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Minutes of a Meeting of the Parish Council
held at Holne Community Shop and Tea Rooms on Monday 30 November 2015 at 7.30pm


Cllr B Owen (Chairman)
Cllr E Ross
Cllr T Powell
Cllr D Troake
In attendance
Suzanna Hughes (Clerk), District Cllr Smerdon, District Cllr R Steer and 1 member of the public.
Open Forum
District Cllr Smerdon advised that moves are afoot in respect of plans for devolution.  Devon and Somerset are putting together a joint bid (19 organisations altogether).  Plans are in their early stages.  When the time comes, all organisations involved will have one vote.  He reported that he had attended the recent DNPA forum and had been informed that part of the Newbridge car park has been fenced off due to an accident which had recently occurred. Forum members also discussed the issue of parking due to the increase number of canoeists on the moor.

District Cllr Steer informed members that he had been elected ward member for South Brent alongside Cllr Smerdon.  He advised that he is Chairman of the Planning Committee.

County Cllr Rowe was unable to attend the meeting but sent a written report (attached).

Ross Gray commented on the long-term problem of water running on the road between Hangman’s Pit and Rouses Corner.  He commented that the road needs digging along this stretch.  Sections were done a couple of years ago but are now silted up again.  He further expressed his disappointment that the whole of the road across the moor is poorly maintained with many examples of overgrown verges, hedges and trees.  There was a discussion about Newbridge and the plans for minimising damage.  It is understood that parishes will be consulted when plans have been agreed.

The meeting was opened by Cllr Owen at 7.58pm.



Apologies for Absence

  • Cllr D Higman
  • Cllr G Simpson


Declarations of Interest and Requests for Dispensation
Members were reminded of their responsibility to continually update their Notice of Registerable Interests and invited to state whether they have any interests in any matter to be discussed during this meeting.
As council tax payers in this parish, all members were granted a dispensation to allow them to discuss and vote on, at this meeting and future meetings of Holne Parish Council, the budget and setting of the precept.  This dispensation would be valid until the day before the next ordinary elections in May 2019.

There were no other declarations of interest.


Ratification of Minutes
Members present received the minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 3 November 2015 and agreed unanimously that they be signed by the Chairman as a true and correct record of the meeting.


4.1   Members approved the following payments:

  • Cheque no 751 - Holne Village Hall - £18.00

4.2   Members received a first draft of the budget for 2016/17.  It was agreed that this would be
         discussed further and agreed in January’s meeting.


5.1  New applications
        5.1.1  0602/15 - Refurbishment of existing dwelling including slate hanging to failing stonework   
                    walls, demolition of existing single storey extension and replacement with a new two-
                    storey extension and new glazed canopy area at Holne Park Farm, Ashburton

                    It was agreed that members would visit the site prior to making a final decision.
5.2  Decisions
        There were no decisions to report.


6.1  The Chairman reported that she had spoken to David Gardener for his advice on how to decrease
        the flow of water running through the leat from Playpark to Middleleat and he has created a
        temporary bullseye in the leat at Church Park which has split the flow 50/50 and therefore
        appears to have cured the problem.  David Gardener is therefore happy with this as a solution. It
        was agreed that the clerk should write to the Church informing them of this.

6.2   It was noted that DCC will be imminently undertaking the replacement of the safety markers and  
        reinforcement of the banks opposite the Tithe Barn.


Members received a report from the Chairman and Cllr Ross following their attendance at a recent meeting.  They reported that 95% of households are to receive broadband by 2017 and 100% by 2020.

Members were advised that through the ‘Get up to Speed’ programme, free digital sessions are available to parishioners should there be sufficient interest.


TAP Fund
Members received a request from Holne Village Hall Committee to submit an application to the TAP fund for replacement chairs.  The clerk advised that the parish were not limited to one application and it was therefore agreed to support the Village Hall Committee’s application.

The clerk suggested that the application agreed last month to fund the cost of additional equipment and installation of a defibrillator should be increased to include the cost of purchasing a defibrillator in case the application to the British Heart Foundation is unsuccessful.   This was agreed.   


Parish Council Records
It was noted that the Parish Council records were kept in a metal chest which was in the custody of the clerk.


Poppy Wreath
Members noted that the wreath had not been received in time for the Service of Remembrance and it was agreed that steps are taken to establish why it hadn’t been delivered to the pub as usual.


Little Bewden
It was noted that a lot of work has been undertaken and that the development itself and area around it was looking a lot tidier.


There was no report but it was noted that a Childrens’ Craft Day has been arranged for 21 December.


Potholes, highway maintenance reports and other highways issues                                       
13.1  Members discussed the issue of speeding and parking raised by a parishioner. With regard to 
          the suggestion to introduce speed restrictions in the parish, it was agreed that the rules relating
          to speeding should be clarified with DCC’s Highways Officer and that she be asked to suggest a
          possible solution to the problem.

13.2  Members were invited to report any other highways issues.  It was noted that the road through
          Hembury Woods is in an appalling state.


Clerk’s or Councillors’ reports on matters authorised by the Council at previous meetings not otherwise on this agenda


Chairman’s urgent business for action by the clerk if covered by delegated powers or for inclusion on the agenda of the next meeting
There were no urgent items.


17.1  A letter was received from Dr Sarah Wollaston MP with regard to her decision to support
          airstrikes, the contents of which were noted.


Date of Next Meeting
It was confirmed that the date of the next Parish Council meeting will be Monday 5 January 2016 at 7.30pm in Holne Village Hall.


The meeting closed at 9.06pm.


Cllr B Owen



Devon County Council - Report of Councillor Rosemary Rowe
We are heading towards the end of 2015 and the dark mornings and evenings are upon us.
We will be looking forward to the festive season and meeting up with family and friends who have come back for Christmas or perhaps going to visit them.
Spare a thought for those who live on their own and may not see any one for several days whilst we are busy.
If you have elderly or lonely residents near you pop around and see them and ask them around for a tea/coffee.
An hour’s chat makes so much difference to someone who lives alone.
Devon County Council has to make Tough Choices for the 2016/17 budget and you can have your say in the Consultation Process on the D.C.C. website. Please contribute if you are able.
Budgets seem to get harder year on year and choices have to be made as there are services that are mandatory and have to be done.
We are then left to decide what we would like to see done but is not a mandatory service which has to be provided by The Council, be it Devon County or the local District Council.
The Devon & Cornwall police have been having a considerable problem with their budget, however the Police & Crime Commissioner questioned the way that Central Government arrived at the figures which were given and there is now a much larger amount available than was first thought.
The Devon & Somerset County Councils and all the districts within the two Counties, Torbay & Plymouth Unitary along with the two National Parks have placed a bid to Central government for Devolution.
This could give the area more power over its own budgets and spending power.
Have you had your flu jab? Do not leave flu to chance, get your free jab if you are eligible and have not already done so.
Do be careful and be aware of what is going on around you when visiting the shops in the run up to Christmas. Watch out for scams by telephone or e.mail.Never give out your details to anyone, if you are asked for bank details simply hang up and use another phone to report the incident using the 101 service. Never send cash by courier or taxi to anyone.
Take care. And finally I wish you all a joyous Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
Rosemary Rowe.


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