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September 2006, minutes of Clayhidon Parish Council

Clayhidon Parish Council


A Meeting of the above council was held, Monday 4th September 2006 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

4.           Correspondence

5.           General business



Mr MJ Hudson, Chairman; Mr RJ Pike; Mr G Langford; Mr AFJ Redwood; Miss J Ward; Mr RM Kallaway; Mr FJ Rosamond, Dist. Councillor; Mr R Radford, County Councillor; Parishioners, Mr R Jeffery; Mr S Roberts; Mrs N Woodgate and Mr MC Osmond, clerk.



     On opening the meeting Mr Hudson gave an apology, Mr ME Bendle unable to attend as on holiday in Canada. A welcome was given to all present.



     The Minutes of Meeting 10th July 2006 were taken as read (copies having been previously circulated) confirmed and signed after an amendment and noted a spelling error had been printed.


Matters Arising, Mr Napper Site

     Planning Department after overview had the opinion “Failed to comply in full.” Would be passed to legal department to review case to prosecute.


Mr Curtis, Smeathy Lane

     Mr Curtis had phoned clerk to inquire on "Minutes" report in Pump magazine.  Explained usual time to comment not done as different procedure used.  Only copy of permission received.  Noted site not of 5 hectares and this had been raised by parishioner to Council who had sought comment from planning department.  Offer made to councillors to visit site willing to answer questions.  A further letter as requested had been sent to planning, but no reply received.


Safe Lanes

     Miss Ward gave a short report on this, and was still awaiting more information and papers to take forward.



     Mr Hudson stated the drumming heard at Fields Farm, Bolham this was thought not acceptable.  As a parishioner had written to Mrs Parish,  District Council Environment Dept.  Mr Langford had made a personal appeal against Licence permission and date set to hear the appeal.  Due to the short timeframe and what was required to be presented, circumstances had required him to withdraw the appeal.  General discussion on both events held noted some parishioners had some support for events.



Dunkeswell Kart Track

     Noted an open meeting held with planning officers and many questions raised and answered.  A full report published in ANOB newspaper.


Smeatharpe Stadium

     No correspondence had been received on the application.  Mr Rosamond stated it would be given permission so that further controls could be put in place which at present were not possible.  The reply from the AONB was read to members, on the planning application.



     Permission to Stable Cottage, Grays Lane for extension.  Permission for extension of Rectory.  Refusal of permission was recommended for bungalow at Rectory and this had been withdrawn.  Letter received from planning on planning details of Rectory application.



     D.A.P.C. "Parish Plans" circular noted and discussed the influence it could have if prepared by District Council.  Mid Devon "Submitted Core Strategy" a summary leaflet for response and posters received.  Playing Fields newsletter Summer 2006. D.C.C. – Draft Statement on Community involvement on Mineral & Waste Development. Mid Devon – Statement of Principles on Gambling Act 2005, invitation to make comments.



     Application Mrs J. Turner Ashcott for certificates of lawfulness use of property as residential dwelling.  As it was known when Mr and Mrs Turner moved into Ashcott, no longer used as guesthouse reply to confirm this had been sent.  Mr and Mrs M. Legge, Old Ridgewood Farm, conversion of barn to one holiday let.  Letter stating of no objections to permission being given, and noting footpaths along North and South boundaries to be sent.  This application received between meetings Mr Pike, Middleton Barton, further two reports received.  Thought now to be near stage to make application for two masts.


Audit/Payment of Account

     The accounts audit now completed and return received.  The auditor had passed the accounts and no matters had been raised.  Notice of this had been posted in church porch as required.  Invoice to be soon received would be £120.  As payment required before next meeting Miss Ward proposed and Mr Pike seconded this to be paid.  Agreed by all.


County Councillor -- Roads

     Mr R. Radford gave a short report.  DCC Highways Dept at Broad Lane, Tiverton to be closed and staff to move to Exeter.  A mobile office to be placed at Tiverton.  Changes thought to improve service given.  Need to make savings in costs. Changes also in Length man’s area as Mr Selleck retires end of year.  Not certain if Mr W. Pike highway will cover area and Mr Radford would pass members concern to DCC for him to remain in area as having local knowledge as members through service to parish could deteriorate from these internal changes.  Members would await the return of Chairman to take up highway matters was agreed.  Thanks for details.


District Councillor

     Mr Rosamond raised the coming District Council Chairman's evenings to meet those who did service for their parish and nominations were taken.  Noted £600,000 shortfall in income and rise in expenses.  Possible staff cuts arising.  Had lost the Financial Director an important part.  There was a loss of income from parking areas.  Paper to be published on the District Council Structure.  The new proposed refuse collection system was raised but little details known as to when parishioners would all receive the bins for refuse/recycle.  A discussion was held on trade plastic waste collection service.  Thanks were given for his report.


General Business

     The meeting was opened to parishioners present but no further items were raised.  It was agreed the date of next meeting as 13th November and as no other matters were raised the meeting was closed and thanks were given to those attending.