Goodleigh Parish Council
Present: Cllrs A Gockmann (Chairman), S Clarke, M Cloake, Mrs C Karniewicz, Dr S Ley, and A Seaford.
In Attendance: 3 members of the public, Cllr M Prowse (NDC), Cllr Mrs A Davis (DCC), Parish Clerk.
31. Items from the public
Complaints had been received about farm contractor’s vehicles passing through the village late at night, which had caused problems for parishioners living near the road trying to sleep.
It was thought that there was nothing that could be done about this, and that some of the comments posted on social media was unacceptable.
No apologies for absence had been received, all councillors being present.
33. Approval of Minutes of meeting held 1 June 2021
The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed as a true record.
34. Matters Arising from the Minutes
Min.22 Cllr Cloake reported that he had spoken to the parishioners concerned, and had explained to them that there was no suitable site for a mirror to be fitted.
It was agreed to seek help to maintain the play area. It was suggested that North Devon Homes may be able to help. It was noted that no serious defects had been identified at the annual inspection. To discuss further at the next meeting.
1. District Councillor
The Future High Street Project had been completed. North Devon council had now acquired the derelict properties in Boutport Street, opposite Butchers Row.
The bid for funding under the Levelling Up Scheme had been submitted, but it was not yey known if it had been successful.
The council had recently appointed Maria Bailey as a new planning manager. .
A new climate Change Manager, a shared post between North Devon and Torridge District Councils had also been appointed.
The Local Planning Review had just started, which would update the current Local Plan.
2. County Councillor
Cllr Mrs Davis reported that all the potholes in the parish should had been filled. Councillors were asked to forward reference numbers for any defects reported that were still outstanding.
Cllr Mrs Davis gave details of the launch of the Climate Change Challenge, in which three crowdfunding projects to tackle the climate emergency in Devon could share an award of £10000.
36. Planning Application
73309 Change of use of land to allow siting of 2 Shepherd Huts for holiday use Cross Cottage Northleigh Hill Goodleigh Barnstaple Devon EX32 7NR
Cllr Gockman outlined the background to the agreement, and the agreement in principle for access to the site across parish council land.
Although concerns were noted over possible noise pollution from the proposed hot tubs, which were not considered appropriate in a residential area, it was noted that the council was not able to submit a recommendation due to being involved in the application as owner of the proposed access.
There was a possibility that a NDC Climate Environment Grant may be available to help with the costs.
Before any decision could be made it would be necessary to have the three year plan costed.
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3. An email had been received from a parishioner, who was concerned over the state of the Play Area.
As had already been agreed, this would be discussed further at the next meeting.
1. Potholes were reported at the bottom of Northleigh Hill at Chelfham.
2. The poor state of the road surface at Crow Hill had been reported to DCC.
3. The surface dressing at Northleigh had still not been completed, despite assurances from the contractor that they would return. Cllr Mrs Davis agreed to make enquiries.
40. Neighbourhood Plan
The redesignation of the parish boundary to include Gunn had been submitted.
The second draft objective was in the process of being prepared.
It was suggested that councillors look at the Georgeham Neighbourhood Plan before the next meeting, which would be held on 20 July at 7pm.
42. Provision of Defibrillator in Gunn
It was reported that the general feeling on Gunn that this would not be possible due to the lack of a suitable central location.
43. Matters from the Chairman
North Devon Homes – Rent for Play Area £ 7.50 Cheque No. 904
Goodleigh United Church £20.00 Cheque No. 905
Clerk’s Salary & Expenses £87.82 Cheque No. 906
The three accounts were approved for payment.
Longland Close Play Area; Neighbourhood Plan; Tree Beech; Playing Field.
46. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 3 August 2021
Cllr Dr Ley gave her apologies for being unable to attend the next meeting.
There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting.
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