Goodleigh Parish Council


Minutes of the meeting held via Zoom on Tuesday 4 May 2021 at 6:50pm


Present:                       Cllrs A Gockmann, M Cloake, Dr S Ley and A Seaford.


In Attendance:            Cllr M Prowse (NDC), Cllr Mrs A Davis (DCC), Parish Clerk.


1.              Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman

1.     Chairman

Cllr Dr Ley proposed Cllr Gockmann as Chairman.  Seconded by Cllr Cloake.  All in agreement.


2.     Vice Chairman

Cllr Gockmann proposed Cllr Seaford as Vice Chairman.  Seconded by Cllr Dr Ley. All in agreement.


2.              Items from the public

1.     Mirror for Willesleigh Road access  

A request for a mirror at the Willesleigh road junction had been received from a parishioner, to enable visibility up the road.

It was agreed to place the item on the agenda for the next meeting.


3.         Apologies

Apologies for absence were accepted from Cllrs S Clarke and Mrs C  Karniewicz.           


4.         Approval of Minutes of meeting held 6 April 2021

The Minutes of the last meeting were agreed as a true record.


5.         Matters Arising from the Minutes      

            Min.116.2         No further information had been received regarding the outdoor event.

Min.111           Damage had been caused to the road surface at the entrance to the Village Hall by vehicles accessing the building site. It was noted that there was probably a planning condition requiring a new access be constructed prior to commencement of building.          

            Min.115.1         A letter had been sent to the Environment Agency. No reply had yet been received


6.         Reports

      No reports were received.


7.         Planning 

            No new planning applications had been received.


It was reported that Acorn wished to revisit the Affordable housing allocation, which was currently 75% Social Rent, and 25% Joint Equity. The company had expressed a wish to include low cost ownership. It was noted that this would require a change to the s106 agreement.


8.         Surface Water/Drains/Highways

It was reported that the Crow Hill road surface was very bad, and in need of repair. It would seem to make sense to carry out this work while the road was closed for drainage work.

It was noted that some of the field gateways had been blocked by farm equipment etc. This meant that cars were unable to pass.


9.         Management Plan for the Playing Field

            Item deferred to the next meeting.


10.       Review of Neighbourhood Plan

            Cllr Gockmann reported that he had not yet been able to look at the spreadsheet.

It was noted that it was not clear what the next step involved. Cllr Prowse suggested contacting Elizabeth Dee at NDC, who was available to help parishes on Neighbourhood Plan issues.

            It was agreed to hold another meeting, on a date suitable or Mrs Dee.


11.       Correspondence Received

      1.   Gunn parishioners reported that work had been carried out at Tree Beech which had not received planning                   consent. It was agreed to inform Planning Enforcement.

2.     DCC advised a Road Closure from Collard Bridge to Goodleigh Cross on 9-10 August to enable BT to replace poles.


3.     DCC advised a Road Closure from Ivy Lodge to Coombe Cross 17-19 May for drainage work.


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12.       Matters from the Chairman               

            1.         It was agreed that this year’s Fun Day should not take place again this year.

            2.         Cllr Gockmann reported that he was looking at building a new simple website if he could not reinstate the old one. 

            3.         Cllr Gockmann proposed that remote meetings should continue until everyone felt confident in attending a physical meeting. Seconded by Cllr Seaford. All in agreement.


13.       Finance

1.     Completion of Annual Governance and Accountability Return

The Certificate of Exemption was agreed.

The Annual Governance Statement was agreed and completed.

The Accounting Statement for 2020/21 was agreed.


These will be signed by the Chairman and Clerk.


2.     Approval of Accounts 2020/21

The accounts were unanimously agreed that the accounts be adopted as a true record of the council’s financial affairs.


3.     Payments

Clerk’s Salary & expenses                                 £  89.22            Cheque No. 899

DALC Subscription                                           £109.56            Cheque No. 900

North Devon Council – emptying dog bins          £225.00            Cheque No. 901


The three accounts were approved for payment.


14.       Items for the next Agenda

            Mirror at Willesleigh road junction;  Playing Field Management Plan;  Neighbourhood Plan.


15.       Date of next meeting: Tuesday 1 June 2021, via Zoom.  



There being no further business, the meeting closed at 7.40pm.




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