BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Annual Parish Council Meeting held on the 28th May2024

 

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

In attendance

Apologies 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.

 

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.

 

Public Participation

 

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

 

2. Clerk’s report

i. D Day celebrations, these will take place on Thursday the 6th June, the Beacon will be lit, the event starts at 7.30pm.

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The Wicksteed inspection, these minor requirements have been competed by Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey, thank you to both.

ii. Train service at Kings Nympton Station, the facebook page has 150 members, the objective is to find the correct person in Network Rail who would be in a position to authorise any changes, Martin Pailthorpe is looking into this then a case will be presented.

 

4. Highways.

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting. Or call 0345155 1004 in this time of serve weather if something is urgent, please call in, the call will be logged and you will receive a reference number which you can monitor the progress of the issue. Please keep reporting poor roads.

There is a Public Sector Highways Transport Networks Conference on the 27th June starting at 9.30am on zoom.

 

 

 

 

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The latest Road Map highways update, highlighted “Landowners and occupiers are required by law to properly maintain their trees and vegetation bordering the highway.

Landowners are advised to regularly check the health of their trees and take action where appropriate.”

As requested from the last meeting Cllr Bailey has been in contact with the Probation Service to clean up the Square, they are due to come this Friday the 30th May at 10 o’clock to clear around the tree etc. The bus shelter was painted last year, the Parish council had to supply the materials, it was suggested to ask if the play equipment could be painted and the goal posts, this will be done. It was also noted about the hedge on the Village Green belonging to Brodgar House, the owners are responsible for keeping it cut, but the footpath is very reduced by the growth, likewise the road hedge was not cut last year.

The grass verges by the Beacon as there is an event on the 6th, the grass contractor is to be asked to cut around the seat and Cllr Bonner has kindly agreed to top off the remainder as it is quite long.

 

5. County and District Councillors items                                                             

NDC have arranged a Parish Forum on Tuesday 18 June 2024 at 6.30 pm in the Barum Room at Brynsworthy Environment Centre.

The suggested topics for updates to be provided to Parish and Town Councils are as follows:

Devon and Torbay Devolution Deal, Update on the works to the Recycling Processing Hall and bailer/method for reporting missed bins, collection queries etc. Update on the Local Plan Review

 Section 106 monies – what it can and can’t be used for. Rural Grants that are available.

Cultural Strategy and Community Governance Reviews – timeframe for reviews.

 

6.Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                    

1605

Clerk’s salary

£450.00

1606

Burrington Hall

£11.00

1607

Community First

£196.26

1609

WH Buckingham

£281.46

1610

WM & SE Woolridge grounds work for the flood between Red Post and Forches

£150.00

i.                 The MUGA net was discussed as there has been balls go over, this has been fixed but a new net will be required soon.

ii.                Toilet grant no notification has been received as yet this will be looked into.

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7. Planning                                                                                            

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

78424

Application for a non-material amendment to planning permission 75220 (demolition of an existing agricultural building and erection of 4 no. two storey houses with amenity space, car parking and landscaping) to allow raising of the roof by 300mm, amendments to porch, fenestration, external materials and re-positioning of solar panels and to Plot 1, Bedport Poultry Farm

Approved

78526

Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to 3 dwellinghouses (ClassQ(A)(B)) at Abbots Marsh

 

78308

Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to 2 dwellinghouses (ClassQ(A)(B)) at Abbots Marsh

 

78374

78376

Repair and rebuild section of collapsed east gable cob wall and re render in a lime based render at Church Gate Burrington

 

78692

Proposed forestry building at Heales Cottage Burrington

No objections

78656

Erection of a milking parlour over an existing silage pit at Bircham Farm Burrington

No objections

78572

Works to dwelling inclusive of single storey extension at Ticavin House Burrington

No objections

 

 

                                                                                                                                 

 

 

 

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i. NDC enforcement no updates have been received. There has been a great deal of activity at the Winnebago on the A377 this will be reported to NDC. Vehicles have also been seen at Bouchland Lane, photos were taken and forwarded to Sargeant Brown, who has been dealing with this.

 

8. Parish Hall report.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust.

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                                               i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

ii. An invitation has been received from the North Devon records office to view some unique items from the extensive collections. With a short introductory talk by Scott Pettitt, Head of Devon Archives & Local Studies, plus an optional strongroom tour, on the 18th June between 2pm and 4pm.

iii..An invitation has also been received to join Rural Villages Service Group.

An email is to be put on the Parish email asking if there is any interest in holding a defibrillator training evening now there are two defibrillators in the village.

 

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 25th June 2024 7.30pm

 

                                                           

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 30th July 2024 7.30pm Parish Council meeting

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 30th April 2024

  at 7.00 p.m.                               

 

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

In Attendance Cllr K Davies (District Councillor) Cllr P Henderson (County Council)

and 5 members of the public

Apologies

 

1. The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th April 2023 were agreed and signed.                                         

 

2. Chairman’s Report

Cllr Short welcomed everyone to the meeting, reporting on the year there has been no changes to the council in the last 12 months. Last spring the bus shelter was cleaned and painted. In May we had various events to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III, which involved beacon lighting, a joint service on Sunday the 7th along with a cream tea at the church on the 8th May.

A commemorative tree to celebrate the coronation was planted by Mr Victor Mock by the seat on Bircham Hill, very sad to say Mr Mock recently passed away at the ripe old age of 100.

The roads are getting worse by the day but please keep reporting:

The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it       PLEASE REPORT or ring 0345 1004 115

the call will be logged and you will receive a reference number which you can monitor the progress of the issue.

Whether it works remains to be seen don’t hold your breath, the Parish Council manged to get a grant through our County Councillor Paul Henderson to plough out the verges on Bircham Hill to help with the water run-off, another grant has been agreed for next year. The Parish Council have organised a jetter to jet the drain between Red Post and Forches to try and solve the long-standing flooding problem, this seems to have solved the problem with one side of the road being filled with tarmac. A grant from Cllr Henderson has been applied for. Thank you to Cllr Henderson for his support of the Parish.

All planning applications have been responded to, with local knowledge conveyed to the planners.

A Kings Nympton parish councillors has asked the parish to spread the word regarding getting a regular train stop at Kings Nympton, a committee has been formed with Cllr Alan Fraser-Smith representing the parish, a facebook page has also been set up. It is hoped S106 money will become available to make improvements to open spaces, the priority being the PC field. A free Landmark tree has been given by the Devon Wildlife Trust; it is a Rowen tree which has been planted at Red Post. The Parish Council have endeavoured to get the gritting route extended to Red Post, the winter before last there was such difficulty at Townbrige but sadly to no avail.

A new bus timetable has been received with a bus service 5 days week, this has been circulated via the email and was put in the magazine. Two new seats have been purchased and placed in the Methodist graveyard. Thank you to John Wehner who annually audits the Parish Council accounts.

To post information on the website please contact the clerk Angela Snell, to post on the Burrington email please email: admin@burringtonnorthdevon.com thank you very much to Fiona Coxshall, for all her efforts, likewise Carol Poulton as editor of the Parish magazine. Thank you to my fellow councillors for their continued work and the clerk.

 

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

a) It was proposed by Mr G Short, seconded by Mr S Holton for the Parish Council to look at raising the annual payments which was minuted at the last APM, the suggested figure at this meeting was10%.

At the subsequent Parish Council meeting it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Fraser-Smith to raise the annual grants to:

£70 donation to be made to Church for electricity used by public light.
£200 donation to be made to the Parish Hall for electricity used by lights,

£350 Grant to the Burrington Church Buildings Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

£120 Grant to the Bethesda Graveyard Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

£60 Grant to the Old Gospel Hall for maintenance of the graveyard. All in agreement.

The NDC toilet grant, if it is no longer being granted by the District Council, the PC would grant the Hall £500 from the precept to cover the loss of grant, all in favour of these financial arrangements.

Mr Les Parker thanked the Parish Council for their continued support towards the maintenance of the Old Gospel Hall graveyard.

 

4. Parish Hall Chairmans Report

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.

The Parish Hall has had no Major issues to report during the Year. All scheduled decorations have been carried out, and any repairs have been actioned immediately. Thank you to Matt for his hard work in keeping the Hall clean and functionable throughout the year. Thanks also to Paul and Sarah for overseeing this. During the year the Hall have installed a second Defibrillator for use of by the Parishioners. It is located in the Entrance Porch of the Hall on the road and has 24/7 access. All curtains throughout the building have been renewed and new rails fitted where required. An enormous thank you to everyone who helps with the organisation and the running of our Social Events held during the year. Without this dedication the Events would not be so successful. We have events planned for the coming year, with Johnny Cowling (Comedian) returning on the 28th of September, for an evening of Entertainment. Tickets only please book via burringtonph@gmail.com. Our very successful Bingos and The Christmas Fayre will also be held again during the coming year. Thank you to all the committee for attending the meetings during the year, I would like to thank all the officers, the Secretary, and the Booking Secretary for all the extra work that they put in over and above attending the meetings. 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.

At the hall committee meeting it was agreed to open the disabled toilet to all, to have the disabled and unisex sign on the door, so an accessible toilet for all. The hall report was given by Graham Short.

 

5) Report from the Burrington Church Buildings Trust, and Friends of Holy Trinity. The Church Buildings Trust report was given by Stuart Holton. During the last 12 months Burrington Church Building Trust have continued to support the PCC with the maintenance and upkeep of Holy Trinity Church, the only Grade 1 Listed building within our parish. The Trust continues to pay the cost of maintaining the Churchyard in full which includes the cutting of the graveyard approximately 14 times a year as well as keeping hedges and boundaries under control. We have also contributed toward the cost of other annual inspections and maintenance costs such as cleaning of the gutters. We have agreed to make a financial contribution to the PCC to aid with their grant application for the proposed refurbishment of the kitchen area and the installation of a toilet. The Churchyard is one of Burrington’s public places within the Parish where any one can visit to remember friends, family and loved ones; any one of any religion or denomination is entitled to be buried within the graveyard and the Trust would welcome any financial assistance the Parish Council can make towards the upkeep. Finally; I’d like to thank all Trustees for their hard work over the last twelve months and a particular thank you to the Trust’s Officeholders Kay Elworthy, Andrew Coxshall and Paul Bailey.

 

Report from Burrington church PCC. We continue to offer a warm welcome to everyone to the regular services at Holy Trinity Church. The Church is open most days. The main door from the porch into the Church can be hard to open. Just pull firmly on the handle and twist anticlockwise, still holding the handle in that position stop pulling on the handle and the weight of the door should pull it open. If you are unable to access the Church contact numbers for key holders are available in the notice board by the Church Gate. There is a Church Service at 10.30am on 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. Last year we held 2 joint Service with members of the Methodist Church, the first was to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III. Donations from that service were forwarded to the Princes Trust. The second was the annual Remembrance Sunday Service with all donations being given the Poppy Appeal. Food donations at our Harvest Service with a small exception are donated to the Freedom Centre at Barnstaple. On June the 9th we will be holding a special service commemorating the D-Day Landings. The Remembrance Sunday Service in November and the Parish Carol Service in December. Other events at your Parish Church include a monthly Coffee morning on the 1st Saturday. Monthly Cream teas during the summer, usually on the 4th Sunday. However; the Cream Tea in May will be on Monday 27th and combined with a Plant stall. Please make a note of our BBQ on August 10th and the Afternoon Tea on Monday August 26th. When you visit your Parish Church, please take the opportunity to have a look around this beautiful old building with a wonderful Rood Screen and carved bosses in the ceiling, also look around for the carvings representing a ‘green man’. Additionally, you will find, nestled into the choir stalls, a selection of reading books and jig-saw puzzles which you are welcome to borrow. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports our regular gatherings. You may have noticed that some pews have been removed from the back of the Church to provide a social area. This has been possible because the long-awaited permission to install an accessible toilet at the back of the Church and improved kitchen facilities has now been received. We have obtained tenders for the work and will be contacting the chosen contractor. The PCC would like to thank everyone who helps with the floral arrangements in the church and cleaning the church. Also; those who have put-on fund-raising events on behalf of the Church including the popular Quiz night, Bingo and Burns Night all in addition to the other activities previously mentioned. A special thank you to everyone who has supported any or all of the events and or by donating raffle prizes, plants for the plant sale. We couldn’t do it without you. We advertise Church Services and other events in the Church in the Parish magazine, on the Notice Boards in addition to Burrington email and Facebook pages. Finally; we would like to thank Holy Trinity Building Trust who assist in maintaining the Church Building and Friends of Holy Trinity who assist with the payment of Insurance costs and Utility bills. Their ongoing support is much appreciated and needed. However; their finances are limited and your continued support at our regular Church Services and social events is very much appreciated. If anyone would like to be involved with future planned events or have ideas for events please contact us. It is always good to have new ideas and an extra pair of hands is always welcome. Please contact, Gill Benson or any PCC member or just come along. Everyone is welcome. Gill, Church Warden, Tel 01769 520297.Report given by Gill Benson.

 

Report from the Friends of Burrington. The Friends are now in their sixteenth year helping to generate and administer an income stream to supplement the Church expenses which are the responsibility of the Parochial Church Council (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 (electricity, water, heating etc), cleaning and insurance premiums which are necessary for the ongoing operation of the Church. We have received a good level of support from the membership and are holding funds to support the PCC as and when required. We held our AGM on Monday 29th April 2024. May I offer thanks to Gill Benson her role as treasurer. We are currently without a secretary and will be keen to appoint someone to this position in the very near future. Report given by Alan Fraser-Smith.

 

6). The Community Shop, September 2023 marked the 8th anniversary of the opening of the Burrington Community Shop. We sadly lost Jack Earnshaw from the committee this year but we also gained 2 new members – Sue Bailey and, most recently, Martha Dean – so we are now a 9 strong committee. Sue organised a survey of our residents to get their views on the shop – on improvements we could make and items we could stock – and we are considering those findings in our planning. Almost everyone who responded said they found the shop to be an important asset within the village and hoped it could continue. The cost-of-living crisis is still proving to be tough for everyone and we are making every effort to keep our prices competitive. Our volunteers who source our stock work hard to get the best possible deals and are very inventive in their ordering to achieve this. Our overall mark up is over 5% lower than many other similar community shops and we try to keep the mark up lowest on certain ranges of food that our most vulnerable customers buy. The finances of the shop are always finely balanced and we are grateful to Pickard’s for keeping our rent contribution for this year the same as last year. We are budgeting to run a small deficit in 2024/25 financed through our general reserves, thus enabling us to continue with the aforementioned pricing policy as far as possible in the year ahead. We have managed a couple of upgrades to the shop this year, installing some smart new cupboards at the back of the shop to give our volunteers more space for storage and for booking in goods. And just in time for summer we have bought a lovely, new and larger ice cream freezer, to replace the old broken one. This gives us more freezer space overall. We are also working on a new website to keep our customers up to date with latest news and offers. I would like to thank all of the members of the committee, and our volunteers, for their hard work and support during the year. Without their work there wouldn’t be a shop in the village. Additionally, we give a huge thank you to Molly and Faye in the shop who provide such a friendly and helpful front for the shop. Report given by Phil Brough.

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7. County and District Councillors items, Cllr Henderson reported It would be nice to deliver a more positive report for the year end but unfortunately circumstances dictate that the previous year has been especially trying. However, unlike many County Councils elsewhere across the UK Devon did not need to issue a section 114 notice (effectively declaring themselves bankrupt). In fact, the financial year-end ended up slightly in surplus (to the tune of around £100,000) but this was achieved at a cost. We have lost our mobile library service and the year has also seen the closure of the Link Centres across Northern Devon without however those service users being unduly affected. There remain’s increasing pressures on both the adult health and social care budgets as well as those for children’s services.

However top of the list across every parish I visit is the state of the highways. The cancelling of HS2 has released additional funding to Devon over the next 3 years and an additional £10m has been identified from the existing DCC budget to go towards highways. Be under no illusions though, these may seem like ‘significant’ sums (and they would be if they were paid into our own personal accounts) but it is a drop in the ocean compared to what is required to maintain, let alone repair the Devon Road network. Justifiable questions are being raised over the working practices of current repairs being carried out and as I understand this is being reviewed – not before time. However, I would urge all residents to report any defects to DCC and should the response not be what one might expect, please forward through to me with the reference no issued when the problem was first reported.

More recently, the subject of devolution whereby Devon joins up with Torbay has been the subject of public consultation. This was discussed by Councillors at a meeting at the end of April. Serious concerns were raised from the feedback about the level of representation District Councils would have as well as the longer term funding plans. However, at the full council meeting the resulting vote was in favour to proceed with the devolution. For the record, I initially supported a motion to defer the decision so that more clarity over apportionment of seats as well as funding could be established but the amendment failed. In the main vote I chose to abstain – I’m not against devolution but my parishes have been telling me this is not a good deal for North Devon and I fully agree with what I was being told. Finally, the Leader of Devon County Council John Hart announced he was standing down so a new leader will be chosen by the Conservatives, the controlling party of DCC who will have responsibility for the policy/direction od DCC as we head to an election in 12 months time.

 

Cllr Davies Once again it has been a pleasure to act as your District Councillor over the past year and I have continued to attend as many meetings as possible reporting and providing updates on both local and wider issues as well as answering questions as best I can. As you are aware the council is constrained by a backdrop of reduced funding in real terms but has again managed to set a balanced budget for 2024/25 and this has been achieved without cuts to services. We continue to face financial challenges made worse by unfair funding and we will continue to challenge for ‘levelling up’ funds/ Fair Funding Review. The improvements to the Market Quarter, the Panier Market and Queen Street/ Bear Street car park are progressing (approximately £6.5m secured from the Future High Street Fund) with the official reopening of the Pannier Market celebrated on 24th November 2023. Work started on the rebuilding and restoring of 36-7 Boutport Street in March 2024 and will continue until late 2025. Plans for the new NDC hub in Barnstaple town centre have been backed by councillors. The council will expand its face-to-face customer service offering by relocating to a vacant unit at Green Lanes Shopping Centre. The new hub will give the council a more visible presence in the town centre and enable it to extend its opening hours to Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm. Officers from Barnstaple’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will also be available to speak to on a daily basis. There are other positives to note and these include – expansion of the Yeo Valley Woodland in Barnstaple with an additional 24,000 trees planted; awards for the National Land Information System department, Natasha Rowland shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Individual Contribution’ category nominated in recognition of her services to combat homelessness and Tarka Leisure Centre won Commercial Pool Project Of The Year category at the UK Pool and Spa Awards 2023; publishing of new guidance documents and various supporting workshops; the much celebrated opening of Ilfracombe Watersports Hub; and maintaining a sufficient supply of land for housing to meet the target for the next five years. Closer to ‘home’ – I am pleased to report that there have been no noise complaints brought to my attention concerning Eaglescott. There has been however significant disturbance caused by material movement to Bouchland Farm site for the creation of a ménage. The material was initially being brought to site from the North Devon Link Road project under a Clar agreement. I received confirmation that Griffiths immediately stopped their lorries delivering to site after visiting and assessing the site on 26th Oct 2023. Further deliveries were reported to me in March 2024 and I continue to monitor the situation/ channel complaints through Paul Henderson as County Councillor. I will continue to support projects eligible under the Community Councillor Grants scheme.

 

8. Parish Council Field, the Parish Council are hoping to get S106 money to make improvements and offer facilities to the community, the first project will be the entrance and gates, other projects are additional car parking and a dog walking facility.

The Phone Box is listed but is still a usable telephone box.

 

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     

 

 

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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 30th April 2024

 

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

In attendance Cllr K Davies District Councillor Cllr P Henderson County 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

 

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

 

2. Agree and sign any resolutions brought forward at the APM, it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Fraser-Smith to increase the annual grants, all in favour

                  £70 donation to be made to Church for electricity used by public light.
£                £200 donation to be made to the Parish Hall for electricity used by lights,

£                 £350 Grant to the Burrington Church Buildings Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

£                 £120 Grant to the Bethesda Graveyard Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

£                 £60 Grant to the Old Gospel Hall for maintenance of the graveyard. All in agreement.

                   The NDC toilet grant, if it is no longer being granted by the District Council, the PC would grant the

                   Hall £500 from the precept to cover the loss of grant, all in favour of these financial arrangements.

 

3. Clerk’s report

i. D Day celebrations, these will take place on Thursday the 6th June, the Beacon will be lit, with a bar and proposed BBQ to be held at Forches, a Church service will be held on Sunday the 9th June.

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. The Wicksteed report the few minor issues are being addressed by Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey

ii. The Rowan tree has been planted at Red Post.

iii. Train service at Kings Nympton Station, an email has been received from Martin Pailthorpe, “I think the main thing is that the Facebook Group now has 150 members and a lively discussion. And we are hoping to get the word out through shop windows/local magazines etc to those who don't do Facebook!

The big thing is to work out how best to make our case to the relevant authority - any suggestions/contacts welcome! Cllr Alan Fraser-Smith attended the meeting.

 

5. Highways.

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting. Or call 0345155 1004 in this time of serve weather if something is urgent, please call in, the call will be logged and you will receive a reference number which you can monitor the progress of the issue. Please keep reporting poor roads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. County and District Councillors items                                                                                  789

Cllr Davies, reported The Barnstaple Pannier Market is calling your name. With careful refurbishment, redecoration, and repairs, it’s now the perfect platform to showcase your goods and connect with customers. The market has undergone an incredible transformation, bringing back its timeless charm and creating a vibrant space for trade. Link to more information here: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/business/barnstaple-pannier-market

· NDC welcomes new fleet of 16 kerbside recycling vehicles. Designed with ergonomic precision, the Romaquip Kerb-Sort vehicles feature seven fully enclosed compartments, minimising litter risk and enabling the separate storage of various materials. These vehicles are equipped to load from both sides simultaneously, and advanced features such as automatic compaction of plastic, cans, and cardboard optimise load space. The vehicles have a cleaner engine type which aligns with our environmental goals, making the fleet greener and contributing to reduced environmental impact. Friendly reminder. Please place your small waste electrical and electronic equipment like kettles, toasters, charging leads and mobile phones in a carrier bag on top of your black/ green recycle box. Mixing them with plastics and tins cause our machines to jam. Remember, no larger than a standard-sized carrier bag. Thanks for your cooperation. The University of Exeter has launched a survey to better understand public attitudes to the possible reintroduction of wildcats in the South West. All residents in the South West are invited to take part, and the survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and closes on Thursday 23rd May. Link here: https://exe.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qC1bpdKQ5IgAKi The sun shone down on Barnstaple on Saturday 20th April as it hosted the Barnstaple Busking Festival across the town centre. The town was bustling as passers-by were treated to an eclectic mix of entertainment from over thirty acts in the high street, on The Strand and the Square, accompanied by a well-received Punch and Judy show on Library Square. This year’s event was supported by Flourishing Barnstaple funded by the Government’s Cultural Development Fund.  For those seeking a refreshing dip along the coastline of North Devon you can easily stay informed about the water quality of our beaches on the Environment Agency’s Swimfo page here: https://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

 

7. Finance

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                       

1601

DALC affiliation fee

£210.61

1602

Burrington Parish Hall

£31.50

1603

Country Profile

£324.00

1604

North Devon Council (dog bins)

£78.00

i. The bank account is standing at £13,715.51 at the end of the financial year.

. Planning                                                                                              

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

78424

Application for a non-material amendment to planning permission 75220 (demolition of an existing agricultural building and erection of 4 no. two storey houses with amenity space, car parking and landscaping) to allow raising of the roof by 300mm, amendments to porch, fenestration, external materials and re-positioning of solar panels and to Plot 1, Bedport Poultry Farm

Pending

78526

Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to 3 dwellinghouses (ClassQ(A)(B)) at Abbots Marsh

 

78308

Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to 2 dwellinghouses (ClassQ(A)(B)) at Abbots Marsh

 

78374

78376

Repair and rebuild section of collapsed east gable cob wall and re render in a lime based render at Church Gate Burrington

No objections

 

 

                                                                                                                                           

 

 

 

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i. 76399 an amended site has been submitted, emails have been received from the applicant regarding the parish council comments letter sent to NDC, after discussion and consideration, the response was made that the Parish Councillors made the decision on the contents in the letter, on the evidence in front of them.

All planning applications submitted to NDC come before the Parish Council as the Parish Council is a consultee, applicants are most welcome to come and speak at a PC meeting, then they can hear the comments that the PC will put forward as a response to NDC.

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i. NDC enforcement no updates have been received.

 

9. Parish Hall report.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. Two new benches have been purchased for the area.

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                                               i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

ii. Cllr Benson asked if the people from the Probation Service could be contacted again to see if the Square could be cleaned up again, Cllr Bailey is to contact them.

The North Devon Community Lottery, it seems if the parish registers and then anyone buys a ticket from the parish 50p of the £1 goes to the community, it was suggested to contact the Community Shop as that is the ideal place to sell them in the shop.

It was noted at the APM that no grant was received last year from Cllr Davies, Cllr Bailey has already spoken to Cllr Davies regarding highway demarcation on the village hall car park, £300 is to be applied for.

Devon Communities Together are to be contacted to see any grant is available for demarcation of the spaces.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 28th May 2024 7.30pm for the

ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

 

                                                           

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 25th June 2024 7.30pm Parish Council meeting

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 25th April 2023

at 7.00 p.m.                                      

 

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

In Attendance Cllr K Davies (District Councillor) and 5 members of the public

Apologies Mr P Smale and Cllr P Henderson (County Council)

1. The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th April 2022 were agreed and signed.                                         

2. Chairman’s Report

Cllr Short welcomed everyone to the meeting, reporting on the year Simon Smale was welcomed onto the Parish Council in May, we have a full council put up for the nominations for the Parish Council May elections in May which will mean no election. The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations were held in June for Queen Elizabth II a good time was had for the Beacon lighting and tree planting along with the tea in the hall. In relation to the tree planting as the longest serving councillor, the Parish Council would like to pay tribute to Gordon Short who became chairman of the Parish Council in 1973 and continued for over thirty years, Gordon always planned for the future and was determined that Burrington was ahead and well prepared for the future. He was determined to be part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and will be remembered for providing and planting a copper beech at Forches Cross, just by the Beacon.  As a past Chairman Gordon gave instructions to the current chairman to “make sure the tree is kept watered!”. Also: a joint service was held in the Church. Many thanks to all those who have helped with all the various events that were held. We have had a change in personnel who post on the website, thank you to Tracy Ford for all her past services, it is now the clerk Angela Snell, so if you want anything posted please forward to Angela, likewise the email, thank you again to Tracy, the contacts are now Pauline Down who has helped Tracy in the past and Fiona Coxell, thank you for all their efforts, likewise Carol Poulton as editor of the Parish magazine. Thank you to my fellow councillors for their continued work and the clerk.

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

a) It was proposed by Mr G Short, seconded by Mr L Parker 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.

It was commented to raise these figures by a suggested 5%, this will be considered when agreeing the precept.

The NDC toilet grant is no longer being granted by the District Council, the proposal from the previous Parish Council meeting was that the PC would grant the Hall £500 from the precept to cover the lose of grant, it was commented lots of people use the toilets and they are very much appreciated, the hall committee are willing to make up the cost difference, it was agreed by the meeting to put forward this resolution. The toilet sign opposite the hall has deteriorated, it was agreed by all to purchase a new sign.

Mr Les Parker thanked the Parish Council for their continued support of £50 towards the maintenance of the Old Gospel Hall graveyard.

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. I am pleased to report a successful year for the Hall. The Social Fundraising events organised by the Hall, that have taken place this past year, have again been very successful. Thanks to the organisers and helpers of these events. The scheduled repainting of parts of the building have been undertaken, with the Club end, Kitchen and Foyer walls and doors being done this year. Thank you to the Cleaners for keeping the hall in a clean and tidy state ready for bookings to take place. Thank you to all the committee for attending the meetings during the year, I would like to thank all the officers, the Secretary, and the Booking Secretary for all the extra work that they put in over and above attending the meetings. We have a few events planned for the coming months Bingos, Christmas Fayre and on the 7th October another Evening with 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 he would like to report that Burrington Church Building Trust continue to support the PCC with the upkeep of Holy Trinity Church. The Trust continue to fund the upkeep of the Churchyard at a cost of £1,480 per year and would welcome any support the Parish Council and North Devon District Council are able to provide. The Churchyard is a public place and any person of any religion has a right to be buried there and we would respectfully ask that it be considered along with the other graveyards in the parish for continued support. Gill Benson is currently planning to develop the rear of the Church improving the kitchen area and would like to install a toilet the Trust has agreed to offer financial support to enable the PCC to apply for grants towards the cost of the alterations. We look forward to your continued support. Mr Holton also raised further issues regarding road deterioration in the parish, the proposed Lengthmans scheme that Cllr Henderson has suggested, the continuation of traffic light on the A377 from Kingford to Umberleigh. The District Council policies including the purchasing of Green Lanes shopping centre were highlighted among other things

Report from Burrington church PCC, the PCC continue to offer a warm welcome to everyone at the regular services at Holy Trinity Church. The Church is open most days. The main door from the porch into the Church can be hard to open. If you are unable to access the Church contact numbers for key holders are available in the notice board by the Church Gate. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who support our regular social gatherings, including Coffee Mornings, Soup Lunches and Cream teas. Unless otherwise specified any monies raised is used towards maintaining and running the Church or put aside for the hoped for work to install accessible w.c. at the rear of the Church and improved kitchenette and social facilities. In addition to our regular events we would like to thank Liz and Bryan Griffiths for putting on a brilliant Quiz earlier this year and hope they will be kind enough to do so again next year. We would also like to say thank you to everyone who has provided soup for the soup lunches or put on events such as Bingo in aid of the Church and to Peter for the Easter Egg Hunt at our recent Coffee Morning. Future events - 7th May 10.30am Coronation Commemoration Service, 8th May 3pm Cream Tea in the Church / Churchyard, 21st May 3pm Cream Tea including a plant stall which we are holding for the 2nd time after a very successful event last year. Cream Teas are held every 3rd week during the summer months. 12th August BBQ in the Churchyard, last year’s being cancelled due to the extreme heat. 17th September Parish Church Harvest Festival service and supper, 12th November Parish Remembrance Sunday Service, December Carols around the Oak Tree in the village square. And a possible Burns Night Celebration in 2024.

Plans to install an accessible w.c. in the rear of the Church plus an improved kitchenette and social area. We are pleased to say that we are now one step away from getting approval, and checking daily to see if the ‘Chancellor’ has given his approval. Once received, hopefully some changes will occur fairly quickly, whilst others will take longer. To carry out the planned work we will need to apply for and obtain Grant funding. Finally, we would like to thank Holy Trinity Building Trust whose remit is to assist in maintaining the Church and Friends of Holy Trinity whose remit is to assist with the payment of Insurance costs and Utility bills. Their ongoing support is much appreciated. However, their finances are limited. If anyone would like to get involved with any of our planned events or the work being planned in the Church please contact, Gill Benson or any PCC member or just come along. Everyone is welcome. Report given by Gill Benson.

Report from the Friends of Burrington. The Friends are now in their fifteenth year helping to generate and administer an income stream to supplement the Church expenses which are the responsibility of the Parochial Church Council (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 (electricity, water, heating etc), cleaning and insurance premiums which are necessary for the ongoing operation of the Church. We have had a fairly quiet year but are holding funds to help the PCC with future running costs as and when they are requested by the PCC. We wish the PCC well in their plans to develop the kitchen area at the rear of the Church and we are in strong position to help with running costs during this period. We will be seeking to reinvigorate our small committee during the course of this year as we approach our AGM in the Autumn and would welcome any offers of help to ensure the continued smooth running of the Friends of Holy Trinity. Report given by Alan Fraser-Smith.

6). The Community Shop, September 2022 marked the 7th anniversary of the opening of the Burrington Community Shop. We lost 2 members of the Committee this year but gained 3 new members – Phil Brough who has taken over responsibility for the bread orders from Colin, Barry Page and Sue Bailey. Jack Earnshaw has stood down as Chairman of the Committee and has been replaced by Phil Brough, although Jack remains a committee member. Sue is currently organising a short survey to be sent to all parish households to find out more about how the shop can meet the community’s needs. The shop is being well used. We are pleased to see that the increase in sales which started during the Covid lockdowns has been maintained as new customers stayed with us. Our sales are now averaging over £5000 a month. The cost-of-living crisis is being felt by the shop the same as everywhere else. The cost of our stock is increasing almost weekly. As much as possible we have tried to absorb these increases, but inevitably many prices have had to be increased. Because of the success of the shop over the last three years we are trying to reduce the mark up on many product lines. As a Community Shop we are a “not for profit” company that uses its excess income to support the community. We consider that reducing prices as much as possible is one of the best ways of meeting that obligation. Our treasurer is currently drafting our budget for the forthcoming year and as part of that we will be negotiating the fee that we pay to Pickard’s for hosting the community shop. The finances of the shop are finely balanced and we will endeavour to continue to work to provide an affordable and viable service to the community whilst meeting our financial obligations. I would like to thank all our volunteers, too many to name here, who take a huge load off the committee, and also to thanks the members of the committee for their hard work and support during the year. Without their work there wouldn’t be a shop in the village. Additionally, a huge thank you to Molly and Faye in the shop who provide such a friendly and helpful front for the shop. Report given by Me Phil Brough.

.7. County and District Councillors items, Cllr Henderson reported he has had strong words with Richard Sables about meeting the PC to discuss the outstanding issues, of Bouchland Lane and access onto the A377, he has now agreed that he will come out so expect an email from him shortly with some suggested dates so that anyone who wants to attend can attend. Highways – the news isn’t good I’m afraid. In a nutshell both A and B roads will become the main focus with all other roads including unclassified only receiving minimal attention. There is no budget and the language used for this is ‘managed decline’. Without a significant investment from central government this situation is unlikely to change. I would urge the continued reporting of all potholes/defects though and if there are any really pressing issues that are not being addressed, then please bring them to my attention. Mobile Library Service – with DCC having to identify additional budget savings, the provision of the mobile library service has been under consultation (this is DCC and Libraries Unltd) and is likely to cease owing to the fact that the vehicles used at present are more or less at end of life with no monies available for replacements. Not sure if Burrington is visited but my guess is it probably is. The consultation runs until the end of May so if people wish to comment, they can visit devon.gov.uk

Cllr Davies reported once again it has been a pleasure to act as your District Councillor over the past year and I have continued to attend as many meetings as possible reporting and providing updates on both local and wider issues as well as answering questions as best I can. As I reported last month one of NDCs most recent challenges has been to bridge the £2m budget gap and I am pleased to say this has been achieved without cuts to front line services. The council is working to be become financially sustainable and as part of the commercialisation strategy purchased Green Lanes Shopping Centre in Barnstable. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire this strategic asset and compliments other significant regeneration improvements being delivered within Barnstaple town centre through the Future High Street project. I am pleased to say that there was a positive return for the Council for the four and half month’s ownership in the 2021-22 year of £243,600. Furthermore; the draft budget for the current 2022-23 year shows a net return to NDC of £343,530 and the actual financial performance for the Green Lanes Shopping Centre is in line with the budgeted position. Various repairs and upgrades were known and costed at the time of purchase and are taken into account. The improvements to the Market Quarter, the Panier Market and Queen Street/ Bear Street car park are progressing (approximately £6.5m secured from the Future High Street Fund) with planning/ listed building applications approved and work currently ongoing in the Panier Market. The new Tarka Leisure centre in Barnstaple was completed and officially opened in June 2022 by British Olympics hero Eddie ‘the eagle’ Edwards. The centre is owned by NDC and run by Lex Leisure under a 20-year lease contract. The project was part grant funded, including £1.5m from the Coastal Communities Fund and £1.8m from the National Lottery via the Sport England Strategic Facilities Fund. The Ilfracombe Watersports Centre is due to complete shortly and will include community facilities (including boat storage, slipway and café) and provide new homes for three local watersports clubs, Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club, Y-Sail and Ilfracombe Canoe Club. There are other positives to note and these include – planting 25,000 trees to enhance the environment at Yeo Valley Woodland in Barnstaple; bringing back empty homes into occupation; the Outreach team making our town streets safer and housing the homeless; assisting refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine; launching of the ‘Flourishing Culture’ strategy with support from Arts Council England. The council is constrained by a backdrop of reduced funding in real terms but has managed to set balanced budgets each year. We continue to face financial challenges made worse by unfair funding and we will continue to challenge for levelling up funds. I am pleased to say I received only one noise complaint concerning Eaglescott. You will be aware that Section 106 contributions will be due from Cross Park Farm and also Bedport Farm approvals. I have continued to support projects eligible under the Community Councillor Grants scheme.

Regarding the roads especially pot hole problems it was raised could the road up Bircham Hill be reclassified as a B road also highlighted the gritting route into the village which is up Bicham Hill, at present finishing at Pound close there has been a request form the Parish council for the finish to be at Red Post to avoid the problems at Townbridge. There was a suggestion that there should be a well-maintained route to every village. Pot holes are now identified by “what three words”. It was commented that the process of maintaining roads and pot holes needs to be addressed and the work process improved. It was suggested to write to the MP Selaine Saxby regarding the state of the roads highlighting pot holes.

There is money from DCC to train Road Wardens at present with that scheme the PC has to purchase any materials then be reimbursed. The suggestion from the floor was an amount could be set aside from the precept for minor road repairs but this was felt to be very difficult to manage.

8. Allotments, there has been a leaflet drop in the village along with notices on the email and in the Parish magazine, but to date there are only two interested parties this is felt to be insufficient as an Allotment Association needs to be set up by those using it to run the venture, so at present this will not proceed.

It was also raised from the floor regarding individual property owner’s responsibility to cut their hedges and keep trees cut back on road frontages, as many seem to be not carrying out their responsibilities.

A note will be put in the Annual Report to be circulated to every household.

Cllr Henderson commented on the disbanding of the mobile library Cllr Benson said there are lots of books in the church that can be borrowed.

The Phone Box is listed but is still a usable telephone box.

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     

 

 

785

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 26th March 2024

 

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

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

Apologies Dr S Smale

 

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 prospective purchasers of 2 Jenny Fox Cottage attended the meeting regarding access from the property onto the tarmac area of the Village Green, through the 5-bar gate that has been put as a boundary.

Cllr Short explained previous enquiries have been made for access to that property and the old school, over the tarmac area, the reply has historically always been to decline, no constant traffic flow is allowed a one-off access with consultation with the Parish Council is permitted. The visibility is very limited at the juncture with the highway. The question was asked regarding the 5-bar gate and the conclusion was a cheap fix.

The prospective residents were thanked for attending

 

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

 

2. Clerk’s report

i. D Day celebrations, these will take place on Thursday the 6th June, the Beacon will be lit, with a bar and proposed BBQ to be held at Forches, a Church service will be held on Sunday the 9th June.

ii. 2 Jenny Fox Cottage has been covered in public participation.

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The Wicksteed report the few minor issues are being addressed by Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey

ii. The Rowan tree has yet to be planted at the desired location.

iii. Train service at Kings Nympton Station, an email has been received from Martin Pailthorpe, “The committee are meeting again on 11 April and before that I would like the councillors involved to spread the words and ideally get people to sign up on a Facebook group, I have created called friends of kingsnympton station - I know Kings Nympton, Chulmleigh and Chittlehamholt all have Facebook groups on which they can spread the word but not sure what about you? Are there notice boards etc?

The reply was sent regarding the email, facebook and notice boards.

Cllr Alan Fraser-Smith is to attend the meeting.

iv. A new bus timetable has been received with a bus service 5 days week, this has been circulated via the email and will be put in the magazine.

iv. Bouchland Lane, the lorry’s have started again, Cllr Davies is looking at the logs, the road condition is awful, the levels are to be checked when completed to ensure they comply with permission granted when the cross section and levels were submitted. The application that came for consultation, a menage, was not in the realms of the actual process that has taken place.

 

 

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4. Highways.

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting. Or call 0345155 1004 in this time of serve weather if something is urgent, please call in, the call will be logged and you will receive a reference number which you can monitor the progress of the issue. Please keep reporting poor roads.

ii. One was route at Braggamarsh, this type of request has to go through the Neighbourhood Highway Officer, a Mr Richard Sables and he is not happy or inclined to put this forward, even with it being a great danger to road users.

iii. The expanse of water flooding the road just along from the Millenium Copse was discussed again, the sides of the road need digging out to access the drain and clear the silt before the camera can be used to assess the situation, Roy Brown is to be lined up to undertake the work, all in favour, then Active Drainage the company with the camera are £220 plus VAT, they will put a camera along the drain and if possible and required jet the drain to try and clear it. Cllr Henderson offered a Locality grant of £250; an application will be submitted in April. Thank you, Cllr Henderson. The pot holes either side of the area are very deep, dangerously deep.

Cllr Henderson commented on the over grown hedges on the A377 that Cllr Pincombe has been highlighting, Cllr Henderson is endeavouring to get hedges trimmed back. If the Parish Council has access concerning with regard to an application Cllr Henderson said to contact him in an effort to get parish concerns flagged up.

 

5. County and District Councillors items

Cllr Henderson reported that the Links Centres are being closed these are mental health centres in Barnstaple, Bideford and Ilfracombe, the closure has been called in, but the Scrutiny Committee agreed to close these centres as there is now a very good support network for those in need with the centres not being efficiently used.

The Special Educational Need budget is in the region of £143 million out of a DCC budget of £750 million, £93 million has been received from government, efforts are being made to reduce this. Cllr Henderson noted on Mr Richard Sables, who has been most difficult to communicate with from the PC point of view, is giving a low-quality performance.

Cllr Davies reported on the Climate and Environment Grants, as you may be aware, North Devon Council has set aside funding to re-open the Climate and Environment Grant Fund (CEG) for one more year! £20000 has been allocated to be awarded to small Parishes towards funding projects with a strong emphasis on sustainability and countering climate change.

North Devon Community Lottery is up and running, tickets are available from the North Devon Community Lottery website. A National award for North Devon council's Land Charges team has been won.

The next stage of the Barnstaple "Market Quarter" improvements will start on Tuesday 26 March, as North Devon Council's contractors, Pearce Construction, plan to set up a site compound in an area of Queen Street car park. The compound will be used by Pearce until late 2025, as they set about rebuilding and restoring 36-7 Boutport Street. The site compound will take over a number of parking spaces within Queen Street car park, and car park users are being encouraged to use the quieter neighbouring Bear Street car park. The council purchased 36 and 37 Boutport Street in 2021 to refurbish it for community and business use. 36 Boutport Street will become a cultural hub for North Devon, while 37 will be a new build incorporating housing and employment units around a central arcade walk-way from the Queen Street car park to the town centre.

North Devon and Torridge District Councils are asking residents to help them work out how best to encourage cultural activity in the region by taking part in a survey.The councils have launched the Northern Devon Flourishing Culture Participation Survey in order to help them understand current engagement in culture; events attended, museums visited and crafts created. The ultimate aim is to encourage more of the cultural activities that make northern Devon a great place to live, work and visit.

 

 

 

 

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6. Finance

 

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                              

1600

Clerk’s salary

£352.75

1600

Office expenses

£47.26

i. The bank account is standing at £13,966.68 at the end of the financial year.

7. Planning                                                                                                               

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

78065

Application for a non-material amendment to planning permission 75220 (demolition of an existing agricultural building and erection of 4 no. two storey houses with amenity space, car parking and landscaping) to allow raising of the roof by 300mm and amendments to glazing, materials, porch and configuration of solar panels Bedport

Passed

78424

Application for a non-material amendment to planning permission 75220 (demolition of an existing agricultural building and erection of 4 no. two storey houses with amenity space, car parking and landscaping) to allow raising of the roof by 300mm, amendments to porch, fenestration, external materials and re-positioning of solar panels and to Plot 1, Bedport Poultry Farm

Cllr Davies declared an interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i. 76399 an amended site has been submitted, after discussion it was agreed to respond by saying, after communication with the applicant “the ethos of the business is for the cabin to be isolated and in contact with nature”, the location of the cabin is adjacent to a road, the location needs to be looked at, an alternative location would be advised to comply with the ethos.

If it was deemed suitable at the present location the gateway on the application should be blocked up completely, the Parish Council would strongly advise this as a condition, for safety reasons, the access from this entrance is so dangerous to those exiting and entering and road users passing the site.

i. NDC enforcement have replied regarding the cars at Balls Corner. The “what 3 word” references have been submitted for structures that need to be looked at there are 3 around the parish.

 

9. Parish Hall report.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. At the AGM it was agreed to purchase a new bench for the area.

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                                                                    i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 30th April 2024 7.00pm for the

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING followed by a PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

 

                                                         

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 28th May 2024 7.30pm Annual Parish Council meeting

 

 

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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 27th February 2024

 

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

In attendance Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Mr A. Bonner 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 16th January were agreed and signed. The total for the Parish Hall defibrillator should have read £1500, with a grant of £750 received.

 

2. Clerk’s report

i. D Day celebrations, these will take place on Thursday the 6th June, the Beacon will be lit, with a bar and proposed BBQ to be held at Forches, a Church service will be held on Sunday the 9th June.

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The Wicksteed report the few minor issues are being addressed by Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey

ii. Devon Wildlife have offered a free tree to communities, this has been accepted, a rowan tree has been collected. It is hoped to plant this at Red Post behind the Parish Council seat. Watering and maintenance will have to be undertaken during the summer months especially if the weather is dry.

iii. Train service at Kings Nympton Station, an email has been received from Martin Pailthorpe saying, “I am keen to get heads from all the communities together, and have had reps from Chulmleigh and Chittlehamholt councils put forward. I am hoping to arrange a meeting with them to take things forward

While I take the point that Burrington councillors themselves don't use the train much, it would still be good to have representation from the village, as the more communities we have onboard the (hopefully) stronger our case will be. Perhaps you could moot this at your next meeting to see if anyone is prepared to come forward?

Cllr Alan Fraser-Smith is to represent the parish, the council was thanked for all the communities responses that have come forward.

iv. Bouchland Lane, the lorry’s as yet have not started but it is anticipated they will when the weather improves.

 

4. Highways.

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting. Or call 0345155 1004 in this time of serve weather if something is urgent, please call in, the call will be logged and you will receive a reference number which you can monitor the progress of the issue. Please keep reporting poor roads.

ii. The expanse of water flooding the road just along from the Millenium Copse was discussed again, on looking at the application the Neighbourhood Highways Officer needs to be consulted, a Mr Richard Sables. Mr Sables said he would support an application. Workmen have visited the site and made a hole in Cllr Wooldridge’s hedge for the water to drain away, on looking at the DCC website it says work is completed but it is not. It was proposed by Cllr P Smale seconded by Cllr Fraser-Smith to pay between

 

 

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£100-£150 to employ someone with a camera to survey the drain before an application is submitted, to assess the situation, all in favour.

v. Discussion took place regarding a one-way route at Braggamarsh including the dangerous junction onto the A377, further enquires are to be made with Cllr Henderson but he was not in attendance. Cllr Pincombe is to contact Cllr Henderson.

 

5. County and District Councillors items

Cllr Henderson reported DCC BUDGET 24/25 Above inflation increases for vulnerable children and adults and more money for potholes There will be an increase of 10.4 per cent in spending on children’s services DCC have agreed a 4.99 per cent increase in council tax for the coming financial year. It comprises 2.99 per cent for general services with an extra two per cent for adult care. It means an extra £1.56 a week for the average Band D householder. There will be increases of 10.4 per cent in spending on children’s services, six per cent on adult services and 4.7 per cent on climate change, environment and transport. Councillors also agreed an extra £1.5 million to boost regular road drainage since the target budget was set last month to tackle the increase in potholes caused by this winter’s heavy rainfall. There will also be £716,000 extra to bring the homelessness budget back up to £1.45 million to support the work of district councils and homeless organisations for another year. Devon’s revenue spending on services will increase from just under £700 million to £743 million in 2024/25. That’s an overall rise of 6.3 per cent in spending. In addition, councillors approved a capital budget of over £155 million for investment in infrastructure such as schools and roads. The council tax for an average Band D home will rise by £81.54 to £1,715.67 – an extra £1.56 a week. The budget includes savings, alternative funding and additional income of £49.6 million. The budget was approved by 34 votes to 14. PUBLIC ASKED TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON DEVON AND TORBAY DEVOLUTION DEAL A six-week public consultation was launched on Monday 12 February on the draft proposal to create a Combined County Authority (CCA) for Devon and Torbay to oversee new powers and funding transferred from Government. The ground-breaking devolution deal announced by Levelling Up Minister Jacob Young last month, proposes to create the CCA, which would be a formal partnership of elected members drawn from the councils of Devon and Torbay, including district councils, together with representatives from business and education. People are being invited to have their say on how the CCA would work, the powers that it would have and the functions it would be responsible for. These include investment in local economic growth, delivering affordable housing, improving public transport, and meeting net zero ambitions. Further information about our joint consultation with Torbay Council and details of how to respond are available at www.devontorbaydeal.org.uk Establishing the CCA would not mean removing or merging local councils and does not require a Mayor for Devon and Torbay. All councils would continue to exist and would still be responsible for public services in their area. Among the Devon and Torbay devolution deal proposals are: • The new body would have direct control of adult education to create up to 50,000 new training and retraining opportunities by 2030. Through Local Skills Improvement Plans, the proposed CCA will work with business and education leaders to create a stronger, joined-up relationship between employers and schools, colleges and universities to provide the skilled workforce the local economy needs for the future. • Over £16 million of new funding would be invested in new green jobs, homes, skills, and business growth to accelerate Devon and Torbay’s transition to a net-zero economy, capitalising on the area’s world-leading expertise in green science and technology. • There would also be a stronger partnership with Homes England, working closely with district councils in Devon to create a joint action plan for affordable housing schemes for local people as well as reducing homelessness. The proposal includes additional land assembly and compulsory purchase powers and would facilitate greater Community Land Trust-led delivery. • The joined up local transport planning by Devon County Council and Torbay Council will be strengthened to improve the efficiency and co-ordination of public transport. There is also an ambition to introduce a single ticketing system for public transport passengers. • From 2025 the Government is also offering to transfer responsibility for planning and delivery of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to Devon and Torbay, engaging with Devon’s district councils, to support high growth business sectors as well as funding town centre enhancements. The results of the

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consultation will be considered by both Councils in April. Devon County Council and Torbay Council will consider whether they want to submit the proposal to Government, either with or without amendments, or not at all. The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities would examine any submission and make regulations setting up the CCA. A summary leaflet about the consultation will be available in all Devon and Torbay libraries as well as district council offices. You can take part in the consultation, which closes at 11:59pm on 24 March 2024.

No report was put forward from the planning forum meeting.

Cllr Henderson has kindly given a grant of £1000 for further hedge ploughing, this will be undertaken in due course, quotes from other contractors will be obtained as it was felt a better job could have been undertaken this year.

Cllr Davies reported on new guidance for farmers for planning, the guidance is on the NDC website. There is a new Barnstaple town centre hub, it is in Green Lanes the cost to fit out the hub was £230,000, it is NDC customer services which will be open from 9am -5pm, Monday to Friday, DCC Police are also in the centre.

The GB Spring Clean is going on until the 31st March, NDC are providing equipment for the clean, the contact is Mr Paul Burton. Ms Natasha Rowland has been presented with a Local Government Chronicle Award for her work in trying to combat homelessness.

 

 

 

6. Finance

 

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                              

1596

NDC dog bins

£78.00

1597

Defib sales

£106.00

1598

Clerk’s salary

£450.00

1599

Burrington Parish Hall

£21.00

 

7. Planning                                                                                                               

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

77570

Demolition of two agricultural buildings and erection of two new dwellings (fall back to Class Q 75205 and 74299) and proposed conversion of grade two listed agricultural building to dwelling together with associated works at Golland Farm Burrington

Passed

78064

Application for a non-material amendment to planning permission 75220 (demolition of an existing agricultural building and erection of 4 no. two storey houses with amenity space, car parking and landscaping) to allow raising of the roof by 300mm and amendments to glazing, materials, porch and configuration of solar panels Bedport

 

78178

Prior notification for erection of one forestry building to store equipment/vehicles Heales Cottage

Withdrawn

78261

Approval of details in respect of discharge of condition 4 (landscaping) attached to planning permission 75015 (retrospective application - temporary change of use of land for the siting of temporary caravan for use as a rural workers dwelling together with erection of 1 polytunnel, 1 shed & 1 compost toilet) Kingsland Gardens

Passed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i. NDC enforcement have replied regarding the cars at Balls Corner. Cllr Short is to speak to the bus company regarding the bus that is parked at Balls Corner. There appears to be a development at Stone Ridge as the barn is being shored up and a septic tank is on site, this will be added to the cases.

 

9. Parish Hall report. The defibrillator is in and working.

 

 

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10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. The AGM is to be held the night following the PC meeting.

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                                                                    i. DALC newsletter is circulated. There is a free portrait of the King, this will be applied for.

The school signs at Townbridge and outside the hall have been taken down and removed. It was highlighted the number of large lorries that are getting stuck and/or causing damage in the village, Cllr Short is to put a larger sign at Red Post.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 26th March 2024 7.30pm

                                                         

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 30th April 2024 7.30pm ANNUAL PARISH MEETING followed by a PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 

 

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 30th April 2024

at 7.00 p.m.                               

 

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

In Attendance Cllr K Davies (District Councillor) Cllr P Henderson (County Council)

and 5 members of the public

Apologies

 

1. The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th April 2023 were agreed and signed.                                         

 

2. Chairman’s Report

Cllr Short welcomed everyone to the meeting, reporting on the year there has been no changes to the council in the last 12 months. Last spring the bus shelter was cleaned and painted. In May we had various events to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III, which involved beacon lighting, a joint service on Sunday the 7th along with a cream tea at the church on the 8th May.

A commemorative tree to celebrate the coronation was planted by Mr Victor Mock by the seat on Bircham Hill, very sad to say Mr Mock recently passed away at the ripe old age of 100.

The roads are getting worse by the day but please keep reporting:

The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it       PLEASE REPORT or ring 0345 1004 115

the call will be logged and you will receive a reference number which you can monitor the progress of the issue.

Whether it works remains to be seen don’t hold your breath, the Parish Council manged to get a grant through our County Councillor Paul Henderson to plough out the verges on Bircham Hill to help with the water run-off, another grant has been agreed for next year. The Parish Council have organised a jetter to jet the drain between Red Post and Forches to try and solve the long-standing flooding problem, this seems to have solved the problem with one side of the road being filled with tarmac. A grant from Cllr Henderson has been applied for. Thank you to Cllr Henderson for his support of the Parish.

All planning applications have been responded to, with local knowledge conveyed to the planners.

A Kings Nympton parish councillors has asked the parish to spread the word regarding getting a regular train stop at Kings Nympton, a committee has been formed with Cllr Alan Fraser-Smith representing the parish, a facebook page has also been set up. It is hoped S106 money will become available to make improvements to open spaces, the priority being the PC field. A free Landmark tree has been given by the Devon Wildlife Trust; it is a Rowen tree which has been planted at Red Post. The Parish Council have endeavoured to get the gritting route extended to Red Post, the winter before last there was such difficulty at Townbrige but sadly to no avail.

A new bus timetable has been received with a bus service 5 days week, this has been circulated via the email and was put in the magazine. Two new seats have been purchased and placed in the Methodist graveyard. Thank you to John Wehner who annually audits the Parish Council accounts.

To post information on the website please contact the clerk Angela Snell, to post on the Burrington email please email: admin@burringtonnorthdevon.com thank you very much to Fiona Coxshall, for all her efforts, likewise Carol Poulton as editor of the Parish magazine. Thank you to my fellow councillors for their continued work and the clerk.

 

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

a) It was proposed by Mr G Short, seconded by Mr S Holton for the Parish Council to look at raising the annual payments which was minuted at the last APM, the suggested figure at this meeting was10%.

At the subsequent Parish Council meeting it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Fraser-Smith to raise the annual grants to:

£70 donation to be made to Church for electricity used by public light.
£200 donation to be made to the Parish Hall for electricity used by lights,

£350 Grant to the Burrington Church Buildings Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

£120 Grant to the Bethesda Graveyard Trust for maintenance of the graveyard

£60 Grant to the Old Gospel Hall for maintenance of the graveyard. All in agreement.

The NDC toilet grant, if it is no longer being granted by the District Council, the PC would grant the Hall £500 from the precept to cover the loss of grant, all in favour of these financial arrangements.

Mr Les Parker thanked the Parish Council for their continued support towards the maintenance of the Old Gospel Hall graveyard.

 

4. Parish Hall Chairmans Report

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.

The Parish Hall has had no Major issues to report during the Year. All scheduled decorations have been carried out, and any repairs have been actioned immediately. Thank you to Matt for his hard work in keeping the Hall clean and functionable throughout the year. Thanks also to Paul and Sarah for overseeing this. During the year the Hall have installed a second Defibrillator for use of by the Parishioners. It is located in the Entrance Porch of the Hall on the road and has 24/7 access. All curtains throughout the building have been renewed and new rails fitted where required. An enormous thank you to everyone who helps with the organisation and the running of our Social Events held during the year. Without this dedication the Events would not be so successful. We have events planned for the coming year, with Johnny Cowling (Comedian) returning on the 28th of September, for an evening of Entertainment. Tickets only please book via burringtonph@gmail.com. Our very successful Bingos and The Christmas Fayre will also be held again during the coming year. Thank you to all the committee for attending the meetings during the year, I would like to thank all the officers, the Secretary, and the Booking Secretary for all the extra work that they put in over and above attending the meetings. 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.

At the hall committee meeting it was agreed to open the disabled toilet to all, to have the disabled and unisex sign on the door, so an accessible toilet for all. The hall report was given by Graham Short.

 

5) Report from the Burrington Church Buildings Trust, and Friends of Holy Trinity. The Church Buildings Trust report was given by Stuart Holton. During the last 12 months Burrington Church Building Trust have continued to support the PCC with the maintenance and upkeep of Holy Trinity Church, the only Grade 1 Listed building within our parish. The Trust continues to pay the cost of maintaining the Churchyard in full which includes the cutting of the graveyard approximately 14 times a year as well as keeping hedges and boundaries under control. We have also contributed toward the cost of other annual inspections and maintenance costs such as cleaning of the gutters. We have agreed to make a financial contribution to the PCC to aid with their grant application for the proposed refurbishment of the kitchen area and the installation of a toilet. The Churchyard is one of Burrington’s public places within the Parish where any one can visit to remember friends, family and loved ones; any one of any religion or denomination is entitled to be buried within the graveyard and the Trust would welcome any financial assistance the Parish Council can make towards the upkeep. Finally; I’d like to thank all Trustees for their hard work over the last twelve months and a particular thank you to the Trust’s Officeholders Kay Elworthy, Andrew Coxshall and Paul Bailey.

 

Report from Burrington church PCC. We continue to offer a warm welcome to everyone to the regular services at Holy Trinity Church. The Church is open most days. The main door from the porch into the Church can be hard to open. Just pull firmly on the handle and twist anticlockwise, still holding the handle in that position stop pulling on the handle and the weight of the door should pull it open. If you are unable to access the Church contact numbers for key holders are available in the notice board by the Church Gate. There is a Church Service at 10.30am on 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. Last year we held 2 joint Service with members of the Methodist Church, the first was to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III. Donations from that service were forwarded to the Princes Trust. The second was the annual Remembrance Sunday Service with all donations being given the Poppy Appeal. Food donations at our Harvest Service with a small exception are donated to the Freedom Centre at Barnstaple. On June the 9th we will be holding a special service commemorating the D-Day Landings. The Remembrance Sunday Service in November and the Parish Carol Service in December. Other events at your Parish Church include a monthly Coffee morning on the 1st Saturday. Monthly Cream teas during the summer, usually on the 4th Sunday. However; the Cream Tea in May will be on Monday 27th and combined with a Plant stall. Please make a note of our BBQ on August 10th and the Afternoon Tea on Monday August 26th. When you visit your Parish Church, please take the opportunity to have a look around this beautiful old building with a wonderful Rood Screen and carved bosses in the ceiling, also look around for the carvings representing a ‘green man’. Additionally, you will find, nestled into the choir stalls, a selection of reading books and jig-saw puzzles which you are welcome to borrow. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports our regular gatherings. You may have noticed that some pews have been removed from the back of the Church to provide a social area. This has been possible because the long-awaited permission to install an accessible toilet at the back of the Church and improved kitchen facilities has now been received. We have obtained tenders for the work and will be contacting the chosen contractor. The PCC would like to thank everyone who helps with the floral arrangements in the church and cleaning the church. Also; those who have put-on fund-raising events on behalf of the Church including the popular Quiz night, Bingo and Burns Night all in addition to the other activities previously mentioned. A special thank you to everyone who has supported any or all of the events and or by donating raffle prizes, plants for the plant sale. We couldn’t do it without you. We advertise Church Services and other events in the Church in the Parish magazine, on the Notice Boards in addition to Burrington email and Facebook pages. Finally; we would like to thank Holy Trinity Building Trust who assist in maintaining the Church Building and Friends of Holy Trinity who assist with the payment of Insurance costs and Utility bills. Their ongoing support is much appreciated and needed. However; their finances are limited and your continued support at our regular Church Services and social events is very much appreciated. If anyone would like to be involved with future planned events or have ideas for events please contact us. It is always good to have new ideas and an extra pair of hands is always welcome. Please contact, Gill Benson or any PCC member or just come along. Everyone is welcome. Gill, Church Warden, Tel 01769 520297.Report given by Gill Benson.

 

Report from the Friends of Burrington. The Friends are now in their sixteenth year helping to generate and administer an income stream to supplement the Church expenses which are the responsibility of the Parochial Church Council (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 (electricity, water, heating etc), cleaning and insurance premiums which are necessary for the ongoing operation of the Church. We have received a good level of support from the membership and are holding funds to support the PCC as and when required. We held our AGM on Monday 29th April 2024. May I offer thanks to Gill Benson her role as treasurer. We are currently without a secretary and will be keen to appoint someone to this position in the very near future. Report given by Alan Fraser-Smith.

 

6). The Community Shop, September 2023 marked the 8th anniversary of the opening of the Burrington Community Shop. We sadly lost Jack Earnshaw from the committee this year but we also gained 2 new members – Sue Bailey and, most recently, Martha Dean – so we are now a 9 strong committee. Sue organised a survey of our residents to get their views on the shop – on improvements we could make and items we could stock – and we are considering those findings in our planning. Almost everyone who responded said they found the shop to be an important asset within the village and hoped it could continue. The cost-of-living crisis is still proving to be tough for everyone and we are making every effort to keep our prices competitive. Our volunteers who source our stock work hard to get the best possible deals and are very inventive in their ordering to achieve this. Our overall mark up is over 5% lower than many other similar community shops and we try to keep the mark up lowest on certain ranges of food that our most vulnerable customers buy. The finances of the shop are always finely balanced and we are grateful to Pickard’s for keeping our rent contribution for this year the same as last year. We are budgeting to run a small deficit in 2024/25 financed through our general reserves, thus enabling us to continue with the aforementioned pricing policy as far as possible in the year ahead. We have managed a couple of upgrades to the shop this year, installing some smart new cupboards at the back of the shop to give our volunteers more space for storage and for booking in goods. And just in time for summer we have bought a lovely, new and larger ice cream freezer, to replace the old broken one. This gives us more freezer space overall. We are also working on a new website to keep our customers up to date with latest news and offers. I would like to thank all of the members of the committee, and our volunteers, for their hard work and support during the year. Without their work there wouldn’t be a shop in the village. Additionally, we give a huge thank you to Molly and Faye in the shop who provide such a friendly and helpful front for the shop. Report given by Phil Brough.

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7. County and District Councillors items, Cllr Henderson reported It would be nice to deliver a more positive report for the year end but unfortunately circumstances dictate that the previous year has been especially trying. However, unlike many County Councils elsewhere across the UK Devon did not need to issue a section 114 notice (effectively declaring themselves bankrupt). In fact, the financial year-end ended up slightly in surplus (to the tune of around £100,000) but this was achieved at a cost. We have lost our mobile library service and the year has also seen the closure of the Link Centres across Northern Devon without however those service users being unduly affected. There remain’s increasing pressures on both the adult health and social care budgets as well as those for children’s services.

However top of the list across every parish I visit is the state of the highways. The cancelling of HS2 has released additional funding to Devon over the next 3 years and an additional £10m has been identified from the existing DCC budget to go towards highways. Be under no illusions though, these may seem like ‘significant’ sums (and they would be if they were paid into our own personal accounts) but it is a drop in the ocean compared to what is required to maintain, let alone repair the Devon Road network. Justifiable questions are being raised over the working practices of current repairs being carried out and as I understand this is being reviewed – not before time. However, I would urge all residents to report any defects to DCC and should the response not be what one might expect, please forward through to me with the reference no issued when the problem was first reported.

More recently, the subject of devolution whereby Devon joins up with Torbay has been the subject of public consultation. This was discussed by Councillors at a meeting at the end of April. Serious concerns were raised from the feedback about the level of representation District Councils would have as well as the longer term funding plans. However, at the full council meeting the resulting vote was in favour to proceed with the devolution. For the record, I initially supported a motion to defer the decision so that more clarity over apportionment of seats as well as funding could be established but the amendment failed. In the main vote I chose to abstain – I’m not against devolution but my parishes have been telling me this is not a good deal for North Devon and I fully agree with what I was being told. Finally, the Leader of Devon County Council John Hart announced he was standing down so a new leader will be chosen by the Conservatives, the controlling party of DCC who will have responsibility for the policy/direction od DCC as we head to an election in 12 months time.

 

Cllr Davies Once again it has been a pleasure to act as your District Councillor over the past year and I have continued to attend as many meetings as possible reporting and providing updates on both local and wider issues as well as answering questions as best I can. As you are aware the council is constrained by a backdrop of reduced funding in real terms but has again managed to set a balanced budget for 2024/25 and this has been achieved without cuts to services. We continue to face financial challenges made worse by unfair funding and we will continue to challenge for ‘levelling up’ funds/ Fair Funding Review. The improvements to the Market Quarter, the Panier Market and Queen Street/ Bear Street car park are progressing (approximately £6.5m secured from the Future High Street Fund) with the official reopening of the Pannier Market celebrated on 24th November 2023. Work started on the rebuilding and restoring of 36-7 Boutport Street in March 2024 and will continue until late 2025. Plans for the new NDC hub in Barnstaple town centre have been backed by councillors. The council will expand its face-to-face customer service offering by relocating to a vacant unit at Green Lanes Shopping Centre. The new hub will give the council a more visible presence in the town centre and enable it to extend its opening hours to Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm. Officers from Barnstaple’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will also be available to speak to on a daily basis. There are other positives to note and these include – expansion of the Yeo Valley Woodland in Barnstaple with an additional 24,000 trees planted; awards for the National Land Information System department, Natasha Rowland shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Individual Contribution’ category nominated in recognition of her services to combat homelessness and Tarka Leisure Centre won Commercial Pool Project Of The Year category at the UK Pool and Spa Awards 2023; publishing of new guidance documents and various supporting workshops; the much celebrated opening of Ilfracombe Watersports Hub; and maintaining a sufficient supply of land for housing to meet the target for the next five years. Closer to ‘home’ – I am pleased to report that there have been no noise complaints brought to my attention concerning Eaglescott. There has been however significant disturbance caused by material movement to Bouchland Farm site for the creation of a ménage. The material was initially being brought to site from the North Devon Link Road project under a Clar agreement. I received confirmation that Griffiths immediately stopped their lorries delivering to site after visiting and assessing the site on 26th Oct 2023. Further deliveries were reported to me in March 2024 and I continue to monitor the situation/ channel complaints through Paul Henderson as County Councillor. I will continue to support projects eligible under the Community Councillor Grants scheme.

 

8. Parish Council Field, the Parish Council are hoping to get S106 money to make improvements and offer facilities to the community, the first project will be the entrance and gates, other projects are additional car parking and a dog walking facility.

The Phone Box is listed but is still a usable telephone box.

 

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     

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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 16th January 2024

 

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

In attendance Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Mr P Bailey 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 28th November were agreed and signed.  

 

2. Clerk’s report

i. Defibrillator, a DHSC Community automated external Defibrillator has been successfully applied for on behalf of the Parish Hall Committee to have one at the Hall. 50% of the funds were received for the defibrillator and storage box totalling just under a £1000, it is waiting to be installed

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The Wicksteed report the few minor issues are being addressed by Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey

 

4. Highways.

i. The DCC website is devon.cc/report-it    Please keep reporting. Or call 0345155 1004 in this time of serve weather if something is urgent, please call in, the call will be logged and you will receive a reference number which you can monitor the progress of the issue.

ii. The expanse of water flooding the road just along from the Millenium Copse was discussed again, on looking at the application the Neighbourhood Highways Officer needs to be consulted, a Mr Richard Sables. This will be undertaken, it was reported there is an enormous pot hole/hole at the side of the road which is constantly filled with water, if caught with a vehicle could cause serious damage, it was suggested to put a steak in the hedge by it with a cone on the top, as a cone would not stay in the actual hole, an application to the Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund is to be made to see if the problem can be rectified

v. Discussion took place regarding a one-way route at Braggamarsh including the dangerous junction onto the A377, councillors have observed people using this very dangerous junction, further enquires are to be made with Cllr Henderson. It appears SAT NAVS use this route

 

5. County and District Councillors items

Cllr Henderson reported in regard to a possible one-way system at Braggamarsh……best route forward is to send a request from the PC through to Richard Sables. I wouldn’t disagree that it would be a proactive move but knowing how DCC score these applications, they’ll look at the traffic data and if there has been no reported incidents (from minor up to a fatality), the chances of achieving this are practically non-existent. I’m not saying it’s right, to me DCC should be proactive instead of reactive, but that is where we are at the moment. However, I’m happy to support the PC towards this aim.

Cllr Davies reminded councillors of the forthcoming North Devon Planning forum on the 30th January; it can be joined virtually. Also, Cllr Davies reminded the council to submit Enforcement Priorities, after discission there appears to be three these will be submitted.                                                   780

 

 

6. Finance

 

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                       

1595

Jimbo

£120.00

1595

Clerk’s salary

£519.40

1595

Office expenses

£29.58

 

i.                 The Cambridge and Counties Savings Account, the account has now been opened.

ii.                The second Precept letter has to be submitted this will be undertaken

7. Planning                                                                                            

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

77570

Demolition of two agricultural buildings and erection of two new dwellings (fall back to Class Q 75205 and 74299) and proposed conversion of grade two listed agricultural building to dwelling together with associated works at Golland Farm Burrington

Pending

77579

Change of use of land & erection of 2 holiday lodges at Week Parks High Bickington

Passed

 

i.                 S106 Priorities Golland, the two suggested priorities are enhancement of the Village Green, initial quotes have been obtained for the two entrance gates and new lighting for the Green. The second priority is the enhancement to the Old Sports Field entrance.

ii. The Sports Field was discussed, over the Christmas period there were some comments on social media regarding the amount of dog mess on the Field, there is a dog bin at the entrance by the hall please pick up after your dog. The suggestion raised was to have a gate where the fence has been broken by Pound Close, as the fence has been repaired in the past to no avail, then perhaps put another dog bin there.

 

9. Parish Hall report. The hall defibrillator is the responsibility of the hall committee.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report.

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                                               i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

ii. An email has been received from the Devon Wildlife Trust offering a free Landmark Tree for your Parish or Town, this is going to be applied for. The suggested site was Five Oaks on the wide verge opposite the sign post.

The gas main maintenance work was discussed as this will continue from High Bickington past the Radar Station on towards Ashreigney in the coming months, so road hold ups may occur.

An email has been received from a Kings Nympton Parish Councillor asking for comments on regular train stops at Kings Nympton, the letter will be put on the Parish email, for parishioners to be able to comment.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 27th February 2024 7.30pm

                                                           

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 26th March 2024 7.30pm COUNCIL MEETING 

     

 

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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 28th November 2023

 

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

In attendance Cllr P Henderson County Councillor

Apologies Mr P Bailey 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 meeting held on 31st October were agreed and signed.  

 

2. Clerk’s report

i. The Energy Outreach Project was advertised on the Parish email no responses have been received.

ii. Defibrillator, a DHSC Community automated external Defibrillator fund is offering grants towards defibrillators Cllr Bailey has submitted an application on behalf of the Parish Hall to have one at the Hall.

The full grant was not offered but a 50% grant, this will be discussed by the Parish Hall committee.

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The Wicksteed report has been received there are no major issues but a few minor ones, Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey will look into this in more depth and review what needs to be undertaken.

ii. The dog waste bin at Balls Corner was reported as being dangerous, Cllr Short has rectified the situation and received a thank you.

 

4. Highways.

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

ii. The verge was ploughed out along Bircham Hill during the month. A further application can be submitted for more ploughing out.

iv. The expanse of water flooding the road just along from the Millenium Copse was discussed, further work needs to be undertaken to try and get it cleared as it has been like this for some weeks, walkers without wellington boots would not be able to pass, Cllr Henderson said the Parish Council could apply to the Locality budget to get specific highway jobs undertaken, Cllr Henderson is to send a link for the application. The area needs a camera to assess the situation then to be rodded and or jetted to try and resolve the problem, so long as the drain has not collapsed.

v. Further enquires with Cllr Henderson are to be made regarding a one-way route at Braggamarsh including the dangerous junction onto the A377.

 

5. County and District Councillors items

Cllr Henderson reported on New Road funding and how this will help tackle the repair backlog, DCC have welcomed the Government’s announcement of an £8.3 billion investment for road maintenance over the next 11 years throughout the country. DCC will receive and extra £6.663 million this financial year, from the funding redirected for the scrapped HS2 rail line extension to Manchester. It will be followed by the same amount next year. And then there will be a minimum of £208.6 million between now and 2033/34.

DCC will be using the money to carry out patching work and other repairs before potholes deteriorate

 

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further this winter due to wet and freezing conditions of the season. The majority of the funding for this financial year will enable us to bring forward resurfacing schedules earmarked within its future works programme.

Cllr Henderson has asked again for any roads that are in need of being repaired to report to him, to get them on the list for repair, this will be circulated on the parish email again.

The highways contract at DCC is coming up for tender again, Cllr Henderson is hopeful it will be taken back in house, as the quality of work that is being undertaken at present is not of a good standard as there is a lack of quality control.

The Government is in advance discussions to agree a devolution deal with Devon and Torbay, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced that the Government is close to finalising a ground breaking Devolution Deal that will transfer a range of new powers and funding from Whitehall to Devon and Torbay. Levelling up Minister, Jacob Toung, wrote to Leaders of DCC and Torbay Council last week, confirming the Governments commitment to continuing negotiations and praising the councils on their constructive leadership on the devolution agenda. And in the Autumn Statement, Mr Hunt reiterated the government’s commitment to devolving powers to county areas, with the Chancellor confirming that it is in advanced discussion to agree a Level 2 non-mayoral deal with Devon and Torbay.

The Mobile Library Service is to cease, DCC has made the decision that the Mobiles will sadly be closing at the end of February 2024.

 

 

6. Finance

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                              

1585

Cumbria Clock Company

£234.00

1576

Clerk’s salary

£450.00

1587

Mr R Elworthy hedge cutting

£100.00

1588

NDC refund paid twice

£501.00

1589

Wicksteed

£158.40

1592/93

A and B Contractors

£1180.80

 

i.              The Cambridge and Counties Savings Account, the interest is to be accumulated.

ii.            Grass cutting tenders, Mr M Baker tendered a £67.50 increase on last year, Mr R Elworthy tendered £100, it was proposed by Cllr P Smale seconded by Cllr Bonner to accept both, all in favour.

iii.           Clerks contract, the clerk left the room, after discussion it was agreed to stay at point scale 11, but back date the increase to 1st April when the increases were introduced.

iv.           Set the Precept, it was proposed by Cllr P Smale seconded by Cllr Fraser Smith the keep the precept unchanged at £10,000, all in favour.

 

7. Planning                                                                                                               

75847

75846

Conversion of existing agricultural building to habitable accommodation at Poole Batten, Burrington listed

Approved

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

77570

Demolition of two agricultural buildings and erection of two new dwellings (fall back to Class Q 75205 and 74299) and proposed conversion of grade two listed agricultural building to dwelling together with associated works at Golland Farm Burrington

Pending

77579

Change of use of land & erection of 3 holiday lodges at Week Parks High Bickington

Pending

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i.              S106 Priorities, NDC have been in contact to say there is an S106 amount of £6619 from a development at Golland Farm, the priorities were discussed, the first being the enhancement of the Village Green, to include the gates at both ends and the fence by the graveyard, two priorities were asked for, the second being the enhancement of the entrance to the Old Sports Field entrance.

 

9. Parish Hall report. No report.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report.

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                    

 i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 16th January 2024 7.30pm

                                                         

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 27th February 2024 7.30pm COUNCIL MEETING 

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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 31st October 2023

 

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

In attendance Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Mr Alan Fraser-Smith Mr P Bailey 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 September were agreed and signed.  

 

2. Clerk’s report

i. An email has been received from Devon Communities Together regarding an Energy Outreach project. Devon Communities Together have an opportunity for Parish, District and County Councillors to help communities with the high cost of living, addressing fuel poverty and working together to use energy effectively. This winter we are working with Citizens Advice to meet with local groups or specially arranged meetings to inform and give help. We can also arrange one to one consultations, presentations, and home visits. Events like these add a lot of value to Devon’s communities, particularly in areas with Village Halls or Warm Hubs, so we encourage you to participate by organising local events or working with local groups to access our support. If you can, please circulate this information and the attached flyer to members and representatives of your community.

This information will be put on the email, then if there is sufficient interest a meeting will be arranged.

ii. Defibrillator, a DHSC Community automated external Defibrillator fund is offering grants towards defibrillators Cllr Bailey has submitted an application on behalf of the Parish Hall to have one at the Hall.

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The wording on the obelisk to commemorate King Charles III coronation, a second quote has been received both quotes are in the region of £500 plus VAT, it was agreed the money would be more usefully spent other ways in the parish, so no inscription is to be undertaken.

ii. The tree on the corner of the Green, the work has been completed by Mr Brown the invoice has been received so will be authorised.

 

4. Highways.

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

ii. A request was made to highways to extend the gritting route to Red Post due to the number of vehicles that got stuck at Town Bridge last year this is the reply that was received. Thank you for getting back in touch. Having carefully reviewed the request and also 

having had discussion with your local Neighbourhood Highway Team I'm afraid we will not be 

extending the secondary route as it currently stands. Criteria in our Winter Service Policy for inclusion 

on the secondary salting network is to provide access to settlements, not beyond them. This is 

achieved through treatment from the A377 at Colleton Mills to Twitchen Lane. However, I understand 

your concern in relation to vehicles historically facing difficulty beyond this point during freezing 

conditions. I note there is a grit bin at Pound Close. Your local Neighbourhood Highway Officer has 

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suggested the parish may wish to re-locate this to derive most benefit on this road - this is something 

we would gladly arrange for you, if required”. This will be considered.

Regarding the mirror at the entrance to Pickard’s in the centre of the village that was declined by highways but further investigations will be made.

iii. Verge ploughing, the land owner has been contacted and is due to cut the hedges, so the verge ploughing is scheduled for the 15th November.

iv. Bouchland lorries, the dumping of debris and the lorries travelling has stopped visits by NDC representatives have been made, Cllr Davies is due to speak to Linda Sudlow the Public Liaison Officer for the North Devon Link Road the day after the meeting.

v. Further enquires with Cllr Henderson are to be made regarding a one-way route at Braggamarsh including the dangerous junction onto the A377.

 

 

5. County and District Councillors items

Cllr Davies reported North Devon Council currently provides face to face customer services at Lynton House, Barnstaple on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9am – 1pm. We provide help and assistance to customers across all our services for those where online or phone contact is either not possible or appropriate. 

We are considering moving and expanding this service.  We are looking at relocating to a vacant unit within Green Lanes Shopping Centre. Green Lanes Shopping Centre is centrally located in Barnstaple, it has plenty of carparks nearby, and has public transport links. As you may be aware, NDC own the shopping centre and there is an opportunity to utilise an unoccupied store. 

We are proposing to extend our customer services face-to-face opening hours to Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. Alongside this we will create working spaces to enable officers from across various services to be available to assist customers face to face, with private facilities where needed.

To ensure the service we provide fits the needs of our residents we would like your input.  What do you think of this proposal? Please help us by taking part in this Community Hub (microsoft.com)

This consultation starts on 30 October 2023 and closes on 11 December 2023.

An Environmental Enhancement Bulletin 7 has been received and circulated on the email.

There is an exhibition in the North Devon Museum at present of Devon born Artists.

No application has been submitted as yet for Cllr Davies Councillor grant; this will be looked into.

There are now additional Enforcement Officers at NDC a Lead plus support, Cllr Davies asked for a list of cases that Enforcement need to look at this will be submitted.

A dental petition organised by Selanie Saxby MP was in the shop which many people signed; this has now been submitted.

 

6. Finance,                                                                                                                                                   

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                              

1578

Cambridge and Counties Building Society

£10,000

1579

NDC dog bins

£78.00

1580

Burrington Parish Hall

£31.50

1581

M Baker grass cutting

£1286.50

1582

J Brown Tree Care

£270.00

1583

KJ Refrigeration

£162.00

 

i. The goal posts on the MUGA need replacing. The Estate Manager at Chulmleigh College has been contacted and they do have plastic posts, but Cllr Short has assessed the posts and repaired the existing ones for the time being.

                                                                                                       775

7. Planning                                                                                                               

75847

75846

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

Approved            

 

76179

76178

Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

Approved

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

77348

Prior approval for the change of use of agricultural barn to dwelling at Bouchland Farm Burrington

Approved

77562

Retrospective application to regularise the works for the erection of an ancillary unit at Northcote Workshop Burrington

Passed

77570

Demolition of two agricultural buildings and erection of two new dwellings (fall back to Class Q 75205 and 74299) and proposed conversion of grade two listed agricultural building to dwelling together with associated works at Golland Farm Burrington

Pending

77579

Change of use of land & erection of 3 holiday lodges at Week Parks High Bickington

Pending

75015

Land East of Kingsland Appeal APP/X1118/W/23/3319545

Permitted

 

 i. 76399 is an amended application, Cllr Davies reported highways have recommended refusal.

 

9. Parish Hall report. No report.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report.

 

11. Correspondence                                                    

i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

ii. Emails have been received from Citizens Advice Bureau and the Records Office asking for donations, these will be discussed at the next meeting.

iii. The hedge along the footpath of the village green is over grown, Cllr Short is to ask the owner to cut it back.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 28th November 2023 7.30pm

                                                          Budget meeting

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 23rd January 2024 7.30pm COUNCIL MEETING to be agreed

 

 

      

 BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 26th September 2023

 

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

In attendance

Apologies Mr P Smale 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

 

1.Minutes i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 29th August were agreed and signed.  

 

2. Clerk’s report

i. The Wicksteed inspection on the play equipment has been arranged.

ii. The grass cutting tender is due for the 2024 season, a notice has been posted in the Parish magazine.

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The wording on the obelisk will read “To commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III 6th May 2023”, a quote has been received from Richard Grant memorials but it was felt a further quote was required before the work can be authorised so Mr A Gist is to be contacted. It was raised a Community Support grant could possibly be claimed for this work.

ii. The tree on the corner of the Green, two quotes have been obtained, following discussion it was agreed to accept the quote from James Brown for £230, to prune, chip and remove the debris, all in favour.

It was raised regarding the long-term aspirations for the field, no building can take place for 10 years after purchase. Dog walking facility and a wild flower site were discussed, S106 money may become available in due course for projects such as this.

 

4. Highways.

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

ii. Bouchland Lane, it appears the lane is no longer a public right of way, as at the farm end access to the lane is no longer available. This appears to have been agreed at DCC level. The sign on the A377 still says no vehicular access but the owner of the field is still gaining access via this route. Sargent Robert Brown who has been looking into this for the parish council is to be contacted for an update.

The verge ploughing for Bircham Hill needs to be arranged as the grant has been received, Mr Mock is to be asked when he is cutting his hedges so the ploughing out can be undertaken right after to give the most efficient outcome                                                                                                                                                         It was highlighted that an email was received back in February regarding the enquiry made for the gritting route to be extended from Pound Close to Red Post due to the number of cars stuck last year at Townbridge, the response at the time in February was this would be reviewed during the summer.

An email is to be sent asking if the review has been carried out.

5. County and District Councillors items

At the same time an email was sent asking for a mirror at the junction of Pickard’s and the road to give better visibility, this was declined, but Cllr Henderson is to be asked if he can help with this.

 

6. Finance,                                                                                                                                                   

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                              

1576

Clerk’s salary

£343.88

1576

Office expenses

£47.06

i., Investment for the Scottish Widows account, an application form has been obtained for the Cambridge and Counties which is offering 5%, it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Fraser-Smith to

proceed with the application, the Scottish Widows account stands at £8010.34 the new account has to be opened with £10,000, all in favour to open the account with £10,000.

ii. The goal posts on the MUGA need replacing quotes will be obtained, further investigation as to the best buy is to be carried out. The Estate Manager at Chulmleigh College is to be asked for advice.

 

7. Planning                                                                                                               

75847

75846

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

Pending              

 

76179

76178

Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

Pending

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

77348

Prior approval for the change of use of agricultural barn to dwelling at Bouchland Farm Burrington

 

77562

Retrospective application to regularise the works for the erection of an ancillary unit at Northcote Workshop Burrington

No objections

 

 

 i. 76399 is an amended application, re siting the holiday cabin, this was discussed, the question was asked why is the amended application including vehicular access when the existing business ethos has no vehicular access to the existing holiday cabin, so this amended application is not in keeping with the existing business and also the proposed vehicular access is very dangerous with no visibility, highways need to be highlighted to the fact. The Parsih Council are not against the application but against the siting of the cabin and the vehicular access.

 

 

9. Parish Hall report. No report.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report.

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                          

i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

The seat at Forches Cross, one of the struts is broken, wood has been obtained Cllr Bailey is kindly going to fix it.

The Kings Coronation tree on Bircham Hill is doing well with the commemorative plaque in place, Mr Victor Mock for his 100th Birthday celebrations planted the tree. This will be put in the Parish magazine.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 31st October 2023 7.30pm

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 28th November 2023 7.30pm COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

 

768

 

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 29th August  2023

 

 

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman) Mr K Pincombe Mr P Bailey Mrs G Benson Mr A. Bonner Mr Alan Fraser-Smith Mr P Smale Dr S 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

 

 

 

1.Minutes i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 25th July were agreed and signed.  

 

 

 

2. Clerk’s report

 

i. The Wicksteed inspection on the play equipment is due, an email has been received, this was agreed by all to go ahead and book the inspection.

 

ii. There has been a request from Bodgar House, “We have just been given a trailer tent. All we need is somewhere to store it... Would the PC object if we pushed it into our front garden via the double gates by the bus shelter?

 

After discussion it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Bailey to agree to the request, so long as permission is requested each time.

 

 

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

 

i. The wording on the obelisk will read “To commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III 6th May 2023”, information has been obtained from Richard Grant Memorials, after discussion it was agreed to have an engraving of one of the clear sides, a quote is to be obtained and the work authorised.

 

ii. The tree on the corner of the Green is getting too big for the situation it is in, so two quotes are to be obtained to look at pruning the tree and lifting the canopy.

 

 

 

4. Highways.

 

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

 

ii. Bouchland Lane, an email has been received from Sargent Robert Brown with an update” I attended the location last week and did a few little trips up and down the road to assess the risk. It is a nasty road and a number of the junctions on that stretch are certainly a cause for concern. When we visited last week, I managed to obtain the registration of the vehicle that was parked behind the gate at the time, checks have revealed it’s not a local keeper so I will have to revisit again to try and speak with them personally to see what is occurring.

 

 I did reattend the other day, there was no vehicle present so therefore that was of little use…but I will keep trying. Once I have managed to speak with them, I will then look to further update you all however I am going onto Rest days/Annual leave over the next week.” The DCC (Road past Bouchland Farm, Burrington) (Prohibition of Motor Vehicles) Order 2012, has been circulated to councillors and Sargent Brown. Discussion took place, regarding the fact that the lane is blocked from the north, the land owner cannot access his field and the that in planning 77348 two parking spaces have been proposed on the lane, when it is still technically open to other forms of transport. Cllr Davies is to look at planning 77348.

 

 

 

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There has been a huge number of lorries bringing spoil from the Link Road to Bouchland for a planned menage, it appears there is a CLAR agreement in place for the movements, but the number of lorries, the

 

chaos, the stress these prolonged lorry movements which are in the region of 40 a day on the very narrow roads is causing is significant, there has been numerous complaints. Cllr Davies and Cllr Henderson have been looking at the problem Cllr Davies is to carry out a site visit the day after the meeting.

 

Damage to the roads, verges and hedges by these prolonged lorry movements is the responsibility of highways but they can claim against the contractor so the cost will not come from the public purse.

 

 

 

5. County and District Councillors items

 

Cllr Henderson was enquiring about the strength of Broadband in the parish as the latest government phase is coming to an end, and moving onto the next phase “gigabit”, so Cllr Henderson was asking for residents to contact him to ascertain the broadband connection in the parish, from information received the government will decide on the next step to who is going to get better broadband connection.

 

The consultation on the Mobile Library Service has been called in likewise the Health Centre Links Service, they are also rethinking and reviewing the Homeless grants for the YMCA.

 

Following the latest OFSTED on children’s services, there has been all new heads of departments.

 

Please keep reporting pot holes, to push for more work to be carried out. There has been very little resurfacing undertaken in the Chulmleigh and Lankey District in the last 12 years, so Cllr Henderson has asked for residents to report to him if any stretches of road are really bad, so they can be assessed for work to be carried out on them.

 

Cllr Davies reported.

 

North Devon+ launches Government's Rural England Prosperity Fund support schemes

 

A new round of business and community support grants has been announced by North Devon+, the region’s economic delivery partner for both North Devon and Torridge District Councils.

Grants ranging from £2,000 to £25,000 to support rural jobs and improve local facilities are now available. The Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) grants will be funded by both local authorities through central government's wider UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKPSF) as part of the levelling up agenda.

New Changing Places toilet opens in Barnstaple town centre

 

A new toilet for people with complex disabilities has opened in Barnstaple town centre.

A new Changing Places toilet has been installed in Green Lanes Shopping Centre near the existing toilet facilities. It is one of three new Changing Places facilities to open across North Devon alongside toilets at Parkdean Resorts and Arlington Court.

The Environmental Enhancement Bulletin has been circulated via the parish email. If anyone would like to renew their green bins, please register online.

The Review of the Public Spaces Protection Order for Dogs was circulated and commented on, dogs in public areas should now be on a shorter lead, the signage should be red for no dogs, orange for dogs on leads and green for dogs allowed, it was discussed to ask Cllr Davies for a new dog bin with the grant money he has offered this year.   

 

 

 

6. Finance,                                                                                                                                                   

 

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                              

 

1566

Clerk’s salary

£450.00

 

i., Investment for the Scottish Widows account, Lloyds Bank does not seem an option, but Cllr Bailey suggested Cambridge and Counties which is offering 5%, this will be looked into.

 

ii. The goal posts on the MUGA need replacing quotes will be obtained.  

                                                                                                                                                                  770

 

 

7. Planning                                                                                                              

 

75847

75846

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

Pending              

 

76179

76178

Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

Pending

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

77348

Prior approval for the change of use of agricultural barn to dwelling at Bouchland Farm Burrington

 

77562

Retrospective application to regularise the works for the erection of an ancillary unit at Northcote Workshop Burrington

No objections

 

 

 

 9. Parish Hall report. No report.

 

 

 

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report.

 

 

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                   

 i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

 

ii. The Hedgehog Highways Project information was circulated.

 

 

 

 

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 26th September 2023 7.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

                                               

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 31st October 2023 7.30pm COUNCIL MEETING

 

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                           BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 25th July 2023

 

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

In attendance

Apologies Mr J Short 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

 

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

 

2. Clerk’s report

i. The public convenience sign has been mended for the final time, it will have to be a new one next time, thank you to Cllr Bailey.

ii. Installing CCTV in the middle of the village has been investigated, the cost would be in the region of £1000 for two cameras, someone would have to be responsible to manage the equipment, it does not work off solar so an electricity supply would be required. After discussion it was concluded there is not a convenient electricity supply to connect into, so at present no further action is to be taken.

                                                                                                                                                           

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The plaque for the Coronation tree on Bircham hill has been erected. It was agreed the wording on the obelisk will read “To commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III 6th May 2023”, a quote is to obtained from Richard Grant Memorials.

 

4. Highways.

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

ii. Bouchland Lane, letters have been sent to Slanie Saxby MP and the police, Sargent Robert Brown both have acknowledged the letters but no replies as yet.

                                                                                                             5. County and District Councillors items

Cllr Henderson was not in attendance but a report was forwarded to include DCC Budget remained in the black in the last financial year despite rapidly rising demand for its services and soaring inflation, OFSTED inspectors say that there are improvements within children’s services, but there is more to do, free activities and meals available to eligible children over the summer holidays, funding will help many different groups  as cost of living remains high and the mobile library service consultation has ended. The full report has been forwarded on the Parish email.

DCC grants the Parish Council are to express an interest in the defibrillator grant that is to be offered, in the 10 years the Parish defibrillator has been used 7 times over the life of the two defibrillators

 

6. Finance,                                                                                                                                                    767                                                                                                                       

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                              

1570

NDC Dog bins

£78.00

1571

WH Buckingham

£218.62

1572

Burrington Parish Hall

£42.00

1573

AUK Supplies

£78.90

1565

West Aylescott Farming postage

£33.63

i., Investment for the Scottish Widows account as yet no definitive answer has been received from Lloyds as to whether the Parish Council can invest in their bonds as the Parish Council does not bank with Lloyds, further investigation is to be carried out.

ii. Toilet grant, from telephone conversations had this is definitely authorised but as yet is not confirmed to be in the Parish Council account.

iii. A validation form from CAF bank has been received this will be completed and returned.

 

7. Planning                                                                                                               

75847

75846

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

Pending              

 

76179

76178

Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

Pending

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

77117

Erection of agricultural storage building

 Land at Burrington Devon E,263124 N,115768

Passed

77348

Prior approval for the change of use of agricultural barn to dwelling at Bouchland Farm Burrington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

77348 application was discussed regarding the lane, footpath, access to the lane etc it was agreed to reply “the Parish Council has no objections to the application but it should be noted the two appropriated parking spaces are on a designated highway therefore blocking the highway.”

This was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Bailey, all in favour with Cllr Bonner abstaining.

 

9. Parish Hall report. No report.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report.

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                                                                    i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

The church clock is scheduled to be serviced in September by the Cumbria Clock Company.

 

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 29th August 2023 7.30pm

 

 

                                               

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 26th September 2023 7.30pm COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

763

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 23rd May 2023

 

Present Mr J Short (Chairman) Mr P Bailey Mrs G Benson Mr K Pincombe Mr P Smale Dr S Smale Mr J Wooldridge and Mrs A Snell (Clerk)        

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

Apologies Mr A. Bonner Mr Alan Fraser-Smith and Mr Alan Fraser-Smith

 

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 23rd May were agreed and signed.  

 

2. Clerk’s report

i. The Annual Report has been complied as many as possible will be distributed to councillors to deliver; the remainder will be posted. All households on the electoral role will receive a copy.

                                                                                                                                 

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. The plaque for the Coronation tree on Bircham hill has been purchased it will be put in place in due course. The inscription for the Kings Coronation to be put on the obelisk was discussed it was agreed to source some quotes for the work, before committing to the project.

Cllr Short informed the meeting there is an official Beacon lighting in June 2024 to commemorate 80 years since the D Day landings.

 

5. Highways.

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

ii. Bouchland Lane, the discussion has taken place with Richard Sables who declined to go to the site so the meeting was held in the hall carpark. In attendance was Richard Sables, Cllr Short, Cllr Bailey and Cllr Pincombe, the conclusion seemed to be nobody is prepared to do anything, the council has no statutory powers that would make the juncture a police matter. The response letter is to be “this junction has been closed to vehicular access for some years following a court case with Green Lane protesters who lost the case due to the danger of the junction. The junction is on a very fast stretch of road with no visibility, the land off from the junction has been sold the purchaser is now using the junction to access his land, a gate was erected baring access. A meeting after much cajoling was held with Richard Sables the Highway Superintendent for the area but not on site as Mr Sables felt it was too dangerous.  

The gate is set back from the road with a sign saying no vehicular access, it is thought the previous owner situated the gate which is chained and padlocked, Mr. Sables asked if it was situated in the correct place, there is now a gap in the hedge between the road and the gate to access the field, part of a Devon bank has been removed. It was felt following the meeting there are no resources and nobody is prepared to enforce anything. It was noted there needs to be at least two deaths before any action will be taken. It was noted if there was an accident the Parish Council has done its best to get the authorities to examine the situation in an effort to prevent an accident. Photos have been taken of the situation which will be retained. An effort is to be made to identify the owner of the field.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      764

Please can this be looked into before an accident does happen.” As, a conclusion it was agreed to send a letter to Selaine Saxby MP and the Police.

                                                                                                                                           

6. County and District Councillors items

Cllr Henderson was not in attendance and no report was given.

Cllr Davies reported that the Ilfracombe Water Sports Centre is opening in a few weeks, support was given from central Government for the project. Cllr Davies has seen the Parish Council response to planning 77117 and it has been noted. Any cases requiring enforcement he has asked to be forwarded to him, then Cllr Davies will raise with the Leader of the Council and Head of planning, the more complaints to an issue the more likely to get a result.

 

7. Finance,                                                                                                                           

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                       

1561

Clerk’s salary

£486.46

1562

Office expenses

£46.24

1563

BCBT

£300.00

1564

Bethesda Graveyard Trust

£100.00

1565

Old Gospel Hall

£50.00

1566

Rent for MUGA

£350.00

 

Transfer to hall lights

£175.00

1567

West of England Fire Protection

£53.40

1568

Defib Sales and Training LTD

£274.79

i., Investment advice from Mr Andrew Coats from South Molton Council has been sought, South Molton town council invest £1.7m in Lloyds bonds at a rate of 4% the council also bank with Lloyds. This is to be looked into, Scottish widows are presently paying 1.09%.

iii. Toilet grant

iv. Agree and sign the Annual Governance Statement

v. Agree and sign the Accounting Statement

vii. Sign the Exemption form, it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Benson to accept all three, all in favour.

viii. Fixed Asset Report, it was agreed the Beacon was missing this will be added at a cost of £3000 to replace and make the Insurance company aware. A Public convenience sign is to purchased, to replace the old one at the entrance to Twitchen Lane in the village.

 

8. Planning                                                                                            

75847

75846

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

Pending              

 

76179

76178

Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

Pending

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

77117

Erection of agricultural storage building

 Land at Burrington Devon E,263124 N,115768

Pending

 

 9. Parish Hall report. No report.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report                                  765

11. Correspondence                                                                                                                               i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

An email has been received regarding the large lorries visiting Pickard’s and the damage that sometimes occurs, in the email CCTV was highlighted among other things, CCTV will be looked into regarding the legal implications etc. After discussion it was agreed to make the existing signs more prominent in an effort to solve the problem.

Cllr Benson was pleased to inform the meeting that the Church Faculty has approved works for the Church improvements and alterations.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 25th July 2023 7.30pm

 

 

                                                 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 29th August 2023 7.30pm COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

 

 

763

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 23rd May 2023

 

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

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

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 Declaration of Acceptance of Office forms were completed, likewise the Register of Interest forms

 

 

Election of Officers

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 Bailey 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 and Cllr Bailey were nominated as the representatives.

Snow Warden, Cllr Short accepted the role.

 

1.Minutes i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 23rd April were agreed and signed.  

 

2. Clerk’s report

i. The bus shelter and the Square, the work has commenced with workers from the probation service, the number of workers varying from week to week, the first visit was one worker with a supervisor, but subsequent weeks there has been more, the bus shelter has been power washed and painted the Parish council has to supply all materials, the slates will be replaced in due course. The Square has been weeded and is looking in good order, a thank you will be sent. If there are any other projects to be undertaken a request can be made again.

 

ii. Kings Coronation, 6th May, the celebrations went very well with good attendance at the coronation lunch and Beacon Lighting, the weather on the Monday meant the tea was in the Church but still very well attended. It was discussed to consider adding an inscription on the Queen Victoria Obelisk this is to be looked into. An Oak tree was planted by Mr Victor Mock, in his 100th year, to commemorate the occasion and the Coronation, the tree is situated by the seat on Bircham Hill a plaque will be supplied by the Parish Council. Mr Gordon Shorts tree commemorating the Queens Platinum jubilee is well out in leaf and doing well.

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                                                                                                                                            764

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

 

5. Highways.

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

ii. Bouchland Lane, the Parish Council are still wating for a visit, Cllr Henderson spoke to Richard Sables’s superior in an endeavour to get the visit undertaken but there have been issues, but it is hoped to carry out the visit soon.

It was highlighted the number of road closure signs; that are being put up by often by Airband as a utility company they are able to close roads. Cllr Henderson confirmed “It is a universal requirement that a road has to be closed when road works are being carried out if there is not a total road width available of 4.5m for traffic to safely pass around any obstruction.”

 

6. County and District Councillors items

Cllr Henderson reported the new chief Executive Donna Manson, is carrying out   a compete review of all services at DCC, looking at every department to make sure every department is cost effective and undertaking best practice, all are under scrutiny. It is anticipated to have a slimmed down better run council. Donna Manson is very experienced in Childrens services, which takes a very large part of DCC budget.   

Cllr Davies has been elected Chairman of the Planning Committee, the new leader at North Devon Council is Mr Ian Rowe, with Mr David Worden as Deputy Leader, the full committee are on the website. Community Councillor grants are open for applications again. The S106 Recreation element on the Bedport planning is £13,897 this availability to the community is triggered by the occupancy of the second property.

“No Mow May”, comes to an end at the end of May but it was an endeavour to let wild flowers grow, the Parish Council are to consider this on the field for next year. The County Council have been and cut many visibility splays but not all. E scooters are being trailed in Barnstaple through zip mobility, a person has to be 16 with a provisional licence, one has to use your phone to download the app, this only lets the driver go on permitted routes. North Devon and Torridge have produced there 5year housing plan, North Devon has 5.9 year housing supply. There is Code of conduct Training, 5th June 6.00pm via Teams if anyone would like to attend.

 

7. Finance,                                                                                                                           

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                       

1559

Clerk’s salary

£450.00

1560

Community first

£219.81

i.The Skipton Building society withdrew the community account which was going to be applied for, Cllr Henderson suggested asking Mr Andrew Coats from South Molton Council for investment advice.  

 

8. Planning                                                                                            

75847

75846

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

Pending              

 

76179

76178

Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

Pending

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

76585

Erection of agricultural shed, Cross Park Farm, Burrington

Passed

77117

Erection of agricultural storage building

 Land at Burrington Devon E,263124 N,115768

Recommend refusal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        765

i.                 This application was discussed it was felt is the building required, is there a need, none was shown in the application, the owners live within the parish with land, why not apply close to their home site when security and ease of use would be more advantageous. It was proposed by Cllr Short seconded by Cllr Bailey to respond questioning the need and to comment no need had been demonstrated, the motion was passed with Cllr P Smale abstaining.  

 

 

9. Parish Hall report. The toilet grant from the Parish Council has been authorised.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report.

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                                               i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

Items to be added to the Annual Report, the requirement of owners to cut their hedges. As there has been little interest in the allotments, the suggestion was garden share for those people with large gardens to share with someone to work the garden and share the produce. The mobile library is looking at alternatives, but in the church, there is a large selection of books to share.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 27th June 2023 7.30pm

 

 

                                                 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 25th July 2023 7.30pm COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held  on Tuesday 25th April 2023

at 7.00 p.m.                               

 

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

In Attendance Cllr K Davies (District Councillor) and 5 members of the public

Apologies Mr P Smale and Cllr P Henderson (County Council)

1. The Minutes of the meeting held on 26th April 2022 were agreed and signed.                                          

2. Chairman’s Report

Cllr Short welcomed everyone to the meeting, reporting on the year Simon Smale was welcomed onto the Parish Council in May, we have a full council put up for the nominations for the Parish Council May elections in May which will mean no election. The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations were held in June for Queen Elizabth II a good time was had for the Beacon lighting and tree planting along with the tea in the hall. In relation to the tree planting as the longest serving councillor, the Parish Council would like to pay tribute to Gordon Short who became chairman of the Parish Council in 1973 and continued for over thirty years, Gordon always planned for the future and was determined that Burrington was ahead and well prepared for the future. He was determined to be part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and will be remembered for providing and planting a copper beech at Forches Cross, just by the Beacon.  As a past Chairman Gordon gave instructions to the current chairman to “make sure the tree is kept watered!”. Also: a joint service was held in the Church. Many thanks to all those who have helped with all the various events that were held. We have had a change in personnel who post on the website, thank you to Tracy Ford for all her past services, it is now the clerk Angela Snell, so if you want anything posted please forward to Angela, likewise the email, thank you again to Tracy, the contacts are now Pauline Down who has helped Tracy in the past and Fiona Coxell, thank you for all their efforts, likewise Carol Poulton as editor of the Parish magazine. Thank you to my fellow councillors for their continued work and the clerk.

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

a) It was proposed by Mr G Short, seconded by Mr L Parker 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.

It was commented to raise these figures by a suggested 5%, this will be considered when agreeing the precept.

The NDC toilet grant is no longer being granted by the District Council, the proposal from the previous Parish Council meeting was that the PC would grant the Hall £500 from the precept to cover the lose of grant, it was commented lots of people use the toilets and they are very much appreciated, the hall committee are willing to make up the cost difference, it was agreed by the meeting to put forward this resolution. The toilet sign opposite the hall has deteriorated, it was agreed by all to purchase a new sign.

Mr Les Parker thanked the Parish Council for their continued support of £50 towards the maintenance of the Old Gospel Hall graveyard.

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. I am pleased to report a successful year for the Hall. The Social Fundraising events organised by the Hall, that have taken place this past year, have again been very successful. Thanks to the organisers and helpers of these events. The scheduled repainting of parts of the building have been undertaken, with the Club end, Kitchen and Foyer walls and doors being done this year. Thank you to the Cleaners for keeping the hall in a clean and tidy state ready for bookings to take place. Thank you to all the committee for attending the meetings during the year, I would like to thank all the officers, the Secretary, and the Booking Secretary for all the extra work that they put in over and above attending the meetings. We have a few events planned for the coming months Bingos, Christmas Fayre and on the 7th October another Evening with 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 he would like to report that Burrington Church Building Trust continue to support the PCC with the upkeep of Holy Trinity Church. The Trust continue to fund the upkeep of the Churchyard at a cost of £1,480 per year and would welcome any support the Parish Council and North Devon District Council are able to provide. The Churchyard is a public place and any person of any religion has a right to be buried there and we would respectfully ask that it be considered along with the other graveyards in the parish for continued support. Gill Benson is currently planning to develop the rear of the Church improving the kitchen area and would like to install a toilet the Trust has agreed to offer financial support to enable the PCC to apply for grants towards the cost of the alterations. We look forward to your continued support. Mr Holton also raised further issues regarding road deterioration in the parish, the proposed Lengthmans scheme that Cllr Henderson has suggested, the continuation of traffic light on the A377 from Kingford to Umberleigh. The District Council policies including the purchasing of Green Lanes shopping centre were highlighted among other things

Report from Burrington church PCC, the PCC continue to offer a warm welcome to everyone at the regular services at Holy Trinity Church. The Church is open most days. The main door from the porch into the Church can be hard to open. If you are unable to access the Church contact numbers for key holders are available in the notice board by the Church Gate. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who support our regular social gatherings, including Coffee Mornings, Soup Lunches and Cream teas. Unless otherwise specified any monies raised is used towards maintaining and running the Church or put aside for the hoped for work to install accessible w.c. at the rear of the Church and improved kitchenette and social facilities. In addition to our regular events we would like to thank Liz and Bryan Griffiths for putting on a brilliant Quiz earlier this year and hope they will be kind enough to do so again next year. We would also like to say thank you to everyone who has provided soup for the soup lunches or put on events such as Bingo in aid of the Church and to Peter for the Easter Egg Hunt at our recent Coffee Morning. Future events - 7th May 10.30am Coronation Commemoration Service, 8th May 3pm Cream Tea in the Church / Churchyard, 21st May 3pm Cream Tea including a plant stall which we are holding for the 2nd time after a very successful event last year. Cream Teas are held every 3rd week during the summer months. 12th August BBQ in the Churchyard, last year’s being cancelled due to the extreme heat. 17th September Parish Church Harvest Festival service and supper, 12th November Parish Remembrance Sunday Service, December Carols around the Oak Tree in the village square. And a possible Burns Night Celebration in 2024.

Plans to install an accessible w.c. in the rear of the Church plus an improved kitchenette and social area. We are pleased to say that we are now one step away from getting approval, and checking daily to see if the ‘Chancellor’ has given his approval. Once received, hopefully some changes will occur fairly quickly, whilst others will take longer. To carry out the planned work we will need to apply for and obtain Grant funding. Finally, we would like to thank Holy Trinity Building Trust whose remit is to assist in maintaining the Church and Friends of Holy Trinity whose remit is to assist with the payment of Insurance costs and Utility bills. Their ongoing support is much appreciated. However, their finances are limited. If anyone would like to get involved with any of our planned events or the work being planned in the Church please contact, Gill Benson or any PCC member or just come along. Everyone is welcome. Report given by Gill Benson.

Report from the Friends of Burrington. The Friends are now in their fifteenth year helping to generate and administer an income stream to supplement the Church expenses which are the responsibility of the Parochial Church Council (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 (electricity, water, heating etc), cleaning and insurance premiums which are necessary for the ongoing operation of the Church. We have had a fairly quiet year but are holding funds to help the PCC with future running costs as and when they are requested by the PCC. We wish the PCC well in their plans to develop the kitchen area at the rear of the Church and we are in strong position to help with running costs during this period. We will be seeking to reinvigorate our small committee during the course of this year as we approach our AGM in the Autumn and would welcome any offers of help to ensure the continued smooth running of the Friends of Holy Trinity. Report given by Alan Fraser-Smith.

6). The Community Shop, September 2022 marked the 7th anniversary of the opening of the Burrington Community Shop. We lost 2 members of the Committee this year but gained 3 new members – Phil Brough who has taken over responsibility for the bread orders from Colin, Barry Page and Sue Bailey. Jack Earnshaw has stood down as Chairman of the Committee and has been replaced by Phil Brough, although Jack remains a committee member. Sue is currently organising a short survey to be sent to all parish households to find out more about how the shop can meet the community’s needs. The shop is being well used. We are pleased to see that the increase in sales which started during the Covid lockdowns has been maintained as new customers stayed with us. Our sales are now averaging over £5000 a month. The cost-of-living crisis is being felt by the shop the same as everywhere else. The cost of our stock is increasing almost weekly. As much as possible we have tried to absorb these increases, but inevitably many prices have had to be increased. Because of the success of the shop over the last three years we are trying to reduce the mark up on many product lines. As a Community Shop we are a “not for profit” company that uses its excess income to support the community. We consider that reducing prices as much as possible is one of the best ways of meeting that obligation. Our treasurer is currently drafting our budget for the forthcoming year and as part of that we will be negotiating the fee that we pay to Pickard’s for hosting the community shop. The finances of the shop are finely balanced and we will endeavour to continue to work to provide an affordable and viable service to the community whilst meeting our financial obligations. I would like to thank all our volunteers, too many to name here, who take a huge load off the committee, and also to thanks the members of the committee for their hard work and support during the year. Without their work there wouldn’t be a shop in the village. Additionally, a huge thank you to Molly and Faye in the shop who provide such a friendly and helpful front for the shop. Report given by Me Phil Brough.

.7. County and District Councillors items, Cllr Henderson reported he has had strong words with Richard Sables about meeting the PC to discuss the outstanding issues, of Bouchland Lane and access onto the A377, he has now agreed that he will come out so expect an email from him shortly with some suggested dates so that anyone who wants to attend can attend. Highways – the news isn’t good I’m afraid. In a nutshell both A and B roads will become the main focus with all other roads including unclassified only receiving minimal attention. There is no budget and the language used for this is ‘managed decline’. Without a significant investment from central government this situation is unlikely to change. I would urge the continued reporting of all potholes/defects though and if there are any really pressing issues that are not being addressed, then please bring them to my attention. Mobile Library Service – with DCC having to identify additional budget savings, the provision of the mobile library service has been under consultation (this is DCC and Libraries Unltd) and is likely to cease owing to the fact that the vehicles used at present are more or less at end of life with no monies available for replacements. Not sure if Burrington is visited but my guess is it probably is. The consultation runs until the end of May so if people wish to comment, they can visit devon.gov.uk

Cllr Davies reported once again it has been a pleasure to act as your District Councillor over the past year and I have continued to attend as many meetings as possible reporting and providing updates on both local and wider issues as well as answering questions as best I can. As I reported last month one of NDCs most recent challenges has been to bridge the £2m budget gap and I am pleased to say this has been achieved without cuts to front line services. The council is working to be become financially sustainable and as part of the commercialisation strategy purchased Green Lanes Shopping Centre in Barnstable. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire this strategic asset and compliments other significant regeneration improvements being delivered within Barnstaple town centre through the Future High Street project. I am pleased to say that there was a positive return for the Council for the four and half month’s ownership in the 2021-22 year of £243,600. Furthermore; the draft budget for the current 2022-23 year shows a net return to NDC of £343,530 and the actual financial performance for the Green Lanes Shopping Centre is in line with the budgeted position. Various repairs and upgrades were known and costed at the time of purchase and are taken into account. The improvements to the Market Quarter, the Panier Market and Queen Street/ Bear Street car park are progressing (approximately £6.5m secured from the Future High Street Fund) with planning/ listed building applications approved and work currently ongoing in the Panier Market. The new Tarka Leisure centre in Barnstaple was completed and officially opened in June 2022 by British Olympics hero Eddie ‘the eagle’ Edwards. The centre is owned by NDC and run by Lex Leisure under a 20-year lease contract. The project was part grant funded, including £1.5m from the Coastal Communities Fund and £1.8m from the National Lottery via the Sport England Strategic Facilities Fund. The Ilfracombe Watersports Centre is due to complete shortly and will include community facilities (including boat storage, slipway and café) and provide new homes for three local watersports clubs, Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club, Y-Sail and Ilfracombe Canoe Club. There are other positives to note and these include – planting 25,000 trees to enhance the environment at Yeo Valley Woodland in Barnstaple; bringing back empty homes into occupation; the Outreach team making our town streets safer and housing the homeless; assisting refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine; launching of the ‘Flourishing Culture’ strategy with support from Arts Council England. The council is constrained by a backdrop of reduced funding in real terms but has managed to set balanced budgets each year. We continue to face financial challenges made worse by unfair funding and we will continue to challenge for levelling up funds. I am pleased to say I received only one noise complaint concerning Eaglescott. You will be aware that Section 106 contributions will be due from Cross Park Farm and also Bedport Farm approvals. I have continued to support projects eligible under the Community Councillor Grants scheme.

Regarding the roads especially pot hole problems it was raised could the road up Bircham Hill be reclassified as a B road also highlighted the gritting route into the village which is up Bicham Hill, at present finishing at Pound close there has been a request form the Parish council for the finish to be at Red Post to avoid the problems at Townbridge. There was a suggestion that there should be a well-maintained route to every village. Pot holes are now identified by “what three words”. It was commented that the process of maintaining roads and pot holes needs to be addressed and the work process improved. It was suggested to write to the MP Selaine Saxby regarding the state of the roads highlighting pot holes.

There is money from DCC to train Road Wardens at present with that scheme the PC has to purchase any materials then be reimbursed. The suggestion from the floor was an amount could be set aside from the precept for minor road repairs but this was felt to be very difficult to manage.

8. Allotments, there has been a leaflet drop in the village along with notices on the email and in the Parish magazine, but to date there are only two interested parties this is felt to be insufficient as an Allotment Association needs to be set up by those using it to run the venture, so at present this will not proceed.

It was also raised from the floor regarding individual property owner’s responsibility to cut their hedges and keep trees cut back on road frontages, as many seem to be not carrying out their responsibilities.

A note will be put in the Annual Report to be circulated to every household.

Cllr Henderson commented on the disbanding of the mobile library Cllr Benson said there are lots of books in the church that can be borrowed.

The Phone Box is listed but is still a usable telephone box.

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.

 

 

 

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 Parish Council Meeting held on the 25th April 2023

 

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

In attendance Cllr K Davies District Councillor

Apologies Mr P 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 28th March were agreed and signed.  

 

2. Adopt any resolutions brought forward at the Annual Parish Meeting, it was proposed by Cllr Pincombe seconded by Cllr Fraser-Smith to adopt all the financial resolutions, included the Parish Council granting the hall £500 for the public toilets, all in favour                                       

 

3. Clerk’s report

i.The bus shelter, the work has commenced with workers from the probation service, it is going to be a slow job as they will only visit on a Friday, with the number of workers varying from week to week, the first visit was one worker with a supervisor, when they swept the Square, the sweepings were put up against the wall where Cllr Short removed them, at present they are scraping the roof. The Parish council has to supply everything, paint will be purchased for the bus shelter

ii.Kings Coronation, 6th May, it was discussed that councillors would like to light the Beacon so the Bacon is to be lite on Sunday the 7th please convene at 8.30pm to light at 9 o’clock. There is to be a joint service of the Chapel and Church on Sunday the 7th, followed by a lunch in the village Hall, catered for by Sarah Bonner and a Church Cream Tea on the Monday.

Please put bunting up around the village to help with the celebrations, an email has been circulated.

 

4. Chairman’s Report  

i. May Elections, there is no Parish Council election as 9 candidates put their names forward, but there is a District Council election with three candidates standing.

 

5. Highways.

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

The cutting of road hedges was raised at the Annual Parish meeting, it being the responsibility of the land owner to keep them cut, a note is to be put in the Annual Report highlighting this.

 

6. County and District Councillors items

Cllr Henderson reported he had strong words with Richard Sables about meeting the PC to discuss the outstanding issues. He has now agreed that he will come out so expect an email from him shortly with some suggested dates so that anyone who wants to attend can attend.

Highways – the news isn’t good I’m afraid. In a nutshell both A and B roads will become the main focus with all other roads including unclassified only receiving minimal attention. There is no budget and the language used for this is ‘managed decline’. Without a significant investment from central government this

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situation is unlikely to change. I would urge the continued reporting of all potholes/defects though and if there are any really pressing issues that are not being addressed, then please bring them to my attention.

Mobile Library Service – with DCC having to identify additional budget savings, the provision of the mobile library service has been under consultation (this is DCC and Libraries Unltd) and is likely to cease owing to the fact that the vehicles used at present are more or less at end of life with no monies available for replacements. Not sure if Burrington is visited but my guess is it probably is. The consultation runs until the end of May so if people wish to comment, they can visit devon.gov.uk. It was commented there are lots of books in Church for people to have.

Cllr Davies reported NDC took delivery of their first fully electric asset being an Eco City Sweeper 2. This will be used to help keep the streets of North Devon tidy and will be put into operation for the first time on Wednesday 26th April as part of the town-centre clean-up in Barnstaple. The decision to invest in the electric sweeper was driven by the council’s desire to reduce its carbon footprint and work towards zero emissions where ever possible. Please note that all waste and recycling collections in the week commencing Monday 1st May and Monday 8th May will take place one day later that week. Normal service will resume on Monday 15th May. Link here for more information: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/the-coronation-of-his-majesty-the-king/check-your-early-may-bank-holiday-bin-collection-dates/

North Devon’s ‘Right Royal Occasions’ free exhibition will be open at the Museum of Barnstaple from 22nd April to 8th July 2023. It will display documents from the North Devon Record Office alongside museum artefacts relating to coronations since Queen Anne in 1702. Link here for more information: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/news/community/2023/april/north-devons-right-royal-occasions-exhibition/#:~:text=18%20April%202023,22%20April%20to%208%20Ju

 

7. Finance,                                                                                                                           

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                       

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DALC affiliation fee

£147.98

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Parish Hall

£20.00

i.The balance of £8000 held in the Scottish Widows was discussed again, it was suggested to ask the Skipton Building Society for details of investment. Skipton have been asked and they are offering a Fixed Rate bond for 2years at 4%, with no withdrawals, after discussion it was proposed by Cllr Bonner seconded by Cllr Wooldridge to go for this account with the £8000, all in favour. Forms of ID need to be produced by the signatories and a minute reference:

“Permission is given for Burrington Parish Council to invest in the Skipton Building Society in the 2year Fixed Rate bond at an interest rate of 4%” all councillors in agreement.

 

8. Planning                                                                                            

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

Pending              

 

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Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

Pending

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 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

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Erection of agricultural shed, Cross Park Farm, Burrington

Pending

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i.Cllr Wooldridge has been contacted by the applicant in relation to 76399 it seems highways have put in an objection; a fire engine would not be able to access the site. The PC are putting no further comments.

ii.The Bedport application for 4 dwellings has passed with an S106 agreement signed on this development, it is to ascertained what the Open Space contribution is to be and an application put forward.

 

 

 

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9. Parish Hall report. Recently there has been a Hall Share meeting held at the hall, with over 20 halls represented, delegates were impressed with Burrington Parish Hall, Cllr Bailey said it was a very worthwhile meeting with a very informed representative form Devon Communities Together in attendance.

 

10.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report.

 

11. Correspondence                                                                                                                               i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

The Church clock was discussed, Cllr Bailey has had a call regarding servicing from Smiths of Derby at a cost of £263 two days later he received another call with the quote at £268, Cllr Bailey enquired at Cumbria Clock Company with a quote for £195 plus VAT, the service has not been undertaken in 2 years, so it was proposed by Cllr Fraser-Smith seconded by Cllr Pincombe to accept the Cumbria Clock company quote, all in favour.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 23rd May 2023 7.30pm

 

ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

                                                 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:    Tuesday 27th June 2023 7.30pm COUNCIL MEETING

 

Distribution of the Annual Report

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

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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.

 

 

 

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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 28th March 2023

 

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

In attendance

Apologies 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 28th February were agreed and signed.                                          

 

2. Clerk’s report

i.                 The bus shelter, Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey have meet with a representative of the probation service, the jobs of cleaning, painting etc are to be undertaken, it was commented the Square has deep mud and debris on it, it was suggested to ask if this could be included in the work schedule.

ii.               Kings Coronation, 6th May, it was discussed that councillors would like to light the Beacon but officially no Beacons are allowed to be lit, there is to be a joint service of the Chapel and Church on Sunday the 7th, followed by a lunch in the village Hall, catered for by Sarah Bonner and a Church Cream Tea on the Monday.

 

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. May Elections, Nominations papers were competed.

ii. The Annual Parish Meeting is to be held on the25th April 7.00pm, any agenda items were asked for.

 

4. Highways.

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

  1.  Cllr Henderson reported on the The Chulmleigh Ambulance, Cllr Henderson having made enquiries, has been told that the ambulance is in use but is not at present available for emergency 999 calls.
  2. Regarding the Richard Sables meeting at Bouchland Lane. Absolutely no joy in getting a commitment to meet out of him and so far, have also had ongoing trouble getting hold of Steve Short his superior. Cllr Henderson has now got a call in to Tom Vaughan who’s the senior Highways Neighbourhood Officer so one way or the other Cllr Henderson will get there but very, very frustrating.
  3. It was reported £9.4 million will come to Devon in the announcement from the Government for highways but the system for highways needs to be improved.

 6. Finance,                                                                                                                           

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                       

1553

Clerk’s salary

£362.60

1554

Office expenses

£48.15

 

i.                 The balance of £8000 held in the Scottish Widows was discussed again, it was suggested to ask the Skipton Building Society for details of investment. DALC were asked but did not give any specific suggestions.

ii.                Toilet grant, it appears the NDC toilet grant will not be available from now on, this was discussed and will be discussed at the APM. The suggestion was just opening the disabled toilet but the extra cost for opening all three is minimal, the question was asked as to the actual cost of opening the three toilets, the annual toilet grant was £500, so the suggestion to be put to the APM are parishioners happy to use £500 of precept money on the public toilets, this was proposed by Cllr Short seconded by Cllr Pincombe all in favour. But if the actual cost is less the grant could be less the actual cost is to be ascertained.

 

7. Planning                                                                                            

75847

75846

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

Pending              

 

76179

76178

Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

Pending

76327

Change of use of land to equestrian and construction of horse-riding arena at The Linhay Bouchland Farm Burrington

Pending

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

76501

Extension to dwelling, Churchlands, Burrington

 

76585

Erection of agricultural shed, Cross Park Farm, Burrington

Recommend approval, proposed by Cllr Bonner seconded by Cllr Fraser-Smith, all in favour.

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Parish Hall report. Decorating is being undertaken in the hall.

 

9.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report.

 

10. Correspondence                                                                                                                               i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

ii.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 25th April 2023 7.00pm

 

                                                            ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

                                       

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 23rd May 2023 7.00pm  ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

  

 

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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 28th February 2023

 

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

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

Apologies Mr K Pincombe

 

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 17th January were agreed and signed.                                          

 

2. Clerk’s report

i.                 The bus shelter, Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey are to meet with a representative of the probation service on Friday to discuss the possibility of getting work undertaken.

ii.               Kings Coronation, 6th May, it was discussed that councillors would like to light the Beacon, there is to be a joint service of the Chapel and Church on Sunday the 7th , followed by a lunch in the village Hall, catered for by Sarah Bonner and a Church Cream Tea on the Monday, more details closer to the time, Coronation memorabilia ie mugs are to be considered.

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. May Elections, the Parish Council elections are on the 4th May a notice has been placed in the Parish magazine also on the Parish email. It has been highlighted in the media that photo ID is now required to cast a vote. Nominations papers will be available at the next meeting.

ii. The Annual Parish Meeting is to be held on the25th April 7.00pm, any agenda items were asked for.

 

4. Highways.

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

ii. The money has been received from Cllr Henderson for the ploughing out of the verges along Bircham hill, this will be undertaken in due course. Mr Terry and Mr Sam Cole have been doing an excellent job at the top of Bircham Hill, thank you to them. The drains on Bircham Hill and other places have been reported by to no avail the answer received from DCC is that they may be jetted once  a year but if not in  a dangerous place possibility every 2 years, if drains were kept clear it would help the longevity of the roads.

The advice is to keep reporting.

There have been complaints about the dirtiness of the road along Bircham Hill, this has now been resolved. There are 5 grit/salt bins in the Parish, Bircham Hill, Balls Hill, Pound Close, Barton Road and just off from Portsmouth Arms, these are now all on the council website system. Also on the website it states that the secondary gritting route terminates at Pound Corner then returns down Bircham Hill, this year in the bad weather there were numerous cars stuck at Townbrigde,  so it is to be suggested could the termination point be at Red Post which is only  a short distance further on but would be most logical for residents. Also, a further request is to be put in, would it be possible for the Parish Council to erect a convex mirror on the lamp post opposite the junction at the Pickard Village access as visibility is very poor, traffic volume is increasing with the increased usage of the shop and heavier traffic i nto Pickard’s.

It was also noted the bus that is parked at the Balls Corner junction is making traffic cross to the other side of the road to progress, Cllr Short is to speak to the driver.

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ii. The Green Lane from Bouchland Farm to the A377 was discussed again, a site meeting as yet has not been finalised, Cllr Henderson is working on it. Cllr Henderson is to ask Mr Steve Short a superior to Richard Sables to see if he is willing to visit the site. Also, when visiting it is to be asked if the road at Braggamarsh can have a no access sign onto the A377 as this is such a dangerous junction. This will need the backing of the Local Highways Officer, DCC Highways tend to be reactive not proactive.

Cllr Henderson was thanked for his grant to plough out the verges on Bircham Hill.

5. County and District Councillors items. Cllr Henderson reported on the BUDGET for 23/24. Our council members have agreed a 4.99 per cent increase in council tax for the coming financial year. It comprises 2.99 per cent for general services with an extra two per cent for adult care. It means an extra £1.49 a week for the average Band D householder. There will be increases of 18.4 per cent in spending on children’s services and 8.8 per cent on adult services to keep up with a rocketing rise in demand. And councillors also agreed an extra £2 million for roads and drainage since the target budget was set last month to tackle the increase in potholes caused by this winter’s icy spells and torrential rainfall. Our revenue spending on services will increase from £629 million to £696 million in 2023/24. That’s an overall rise of 10.5 per cent in spending. In addition, councillors approved a capital budget of £172.5 million for investment in infrastructure such as schools and roads. The council tax for an average Band D home will rise by £77.67 to £1,634.13 – an extra £1.49 a week. The budget includes savings, alternative funding and additional income of £47.5 million. The budget was approved by 40 votes to 13. The young, the old and the vulnerable account for some 79 per cent of this budget.

NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE Donna Manson, who joins us as our new permanent Chief Executive. Donna joins the County Council from her role as Chief Executive of The Highland Council, Scotland’s largest rural authority. There since 2018, Donna led the Highland Council in developing an ambitious, sustainable, and connected vision for the Highlands during a time of immense change and challenge. Prior to this, Donna was a Director of Children’s Services and a Head Teacher. Her top priority for Devon is to deliver significant improvement to Devon’s Children’s Services. But more broadly, Donna wants to re-energise Devon as a caring and inclusive place for young people and families, the elderly and vulnerable, and as a forward-looking place to work and do business with opportunities for all to thrive and do well.

Cllr Henderson has resigned from the Conservative Party, he is now an Independent Councillor, his advice is for the Parish council to write to the MP Selaine Saxby regarding the state of the roads.

The co-responder vehicle stationed in Chulmleigh was discussed pressure need to be put on the committee, some journeys are being carried out but only category 2 not blue light cases, Cllr Henderson is to look into this.

Cllr Davies reported on the fact that voters now need photographic ID to vote, the full council moved a motion to reject this as it could potentially preclude a sector of society, so NDC expressed an objection to this. If anyone is not on the Electoral Role, they can still register by going to www.gov/request-to-vote and follow the links. An additional room will be required to check the photo ID. Voters can still register for a postal vote where ID is not required.

Parking charges are to be increased by 20p per hour in the district car parks there is now a 50p for 30minutes option, long stay has increased by £2.50, parking charges have not increased since 2016. Futher income is to come in from Green Lanes shopping centre now owned by NDC and the fact that green waste bins have increased to £55.

 

6. Finance,                                                                                                                           

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                       

1549

Clerk’s salary

£450.00

1550

NDC Dog waste bins

£78.00

1551

DALC councillor training

£36.00

1552

Burrington Parish Hall

£20.00

 

i.                 The balance of £8000 held in the Scottish Widows was discussed it was suggested to investigate the possibility of getting a higher rate of interest. Scottish widows are paying .55% and on

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investigation have no other options to offer, the Union Bank of India, who will accept clubs and societies are offering 4.25% for 1 year they are covered under the financial regulations, an application is to be requested. It was also suggested to ask DALC if they know of any other banks etc offering a good rate of interest for societies etc.

 

7. Planning                                                                                            

75959

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

Withdrawn

75847

75846

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

Pending              

 

76179

76178

Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

Pending

76223

Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) attached to planning permission 73684 (creation of a dwelling and associated works as a replacement for the dwelling approved under Class Q previously) in respect of relocation of the building within the red line of the site, change from 2 story to single storey, reduction of floor area & fenestration amendments at Mully Brook Barn Burrington

Approved

 

 

 

76327

Change of use of land to equestrian and construction of horse-riding arena at The Linhay Bouchland Farm Burrington

Pending

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

Pending

76444

76445

Installation of solar PV array to existing barn roof at Poole Batten Burrington  Listed building

 Approved

76577

Variation of condition 3 (occupancy) attached to planning permission 49218 (part rebuild & conversion of barn to form one unit of holiday accommodation (amended plans) to allow unit to be used as ancillary accommodation to the main dwellinghouse

Primrose Cottage Burrington

Approved

76501

Extension to dwelling, Churchlands, Burrington

 

76585

Erection of agricultural shed, Cross Park Farm, Burrington

Recommend approval, proposed by Cllr Bonner seconded by Cllr Fraser-Smith, all in favour.

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Parish Hall report. No report.

 

9.Bethesda Graveyard Trust. No report.

 

10. Correspondence                                                                                                                               i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

ii. PCC Survey for re-opening local Police Stations, an email was received saying South Molton was not on the list for consideration of re-opening. A new Sargent has been appointed at the South Molton Station.

It was reported on the numerous abandoned cars at Balls Corner in a field they are an eye sore, the owner is to be tried to be contacted, but it was agreed to write to Enforcement and the Environmental Departments at NDC. Hedges that are not being trimmed in the Parish was also discussed Cllr Henderson is willing to send letters to landowners, Cllr Henderson is to take Mr Steve Short to show him the dangers of this on some of the Parish roads.

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 28th March 2023 7.30pm

                                       

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 25th April 2023 7.00pm ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

 

Parish Council meeting 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 17th January 2023

 

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

In attendance Cllr K Davies District Councillor and one member of the public

Apologies Mrs G Benson 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 member of the public informed the meeting regarding his planning at the Linhay, Bouchland.

 

1.Minutes

i. The Minutes of the meeting held on 29th November were agreed and signed.                                          

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, no update but as reported before it will be highlighted at the Annual Parish meeting and a note put in with the Annual Report which is circulated to every household to ascertain if there is any more take up in having an allotment.

          Ii The bus shelter, Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey are to undertake the repairs, this is ongoing. Cllr Bailey has been in contact with the probation service, they are able to supply labour to carry our minor works, the Parish Council would have to supply any materials or equipment to carry out the repairs, Cllr Bailey is to meet with a representative of the service.

         

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. May Elections, the Parish Council elections are on the 4th May a notice is to be circulated to encourage anyone interested to come forward. It has been highlighted in the media that photo ID is now required to cast a vote.

 

4. Highways.

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

ii. The Green Lane from Bouchland Farm to the A377 was discussed again, a site meeting is looking closer to being arranged but as yet not finalised.

iii. Ploughing out of verges, along Bircham Hill. Cllr Henderson has kindly agreed to give the Parish a grant for this, a quote has been received for £56 per hour for tractor and loader and £56 an hour for tractor and trailer, a second quote has been requested, Cllr Henderson was unable to attend the meeting so the sum of grant is not known, this will be ascertained then the paperwork completed.

 

5. County and District Councillors items. Cllr Henderson reported on the Recruitment of Chief Executive –The new Chief Executive, Donna Manson, will start in mid-February she has found a property to live in.

Budgets  - it looks like a £7m overspend for this year, the member for finance thinks the balance is going in the right direction. The budget target is much better than expected as the Autumn statement and a better government statement than expected so the figures are looking better than first predicted. There is a  

 

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big increase in children’s services, Special Educational Needs education needs to be addressed, it is early days for the budget.  

DCC are looking for anyone with a room to rent/property that could be made available for Social Workers that are currently being recruited to fill the many vacancies available across the County. If anyone has space, then visit devon.gov.uk & follow the links.

Devon Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy – A public consultation is being held on the draft Devon Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy. This consultation aims to find out your views on the draft strategy and its recommendations. Information about the Strategy can be found online here - Devon Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy - Have Your Say

Cllr Davies reported that last year a motion was put forward to DCC to pass a traffic order to restrict pavement parking, this is a big issue in Chulmleigh but it has not been passed by DCC. The provisional mid term finance prediction from central government is a 3% increase. The cost of Green Bins in NDC district is to increase to £55 per year for one bin collected also the cost of parking is to be increased. There are grants available up to £1000 for warm space provision. There are a range of measures brought in by NDC to address the cost-of-living crisis, visit NDC website. Grit bins were then discussed it was suggested to have one in the centre of the village, the siting of the existing grit bins were discussed it was felt a location plan needs to be drawn up, there are 4 in the parish all are to be checked to ensure they are full. It was suggested to put on the October agenda each year to ensure they are topped up every year, and add to the list of assets.

 

6. Finance,                                                                                                                           

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                       

1542

S W Windows

£984.00

1543

Clerk’s salary

£359.58

1545

Office expenses

£46.60

1545

Website

£120.00

1546

Burrington Parish Hall

£10.00

1557

Defib Sales and Training Ltd

£101.98

1558

WH Buckingham (hall)

£408.31

1558

WH Buckingham (MUGA)

£235.22

i.                 The Precept form has been returned.

ii.                The balance of £8000 held in the Scottish Widows was discussed it was suggested to investigate the possibility of getting a higher rate of interest.

 

7. Planning                                                                                            

75959

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

 

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

Refused

76233

Erection of agricultural building at Abbotts Marsh

Amended plans

Approved

76179

76178

Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

No objections

76223

Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) attached to planning permission 73684 (creation of a dwelling and associated works as a replacement for the dwelling approved under Class Q previously) in respect of relocation of the building within the red line of the site, change from 2 story to single storey, reduction of floor area & fenestration amendments at Mully Brook Barn Burrington

No comment

 

 

754

76327

Change of use of land to equestrian and construction of horse-riding arena at The Linhay Bouchland Farm Burrington

Recommend Approval

76399

 Erection of a holiday let cabin at Langabridge Farm Burrington

This application was discussed it was felt the access onto the A377 is very poor, the question is to be asked regarding the highways impact in relation to the previous refusals in this area. The applicant has an existing site with better access with services and amenities in place so further development of that site would have less impact on the environment and the countryside.

76444

76445

Installation of solar PV array to existing barn roof at Poole Batten Burrington

Listed building

Recommend Approval

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Parish Hall report. The question was asked regarding the S106 money on the 64055 Cross Farm development, it appears the allocation will be for the first third of the money after a third of the houses are inhabited dwellings, subsequently the second third after another third has been inhabited and so on.  

 

9.Bethesda Graveyard Trust.

 

10. Correspondence                                                                                                                               i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

ii. PCC Survey for re-opening local Police Stations, it was suggested to send a letter asking if the South Molton front office could be reopened as the only information desk in North Devon is in Barnstaple.           Iii. There is Code of Conduct training on the 5th June at 6pm on Teams following the Parish Council elections.

The flooding by the shed between Forches Cross and Red Post is to be reported.

 

 

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 28th February 2023 7.30pm

                                                           

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 28th March 2023 7.30pm Parish Council meeting

 

 

                                                            

 

  

 

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BURRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

 Parish Council Meeting held on the 29th November 2022

 

Present Mr K Pincombe (Chairman) Mr Alan Fraser-Smith 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 Cllr P Henderson County Councillor

Apologies Mr J Short 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 meeting held on 25th October were agreed and signed.                                          

 

2. Clerk’s report

            i. Update on the field, there has been two residents interested in having an allotment it was felt it would be ideal if there was more interest, so it will be highlighted at the Annual Parish meeting and a note put in with the Annual Report which is circulated to every household to ascertain if there is any more take up. Information has been received in relation to the setting up off allotments

            Ii The bus shelter, the facia work has been completed, but there are slates that have come off and some have lifted, Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey are undertake the repairs.

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

            iv. Website, the annual cost is to increase.

 

3. Chairman’s Report  

i. The Wicksteed report has been received, there were reports of two moderate findings, the entrance gate by hall has highlighting as being rusty in places and the stile into the field the spring is a little low. Cllr Short and Cllr Bailey are to look at the details of the report.

 

4. Highways.

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

ii. The Green Lane from Bouchland Farm to the A377 was discussed again, emails have been received but as yet no joint visit, Cllr Henderson suggested a joint site visit would be beneficial, a number of issues need to be in the correct place, traffic officers need to be asked for clarification, Mr Stuart Howell the Public Rights of Way Officer, Richard Sables the Highway Superintendent along with Cllr Henderson and Cllr Short and Cllr Pincombe are to try and have a site meeting.

5. County and District Councillors items. Cllr Henderson, this is the DCC report Recruitment of Chief Executive – the Appointments Panel were able to make a unanimous decision in appointing a new Chief Executive, Donna Manson, who is currently the Chief Executive of Highland Council in Scotland – the UK’s largest rural authority. She has a track record of improvement, best value and successful budget delivery, rebuilding substantial reserves and resilience within the Highland Council, while implementing significant investment projects. Her background is in Education and Children’s Services in three Scottish councils, having started her career in teaching where she was also a ‘trouble-shooter’.                                           750

The decision should be ratified by Full Council on the 8th December, with Donna due to start in mid-February. She has already had meetings with senior directors already, including the Director of Finance, so should be in a position to hit the ground running when she formally joins us next year.

Budgets  - You will probably have seen the media coverage now about this. The projected £40m overspend for this financial year has been brought down to £6m… but that has been achieved through having to make savings on existing budgets this year and postponing long term projects in IT and recruitment etc. However, the Children’s Services Budget continues to overspend and every possible effort is being made to contain and reverse the overspend but it is not easy.

Nonetheless, we should be able to balance the books for this financial year… the challenge is going to be next year. Prior to the Autumn Statement we were looking at a projected budget gap of £60m, which on top of the £15m planned savings identified in the Medium-Term Financial Strategy, means that we are looking at overall projected savings of £75m.

The numbers are still being crunched but it looks as though the Autumn Statement has been favourable to DCC. However, difficult decisions will still need to be taken to deliver a balanced budget. Unlike a lot of central government institutions, local government has to balance our budget every financial year by law. If we do overspend, then that has to be covered from reserves or some other external income stream. If we can’t, we have to issue what is called a Section 114 notice which, in effect, means the local authority becomes bankrupt. Needless to say, a bankrupt council cannot help anyone. The £75m savings can be achieved but it will mean deep and painful cuts as the Council Leader has already outlined.

This is not a problem that is unique to Devon. It is a national issue, from speaking to colleagues across the country their budget problems are similar, and many actually are worse! Cornwall’s budget deficit for next year is £62million (they are smaller than Devon), Plymouth is facing similar problems. Further afield, Norfolk County Council has a £60m budget gap for this year. Kent’s is £70m.

Inflation has been the main driver for a lot of these cost pressures, with some sectors such as Highways actually experiencing hyperinflation.

Non Budget Matters Cost of Living Help – Devon has received a further £5m funding to help households weather the rising costs of living, with help to pay for food, energy and other essential items. More information about this is online here - Councils to receive additional funds to help support households with rising food and energy costs - News (devon.gov.uk)

Support for Children during school holidays – Free holiday activities with hot meals are now available for children during the Christmas 2022 holidays. All children are eligible to register, although priority places will be given to children aged five to 16 years old (or four-year-olds, if in reception), who are eligible for and receiving benefit-related free school meals and their families. More information available online here - HAF providers – Christmas 2022 – Education and Families (devon.gov.uk)

Devon Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy – A public consultation is being held on the draft Devon Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy. This consultation aims to find out your views on the draft strategy and its recommendations. Information about the Strategy can be found online here - Devon Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy - Have Your Say

The issue of hedge ploughing  along Bircham Hill was raised, as this would help the problem of water running across the road in winter as it seems no routes into Burrington are now regularly gritted, Cllr Henderson is willing to help with some of his Locality Budget it was suggested to get quotes for the work, Chittlehamton have employed a private contractor using some grant money, and gave a contribution towards the work, quotes are to be obtained.

DCC ‘s plan is to maintain A roads, but advice is to keep reporting pot holes, an update on the A377 will be given at the next meeting.

The District Council is in a better financial position than DCC, but the car parking charges all over North Devon are to rise by 10p-20p per hour, the situation of the refugees in Ilfracombe has caused some issues due to a lack of communication.

 

 

 

 

6. Finance,                                                                                                                                                    752                                                                                                                                                           

Approve and sign the following cheques from main account: -                                              

1539

Clerks Salary

£450.00

1540

Mr R Elworthy

£100.00

1541

Wicksteed

£144.00

i.              Grass cutting tenders, after discussion Mr Bakers tender of £689.00 for the Village Green and seats also the field for £597.50 were proposed by Cllr Bailey seconded by Cllr Smale, likewise Mr R Elworthy’s quote for hedge cutting of £ 100 were all accepted, unanimously.

ii.            The Precept was discussed it was proposed by Cllr Bailey seconded by Cllr Bonner to keep the precept unchanged at £10,000.00 all in favour.

iii.           It was raised regarding assessing the electricity used on the Square and Hall lights to see if the grant contribution is covering the cost.

7. Planning                                                                                                               

75959

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

 

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

76233

Erection of agricultural building at Abbotts Marsh

Cllr Pincombe declared a prejudicial interest and did not take part in the discussion, the comments to be put forward are that the council agrees approval on the condition “has the need been demonstrated and justified for this proposal.”

76179

76178

Listed Building Consent for Conversion of existing barn to two habitable holiday let units at Poole Batten

No objections

         

 

 8. Parish Hall report. No report

 

9.Bethesda Graveyard Trust.

 

10. Correspondence                                                                                                                                                    i. DALC newsletter is circulated.

A reply email has been received from South West Water regarding the smell.

 

The next Parish Council Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 17th January 2023 7.30pm

                                                         

 

 

…………………………Chairman …………………………Date

 

Date of forthcoming meeting:   Tuesday 28th February 2023 7.30pm Parish Council meeting 

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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.