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Goodleigh Parish Council

 

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 1 October 2019 at 7:30pm in Goodleigh Village Hall

 

Present: Cllrs A Gockmann (Chairman), S Clarke, M Cloake, Mrs C  Karniewicz, Dr S Ley and A Seaford.

 

 In Attendance:   4 member of the public, Cllr M Prowse (NDC), Cllr Mrs A Davis (DCC), Parish Clerk.

                          

 

Minutes of meeting

 

78.     Items from the public            None. 

 

79.     Apologies

No apologies for absence were received.

 

80.     Approval of Minutes of meeting held 3 September 2019

Min. 70.2.   It was noted that the Pumping Station would continue to be accessed by the existing track. 

 

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

 

81.     Matters Arising from the Minutes          None.

 

82.     Reports

1.      District Councillor

Cllr Prowse reported that Barnstaple was on the government’s list to regenerate town centres. The council was looking into the possibility of providing a direct access to Boutport Street from the Bear Street and Queen Street car parks.

              New uses for the old magistrates court in Bridge Chambers were being explored.

              Various options were being considered to change the town centre car parks into pay on exit.

The Chestnut View planning application was still to be determined. Planning Enforcement felt that the proposed for properties was not acceptable for the site. 

Papers had been filed for an injunction against the owners of Honey Hill, who were still occupying the site. 

 

2.      County Councillor

A report had been received from Cllr Mrs Davis, and is attached to these minutes.

                  Cllr Mrs Davis highlighted the Community Insight Survey, and urged everyone to respond.

 

Cllr Gockmann expressed his concerns over the lack of information on the DCC website into reported road defects.

It was noted that the road repairs for Northleigh was in the budget for the current year, but that no start date was available.

 

83.     Planning 

1.              Applications:

70372         First floor and ground floor extensions Pillar Box Cottage Road From Dean Cross to Stone Cross Gunn

         There were no objections to the application.

 

70447         Conversion of Existing Building to a Unit of Holiday Accommodation Coombe Farm Goodleigh

         There were no objections to the application.

 

70456         Reserved matters application for erection of one dwelling (outline planning permission 65977) Garden of Little Willesleigh Goodleigh

         There were no objections to the application.

 

70530         Extensions to dwelling, replacement garage and internal alterations Little Lilly Farm    Road To Lilly Farm Goodleigh

         There were no objections to the application.

 

2.              Decisions

None received.

 

84.     Tree Beech

         There had been no further development on the situation.

 

85.     Correspondence

         1.      NDC – Supplementary Planning Documents regarding the Local Plan. Noted.

2.      DCC – Notification on the Parish & Town Council Conference at Filleigh on 7 October.

Cllr Gockmann to attend.

         3.      DALC Newsletter. Noted.

 

86.     Surface Water/Drains/Highways

Potholes were reported on the road between the village and Goodleigh Cross, together with the bottom of Chelfham Hill, and at Snapper.

         It was agreed request 1 tonne of road salt, in 25kgs, to be delivered to Cllr Clarke for storage at Gunn.

A pothole was reported in the car park at Northleigh. It was agreed to purchase some cold tar fill for its repair.

 

87.     Play Area

         The estimate for work to the Play Area had not been received. Clerk to chase.

 

88.     Neighbourhood Plan

         The responses had been collated and had been circulated to councillors.

 

89.     Christmas Lunch

It was reported that Mrs Newell was willing to do the shopping again this year, but had requested £200 in advance. Cllr Dr Ley proposed that an advance payment should be made. Seconded by Cllr Gockmann. All in agreement.

It was agreed to explore the possibility of making the Lunch as plastic free as possible.

It was suggested that the ex postman be asked to provide some entertainment. This was agreed.

 

90.     Matters from the Chairman          

It was reported that fuel had been stolen from vehicles in the parish. It was suggested that street lights should remain lit all night. The Chairman agreed to seek advice from the police.

Concern was expressed over the speed of traffic through the village. It was noted that there has been some interest in forming a Community Speedwatch group to monitor the traffic.

 

91.     Finance

1.    Draft Budget

The Chairman reported that it was his intention to publicise a draft budget for comments from the community, before making a firm decision. He considered that it was important for members of the community to aware that any work undertaken by the council would have an impact on the parish council’s element of the Council Tax.

The Clerk had produced and circulated a draft budget, based on expenditure during the past year.

 

2.    Receipt

NDC – 50% Precept & Grant            £2102.87

 

3.    Payments

North Devon Homes                         £  7.50                 Cheque No. 851

Clerk’s Salary & Expenses                £86.02                 Cheque No. 852

                          

The two accounts were approved for payment.

 

92.     Items for the next Agenda:

         Tree Beech; Budget; Christmas lunch; Neighbourhood Plan; Play Area.

 

93.     Date of next meeting: Tuesday 5 November 2019 

        

94.     Items from the Public

         None.

 

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8:45pm.

 

 

 

Signed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . .                            Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Chairman

 

Goodleigh Parish Council

County Councillors report

October 2019

 

 

North Devon Link Road update

The North Devon Link Road project has been progressing at pace since the successful approval of the Outline Business Case in spring 2018. The scheme is progressing towards a the Full Business Case stage, with submission due in summer 2020. The application for the main works was approved in February. Land acquisition took place in summer 2019 with no objections to Compulsory Purchase. Achieving these two milestones reflects the high degree of local support for the scheme and enabled advanced works to commence on site just a couple of weeks ago. This is particularly important in achieving our objective of a net environmental gain for the scheme. (The advance works are planting 20,000 trees)

 

Following public consultation, the County Council committed to, where possible, removing all at-grade crossings across the route. This has resulted in the addition of a further two new walking and cycling facilities at Bishops Tawton and Landkey Junction and the subsequent progression of planning and land acquisitions for these elements. We are on programme to submit the Full Business Case for the scheme to the DfT in summer 2020 and begin works in Winter of the same year.

 

A399 Brayford

There is an upcoming carriageway stabilisation scheme “Lions Rump South” on the A399 south of Brayford (where the temporary traffic lights are).

The retaining wall supporting the road at this location is 3m in height at it’s highest and failing along an 11.5m length which corresponds to cracking and a depression in the carriageway. We currently have traffic lights keeping vehicles away from the northbound lane as a temporary measure to minimise further loading to the wall.

Works to stabilise the carriageway are provisionally programmed for 4th – 30th November 2019 to avoid summer traffic and half term dates. We have a complete road closure booked for the duration as we will be excavating in the road. The official diversion route is via A399, A39, A361 and vice versa due to the classification of the route. We will work with the contractor to reduce the road closure duration if safe and practicable to do so.

We have liaised with local businesses and these dates reflect the outcome of those discussions, avoiding the half term dates of both Devon and Somerset.

 

Community Insight survey

This is running until 22nd December and is capturing a snapshot of life in Devon for our diverse communities.

 

We are asking people whether they: can get around easily, access green spaces, look after themselves, feel safe, can access community resources and adult learning etc. We’re also asking about their health and wellbeing and social connectivity alongside views on fly tipping/cleanliness, decision making, whether they feel listened to and whether they think council tax should increase.

 

The link to the survey:

 

https://www.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay/consultations/community-insight-survey-2019/

 

Initial results will be available early in the new year and will be shared with partners, including District Councils. Further analysis (age, disability, locality etc) will be available by the Spring.

 

Highway matters

The annual delivery of 8500 tonnes of salt due in the next few weeks to ensure by early October the salt barns are fully stocked at 23,500 tonnes. The gritters and snow blowers are all serviced and ready for action. Should you want any salt please would you advise me of how much, delivery address and the contact phone number.

 

The highways annual town and parish council conferences start next week and are being held in 5 locations around the County. The format this year will be exhibition style event with a number of teams, projects and initiatives having a display/stand with staff representation available to assist with any queries or concerns. Every parish has had the details of the events, I know a number have registered.

 

The service has been considering carbon reduction and have been using in a number of locations ‘warm asphalt’, which provides an approximate 7.5 % carbon reduction over hot lay. This technology is beginning to move forward, and we now have two plants in Devon that are capable of supplying material. 

 

This year’s surface dressing programme is now complete and consisted of approximately 1.06 million sqm and delivered by Kiely Bros Ltd. The programme commenced on 8 April 2019 and was divided into three main phases to maximise programme efficiency, network demand and client/contractor expectation.

 

One District Council approached DCC regarding a contract for the provision of Wifi in Dawlish Teignmouth and Newton Abbot. With the awareness of the concerns over 5G, we have ensured that our street furniture cannot currently be used for 5G, and cannot in the future without our explicit consent.

 

DCC Budget position

Increasing pressures from the Children’s and Adult social care areas are very concerning, like all upper tier councils we are struggling. The numbers approaching for services are increasing and costs rising, due to the current low unemployment levels in Devon careers are choosing to take work elsewhere that is better paid with less responsibility. There is also a problem with retaining staff.

 

Following the chancellors statement about providing some additional funding ther is room for some optimism however. The announcement has indicated additional funding for Adult social care, there is additional money coming from government but a third of the money announced is only achievable through a 2% increase in Council Tax as in recent years. There is money for care services which we will be able to use for Adults or Children’s Care services. Extra money for SEN is only going to support the costs next year. At current spending levels it is not going to fully cover our costs and will do nothing to offset the current overspend. We are committed to helping the most vulnerable in Devon.

 

I’m sorry to end on such a pessimistic note, it is only responsible that I advise you that there is a very big issue with the statutory services we provide to our residents.

 

 

Andrea Davis

County Councillor

Combe Martin Rural

Andrea.davis@devon.gov.uk