Minutes of WHFC meeting via Zoom 19th August 2020
Present Julia Scarth-Chair, Sarah Mardle-Secretary, Roger Hancock-Treasurer, Doug Robinson, Sarah Chambers, Chloe Parish
1: Apologies for absence. Charlie Chambers, Sue Lee
2: Minutes of last meeting 17th June 2020 were agreed and signed & will be posted on Wookey Hole Website
3: Tribute to Hugh
The members gave feedback on how the village tribute to Hugh Talbott went, a large number of villagers lined the streets to pay their respects & say a fond farewell to Hugh, it was a very moving moment & Hugh's family were very touched.
Roger proposed and it was agreed that Julia should be reimbursed for the flowers given to Elizabeth on behalf of the Forum
4: Road working group.
Sarah C has spoken to Mike Pullin about the traffic issues in Wookey Hole & the need for traffic calming measures & he seems very enthusiastic. He has suggested that he walks through the village with members from the Residents Forum to see what the issues are.
Sarah Chambers, Roger Hancock & Julia Scarth will join him. Sarah C to contact Mike Pullin & arrange a suitable date.
Sarah M reported that the scheme figures had been finalised.
£400 of this were the 2 donations made by Elizabeth Rennie
6: Treasurer's Report
£1179.57 Total Opening Bal.- £520 Parish council grant, £659.57 WHRF
£1720.30 Closing Bal.
£ 465.73 LWTST credit
£ 75.00 Milk Hut Cheque not cashed yet
7: Neighbourhood Plan
Because Neighbourhood Plans have been used recently to protect local green spaces, the committee discussed whether it would be beneficial to contact Ian Humphreys & Tony Hathway, the Parish Councillors who are working on a draft of the new Neighbourhood Plan. Concerns were raised about whether it was worth any time & effort due to the lack of success last time, but the committee agreed that it would be beneficial to make contact - Julia Scarth to contact them.
The inspector for the Local Plan Part 2 has postponed the planned meeting in October, it will be rescheduled.
All agreed that it was beneficial to email the mailing list when large planning applications were made in & around Wookey Hole.
8; Lockdown experiences
A volunteer has not been found to create a web site for Lockdown Experiences. It was felt that a one off "Lockdown Experiences" publication would be a good idea & Chloe Parish agreed to arrange an email to send out to the mailing list asking for residents experiences.
A Truespeed Zoom meeting was held for the villagers but only 5 people attended.
There are approx 230 properties in Wookey Hole & Truespeed need between 90-100 households to sign up for it to be financially viable for them. So far they only have 34 orders.
It was reported that Truespeed costs £47.50 p.m. this includes internet & a phone line. They do 2 telephone call bolt ons - £6.99 p.m. for 24/7 free telephone calls or £2.99 p.m. for free pm & weekend calls.
When Truespeed have the numbers required they will schedule the installation.
Our contact at Truespeed is Tony & he can be contacted on 07507 765692
10: New Committee Members
Discussion took place about how best to advertise for new committee members.
It was felt that an advert emailed out to the mailing list & also recommendations from committee members would be useful.
11: Future Events
None to be planned at the moment
12: Next meeting via Zoom 7th October 7.30pm, No AGM will be planned, we will discuss further at next meeting.
Stay safe stay well.