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Goodleigh Parish Council


Minutes of the meeting held via zoom  on Tuesday 1 December 2020 at 6:30pm.


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


In Attendance:    Cllr M Prowse (NDC), Cllr Mrs A Davis (DCC), Parish Clerk.


Minutes of meeting



42.     Items from the public



43.     Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Mrs C  Karniewicz and A Seaford.        


44.     Approval of Minutes of meeting held 3 November 2020

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


45.     Matters Arising from the Minutes 



46.     Reports

1.      District Councillor

Cllr Prowse reported that the work at NDC had been dominated by Covid.

There had been concerns in Waste & Recycling, and other departments, due to 25 staff members having to isolate.

              Most of the office staff were currently working from home.

The Acorn SW site at West Down was on the agenda to be discussed at the following week’s planning meeting.

The S106 agreement for the Goodleigh site  was in the name of the landowner, not the developer. It was agreed that a flowchart for the site should be run past Cllr Prowse, and the S106 trigger points should be put into a spreadsheet to ensure none were missed. All the trigger points were included in the S106 agreement.


2.      County Councillor

A report had been received from Cllr Mrs Davis:


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.


Mass vaccination programme

The national COVID-19 mass vaccination programme is to commence in December 2020.  The focus of initial vaccination will be in staff and residents in care homes and those over 80 years of age. A significant amount of work is taking place locally across the system to co-ordinate activity and ensure coverage across the county and that there is an awareness how and when people can access the vaccine.


                  The Exeter Nightingale received its first COVID-19 patients this week

Since the beginning of July, the Nightingale Hospital Exeter has been providing local people with fast and safe access to a range of important diagnostic tests. These additional services will now stop at the Nightingale facility to allow the hospital to care for COVID-19 patients. Diagnostic tests will continue to be available to those who need them through existing diagnostic services across the region.

The 116 bed hospital is designed to provide care for patients with COVID-19 and can support both ventilated and non-ventilated care. Patients with COVID-19 who need the additional services available within an acute hospital will be cared for there.


Supporting carers

A pioneering new project that supports unpaid carers has been heralded nationally and is shortlisted for a prestigious care award. It involves dedicated staff from Devon Carers, a service commissioned by Devon County Council and NHS Devon CCG, working closely with hospital teams to identify situations where carers are involved, and where support for those carers is needed for patients to return home safely, or prevent hospital admissions. DCC officers have been instrument in driving this work and making it happen.


Safeguarding adult update

Devon Safeguarding Adults Partnership (DSAP) has launched an adult abuse public facing awareness campaign with the primary aim to increase the level of public awareness of adult abuse and how to recognise the signs. Between November 2018 - February 2019 only 7% of concerns were reports by non-professionals such as family, friends and neighbours indicating a lack of public awareness. There is a real need to generate awareness around these issues and to encourage reporting. The campaign will run until Christmas.


Team Devon Local Engagement Board (Covid related committee) update for November

The key messages from the November board meeting are:

Act now, take extra care and follow all national lockdown guidelines;

The cases continue to rise in Devon across all age groups and all areas, particularly working age population;

The latest national lockdown was yet to have impact on numbers

Concerns about increase in older age groups, cases in Care Homes and the impact on vulnerable and elderly;

Few deaths reported to date but this was expected to rise as more people were requiring hospital treatment, putting local hospitals under pressure

Local response of people and businesses continued to be good

University outbreak handled well and related numbers in Exeter had fallen; and

The local situation continued to be monitored based on good local data and local intelligence.


                  Devon leads £2 million bid to end holiday hunger

Devon County Council is leading the operation to organise networks of providers across the county, we will use a £2 million Government grant to support vulnerable children and families in the most effective way.

Over the next few weeks a range of community kitchens, holiday clubs, charities and local businesses will be enlisted to coordinate help and support for those who need it the most in every district in Devon.

They will ensure that every child entitled to free school meals will be able to get free food over the Christmas holiday, during the Easter half-term and the Easter holidays.

We envisage that in most areas there will be a range of solutions and options that are geared to meet the needs of their individual communities. The top priority is to ensure those in receipt of free school meals have enough to eat over the holidays. But we also want to help and support people with wider vulnerabilities.

The latest statistics show that 14,774 children in Devon are registered for free school meals – 15 per cent of the total school population.


                  New streetlighting contract 

All of Devon County Council’s 79,000 streetlights will be converted to LED lights within the next two years – reducing carbon emissions by 75%.

It comes as SSE Contracting (SSEC) has been awarded the contracts to maintain the streetlights in Devon and Torbay for the next 10 years – with the aim of the contract being carbon neutral by 2030.

The streetlighting contract is extremely important as we continue to reduce our carbon emissions, and this new contract will enable us to develop our well-established collaboration with SSEC. Streetlights account for a significant amount of the Council’s emissions, and working with SSEC will help us make further energy and carbon savings. The conversion to LEDs alone will reduce carbon emissions by more than 15,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 8,000 cars off the road.


SSE is also committed to all of its vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes being electric by 2030, and for its depots to be carbon zero by 2025. Its regular supply chain partners are also aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.



As you know schools have been fully open since the autumn term started. Teachers and staff have done an amazing job in organising their school, round the COVID 19 guidance and restrictions. COVID 19 cases were low to start with, but since the return to school after half term cases have risen. Last week we had over 2600 children self-isolating and over 400 teachers. This has put a real strain on schools, but most have remained open.

Schools are experiencing extra costs, including:

1, Supply teachers

2, Heating and Water (following COVID 19 guidance)

3, Extra cleaning and support staff

4, For Special Schools especially, extra PPE costs


Local Highway issues

Goodleigh Road- the drainage repair will now not require a road closure, thank goodness, the contractor has been very helpful in achieving this.


Reminder about reporting a highway problem:

telephone: 0345 155 1004


47.     Planning 

1.              Applications:       None received.


2.              Acorn Developments

Information on the development at West Down had been received from Cllr Prowse. It was agreed that it was useful to know the S106 trigger points in order to prepare a flow chart, in order that any appropriate action could be taken.


48.     Surface Water/Drains/Highways

         It was noted that the blocking of drains by fallen leaves were now less of a problem.

         Potholes were reported at the bottom of the hill from Northleigh, at Chelfham.


49.     Parish Climate Change

         Deferred to the next meeting.


50.     Neighbourhood Plan

         Cllr Prowse had forwarded all the relevant material to Cllr Dr Ley.

         It was agreed to review the Neighbourhood Plan at the next meeting.


51.     Public Attendance at Virtual Meetings

It was agreed that the link to meetings would be sent to those who normally attend physical meetings. Others wishing to attend would be able to obtain the link from the Clerk. The link would be changed for every meeting.

It was noted that it was possible to eject any disruptive member of the public who may attend, who would be required to mute themselves on entry.


52.     Correspondence Received

1.      The Village Hall Committee had requested that all keyholders to return their key during the current pandemic, when meetings etc were not taking place. It was noted that the Chairman held the key on behalf of the parish council.

         2.      DALC Newsletter. Noted.


53.     Matters from the Chairman          



54.     Finance

1.      To Agree Budget and Set Precept for 2021/2022

         A draft budget has been circulated to councillors. This was agreed without change.


         It was agreed not to increase the Precept for 2021/22


2.      Payments

Clerk’s Salary & Expenses                £87.34                 Cheque No. 889


The account was approved for payment.


55.     Items for the next Agenda:

         Review of Neighbourhood Plan,  Parish Climate Change.


56.     Date of next meeting: Tuesday 5 January 2021


There being no further business, the meeting closed at 7.20pm.