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Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 4 July 2017 at 7:30pm in Goodleigh Village Hall
Present: Cllrs Ms L Boyle, Mrs C Karniewicz, Dr S Ley, Mrs P Newell and A Seaford.
In Attendance: 5 members of the public, Parish Clerk.
In the absence of the Chairman, the chair was taken by Cllr Dr S Ley.
37. Items from the public
It was reported that the damaged pavement in Church Close had been reported to Highways. DCC claimed that the pavement had been inspected, and everything found to be in order. It was agreed to report the condition of the pavements, stressing that as many of the residents are elderly the parish council is seriously concerned over the safety of the residents using the footpath.
Concern was raised over the poor visibility at Goodleigh Cross, caused by the overgrown verge. Highways to be requested to cut the grass.
Apologies for absence were received from Cllr A Gockmann, Cllr M Prowse (NDC) and Cllr Mrs
A Davis (DCC)
39. Approval of Minutes of meeting held 6 June 2017
The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed as a true record.
40. Matters Arising from the Minutes
1. District Councillor
A report had been received from Cllr Prowse and circulated to councillors:
Planning Application 63093 – The Planning Officer had gone back to the agent over a couple of issues including the matter of the byway/footpath and had also consulted the Highway Authority. Updates were awaited.
Planning Application 63032 – Cllr Prowse had advised the planning officer that he had no issues with this proposal and that any highway issues would be low impact.
The recycle more trial was hopefully getting on track, because of the time and effort of Cllr Mrs C Karniewicz and the others in the team.
The Local Plan was grinding on and goes back to Council on 12th July for some final amendments to be agreed and one more round of public consultation should see it back with the Inspector for final approval.
There was likely to be District ward changes under the boundary review started earlier this year. The number of councillors would drop from 43 to 41 and a numerical exercise undertaken to reflect variations in electorates and allowance for future growth in certain locations. Difficult to know what the implications for the Bratton Fleming ward at the moment but would hope the ward could stay in essence - would hate to see villages taken into Barnstaple wards. The Parish Forum on 10th July has the item on the agenda.
2. County Councillor
A report had been received from Cllr Mrs Davis and circulated to councillors.
The report is appended to these Minutes.
63187 Prior notification application for proposed development by telecommunications code system operators in respect of base station installation (cell reference ctil/tef 241962) at The Stables Norleigh Hill Goodleigh Devon
By a majority vote it was resolved to raise no objection to the application.
63282 Expansion of enterprise park (amended scheme details & plans) at Tree Beech Rural Enterprise Park Gunn Barnstaple
NDC had advised that the application would be considered by the Planning Committee at its meeting on 12 July.
Cllr Gockmann had indicated that he would be attending to meeting to voice Goodleigh’s concerns.
2. Applications Withdrawn
60486 Erection of one dwelling at garden of Jade Valley Goodleigh Road
62486 Extensions to provide additional living accommodation at 9 Longland Close Goodleigh
3. Decisions – Approval:
63005 Erection of detached garage / workshop at Priory House Snapper
63006 Extension to dwelling at Priory House Snapper Barnstaple
63057 Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to one dwelling (class q(a)(b)) at land at Northleigh Hill Goodleigh
63060 Listed building application for internal & external works at 1 Bank Cottages Goodleigh Road Barnstaple
1. NDC advised that the next Parish Forum would take place at Brynsworthy on Monday 10 July at 7.00pm.
2. DCC had advised that a public consultation was being held 9 June – 28 July into the proposed improvements to the A361 Link Road. Details had been circulated to councillors.
3. Details of the recommendations of the North Devon Hospital Acute Services Review had been received, which recommended retaining all the present services at the hospital.
4. Clerks & Councils Direct. Noted.
1. Traffic Speed through the Village
Deferred to the next meeting.
45. Play Area
It was reported that the bark had been raked as suggested in the Safety Report, but that more was required. To be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.
46. Fun Day
It was reported that the Fun Day had been very successful. The event had been much better publicised that it had been in past years, which had resulted in a larger attendance.
The clerk had been handed the profit of £248.20 from the day, from which one outstanding invoice of £9.35 was to be deducted, making a final profit of £238.85.
It was agreed to send thnkyou card to those who had helped.
47. Millennium Seat
Cllr Mrs Karniewicz reported that she had received a quotation for £195 for a new seat, made in hardwood. This was thought to be to be good value. Cllr Mrs Karniewicz was authorised to accept the quotation on behalf of the council.
48. Matters from the Chairman
It was reported that plans for the development for the field by the Village Hall were about to move forward. It was agreed to hold a meeting with the developer to discuss the proposals.
Goodleigh Village Hall £22.00 Cheque No. 665
J & J Bins £26.00 Cheque No. 666
North Devon Homes – rent £ 7.50 Cheque No. 667
Clerk’s Salary & Expenses £83.12 Cheque No. 668
Mr A Seaford – Fun Day expenses £ 9.35 Cheque No. 669
The five accounts were approved for payment.
Bark for Play Area; Traffic Speed through the Village; Neighbourhood Plan.
51. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 2 August 2017
52. Items from the Public
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8:10pm.
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Goodleigh Parish Council
County Councillors Report
Link Road Consultation
Potential improvements to the North Devon Link Road will be the subject of further public consultation was launched by Devon County Council on Friday 9 June.
The County Council is putting forward a scheme option to upgrade the route between South Molton and Bideford, and is giving people the opportunity to comment on them before further developing the scheme.
The proposed upgrades would provide between 40% and 50% of the route (depending on the section) with alternating overtaking opportunities, compared to the current 10%. Safety would be improved with the removal of all right-turn movements across the link road, and access to development sites at South Molton, Barnstaple and Bideford would also be improved to support economic growth. The estimate cost of the full scheme is £250 million, although it could be built in phases.
As well as an online questionnaire at https://new.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay/ a number of exhibitions will also be held at:
Friday 16 June Green Lanes, Barnstaple 9am – 5pm
Saturday 17 June Green Lanes, Barnstaple 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 20 June Town Hall, Bideford 12pm – 8pm
Friday 23 June Amory Centre, South Molton 12pm – 8pm
There will also be an unmanned exhibition at Taw View from Monday 24 July for one week.
Feedback from the consultation, which continues until Friday 28 July, will inform further refinement of the option so that an application can be made to the Department for Transport to fund the scheme.
Councillor Andrea Davis, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste Management, said: “Previous consultation and our initial studies have enabled us to focus on specific areas of the route, and we now want to hear people’s views on the scheme option we’re proposing for the section between South Molton and Bideford. This is a vital scheme for the future growth of northern Devon’s economy and feedback will help us further develop a preferred option for the Outline Business Case.”
Proposals being consulted on include -
South Molton to Barnstaple
An option is being put forward to widen the road to provide more overtaking opportunities and to improve the junctions. This would consist of:
- The Borner’s Bridge Junction would be upgraded to a roundabout. With this new roundabout in place, right turns in and out of the Hacche Lane access would be banned to improve the safety of the junction.
- Between Filleigh Viaduct and Swimbridge Cutting, there are opportunities to widen 3 miles (5 km) of the road to provide overtaking opportunities.
- The current favoured option to improve West Buckland Junction is for an overbridge to enable the right turn and crossing movements to take place without conflicting with NDLR traffic.
- Between Swimbridge and Landkey, 1.2 miles (2 km) of road could be widened to provide overtaking opportunities.
- Between Landkey Junction and Portmore Roundabout, the road would be widened to provide 3 lanes with overtaking. In addition a roundabout would be provided at the Landkey Junction to improve the safety of the junction and be a catalyst to the development at Westacott.
The section around Barnstaple has traffic flows of around 25,000 vehicles per day and a large amount of development is planned which will require additional road capacity. Junctions would be improved and the existing road would be widened to provide two lanes in each direction with a central double white line. This is a high capacity urban four lane road with a speed restriction.
- The road would be widened between Portmore Roundabout and a proposed new roundabout to the west of the existing junction with Brynsworthy Lane.
- Capacity would be increased at Bishop’s Tawton Roundabout.
Barnstaple to Bideford
The road would be widened to provide further overtaking opportunities and to improve the junctions.
- Between the new Brynsworthy Roundabout and Westleigh Junction, the road would be widened to accommodate the proposed two plus one carriageway.
- Westleigh Junction would be improved by widening the road to create an additional westbound lane through the junction. The existing Heywood Road Roundabout would be improved by widening the approaches to increase capacity.
No improvements are being considered between Tiverton and South Molton at this stage, as it carries the lowest volume of traffic with around 15,000 vehicles per day. This section also has a few overtaking places on the hills and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are located nearby.
A preferred route will be recommended to the County Council’s Cabinet later in the year for approval and inclusion in an Outline Business Case which will be submitted to the Department for Transport in December.
The Outline Business Case will prioritise sections of the preferred scheme. This is likely to result in three separate costed options being submitted with one being a preferred option. If the application is successful and government funding is available, the preferred option will be further developed and planning permission sought.
The results of previous consultation last year showed strong support for improvements, with 95% of respondents agreeing the need for a scheme, and businesses backing improvements.
Consultation questionnaires can be completed online at https://new.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay/ , returned at the exhibitions or sent to Transport Planning, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QD email@example.com
More information on the scheme is available at: https://new-devon.gov.uk/ndlr/
REMINDER….. working parents of new extended entitlement to free childcare
Working parents of children aged three and four have an entitlement to free childcare and early learning which will rise from 15 hours to a potential 30 hours per week from September 2017.
The deadline for applications to use the extra Government funding, for children expected to start childcare this September, is about ten weeks away, on 31 August.
But before then parents must apply online to receive an 11 digit code from HMRC to take to a childcare provider who must validate the code with Devon County Council.
That might take time the closer to the end of the August deadline, the council is warning. They’re encouraging eligible parents to make the appropriate preparations now rather than risk disappointment later.
From September, eligible 3 and 4 year-olds will be entitled to 1,140 hours per year – that’s the equivalent of 30 hours a week during term times – of funded early learning and childcare.
To be eligible, parents must be in work and earning the equivalent of 16 hours per week at the national minimum wage £120 a week or £6,000 per year.
Overnight work at new roundabout on A39 Roadwork
Overnight work will be carried out to complete resurfacing of the new roundabout on the A39 North Road in Barnstaple.
Temporary four-way traffic signals will be in place. The manually operated lights will be similar to the previous signal arrangements on site, but will only be in use between 7pm and 7am each evening for up to two weeks
.The signals will be needed overnight for up to two weeks to carry out final surfacing work, roadmarking and high friction surfacing at the roundabout which serves Westaway Plain and North Devon District Hospital.
The work is being carried out overnight to minimise disruption.
20 mph zones.
The introduction of any 20mph limit is required to be self enforcing. In specific terms this means that the 85th percentile of average speed should be below 25mph in order for a 20 limit to be introduced. Road engineering should ensure that drivers comply with the limit.
30 mph should be the norm in communities (urban areas and villages).
20 mph should apply on short lengths of highway at locations of significant pedestrian activity / pedestrian vehicle conflict, such as town centres and outside major schools [where such a limit may well be on a part time basis only]; 20 mph limits may also be appropriate for living areas within larger communities where they are part of the overall transport strategy.
40 mph or 50 mph should only be considered where there is a record or trend of speed related crashes in rural areas, or between closely spaced intermittent areas with frontage development, and or after the effect of alternative techniques such as vehicle activated signs have been exhausted.
The national speed limit should be the norm between communities.
The police are not prepared to enforce 20mph zones, in fact a recent email to one of my other Parishes indicates they are not able to enforce 30mph zones either, but will support a community speedwatch scheme. This may well be something Goodleigh Parish council would like to look into.
Devon County Council has made representations in the recent past to the Dept of Transport regarding 20mph zones as we know it is an issue what many communities would like.
Gully Emptying- response from highway officer.
When many of our drainage schemes were put in ,most of them in your area in the last 7 years we had money to attend to extra cleans , with the reduced budget we are not even attending to property flooding reports only the following; W
Under the current tough choices policy there is no resource available to instigate extra visits outside of the programmed clean other than where standing /running water is at risk of causing aquaplaning on roads above 40mph where vehicles can reasonably travel above 40mph if after 24 hours from when rain has ceased, the road is impassable, or it is forcing vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians away from the nearside of the carriageway by more than 1m, or if vehicles have to cross the centreline marking.
It would be unethical to decide that one drainage job we have installed in the past will be cleaned even though it does not meet policy and another would not , I appreciate the frustration for the public, but I am being told there is no money for extra cleans, almost every day I am getting blocked drainage /flooding reports that don’t meet policy, all of them have some special reason why they are a priority .
We have a very small local jetter budget which is the only way we can get gullies cleared outside of the safety defect policy, this will not last long so I am only reacting to those reports of serious property flooding, where high speed aquaplaning could occur or complete obstruction of the highway, the attached enquiries and I believe the site itself suggest none of these are factors.
The reduced funding needs to be directed to the best interests of the public…..as an aside I have just spoken with Richard Sables (the previous highway officer for Goodleigh) he believes the Flood alleviation scheme was put in by district which runs through the back of the fields so I suspect the gullies in report may be nothing to do with the alleviation scheme.
What I would urge please is that any issues are reported via the website, this then builds up a picture of the problem areas and will inform decisions regarding the area’s most in need of attention.
County Councillor Combe Martin Rural