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Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 7:30pm in Goodleigh Village Hall
Present: Cllrs† S Clarke, Mrs C Karniewicz and A Seaford.††††† ††††††††
In Attendance: †7 members of the public, Cllr M Prowse (NDC), , Parish Clerk.† †††††††††††††††††
In the absence of the council chairman, Cllr Seaford chaired the meeting.
162.†† Items from the public
Concern was expressed over the amount of litter along the road to the village. It was agreed to hold the annual litter pick on Sunday 8 March, meeting at the village hall at 9.30am. refreshments would be provided at the hall afterwards.
It was reported that the s106 agreement was nearing completion for the proposed development opposite the Village Hall.†
It was reported that a number of vehicles in the village had again been the target for fuel theft. Eight or nine vehicles had been targeted last year, with some being attacked again this year, in particular in the Longland Close car park. The police had been notified. It was understood that North Devon Homes was looking into the possibility of the street lights in the car park staying on for a longer period. It was agreed to ask the police for any updates.
Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs A Gockmann, M Cloake, Dr S Ley and Cllr Mrs A Davis.
164.†† Approval of Minutes of meeting held 4 February 2020
The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed as a true record.
165.†† Matters Arising from the Minutes†
†††††††† Cllr Clarke offered to store the hostess trolley for the parish council. This offer was gratefully accepted.
1.††††† District Councillor
Cllr Prowse reported that the income from planning applications was dropping due to smaller applications being received.
The roll-out of the three weekly waste collection had stalled, but it hoped that this would be expanded.
North Devon Council was in the process of purchasing a derelict property in Boutport St, opposite the top of Butchers Row.
The council had started looking for partners to re-develop the Seven Brethren riverfront.
2.††††† County Councillor
A report had been received from Cllr Mrs Davis, and is attached to these minutes.
71147†††††††† Removal of concrete render on front elevation and reinstate with lime render
1 Braecotte Goodleigh Road Barnstaple
†††††††† It was resolved to recommend approval.
71179†††††††† Erection of agricultural building to be used to store fodder and machinery & Creation of Grass access track Land at Goodleigh.
†††††††† Concerns were expressed that the nearby spring could cause additional water flowing onto the highway.
168.†† Tree Beech
†††††††† Nothing to report.
1.††††† Notification of a Road Closure – Dean Cross to Stone Cross 15-19 June had been received from DCC.
2.††††† South West Heritage Trust were arranging an Open Day on 24 March to which coucillors were invited.
Potholes were reported opposite Cross Farm – in need of repairing again, through the village, and between the village and Goodleigh Cross.
171.†† VE Day Celebration
The Village Hall had been booked for the event to be held on Saturday 9 May, when it was planned to hold a Bring and Share afternoon tea, 2 – 4pm.
172.†† Neighbourhood Plan
†††††††† Deferred to the next meeting.
173.†† Playing Field Management
It was agreed to invite the school to become involved, perhaps by planting wildflower seed. It was noted that grants would soon become available from North Devon Council for projects such as this. It was agreed to apply for a grant when it becomes available.
174.†† Matters from the Chairman††††††††††
Goodleigh Village Hall††††††††††††††††††††††† £25.00†††††††††††††††† Cheque No. 869
Clerkís Salary & Expenses††††††††††††††† £82.52†††††††††††††††† Cheque No. 870
NDC (emptying dog bins)††††††††††††††††† £99.00†††††††††††††††† Cheque No. 871
Roots and Timber††††††††††††††††††† †††††††† £30.00†††††††††††††††† Cheque No. 872
The four accounts were approved for payment.
VE Day Commemoration;† Tree Beech;† Fuel Theft in the Village; Neighbourhood Plan; Playing Field Management.
177.†† Date of next meeting: Tuesday 7 April 2020†
178.†† Items from the Public
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.20pm.
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Goodleigh Parish Council
County Councillors Report
Reminder of how to report a highway problem.
With the excessively wet weather we are experiencing a emergence of potholes, please help by reporting them ether on the website or via the telephone.
or telephone: 0345 155 1004
(Road maintenance, traffic management and parking, streetlights and signs, and public rights of way.)
Please keep a note of the reference number.
The increase in potholes has been significant.† Highways had been not just filling safety defects but adjacent potholes but this had to be suspended whilst we concentrated on filling the actual safety defects. This has prompted an increase of annoyed customers,† however it is the correct decision to prioritise the work in this way, and the teams are clear that they want to return to the Doing What Matters work, once the safety defect levels have dropped.
†† The Report IT website has been updated so that some defects have a due date put against them (they appear with a roadworks symbol).† Its not perfect, there are some glitches in the system and there is some data cleansing required.
Works Programme Information
†This has now gone live on the webpages at
Again the team are aware that it is not perfect, and that there is still some development to do, which is planned for the next month, but it does start to produce future information which is currently lacking.
Having considered the work that Dragon patchers have carried out in the County, and particularly the impact of the work on the minor road network, the service has decided to increase the number of machines to 4.† These now have to be built for Skanska, so they wonít appear on the network immediately, however Skanska are looking at trying to hire in older machines until these new ones arrive in several months time.
We understand that our residents and visitors may have concerns about coronavirus. We would like to reassure you that the government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus.
The council is monitoring the situation closely and coordinating with Public Health England. We are taking all possible steps to keep you safe.
Visit the NHS website for the latest information and advice and the current situation in the UK or you can follow Public Health Englandís Facebook page or Twitter feed for the latest updates, information and advice.
Regularly updated information for the public on the outbreak, including the current situation in the UK and advice about the virus and its symptoms, as well as statements from the Chief Medical Officer on confirmed cases in the UK.
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Devon County Council Budget 2020/21
Devon County Council recently approved its budget with more money for vulnerable children, adult social care and roads and drainage.
More than £43 million extra will be pumped into vital services with an additional £23.7 million for adult care and health, £11.5 million more for childrenís services and £2 million more to help deal with drainage issues on the road network.
In total the councilís spending will rise by £43.1 million from £498 million in 2019/20 to just over £541 million.
The average Band D council tax bill for Devonís services will rise by 3.9 per cent to help pay for it – thatís 1.9 per cent for general services and 2 per cent dedicated solely to adult care.
It means the Band D bill will rise by £55.17 to £1,439.46 – the equivalent of £1.06 a week extra.
†The budget provides significant additional resources to adult social care, childrenís services and highways which are the things that matter most to our Devon residents. Although there has been a small increase in support from the Government, we need the certainty of future income to protect services.
Caring for the elderly and disabled, together with children, are our highest priorities. Against the backdrop of increased demand and cost pressures on adult social care and health and childrenís services, we feel it is necessary, reluctantly, to increase council tax by 3.99 per cent, which provides just over £21 million of additional funding.
In 2020/21 the authorityís core funding will increase by 1.63 per cent, which is a welcome change from the 11 per cent average annual reduction since austerity began in 2010.
There are significant ongoing pressures in both adult and childrenís services with the greatest area of concern being the funding shortfall on the High Needs Block (children with special needs) and the lack of information from Government on what they intend to do about it.Ē
We have had significantly wetter weather this winter which means we are having more drainage problems leading to the break up of our roads and so we have put an extra £2 million into improving drainage.
†We will still support rurality, rural buses, and highways but we will also look to invest in our green agenda. We will be investing in LED lighting on our streetlights, more charging points for electric cars, solar panels on the roofs of our buildings and looking for land to plant trees to offset our carbon footprint.
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.
In cash increase terms, this is the best budget we have had for a decade. The independent Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy had judged the finances of top tier councils across the country against a number of measures of resilience. Devonís finances had been judged to be good and robust.
As a reminder of what Devon County Council is responsible for I have drawn up a quick guide with some numbers in it. This is by no means comprehensive; the budget book is over 150 pages.
Devon County Council – roles and responsibilities
Devon County Council is one of 26 County Councils in England. The authority, which has 60 elected County Councillors, represents 795,000 residents and administers an area spanning 2,534 square miles, the third largest in England.
The Council is led by a Cabinet of nine senior councillors, chaired by the Leader of the Council, John Hart.
The County Council works in partnership with eight District Councils, over 300 Town and Parish Councils, the Great South West regionís LEPs and neighbouring County and Unitary councils.
The County Council has a total budget of £1.1 billion and provides a wide range of public services – some directly and some commissioned from other organisations. The County Councilís main service groups are:
Adult care and health including services for older people and adults with physical or learning disabilities.
∑ care at home for 10,000 people a year
∑ 13,000 people with dementia
Childrenís services including education and learning; services for vulnerable children and families; safeguarding; looked after children and care leavers.
∑ supporting 16,500 children with special needs or disabilities
∑ over 200 children adopted or fostered a year
∑ 97,000 pupils
∑ 398 schools
Communities, Public Health, Environment and Prosperity including planning, transportation and environment; economy, enterprise and skills; trading standards; libraries; community safety and emergency planning.
∑ 50 libraries and four mobile libraries
∑ free school transport for 14,500 pupils a day
∑ funding for 185 bus services, 60 voluntary car schemes and 16 community ring and ride schemes
∑ nine new primary schools built or due to be completed in 2020
Highways, Infrastructure Development and Waste including road and bridge maintenance; waste disposal and recycling; and the County Councilís capital programme.
∑ 8,000 miles of road (Englandís largest local network)
∑ 62,000 potholes filled a year
∑ managing 357,000 tonnes of domestic waste a year
∑ 19 recycling centres
∑ £114 million invested every year on major infrastructure projects.
Legal, Human Resources and Communications including democratic support and scrutiny; Crown services; registration of births, marriages and deaths, and the Coroner services.
County Treasurer including Revenue and Capital budgets; Investment and Treasury management; Devon Audit Partnership and the Devon Pension Fund.
Digital Transformation and Business Support including ICT; procurement; property management; customer service and information governance.††
Patching will be done this year (hopefully, programme has slipped somewhat due to the wet weather), this is a prelude to surface dressing next year to seal the surface.
Any safety defects will be dealt with, please report on the number above.† Repairs are failing however due to the wet surfaces, but we do have a duty to deal with any category 1 faults even if we know the repairs are unlikely to hold.
The road was last inspected on 14th February by the local highway officer.
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