Parish Council meeting: Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Key information

Meeting location: The Church of St James, Avonwick

Meeting time: 7.30 pm

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Agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, 3 August 2021

1:             Open Forum

For parishioners to raise matters of concern relevant to the work of the Parish Council.

(NB matters concerning other bodies e.g. SWW, SHDC and DCC should normally be referred directly to such bodies.  The Parish Council would try assist where difficulties arise after such a referral has taken place.)

2:             Present

3:             Apologies for absence

To receive apologies for absence (if any)

4:             Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest (if any)

5:             Previous Minutes

To agree the Minutes of the meeting held on 4th May 2021

6:             Matters Arising

To discuss items arising from those Minutes

7:             Reports

To receive Reports from

  1. County Councillor Thomas
  2. District Councillor Pannell or Smerdon
  3. Play park inspection

Others (if any)

8:             Planning

To consider Planning Applications and to note decisions:

  1. Erection of ground mounted solar array, The Rock, Avonwick. (2396/21/FUL)
  2. Changes to house at Leigh Side, Avonwick. (1933/21/HHO)
  3. Mobile Home at Willowbank, Butterford Mill, Diptford.
  4. Householder application for extension and alterations, Whetcombe Lodge, North Huish (2751/21/HHO)

9:             Correspondence

To consider correspondence received.

  1. a) Code of Conduct.
  2. b) Tour of Britain

10:          Finance

To note recent and future income and expenditure.

Domain name registration

11:          Highways

To consider Highway matters.

  1. Black Hall Hill closure 04/10/21 – 15/10/21 for bridge repairs.
  2. Overgrown vegetation Avonwick.

12:          Next meeting

To consider items for future meetings

To agree upon a date for the next Meeting. (5th October 2021?)

COVID Those attending the meeting are requested to be aware of the needs of others by using hand sanitizer (provided) before entering the Church and to be conscious of the need to socially distance and wear a mask where possible.

Approved Minutes

Approved Minutes for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday, 3 August 2021

These minutes were approved on 5 October 2021

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 NHPC meeting held on 3rd August 2021.

Open Forum

There were no members of the public present.  An alleged illegal building was reported near Barons Hill. Cllr. Smerdon to investigate. A request was made for a bollard to be removed from the Plymouth road leaving Avonwick.

1: Present:

Councillors Bell, Grevatt, Luscombe, Seager-Berry, Steer, and District Councillors Pannell and Smerdon.

2:     Apologies for absence:

Councillors Gabriel and Hunt and County Councillor Thomas.

3:    Declarations of Interest:

Cllr. Seager-Berry Blackhall Hill closure. Cllr. Bell Planning - Whetcombe Lodge

4:   Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held the on 4th May 2021 were confirmed and signed. Proposed Cllr. Seager-Berry seconded Cllr. Luscombe.

5:  Matters Arising: The 30mph interactive speed sign in Avonwick has been repaired. The North Huish defibrillator is now available for use. The refurbishment of the ‘phone box is near completion. It has had its undercoat and is awaiting work on the electricity supply before receiving its topcoat.

6:    Reports:

The District Councillors report is available on the Parish Website.  Councillors wished to highlight concerns over the rollout of the new recycling scheme. Difficulties with this are being resolved and it is anticipated that the scheme will be fully operational by the end of the year.


Cllr Grevatt reported that there were no concerns over the park. The weeds/nettles near the steps have been removed.


Cllr Grevatt reported that it has not yet been necessary to change the website providers. He is monitoring the situation.

7:  Planning:

The Council has been informed that case concerning the Alleged Unauthorised Mobile Home at Butterford Mill has now been closed.

The Council agreed to support:

  • The erection of a mounted solar array at The Rock, Avonwick.
  • Changes to the house at Leigh Side, Avonwick.
  • An extension to the house at Whetcombe Lodge, North Huish.

8:   Correspondence:

The Council has received information concerning a revised Code of Conduct. It was agreed to discuss this at the next meeting.

Information has also been received concerning the Tour of Britain cycle race which will pass through Avonwick on 6th September. Further details will be provided. At the moment it is known that the road from the 30mph sign at the entrance to the village on the Ugborough road to the junction at the Avon Inn will be made into a temporary clearway. This means that cars will not be permitted to park on the road at that time and that any vehicle parked illegally will be removed.

9:   Finance

Balance c/f 10,349.97
Inc (int)  0.23
Inc (Grant SHDC)  200.00
Exp (Play park)  40.00
Exp (Buddle holes)  96.00
Exp (Insurance)  353.66
Exp (Defibrillator)  2,082.00
Balance  7,978.54

10:   Next Meeting:

Items for discussion

  • North Huish Defibrillator
  • The new Code of conduct.


Tuesday 5th October  2021 at 7.30pm at St James’s Church Avonwick.