Council meeting minutes
Minutes (Subject to Approval) of Meeting Held on Tuesday 7th May 2013
at the village hall dressing rooms at 7.45pm
The first business of the evening was to elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman for the 2013/14 year. Cllr. Peters proposed Cllr. Brimblecombe as Chair, seconded by Cllr, Dicker, as there were no other nominations Cllr. Brimblecome duly elected Chairman of Dunsford Parish Council, Cllr. MacEacharn proposed Cllr. Saunders as Vice Chair, seconded by Cllr. French, as there were no other nominations Cllr Saunders duly elected Vice Chairman of Dunsford Parish Council.
1a. PRESENT: Cllrs. J.Saunders, K. MacEacharn, G.Dicker, P.French, K.Morris, R.Peters, A Greenman, Mr. Jeremy Lucas. Cllr. C. Brimblecombe took the chair.
1b.APOLOGIES Cllrs. A Smallridge & S. Purser.
2. DECLARATION OF INTEREST Cllr. K. Morris in Item 8.
3. MINUTES: The minutes of the April meeting had been distributed were approved and signed.
4. MATTERS ARISING None
5. THREE PARISHES MEETING
The Chairman reported that the next meeting of the Three Parishes (Bridford, Christow & Dunsford) would be held on Tuesday 14th May in the Bowden Room at Christow Village Hall. All Cllrs. and the Clerk were encouraged to attend.
DALC Newsletter. It was agreed to fund the new Clerk for DALC training for new Clerks
TDC Overview & Scrutiny Committee
TDC Planning Committee
TDC Annual Meeting Agenda 14 May 2013
CCD Membership Information
Put into circulation:
South Devon Link Road Monthly Bulletin
DALC Health Update
DALC Consultation Update – Community Rights
TDC Teignbridge Community Infrastructure Draft Charging Schedule
Minutes of the meeting of 7th May 2013 page 2
TALC Minutes & Draft Minutes (2)
DNP May 2013 Forum
DNP Town & Parish Council Workshop
DNP Guide to Certificates of Lawfulness
DNP Permissive Access Agreement – Teign Valley Woodland
Devon Community Recycling & Community Composting Network News
Devon Senior Voice - Newsletter
Applications: 0218/13 Agricultural workers dwelling at SX 780 908, Land at Hersons Lane, Dunsford for Mr. G Brook. Site visit to be made.
0224/13 Erection of livestock/storage building (23mx20m) at SX 780 908, land at Hersons Lane, Dunsford for Mr G Brook. Site visit to be made
8. FINANCE: Cllrs. made a unanimous decision to pay the following:
D Woods - Clerks final expenses claim April (part of) chq 1032
D Woods - Clerks final salary April (part of) chq 1033
J Lucas - Clerks expenses April chq 1034
J Lucas – Clerks salary April chq 1035
Zurich Municipal Insurance renewal 2013/14 chq 954. It was agreed to accept Zurich Municipal offer of three years insurance, which provides a discount and freezes the premium for that period.
Greenman Hort. Services – Village Green maintenance chq 956
9. VILLAGE GREEN REPORT
It was reported that the slide had been fitted but the finishing was unacceptable. Cllr Peters had improved the surface. It was reported that the style of the slide was unsuitable for small children. It was agreed that the Clerk would liaise with the slide providers (Playline) to find out why the replacement was different from the original. Cllr. Peters reported that he had inspected all the other equipment and found satisfactory.
Cllr. Morris advised that Mr P Morris had completed the felling and removal of the dead trees.
Both Cllr Peters and Mr P Morris were thanked for their assistance.
10. BUTTS POND UPDATE
It was reported that the work at Butts Pond was now complete. It was also reported that there was a blockage in the water flow under the road (probably a large log).
11. MOBILE PHONE NETWORK
As the poor mobile signal in the Village continues to be of concern, possibilities for improving the signal were discussed. It was agreed that the Clerk should ascertain if the mobile mast in Bridford Woods had been switched on.
12. CLERKS CONTRACT & CHANGE OF ADDRESS FOR BANK STATEMENTS
The clerks’ salary was agreed (Spine point 18 NJC Pay Scale) and a new contract would shortly be produced. A bank mandate for change of address was agreed and signed.
Minutes of the meeting dated 7th April 2013 page 3
13. MEETINGS ATTENDED
Cllr. Brimblecombe attended the Annual Housing Strategy Meeting. It appears that Hastoe will no longer be working with TRAND to provide affordable housing for local people. Hastoe being replaced by Aster. Cllrs were concerned that changes had been made without consultation to the Parish Council. It was agreed that the Clerk would copy the email from Hastoe to all Cllrs. The Chairman will gather more information and report back at the next meeting.
Cllr Brimblecombe also attended a meeting on the skate park in Christow which will be limited in scope due to lack of funds.
14. DISTRICT & COUNTY COUNCIL REPORT
As neither of the District or County Councillors was able to attend there were no reports.
16. MATTERS BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE CHAIRMAN
Agreed to send a letter of thanks to the previous Clerk Donna Woods. The bank between Butts Pond and Townsend Corner has become overgrown. Cllr Dicker agreed to tidy the bank free of charge. The hedge at the bottom of Briton Street had become overgrown. It was agreed to contact the owners after the bird nesting season. Cars parked at the garage at Longdown have been relocated to the owner’s new premises. The footpath at Steps Bridge had collapsed in parts. It was agreed to report this to the Park Ranger.
Cllr Morris reported that the Village shop would transfer on 10th June, 2013, and the Post Office would transfer on 24th June, 2013. The Post Office will close on the 24th June for the counter to be refurbished and will reopen ten days later. Details of the changes and a response form are available from the Post Office as part of the consultation process.
There being no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.00pm.
Signed as a true record: …………………………… Cllr C .J.Brimblecombe Chairman