Parish Council meeting: Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Key information

Meeting location: On-line

Meeting time: 7.30 pm

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Agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Open Forum

A representative of Avon Vale Tennis and Croquet Club will address the Council


  1. To receive apologies for absence (if any)
  2. To receive declarations of interest (if any)
  3. To agree the Minutes of the meeting held on 4th August 2020
  4. To discuss items arising from those Minutes
  5. To receive Reports from
    • County Councillor Hosking
    • District Councillor Pannell or Smerdon
    • others (if any)
  1. To consider Planning Applications and to note decisions: (if any)
  2. To consider correspondence received
  3. Financial matters:  To note recent and future income and expenditure.
  4. To consider the provision of a defibrillator in North Huish.
  5. To consider Highway matters.
  6. To consider items for future meetings
  7. To agree upon a date for the next Meeting.  (6th October 2020)
Approved Minutes

Approved Minutes for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, 1 September 2020

These minutes were approved on 6 October 2020

Please noteEvery care has been taken to present this accessible copy of the minutes with accuracy, but the formal record of the meeting remains the signed paper copy of the minutes.

Minutes of the Virtual NHPC meeting held on 1st September 2020.

1:      Open Forum

There were no members of the public present. Councillor Bell updated the Council re. granting of wayleave to the Avon Vale Croquet and Tennis Club. The club is to consider options and then contact the Council again.

The recent storm damage to the Cobbly Way river bank had been referred to Councillor Hosking who is trying to identify who actually owns the bank.

The Council offered its thanks and appreciation to the parishioner who had taken emergency action to try to alleviate further damage to the bank

2:    Present

Councillors Gabriel, Bell, Grevatt, Luscombe, Seager-Berry, County Councillor Hosking and District Councillor Pannell.

3:   Apologies for Absence

Councillors Hunt and Steer.

4:   Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held the on 4th August 2020 were confirmed and signed. Proposed Cllr. Seager-Berry seconded Cllr.Bell

5:  Matters arising

The findings of the mobile ‘phone survey have been submitted to the relevant authorities. A response is awaited.

The Highways Department has confirmed that Pennystone Lane, North Huish, has not been designated as a green lane. Work to repair the surface of the road is being planned.

The interactive speed sign in Avonwick has been checked by the Highways department. Repairs are to be undertaken.

6:  Reports

County Council

County Councillor Hosking reported on the work being undertaken by the Council to cope with the Covid situation within the County. This covers planning to deal with local outbreaks and matters such as the return of children to school. The concerns of some parents over their children’s health and their reluctance to send their children to school would be dealt with with due discretion.

District Council

District Councillor Pannell reported that the District Council is working to cope with the budget shortfall due to the added expense of the covid situation. Some staff had been seconded to other duties. Flexible working practices would continue. The intention is to return to normal practice when possible.

Councillor Pannell wished to express his thanks to those working within the refuse collection department who have provided their normal service throughout the pandemic.

Councillor Pannell was unable to offer much detail on the possible reorganisation of District and County Councils. This would have to wait until a white paper was available later in the year.

7:    Planning

The Council supported an application for Solar panels at Charford Manor in Avonwick.

The Council was informed that approval had been given to the provision of a farm shop and café at Colmer View Farm

8:    Finance

Balance c/f 7,796.42
Inc (int)  0.27
Exp (Park maintenance)  460.66
Balance 7,336.03

9:  Highways

The Council has joined with other local parish councils to ask the Highways Authority to seek a solution to the various “pinch points” on the Kitterford Cross to Loddiswell road.

Mud and debris were reported on the Avonwick- Ugborough road. Action clerk.

The Councl agreed to recommend the use of  the “what3words” app for anyone in need in an emergency situation.

10:  Future Items

Avon Vale Croquet and Tennis Club

11:  Next Meeting

Tuesday 6th October 2020 at 7.30pm. This will be a virtual meeting.