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Goodleigh Parish Council


Minutes of the meeting held via Zoom on Tuesday 5 January 2021 at 6:30pm.


Present:              Cllrs A Gockmann (Chairman),          M Cloake, Mrs C  Karniewicz, Dr S Ley and A Seaford.

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


Minutes of meeting



57.     Items from the public



58.     Apologies

Apologies for absence were accepted from Cllr S Clarke.


59.     Approval of Minutes of meeting held 1 December 2020

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


60.     Matters Arising from the Minutes 

Min. 51       Cllr Dr Ley offered to provide wording for the village facebook page giving details on how members of the public could join the parish council meetings on zoom. This was agreed.

It was noted that details were on the agenda on the notice board, but that there were currently problems with the website.


61.     Reports

1.      District Councillor

Cllr Prowse reported that at the meeting of the Planning Committee the application by Acorn Developments to amend the S106 Agreement had been rejected. It was noted that an S106 Agreement referred to the site, not the developer.

There were rumours that the company had gone into liquidation, but there was nothing listed on the Companies House website.

Covid-19 vaccinations were due to be carried out at the Leisure Centre to illeviate problems at individual surgeries.

              The council was still waiting for details of financial support from the government.

The team at Waste and Recycling was continuing to work well, despite all the problems with staff self isolating etc.

              There was no further news relating to Honey Hill.


2.      County Councillor

                  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.


Devon Recycling Centres are still open, but restrictions are in place.


Our recycling centres are still open, although the resale areas within them are closed.

The national lockdown advice right now is for us to stay at home as much as possible and only to make journeys out of the house for essential reasons only.

Therefore, we are encouraging you to think about how you can reduce the amount of waste you create.

• Try to postpone projects at home that produce waste that would normally require you to make journeys to recycling centres

• If you do produce waste that you would normally dispose of at a recycling centre, can you temporarily store it at home safely instead, until we’re out of the current lockdown restrictions

• Remember that garden waste and other recyclable material can be removed as part of your usual curb side collections


If you make a visit to the recycling centre, please expect them to be operating differently during this lockdown period.

Restrictions are in place, including social distancing, which may lead to queues. If queues do start forming, we may need to restrict vehicles from joining the queues towards the end of the day and if queues become a safety hazard on the public highway, we may need to temporarily close the site.


Call for evidence seeks views and evidence from all those with an interest in rural transport.


The government published the Future of mobility: urban strategy, in March 2019, the Department for Transport are now seeking views and evidence on what could be incorporated into a Future of Transport: rural strategy.

There are three sections in the consultation document:

·the context of the Future of Transport: rural strategy

·our assessment of the mobility trends in rural areas, and the emerging opportunities for rural environments that we’re witnessing in transport innovation – this section seeks views on whether we have identified these correctly and further evidence for these trends

·consideration of the approach that the government could take to help shape these opportunities to benefit rural areas

This consultation is part of the Future of Transport programme, which aims to shape transport innovation and secure the UK’s position as a leader in the transport sector of the future.


The consultation closes on the 16th February.


Finally, if you are a family who are worrying about money and struggling to pay for basic household essentials, please be aware that you can apply for help through funding that is  available via the District Council hardship funds, this was the money sent to the District Councils from DCC for any households requiring extra help. There’s more about what financial and food support is available for families in Devon on the website. 


Reminder about reporting a highway problem:

telephone: 0345 155 1004


62.     Planning 

1.              Applications:

72610         Remedial works to and extension of front veranda together with replacement front gate Southlea Goodleigh Barnstaple.

It was agreed to recommend approval.


63.     Surface Water/Drains/Highways

It was reported that a roadside tree had fallen between the village and Goodleigh Cross, removing some of the bank.

It was reported that a wall had been damaged on Crow hill, exposing an old well. As the landowner did not live in the parish, it was possible that he was not aware of the situation. Cllr Dr Ley offered to contact the landowner to advise him of the damage.


64.     Diseased Tree on Playing Field

         The school had reported that a tree on the Playing Field hedge was affected by Ash Die-back.

It was agreed that the tree should be felled in order to prevent a possible accident. Cllr Dr Ley offered to contact a local farmer to carry out the work. This was agreed.


65.     Parish Climate Change

         Deferred to the next meeting.


66.     Review of Neighbourhood Plan

A flow chart showing the various stages in producing a Neighbourhood Plan had been received, and circulated to councillors.

         It was agreed that the Steering Group would need to hold another meeting to progress the Plan.

It was noted that the results from the questionnaires had been collated. Cllr Gockmann to circulate the results.

         It was agreed to hold a zoom meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday 14 January.


67.     Correspondence Received

         1.      DALC Newsletter. Noted.

         2.      NDC advised that copies of the presentations given at the recent Parish Forum were available.

         3.       DCC advised a road closure affecting the road from Goodleigh Cross to Coombe Cross between 9.30am and 3.30pm on 1 March 2021. The closure was necessary to provide a safe working zone for pole testing to be carried out.

         4.       NDC had requested contact details from parishes for vulnerable members of the community during the lockdown. It was agreed that the Clerk should be the contact, and that the parish council email address should be used.


68.     Matters from the Chairman          

         Cllr Gockmann reported that s the result of taking on a new job, he would have reduced availability for parish council work for the next few months


69.     Finance

1.    Payments

AM Dennis – hedge cutting                £84.00                 Cheque No. 890

Clerk’s Salary & Expenses                £87.34                 Cheque No. 891

North Devon Homes – Rent               £  7.50                                  Cheque No. 892


The three accounts were approved for payment.


70.     Items for the next Agenda:

Grass cutting & land management;  Rural Transport;  Damaged wall on Crow Hill;  Parish Climate Change; Playing Field Fence;  Neighbourhood Plan.


71.     Date of next meeting: Tuesday 2 February 2021


There being no further business, the meeting closed at 7:40pm.