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Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 5 March 2019 at 7:30pm in Goodleigh Village Hall
Present: Cllrs A Gockmann (Chairman), Ms L Boyle, M Cloake, Mrs C Karniewicz, Dr S Ley, Mrs P Newell and A Seaford.
In Attendance: 3 members of the public, Cllr M Prowse (NDC), Cllr Mrs A Davis (DCC), Parish Clerk.
182. Items from the public
The Chairman was thanked for all his work in securing high speed broadband for the village. It was acknowledged that without his work, it would not have been possible.
It was reported that someone was living in a caravan at Crow Hill. Planning Enforcement to be advised.
There were no apologies for absence were received.
184. Approval of Minutes of meeting held 5 February 2019
The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed as a true record.
185. Matters Arising from the Minutes
It was reported that DCC had inspected the pavement at Coombe Close. It was not known when repairs would be carried out.
The flooding near Goodleigh Cross had been reported. Action had been promised by DCC.
1. District Councillor
Councillor Prowse reported that the Local Plan had been adopted, but that were some conflicts with the updated national planning policy.
The council had agreed a 2.99% in Council Tax, the maximum allowed.
The Parish Grant was safe for another year, but was due to be reviewed next year.
The District Council was looking at proposals to build a new leisure centre next to the Tarka Tennis Centre.
Debates were ongoing into the future working of NDC. There was general agreement to the return of committee working.
The planning application at the Old Rectory had been withdrawn due to the lack of visibility.
2. County Councillor
Cllr Mrs Davis reported that the Waste Transfer Station at Brynsworthy had opened, following the closure of the tip. This would result in an annual saving of £100k.
It had been agreed that the pavement at Coombe Close would be repaired.
The County Council had agreed an increase in Council Tax of 3.99% which included 1% for adult social care.
The road repairs at Northleigh had been moved back, and was not now scheduled for repair in the next financial year.
1. Village Hall Driveway
It was reported that although The Village Hall did not actually own the driveway, there was an agreement that it would be maintained by the Hall. Problems had recently arisen following the use of the driveway by heavy vehicles accessing the site opposite the hall. Although the Village Hall was responsible for the maintenance of the driveway, it had no control over its use.
There were concerns that the driveway would be used by construction traffic when the site was developed, causing additional damage to the road surface.
The Hall Committee was in contact with its solicitor with a view to changing the covenant on the land.
The Parish Council was asked for its support to ensure that the Village Hall was not responsible for financial liabilities for repairing damage caused by users outside its control. This was agreed.
2. Applications: None.
3. Decisions: None.
188. New Residents Pack
It was reported that work was progressing. To be discussed further at the next meeting.
189. Neighbourhood Plan
A draft copy of the Neighbourhood Plan had been circulated to councillors.
Boxes would be available for hard copies of the questionnaire to be returned. The questionnaire would be available on the website, which could be returned by email.
It was agreed that the deadline for responses to be returned would be the end of April.
190. Play Area
Item deferred to the next meeting.
191. Hostess Trolley
It was reported that the Village Hall did not have any space available to store a hostess trolley. It was agreed not to proceed with a purchase of one.
Cllr Prowse offered the use of a trolley owned by Bratton Fleming Sports Club. Cllr Prowse’ offer was gratefully accepted.
1. The Parish Council Election timetable had been received. Nomination forms would be available to download from the NDC website from 18 March. These would need to be hand delivered to the Elections Office at Lynton House by 4pm on 3 April. The clerk would have copies available for anyone who had difficulties printing them.
2. Devon Communities Together advised that the Rural alliance Housing Needs Survey would run from 11 April – 13 May.
6. Clerks & Councils Direct. Noted.
Blocked drains were reported at Goodleigh Cross and at the entrance to the village.
It was reported that the parapet on the old railway bridge at Collard Bridge was damaged.
DCC to be notified of the problems.
194. Matters from the Chairman
J & J Bins £26.00 Cheque No. 821
Goodleigh Village Hall £25.00 Cheque No.822
Clerk’s Salary & Expenses £83.83 Cheque No. 823
The three accounts were approved for payment.
Fun Day; New Residents Pack; Neighbourhood Plan; Play Area; Outstanding Highway Work.
197. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 2 April 2019
198. Items from the Public
It was noted that a photographic competition was being held the following Sunday.
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8:30pm.