A Special Meeting of Mark Parish Council was held on a site in Church Street/Churchlands, Mark on Thursday, 23rd July 2020 at 6.00 p.m.


Planning Applications 33/19


The following applications were considered:


011 Change of use of land and buildings from equestrian to Use Class B1 for the repair of caravans including internal and external alterations to the west of The Poplars, Harp Road, Mark – D. Crouch – recommend refusal; as the PC were concerned on the road safety implications on Harp Road of articulated traffic turning into and exiting the entrance.


013 Change of use from Estate Agent to Café including alterations and erection of extension to rear elevation, Churchlands, Mark – I. Bates – recommend refusal; as the PC were concerned that it would have a negative impact on the shop business and put at jeopardy the longer term viability of this facility which is important to the local community.


019 Installation of dormer window to south elevation, The Old Homestead Farm, Kingsway, Mark – Mr & Mrs A. Palmer – recommend permission


020 Outline application with some matters reserved for the erection of a dwelling and garage at The Larches, The Causeway, Mark – Mr & Mrs R. May – recommend permission


The following applications had been considered since the last Meeting. Recommendations of permission had been submitted in each case and these decisions were confirmed:


014 Variation of conditions on 33/13/00025 to change materials and amend design of garage, Pill Row Farm, Pill Road, Mark – M. Prosser


015 Change of use and conversion of two pole barns and two storey barn to form 4 holiday lets, creation of new driveway, associated landscaping and external lighting, Totney Farm, Blackford Road, Mark – Mr & Mrs A. Comer. (subsequently withdrawn by the applicants)


016 Change of use of barns, demolition of Dutch barn and erection of a new dwelling to the south of Littlemoor Road, Mark – Mr & Mrs S. House


018 Change of use of land from agriculture to Use Class B8 for caravan storage, Rookery Farm Creamery, Northwick Road, Mark – C. Petheram


We would like to remind local residents that when a planning application comes before the Parish Council, we take into consideration all of the local views about a specific proposal. If you have any concerns, objections to, or support a Planning Proposal, you should also register those concerns with the Parish Council. If you only register your comments on the Sedgemoor Planning Portal that may be after our decision has been made, so timing is critical. We also point out that the Parish Council is a consultee and not the decision maker. The ultimate outcome of any application will come from the Sedgemoor planning team.




The following payments which had been made since the last Meeting were approved and confirmed.

000909 GWB Services               Grass cutting                      £499.50

000910 SALC                           Affiliation fee                       £390.64




The PC agreed to request the County Council to install 30 mph repeater signs at Blackford Road in the section between the pinch point and the new 30 mph entry signs.


Car parking in the Parish regularly attract adverse comments.  Since Traffic enforcement is not desirable, social responsibility is expected and necessary to ensure that road safety is not compromised. 


The part of Littlemoor Road from the B3139 towards Grange Paddock is often tricky for drivers because of parked cars and pedestrians.  All have a legitimate right to use the road, however the various competing risks of pedestrians, car drivers, HGV drivers and those using agricultural machinery sometimes results into disagreements.  Therefore those who park on Littlemoor Road are asked not to leave their vehicle in a position where it may present an unnecessary obstruction of the road especially to Emergency Vehicles.  This also applies to visitors.   Equally drivers of HGVs and vehicles pulling trailers are asked to consider using an alternative route.


Holy Cross Church - Clock


Many of you will have noticed that the clock hands and dials have been removed from the Church Tower. The Clock has been ringing out the hours for over 130 years and whilst Smiths of Derby were carrying out the last annual service on the clock they recommended some restoration work and repairs of the clock dials be carried out. They have, using rope access, removed the clock hands and dials which have been taken to their works in Derby for restoration. The dial works which pass through the fabric of the building will also receive full servicing attention.


The Parish Council thanks you all for the generous donations/grants received so that our vintage Public Clock can be refurbished and put back into good order. Public donations to date amounted to £2910 and grants have been received from the Nuttall Trust for £5000 and Mark PCC for £1000.


Fly Tipping and Roadside Litter: 


The Parish Council is keenly aware of fly-tipping and discarded rubbish thrown in verges and reports such deposits to Sedgemoor District Council.  SDC Clean Surrounds has an investigation capability and will challenge suspects provided there is the evidence, such as labels, invoices, documents giving names and addresses and, of course, sightings.  Local intelligence of offenders is essential.  While ‘professional’ fly tippers tend not to leave anything linked to them, someone, somewhere knows who these people might be. 


The local Recycling Centres reopened on 14th May:


It is now "business as usual" with materials now being accepted at all 16 recycling sites in Somerset. That includes cardboard as well as commercial waste and other waste you pay to dispose of – including tyres, gas bottles, soil and hardcore, vehicle parts, plasterboard and asbestos (card payment only).


Trailers and vans can access the sites at any time, as long as they have the appropriate permit. Although sites have been busy, the recently introduced "shop-style" social distancing arrangements – floor markings and signs – have worked well. However, please note, staff are unable to offer any assistance with unloading or handling any waste or items.


Unfortunately, no items brought to sites can be put forward for reuse at the moment. They will be recycled where possible until a safe way to handle them has been agreed. Anyone planning to bring items that are fit for reuse is asked to keep hold of them for the time being.

Library Services:


The County’s Library service now allows people to use an online request form to receive a selection of up to 10 books, DVDs or Talking Books which staff pick out for customers, based on the types of authors or genres that are of interest to them.  The service originally operated from Taunton, Frome, Yeovil, Minehead and Bridgwater libraries and has had nearly 900 order and collect requests. From the 27 July, this was extended to Wells, Dulverton and Ilminster and from the 3rd August, Burnham-on-Sea, Williton, Wincanton and Shepton Mallet.  South Petherton Community Library will be doing the same from the 4th August. Computers in the libraries need to be pre-booked and are available for one-hour slots, with time built in for cleaning.  All current loans that would have been due back during the lockdown period have been extended to the end of August, and any overdue charges have been waived.


The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 1st September 2020 at the Church Hall, Vicarage Lane, starting at 7.00pm.

Social distancing will be observed.



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