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Clayhidon Parish Council, February 2013

Report of Clayhidon Parish Council Meeting held on 11 February 2013.

Planning permission has been granted for the 12 affordable homes on a site along the Culmstock Road despite 100 letters of objection. This application from the Upper Culm Community Land Trust received the unanimous support of Councillors.There has been no further progress with the Clayhidon affordable home.

A site meeting was arranged with Scout Leaders and Parish Council members to clarify details of the
agreement to allow the Scouts to use Gray’s Quarry for some of their activities. This meeting has now taken place and a letter of agreement is being drawn up to confirm the arrangements.
Work is has started in Hidon Wood to clear the path along the east and south edge.

Work is under way to cut and lay the hedge around the Church Yard. The most difficult work is alongside the new development where the hedge had become particularly high. Much of this work needs to be completed by skilled contractors although volunteers will be used where possible. It is expected to cost the PCC in the region of £2000. Councillor Radford has contributed £750 and the Parish Council also agreed to make a contribution towards the costs. An application has also been made to the TAP fund which supports local community needs. It is hoped that residents whose gardens are adjacent to the hedge will be prepared to make a contribution towards the costs and in addition some money will be recouped from the sale of the wood.

Much of the work to repair our roads and unblock drains is still outstanding. The Parish council is continuing to seek a meeting with the Devon Highways department to show them the specific problems around the Parish. If you would like to report any potholes or similar damage please email Devon County on

Councillor Rosmund reported that council grants have been cut by 40% over four years but that they would still be freezing council tax this year. However there would be further cuts mainly towards maintaining WCs, play areas and also to grounds maintenance. In addition council housing tenancies would have to become more flexible. He apologised for the recent disruption in Waste Collection during the recent bad weather; the staff involved had been diverted to snow clearance duties.

The Parish Council have been asked to remind residents that in cases when screening of developments has been part of planning consent, this condition should be adhered to in the required time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday 11 March at 7.30 and the next Parish Council meeting will be on Monday 8 April at 7.30. Both will be in the Parish Hall. These are open meetings. If you would like to know more of what is happening in the Parish please join us.

Sue Hay