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Goodleigh Parish Council

 

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 7:30pm in Goodleigh Village Hall

 

Present: CllrsS Clarke, Mrs C Karniewicz and A Seaford.††††† ††††††††

 

In Attendance: 7 members of the public, Cllr M Prowse (NDC), , Parish Clerk.†††††††††††††††††

 

Minutes of meeting

 

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.

 

163.†† Apologies

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.

 

166.†† Reports

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.

 

167.†† Planning

1.              Applications:

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.

 

2.              Decisions

None received.

 

168.†† Tree Beech

†††††††† Nothing to report.

 

169.†† Correspondence

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.

3.††††† Details of Drainage Maintenance Responsibilities had been received from DCC, highlighting areas that were the responsibility of adjacent landowners.

4.††††† NDC advised that it was staging a Climate Action Week 22-28 March, with various events across North Devon.

 

170.†† Surface Water/Drains/Highways

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††††††††††

†††††††† None.

 

175.†† Finance

1.    Payments

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

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The four accounts were approved for payment.

 

176.†† Items for the next Agenda:

VE Day Commemoration;Tree Beech;Fuel Theft in the Village; Neighbourhood Plan; Playing Field Management.

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177.†† Date of next meeting: Tuesday 7 April 2020

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178.†† Items from the Public

†††††††† None.

 

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.20pm.

 

 

 

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Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodleigh Parish Council

County Councillors Report

March 2020

 

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.

https://www.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/report-a-problem/report-a-pothole/

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.

Potholes

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

https://www.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/live-roadworks-information/

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.

Dragon patchers

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.

 

Coronavirus advice

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.

Useful links

Latest Government 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.

PHE blog: novel coronavirus – what you need to know
PHE is addressing common questions on its Public Health Matters blog.

PHE blog: what is contact tracing?
One of the ways in which PHE seek to protect the public from infectious diseases like novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is contact tracing. In this blog Nick Phin, Deputy Director at PHEís National Infections Service, answers some questions about how this works.

Advice sheet on home self-isolation

What to do if you are told to self-isolate.

PHE Campaign Resource Centre: novel coronavirus
PHE has launched a UK-wide public information campaign to advise the public on how to slow the spread of coronavirus and reduce the impact on NHS services. Its Campaign Resource Centre holds materials which can be used by councils for distribution to their communities.

Coronavirus – what you need to know
PHE has created a page of FAQs, that will be updated regularly.

If you do have any concerns or questions please visit the NHS website for further information.

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.

Our services

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.††

Northleigh

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.

 

Andrea Davis

County Councillor

Combe Martin Rural

Andrea.davis@devon.gov.uk