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Meeting Minutes 2013-10-02

Present: Michael Allen (Chairman), Val Barns, Malcolm Brewer, Emma Bell, Celia Pitts, Philip Davies

In Attendance: Rachel Bertram (Clerk)

397/1 APOLOGIES: Alison Cruse

397/2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST: None

397/3  MINUTES OF 11th September 2013Agreed and signed.

  • Actions: – MB has obtained a new spring for the playing field gate. Thanks to him for fitting this.
  • The clerk has met with Brian Beasley (DNPA Trees & Landscapes Officer) regarding the concerns of residents living adjacent to the oak tree at the entrance to Oak Tree Park. Mr Beasley felt that there is no need for concern over the safety of the tree, which remains in good health. The tree is subject to a preservation order and therefore any work carried out on it must be approved by DNPA. The relevant planning application can be completed via the DNPA website. The clerk relayed this information to the householders concerned.

397/4 FINANCE

Balances: 
Current Account: £ 2295.34
Deposit Account: £9013.30
Petty Cash: £57.35

Statement approved and signed.

Payments:
Community First Playing Field additional insurance £24.04
Rachel Bertram salary (Sept) £100

Receipts:
Taw River Inn Beer Festival £580
Village Day £168.60
C.First Insurance £44.10

397/5 COUNCILLOR VACANCY:

Parishioner Mr Philip Davies gave a brief talk detailing his background. Cllr Michael Allen proposed the co-option of Philip Davies, who had expressed a willingness to become a Councillor. The motion was seconded by Cllr Emma Bell and it was unanimously agreed that Mr Davies be co-opted.

397/6 WEED SUPPRESSION SCHEME:

It appears that the council is unlikely to receive TAP funding for weed killing for the next financial year and therefore future funding for this will need to be found from within council resources. This is to be discussed more fully at a future meeting.

397/7 SCOUTS TAP FUNDING:

Council decided unanimously to support this bid. Clerk to forward this support to S.Tawton clerk.                                                                                                            

398/1 SECONDARY SALTING ROUTES:

Some neighbouring parishes have been informed that the routine salting of secondary routes will not take place this winter. The clerk has received no information to date regarding any change within Sticklepath. MA has spoken with Dave Wakley (village snow warden) who is trying to ascertain if village routes are to be affected.

398/2 TARKA TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

MA has been informed that contractors are due to start work on drain clearance along the trail in order to prevent the disintegration of the path further down. No time scale has been forthcoming.

398/3 COMMUNITY LINKS WITH FINCH FOUNDRY:

MA has spoken with the new manager of Finch Foundry who would like to put on several events during the year to encourage closer links with the community. Ben (the manager) has agreed to attend the Council’s November meeting to discuss ideas for greater use of the foundry by villagers.

398/4 LOTTERY FUND:

The clerk has been informed of changes to the lottery fund paperwork. These will not affect funding now or in the future.

398/5 SUPERFAST BROADBAND:

There is now an opportunity to subscribe to superfast broadband for selected postcodes within the village.  Details of postcodes where this service is available are to be added to the website. Anybody interested should contact BT directly.

398/6 ASSET REGISTER:

Cllr Brewer continues to carry out monthly asset checks. No new problems were reported last month. MB has replaced the gate spring which should now be allowing the gate to close effectively.

398/7 STICKLEPATH FLOOD PLAN, SNOW PLAN & EMERGENCY PLAN:

Cllr Allen is due to meet with members of the community already involved in formulating village snow and emergency plans. These are currently due to be finalised as individual plans but may be combined if that is considered likely to be more effective. Cllr Barns volunteered to attend the Community Emergency Planning Workshops to be held by WDBC next month. MA is to speak to the Environment Agency regarding the lack of response to concerns raised by the Council and parishioners several months ago regarding flood maps.

398/8 REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY:

Sticklepath’s service is to be held on Sunday10th November 3pm. Clerk to follow up ordering of the wreath.

399/1 CORRESPONDENCE:

  • Community First Insurance. Possible updates to insurance required to ensure all risk cover of individual items. To be discussed at a future meeting. Playing Field committee to value individual items of equipment to this end.
  • Affordable housing survey received from Devon Rural Housing Partnership regarding local affordable housing needs. Negative response to be sent as housing needs satisfied by playing field development.
  • Letter received from WDBC re Council Tax Support to Parish Councils for the coming year 2014/15. Possibility that grant allocation for next year may be reduced, resulting in a knock- on effect for precept setting. Final decision to be made in December 2013 and parish council informed then.

Date of next meeting: Wednesday November 6th at 7.30pm

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.45pm


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