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November 2004

Clayhidon Parish Council


A Meeting of the above council was held, Monday 8th November 2004 at the Parish Hall, Clayhidon at 7.30pm.


The following Business was brought before the council:-


1.           Confirmation of Minutes of Preceding Meeting.

2.           Matters arising from the minutes

3.           Payment of Accounts – Hall Grant

4.           Correspondence

5.           General business

6.           Charity Business



     Mr ME Bendle, Chairman; Mr MJ Hudson; Mr RJ Pike; Mr G Langford; Miss J Ward; Mr AFJ Redwood; Mr RM Kallaway; Mr M Lee, Chairman - Mid Devon District Council; Mr FJ Rosamond, Dist. Councillor; Mrs B Willmer, parishioner; Mr & Mrs Lee and Mr MC Osmond, clerk.



     An apology was given for Mr EJ Berry, County Councillor, unable to attend.

     On opening the meeting the Chairman welcomed Councillors and others present.



     The Minutes of Meeting 13th September were taken as read (copies having been previously circulated), confirmed and signed.


Matters arising

     It was noted persons were still living in the caravan in the field at Wiltown, no correspondence received from planning department.


Finance Risk Policy

     The Chairman had viewed this and clerk would now put in hand for council adoption in due time.


F Pike, Masts

     The chairman had spoken to Mr Pike, in addition Council had received a draft on the Environmental Impact Survey required, noted and discussed.


P Blackmore

     Permission for cattle building erection at Palmer's Farm.


Parish Web site

     Mr G. Langford confirmed now granted access to update as needed.


Tribe of Doris

     Mr Hudson stated of report prepared by Mrs M. Parish for Licence Committee on past events, been received and a reply on distance heard from venue and the "repetitive" nature of the sound stated.  Mr Rosamond, also chairman of the Licensing Committee stated that sound levels were monitored at various sites, but not of a high level to be regarded as nuisance.  General discussion by members.



     Mr Hudson gave short report on behalf of Hall Committee finances, and expenses to be planned for, kitchen in need of upgrading and windows in need of painting.  Mr Kallaway supported him in these details and report.  After a general discussion proposed by Miss Ward and seconded by Mr Pike a grant of £1000 be made.  This was agreed by all.  Noted Councillors on Hall Committee allowed to vote.  A letter was read from Tiverton and District Community Transport Association who operate "Ring and Ride" bus service for funds as a Charity.  After a discussion it was proposed by Mr Hudson seconded by Miss Ward for a grant of £25.  This was agreed by all.  Noted in reply to request financial details to help in any future grants that could be made.



     Blackdown Hills Rural Partnership Annual Review and Plan, D.C.C. Minerals Local Plan adopted being published, D.C.C. Local Transport plan 2006 to 2011 now published Office Deputy Prime Minister, New Ethical Framework Rules.  Cullompton Town Council -- Local Development Scheme, further details on this were given by Mr Rosamond, Culm area to be treated separate from Exe area in development wanted by Cullompton arising out of the Local Plan, which would Cullompton and Tiverton as one. D.C.C. Monthly News Letters, Local Council Review, Mid Devon.  Mr D. Pugsley copies of three letters supporting the South West Regional Assembly.  Report on Meeting of Standards Committee for Councillors, with the list of complaints made and decisions.



     Permission Mr P. Palmer Culm View, Ridgewood, erection of single storey extension.


Higher Hill

     Detailed drawings Mr and Mrs Lee, Higher Hill Farm for dwelling were received and discussed.  Members agreed in principle to support as a reduction in size had been made, but this had made the roof to be more steep, which now made it different to dwellings around it.

     Grant of permission to J. Day and F. Parker, Cornerways, Rosemary Lane for the erection of agricultural barn for fodder and machinery.  Noted this had included in details for application land not owned by them across road.


Planning Officers

     Details were received of the staff at planning department as the vacancy had now been filled.

     Miss Ward gave a short report on the Licence Forum attended, noted other details by Mr Rosamond.  This was a personal view of proceedings.  The fees were now confirmed.  Working procedures were still to be confirmed.  Mr Pike gave short report of Corporate Meeting attended, topics -- staff parking, members expenses and Tiverton Canal.  The expenditure of ways and amounts by Dist Council discussed.  Thanks by Chairman for the reports.


Low-cost Housing

     The results of the questionnaire to the parish were given, noted 24 returned.  These were broken down into the group's.  Ten single persons wanted to buy only, rent box not ticked.  In the conclusion one or two homes only needed, too low a need for the Falcon Housing Trust to be involved at present time.  As no box was ticked for renting as an option under the guidelines, this made ‘no need’ the result.  General discussion on the findings, disappointment by some expressed.  Noted Mr Guscott support for low-cost dwelling at Hidonfields, but this would be four and one from Development then low-cost rented. If money from development not used in parish, would go to Dist Council.  Mr Langford proposed -- Parish Council went along with the view a pair of semi-detached to include a low-cost home.  This was seconded by Mr Pike and agreed by all.


Mr M. Lee, Chairman Dist Council

     The Chairman welcomed Mr Lee to the Meeting, Mr Lee thanked for council for the invitation although it had taken a little while to attend.  At present halfway through visiting the parishes.  He was pleased to be elected as the Chairman.  He would not influence Dist Council policies from his position.  Noted recent visit to Hemyock in regard to the affordable houses on the new developments.  He asked for Council to inform him of any person giving service to their parish so it could be recognised when the Chairman functions are held in District.  Also visiting businesses in the Dist as a lot of tax is paid by this section and wanted good relationship and know their needs.  A question was asked on the Council Tax rise and services, he replied this was difficult as high percent set by County Council and the Fire and Police services also increased.  There was £800,000 needed to be taken out of the budget to balance.  The Chairman thanked Mr Lee for attending and answering questions raised.


Mr Rosamond

     A short report was given on Dist Council including further details on the "Corporate Plan".  The Audit Commission was to visit again shortly to review the Council from previous poor rating.  A special meeting to be held shortly in regard to 3000 housing stock with view to transfer to a Housing Trust if a vote of the tenants agreed to this being done.  More discussions on Leisure services and the new facilities at Tiverton were greatly in use.  Joining with South Hams Dist Council to encourage people to take up allowances entitled.  A meeting of the Police Security Committee held and questions from members raised.


General Business

     Mr Rosamond was thanked for his report.



     State of roads was discussed, and items for attention were noted, the Chairman would raise with Mr W. Pike.  Battle Street in need of ploughing to prevent further erosion.  Potholes returning in places.  Noted road markings had been done along bottom of Callers Lane for dressing, but would not be done for a while.

     Clerk reported the plaque in the bus shelter at Clayhidon crossway had been removed and spray paint now on inside walls.

     It was agreed the next meeting to be 10 January 2005 at the hall, after which the Chairman thanked members for attending and closed the Meeting.