Goodleigh Parish Council


Minutes of the remote meeting held via Zoom on Tuesday 6 April 2021 at 6:30pm.


Present:                       Cllrs A Gockmann (Chairman), S Clarke, M Cloake, Dr S Ley and A Seaford.


In Attendance:            1 member of the public, Cllr M Prowse (NDC), Cllr Mrs A Davis (DCC), Parish Clerk.


106.      Items from the public

No matters raised.  


107.      Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Mrs C  Karniewicz,        


108.      Approval of Minutes of meeting held 2 March 2021

The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed as a true record.


109.      Matters Arising from the Minutes      



110.      Reports

1.         District Councillor

Cllr Prowse reported the government had not yet issued guidelines for the latest round of Covid grants.

                  The £6.5m application for the High Street fund had been approved.

                  Work had started on the Ilfracombe Water Sports Centre and the new Leisure Centre in Barnstaple.

North Devon had been placed in level 2 for the government’s Levelling Up Fund.

A lot of work had been done throughout the epidemic to look after the homeless in the area, including those facing eviction.

An error had been made by NDC regarding the East down Development. The s106 had not been amended to reflect changes to the original planning application. Acorn were now honouring some of their original commitments, but some of the affording housing element of the development had been lost.


2.         County Councillor

Devon Recycling Centres are still open, with restrictions.

Our recycling centres are still open, they are very busy, although the resale areas within them are closed.

If you make a visit to the recycling centre, please expect them to be operating differently during this lockdown period.

Restrictions are in place, including social distancing, which may lead to queues. If queues do start forming, we may need to restrict vehicles from joining the queues towards the end of the day and if queues become a safety hazard on the public highway, we may need to temporarily close the site.


Devon’s Resource & Waste Management Strategy

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the draft Resource and Waste Management Strategy for Devon and Torbay. The Public Consultation runs from Wednesday 3 March to Wednesday 14 April, and the responses will help shape how Local Authority Collected Waste is managed in Devon up to 2030.

The new document will present how the 10 councils responsible for waste collection or disposal in Devon, will continue to work with residents to try to reduce the amount of household waste created and continue to ensure that waste is managed in a sustainable and cost-efficient manner.

The last review of Devon’s Resource & Waste Management Strategy was in 2013, and since then there has been a range of developments which impact on waste management services.

These include changes in national waste policy with the publication of the Government’s Resource and Waste Management Strategy in 2018 as well as other waste consultations around a consistent waste collection service, deposit return scheme for drinks containers and an extended producer responsibility scheme for packaging materials. Other impacts include climate change and Brexit.

Consultees are invited to read the draft strategy and then respond to a series of questions on subjects including reducing carbon emissions, food waste, reducing waste, increasing recycling and reuse.

The consultation responses will then be reviewed, and an amended strategy will be presented for final approval to the Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee (DASWC) and individual councils this summer, with the intention to publish the final strategy at the end of the year.

The  focus is on waste prevention, reuse and recycling as well as reducing the carbon impact of waste management.

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By working together closely and sharing resources Devon’s authorities achieved a recycling rate of 56.6 per cent (2019/20) maintaining our position near the top of the English recycling league.
However, there are ever more challenging targets to be met and this strategy describes the way in which local authorities within Devon and Torbay will manage resources and waste we are responsible for over the next decade and to set out our policies and targets.

The strategy and to give your views here using the online questionnaire.
Coronavirus updates from Devon County Council

The link below may be of interest to residents with the situation changing and many interested in what is happening locally this link is a useful starting point for questions and the current situation in Devon.

The link takes you to the Covid-19 pages on the Devon County Council Website, it has daily updated information as to positive cases within the area, information about testing and track and trace.

 Barnstaple Community Testing Centre,

The Test centre is in the car park at Barnstaple’s  Taw View, Civic Centre, on North Walk road, and will be open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, with extended hours 7am to 7pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

It provides lateral flow tests for anyone who leaves the house to work or volunteer, and who comes into contact with others.

The results are back with you within the hour.  If you test positive, you’ll be asked to self-isolate for ten days.  If you’re negative, you can continue your day.

Community Testing Centres are for people who are not showing any symptoms and who aren’t already accessing regular testing, through their employer for example. 


To book a rapid test and to find out more about Community Testing in Devon, visit

The following people in England now have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing: 

·       Secondary school pupils and college students 

·       Staff of primary and secondary schools, nurseries and colleges 

·       People who live with or look after children at pre-school or nursery, primary and secondary school and college 

·       People who live with or who care for staff who work in nurseries, primary and secondary school and college 

·       And anyone who works in professions related to childcare and schools, including child minders, foster carers, breakfast club and after-school club workers, and drivers of children to school or college. 

Rapid tests can be taken at home using home test kitsavailable online from the NHS or to collect from NHS testing sites

Home test kits are not yet available from the Devon County Council community testing sites – we’ve applied to have them available to collect from the testing sites, and we’re waiting to hear from the government. 

Goodleigh Road closure.

As you will know we had to postpone the works, the dates now are 26th April for three weeks.

This was very disappointing and I am aware of how much disruption this will cause, a local farmer requires access to large delivery vehicles and there is no alternative route, as the closure would affect animal welfare we had no alternative but to postpone.

We also need to get these works complete before other major works in the area.


111.      Planning Applications

            73023   Extension to dwelling 1 Olinda Coombe Cross Cottages Goodleigh Road Barnstaple

            It was resolved to recommend approval.


73082   Approval of details in respect of discharge of conditions 7, 8, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27 and 29 of planning consent 64973 Land at Coombe Cross Goodleigh


            It was noted that there were inaccuracies in the management plan, as it did not refer to Goodleigh, but to another site. It was agreed to ask the Planning Dept for it to be site specific.

It was understood that the sewerage works had the capacity for the new development. It was agreed to ask for confirmation.


It was agreed to recommend the application for approval, subject to the sight of the amended documentation.

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112.      Surface Water/Drains/Highways

            Mud was reported on the road to Acland, near Lake Cottage.

Cllr Mrs Davis reported that the potholes on Goodleigh straight would be filled when patching work was carried out. It was the landowner’s responsibility to deal with the problem caused by the fallen tree. If he did not carry out the work, it would be done by DCC who would reclaim the cost.


113.      Damaged Wall – Crow Hill

The Chairman reported that the wall had been repaired by a parishioner. He offered to thank the parishioner on behalf of the parish council.


114.      Review of Neighbourhood Plan

Following the recent meeting, councillors had been working on different sections of the Plan. It was agreed that the was still more to be done. Another meeting would be held on 13 April.


115.      Correspondence Received

            1.         A letter had been received from the Landmark Trust concerned over contaminated run off from a neighbouring field. It was agreed to refer the matter to the Environment Agency.

            2.         The Play Area Inspection Report had been received. It was noted that the problems identified were much the same as previous years.

            3.         DALC Newsletter. Noted.

            4.         An email had been received from Cllr Mr Karniewicz sdvising that a management plan had been produced for the Playing Field. As the plan had not been received, it was agreed to discuss the matter at the next meeting.


116.      Matters from the Chairman               

       1.       The Chairman reported that he was seeking a new host for the website, as he had not been successful in rectifying the problem. Consequently the website was still off line.

       2.       An offer had been received to run an outdoor cinema event. No charge would be made to run the event, but help would be needed. It was agreed to support the venture.

       3.       The next meeting would be the Annual Parish Council Meeting, which included the election of Chairman. Cllr Gockmann reported that he would be happy to step down as chairman, due to work commitments.


117.      Finance

1.     Payments

Clerk’s Salary & Expenses                     £87.52              Cheque No. 891

North Devon Homes – play area rent      £  7.50                     Cheque No. 892

Rospa Playsafety – inspection                £82.20              Cheque No.898


The three accounts were approved for payment.


118.      Items for the next Agenda:

            Management Plan for Playing Field; Neighbourhood Plan


119.      Date of next meeting: Tuesday 4 May 2021 at 6.30pm.


There being no further business, the meeting closed at 7.35pm.




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