Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Items
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19.

Minutes

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 15th June 2022.  The draft minutes can be viewed at:

 

https://modgov.southsomerset.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=426&Year=0

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 15th June 2022 were approved as a correct record and would be signed by the Chairman.

20.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Val Keitch, Robin Pailthorpe and Garry Shortland.

21.

Declarations of Interest

In accordance with the Council's current Code of Conduct (as amended 26 February 2015), which includes all the provisions relating to Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI), personal and prejudicial interests, Members are asked to declare any DPI and also any personal interests (and whether or not such personal interests are also "prejudicial") in relation to any matter on the agenda for this meeting.

Members are reminded that they need to declare the fact that they are also a member of a County, Town or Parish Council as a Personal Interest.  Where you are also a member of Somerset County Council and/or a Town or Parish Council within South Somerset you must declare a prejudicial interest in any business on the agenda where there is a financial benefit or gain or advantage to Somerset County Council and/or a Town or Parish Council which would be at the cost or to the financial disadvantage of South Somerset District Council. 

Planning Applications Referred to the Regulation Committee

The following members of this Committee are also members of the Council's Regulation Committee:

Councillors Jason Baker, Paul Maxwell, Sue Osborne and Martin Wale.

Where planning applications are referred by this Committee to the Regulation Committee for determination, Members of the Regulation Committee can participate and vote on these items at the Area Committee and at Regulation Committee.  In these cases the Council's decision-making process is not complete until the application is determined by the Regulation Committee.  Members of the Regulation Committee retain an open mind and will not finalise their position until the Regulation Committee.  They will also consider the matter at Regulation Committee as Members of that Committee and not as representatives of the Area Committee.

Minutes:

Councillors Dave Bulmer, Martin Carnell, Jenny Kenton and Jason Baker declared interests in Agenda Item 7 – Grant to Chard Town Council towards The Guildhall Air Conditioning Project, as members of Chard Town Council.  They indicated that they would not take part in the vote on the item.

22.

Date of Next Meeting

Councillors are requested to note that the next meeting of the Area West Committee is scheduled to be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday 17th August 2022.

Minutes:

Members noted that the next meeting of the Area West Committee would be held on Wednesday 17th August 2022 at 5.30pm.

23.

Public Question Time

Minutes:

There were no questions from members of the public present at the meeting.

24.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman made no announcements.

25.

Grant to Chard Town Council towards The Guildhall Air Conditioning Project (Executive Decision) pdf icon PDF 287 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That Area West Committee recommend to the Chief Executive that a grant of £5,000 be awarded to Chard Town Council towards The Guildhall Air Conditioning Project, to be allocated from the Area West capital programme and subject to SSDC standard conditions for community grants (Appendix A)

 

Reason:

To consider a grant funding request towards Chard Towns Guildhall Air Conditioning Project.

 

(Voting: 6 in favour, 1 against, 6 absentions)

 

Minutes:

The Locality Team Leader introduced the report which asked members to consider awarding a grant to Chard Town Council towards The Guildhall air conditioning project.

 

A member queried the community grant assessment score of 5 out of 7 for financial need.  In response, he was informed that the score had been reached using the information provided by the applicant on the application form.  The member advised that he had looked at Chard Town Council’s accounts for 2000/21 and also the balance sheets and noted that there was an underspend and also large deposits in various savings accounts as well as a Guildhall ‘sinking fund’.  He did not see how the grant could be justified bearing in mind the limited amount of grant funding available given the financial position of the Council.

 

The Committee was addressed by a representative from Chard Town Council.  He advised that the Council had overspent against its budget last year by £128,000.  The Council was allowed to earmark reserves to enable it to save up for various projects.  He said that with regard to this project, the Council had secured some additional funding.  The Guildhall was a Grade II listed building and therefore funding was required to be available should any works need to be undertaken in an emergency and reference was also made to increasing energy costs.  The project was not just about making The Guildhall a more comfortable venue to use but was also part of the Resilience Strategy to be used as and when it was required for a safe place in case of emergency.

 

During the discussion on the item, some members felt that there did need to be a contingency amount for the building.  The Guildhall was a prominent listed building in Chard and South Somerset as a whole and was well used by people in and around Chard and it was sensible to have air conditioning in the building.

 

It was noted that the Town Council had allocated monies for various projects that would happen throughout the year and it took time for the projects to develop but in time the available funds would be spent.

 

At the conclusion of the debate, it was proposed and seconded to approve the recommendation as outlined in the report.  On being put to the vote, there were 6 votes in favour, 1 against and 6 abstentions.

 

RESOLVED:

That Area West Committee recommend to the Chief Executive that a grant of £5,000 be awarded to Chard Town Council towards The Guildhall Air Conditioning Project, to be allocated from the Area West capital programme and subject to SSDC standard conditions for community grants (Appendix A)

 

Reason:

To consider a grant funding request towards Chard Towns Guildhall Air Conditioning Project.

 

(Voting: 6 in favour, 1 against, 6 abstentions)

 

26.

Grant to Broadway Parish Council towards Playing Field Redevelopment (Executive Decision) pdf icon PDF 293 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

That Area West Committee recommend to the Chief Executive that a grant of £4,252 be awarded to Broadway Parish Council towards Broadway Playing Field Redevelopment, to be allocated from the Area West capital programme and subject to SSDC standard conditions for community grants (Appendix A)

 

Reason:

To consider a grant funding request towards Broadway Playing Field Redevelopment.

(Voting :unanimous )

 

Minutes:

The Locality Team Leader introduced the report which asked members to consider awarding a grant towards Broadway Playing Field Redevelopment.

 

During the discussion on the item, members supported the application, commenting that there was an increasing population in Broadway and the playing field was also close to the school and in desperate need of attention.  Members felt that the project would be a huge asset to the village and were pleased to see that other sources of funding had been secured.

 

In response to a member question, the representative from Broadway Parish Council advised that the school had its own playing field which they used during school hours. The state of the village playing field was close to being unusable, but discussions had been held with the school regarding opportunities for the field to be used in the future with accessibility for all pupils including those with disabilities.  Members noted the escalating rise of costs associated with the project since the application was submitted but with the help of the grant these costs would be absorbed.

 

The Locality Team Leader confirmed that Section 106 funding had been secured.

 

At the conclusion of the debate, members unanimously approved the recommendation of the report.

 

RESOLVED:

That Area West Committee recommend to the Chief Executive that a grant of £4,252 be awarded to Broadway Parish Council towards Broadway Playing Field Redevelopment, to be allocated from the Area West capital programme and subject to SSDC standard conditions for community grants (Appendix A)

 

Reason:

To consider a grant funding request towards Broadway Playing Field Redevelopment.

(Voting: unanimous)

 

27.

Area West Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 204 KB

Minutes:

In response to a member comment regarding Crewkerne Mill and his disappointment over the Historic Buildings at Risk report not coming forward, the Director – Service Delivery confirmed that Crewkerne Mill was one of the four buildings across the district that were being urgently prioritised to ensure that they did not deteriorate any further.  The Director – Service Delivery agreed to arrange for officers to liaise with the local members with a view to providing an update on the building.

 

With regard to a member comment concerning the Court Room in Chard, the Chairman advised that officers had been working with the owners for some time and the issues were likely to be resolved in the near future.

 

Several other members also commented about the need to see an Historic Buildings at Risk report coming forward and in particular mentioned the Manor Farm buildings in Haselbury Plucknett.

 

The Chairman reminded members of the capacity issues with providing this report and that the Local Government Review was taking up a lot more officer time which was a priority at the current time.

 

Members noted that the Ilminster Section 19 Flood report had not yet been received from Somerset County Council.

 

The Chairman advised that the report on the Chard Eastern Development Area Relief Road Options had been delayed in order to give Officers extra time to work with the consultants to ensure that all the options were brought forward for consideration.

 

At the conclusion of the item, members were content to note the Forward Plan as outlined in the agenda.

 

RESOLVED:

That the Area West Committee Forward Plan be noted.