SEDGEMOOR DISTRICT COUNCIL
Mark and Wedmore Ward
Polly Costello - firstname.lastname@example.org 01934 713564
Will Human - email@example.com 01278 641795
At this month's Full Council Meeting, Will Human spoke of his concerns with some of the clauses inserted into the new Neighbourhood Plan for Sedgemoor regarding community consultation. Sedgemoor had it as part of the policy for lower tier settlements that the community must be consulted and returned a positive view on any new development areas, especially in green field locations. However, the Inspectorate wanted this removed from the plan as it was in contradiction to the Government ethos of needing to make affordable housing easier to build. The District Council softened the policy so that it was a requirement to seek community opinion but not make it a deciding factor.
Will made his view known at the Council that he was not able to support the document as he believed that the community should be heard and have more of an impact on the planning decision. He thought it weakened the ability of a community who didn't want to have houses forced upon them in the rural areas. He abstained on the vote along with Paul Herbert who had similar concerns but the plan was adopted with all other Councillors voting for it.
MARK PARISH COUNCIL
THE 2018/2019 PARISH MEETING WAS HELD ON TUESDAY 5th MARCH 2019
Guest Speaker - Mr. Adrian Gardner, Assistant Director, Environmental and Regulation, Sedgemoor District Council. Subject - FLY TIPPING
Mr. Gardner explained that Fly-tipping is essentially the illegaldumping of wase on public property. The District Council has responsibility for the removal of such deposits, the maintenance of statistics and the management of enforcement. Council collection teams deal with 100 incidents per month. Deposits on private land is the responsibility of the relevant landowner. Other agencies such as the Environment Agency and the Drainage Board are involved in clearing some fly-tipping deposits. Mr. Gardner outlined there will be changes to the opening hours of local recycling centres with effect from 1 April 2019, and there may be to kerbside collection changes with effect from 2020.
Axbridge and Cheddar Valley Sea Cadets
Mr. Baz Hamblin, Chairman, Unit Management Team, Axbridge and Cheddar Valley Sea Cadets, gave a presentation on the work of the unit and highlighted the value of the Unit to young people. Adults are being sought to help with administration.
The Chairman presented his Annual Report for 2018/2019. This is printed elsewhere on the website.
MARK PARISH COUNCIL
A PARISH COUNCIL MEETING WAS HELD ON TUESDAY 5TH MARCH 2019
AFTER THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
PLANNING PORTFOLIO (33/18)
003. Demolition of conservatory and erection of single storey extension, Ashview, Mark Causeway - Recommended
If anyone wishes to comment on this or any other planning application, at any stage, then comments should be sent tothe Planning Department at Sedgemoor District Council.
PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY
Public Footpath AX 23/2 Thanks to assistance from the Rights of Way Department, Somerset County Council, this footpath is again open from yardwall, past the solar farm to entrance/exits on Southwick Road.
It was agreed that the missing third finger on the sign at the Little Moor Road junction would be inscribed "Glastonbury Tor" because the feature can be seen from its location.
NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
The next Parish Council meeting will be held at the Church Hall beginning at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 13th May 2019 (to be confirmed). (Please note the meeting is now to be held on Thursday 9th May at 6.30 pm in the Church Hall)
Nick van der Bijl - Mark Parish Council