Notes from the monthly Council meeting, 14th March 2012
At the open forum, issues including the antisocial behaviour of some dog owners in the village was discussed. The Hacker’s Mead footpath, and the grass outside Glebelands, are both often in a disgusting state. The Council will be applying for another public bin at Glebelands – there is already one at the hall near Hacker’s Mead.
Please make sure you take disposal bags out when you walk your dog, and clear up – dog faeces are not only unpleasant, but a health risk especially to children, and there is no excuse for not clearing up after your pet. If you know any of these irresponsible culprits, please contact Streetscene on 01395 571515 with details, and they will contact the dog warden.
The very poor performance of the lengthsman on his parish visits was also mentioned, and County Cllr Knight said that he was following this up as it is a problem throughout the district. If you are aware of any poor workmanship on a road near you (e.g. debris not taken away from ditches and drains), please contact the Clerk and let her know.
Planning: Work on affordable housing by the village hall will be starting in April, and the site compound may have appeared by the time you read this.
Applications dealt with at meeting
• 24 Barnes Meadow. Fell 2xCupressus leylandii. The Parish Council does not object to this application, subject to the recommendation that native trees be replanted.
• Jasmin Cottage Crogg Lane. Construction of replacement side extension to provide annexe. The Parish Council does not object to this application.
• Pitt White Mill Lane. T1 – Horse Chestnut: Fell. The Tree Warden’s report is required before responding.
• Land To West Of Reservoir Shire Lane. Replacement of 3no. antenna, replacement of one and installation of one additional ground based equipment cabinet. The Parish Council does not object to this application.
• Hedgehog Corner (Land To Rear SE) Lyme Road. Use of the land as seasonal camp site with a maximum of 10 pitches. The Parish Council does not object to this application.
Applications granted by EDDC since last meeting
• Dashwood House Lyme Road. T1, Scots Pine – shorten low second order branch on north side of tree by 1.5m. Granted with conditions
• May Cottage Venlake. Construction of single storey side extension.
• Harcombe House Harcombe. G1 Fell 12 Cypress trees. Granted with conditions
• Ware Barn Ware. Internal alterations to garage to form pantry. Granted with conditions
• Greenfields Woodhouse Hill. Extensions and alterations including enlargement of rear dormer, construction of suspended vehicle standing area and creation of new access.
Readers can look at www.uplymeparishcouncil.org for full details of these decisions, which are published in the Minutes section after approval by the Council, and minutes are also displayed on the PC noticeboards.
Noticeboard: the new board is in position outside the Village Hall – so if you don’t have internet access, some of the more topical information on the web site is available for you to look at when you are out and about in the village.
Stafford Mount: the working party has now had some ideas on what needs doing, as well as some designs to consider. They will be reporting finally at the meeting on April 11th. It’s not too late to submit your ideas via the Clerk!
Playground: the Council has had tentative approval of a grant from C Cllr Knight’s funds, to add to its own contribution, for a toddler slide. Once the drainage works are finally completed and the grant approved (which the Council hopes will have happened by the time you read this), the new slide can be ordered and installed.
Vandalism continues to be a problem, and the safety surface under the seesaw has been damaged several times recently. The Council is very disappointed that local children or youths have been spoiling this facility for others.
Environmental nuisance. If you have a real problem with smells from waste being sprayed on fields, please contact EDDC Environmental Health on 01395 517457,with times and dates. Please remember that farmers have to make a living, and do not make unnecessary complaints about occasional nuisance.
Emergency Plan – Cllr Turner was thanked for all his hard work in putting together a revised plan, which was approved at the meeting. This details local resources that will be available if the parish is unlucky enough to be subject to a major emergency.
Councillor vacancy: a vacancy for a co-opted Councillor is still available. Anyone interested should contact a Councillor or the Clerk for more information, and can attend a meeting to see some of what’s involved.
Lois Wakeman, Parish Clerk 01297 444707; email@example.com
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