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Goodleigh Parish Council


Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 2 April 2019 at 7:30pm in Goodleigh Village Hall


Present: Cllrs A Gockmann (Chairman), Ms L Boyle, Mrs C Karniewicz, Dr S Ley, Mrs P Newell, and A Seaford.


In Attendance:  10 members of the public,  Cllr M Prowse (NDC), Cllr Mrs A Davis (DCC), Parish Clerk.


Minutes of meeting



199.   Items from the public

Village Hall Driveway. It was reported that the present owner was under the impression that the existing driveway would be used to access the new playing field and car park, and that if this was the case, ownership would be passed to the parish council. It was agreed that it would be necessary to hold talks with interested parties at some stage. Cllr Prowse offered to speak to the planning officer.

The Village hall solicitors had determined that the strip of land between the driveway pillars and the public highway was unregistered. The Village Hall was in the process of registering this land. 


Nothing had been done to the moved kerbstones at Coombe Close. The Chairman did not think that there was any clear evidence that the damage had been done by the contractor working on the neighbouring land. Cllr Seaford offered to contact the  landowner/developer.


200.   Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr M Cloake.


201.   Approval of Minutes of meeting held 5 March 2019

Min. 186.1 was amended to include the word ‘increase’.


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


202.   Matters Arising from the Minutes 



203.   Reports

1.      District Councillor

Cllr Prowse reported that the District Council had resolved to go ahead with replacing the Leisure Centre with a new Sports Centre.

The final decision on joint working would be taken at a meeting the following week. There appeared to be a majority of councillors in favour of this arrangement.

It appeared that NDC would be taking over the service of emptying dog bins in the area, following the old contractor ceasing trading. More details were expected soon.

In closing Cllr Prowse thanked everyone for the past four years, adding that it had been a pleasure to work with the parish council. He hoped that he would be re-elected and continue to work for the benefit of Goodleigh.


2.      County Councillor

Cllr Mrs Davis reported that she expected the repair work at Northleigh to be carried out in the 2019/2020 financial year.


204.   Planning 

1.              Applications:

66208         Outline application for erection of four dwellings (all matters reserved except access) at  land to the side & to the rear of Chestnut View Goodleigh Road


Serious concerns were expressed over this application. It was considered that four dwellings represented an overdevelopment of the site, with insufficient allocation of car parking spaces for the size of dwellings being proposed. The village already suffered from a lack of parking spaces, which would be made worse if this development was approved.

Concern was expressed over the potential loss of the boundary hedge, which was currently maintained by a farmer using a tractor. The size of the hedge made it impossible to maintain using domestic equipment.

The proposed development would add another road junction in an area which already had several, posing a safety risk to motorists and pedestrians.

Concern was also expressed over the planned pedestrian access, which was on a dangerous corner, with no pavement.


It was resolved to recommend that the application be refused.


66351         Erection of one building to provide domestic triple car port & garden store together with

change of use of agricultural land to form additional domestic curtilage for dwellinghouse approved by class q permission 63736 at land at Northleigh Hill Goodleigh


         There was no objection to the application.


66407         Extension to dwelling together with demolition of existing garage & erection of new garage at  Hunters View Northleigh Hill Goodleigh


                           There was no objection to the application.


2.              Decisions - Approval:

65977         Outline application for erection of one dwelling (all matters reserved except access) (amended plan) garden of Little Willesleigh Goodleigh


205.   New Residents Pack

It was reported that the pack had been prepared. It was agreed to include the residents of Gunn in its distribution.

A discussion took place as to whether a copy should be displayed on the notice board, but it was thought that there may not be enough room.

A copy of the Residents Pack would be held by the Clerk.


206.   Neighbourhood Plan

It was agreed that the parish council should fund the production of the Neighbourhood Plan prior to receiving a grant.

It was agreed to print 250 copies of the Plan, noting that there were 217 households in the parish. Cllr Mrs Newell was currently exploring the possibility of distributing the plan via Royal Mail.

         It was agreed that the deadline for responses should be mid/end May.


207.   Play Area

It was agreed to employ a handyman to carry out the necessary work identified at the recent safety inspection, it being noted that these were all minor defects.

It was agreed to obtain two quotations for the next meeting.


208.   Fun Day

         Deferred to the next meeting.


209.   Correspondence

1.      NDC had confirmed that the Parish Grant would be paid in full for 2019/2020, but that it would be reviewed again next year.

2.      NDC confirmed that under the recent Governance Review, Gunn would move to Goodleigh Parish. Although this would not take place in full until the forthcoming parish council election on 2 May, candidates would stand for election in the new Gunn Ward of Goodleigh Parish Council. There would be one councillor in the new ward.


210.   Surface Water/Drains/Highways

It was reported that the kerbstone in Church Close had not been fixed. Flooding was reported at Goodleigh Cross, and that the drains at Northleigh Butts were not working.

The Clerk had produced a list of defects reported to DCC, and the relevant Reference Numbers. This would allow the defects to be monitored. Details would also be placed on the website.

It was agreed that councillors would pass details to the chairman when reporting defects to DCC, in order that the council website could be updated.



211.   Dog Bins

No further information was available from North Devon Council regarding future arrangements for emptying the bins, although it looked likely that the council would be offering a service.

It was agreed that notices should be placed on the three bins requesting dog owners not to use the bins at the present time.


212.   Matters from the Chairman          

The Chairman thanked Cllr Mrs Newell for all that she had done for the parish during her term as parish councillor. Cllr Mrs Newell had hade it known that she would not be standing for re-election this year.


213.   Finance

1.    Requests for Grants

Goodleigh Village Hall

A request for a grant towards the cost of maintaining the Village Hall had been received.

It was agreed to make a grant of £400, this amount bing allocated in the budget.          Cheque No. 829


Goodleigh United Church

Item deferred to the next meeting. Cllr Dr Ley to obtain details of thr churchyard expenditure for 2018.


2.    Payments

J & J Bins                                                 £26.00                 Cheque No. 824

Goodleigh Village Hall                                 £25.00                 Cheque No. 825

Playsafety – Play Area Inspection                £82.20                 Cheque No. 826

North Devon Homes – Play Area Rent         £  7.50                 Cheque No. 827

Clerk’s Salary & Expenses                         £82.49                 Cheque No. 828


The five accounts were approved for payment.


214.   Items for the next Agenda:

Play Area; Fun Day; New Dog Bin; Development Access; Residents Pack; Grant towards cost of Upkeep of Churchyard.


215.   Date of next meeting:

Tuesday 7 May 2019.

The Annual Parish Meeting would start at 7pm, followed by the Annual Parish Council Meeting. 


216.   Items from the Public



There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8:55pm.