranging training under the Quality Councilsschemes. No one present was able toattend.
7.3 MDALC had arranged a presentation onnew planning legislation to be on 20th January.
7.4 MDDC had advised dates of local Forummeetings; the closest would be in Cullompton on 17th March.
8.1 Mrs Veen reported that bookingsremained good and the Hall was making an operating profit.
8.2 Following concerns raised overfireworks at the previous UPC meeting, Mrs Veen informed the meeting thatneighbours to the Hall would be told in writing of any intended fireworkdisplays and these would be kept to times before 9.30pm.
9. EMERGENCY PLANNING AND NEIGHBOURHOODWATCH
9.1 The emergency planning lists had beenupdated and circulated.
9.2 Mr White had contacted HalbertonParish but had not received much detail about their Village Planning.
10.1 Enquiries about ownership of the leathad revealed that both banks were owned by the riparian residents and thereforeit might be difficult to arrange the legal aspects of any improvements the PCmight propose.
10.2 The Church PCC were proposing to open asecond access to the eastern side of the Churchyard and had enquired whetherthe UPC might contribute. No detailswere yet available. Mr Barlow (presenton behalf of PCC and School Governors) said that he would keep UPC informed.
10.3 Work on the bus shelter had beencompleted and construction of the slabs around the noticeboard was inhand. It was agreed that the edge ofthe slabbing should be bevelled.
11.1 The Clerk had written to SWW toreassure them of UPC?s support for the project. A list of affected properties and owners had been sent toSWW. The next stage would be a visit bythe scheme Contractor to give estimates of likely connection costs.
12.1 Some more local patching of roads hadbeen done recently.
12.2 DCC Highways were prepared to erectsigns and the Clerk would write to discuss details.
12.3 It was reported that a large-sidedvehicle had recently struck a house in Greengates, dislodging some tiles.
12.4 Following extensive concernsraised during Public Question time (see report below), it was agreed that UPCwould initiate a review of the various issues pertaining to traffic passingthrough and stopping within the Parish. This would be led by the Chairman and would seek to arrive atcommunity consensus on possible measures to mitigate parking and speedingissues.
The next meeting would be on Friday 16thJanuary 2004 in the Hall, starting withquestions from the Public at 7.30pm.
The meeting closed at 9.15pm