MARK PARISH COUNCIL
A Meeting of Mark Parish Council was held in the Church Hall, Vicarage Road, Mark on Thursday 29th November and Tuesday, 17th December 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
The following are some of the topics discussed.
It was noted that a faculty would not be required for the refurbishment work to the clock. Applications had been made for financial assistance from local organisations and a public appeal would be launched in February to assist with funding the cost of the work.
Our finances are in a healthy state and after careful consideration the 2020/2021 Estimates were approved and the Precept set at £17600 was agreed. This means that this is the fifth year there has been no increase in the Parish Council portion of Council Tax collected by the District Council
It was agreed to report a defect at Vole Road. It was noted that all recent fly-tipping deposits had been reported to the District Council and subsequently removed but continues to be a major problem with new deposits appearing regularly along country roads in the Parish.
It was understood that County Councillor Huxtable was pursuing the installation of flashing warning lights in the vicinity of the School. There was still an issue of parents parking near the School for long periods with engines running. We would urge parents parking on The Causeway near the school at pick up times to turn off their engines.
The County Council had ordered the signage needed to implement the Traffic Order to extend the 30 mph speed limit at Blackford Road. Community Payback had carried out street/pavement cleaning in the Church Street/Littlemoor Road area. It was agreed to organise a Litter Pick Day on 29th February 2020.
Councillor Francis gave an update on the refurbishment of historic finger post signs. All had been refurbished other than the two historic posts located at the Yarrow road junction with Southwick Road and on River Road, which will be refurbished shortly.
He also reported upon the operation of the shared SID scheme.
Play Area/ Village Hall /Football Pitch Area/Jubilee Green
It was noted that the annual safety inspection had been carried out on the Play Area and a report was awaited.
It was noted that the new defibrillators have been installed at the Village Hall and outside Amesbury & Puddy
As part of a nationwide Woodland Trust initiative to provide free trees to communities, additional trees had been planted in the Village Hall grounds and at the southern end of Jubilee Green. The planting was completed by a team from Wedmore Young Farmers during the weekend of 23rd/24th November.
The following applications were considered:-
33/19/022 Erection of two storey and single storey rear extension, 2 Council Houses, The Causeway, Mark – L. Edgecombe – confirm recommendation of permission.
33/19/023 Erection of building to accommodate bats and outline application for demolition of Ashtrees and erection of replacement dwelling, The Causeway, Mark – National Grid - confirm recommendation of permission.
33/19/024 Erection of a general purpose agricultural building, Moorhouse Farm, Southwick Road, Mark – J. Porter - confirm recommendation of permission.
33/19/025 Erection of a self-build dwelling to the east of Ashdean, Kingsway, Mark – Mr. & Mrs. T.R. Buncombe. - The Parish Council supported this application for a self-build dwelling, in principle.
33/19/026 Application for the prior approval for the change of use of an agricultural building to a dwelling and associated operational development, Littlemoor Road, Mark – Mr. & Mrs. S. House – recommend permission.
Councillor Mrs Weekes reported upon statistics relating to visits to the web-site. Usage continues to be high and is growing with 3439 visitors and an average 1.98 page impressions per session. The web site we believe is a useful information source for the community and continues to be developed with some local historical information relating to World War II being added to the web-site in the near future.
Mark Emergency Plan
Councillor Francis reported that a snow event or prolonged winter power outage was likely to be the most serious emergency in Mark. Neighbourhood Watch would be best placed to identify and arrange assistance for vulnerable people. Neighbourhood Watch would also be organising a first aid course in June 2020.
Help Keep Mark Tidy
Were you aware that Mark has an annual litter and general debris cleanup day? Why not join the Parish Council and local residents, on Saturday 29th February at 10am at Mark Village Hall. Vole Road as we need your help to keep Mark looking good. Notices in the Parish magazine and on the village notice boards.
The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at the Church Hall starting at 7.00pm.