Trudoxhill Parish Council Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 4 June 2020, 5pm, Virtual Meeting

Present:           C Bonham Christie (CBC)(Chair), D Francis (DF), C Kenyon (CK), R Masson-Taylor (RMT), S Salmon (SS), D Valentine (DV)

                        Cllr Michael Gay (MG)

Clerk:               Rachel Nield

20/117  Apologies


20/118  Disclosure of Interest


20/119  Minutes of the last meeting

These were approved

Meeting suspended to take questions or comments from the Public

Cllr Michael Gay reported as follows:

  • Somerset County Council (SCC) will be sending out information on a unitary authority soon to Parish Councils
  • Planning is taking place for non-motor, multi-user rights of way in the Postlebury Ward. These will be routes designated exclusively for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. CK asked about proposed cycling paths in the Frome area. MG confirmed that he will share as much detail as possible regarding this
  • MG enquired about transport provision for the Parish children to their secondary schools and what social distancing measures are proposed on the school transport

20/120   Planning

20/120.1  Application Number 2020/0980/HSE

Proposal: Erection of a one and two storey side/rear extension. Location: 2 Fairview Foghamshire Lane Trudoxhill Frome BA11 5DG. Applicant: Mr and Mrs Howden. Application Type: Householder Application.

Councillors agreed that the proposal is in keeping with the area. SS asked about access to the footpath.

Resolution: CBC proposed approval of the application. DV seconded the motion. Councillors voted unanimously to approve with the condition that the footpath remains unobstructed.

20/120.2 Application Number 2020/1008/FUL

Proposal: Proposed construction 2no. Day rooms. Location: Marston View Marston Bigot Frome Somerset BA11 5DB. Applicant: Christine Coles & Matthew Ayres. Application Type: Full Application.

CBC explained that this was a new application with reduced heights to the buildings. This was to address objections raised on a previous application. SS felt there was insufficient detail on the plans and councillors discussed overall size and height of the buildings. Having visited the site, CBC reported that the site is well screened and maintained and that there is a real requirement for the facilities the day rooms provide.

Resolution: CBC proposed approval of the application. DV seconded the motion. The motion was carried. 3 x councillors voted for, 3 x councillors voted to leave the decision to the planning department.

20/121   Finance

20/121.1 Financial information is currently with the accountant for internal auditing

20/121.2Accounts for payment:

  • £100        K Gale, grass cutting May
  • £141.20   Clerk’s salary May

20/121.3 All financial information has gone to the accountant for internal auditing in preparation of the end of year submissions

20/122  Councillor Vacancy

The vacancy for a councillor had been advertised. No applications had been received.

It was resolved that the position would be filled by co-option. CBC to speak with T Pace.

20/123   Reports

To receive reports or updates on:

20/123.1Highways. SS reported as follows:

Nunney Catch.

  • Nunney Parish Council have responded to SS regarding the placement of bollards to help control the traffic and parking associated with the Greggs outlet. Local residents have told SS that there have been no problems since the outlet has been closed during the lock down. M Gay advised that he would prompt internal communication within MDC concerning this
  • Advertisement signs. M Gay confirmed that there is no legal requirement for neighbours to be consulted
  • Bus stop. This is currently obscured by vegetation. The landowner has agreed to clear this
  • Any complaints should be submitted to the Principal Planning Officer at MDC (Simon Trafford). M Gay emphasised the importance of evidence for MDC to be able to take any action or possible enforcement. SS will advise residents to write to M Gay and share any photographic evidence available
  • Carwash. M Gay to check landscaping conditions

20/123.2 Fly-tipping

Councillors discussed the recurring problem of fly-tipping on the road towards Gare Hill. It was suggested that the landowner could erect signs.

It was resolved that RMT will speak with the landowner.

20/124   Correspondence and Emails Received 

  • Draft manifesto from Cllr J Hood at Bruton Town Council regarding cycling and walking in Somerset.

Councillors resolved to support this. Clerk to respond

  • 5G.

It was resolved to discuss this at a future meeting

20/125   Other Business referred to the Clerk


20/126   Date of next TPC meeting

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 2 July at 5pm.

CBC stepped down as Chairman and thanked by Council members. It was confirmed that DV will take up the role.

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