Please click following link to return to Home Page: -


Goodleigh Parish Council


Minutes of the meeting held via Zoom on Tuesday 6 October 2020 at 6:30pm


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


In Attendance:    1 member of the public, Cllr Mrs A Davis (DCC), Parish Clerk.



Minutes of meeting


12.     Items from the public



13.     Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from

Cllrs Mrs C  Karniewicz and Cllr M Prowse (NDC).


14.     Approval of Minutes of meeting held 11 August 2020

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


15.     Matters Arising from the Minutes 



16.     Sale/Lease of Land at the Playing Field

An email from a parishioner had been received and circulated to councillors, enquiring into the possibility of either renting or buying 2 car parking spaces on the playing field car park. This would enable visitors to park their cars close to a proposed glamping site in the adjacent field.

Councillors raised concerns over the right of access, setting a precedent, and obtaining permission from the covenant holder. Cllr Gockmann offered to locate his copy of the covenant, and circulate to councillors.

It was agreed to hold a site meeting at a time to be arrange, and a follow-up meeting.


17.     Reports

1.      District Councillor



2.      County Councillor

                  A report had been received from Cllr Mrs Davis, and is included below.

Cllr Mrs Davis also reported that the road at Goodleigh Cross had been surveyed, and the retaining wall would be replaced, but at the present time it was not known when this would happen. In the meantime the traffic lights would remain, to prevent motorist driving over the unsupported section of road. Efforts were being made to resolve the flooding problem


Coronavirus updates from Devon County Council

I have previously sent out this link but with the situation changing and many interested in what is happening locally this link is a useful starting point for questions and the current situation in Devon.

The link takes you to the Covid-19 pages on the Devon County Council Website, it has daily updated information as to positive cases within the area, information about testing and track and trace.

At the time of writing there are two clusters in North Devon, one in  the Braunton area and another in the Woolacombe/West Down/Croyde/Georgeham area.


Recycling rates increase during lockdown

Kerbside recycling rates across Devon increased during lockdown according to the latest figures.

This week is the 16th Annual Recycle Week (September 21 to September 27) the figures show a 12 per cent increase between April and June 2020.

Figures show that 1,000 tonnes more glass bottles and jars were separated out and put in kerbside collection bins, 1,300 tonnes more card and 670 tonnes more food waste – all recyclable goods diverted from the rubbish bin compared to the same period in 2019.


Devon has a 56 per cent recycling rate, one of the highest in the country, rates vary around the County; East Devon has the highest recycling rate.

It’s encouraging to see that 89 per cent of us in Devon are recycling and doing what we can to keep Devon clean and green, no matter what life throws in the way.

There has been an unprecedented appreciation of refuse and recycling collection crews during lockdown, which included spontaneous rounds of applause, which helped maintain morale amongst the crews.

For more information about recycling at home and lots more, visit the new look Recycle Devon website.

Devon Schools

The schools reopened in September and despite warnings to the contrary the attendance rate was 90%, to put this into context the usual attendance rate in September is 96% in Devon.

Our local schools have been excellent at sending out information to parents and keeping children safe.

Blocked drain at the junction of Goodleigh High Street and Northleigh Hill.

This is on the priority list for the jetter, I put it on last week before the storm at the weekend, unfortunately I cannot say when the jetter will be in the area and doing the work. Hopefully that will sort out the problem.


Reminder about reporting a highway problem:

telephone: 0345 155 1004

18.     Planning 

1.              Applications:

72022     Variation of Condition 2 (approved plans) attached to planning permission 71025 (Extensions to dwelling and internal alterations) to allow for change of design Little Lilly Farm Goodleigh.


              It was agreed not to comment on the application due to the lack of information on the Variation. It was agreed to ask the Planning Dept if it was possible to send clear information on any Variation with future consultations.


19.     Surface Water/Drains/Highways

The Chairman read a letter that he had received, in which a parishioner expressed concern that the flood relief scheme was being poorly maintained by DCC by not keeping the drains cleared. It was claimed that local householders were adding to the problem by not cutting their hedges.

It was agreed to monitor the situation, and to appeal to residents to look after the drainage outside their property.

A request had been received from DCC into whether the parish council required any salt this year. It was agreed to request the same as last year, 1 tonne in 25kg bags, which Cllr Clarke offered to store.


20.     Parish Council Representative on the Village Hall Committee

Since Cllr Mrs Newell had left the parish council, the council did not have a representative on the village hall committee. Mrs Newell had enquired if the council would like to nominate a councillor to join the hall committee.

Cllr Clarke stated that he was prepared to join the village Hall Committee as a representative of the parish council. Cllr Clarke was thanked for his offer which was unanimously accepted.


21.     Parish Climate Change

         Item deferred to the next meeting.


22.     Neighbourhood Plan

It was reported that the survey had been completed, the next step being the structuring of a Plan. It was agreed that help would be needed on how to prepare the Neighbourhood Plan from the information gathered. Cllr Dr Ley agreed to contact Cllr Prowse for advice.


23.     Adoption of Policies

The current policies had been circulated to councillors. It was agreed to adopt the Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, General Risk Assessment and Statement of Internal Control without change.


24.     Choice of Platform for future meetings

         Cllr Gockmann proposed that the council continues to meet via Zoom. This was unanimously agreed.


25.     Matters from the Chairman          

Cllr Gockmann reported that the poppy wreath had been ordered, and should be delivered the following day. It was agreed that Cllr Gockmann would be reimbursed for the cost.


26.    Finance.

         1.       Request for Grant – Goodleigh PCC

A request for a grant had been received from Goodleigh PCC for a grant towards the upkeep of the burial ground. It was agreed to award a grant of £600, the amount allocated in the budget for 2020/2021.                            Cheque No. 884


         2.       Payments

                  Clerk’s Salary (2 mths)   £165.16                Cheque No. 880

North Devon Homes       £  53.98               Cheque No. 881

North Devon Council      £117.00                Cheque No. 882

Goodleigh Village Hall      £  25.00               Cheque No. 883


The four accounts were approved for payment.


25.     Items for the next Agenda:

         Neighbourhood Plan, Parish Climate Change, Acorn Development at West Down


26.     Date of meetings:

         A site meeting would be held before the next council meeting at the Playing Field. Date tba.

Council Meeting: Tuesday 3 November 2020 


There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8:00pm.