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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 25th October 2022

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey and Mrs G Benson Mr A. Bonner Mr S Smale Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)   

In attendance

Apologies Mr K Pincombe Mr Alan Fraser-Smith Cllr K Davies District Councillor Cllr P Henderson County Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

 

1.Minutes

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 27th September were agreed and signed.                                          

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, notices regarding allotments have been put on the Parish email and in the Parish Magazine, and just recently there has been a flier drop in the centre of the Village so far there are two interested parties, advice is to be sought from Winkleigh who have established allotments, there is also national guidance for allotments. A map is to be used as guidance as to where to site the allotments if agreed on the field, this will be discussed and decided at the next meeting in November.  

          Ii The bus shelter repairs are in hand, the facias have yet to be replaced. The owners of the old school have communicated with Cllr Short and they are happy for the Parish Council to have access for maintenance, Cllr Short is to ask advice if anything further needs to be undertaken.

          iii. The letter to the Earl of Portsmouth sent but no reply received.

          iv. The uploading onto the website was discussed, the clerk and the Chairman are to be instructed.

          v. The Wicksteed inspection has been undertaken the findings are awaited,

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. Alan the postman for some years is leaving the parish round and going to Holsworthy it was felt a thank you letter from the parish and Parish Council should be sent for Alan’s excellent way he has dedicated himself to his job.

 

4. Highways.

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.

ii. The continued traffic problems by Kingford on the A377 were highlighted again.

iii. The Green Lane from Bouchland Farm to the A377 was discussed again, Cllr Henderson is aware the visit as yet has not been carried out, but Cllr Henderson has communicated with Richard Sables who he would also like to  look at the site, but having spoken to Mr Sables, Mr Sables didn’t think there was too much of a problem with the vehicle accessing through the now ‘closed’ road. Mr Sam Jeffcoats is the Public Rights of Way Officer he will be contacted as he has not responded to an email regarding the situation.

 

 

 

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5. County and District Councillors items. Cllr Davies reported For more information on the temporary closure of the Barnstaple Pannier Market the statement from the NDC Chief Executive is here: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/news/community/2022/october/statement-from-council-chief-executive-on-the-barnstaple-pannier-market/ NDC have followed guidance from the HSE and alternative provisions have been offered to all traders (Green Lanes). Barnstaple Inn Burrington. I have been in correspondence with the case officer Roger Bagley and will update further shortly. Clarification is being sort from the applicant as insufficient information/ justification has been submitted. For advice available to cope with the cost of living please see: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/cost-of-living-help-and-advice/ A new culture strategy 2022-2027 for northern Devon encourages ‘flourishing culture’ across the region. The aim is to deliver increasing economic and wellbeing benefits, as well as contributing to the rejuvenation of town centres and attracting tourism. https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/news/community/2022/september/new-culture-strategy-for-northern-devon-encourages-flourishing-culture-across-region/ The finalised version of the Devon Carbon Plan was launched on the 27th Sept. The plan is the roadmap for how Devon will reach net-zero emissions by 2050 (at the latest). See: https://devonclimateemergency.org.uk/devon-carbon-plan/ Please note although the ‘bathing season’ ended on 30th September the ‘Dogs Public Space Protection Order’ is still in place. See: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/public-space-protection-orders-in-north-devon/ What’s happening at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon? A Treasury of Birds, In a New Light, Mapping Our Town and more… See: https://barnstaplemuseum.org.uk/

Cllr Henderson reported FEASIBILITY STUDY TO USE FARMLAND TO GENERATE RENEWABLE ENERGY We are currently looking into the feasibility of a new scheme that could give community energy groups the chance to use farmland and farm buildings to help them expand Devon’s renewable electricity capacity. It’s part of European Interreg-funded work we are doing to explore the potential for generating renewable energy within the agricultural sector. And if successful it could see renewable energy installations developed on low-grade, agricultural land – other than where this is important for wildlife or other environmental interests – and farm buildings. The rapid expansion of renewable energy production in Devon is expected to be a key requirement of Devon’s Carbon Plan, due to be published this autumn. That plan will outline how Devon can become net-zero by 2050 at the very latest. Nationally, the Climate Change Committee has said that renewable energy production needs to be quadrupled to have any chance of meeting the UK’s net zero targets. This research will see how the agricultural sector in Devon, supported by local community energy groups, could be part of the answer, with farms becoming ‘renewable energy hubs’ alongside their usual business, generating energy from wind, solar, biomass and agricultural waste. But one of the perceived barriers is the large upfront costs of installing renewable technology infrastructure, so this study will need to find a way to incentivise, or stimulate, local investment in renewables. “BARNSTAPLE WITH BIDEFORD AND NORTHAM LOCAL CYCLING AND WALKING INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN” A public consultation has been launched on proposals that aim to close the gaps in the cycling and walking network in the Barnstaple, Bideford and Northam area. We’re seeking views on four walking and six cycling schemes across the area, which are detailed on our Have Your Say webpages. The draft “Barnstaple with Bideford and Northam Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan” (BBN LCWIP) outlines a number of potential walking and cycling schemes for future investment over the next 10-20 years. Proposals include: Development of a 3.5 mile route between Appledore and Bideford via Northam; A new link from west of Bideford and East-the-Water to Bideford town centre to improve access to the Tarka Trail; A new off-road connection between Landkey and Newport to access local schools and Barnstaple town centre; Connections from Whiddon Valley to Barnstaple to link new developments to the east of Barnstaple to the town centre; CARE COSTS BOUNCED BACK TO PM's PROMISE Councils across the UK are calling for central govt to provide more funding for adult social care. Councils face an ‘extremely challenging’ 18 months ahead, as the cost-of-living crisis and inflation adds an additional £3.8bn to the costs of delivering social care. The County Councils Network (CCN), which represents 36 mainly Conservative councils, says that Prime Minister, Liz Truss, must follow through with her commitment. Without it, we in Devon estimate a funding shortfall of between £30m to £40m over the next 10 years. Part of that is down to national reforms in adult social care being introduced next year that will see our costs rising with more people becoming eligible for council-funded social care, more generous

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financial support for those receiving care, and higher fees most likely, to be paid to care providers. With just £500m announced so far in extra funding, Councils are keeping up the pressure on Westminster. CARBON PLAN REVEALS HOW ALL DEVON CAN ACHIEVE NET-ZERO After hearing from Devon residents young and old, businesses and from across all sectors of our economy through public consultations, workshops and a Citizens’ Assembly, the final version of the Devon Carbon Plan has now been published by the Devon Climate Emergency partnership. Supported by us and the latest scientific evidence, the Plan is our county’s roadmap to becoming net-zero by 2050 at the latest, and it spells out exactly what we all have to do to create a resilient, sustainable county where people and nature can thrive. The Plan sets out a range of detailed, evidence-based solutions and strategic objectives for national and local policy makers in areas such as energy production, transport, and the buildings we live and work in. It has been delivered by Devon Climate Emergency, a partnership of 29 businesses, public bodies, voluntary groups, and Devon’s 11 principal councils, including ourselves. Between now and the New Year each one of those organisations will be called on to endorse and demonstrate how they will use their responsibilities and influence to enact the Plan. Most emissions (68 per cent) in Devon (including Torbay and Plymouth) come from buildings – our homes and workplaces – and on-road transport. Or, sliced another way, 74 per cent of all emissions relate to the energy we use one way or another, from the oil and gas that powers our economy, fuels our cars, and heats our homes. Full plan is available at: devonclimateemergency.org.uk COST OF LIVING RESOURCE PAGE On the DCC public website there is a Cost of Living resource page setting out information for residents and businesses in Devon who are struggling to afford to pay for their energy, water, food or other essential items. A third Household Support Fund announcement is imminent, which will run from October 2022 to 31 March 2023. Once the details are finalised they will be published on this page. ADULT SOCIAL CARE REFORMS Members may have seen the media coverage in recent weeks of the growing calls for the delays to the adult social care charging reforms, a call that DCC has supported. Delaying the charging reforms will however only go so far in helping to support local preparations, as the fundamental challenges of local budgets, workforce recruitment and retention challenges, and market sufficiency are very unlikely to be resolved in twelve months. This week we have completed our nationally mandated Cost of Care exercise and our draft Market Sufficiency Plan, submitting both to the Department of Health and Social Care for its assurance and support process before receiving confirmation on we are able to publish. This has been an incredibly intense period of time for many officers and I want to put on record my thanks for their efforts, as well as those independent care providers who have contributed to the process. HIGH STANDARD OF CARE Devon has consistently had levels of independent care provider quality above all national comparator level as judged by the CQC. This continues, and at the moment there is only a single provider on the DCC footprint that is rated as ‘inadequate’. Work continues to support the provider from the Quality Assurance and Improvement Team (QAIT) to put in place measures that will see improvement.

6. Finance,                                                                                                                                     

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                       

1534

NDC

£78.00

1536

Mr M Baker grass cutting

£1236.50

1537

Magnets Mr P Bailey

£9.98

1538

Red 17 Notice Board

£368.40

i. Thank you to Cllr Davies for the grant towards the cost of the new Notice Board.

7. Planning                                                                                            

75980

Approval of details in respect of discharge of condition 6 (No part of the development to be commenced until a detailed landscape plan is submitted and approved) attached to planning permission 74777 (Conversion of barns and outbuilding to dwelling) Cowlas

 

75015

Retrospective application - change of use of land for the siting of caravan for use as a rural worker dwelling together with erection of 1 polytunnel, 1 shed & 1 compost toilet, Land to the East of Kingsland Farm

Refused

75959

Listed building consent for rebuilding of south western elevation and associated stabilisation works at West Pavington Farm.

748

75847

75846

Listed building, conversion of existing agricultural building to habitable accommodation at Poole Batton Burrington

                    

 

75700

75699

Listed building consent for change of use of the public house to public house and one dwelling to include extensions and alterations at Barnstaple Inn

Called in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Parish Hall report. No report

 

9.Bethesda Graveyard Trust.

 

10. Correspondence                                                                                                                               i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

A resident has sent a further complaint to South West Water regarding the smell situation in the centre of the Village that is still evident. An email will be sent from the Parish Council.

         

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 29th November, 2022 7.30pm

                                                                      Budget meeting

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 17th/24th January 2023 7.30pm Parish Council meeting

to be agreed.

 

                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 27th September 2022

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr K Pincombe Mr P Bailey and Mrs G Benson Mr Alan Fraser-Smith Mr A. Bonner Mr S Smale Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)            

In attendance Cllr P Henderson County Councillor 

Apologies Cllr K Davies District Councillor

 

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

A minute’s silence was observed for the HM Queen Elizabeth II and Mr Gordon Short past Chairman of the Parish Council who sadly passed away.

 

Public Participation

 

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 30th August were agreed and signed.                                          

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, residents in the village have been asking about the possibility of allotments on the field, a notice is to be put on the email and in the Parish magazine to gauge the amount of interest. Also, a letter drop of residents in the vicinity of the field is to be undertaken. Advice would be sought if this plan was to go ahead, the siting would have to be considered in relation to the dog walking facility that is planned and planned car parking, the trees were discussed as it is a possibility this could be part of the dog walking area. The field was used as an overflow car park for the recent successful tractor run.

            Ii The bus shelter repairs are in hand. Future maintenance, the owners are to be approached.

            iii. The letter to the Earl of Portsmouth sent but no reply received.

            iv. The uploading onto the website was discussed, the clerk is to upload the Parish Council information with another volunteer undertaking the remaining information.

            v. Wicksteed have been contacted to inspect the play equipment for the annual inspection the cost this year is £120 plus VAT.

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The Emergency Self Help Plan for the parish has been reviewed and updated by Cllr Bailey and Cllr Fraser-Smith. Councillors and the clerk will have a copy for the useful contacts in a time of emergency.

 

4. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting. 

ii. The continued traffic problems by Kingford on the A377 were highlighted again.

iii. The Green Lane from Bouchland Farm to the A377 was discussed, the lane is a footpath and bridleway there is a sign saying no vehicular access, but it seems the land in the vicinity has been sold a portion of which has no access other than this lane. Cllr Henderson was made aware of the situation and along with Cllr Pincombe is going to look at the site. 

The lane seems to have been cleared with vehicles now using it, the danger is the passing vehicles that might be in danger when those accessing from the lane join the road, Cllr Henderson highlighted that if 

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non-agricultural vehicles were using this lane they would not be insured as the prohibitive sign is clear to see. 

 

5. County and District Councillors items. Cllr Hendeson apologised for being out of action for 6 weeks with a bad back. Cllr Henderson reported Jan Shadbolt, former County Solicitor is now the interim Chief Executive of DCC following the retirement of Dr Phil Norrey. Jan will be in place until the end of February to oversee the stabilisation of this year’s budget and setting a budget for the next financial year.

Recruitment of a permanent Chief Executive has now started with advertisements agreed and longlisting due to take place at the end of October, shortlisting early November and a final appointment towards the end of November, with a start date in March/April.

Budget situation – good progress has been made so far on stabilising the budget. The current overspend has been reduced from £40 million to £18 million. More work to be done but at the latest Budget Monitoring meeting this month it was reported for the first time that Children’s Services had started to reduce their overspend and had achieved a £3.5 million saving on Children in Care placements. This and further savings coming through will reduce the £18m down further… this service is in special measures.

The Councils Digital Transformation and Organisational Change Team are going to be embedded alongside Children’s Services and Adult’s Services to look at how we can deliver their services more efficiently and effectively by eliminating unnecessary processes, bureaucracy etc.

DCC have teamed up with 35 other councils to lobby the government for greater financial assistance.

Cllr Henderson is on the appeals panel for Free School Transport, this service is £5m over budget at present. Other projects around the county have either been frozen or postponed in an endeavour to save money.

The A377 was discussed the hillside in some places is slipping down towards the road the section of uneven road further on from Kingford towards Umberleigh is due to tree roots.

 

 

6. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1530

West Aylescott Farming

£38.76

1531

Clerk’s salary

341.46

1532

Office expenses

£51.78

1533

Defib Sales

£101.98

i. 

7. Planning                                                                                                                

74777

Conversion of barns and outbuildings to dwelling at Barns at Cowlas

Passed

 

75980

Approval of details in respect of discharge of condition 6 (No part of the development to be commenced until a detailed landscape plan is submitted and approved) attached to planning permission 74777 (Conversion of barns and outbuilding to dwelling) Cowlas

Landscaping plan, so no comment from the Parish Council.

75220

Demolition of an existing agricultural building and erection of 4 two story houses with amenity space, car parking and landscaping at Bedport Poultry Farm, Burrington.

Passed but the S106 has to be agreed.

75015

Retrospective application - change of use of land for the siting of caravan for use as a rural worker dwelling together with erection of 1 polytunnel, 1 shed & 1 compost toilet, Land to the East of Kingsland Farm

 

75959

Listed building consent for rebuilding of south western elevation and associated stabilisation works at West Pavington Farm.

Recommend approval

75847

75846

Listed building, conversion of existing agricultural building to habitable accommodation at Poole Batton Burrington

                      744

No objections

75700

75699

Listed building consent for change of use of the public house to public house and one dwelling to include extensions and alterations at Barnstaple Inn

This application was discussed, pubs are defined in the Local Plan as a community facility for which there is a clear policy presumption against their loss unless it can be demonstrated they are unviable. In addition, the Spatial Strategy for Burrington identifies the Barnstaple Inn as a local service and seeks to ensure local services are retained in order to serve the existing community and the proposed additional homes allocated for Burrington. So, a clear presumption against loss. The applicant may argue the pub is not being lost just reduced in size fundamentally affecting the viability of the pub and therefore will result in its loss. Alongside that the application is clearly deficient in assessing the impact of the proposals on the pub as a listed building. In the view of the Parish Council there is a very clear policy-based objection to this application, it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Benson to object to the application and recommend refusal and furthermore to ask Cllr Davies to call the application in, unanimous agreement. 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Parish Hall report. No report

 

9.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. There is now a special commissioned area for cremated remains.

 

10. Correspondence                                                                                                                                                     i. DALC newsletter is circulated. The DALC AGM Conference and Exhibition is on Wednesday the 5th October at Exeter Racecourse.

 

            

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 25th October, 2022 7.30pm

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 29th November 2022 7.30pm Parish Council meeting

                                                                                    Budget meeting.

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 30th August 2022

 

Present Mr K Pincombe (Chairman), Mr Alan Fraser-Smith Mr A. Bonner Mr P Smale Mr P Bailey and Mrs G Benson Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)         

In attendance Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Mr J Short Mr S Smale Cllr P Henderson County Councillor 

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

 

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th July were agreed and signed.                                          

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, no report at present.

            Ii The bus shelter repairs are in hand. Advice is to be sought on maintenance and upkeep of the bus shelter when the gap is filled in next to the bus shelter by the new owners.

            iii. The letter to the Earl of Portsmouth has been drafted and is due to be sent.

            iv. One of the volunteers who kindly undertakes the uploading onto the website, is leaving the parish so the ongoing situation needs to be clarified. 

            v. Wicksteed will be contacted to inspect the play equipment for the annual inspection. 

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The Emergency Plan for the parish is being reviewed and updated by Cllr Bailey and Cllr Fraser-Smith.

 

4. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting. 

ii. The continued traffic lights by Kingford on the A377 were highlighted again.

iii. The Green Lane from Bouchland Farm to the A377 was discussed, the lane is a footpath and bridleway there is a sign saying no vehicular access, but it seems the land in the vicinity has been sold a portion of which has no access other than this lane.

This lane was the subject of public consultation for the prohibition of vehicles back in 2011 when a motor bikers group tried to allow its use for off road biking, but the council deemed the access onto the A377 much too dangerous due to the total lack of visibility either way, so it was officially closed to vehicles. 

The lane seems to have been cleared with vehicles now using it, the danger is the passing vehicles that might be in danger when those accessing from the lane join the road, Mr Martin Caddy Public rights of Way Officer is to be asked go and look at the situation. Mr Richard Sables Highway superintendent and Cllr Henderson are to be consulted. 

 

5. County and District Councillors items.

Cllr Davies reported Sue Croft was working hard almost to the end for Chulmeigh Volunteers in an organising capacity. Cllr Davies said there is now a webcam in the North Devon Council main room at Brynsworthy, councillors have to attend but now the public can watch live or via U Tube, to make the meetings more accessible, interested person have to notify NDC two days in advance to gain live access. 

 

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NDC budget gap is like DCC but not quite so significant, but councillors are asking what ideas can come forward to help plug the gaps, a public consultation will be circulated regarding any plans, at present no redundancies are planned. The Green Lane project is to give an income to the Council. North Devon Council had representatives at North Devon Show and North Devon Homes Summer Fair to meet the public. The Electoral registration letters are being sent out, to ensure everyone who wants to vote is on the Electoral role. Cllr Davies said he has some of his councillor’ fund available,  which he is able to grant to a parish project, it was suggested by Cllr Bailey the Parish Council Notice Board by Pickard’s office is beginning to rot, Cllr Bailey has been investigating and an aluminium notice board, landscape version is in the region of £307 plus VAT, it was proposed by Cllr Fraser-Smith seconded by Cllr Bonner to ask Cllr Davies for a grant towards this project, all in favour. 

 

6. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1529

Clerk’s salary

£450.00

i. An email has been received from the Chair of the hall committee in regard to the hire charge for the Jubilee celebrations, this was relayed to the meeting, no further action will be taken.

 

7. Planning                                                                                                                

74777

Conversion of barns and outbuildings to dwelling at Barns at Cowlas

Pending 

75220

Demolition of an existing agricultural building and erection of 4 two story houses with amenity space, car parking and landscaping at Bedport Poultry Farm, Burrington.

Passed but the S106 has to be agreed.

75015

Retrospective application - change of use of land for the siting of caravan for use as a rural worker dwelling together with erection of 1 polytunnel, 1 shed & 1 compost toilet, Land to the East of Kingsland Farm

This application was discussed at the Parish Council meeting, the questions raised: 

1.Is the planning authority satisfied the applicant has a justified need.

2.Has the planning authority looked at the siting of the caravan in relation to the proximity of the horticultural business.

Councillors felt the Parish Council must demonstrate due diligence.

       

i. S106 Priorities; the Parish Council have updated the S106 Priorities list, to include “to enhance the availability of broadband” and improvements to the Viewing Table by the Beacon.

8. Parish Hall report. No report

 

9.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report

 

10. Correspondence                                                                                                                                                     i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

 

It was raised again the ongoing issue of caravans popping up all over the parish, it was agreed to compile an up-to-date list and send to North Devon Council Enforcement.     

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 27th September, 2022 7.30pm

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 25th October 2022 7.30pm Parish Council meeting

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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Annual Parish Council Meeting held on the 31st May 2022

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mr Alan Fraser-Smith Mr A. Bonner and Mr K Pincombe Mr P Smale Mrs G Benson Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)         

In attendance Cllr P Henderson County Councillor 

Apologies Cllr K Davies District Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

 

Co-option, there were two candidates for the Parish Councillor position, Cllr Smale and Cllr Benson, declared an interest and did not vote. After a paper ballot Mr Simon Smale was elected onto the Parish Council. 

Mr Smale was present at the meeting so was welcomed by the Chairman onto the Parish Council. 

 

Election 

Election of Officers the clerk asked for nominations for the post of chairman, it was proposed by Cllr Smale to re-elect Cllr Short as Chairman seconded by Cllr Bonner, all were unanimously in favour. Cllr John Short was duly elected as chairman.  

The Chairman asked for nominations for the post of vice chairman Cllr Pincombe was proposed as Vice Chairman by Cllr Benson seconded by Cllr Wooldridge, unanimously all in favour; Cllr K Pincombe was duly re-elected as Vice Chairman.

Representatives from the Parish Council on the Parish Hall committee, Cllr P Bailey and Cllr Wooldridge were appointed as the Parish council’s representatives.

Bethesda Graveyard Trust representative, Cllr John Short and Cllr Bailey were nominated as the representatives.

 

 

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th April were agreed and signed.                                          

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, no report at present.

            Ii Queens Platinum Jubilee, the bunting is to be put up at 7 o’clock on Thursday evening, the planting of the copper beech tree by Mr Gordon Short will take place at around 9.30pm a plaque will be put up in due course, the lighting of the Beacon will take place at 9.45pm. It is hoped to hold the event on Saturday on the Green but will be in the hall if wet, setting up at 2.30pm to commence at 3.00pm.

The joint service will be held in the Church on Sunday.

iii. The Clerk asked for any information that is to be included in the Annual Report to be forwarded, so it can be compiled on one piece of paper, printed with the printing costs shared.  

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. The Toilet grant of £501 has been received, this is to be allocated to the hall account.

ii. The Emergency Plan needs to be updated, Cllr Bailey and Cllr Fraser-Smith agreed to do this.

5. Highways. No report has been received on the drain discharging onto the pavement.

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

 

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6. County and District Councillors items.

Cllr Henderson reported that 77% of the DCC budget goes on 3% of the population, this is Adult and Children’s Social Care, so the highways budget is not that great, it has been decided to concentrate on A and B roads, Meg Booth Head of Highways and Cllr Yabsley have been looking at the budget any available cash is going to the Care system so there is a lack of funding for roads, there is also a lack of funding from Central Government letters are to be sent to the MP’s, so there is a fear for minor roads with very little money to fix them. Cllr Henderson is working on the project of the Parish Lengthman with 4 parishes involved, Kings Nympton, Chittlehamholt, Atherington and Burrington, Cllr Henderson is meeting with Meg Booth to discuss the project, Chittlehamholt already employ a contractor, to carry out verge ploughing and cleaning drains, pot holes could be addressed. The correct legal paperwork has to be in place before the project can start. DCC are closing down the Links Services which offers help with mental health, but in Barnstaple the building has been sold but the service has been relocated so is still being offered.

Cllr Henderson reported the Local Citizens Advice Bureaus have had a tremendous amount of enquires, being the 4th highest, reflecting the current problems. NDC have at present only one Enforcement Officer as the other has been relocated, NDC are trying to identify empty properties to endeavour to bring them back into use to try and solve the housing shortage.

Cllr Davies reported Approximately 70% of eligible households have now received the £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate Payment from NDC. The balance of the direct debit customer payments will be made by the end of May. Manual payers will receive a letter with a bar code to enable them to receive cash from the post office. Just over £5m of funding for a second Household Support Fund (HSF2) has been awarded to DCC by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The funds are currently with DCC. Further information to follow. NDC is consulting on changes to its Hackney Carriage fare tariff and is inviting the community to have their say. More information can be found here: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/news/economy/2022/may-2022/have-your-say-on-proposed-taxi-fare-increase/#:~:text=25%20May%202022,not%20been%20raised%20since%202016. Consultation results show community support for the Market Quarter improvements coming to Barnstaple. The project has four strands – Pannier Market upgrades and flexible space, the restoration of 36/ 37 Boutport Street into an exciting mixed-use development, changing the access and redesigning the layout of Queen Street car park and the pedestrianisation of Butchers Row and Cross Street. Celebrate our Queen but keep it Green. North Devon and Torridge Councils have teamed up with local charity Plastic Free North Devon to produce some ‘top tips’ to help event organisers ensure a celebration that doesn’t damage the earth. Link here: https://torridge.gov.uk/article/20950/Celebrate-our-Queen-but-keep-it-Green

 

7. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1508

NDC Dog bins

£78.00

1509

Clerk’s salary

£450.00

1510

Envelopes for Annual Report

£13.19

1511

Burrington Parish Hall

£41.40

1512

Plaque for Commemorative Tree

£30.00

1514

Community First Insurance

£219.81

1515

Defibrillator Pads

£101.98

1516

WH Buckingham

£1457.89

i.               The Insurance was discussed as it was up for renewal, the quotes were compared, and questions asked are volunteers working for the Parish council covered under the policy, and does the preferred option cover everything that was covered before, these questions will be asked of the new company, it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Fraser-Smith to go with Community First on a three-year long-term agreement, all in favour.

ii.               

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iii.             The Clerks salary review, the clerk left the room after consideration pay scale 11 was offered and accepted, with the clerk’s contract being signed.

iv.            The Fixed Asset Register, Councillors are to assess the assets around the parish. 

v.              A quote has been received for the repair of the bus shelter; further quotes are to be obtained.

 

8. Planning                                                                                                                

64051

Outline application for erection of 16 dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

Cllr Davies has forwarded details from Devon County Lead Local Flood Authority in which their objections have been addressed subject to the imposition of conditions to be discharged. A copy of the DCCLLFA response has been received, which also sets out the conditions which would be applied to any decision. The response also sets out how surface water within a detention basin before discharging to a watercourse to the east, which is accepted by DCCLLFA in the observations section.

74093

Erection of new building to accommodate four luxury suites a Northcote Manor

Pending 

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Conversion of barns and outbuildings to dwelling at Barns at Cowlas

Pending 

75032

Application for a non-material amendment to planning permission 71667 (change of use of school to dwelling including demolition of 'temporary' classroom and replacement with attached 'Annex') in respect of the relocation of the solar PV panels and removal of velux rooflight to South East Roof slope, Brodger House Burrington

Passed

       

 

9. Parish Hall report. The Hall refurbishment of the men’s toilets has been completed.

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust, there has been a burial this week. 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                                                                     i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

The lack of Enforcement from NDC was discussed Cllr Short is to speak to Cllr Davies regarding the increasing number of caravans in the parish. 

            

                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 28th June, 2022 7.30pm

for the Parish Council Meeting.

 

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 26th July 2022 7.30pm Parish Council meeting

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held virtually on Tuesday 26th April 2022

at 7.00 p.m.                                       725

 

Present:      Mr.J Short (in the Chair), Mr A Fraser-Smith, Mr P Bailey, Mr A Bonner Mrs G Benson, Mr P Smale Mr J Woolridge & Mrs A Snell (clerk) 

In Attendance Cllr P Henderson (County Council) Cllr K Davies (District Councillor) and 7 members of the public

Apologies: Mr K Pincombe and Mr L Parker

1. The Minutes of the meeting held on 27th April 2021 were agreed and signed.                                          

2. Chairman’s Report

Cllr Short welcomed everyone to the meeting, Cllr Steve Aldridge has recently resigned from the Parish Council we thank him for all his work and contribution during his time on the council, there is now a vacancy so a co-option will take place. We started this year with zoom meetings but are now back to normal. In July 2021 the Parish Council finally completed on the purchase of the playing field, the night landing site mast and equipment to operate the light have been installed and are now operational, it is to be requested that anyone using the field to exercise their dogs to please pick up any mess because children will be using the area especially in the summer. The helicopter flying at Eaglescott seems to have subsided. The trailer has finally been removed from the Chapel car park and new rules drawn up to say vehicles must be of a road legal state to park there. The Barnstaple Inn has been sold Cllr Short has spoken to the new owners he has encountered a few problems but is still hoping to open in late autumn as a pub with food. Regarding pot holes the best way to report one seems to be online at devon.cc/report-it  

The development at Cross Park is still ongoing and evolving, the drainage was logged as a problem but now seems to be resolved to most people’s/agency’s satisfaction. The sewage is now to be connected to the mains sewage system; the route however is to be solely determined by SW Water if anyone has issues with this it can be seen on the NDC planning portal no 64051 the contact number to call is 08000831821. The Parish Council has purchased two unknown Tommys these where on display by the Oak tree at the last Remembrance Service.

Many thanks to Carole Poulton for her work with the Parish magazine. Tracy Ford and Pauline Down for the website and Parish email. I must thank my fellow Councillors for their support during the past year with a special mention of thanks to Angela for all the work she puts in as our Parish Clerk. And the County Councillor Paul Henderson and District Councillor Kevin Davies for their help and support.

3. Financial Report -These were made available to the meeting.

a) It was proposed by Mr G Short, seconded by Mr S Holton and agreed, that the Parish Council grants £60 donation to be made to Church for electricity used by public light.
£175 donation to be made to the Parish Hall for electricity used by lights, 

£300 Grant to the Burrington Church Buildings Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

£100 Grant to the Bethesda Graveyard Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

£50 Grant to the Old Gospel Hall for maintenance of the graveyard. All in agreement.

With the increasing cost of electricity, the cost burden will be reviewed to ascertain if there are any significant changes for the Hall and Church.

4). Chairman of the Parish Hall Committee 

i. The Multi Use Games area agreement was signed, all in agreement. ii. It was agreed for the Parish Council to put aside £1500 for use by the hall if required in this year. Mr G Short The year has nearly resumed to normality. Events in the hall are beginning to return. There have been Weddings, meetings and parties retuning. Fundraising events have taken place, these occasions are as important for the social get together as they are for the funds they raise. The maintenance of the building has been monitored throughout the year and is in good repair. The improvements in the gents’ toilets have been completed. Thank you to all the committee for attending meetings during the year, I would like to thank all the officers the Secretary the Booking Secretary for all the extra work that they put in over and above attending the meetings. Thank you to the Cleaners for keeping the hall in a clean and tidy state ready for bookings to take place. The Hall has been presented by the Gracey family a Portrait of Col. Gracey (which used to hang in the Northcote Manor). The Colonel gave the original Nissan Hut which was used as the hall. We have a few events planned for the coming months Bingos, Christmas Fayre and in August an Evening with 

                                                                                                                                                                     

 

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Johnny Cowling (Comedian) Ticket only more details to follow. The committee are pleased to confirm they will not be requiring any top up from the fund held on their behalf by the Parish Council this year.

5) Report from the Burrington Church Buildings Trust, and Friends of Holy Trinity

The Church Buildings Trust report was given by Stuart Holton not a lot has changed over the past 12 months there is now a fully functioning PCC, the Trust has given money towards the new boiler and maintaining the grave yard, some storm damage occurred over the winter months.  The BCBT continues to administer the funds       

The Friends of Holy Trinity are in their fourteenth year of helping to generate and administer an income stream to supplement the Church expenses which are the responsibility of the PCC. Any funds generated by the Friends are used to support the running costs of the Church itself, thus allowing the Friends to provide support in paying bills such as utilities cleaning and insurance premiums which are necessary for the ongoing operation of the Church. 

Cllr Fraser-Smith (chairman) reported a good level of support from the members         have generated sufficient income through subscriptions and investments to help the PCC with a good proportion of their running costs. In the last financial year £1828 support was given. The Friends only exist because of the membership Cllr Fraser-Smith gave thanks to all those who have generously supported the Friends of Holy Trinity over the last year and hope for continued support in the future.

Reverend Clive Jobbins reported that the Church is now open every Sunday and enjoying slow but consistent growth, the new heating boiler is now installed and functioning thank you to the BCBT, Devon Historic Churches and individual donations. The next project is a WC at the back of the Church. The Monthly Coffee mornings are well attended taking place on the first Saturday of the month. Monthly soup lunches took place during the winter months which were well supported, thank you to Kay Elworthy and Sarah Bonner for providing the soup, it has now been decided to hold cream teas monthly, the next is the 8th May with a plant stall and raffle, after the great success of last years BBQ another one is planned for July. Thank you to Kay Elworthy and Sue Short for organising a bingo night in aid of the church, and Liz and Bryan Griffiths for the successful quiz night, Rev Clive would like to thank everyone who has been involved and for ongoing support, if anyone would like to be more involved, please contact the PCC or Rev Clive, finally with the closing of so many Churches’ Rev Clive is so glad that Burrington is to stay open.

6). The Community Shop, September 2021 marked the 6th anniversary of the opening of the Burrington Community Shop. There have been many changes over the course of those 6 years, the main ones which come to mind are: The relocation to larger premises; The additional of more chillers & freezers; Changes in counter personnel & volunteers; Most significant event (and indeed challenge) the arrival of Covid and the increase in demand for the Shop. However, what has remained relatively unchanged during this time in number terms is the core committee & volunteers & this has become the biggest challenge. The Shop continues to receive the support of Pickard’s staff & in recent times has benefited from settled continuity in Molly & Faye. Molly now helps out further in the shop as well as taking orders & Faye as well as serving on Molly’s day off is an important Pickard’s management point of contact. In terms of turnover, sales totalled almost £80k for the 2020/21 financial year to May 2021, that’s an increase of 41% on the previous year & Covid continues to be a factor in this rise we believe. The current monthly average of £6,650 compares with £3,900 per month in the last Covid free year, that’s 70% higher & apparently is not uncommon amongst Community Shops countrywide (source The Plunkett Foundation). Sales continue to remain strong in 2021/22, with the first half year showing an increase of 7% compared to 2020/21 at the same point. This continuing increase in sales has brought with it the possibility of a VAT registration requirement in the near future. Because of the increase administrative challenge registration would bring to our already stretched personnel, the Shop committee remain committed to non-registration, if at all possible, which regrettably but unavoidably may result in a reduction in the range of products available for sale. In terms of goods available, we remain committed to using Biodegradable/compostable or at best recyclable materials wherever possible & Colin has been instrumental in managing this. In premises terms we remain grateful to Pickard’s for maintaining their monthly rent charge at a modest level. We particularly acknowledge this financial gesture given the level of back-office support provided by them. With this in mind & with Molly now dedicating additional hours to shop matters we have invited Faye to re-assess Pickard’s charges in recognition. Shop hygiene is another challenge we have to meet & our search for a dedicated cleaner continues. In the meantime, the function is being covered at committee level. Turning to equipment, we added 1 additional upright freezer in 2020/21; replaced the ice cream freezer when the old unit’s repair proved uneconomic; replaced 1 chiller unit, with it’s predecessor relocated to the store for overflow storage. We now have a total of ten units, 5 chillers & 5 freezers. Even this area of operations brings it’s 

 

 

 

 

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challenges, particularly in the summer months with temperature issues during particularly hot spells. In terms of PR, there is now a dedicated YOUR COMMUNITY SHOP page in the parish 

magazine, Jack is instrumental in managing our website & social media updates. The Parish Contacts List has been updated with our new location & our opening hours etc. We continue to push for more people to get involved with the Shop & maintain the desire to resurrect a public parish meeting on the Shop’s future, which was planned but postponed by the arrival of Covid. Regrettably & again principally as a result of Covid restrictions, we have been unable to hold our annual quiz in support of local charity. However, in 2021/22 we were pleased to donate to Gordon Short’s bowling challenge to raise funds for DAAT & in addition contributed £441 towards the night landing lights for their air ambulance. We continue to source & support local suppliers for our products whenever possible. By value 94% of our purchases are sourced within the county and 75% locally or from Torridge or N Devon, including 4 of the top 5 supplier spends. All initial members’ start up loans have now been repaid & we again express our gratitude for this vital financial support. Some members preferred to convert their loan to a donation to reflect their appreciation of the Shop as a community resource. We currently have 44 shareholdings. The Shop has been able to strengthen its financial reserves, potentially to be available to ensure continuity of operations. In specific terms, these are designated to cover equipment replacement, stock replacement & cost coverage in the event of an interruption of trading. These essential designated funds account for 71% of the Shop’s reserves, with the remainder designed for contingencies & community benefit donations. Last but by no means least, we acknowledge the vital work of our volunteers (Fiona, Tony, Tansy, Pauline, Doreen, Gill, Martha, & some spouses!), to Pickards, in particular Molly & Faye to my fellow committee members both for their hard work on operations as well as committee matters & of course the support of our customers.

7. County and District Councillors items, Cllr Henderson I’m delighted to represent Burrington on Devon County Council following the election in May 2021. Unfortunately, it is nigh on impossible for me to attend every Parish Council meeting as I am also a Town Councillor on South Molton Town Council and hold the role of Chair of Finance meaning that my attendance at the monthly SMTC meeting is required. The SMTC meeting is held on the same evening/time as Burrington. The past year has been particularly trying owing to Covid and a complete change in working practices for the Council as a whole. DCC is facing unprecedented financial challenges as finance from central government continues to decline. Although all of our Council Tax bills are increasing, the perception is that the level of service provided does not move upwards. This to a large extent is due to the money required to service adult and children’s social care. The amount of money required in this area alone accounts for around 70% of the DCC expenditure and is only going to increase as the population across the County continues to age. All services provided by the County are under constant scrutiny and such is the pressure faced that to ensure a balanced budget was achieved for this financial year (22/23), money was drawn down from Council reserves. Highways issues are at the top of the list for most parish councils as the state of our roads continues to decline. One win I had back in 2021 before Christmas was to have the A377 patched between the Portsmouth Arms and Umberleigh. The road was simply too dangerous to allow further stalling of work. The repairs done are temporary as a longer-term solution is being investigated to solve the many issues facing the A377. All of this does not come ‘cheap’ and it may be some time until a more permanent solution is identified. One project I am keen to introduce is the return of a Parish Lengthsman. These individuals were commonplace a couple of decades ago and they knew about the road drainage issues across the Parish and kept the verges, drains and gulleys clear of water (which is causing so many problems today). It is not DCC policy to employ Lengthsmen anymore but I hope to persuade Cabinet that a trial whereby Burrington, Kings Nympton, Chittlehamholt and Atherington could share a resource which would ultimately reduce the number of potholes reported and general deterioration of the road surfaces across the four parishes. This in turn would see DCC save money in the mid to long term. I just now have to win that argument with Cabinet to have the resources released. As we enter a new financial year, I have my community grant available for those who may wish to apply for qualifying initiatives/projects. The amount each DCC Councillor has had been reduced from £10,000 to 

 

 

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£8,000 this year but I would be delighted to hear from any group/individual who’d like to be considered from a grant. All applications have to go through a formal application/scrutiny process but the money is there for me to directly feed into the communities I serve.

Cllr Davies reported it has been a pleasure to act as your District Councillor over the past year and he has endeavoured to attend as many meetings as possible in order to report and provide 

updates on both local and wider council issues that affect us as well as answering questions. It would appear that we have adjusted to living and working alongside COVID, this has been challenging for many and continues to affect us in differing ways. NDC has and continues to function well with many staff back in the office or hybrid working and with formal committees being held in person. Training and informal meetings are still conducted virtually and this is largely welcomed, reducing travel, time and cost to the council. Two important projects came forward during the year. Firstly, the purchasing of Green Lanes Shopping Centre in Barnstaple – this is part of the commercial strategy and will generate significant levels of new income for the council working towards the objective of enabling it to become financially sustainable by 2023/24. Secondly, the council secured approximately £6.5m from the Future High Street Fund for improvements to the Market Quarter, the Pannier Market and Queen Street/ Bear Street car park. The Ilfracombe Water Sports Centre is currently under construction and the new Tarka Leisure Centre in Barnstaple is due to open in May 2022. External funding was obtained for both projects. Closer to home it is good to see that the new housing scheme at Cross Park Farm received planning consent. The project will deliver much needed affordable houses and significant Section 106 contributions. I am also pleased not to be inundated with noise complaints from Eaglescott whilst I am continuing to monitor actions taken by NDC enforcement. Lastly, I am happy to support further projects eligible under the Community Councillor Grants scheme, this is now open for applications.

8. Co-option. Due, to the resignation of Steve Aldridge there is now to be a co-option onto the Parish Council, notices will be put up.

9. The Annual Report will be circulated in June every parish organisation was invited to put forward information for inclusion as the Report will be delivered to every household. 

 

 

…………………………. Chairman ……………………..……Date     

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Meeting held on the 30th November 2021

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mr S Aldridge Mr A. Bonner Mrs G Benson Mr K Pincombe Mr Alan Fraser-Smith and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)        

In attendance Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Cllr P Henderson County Councillor 

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

 

The meeting was a hybrid meeting in the Parish Hall with a zoom connection.

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th October 2021 were agreed and signed.                                          

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, no report at present.

            ii. The S106 Priorities list, this has been updated and circulated another addition will be gates for both ends of the Village Green.

            iii. The Wicksteed report has been received (it was noted it was a very long report with a lot of photos) nothing was reported as a high priority, but a few repairs need to be carried out, the seat near the Village Hall needs new slates, Cllr Bailey kindly agreed to carry out the work.

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. Helicopter Flying and Eaglescott. The Eaglescott Protest reported “Cllr Davies said he had spoken to Ken Miles at NDC and no communication had taken place recently.

ii. A letter has been sent to the Earl of Portsmouth still no response has been received.

 

5. Highways. Devon Highways Parish & Town Council Conference

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

ii. The street lights have been affected by the recent storm; reports have been submitted.

iii. The drain discharging onto the pavement/highway from the old school, has had the case reopened so we await further information.

A resident has cleared the overhanging trees from Portsmouth Arms sawmills to the layby on the road toward Burrington. Ash trees along the A377 have been identified as having to be removed, landowners have 3 months to comply with the requirement. It was highlighted that some hedges have not been cut, some for some years.

 

6. County and District Councillors items. Cllr Davies reported the NDC have purchased Green Lanes shopping centre for £8.2 million, this will bring in an income for the council, £1.5 million has been secured in grants from Central Government for the refurbishment of the town centre, pedestrianisation of Butchers Row. A Barnstaple shopping app is available “Live, Love, Local”, to encourage people to shop locally. 

Covid numbers are very high in the area, so everyone is encouraged to be covid aware. The question was asked of Cllr Davies why we could not go back to zoom meeting, if not all some to help the covid situation 

 

 

 

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and the carbon footprint to reduce travelling, the MP Selaine Saxby is to be written too.  Forthcoming meetings will be held in the main hall to give greater space.

Cllr Henderson reported SOCIAL CARE Devon County Council wants to help shape a stronger, more resilient, more rewarding social care sector, not just here, but right across the country. That’s the bold ambition and purpose of an Appreciative Inquiry – a conference that will bring together leading national and local figures with care workers and providers – to discuss adult social care, to be hosted by the council on Friday, (3rd December). 30,000 care workers in Devon who support vulnerable people and promote their independence on a daily basis. But also to raise awareness of the acute challenges now faced by the industry, and identify recommendations that will help secure and improve its future, and realise its full potential. Devon currently does not have enough care workers to meet demand, with 2,000 social care job vacancies currently waiting to be filled. WINTER GRITTING The County Council is starting the season with its gritting depots fully stocked with the usual amount of around 24,000 tonnes of salt. Six gritters have been replaced with newer models to continue the ongoing upgrade of the authority’s winter fleet of 37 frontline gritters. To ensure resilience of staffing numbers, three gritter drivers per route will be on standby as per usual. The County Council launched its new Network Operations Control Centre in Sowton, Exeter, last year to improve the monitoring of Devon’s roads 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Last winter, around 18,000 tonnes of salt were used on Devon’s roads – treating more than 136,000 miles of the county - twice the amount used in each of the two previous winters. More than 3,500 grit bins are located across Devon to support community self-help on roads which are not on the gritting network. These supplies must only be used on the public highway. Empty grit bins can be reported via our “Report It” webpages so I ask each parish council to check their own grit bins and then request top up’s as necessary.

Devon’s volunteer snow warden scheme celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year, and there are currently around 325 volunteer snow wardens in towns and parishes throughout Devon. Snow wardens provide additional support for their communities as part of the Council’s winter self-help scheme, treating their priority routes during spells of prolonged spells of severe weather. Find out more about Devon’s snow warden scheme on the DCC communities webpages or contact Richard Sables, your local Neighbourhood Highway Officer. MEAL VOUCHERS FOR CHRISTMAS Families in Devon on low incomes, whose children receive free school meals, will get extra support this Christmas to help them buy food during the holidays.

Over the past year DCC have provided supermarket vouchers worth £15 per child per week of the school holidays to families who qualify for free school meals, so their children don’t go hungry. DCC are doubling that for Christmas, with an extra one-off £30 supermarket voucher, so families will receive a £60 voucher per child for the two-weeks to help with the additional financial pressure the festive period can bring. 2022 BUDGET Budget planning for 2022 is now well underway. DCC won’t find out until January the figure which will be provided by central government but we are preparing ourselves for a very challenging year ahead during which it’s likely that finances will be extremely tight with little/no spare cash available. The primary pressure facing DCC relate to the ever-increasing cost of social care which as detailed above is facing significant pressures relating to recruitment. CLIMATE CHANGE Devon Climate Emergency - A consortium of the local authorities involved in the Devon Climate Emergency partnership were successful in their funding bid to the South West Energy Hub to deliver nine events across Devon during the COP26 fortnight (which was the first two weeks of November 2021). A total of £18,360 was awarded and was matched by £28,000 of funding from the local authorities Most of the events were community led in partnership with local authorities. Feedback was that these were very well received. DCC Carbon Offsetting – In order to achieve its net zero carbon target by 2030, DCC has committed to carbon offsetting for its residual emissions. The approach agreed through the DCC Carbon Reduction Plan was a ramped approach to this carbon offsetting, to cover 5% of residual emissions in Year 1 (19/20) of the Plan, rising up to 100% by 2030. Initially this was planned to be achieved through the purchase of Woodland Carbon Credits; but by Year 3 (21/22) it was proposed to use land purchase and woodland creation as the offsetting mechanism (i.e. multiple environmental / economic benefits, with DCC investing in an asset). In 

 

 

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practice, both the purchase of Woodland Carbon Credits and the acquisition of land for woodland establishment have proved to be far more problematic (and expensive) than originally anticipated. Despite this, we achieved our first success in land acquisition recently through the purchase of 28 acres between Okehampton and Exbourne. Retrofitting DCC Estate - Recently approved at cabinet a £3.3 million scheme that will cut carbon emissions and reduce energy use on our buildings in Exeter, Barnstaple, Tavistock and Honiton. Insulation will be improved and solar panels and air source heat pumps will be installed along with mechanical ventilation that recovers heat and LED lighting. COVID Confirmed cases continue to rise in Devon with the main risings in North Devon and Torridge. The highest figures remain with the 10-16 age group with young people, largely asymptomatic, passing on to parents/carers with the 40- 50 age group the second highest. Hospital admissions also rising albeit at a much lower rate of rise – even so, presently there are 168 patients in our four hospitals with Covid, up from 111 early November. Deaths remain relatively low and flatlining over the past few weeks now. Vaccinations – 94% of Devon’s population have had at least one dose. Booster or 3rd dose – • age 80+ - 81% jabbed • 75-79 – 88% • 70-74 – 71% • 65-69 – 50% • 60-64 – 31% • 55-59 – 25% • 50-55 – 21% HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT FUND Allocated from the Department for Work and Pensions to each upper tier local authority in England. The notional fund for the DCC administrative area equates to £5,064,876. The fund is for households facing financial hardship this winter, helping them to cover the cost of food, energy and water bills and/or any related essential costs. At least 50% of the fund must be used to support households with children. The fund is being allocated across the county through various gateways such as (not exclusively) CAB – Energy Relief Scheme; Devon Food Network; Early Help Locality Teams: Action for Children Centres; Healthy Start Food Boxes and Homeless Support Groups, with £880,000 going to District Councils to provide help and support to those who are struggling financially.

 

7. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1482

Wicksteed

£72.00

1483

Clerk’s salary

£450.00

1484

Tozers

£5.40

1485

KJR

£207.60

1486

Nisbets

£350.36

Transfer

MUGA account

£250.00

i.               Grass cutting tenders, two quotes were received after consideration it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Bailey to accept Mr M Bakers tender, and Mr Elworthy’s tender for cutting the hedges, all in favour.

ii.              Set the precept, after discussion and consideration it was proposed by Cllr Aldridge seconded by Cllr Smale to keep the precept unchanged at £10,000, all in favour.

iii.             The Millenium Copse trees need thinning out due to some have Ash die back, Cllr Short has accessed, and obtained a quote for cutting and clearing the wood where required, the quote was for £400 it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Fraser-Smith to accept the quote all in favour. 

                                                                                                                                    

64051

Outline application for erection of 16 dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

Further information has been posted on the NDC Planning portal. 

73684

Conversion of agricultural building to form a dwelling and associated works The Marshes Road from Mill Moor Cross to Newnham Cross Burrington

Pending 

73824

Conversion of agricultural barn to dwelling at 

 

Curzeland Farm Burrington

Pending

                                       

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74353

Erection of an Ancillary Unit to Dwelling, Northcote Workshop

 

73965

Change of use of from agricultural land to extension to domestic curtilages at Bedport Poultry Farm Burrington

No objections

74299

Prior approval for conversion of agricultural building into a dwelling house (Class Q (A&B)) at Golland Farm Burrington

No objections 

74093

Erection of new building to accommodate four luxury suites a Northcote Manor

No objections 

74436

Single storey ground floor side extension together with small side entrance porch to improve accessibility, Lower Twitchen

Cllr Short and Cllr Davies both declared prejudicial interest and left the room. It was agreed by all to recommend approval.

       

 

                                                                                                                                                                        

9. Parish Hall report. An actual face to face meeting is scheduled to take place. 

 

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust, no report

 

11. Correspondence i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated.

A letter has been received from South Molton Community News to assess the requirement of hard copies of there newsletter, the reply is to be sent that some copies are taken from the shop but not all. 

The Barnstaple Records Office have asked the Parish Council to give them a grant, Cllr Davies has asked the Office for a breakdown of how they receive their finances, it was agreed not to financially assist at this time.

Queens Jubilee celebrations were discussed, it was suggested to ask the hall committee to organise an event, it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Bailey to grant £300 towards the celebrations all in favour. Cllr Davis will also be asked.

A speaker from Airband attended a Parish Council meeting in the spring with a commitment for greater broadband speed as yet no progress seems to have been made in the parish, an email is to be sent. 

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The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 18th January, 2022 7.30pm

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 22nd February 2022 7.30pm. Parish Council meeting.

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Meeting held on the 26th October 2021

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mr S Aldridge Mr A. Bonner Mrs G Benson Mr K Pincombe Mr Alan Fraser-Smith and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)        

In attendance 

Apologies Cllr P Henderson County Councillor Cllr K Davies District Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

 

The meeting was a hybrid meeting in the Parish Hall with a zoom connection.

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 28th September 2021 were agreed and signed.                                          

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, no report at present.

            ii. The S106 Priorities list, this was discussed and will be updated to include the purchase of the filed the priority is now what the Parish Council intend to do with it, suggestions are a fenced dog walking area, to improve the public access to a green space in the centre of the village, possibly electric car charging terminals and other ways to benefit the community with this asset. 

To try to tarmac the Square in partnership with highways, other updates will be made and returned to NDC. 

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. Helicopter Flying and Eaglescott. The Eaglescott Protest reported “As most of you will be aware there has been a great deal of publicity of late with articles in the Times newspaper, Devon Live and BBC Spotlight.
At the same time, Chris Hoole has been negotiating with NDDC about how to resolve the outstanding issues. There has been a great deal more contact than usual (by phone and by email) and a meeting has now been agreed between Mr Hoole, the head of Enforcement, a senior planning officer and the legal representative who wrote the legal opinion on behalf of NDDC. The meeting has been arranged for the morning of 11th November.”

ii. A letter has been sent to the Earl of Portsmouth still no response has been received.

 

5. Highways. Devon Highways Parish & Town Council Conference

This event is taking place on 24th & 25th November virtually. Parish Clerks have been given details of how Councillors can attend as well as the agenda for each day.

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

 

6. County and District Councillors items. Cllr Henderson reported Education Funding

Councillor James McInnes, who chairs the national campaign for fair education funding, has written to the new Education Secretary Nadhim Sahawi urging him to fight for greater investment in schools in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

 

 

 

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And Mr McInnes has also written to the Prime Minister calling on him and Mr Sahawi to resolve long-standing issues over funding for the nation’s most vulnerable children with special educational needs.

It comes as new figures show every pupil in a Devon school gets £223 less in government funding than the national average. Devon currently receives £5,145 per pupil compared to the England average of £5,368. For a number of years education funding has not kept pace with inflation, while the demands on schools and teachers have grown rapidly. In real terms, school funding is at 2010 levels. Education requires a substantial uplift to ensure schools are able to provide quality teaching for all.

20MPH Limits At long last the consultation has started in Newton Abbott which will determine the potential roll-out of 20mph schemes across the rest of Devon for those communities that would benefit.

Newton Abbot residents, businesses, commuters, and visitors are being asked to give their views on a 20miles-per-hour speed limit. The Newton Abbot 20 informal consultation has been created by a partnership of Newton Abbot Town Council, Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council and will be launched on Monday October 25 and will run until Thursday November 25.

Proud to Care Devon urgently needs around an additional 2,000 care workers so a campaign to help recruitment into the sector is to take place over the autumn/winter. The Find Your Calling campaign is encouraging those who may be looking for work or training opportunities to consider beginning a career in the Care sector. More info is available at: www.proudtocaredevon.org.uk

Cllr Bailey did comment that the Chulmleigh First Responder vehicle is still not in use Cllr Henderson is to be asked for an update. 

Cllr Davies kindly agreed to grant the Parish Council £150 towards the night landing site cost but as that is now a retrospective cost it cannot be claimed, but is still available to the Parish Council for another project the suggestion was a dog bin which will be needed when the dog walking area project is undertaken. 

No report was given on the Parish Forum meeting.

 

7. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1476

Nisbetts

£272.00

1477

AUK Supplies

£81.23

1478

NDC Dog bins

£78.00

1479

Mr M Baker playing field

£525.00

1479

Mr M Baker Village Green and seats

£624.00

1480

Burrington Parish Hall

£

1481

Mr R Elworthy hedge cutting

£80.00

i.               The house at the end of the MUGA has cut some trees down and the wire is not sufficient to keep the footballs out, so repairs or new netting is required. 

ii.              The Millenium Copse trees need thinning out some have Ash die back, Cllr Short is to access, it was also highlighted that the Oak tree by the play equipment needs attention and some of the lower branches removed, this will be looked at.  

8. Planning                                                                                                                                        

64051

Outline application for erection of 16 dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

Further information has been posted on the NDC Planning portal. 

73767

Conversion of redundant rural building to dwelling and associated works at Bouchland Farm Burrington

Passed

73684

Conversion of agricultural building to form a dwelling and associated works The Marshes Road from Mill Moor Cross to Newnham Cross Burrington

Pending 

73824

Conversion of agricultural barn to dwelling at Curzeland Farm Burrington

Pending

       

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                  

 

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9. Parish Hall report. Some of the emergency lights have been tested and need to be replaced.

 

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust, no report

 

11. Correspondence i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated. The DALC Annual meeting is to be held on the 5th 6th and 7th October via zoom.

An email has been circulated regarding Mental Health services in North Devon this was discussed more information is needed to assess the impact on residents of Burrington and to make a response.

A letter has been received from South Molton Community News to assess the requirement of hard copies of there newsletter, the shop is to be asked the extent of interest in the newsletter, also an invitation has been extended to the Community News Christmas Party on the 9th December.

The Barnstaple Records Office have asked the Parish Council to give them a grant, Cllr Davies is to be asked how the Office is funded at present before a decision is made.

Street light timings were also discussed an assessment is to be made after the clocks change next weekend. 

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The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 30th November, 2021 7.30pm

Budge meeting.

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 18th January 2022 7.30pm. Parish Council meeting to be agreed.

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Meeting held on the 28th September 2021

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mr S Aldridge Mr A. Bonner Mrs G Benson Mr Alan Fraser-Smith and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)         

In attendance Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Mr K Pincombe Cllr P Henderson County Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

 

The meeting was a hybrid meeting in the Parish Hall with a zoom connection.

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 31st August 2021 were agreed and signed.                                          

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, the night landing site mast has been installed the angle of the light needs to be altered.

Following a one-off grant of £1million awarded by the UK Treasury from the Libor banking fines fund, Devon Air Ambulance can provide grants to communities towards the costs of establishing Community Landing Sites. This fund means DAAT can provide strategic financial support to communities to develop an operationally effective network of night landing sites. Devon Air Ambulance Air Operations and Safety Committee is delighted to be able to support the development of a night landing site at Burrington Playing Field and have agreed to award your community a grant of £4,954.40 towards the associated installation costs. This will be applied for. 

ii. CLT, the money is to allocated to the night landing site. 

The cost of the project is £8000 for the cost of the field, solicitor’s fees £4344, installation £9414 both including VAT.

Grants received DAAT £4954, Norman Trust £1000, Cllr Edgell £1200, to be claimed off Cllr Davies £250, a further £150 has been offered from Cllr Davies for which he was thanked. The deficit is £280, the shop has kindly agreed to cover this for which they were thanked.

Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey have drawn up a map of suggestions for the use of the field, a potential dog walking area has been identified, the fences will have to erected and the entrances agreed, dog walkers will not be allowed on the NLS, as requested by the helicopter ambulance crew. More litter bins and dog bins are to be suggested for the field. This will be all be discussed and agreed at future meetings.  

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. Helicopter Flying and Eaglescott. The Eaglescott Protest have secured legal advice concluding in a letter sent to NDC Planning, NDC have responded with the legal interpretation in a comprehensive letter to the protest group, a further letter is awaited by the 9th October with the conclusion of any enforcement action to be taken.

ii. A letter has been sent to the Earl of Portsmouth regarding the proceeds from the sale of the school asking if some of the proceeds could be channelled into parish projects still no response has been received. 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

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5. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

6. County and District Councillors items. 

Cllr Davies reported that Arts Council England, have designated North Devon as a focus development area, to highlight the cultural and creative potential, this area is one of 11 in the South West.

NDC is working with the government to resettle two Afghan families, the government is covering the cost.

Consultants have been appointed to be the trustees of the £10.9 million grant funding for the reinvigoration of the Pannier Market, pedestrianisation of Butchers Row and other projects for the enhancement of Barnstaple Town Centre. Cllr Davies said he has another £150 that can be claimed for which he was thanked it will be put towards the cost of the Night landing site. 

7. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1472

Clerk’s salary

£288.60

1473

Office expenses

£22.91

1474

Tozers

£810.80

1475

MAT Electrics

£9414.85

i.               .

8. Planning                                                                                                                                        

64051

Outline application for erection of 16 dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

 

72741

Extension to clubhouse (to provide covid secure space), Eaglescott Airfield 

This application has not been validated.

73767

Conversion of redundant rural building to dwelling and associated works at Bouchland Farm Burrington

 

73684

Conversion of agricultural building to form a dwelling and associated works The Marshes Road from Mill Moor Cross to Newnham Cross Burrington

Alterations have been made to this application, but as to what alterations are not clear on viewing the application, it was suggested alterations should be highlighted for easy of viewing. 

73812

Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to two dwelling houses (Class Q(a)(b)) at Barn at Week Cottage High Bickington

Passed

 

 

73824

Conversion of agricultural barn to dwelling at Curzeland Farm Burrington

No objections 

       

i.               It was highlighted that with the potential development at Cross Park the S106 Expression of Interest form needs to be updated, especially now the field has been purchased and ideas for projects on the field being considered.

ii.              Cllr Short has had a response from Jamies Jeyes Service Lead - Housing Market Balance NDC regarding the S106 money from the Bridge Farm development which the Parish Council was unaware off until quite recently it read:

Due to the small amount of money that is available via the Bridge Farm planning application (£11,875 total) it's going to be difficult to use the monies for affordable housing without some other form of grant. Commuted sums would need to be used for new supply so it couldn't be used as part of the planning or feasibility work in my view, it would need to be used as part of the monies to fund the build and I'm just very aware of the deadline of 2025. The scope of this money is very narrow, only Affordable Housing so the Parish Council are having 

 

 

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difficulty knowing how to apply for it. The S106 criteria for the Cross Farm development was discussed as to how any S106 will be allocated.

Cllr Davies is to write to Jean Watkins Senior Planning Officer asking if the Parish Council can have any input as to the most advantageous way of using any money for the local community.

                                                                                                                                                                        

9. Parish Hall report. The Parish Hall is now open. 

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust, no report

 

11. Correspondence i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated. The DALC Annual meeting is to be held on the 5th 6th and 7th October via zoom.

ii. A flag pole has been offered to the Parish Council after discussion it was agreed not to accept the offer as no site was suggested.

It was noted that the odour in the village has returned a request for a contact number has been made. 

It was reported that a pipe from the school was discharging waste water onto the highway near the bus shelter, the water it seems was coming from roof water, a response has been received from NDC saying they will investigate.

The Queens Jubilee in June 2022 was discussed as to what celebrations the parish will undertake, the lighting of the Beacon will definitely be undertaken, other suggestions of commemorative mugs or coins, a picnic in the park, or cream tea where made.

The Who’s who is to be updated. The bus shelter needs cleaning.

 

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The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 26th October, 2021 7.30pm

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 30th November 2021 7.30pm. Parish Council meeting

Budget meeting

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Meeting held on the 31st August 2021

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mr S Aldridge Mr A. Bonner Mrs G Benson Mr K Pincombe Mr Alan Fraser-Smith and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)        

In attendance Cllr P Henderson County Councillor Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

 

The meeting was a hybrid meeting in the Parish Hall with a zoom connection.

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 27th July2021 were agreed and signed.                                          With the amendment that the Chulmleigh First Responder ambulance was discussed at the July meeting, it is as present not operating due to difficulties with the Ambulance Service, Cllr Henderson was asked to look into this issue. 

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, the contract has been exchanged so the field in now the property of Burrington Parish Council. The next step is to discuss what to do with the field now. MAT electrics have been contacted regarding the laying of the electricity connection from the hall under the road for the night landing site mast this will take place on the 13th and 14th September.

It was suggested to have a dog walking fenced area the cost of this project will be the fencing, it has been asked if children can play on the field, this was agreed by all for children to use the area. It was suggested to make the entrance wider and to have a hard area, the suggestion was ashes from the furnace at Aylescott or road plainings which are £30 per ton, Cllr Henderson suggested to ask for these from the Link Road regeneration work. It was also suggested to have a pedestrian access by the bungalows at Pound Close to take down a section of the fence. The hall over flow car park was also highlighted it could be used on the grass as it is at present. An electricity car charging point on the field was suggested this may qualify for environmental grants also there is S106 money in the region of £13,000 that has not been claimed from development at Bridge Farm but the stipulation for this is very narrow only being for affordable housing, the question was raised could the infrastructure be installed for the affordable housing development that is planned in the future, this is to be looked into, the grant has to be claimed by 2025. An outline application could be submitted for affordable housing.

ii. CLT, the money is 99% certain to be able to allocated to the night landing site. 

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. Helicopter Flying and Eaglescott. The Eaglescott Protest have secured legal advice concluding in a letter sent to NDC Enforcement, a response is awaited. 

ii. A letter has been sent to the Earl of Portsmouth regarding the proceeds from the sale of the school asking if some of the proceeds could be channelled into parish projects as yet no response has been received. 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

 

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5. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

Clearing trees along the A377 is being undertaken due to Ash dieback, repairs to the road surface has taken place from Kingford towards Umberleigh but this is not the completed job. The subsidence repairs at the bottom of Kingford Hill are underway. The undermining of the road towards Umberleigh has been assessed and photographically recorded. Cllr Pincombe asked Cllr Henderson regarding the cutting of hedges he reported that highways are going to take back this work, County Councillors are having a meeting with John Hart to voice concerns. Cllr Henderson is to ask at the next Scrutiny committee how contracts for highways works are awarded, as this is not clear and the system needs to be reviewed, Ms Meg Booth the Senior Officer will attend as at present the process does not seem fit for purpose.  

6. County and District Councillors items. Cllr Henderson gave an update on the Coronavirus situation in the area. Cllr Henderson asked if it would be useful if a mobile testing van visited the village, it was agreed to attend once to see the uptake to ascertain if further visits were required, it was suggested to site the van in the Square. A report on the impact on the economy was given. Children’s services had a bad OFSTED report so a new management team have been brought in to act on the report and improve the deliverance.

Regarding the Chulmleigh Responder service they are still waiting for the Ambulance Service to respond, Cllr Henderson is to make further enquires. 

Cllr Davies also gave a report including that all councillors have received an invite to the Parish Forum on the 14th October it is via zoom, this will cover many topics including, the review of litter bins and dog waste bins, housing, the restructuring of NDC etc.  

7. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1463

Aylescott postage

£25.38

1464

Clerk’s salary

£450.00

1465

J Pickard printing

£30.00

1466

Burrington church buildings Trust

£300.00

1467

Bethesda Graveyard Trust

£100.00

1468

Old Gospel Hall

£50.00

1469

Bethesda rent for MUGA

£350.00

1470

Burrington PCC electricity

£60.00

1471

NDC dog waste 

£150.00

i.               .

8. Planning                                                                                                                                        

64051

Outline application for erection of 16 dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

This application has been called to committee as highways and drainage have been asked for additional information which has not been received as yet.

73516

Change of use of part of the field from agricultural to equestrian for grazing horses together with erection of a stable block at Land at Meadow View Farm Road from Portsmouth Arms Hotel to Northcote Cross Burrington

Passed

 

72741

Extension to clubhouse (to provide covid secure space), Eaglescott Airfield 

No longer on the NDC planning portal as the information under this number was incorrect, but a response ( if still live) was agreed for the amended larger size of the extension it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Fraser Smith to recommend refusal on the grounds of no need demonstrated and lack of clarification, all in favour.

73767

Conversion of redundant rural building to dwelling and associated works at Bouchland Farm Burrington

 

73684

Conversion of agricultural building to form a dwelling and associated works The Marshes Road from Mill Moor Cross to Newnham Cross Burrington

No objections 

73812

Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to two dwelling houses (Class Q(a)(b)) at Barn at Week Cottage High Bickington

 

           

 

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9. Parish Hall report. The Parish Hall is now open. 

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust, no report

 

11. Correspondence i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated.

It was noted that a pipe from the school was discharging waste water onto the highway near the bus shelter, the water it seems was coming from roof water, Cllr Short will discuss this with the owners. Likewise, the hedge between the school property and the public footpath is not defined also to be discussed. 

It was highlighted the excessive number of lights that have been installed to illuminate Portsmouth Arms Train station.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 28th September, 2021 7.30pm  

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 26th October 2021 7.30pm. Parish Council meeting

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Meeting held on the 28th July  2021

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mr S Aldridge Mr A. Bonner Mr Alan Fraser-Smith and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)  

In attendance Cllr P Henderson County Councillor plus four members of the public

Apologies Mrs G Benson Mr K Pincombe Cllr K Davies District Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

It was raised from the floor points regarding the Cross Park planning for 16 dwellings, the site is in the Local Plan and affordable housing has been provided, the access was determined from the original plan as it was not a suitable access from the farm side, but the proposed access may cause a pinch point with only a 6-metre gap, highways will be consulted on ways to slow the traffic, the boundary at the access point was discussed.  

The drainage of foul water and storm water were highlighted as a point of concern, professional advise was sought to calculate the run off and quality management of the drainage water. The proposed system of Clijsters is a technical solution to the disposal of foul water as connecting to the mains sewage would cost £260,000. The depth of the ditch for the soak away and the calculation of the volume of water have yet to be agreed, ND planning will it is anticipated contact the Environment Agency and DCC Flood team to look at the technical aspects to ensure no flooding ever occurs as a consequence.

Sumps and the levels of these were discussed, the capacity of the pipes and ditches along with the possibility of storm water were also discussed

There will be a communal maintenance agreement for grounds works etc, the 4 affordable houses will be managed by a housing association. 

Members of the public were thanked for attending. 

 

The meeting was a hybrid meeting in the Parish Hall with a zoom connection.

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th May 2021 were agreed and signed.

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, the contract has been witnessed and signed by Cllr Short and returned to the solicitors. The next step is to contact MAT Electricals to obtained a revised quote for the Night landing site mast.

ii. CLT, it is hoped to utilise the money for the costs associated with the night landing site mast, Cllr Henderson kindly said he would grant some money to the project. 

v. Airband Liaison meeting, a response was received asking if all houses would have a fibre connection from the email it was assumed all will not. 

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. Helicopter Flying and Eaglescott. A further meeting of the Eaglescott Protest group is to be held on Thursday; a representative will attend from the Parish Council. The hard runway was highlighted, the planning application for the extension it seems there are no reasons to object, but the reasons for requirement are questioned. 

 

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ii. Cars on the pavement outside of Southfield, these have been reported but to no avail.

 iii. Barnstaple Inn, an email was received to confirm that the Barnstaple Inn contracts have been exchanged and completion is Monday 23rd August. The new owners are very experienced in the trade, and hope to open as soon as possible, following some updates on the building. It is believed they want to offer food as well as drink.

 

5. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

 

6. County and District Councillors items. Cllr Henderson reported that Ms Marie Bailey is making a real difference to the running of the council and Mr John Triggs has been appointed as Deputy Chief Executive another layer of management is to be introduced to help make the council run more efficiently.

The A377 is shut at the bottom of Kingford Hill, for subsidence repairs, Cllr Henderson has flagged that the pot holes could be filled at the same time as the road closure. The four conservative councillors have spoken to Cllr John Hart to ask him to help improve the roads in this area, one suggestion was to have the return of the Parish Lengthsman, or to give each Parish £20k per year to use contractors and or farmers to carry out the preventative and clearing work on the roads. Road Wardens were suggested to be implemented.

There are further grants schemes one from England Woodland Creation, Reconnect and rebuild this is up to £1k for small projects to help people to come out off the covid pandemic, Village Halls can apply, and the Community Ownership scheme for larger project to purchase an asset to put into community ownership. 

The mass cutting of trees along the highway was highlighted, these are mainly from Ash dieback, but some are being left if felt there will recover, sections of the Link Road have been left to protect the door mice, hedgehogs and slow worms but when they have migrated from the sites they will be cleared. 

7. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1461

West of England fire Protection

 

1462

Burrington Parish Hall

£17.20

i.               .

8. Planning                                                                                                                                        

64051

Outline application for erection of four dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

Cllr Waldridge and Cllr Bailey declared a prejudicial interest and left the room. 

Comments put forward from the Parish Council were approving of the application subject to checks that the drain capacity being sufficient from all sources of waste water including storm water to ensure the area was never subject to flooding.

The Parish Council would like assurance that the Environment Agency and the DCC Flood team approved a drainage scheme that alleviated the risk of any future problems regarding the dispersal of waste water. 

The other comment was that assurance was needed that the entrance was wide enough to cope with the extra volume of traffic that would be created from this development. Proposed by Cllr Smale seconded by Cllr Aldridge, all in favour.

73516

Change of use of part of the field from agricultural to equestrian for grazing horses together with erection of a stable block at Land at Meadow View Farm Road from Portsmouth Arms Hotel to Northcote Cross Burrington

 

 

72741

Extension to clubhouse (to provide covid secure space), Eaglescott Airfield 

The comments put forward from the Parish Council were that the reasoning behind the requirement for the extension is very tenuous, the club house has plenty of space with a seemingly low club membership.

         

 

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9. Parish Hall report. The Parish Hall is now open. It was discussed when the Parish council will move into the Committee room, it was felt September. 

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust, no report

 

11. Correspondence i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated.

The proceeds from the sale of the school were discussed, the Earl of Portsmouth will be contacted again

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 31st August, 2021 7.30pm  

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 28th September 2021 7.30pm. Parish Council meeting

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Meeting held on the 26th May 2021

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mr S Aldridge Mrs G Benson Mr A. Bonner Mr Alan Fraser-Smith Mr K Pincombe and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)        

In attendance Cllr P Henderson County Councillor 

Apologies Cllr K Davies District Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

The meeting was a hybrid meeting in the Parish Hall with a zoom connection.

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th May 2021 were agreed and signed.

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, Sarah Bowker, Corporate Estates Manager has received acknowledgement from the Department for Education in response to DCC’s request to dispose of the playing field in accordance with class consent. This effectively allows DCC to dispose of the field to the Parish Council, which is good news.So, both sets of solicitors will be contacted. 

ii. CLT, the situation is still being considered.

iii. The Litter picker has resigned, after discussion it was suggested to ask parishioners to keep the area tidy, there are bins by the MUGA and at the end of the footpath which are regularly full, so a note is to be put on the parish email.

iv. Annual Report, this will be circulated to every household in the Parish, with inclusion from the hall, shop, chapel, church and a flyer regarding the Barnstaple Inn as a community asset.

The flyer regarding the Barnstaple Inn was put on the parish email 4 replies have been received, the level of interest will be gauged but one has come from the owner who is hopeful it has been sold to be used as a public house. 

v. Airband Liaison meeting, after discussion the question was raised will all connections be fibre, or what determines if the connection is cable or wireless? This will be asked. 

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. Helicopter Flying and Eaglescott. Cllr Short attended an open meeting in at Roborough, that around 30 people attended it was really a get together. Two days after our last meeting the helicopters did return. Eaglescott have been sent a letter as the first step of enforcement when a reply comes from this after the correct timescale the second step of enforcement can be undertaken. A reply from the first step is expected after the 1st July. A new head of Planning at NDC has been appointed Ms Marie Bailey, it was felt a letter setting out the issues should be sent and this asked to be a priority.

ii. Cars on the pavement outside of Southfield, these have been reported more than once, it was felt the situation had improved. The trailer in the Chapel car park has had an official notice put on it.

 iii. Barnstaple Inn, covered under the Annual report.

5. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

 

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ii. The A377, Cllr Henderson reported he has had a meeting with Richard Sables the Highway superintendent, the work is scheduled to be undertaken in 2022 it all comes down to funding. Cllr Henderson has spoken to other County Councillors who have similar situations. Cllr Henderson is attending a highway meeting next week. The state of the hedges along the road was also raised Cllr Pincombe will send photographic evidence to show the narrowing of the road, DCC contractors have cut hedges around corners and visibility splays. Highways are not interested in the access along the A377 going down to the marsh, they say it is a planning matter so a letter will be sent to NDC planning. 

It was also highlighted to Cllr Henderson the hedges along the B3226 towards South Molton. 

 

6. County and District Councillors items. The Fire co-responder in Chulmeigh was discussed, this is not being used due to a dispute with the Ambulance service, the project was paid for and run by the Community.

7. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1450

Ms G Boyd    

£32.00

1457

DALC training

£108.00

1458

Clerks’ salary

£377.24

1459

Office expenses

51.95

1460

Burrington Parish Hall

£17.20

i.                  Agree and sign the Annual Governance Statement  

ii.              Agree and sign the Accounting Statement

iii.            Agree and sign the Exemption form

iv.            Fixed Asset Register, it was proposed by Cllr Bailey seconded by Cllr Pincombe to accept all the forms, all in favour. 

8. Planning                                                                                                                                        

64051

Outline application for erection of four dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

A revised application is expected for 16 properties.                                                  

72550

Extension to side of property at Cleave Down Burrington

Listed building application for extension to side of property at Cleave Down

Passed

73215

Erection of agricultural shed to cover existing heifer yard at Bircham Farm

Passed

73239

Erection of agricultural shed to cover existing slurry pit at Bircham Farm

Passed

73516

Change of use of part of the field from agricultural to equestrian for grazing horses together with erection of a stable block at Land at Meadow View Farm Road from Portsmouth Arms Hotel to Northcote Cross Burrington

 

 

         

i. Possible planning breaches, no further information has been received.

9. Parish Hall report. The Parish Hall is now open.

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust. The graves have been levelled.

 

11. Correspondence i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated.

ii The Queens Platinum Jubilee, the Beacon will be lit further information will be circulated nearer the time.

The Tommy’s have been received. 

The proceeds from the sale of the school was discussed, the Earl of Portsmouth will be contacted again

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 27th July, 2021 7.30pm  

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 31s August 2021 7.30pm. Parish Council meeting

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Meeting held on the 26th May 2021

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mr S Aldridge Mrs G Benson Mr A. Bonner Mr Alan Fraser-Smith Mr K Pincombe and Mr P Smale and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)  

In attendance Cllr P Henderson County Councillor Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Mr J Wooldridge 

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

 

Public Participation

Election of Officers the clerk asked for nominations for the post of chairman, it was proposed by Cllr Smale to re-elect Cllr Short as Chairman seconded by Cllr Benson, all were unanimously in favour. Cllr John Short was duly elected as chairman.  

The Chairman asked for nominations for the post of vice chairman Cllr Pincombe was proposed as Vice Chairman by Cllr Bonner seconded by Cllr Smale, unanimously all in favour; Cllr K Pincombe was duly re-elected as Vice Chairman.

Representatives from the Parish Council on the Parish Hall committee, Cllr P Bailey and Cllr Wooldridge were appointed as the Parish council’s representatives.

Bethesda Graveyard Trust representative, Cllr John Short was nominated as the representative.

Snow Warden, Cllr Short accepted the role.

 

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the virtual meeting held on 24th April 2021 were agreed and signed.

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, no response has been received. A request for a bouncy castle to be sited on the field was made, as the Parish Council are not the owners as yet, DCC were contacted who refused the application on health and safety grounds. 

ii. CLT, the situation is still being considered.

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. Helicopter Flying. Cllr Short has held a meeting with the Devon Air Ambulance and Mr Hoole, concluding everyone is the area is very positive regarding the Devon Air Ambulance helicopter, training for this helicopter was discussed, at the site there are 6 pilots, 2 different helicopters are used, so requiring different training.

Two Parish Councils have sent replies to Miss Mackintosh at NDC Enforcement, it was felt a reply from Burrington should be sent to ensure all investigations are being undertaken. The action does not it seem come under the umbrella of military use, Enforcement are investigating. The case is still open Cllr Davies is the keeper of the log, but as yet has had no inputs. At present the activity is quiet.  

            ii. Abandoned cars, this has been sorted and the vehicles removed. It was raised again regarding the trailer that is still parked in the Chapel car park, Cllr Short has spoken to the owner again, who has assured Cllr Short it is only a matter of time before it is removed as it is sold, Cllr Short is to contact NDC 

 

 

 

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for its removal. The cars parking on the pavement outside South Field are still occurring causing an obstruction, Cllr Henderson advised to ring 101, then a PCSO will sent to investigate

            iii. Barnstaple Inn, the Parish Council registration on the NDC Community Asset Register comes to the end of its 5-year term in July, a resubmission is to be looked into. It was agreed to assess the interest from the community, a flier will be put in with the Annual Report to ascertain the level of interest then decide from the response if the Public House should be registered again as a Community Asset. Further information is to be obtained. 

5. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

ii. Councillors are disappointed with the number of pot holes in the parish and wider area and especially the state of the A377 towards Umberleigh, Cllr Henderson was asked about this on going issue, he has arranged a meeting with Mr Richard Sables the Highway Superintendent, this is the worst stretch of road in the ward, it has been put on the work schedule but no date for work has been agreed.  Cllr Short reported along Twitchen Lane the pot holes have been repaired. 

6. County and District Councillors items. Cllr Henderson was brought up to speed regarding the purchase of the field and the time scale for claiming the grant that Cllr Edgell secured for the parish. And the fact that the inclusion of the clause that the field has to be kept in sport and recreation for 10 years after purchase was only raised after everting else was agree and the Parish Council paid the solicitors, it was felt this was not open and upfront.

Cllr Henderson has a full council meeting the following day, he asked the Parish to draw up a shopping list of parish requirements to see if he is able to help. The DC Councillor grant is live and able to be applied for. Cllr Henderson has been Mayor of South Molton for the last two years.

Cllr Davies said the District Councillors grants are now able to be applied for. There is filming in the North Devon area of a new drama called The Long Call, NDC have supported this project. The Keep Britan Tidy campaign starts on the 28th May to the 13th June, NDC will help with litter picking equipment. Although Covid cases are very low, everyone is asked to be vigilant.  

7. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1445

Ms G Boyd    

£32.00

1446

DALC training

£36.00

            i. Covid compensation, no members of the parish have taken the offer, three particular parishioners were very helpful in the early stages of the pandemic, it was suggested the grant go towards the night landing site. 

8. Planning                                                                                                                                        

64051

Outline application for erection of four dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

                                                           

72550

Extension to side of property at Cleave Down Burrington

Listed building application for extension to side of property at Cleave Down

 

73215

Erection of agricultural shed to cover existing heifer yard at Bircham Farm

 

72961

Extension to dwelling together with new raised decking area accessed by new French doors at Pennyford Cottage

Passed

73239

Erection of agricultural shed to cover existing slurry pit at Bircham Farm

Recommend approval

73516

Change of use of part of the field from agricultural to equestrian for grazing horses together with erection of a stable block at Land at Meadow View Farm Road from Portsmouth Arms Hotel to Northcote Cross Burrington

Recommend approval

 

 

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i. Possible planning breaches, these are being looked at. An access onto the A377 but not in the parish was discussed for being dangerous.

9. Parish Hall report. The Parish Hall is now open, likewise the public toilets. A risk assessment has been completed for the Parish council entering the hall. 

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust. 

11. Correspondence 

i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated. 

The Annual Report is due to be circulated at the end of June, so it was agreed to bring the meeting forward a week. 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 22nd June, 2021 7.30pm  

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 27th July 2021 7.30pm. Parish Council meeting

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Virtual Meeting held on the 27th April 2021

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mr S Aldridge Mrs G Benson Mr A. Bonner Mr Alan Fraser-Smith Mr K Pincombe and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)        

In attendance one member of the public

Apologies Cllr R Edgell-County Councillor Cllr K Davies District Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

 

Public Participation

 

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the virtual meeting held on 23rd March 2021 were agreed and signed.

2. Adopt any resolutions brought forward from the Annual Parish Meeting.

            i. It was proposed by Cllr Fraser-Smith seconded by Cllr Bailey to pay the:

            £ 60 donation to be made to the Church for electricity used by public light.

£ 175 donation to be made to the Parish Hall for electricity used by the public lights.

            £300 Grant to the Burrington Church Buildings Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

            £100 Grant to the Bethesda Graveyard Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

            £50 Grant to the Old Gospel Hall for maintenance of the graveyard.

All in favour.

With regard to the top up of the NDC grant for £200 (the grant is no longer received by the Parish Council) and the top up of the toilet grant, these will be reassessed in due course as the Hall and toilets are closed at present. 

 

3. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, a copy of the submission from DCC that has been sent to the Department of Education has been received and circulated to Councillors. A reply is awaited.

ii. CLT, the conditions of the grant have been scrutinised to see if the money can be utilised for the benefit of the community.

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. Helicopter Flying. NDC Enforcement are still working on this case, as the owner of airfield has said all the training flights where for military use, but this seems contrary to previous information.

            ii. Abandoned cars, Cllr Short has had further communications from parishioners regarding the cars that are abandoned, these have been reported to DCC. It was raised regarding the trailer that is still parked in the Chapel car park, Cllr Short has spoken to the owner, who has assured Cllr Short it is only a matter of time before it is removed as it is sold, but the PC have asked for removal by the end of this month, then details will be passed onto District Council for it to be removed. 

            iii. Barnstaple Inn, the Parish Council registration on the NDC Community Asset Register comes to the end of its 5-year term in July, a resubmission is to be looked into. 

            

5. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

 

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ii. Councillors are disappointed with the number of pot holes in the parish and wider area and especially the state of the A377 towards Umberleigh, it is hoped to lobby the new County Councillor.

when in post. A thank you letter is to be sent to Richard Edgell for all his hard work for the Parish during his time in office. 

 

6. County and District Councillors items. No reports.

 

7. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1442

Ms G Boyd    

£32.00

1443

DALC affiliation fee

£123.09

1443

DALC training

£36.00

8. Planning                                                                                                                                        

64051

Outline application for erection of four dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

                                                           

72773

Erection of an agricultural livestock building, together with association operational development at Little Pavington Burrington 

Passed

72739

Erection of garage at Henleigh Farm Burrington

Passed

72550

Extension to side of property at Cleave Down Burrington

Listed building application for extension to side of property at Cleave Down

 

73215

Erection of agricultural shed to cover existing heifer yard at Bircham Farm

No 

objections

72961

Extension to dwelling together with new raised decking area accessed by new French doors at Pennyford Cottage

 

i. Possible planning breaches, these are the caravans that have been reported around the parish, a further email has been received from NDC Enforcement who are looking into the possible breaches

 

9. Parish Hall report. The Hall committee are looking at installing solar panels on the roof but are awaiting grant applications.

 

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust. The owner of Jenny Fox Cottage has approached Cllr Short to ask if a skip can be placed in the car park temporally to aid with the removal of rubbish. 

 

11. Correspondence 

i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated. 

ii). A letter has been received from the Royal British Legion included in the letter is a form asking if the Parish council would like purchase statues of the unknown Tommy, after discussion it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Wooldridge to purchase two at a cost of £300, with the wording on the bottom of “Lest we forget” all in favour.

The running of meetings in the future when face to face in the hall, will require the Hall and the Parish council to carry out risk assessments, the meeting with have to have a zoom link so anyone can join in via the internet and comply with covid regulations. 

The question was asked would the Parish Council like the flag to be flying on the 8th May VE Day.

The next Parish Council virtual Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 25th May, 2021 7.30pm  

ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING           

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 29TH June 2021 7.30pm. Parish Council meeting

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Virtual Meeting held on the 23rd February 2021

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mrs G Benson Mr A. Bonner Mr Alan Fraser-Smith Mr K Pincombe and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)         

In attendance   Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Cllr R Edgell-County Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

 

1.Co-option of a Parish Councillor, following a ballot Mr Stephen Aldridge was elected onto the Parish Council.

 

2.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the virtual meeting held on 19th January 2021 were agreed and signed.

 

3. Clerks report

i. Field purchase. Cllr Short has been in contact with the DCC Solicitors and it seems that there is another restriction on the purchase, DCC have to notify the Department for Education that they are selling the field. 

It appears since the beginning of this year the guidance has changed that the land has to stay as a sports / recreational facility for 10 years, so no change of use, councillors want to see the guidance in writing, as this appears to be a change of policy, so the Parish Council can not proceed at present until all is clarified, the question was raised why was this not identified before in the searches. Cllr Short is to get back to DCC to find out the implications. 

ii. CLT, it has come to the attention of some members of the CLT that what appeared to be a no restrictions grant, has to have an identified use or it has to be paid back, Cllr Short is to speak to Colin Savage the Rural Housing Enabler to ascertain the situation.  

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. Helicopter Flying

            The majority of the helicopter flying has stopped and it seems a lot quieter, three enforcement cases are ongoing, the Air Ambulance also appears to be restricted that they cannot train which is an unfortunate knock on.

            ii. Abandoned cars, Cllr Short has sent an email to the District Council and some of the abandoned cars have been removed, but as they have been in situ for such a long time the mud and debris that has been left makes the spaces difficult to use, so a request to clean the area is to be made. But both District Council and the Housing Association are not claimed the areas. The trailer has still not been removed.

            iii. The pavement in front of South Field is regularly being used to park cars, a request has been received to ask the residents not to park on the pavement, so a letter is to be written to every house hold.

Cllr Benson raised the point about the leaves and debris that is on the Village Square, it was suggested to ask when the next road cleaning lorry comes to the village for the Parish Council to be informed so the residents that park on the Square can be asked to move their vehicles.  

5. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

 

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ii. Pennyford was discussed as it is still flooding, it seems the culvert has collapsed so it is quite a large job to reinstate the culvert to correctly direct the water, highways are aware of the problem but have no finances at present, an email is to be sent to see if a time frame was available. Pot holes on the A377 were discussed again along with the overhanging hedges. 

6. County and District Councillors items. 

i. Cllr Davies reported business grants are available on the NDC website for businesses effected by the pandemic. Cllr Davies has spoken to the case officer dealing with the Radar station planning application and it will be passed. 

North Devon Council have secured £6.5 million funding toward the regeneration of the Barnstaple High Street and Pannier Market. Along with the £6.5m NDC have pledged a further £4 million this was unanimously supported by District Councillors, this money will be borrowed over 40 years at an interest rate of 2.5% this project is to focus on the culture and offer life style choices for the centre of the town, it was also noted not to forget other urban hubs, South Molton, Ilfracombe etc.  

7. Finance,                                                                                                                                                                

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1433

Ms G Boyd    

£32.00

1434

Clerks salary

£450.00

1435

WH Buckingham

£114.00

 

8. Planning                                                                                                                                        

64051

Outline application for erection of four dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

                                                           

            72614

Change of use of existing building to form studios/workshops, including installation of a ground source heat pump and roof mounted solar panels Burrington Radar Station

 

72550

Extension to side of property at Cleave Down Burrington

 

72773

Erection of an agricultural livestock building, together with association operational development at Little Pavington Burrington 

No objections

72739

Erection of garage at Henleigh Farm Burrington

No

objections

i. Possible planning breaches, these are the caravans that have been reported around the parish as yet no response has been received a further email is to be sent. 

9. Parish Hall report. The hall is still closed, likewise the MUGA.

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust. At the AGM it was agreed to raise the rent for the MUGA Car park area to £350, in the Trust constitution the rent can only be reviewed every 5 years. In the MUGA the hall is responsible for moveable items with the Parish Council responsible for fixtures including the surface.

11. Correspondence 

i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated. 

ii). An email from a Parishioner has been received regarding a Broadband voucher scheme to boost network within houses, this will be circulated. 

iii). It was reported the Church Clock is not striking, the lead bell ringer is to be asked to look at it, Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey also said they would investigate. 

The next Parish Council virtual Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 23th March please note a week early, 2021 7.30pm             

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

Date of forthcoming virtual meeting:   Tuesday 27th April 2021 7.30pm. To be agreed

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Virtual Meeting held on the 27th October 2020

 

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mrs G Benson Mr A. Bonner Mrs J Pateman-Jones Mr K Pincombe and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)      

In attendance   Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Cllr R Edgell-County Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Co-option, following a vote with two candidates, Mr Alan Fraser-Smith was co-opted onto the Parish Council.

 

Public Participation

.

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the virtual meeting held on 29th September 2020 were agreed and signed.

 

2. Clerks report,

I           Heads of Terms regarding the purchase of the field.

The Parish Council solicitor is still working on the details of the contract most specifically on the overage charge. The wording needs to be correct to ensure all future activity is covered.

ii. CLT, a meeting is hoped to be called this Friday the 30th October

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. Helicopter Flying

Cllr Davies reported that the enforcement case has been reopened on the 28th September, a report has been written which needs to be signed off, Cllr Davies said it is hoped there will be feedback by the end of next week. 

ii. Broadband, no comment was made.

 

4. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

ii. The state of the road from Cross Park to Twitchen Lane corner and from Cross Park to Two Gates was discussed at length, there has been a lot of water on the road of late, along with a lot of artic lorries, causing damage to the tarmac. One of the main issues in this corvid time has been the increase in delivery vans of all types coupled with the camber of the road to cause the build up of mud and water. The soak away drains are situated on the wrong side of the road and the water tables have not been cleared for a very long time. Cllr Wooldridge said they have been making every effort by cleaning the road three times in the past 2 weeks. They have been cleaning the roads with both hand scrapes and yard scrapes but the traffic skews out the mud. 

The numerous pot holes are causing drivers to avoid them by driving on the other side of the narrow road, along with the cows using the road. 

It was asked what action can be taken as the situation is causing a Health and Safety issue, it was suggested to put signs at Two Gates to send traffic onto Forches Cross.

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Cllr Wooldridge was asked what his long-term plans where, he said he was looking at increasing cow numbers but to do away with the cows using the road and making them use the fields to access their pasture. 

The pot holes and drains will be reported. 

The road is full of water at Bouchland again it will soon be impassable, this has been reported

 

5. County and District Councillors items. 

i. Cllr Davies is to follow up again with Martin Slocombe who has not been in contact, Mr Slocombe visited the hall in relation to the Climate and Environmental Scheme from NDC, in connection with power supply to the field, including a power charging point for electric cars. 

Cllr Davies has called in the Eaglescott application if the officer is minded to approve the application.

The meeting was reminded that tourism accommodation cannot accept people from tier 3, everyone is encouraged to complete the Carbon Footprint survey to see if they can reduce their personnel carbon footprint. 

There is a local hardship fund in direct association to the corvid pandemic from North Devon Council, for people who cannot pay for food, travel, utility bill etc.  The pantomime is to go ahead this year, as the Queens Theatre and the Landmark have received between them £550,000, the Barnstaple museum has received £58,000.

 

6. Finance,    

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1425

Ms. G Boyd

£32.00

1424

AUK supplies

£62.88

1426

Smith of Derby

£180.00

1427

NDC dog waste collection

£78.00

The present contact to service the Clock has expired, Smith of Derby’s new quote is £98.00more another company are more competitive, the question was asked do we need an annual service would biannually be sufficient, Cllr Bailey is to look into the question. 

Mr Hopper has been changing the time on the clock for a long time, it only needs to be done twice a year now, but it was suggested to get someone else to know the routine, Cllr Short and Cllr Wooldridge both agreed to.

 

7. Planning                                                                                                                                        

64051

Outline application for erection of four dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

                                                           

71674

Conversion of light industrial unit to dwelling - approval for building operations associated with planning permission 70633 at Northcote Workshop Burrington Umberleigh Devon EX37 9NF

 

71674

Erection of agricultural shed, Callards Stables

Passed

72061

Outline application for erection of Site managers dwelling all matters reserved at Eaglescott Airfield.

 

72192

Removal of conditions 3 (holiday occupancy restriction) and 4 (use restriction) attached to planning permission 39132 (Amendment to Planning Permissions 36409) to allow use as residential and remove conditions that restrict use at Bedport Barn Burrington

 

 

8. Parish Hall report. The hall is still closed, but the MUGA is being used daily. A meeting has been held following an email from Hall Share, with the probation service who are offering “Community Pay Back” where offenders will carry out work like painting , grass cutting etc, the hall is up to speed, but the Trust are going to use the service to level some graves, the Parish Council are being asked to see if they would 

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like any work done on the bus shelter, the church where asked if they would like any work carried out. There is a small charge for materials but the labour is free and there is supervision at all times.

 

9. Bethesda Graveyard Trust. Please see above. 

                                                                                                                                                            

10. Correspondence 

i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated. 

ii). Community Orchards, after discussion a site has still not been agreed so it will be raised again at the next meeting for councillors to consider a suitable site.  

It was raised the abandoned cars that seem to be parked along the road towards Balls Corner, Cllr Short is working on it trying to see who’s land the cars are actually parked on, Highways or North Devon homes. It was also raised regarding the Daimler parked on the pavement at Pound Close. 

The playing field hedges need to be cut it was felt easier to ask Mr Elworthy to give a quote to get the job done, this will be done. 

 

The next Parish Council virtual Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 24th November 2020 7.30pm             Budget meeting

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

Date of forthcoming virtual meeting:   Tuesday 19th January 2021 7.30pm. To be agreed

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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Virtual Meeting held on the 25th August 2020

 

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mrs G Benson Mr A. Bonner Mrs J Pateman-Jones Mr K Pincombe and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)      

In attendance   Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Cllr R Edgell-County Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

 

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the virtual meeting held on 28th July 2020 were agreed and signed.

 

2. Clerks report,

i.               Heads of Terms regarding the purchase of the field.

Mr Sam Reed from Tozer’s Solicitors has contacted Cllr Pateman-Jones to say the contract has been checked and the contract of sale with DCC. The clause highlighted was that if in the future planning permission was sought for anything other than what is stipulated in the agreement              (affordable housing) the overage would apply on both  the planning permission gained and if the subsequent   build was sold. As the work is quite complicated the fee is likely to be in the region of £3,000 upwards, a request to keep it as low as possible has been asked for. The searches are progressing along with the contract of sale. 

The question was raised from Cllr Bailey was can the Parish Hall committee progress with trying to obtaining grants for the extra parking facility that is to be allocated to the Parish Hall, the response was yes. 

Cllr Bailey has applied for a grant from Cllr Edgell for £1200 towards the night landing site this has been confirmed and validated. The shortfall to complete the nigh landing site is £1814, Cllr Davies said he has a small amount to grant to his parishes up to £250.

The question of S106 money was raised but it appears only money from developments within the Parish can be applied for

                        

ii.              CLT, no report was given

 

3.             Resignation of a Parish Councillor.                                                                                               

Notices for the co-option of a Parish Councillor will be posted on the notice board and on the Burrington email and put in the magazine. 

 

4. Chairman’s Report 

i. The obelisk has been put in place, thank you to Cllr Pincombe and Cllr Short for undertaking the work. 

ii. Helicopter Flying.

The flying is still ongoing and again further letters have been sent to NDC and the two local MP’s from residents. 

 

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iii.             Broadband

Cllr Pincombe has been in contact with a Parish Councillor from Kings Nympton where they have successfully got fibre broadband installed, the main reason for success was that a new development was being built in the village, on a new development Openreach are required to install fibre to new houses. On the back of this individuals lead by a steering group got a grant towards installing fibre into their homes. The question was raised regarding the consented planning permission for the 5 dwellings at Bedport, but fibre is being rolled out across the country in time.

 

5. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

ii. There is a road closure from Forches Cross to the sawmills on the 29th July for work to be undertaken on the trees. It was commented that only one tree was taken down which was disappointing for the amount that needed to be done. 

  1. It was raised regarding the number of overhanging branches down Balls Hill towards Winswood, this will be reported, Cllr Short has spoken to owner regarding the problem but with little success.  

 

5. County and District Councillors items. 

i. Cllr Davies reported he has a small amount of grant money to distribute. NDC are suffering the effects of covid and a shortage of funds. The glass recycling bins have been distributed around the district. The unemployment out look is not good especially in Ilfracombe and central Barnstaple. But on a positive note the DCC covid dashboard has shown that the impact of tourists has been zero, which is very good news. 

 

6. Finance,    

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1418

Ms. G Boyd

£32.00

1419

Clerks salary

£450.00

i.               The covid grant was highlighted if anyone has any invoices to present. 

ii.              Cllr Short has successfully obtained a grant of £400.

 

7. Planning

64051

Outline application for erection of four dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

                                                           

71719

Erection of a Steel Framed Agricultural Shed, Cross Park Farm

Passed

71667

Change of use of School to Dwelling including demolition of 'temporary' classroom and replacement with attached 'Annex', Church of England School Burrington

Passed

71674

Conversion of light industrial unit to dwelling - approval for building operations associated with planning permission 70633 at Northcote Workshop Burrington Umberleigh Devon EX37 9NF

 

71674

Erection of agricultural shed, Callards Stables

Councillors had no objections but the comment put forward was the lack of land associated with this application for the required need for an agricultural shed.

71868

Prior approval change of use of agricultural building to dwelling house Class Q, Marshes.

 

       

 

 

 

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New planning regulations are being implemented in September. Cllr Davies said a Neighbourhood Plan would protect and be a material consideration in any planning applications, but the process is very long winded and costly.

It was raised the number of caravans that are appearing around the parish, as this had been raised it was felt to be the duty of the Parish Council to bring it to the attention of NDC so they are aware of the locations.

 

8. Parish Hall report. The hall is still closed. The question was raised when is the hall likely to reopen, but Cllr Bailey said bookings at this time of year are usually low, and there has been no real call for the hall to be opened, the Comrades Club are circulating a census to see if players are willing to play.

 

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust. 

                                                                                                                                                            

11. Correspondence 

i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated. An invitation has been circulated to all councillors for applications for the DALC Board of Directors.

It was highlighted the caravan that seems to be permanently parked in the Chapel car park, and its deteriorating state. The car park seems very full of vehicles being parked, Cllr Short is to contact owners to ascertain their plan for their vehicles.

 

VJ Day Celebrations on the 15th August, a socially distanced Church Service was held and the Beacon was lit at 9pm with a good attendance. 

 

The next Parish Council virtual Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 29th September 2019 7.30pm 

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

Date of forthcoming virtual meeting:   Tuesday 27th October 2020 7.30pm

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Virtual Meeting held on the 16th June 2020

 

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mrs G Benson, Mr A. Bonner Mrs J Pateman-Jones Mr K Pincombe and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)      

In attendance   Cllr K Davies District Councillor 

Apologies Mr P Keeley Cllr R Edgell-County Councillor

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

 

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 25th February 2020 were agreed and signed.

 

2. Clerks report,

i. Heads of Terms regarding the purchase of the field, Mr Sam Reed from Tozer’s Solicitors is acting for the Parish Council, all appears to be fine with the Heads of Terms so he is chasing DCC for an agreement of sale, which is promised to be imminent. 

Cllr Bailey has secured a grant of £1000 from the Norman Family Trust towards the DAAT Night landing site for which he was thanked, it was raised is the estimate from MAT Electricals for the electrical work still valid as the quote was undertaken in March 2019, the suggestion of crowd funding was raised again.                                                                                            

ii. CLT, no meeting has been held, but Cllr Short has secured a grant of £3840 towards the project. 

 

3. Chairman’s Report 

i. The obelisk is still ongoing. The tarmac area has yet to be decided

ii. Replacement defibrillator, the new defibrillator is now in place it is guaranteed for 6 years. 

iii. Helicopter Flying, a letter has been received from NDC planning enforcement, further instructions have been received from the planning officer that no evidence of breach has occurred although residents have been distressed by the situation. The site has been visited twice evidencing documents requested under condition 7 of permission 61579, consulting with Environmental Health and Cobham Military Aviation Authority reviewing photographic evidence, this highlighted that a local planning authority cannot control airspace, as no breach of planning control has been established the file will be closed.  

Cllr Davies said Planning Enforcement is be updated and to look at how harmful things are, if noise is an issue an app can be downloaded to record and send as a record of the intrusion. This is to be looked into. 

iv. The Annual Report is to be distributed at the end of June, it was agreed as a grant has been received to aid with anything to do with the corona virus all letters will be sent by post, to avoid contact, organisations have been asked for their contributions. 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Highways. 

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting.                        

ii. It was highlighted again that there has been a spate of trees falling across the road on the B3226 from Kings Nympton to South Molton and some are still looking precarious, it was suggested these should be assessed to ensure they are safe. As yet no feedback has been received.

iii. A private individual reported the trees from Forches Cross to Portsmouth Arms the feedback was that they didn’t feel anything was wrong but they were going to contact landowners. The A377 surface is bad also overhanging trees are making the carriageway narrower. 

5. County and District Councillors items. 

i. Cllr Davies also reported on the update of the Eaglescott Helicopters, NDC is in crisis like many local authorities, they are being given less bale out than they are losing so an anticipated loss of £3 million is expected. NDC were given £1 million so reserves are being eaten into. The local MP Selina Saxby has been asked for help. Recycling is still being collected, many staff are working from home approximately 25% are shielding or looking after vulnerable people. The West country has as present been fortunate and not had to many fatalities. All NDC meetings are being carried out virtually. The new climate change grant of £20,000 is now open to be applied for, but on inspection the hall is exemplary, but it was suggested could this grant be used to pay for some of the electricity connection to the night landing site if solar panels  were used or an electric vehicle charging point, Cllr Davies is to ask Mr Martin Slocombe for advice. 

The Discretionary grant has been applied for by many including Burrington Parish Hall, but it is still open to small business, B&B’s etc the criteria is on the NDC website. Cllr Davies has got half of his councillor grant to distribute this year. There is a six-week Public Space Protection Order consultation out this stated last Monday, this is regarding walking dogs, keeping to footpaths, public rights of way etc. There is a big push at NDC for residents to separate their glass from plastic and tins when recycling, it will make the process quicker and easier. The 361 Grant from NDC has been circulated on the email and notices put up. 

6. Finance,    

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                               

1398

DALC affiliation fee

£123.08

1399

Came and Company Insurance

£371.36

1400

Ms G Boyd

£64.00

1401

AUK Supplies

£108.00

1402

Ms G Boyd    

£32.00

1403

Clerks salary

£450.00

1404

NDC dog waste bins

£78.00

1405

Burrington PCc

£60.00

1406

MUGA rent

£250.00

1407

BCBT

£300.00

1408

Bethesda Graveyard Trust

£100.00

1409

Old Gospel Hall

£50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i.               Agree and sign the Annual Governance Statement, proposed by Cllr Bailey seconded by Cllr Pincombe all in favour. 

ii.              Agree and sign the Accounting Statement, this included the Exemption Form as both income and expenditure where less that £25,000 for the year proposed by Cllr Benson seconded by Cllr Smale

iii.             Fixed Asset Register the fixed asset register currently stands at £121,955.

iv.            iv. Covid grant received, a grant of £495 has been received to help with any costs occurred in the parish during the epidemic, so if anyone has any costs related to the epidemic please report to a councillor. 

v. Precept to “top up” (£200) the NDDC grant to the Parish Hall this no longer obtained, after discussion this was agreed not to be granted this year, as the Hall has received a grant of £10,000 for the loss of income during the epidemic. 

                                                                                                                                                                              

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vi. £60   donation to be made to the Church for electricity used by public light

vii £ 175 donation to be made to the Parish Hall for electricity used by the public lights, both proposed by Cllr Bonner seconded by Cllr Wooldridge all in favour.

viii. Public toilet grant, the NDC grant of £500 has been received, but after discussion it was agreed not to top up  the grant this year.

ix. £300 Grant to the Burrington Church Buildings Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

x. £100 Grant to the Bethesda Graveyard Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

xii. £50 Grant to the Old Gospel Hall for maintenance of the graveyard, the three above proposed by 

      Cllr Bailey seconded by Cllr Benson all in favour. 

7. Planning

64051

Outline application for erection of four dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm    Burrington

 

71463

Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to three smaller and two larger dwelling houses at Bedport Farm Burrington Umberleigh

Passed

 

8. Parish Hall report. Parish Council representative on the Hall Committee is required, Cllr Wooldridge has agreed to represent the Parish Council.

 

10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report

                                                                                                                                                            

11. Correspondence 

i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated. 

ii). An email has been received asking for an advocate for the Police Commission to be a link between the community and the Police Commissioner, Cllr Short has agree to undertake this role. 

 

The next Parish Council virtual Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 28th July 2019 7.30pm 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming virtual meeting:   Tuesday 25th August 2020 7.30pm

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Meeting held on the 25th February 2020

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mrs G Benson, Mr A. Bonner Mrs J Pateman-Jones and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)
In attendance Cllr R Edgell-County Councillor Cllr K Davies District Councillor
Apologies Mr K Pincombe Mr P Keeley

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests, including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be
considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

Public Participation

1.Minutes
i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 14
th January 2020 were agreed and signed.

2. Clerks report,
i. Heads of Terms regarding the purchase of the field, the Heads of Terms are still being negotiated clarity has to be sought regarding the number of affordable houses that can be built, the overage, and the length of overage. So further negotiations are to be undertaken.
Mr Toby Russell is to be emailed regarding the Libor Fund grant.

ii. CLT, following a meeting a suggestion put forward was for assisted homes, it was anticipated the heads of terms would not exclude this if it ever came to fruition. It would come under the heading of community use.

3. Chairman’s Report
i. The obelisk is still ongoing. The tarmac area has yet to be decided ii. Replacement defibrillator,

South West Ambulance Service have agreed to leave the current defibrillator in situ until another one is purchased. Their quote for the next defib is £1,800 plus VAT to include training and a new cabinet, and to include replacement pads. The quote from South West Defibrillators is £795 plus VAT using the existing cabinet, with replacement pads at £59.50 plus VAT each time. The normal life span of the pads is 30 months, a training package can be purchased and the unit is guaranteed for 6 years. To date grants have been secured for from Cllr Edgell (£600) and Cllr Davies (£50), plus from the money raised by the Methodist Church Coffee mornings £204 has also been granted.

It was proposed by Cllr Pateman-Jones and seconded by Cllr Bonner to purchase the second unit plus an extra set of pads, all in favour. Cllr Edgell and Cllr Davies were thanked very much for their contribution, the Methodist Coffee morning will also be thanked for their contribution.

A letter has been received by all those who use Wallingbrook Heath Centre informing them

of the change in booking arrangements
iii. Helicopter Flying, a letter was sent by the Parish Council to NDC planning, this has been forwarded to Enforcement but as yet no further response has been received.

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4. Highways.
i. 
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ii. It was highlighted that there has been a spate of trees falling across the road on the B3226 from Kings Nympton to South Molton and some are still looking precarious, it was suggested they ought to be assessed to ensure they are safe. This will be reported.
iii. An email has been received regarding the parking of cars at the junction of Twitchen Lane, this was discussed but felt to be very difficult to police, an acknowledgement will be sent.

5. County and District Councillors items.

i. Cllr Edgell reported that DCC Budget Main event this month has been approving the Budget for the next financial year, which went to Full Council last Thursday. Our settlement from Central Government was in line with expectations. The overall revenue budget will increase from £498m to £541m. Of the three

principle services, Adult Care and Health sees a £23.7m increase (10%), Children’s Services £11.5m (8.5%) and Highways £2.8m (5%) increase. These increases take into account inflation pressures. The next financial year also sees in Children’s Services the launch of the ‘Edge of Care’ service which is designed to stop children from being taken into care. Previous financial investments in the last few years have started to have an effect with children being able to come out of high cost placements which is good news – both for the children and also financially as high cost placements were the main drivers behind

previous overspends. Finally, on schools funding, as previously reported, the coming financial year will see a very large increase in the Schools Funding budget of £47.7m (total gross budget is £603m) however it is up to the Schools themselves, not DCC as to how this money is spent. Council tax – DCC’s share of the

precept will go up by 3.99% - with 2% specifically for Adult Social Care.

Potholes There is a new feature on the ‘Report It’ website, when a pothole is reported it goes out to the Pothole Inspector to look at. If it meets the safety defect criteria it will then have a ‘roadworks’ sign placed on it which you can see on the website along with an estimated repair time. There is a massive backlog at the moment so it is taking time for repairs to come through. Extra gangs have been put out on pothole repairs though recent inclement weather conditions will not have helped. An update was asked for regarding the Link Road, work has started on planted trees behind the existing so they can get established before the existing are removed. Work is due to start next year.

Cllr Davies asked for update of the Eaglescott Helicopters, there is a Climate Action week starting on Sunday 22nd March this email has been forwarded to Councillors. There has been an offer from Mr Martin Slocombe to carry out an energy audit on the Parish Hall, a convenient time has been arranged to meet with Councillor Bailey, this will be reported at the next meeting.
6. Finance,

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -

7. Planning

1387

Burrington Parish Hall

£8.35

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1388

Litter picker

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£32.00

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1389

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Clerks salary

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£450.00

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64051

Outline application for erection of four dwellings (all matters reserved) (amended site area & scheme) at Cross Farm Burrington

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Hansford House, Prior notification of erection of agricultural building

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Passed

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Hansford House, Prior notification of erection of agricultural building to house machinery

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i. The grant application from Awards for All has been refused for the night landing site mast and light so two other applications have been submitted, one to Coastal Recycling and the other to the Norman Family Trust. The suggestion was if these are not successful to go to crowd funding, this will assess the support for the project.

8. Parish Hall report. Cllr Pateman-Jones has resigned from the Hall Committee so a new Parish Council representative is required, a representative will be elected at the Annual Parish Council meeting.

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10. Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report

11. Correspondence
i). DALC Newsletters have been circulated.
ii). A letter has been received from The Plough Art centre regarding their funding issues, this was

discussed but no action is to be taken at present.
iii). Posters have been received from Ms Selaine Saxby MP giving contact details, these will be

forwarded to the magazine and email.
The VE And VJ celebrations were discussed the suggestion was to organise an event on Sunday the 10
th May.

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 24th March 2019 7.30pm..............................Chairman ..............................Date

Dates of forthcoming meetings: Tuesday 28th April 2020 7.00pm ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council Meeting held on the 14th January 2020

 

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman), Mr P Bailey Mrs G Benson, Mr P Keeley Mr K Pincombe Mrs J Pateman-Jones and Mr P Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)        

In attendance    Cllr R Edgell-County Councillor Cllr K Davies District Councillor and three members of Roborough Parish

Apologies Mr A. Bonner 

 

Declaration of Interests – Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests,

including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be 

considered at this meeting. They are also reminded to consider whether in the light of recent

activities any items within their Register of Interests should be updated.

 

Public Participation

The Roborough residents were in attendance to report the increased activity at Eaglescott Airfield in particular the jet powered helicopters that are now using the base as a training facility. The residents have been disturbed by low flying jet helicopters since mid-September.  The noise can be heard while inside with windows closed and over the TV or radio.  It makes working outside very difficult, as the noise from these large jet engines is so persistent and overwhelming. While training, the helicopters hover for many hours at the end of the airfieldIn the past, military and police helicopters have trained for an hour or two on occasion, causing no issues whatsoever, however since September, the number of hours per day, and days per week has increased significantly. As a ‘community amateur sports club’ they are very worried that a large commercial company is beginning to operate at the airfield, and have a number of concerns regarding the future of this operation. The building of the new, large hangar (designated for the use of the ‘Community Amateur Sports Club’) has been followed by a rapid increase in visits from these large jet helicopters. The company concerned, Cobham Helicopter Academy trains both military and commercial pilots from around the world, and in October 2019 was asked to leave Bodmin airfield due to ongoing issues with surrounding residents. The front page of the airfield’s website currently advertises ‘The Cheapest Jet Fuel in the South West. ’As it appears to be at a reasonable cost to fly out of Eaglescott the situation could end up with another firm if encouraged. The residents were also concerned if there was an accident there are no emergency services close at hand. 

The planning permission for Eaglescott is a sport and recreation facility and for the benefit of Devon Air Sports, no commercial activity is permitted.  

It was suggested the residents keep a log as evidence of the activity, as Eaglescott are supposed to keep a comprehensive log of flights.

The residents were thanked for attending.  

 

1.Minutes 

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th November 2019 were agreed and signed.

 

2. Clerks report,

i. Heads of Terms regarding the purchase of the field, the Heads of Terms are still being negotiated with Mr Reynolds progress has been made it has to be absolutely clear of the impact of the overage payment and exactly how this will affect any development that is subsequently undertaken on the field. Also: the number of affordable houses that will be allowed.

The planning for the Night Landing site has been approved. The contractor to connect the electricity supply has been informed to put the process in motion as a road closure notice has to be approved to get the electricity supply across the road. 

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ii. CLT Cllr Short has agreed to be the secretary and chairman of the group

3. Chairman’s Report 

i. The obelisk is still ongoing. The tarmac area has yet to be decided

ii. Replacement defibrillator, 

South West Ambulance Service where the defibrillator was purchased from have been contacted, they say the equipment will be taken away at the end of February when the contract runs out, the box will stay, the renewal fee for another 7 years is £1800. The replacement that is being considered from another supplier is £950 with what seems like a slightly less cover package than the SWAS one. Cllr Bailey is to ask SWAS to see if an extension to the time is possible to allow time to apply for a grant.

iii.       Grass cutting on the field, two quotes have been received to cut the field 15 times during the    growing season from April, after discussion Mr Michael Bakers quote for £525 was proposed by Cllr Pincombe and seconded by Cllr Bailey all in agreement. Mr Baker is also to do a one-off cut around the trees for £70.