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Goodleigh Parish Council


Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 4 February 2020 at 7:30pm in Goodleigh Village Hall


Present: Cllrs  S Clarke, M Cloake, Mrs C  Karniewicz, Dr S Ley and A Seaford.  


In Attendance:   3 members of the public, Cllr Mrs A Davis (DCC), Parish Clerk.                              


Minutes of meeting


In the absence of the Chairman, Cllr Seaford chaired the meeting.


146.   Items from the public

A request was received for meetings to start at the earlier time of 7.00pm. As none of the councillors considered that this would create any problem, it was agreed to move the meeting to 7:00pm with effect from March 2020.


147.   Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from  Cllrs A Gockmann.


148.   Approval of Minutes of meeting held 7 January 2020

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


149.   Matters Arising from the Minutes 



150.   Reports

1.      District Councillor

              None – District Councillor not present.


2.      County Councillor

                  A report was received from Cllr Mrs Davis, and is attached to these minutes.


Cllr Mrs Davis agreed to look at the problem regarding the speed of traffic between Gunn and Goodleigh when next in the parish with the Highways Officer.


151.   Planning 

1.              Applications:


70959         Outline application for demolition of school buildings and erection of 14 dwellings (open market) together with associated works including flood defence works (appearance and landscaping reserved for future consideration) Former Chelfham Mill School Chelfham


         It was agreed not to raise any objections to the application, noting that the council was disappointed that all the proposed dwelling were to be ‘open market’ with no affordable element.


71025         Extensions to dwelling and internal alterations Little Lilly Farm Goodleigh


         There were no objections to the application.


2.              Decisions: None.


152.   Tree Beech

The Planning Officer had advised that the applicant was close to resolving the outstanding drainage issues and that he would be providing a scheme of reinstatement and landscaping soon. A time extension until 31 March had been granted. The revised plans would be supplied to the parish council when available.


153.   Correspondence

1.      A request had been received from North Devon Council on behalf of the Rural alliance for contact details of councillors who not receive notification of meetings etc. This was agreed.

         2.      DALC Newsletter. Noted.


154.   Surface Water/Drains/Highways

         Potholes were reported  at Goodleigh Cross, Chelfham junction, Crow Hill and at Ivy Lodge.

A large amount of muddy water run-off from a field gate at Northleigh was reported, which had the potential to block the local drains.

         All problems to be reported to DCC Highways.


155.   Traffic Calming

         Already covered under item 150.


156.   Neighbourhood Plan

It was agreed that another meeting was necessary. Cllr Dr Ley offered to contact Cllr Gockmann for an update on the progress that had been made.


157.   Matters from the Chairman          

         The new dog bin had not yet been fitted. It was agreed to ask a local contractor to carry out the work.


158.   Finance

1.    To Consider Grant to South West Heritage Trust

It was noted that it had previously been agreed not to make a donation every year. As the council had made a donation in 2019, it was agreed not to do so this year.


2.    Payments

Clerk’s Salary & Expenses                         £83.22                 Cheque No. 867

Mr A Gockmann – website hosting renewal  £35.99                 Cheque No. 868


The two accounts were approved for payment.


159.   Items for the next Agenda:

         Neighbourhood Plan;  Tree Beech;  VE Day Celebration.


160.   Date of next meeting: Tuesday 3 March 2020  at 7:00pm.


161.   Items from the Public



There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8:10pm.









Goodleigh Parish Council

County Councillors Report

February 2020


Reminder of how to report a highway problem.

With the excessively wet weather we are experiencing a emergence of potholes, please help by reporting them ether on the website or via the telephone.

or telephone: 0345 155 1004

(Road maintenance, traffic management and parking, streetlights and signs, and public rights of way.)

Please keep a note of the reference number.


Devon-wide review of waste management carbon emissions commissioned

Devon County Council has commissioned a full analysis of the carbon impacts of its waste management services from international environmental consultancy Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd.

Last year Devon County Council endorsed the Devon Climate Declaration by declaring a climate emergency.

The new project, which commenced in December 2019, forms part of the authority’s subsequent commitment to become a net-zero authority by 2030. Eunomia’s emissions modelling team will establish the carbon footprint of DCC’s current waste management services, including the emissions from reuse, recycling, composting, anaerobic digestion, residual energy recovery, landfill and transport.

Carbon contributions from each of Devon’s eight district waste collection as well as its recycling centres will be included in the analysis.

The results of this analysis will be used to produce a range of options for strategies for achieving carbon neutrality for the service. The research will also factor in the need to meet a 65% recycling target by 2035 at the latest.

This important project that will enable us to better understand the carbon impact of how we manage waste in Devon and the potential for reducing this in line with local and national targets. The report will be used to inform the development of our new Resources and Waste Strategy this year which will be produced in partnership with district and neighbouring Unitary Councils.

Any declaration of a climate emergency is followed up with action, Devon County Council is engaging with one of our key areas where we have some direct influence over carbon emissions. We will be looking at the full scope of the emissions from the waste management services to help understand the areas where we can make the largest carbon savings in the least time and in the most cost- effective manner.


Devon Registration Service - applicants to the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme

Devon Registration Service can help EU citizens and their families, who want to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU, with the verification they will need to apply to the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme.

The Government is inviting EU citizens with valid EU passports to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. It also extends to their non-EU citizen family members who have a biometric residence card issued by the UK.

The deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme is either the end of December 2020, if the Government and the EU fail to agree a leave deal; or the end of June 2021, if negotiators agree a deal for the UK to leave the EU.

The application process can be completed online, but the identity verification part of the application, which is necessary, requires the person to have access to either an Android or some Apple mobile devices.

Anyone in Devon who does not have access to such devices can make an appointment with the Devon Registration Service to have their identity officially verified for their application.

Identity verification is a requirement of the application to the EU Settlement Scheme.

To book an appointment to have your biometric passport or biometric residence card scanned, please telephone the Devon Registration Service on 0345 155 1002. An appointment will be made for you to see a member of the Devon Registration Service team.

You will need to bring to your appointment your current valid EU passport or valid biometric residence card; and a mobile telephone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email.

The cost of the identity document scanning service is £14 (including VAT).


Permit will help care and health workers ‘to do their jobs’

A new Care and Health Worker Parking Permit has been launched, and it allows professionals visiting people at home to park on double yellow lines in certain circumstances.

Currently care and health professionals who hold the existing permit can park in on-street, limited waiting and residents’ parking bays for no charge when delivering essential services to residents in their homes.

Holders of the improved permit will additionally be allowed to park on yellow lines for up to an hour – but only if there is no other parking available, if they are making a home visit, the permit is clearly displayed and the vehicle is not causing an obstruction.

The parked vehicle must not block access or pose a danger to road users by, for instance, parking on a corner.

The improved scheme is being launched initially as a year-long pilot and the changes are in recognition that in some communities parking can be difficult to find and can add to the stress of an already demanding job.

The new permits will be in the form of a time clock, like those issued to Blue Badge holders, which must be displayed.

For those working for care and health companies, agencies or organisations, including the NHS, the permits will be managed and distributed by their line manager who will allocate each permit to eligible staff.

Devon County Council’s Traffic Management Team has been contacting care and health companies, agencies and organisations with staff who could be eligible for the permit directly.

A separate process to allow eligible sole practitioners to apply will be phased in next year. Sole practitioners providing care and support to Devon clients in their homes can register their interest here by emailing

The new scheme follows a consultation in which 89 per cent of respondents agreed that including yellow lines in the scheme would make their jobs easier and 80 per cent said it would help them care for their clients.


Almost 65 per cent said it would help them manage stress and most said that parking near their clients’ homes would help them feel safer if they were working alone.



Andrea Davis

Combe Martin Rural