Councis' parking spat

PLANS to create additional parking at a recreation ground have been withdrawn, after two parish councils disagreed on the proposal. Rodney Stoke Parish Council applied for extended parking facilities at the playing fields in Draycott, but withdrew its app

PLANS to create additional parking at a recreation ground have been withdrawn, after two parish councils disagreed on the proposal.Rodney Stoke Parish Council applied for extended parking facilities at the playing fields in Draycott, but withdrew its application when Cheddar Parish Council objected.Rodney Stoke chairman Terry Andrews and clerk Richard Kilburn met with a planning officer from Sedgemoor District Council, and were told that Cheddar members did not like the idea of parking in front of the Memorial Hall. Councillor Gordon Jeff said: "I think it is ridiculous. Cars park there anyway and churn up all the grass. A car park would have made it look neater."Cheddar Parish Council objected to the application as it thought extra car parking in front of the hall would spoil the view of it from the road.Draycott Memorial Hall is owned by Rodney Stoke Parish Council, but the land it is built on comes under the Cheddar Parish Council ward, therefore any planning applications involving it are sent to Sedgemoor, which then consults with Cheddar Parish Council. Mr Kilburn said: "We have withdrawn the application but we will continue consultation with the parties involved, mainly Cheddar Football Club, which frequently uses the playing field. The application may have been withdrawn but we haven't lost yet."The council has until November to re-submit an application.


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