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Goodleigh Parish Council


Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 7:30pm in Goodleigh Village Hall


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


In Attendance:   3 members of the public, Cllr M Prowse (NDC), Cllr R Edgell (DCC), Parish Clerk.


Minutes of meeting


139.     Items from the public

No items raised.  


140.     Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Mrs H Wright.


The Chairman reported that Cllr Mrs Wright had expressed a widh to stand down from the parish council for personal reasons.


141.     Approval of Minutes of meeting held 6 December 2016

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


142.     Matters Arising from the Minutes     

            The Chairman reported that he had made a start on the S106 agreement.


Min. 132 A map of the parish had been circulated to councillors. It may be necessary to arrange a meeting to decide who covers each area,


The Chairman reported that he had not been successful in contacting anyone at BT regarding possible working with Western Power Distribution.


143.     Reports

1.         District Councillor

Cllr Prowse reported that it was hoped to have an up to date map from BT for high speed broadband provision at the next Rural Alliance meeting.

The Local Plan Enquiry was now complete. The inspector had stated that there was not a sufficient buffer for housing land availability, and that additional sites would need to be identified.

DCC were proposing to cut credits to composting groups from £57 to £25 per tonne. This would have a serious effect on the sustainability of existing and any new group. It was understood that the proposal was based on new tenders for composting, but it was not known if the tenders included the cost of collecting the material. North Devon Council had voiced its concerns to DCC as it would have a detrimental effect of NDC proposals for the new waste and recycling scheme.

                  North Devon Plus would see a £20k cut in its budget for the next financial year.


2.         County Councillor

Cllr Edgell reported that the government had announced plans for councils to be able to increase Council Tax by an additional 3% to cover costs in Adult Social Care. Although this would be a help, it would not be enough to cover costs.

DCC would be working on the budget for the next financial year over the coming six weeks.

A report from parish councils had been submitted to the Chairman of the HATOC meeting following problems experienced during the recent road closure. This would be on the agenda for the March meeting. It was hoped that lessons could be learnt from the recent closure to ensure they were not repeated in the future.


144.     Planning 

1.              Applications:

62148  Erection of 28 new dwellings, including a mixture of open market and affordable, with associated highways, landscaping and drainage works lower area of land between Well Close and Hillside Goodleigh Road Barnstaple


            It was noted that the council did not have any objection to the application, but did have serious concerns over another possible road closure to enable drainage work to be completed.


            The Chairman reported on a less than helpful response from Highways who appeared to be unwilling to ensure that any road disruption was kept to a minimum. Cllr Prowse reported that without support from Highways it would be difficult for the planning department to impose any conditions.


            There was also concerns that the existing field gate would be used during the construction period, although the application stated that the site would be accessed via the existing development, any use of the gateway would pose a safety hazard owing to it being on the narrow stretch of road.    


Possible run-off from the site during construction onto the road was also a concern.


It was agreed to pass the councils concerns to the planning officer, requesting that conditions be included in any approval to ensure that the parish council’s concerns were addressed.


2.              Decision – Approval:

61983  Erection of shed, The Old Shop, Goodleigh Road


145.     Correspondence

The following items of correspondence were noted:

1.     An invitation had been received from South West Heritage Trust to an event at the North Devon  Record Office on 18 January to thank those who had made donations to retain the facility in Barnstaple.

2.     DALC Newsletter.


146.     Surface Water/Drains/Highways

It was reported that the pothole at the top of the village had been repaired, and the ramp at Wain Homes removed.

The loose kerbstone had not received attention, or the road surface at Snapper. Water was again running across the road at Riversmead, but it was noted that funding was being sought to resolve this problem.

            A poor footpath surface was reported outside 1-2 Close.

The Chairman reported that a page had been added to the website detailing road defects that had been reported.


147.     Repair of Seat

            It was reported that the repairs were currently in hand.


148.     Christmas Lunch

The Chairman reported that a number of thankyou cards had been received. The event had been very successful and had run smoothly. 48 parishioners had been served. Cllr Mrs Newell was thanked for shopping for everything needed.


149.     Composting Scheme

It was noted that NDC were due to stop the free collection of garden waste in the summer. One solution would be for the village to run a composting scheme similar to Bratton Fleming, bur it would need a group of volunteers to run it. Cllr Mrs Newell and Mrs Karniewicz agreed to visit the Bratton Fleming scheme in order to determine what was involved.


150.     Fun Day

It was reported that the Twinning Association would be willing to organise the dog show again this year. As the 2016 event worked well, it was agreed that this year’s Fun Day should take the same format. The Fun Day would take place on 1 July.


151.     Matters from the Chairman              



152.     Finance

1.         Payments

J & J Bins                                                         £  26.00                       Cheque No. 754

                        Goodleigh Village Hall                                    £  22.00                       Cheque No. 755

                        North Devon Homes – Play Area rent              £    7.50                       Cheque No. 756

Clerk’s Salary & Expenses                               £  95.10                       Cheque No. 757

                        Dr S Ley – Christmas Lunch expenses             £    8.00                       Cheque No. 758

                        Mr M Cullen                                                    £149.00                       Cheque No. 759

                        Mr A Seaford – Christmas Lunch expenses      £  28.00                       Cheque No. 760

The seven accounts were approved for payment.


153.     Items for the next Agenda:

            Fun Day;  Composting, Presentation by Colin Savage.


154.     Date of next meeting: Tuesday 7 February 2017 


155.     Items from the Public



There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.40pm.