Goodleigh Parish Council
Present: Cllrs A Gockmann (Chairman), S Clarke, M Cloake, Dr S Ley, and A Seaford.
In Attendance: Parish Clerk.
91. Items from the public
Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Mrs C Karniewicz and Cllr M Prowse (NDC).
93. Approval of Minutes of meeting held 2 February 2021
The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed ss a true record.
94. Matters Arising from the Minutes
Min. 85. The diseased tree on the Playing Field boundary had been felled.
1. District Councillor
None – District Councillor not present.
2. County Councillor
North Devon Link Road.
I had the pleasure of turf cutting as Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Development, to mark the start of the A361 improvements between South Molton and Portmore roundabout at Barnstaple.
Contractor Alun Griffiths will be carrying out the work to widen sections of the road in order to provide better and safer overtaking opportunities and improve journey time reliability.
Eight junctions will also be upgraded to improve safety, and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists will be introduced with new segregated pedestrian/cycle crossings of the road at Bishops Tawton and at Landkey Junction.
Work is initially starting in a number of locations which will be widened along the link road and temporary traffic lights will be in place for the first few weeks while both sides of the carriageway are cleared on these stretches.
Once these work sites are established, two-way traffic flow will be maintained but a 40mph limit will be introduced to protect the workforce and members of the public.
The scheme, which is due to be completed by the end of 2023, is expected to boost the local economy and it will also accelerate plans for 6,700 new homes in the region.
Every effort will be made to minimise traffic delays but unfortunately it will be unavoidable while this work is carried out. However, the long-term benefits will outweigh the short-term disruption.
For many years I have been campaigning for improvements to Lynton Cross, it is with great pleasure that this has at long last paid off.
Government funding has been confirmed for a £2.2 million road safety scheme on the A3123 in North Devon.
Devon County Council introduced a series of safety measures at Berry Down Cross and Hore Down Gate on the A3123 last year – including a 40mph speed limit, new advance warning signs, solar-powered road studs, and high friction surfacing.
Now that Safer Roads Funding has been received from the Department for Transport, design can be finalised on the remaining elements of the improvements earmarked for the road at the other known collision cluster site on the route – Lynton Cross.
As part of the improvement scheme, a four-arm rural roundabout will be constructed at Lynton Cross, and works will also be carried out to the centre white lines along the entire A3123 to bring them in line with current standards.
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.
Mass vaccination programme
· Work is continuing across the county at pace to deliver the local mass vaccination programme. The CCG is producing regular vaccination briefing notes and I shall endeavour to circulate these as they are published. People aged 70 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable have begun to receive invitations for vaccinations as of the 18 January, alongside frontline Health and Care staff and the over 80s who were the initial priority groups.
· With so much going on and at such pace it can be hard to keep track with developments. To date there are three main ways the vaccine is being delivered in Devon:
o All four of the county’s main hospitals – in Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay and Barnstaple – are giving the vaccination to priority groups in line with national guidance
o GP practices are working together in groups to set up local vaccination centres. Across the county, 20 centres are now in operation, serving all 123 of Devon’s GP practices
o GP-led facilities are delivering the vaccine to residents and staff in care homes
Barnstaple Community Testing Centre,
The Test centre is in the car park at Barnstaple’s Taw View, Civic Centre, on North Walk road, and will be open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, with extended hours 7am to 7pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
It provides lateral flow tests for anyone who leaves the house to work or volunteer, and who comes into contact with others.
The purpose of community testing is to identify people likely to have the virus, so that those testing negative can continue their day while still following public health rules. Anyone testing positive is instructed to go home and self-isolate.
The tests are for people who may not know they are carrying the virus. One in three people with coronavirus do not show any symptoms and could be going about their day passing it to others unknowingly.
People who can’t work from home and who are in contact with others regularly are encouraged to take these quick tests twice a week to prevent the potential spread of the virus.
The results are back with you within the hour. If you test positive, you’ll be asked to self-isolate for ten days. If you’re negative, you can continue your day while still adhering to public health rules – keep your social distance, wear a face covering when indoors in a public space, and wash your hands regularly.
Community Testing Centres are for people who are not showing any symptoms and who aren’t already accessing regular testing, through their employer for example.
To book a rapid test and to find out more about Community Testing in Devon, visit devon.cc/testing
Devon County Council Budget 21-22
More than £37 million extra will be going into vital services with an additional £21.7 million for adult care and health and £11.4 million more for children’s services.
In addition, there will be £600,000 extra to tackle the county’s potholes and road drainage and a £600,000 hardship fund for residents who have been hard hit economically by the pandemic.
In total the council’s spending will be almost £580 million in 2021/22.
The budget provides significant additional resources to adult social care and health, children’s services and highways.
Caring for the elderly and disabled, children and the vulnerable are our highest priorities.
We know that we have immense pressure on both our adult and children’s services, we want to maintain and improve what we are offerning.
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We will continue to support rurality, rural buses, and highways but we will also look to invest in our green agenda.
Continue to invest in LED lighting on our streetlights, saving money but also cutting our carbon emissions.
There will be more charging points for electric cars, solar panels on the roofs of DCC buildings and we are looking for more land to plant trees to offset our carbon footprint.
The average Band D council tax bill for Devon’s services will rise by 4.99 per cent to help pay for it – that’s 1.99 per cent for general services and 3 per cent dedicated solely to adult care.
It means the Band D bill will rise by £71.82 to £1,511.28 – the equivalent of £1.38 a week extra.
We are very conscious that many people living in Devon are on fixed and low incomes but every year we have to balance imposing more costs on them with the need to ensure our most vulnerable residents get the help and support they need and deserve and all our residents get the best services we can provide. The budget for 2021/22 includes significant investment in core services to support the most vulnerable people in Devon, some 73 per cent of the budget spend is on the most vulnerable.
The backdrop to the budget is one of huge uncertainty and risk – we do not know how long the pandemic will continue or what the longer term impact on the economy, public health and demand for services will be.
We are in unprecedented times and the authority faces significant risk of increased demand for services, increased costs and reducing funding. We face a challenging future in every respect, and it will not be an easy path to navigate.
Devon Recycling Centres are still open, with restrictions.
Our recycling centres are still open, they are very busy, 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.
Goodleigh Road closure.
We are hoping to start these works on the 10th March but are still waiting form the agreements back form the landowner. As soon as I have the dates confirmed I will of course let you know.
72709 Erection of two holiday lodges suitable for disabled occupancy Rear of Campsite Lily Campsite Goodleigh Road Barnstaple
Blocked drains were reported through Snapper, and poor road surface on the bend at the entrance to the village. Highways to be notified.
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98. Grass Cutting & Land Management
Due to the Covid restrictions Cllr Mrs Karniewicz had not yet appealed for volunteers to help maintain a wild flower area at the playing field.
99. Damaged Wall – Crow Hill
A response was awaited from Building Control.
100. Review of Neighbourhood Plan
A template for smaller communities had been circulated to councillors for comment. It was agreed to hold another meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 10 March.
101. Correspondence Received
1. DALC Newsletter. Noted.
2. An email had been received from the Village Hall committee enquiring if the parish council would be using the hall in future, and if so when.
It was noted that legislation only allowed local councils to hold remote meetings until 6 May, although the government was being lobbied to extend legislation by a few months, at least until village halls etc were allowed to open. At the present time it was not known if the June meeting would be able to take place. This would depend upon restrictions in place at the time. It was agreed to inform the committee accordingly.
102. Matters from the Chairman
A card had been sent to Mr Thorne thanking him for his work in keeping drains cleared etc.
Clerk’s Salary & Expenses £88.37 Cheque No. 890
The account was approved for payment.
Neighbourhood Plan; Damaged wall.
105. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 6 April 2021
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 7:02pm.
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