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Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 7:30pm in Goodleigh Methodist Chapel
Present: Cllrs A Gockmann, S Clarke, M Cloake, Mrs C Karniewicz and A Seaford.
In Attendance: 2 members of the public, Parish Clerk.
112. Items from the public
Concern was expressed over the speed of traffic between Goodleigh and Gunn. As there had been a number of accidents on this stretch of road, it was agreed to enquire from Highways whether there was anything that could be done.
The hedge opposite Jade Valley had become overgrown, which had resulted in a number of near misses.
Concern was expressed over the speed of traffic through Snapper. As a 40mph speed limit was already in force on this road, it was not thought that there was anything that could be done.
It was reported that four families of Syrian refugees were being homed in the county. In order for a similar scheme to be progressed in Goodleigh it would be necessary for a group to be formed of people willing to help. To be discussed further at the next meeting.
Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Dr S Ley, M Prowse (NDC) and Mrs A Davis (DCC).
114. Approval of Minutes of meeting held 5 November 2019
The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed as a true record.
115. Matters Arising from the Minutes
1. District Councillor
None – District Councillor not present.
2. County Councillor
A report had been received from Cllr Mrs Davis, which had been circulated to councillors.
70591 Conversion of a garage to ''Granny's Annex'' extension to dwelling to connect house, erection of porch and insertion of windows and rooflights to main dwelling Wayside Snapper Barnstaple.
There were no objections to the application.
2. Decisions – Approval:
70530 Erection of replacement garage, Little Lilly Farm Goodleigh
70593 Erection of garage / carport, Great Lilley Farm Goodleigh
70594 Listed building consent for erection of garage / carport, Great Lilly Farm Goodleigh
118. Tree Beech
Nothing to report.
1. Road Closure. DCC had advised that Northleigh Hill was due to be closed to traffic 20-24 January to enable South West Water to provide a new water service.
2. NDC had advised that the dog bins in the village were scheduled to be emptied on Fridays.
3. A request for grant had been received from the South West Heritage Trust towards the cost of maintaining the North Devon Record Office. In view of the cut in the Parish Grant, no decision was made.
4. DALC Newsletter. Noted.
5. Clerks and Councils Direct. Noted.
The Chairman reported that DCC were unwilling to clear the blocked drain reported at the last meeting as it was not on the highway.
The potholes between the village and Goodleigh Cross had been repaired, but appeared to be poor quality work.
The ‘slow’ markings on the carriageway at the east end of the village needed replacing.
The cold tarmac mix to repair the pothole in the playing field car park had been purchased.
To employ a contractor to carry out drain clearance work would cost approximately £15 - £20 per hour.
121. Grass Cutting
It was agreed to accept the quote from Mr Mallabone to cut the grass in 2020, for the same cost as in 2019.
122. Play Area
Cllr Seaford had spoken to the contractor who had provided an estimate for work to the Play Area. He had agreed to provide a quotation for the work.
123. Christmas Lunch
It was reported that a hostess trolley was available for this year’s Lunch, and that one had been offered to the council. Cllr Clarke offered to store the trolley throughout the year. The offer was kindly accepted.
It was reported that the ex postman was willing to provide some entertainment after the lunch.
124. Matters from the Chairman
1. To agree Budget for 2020/2021
A draft budget had been circulated to councillors. It was agreed to reduce the level of grants by £400 to £600, and to reduce the amount allocated for drainage work by £600 to £400. This would reduce the predicted expenditure to £4440.
2. To set Precept for 2020/2021
North Devon Council had announced that it was withdrawing the Parish Grant, with immediate effect. This would result in a reduction to the parish council’s annual income of £680.
To partially offset the loss of the Parish Grant, it was agreed to increase the Precept by £500, to £4000.
Clerk’s Salary & Expenses £83.22 Cheque No. 859
Mr A Gockmann – Cold Tar Repair £36.25 Cheque No. 860
The two accounts were approved for payment.
Syrian Family; Grant to South West Heritage Trust; Neighbourhood Plan; Tree Beech; Christmas Lunch
127. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 7 January 2020
Cllr Seaford gave his apologies for being unable to attend the next meeting.
128. Items from the Public
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.54pm.