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Minutes of a Meeting of the Parish Council
held in Holne Village Hall on Tuesday 5 January 2016 at 7.30pm


Cllr B Owen (Chairman), Cllr D Higman, Cllr E Ross, Cllr G Simpson & Cllr D Troake
Also present
Suzanna Hughes (Clerk) and District Cllr Smerdon.  There were no members of the public present.
Open Forum
County Cllr Rowe was unable to attend the meeting but sent a written report which is attached.

District Cllr Smerdon had nothing to report.

The meeting was opened by Cllr Owen at 7.31pm.



Apologies for Absence

  • Cllr T Powell
  • County Cllr Rowe


Declarations of Interest
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.

All members declared their interest in item 4.2 as council tax payers in the parish but it was noted that all members had been granted a dispensation at the meeting on 30 November 2015.


Requests for Dispensations
There were no requests for dispensations.


Ratification of Minutes
Members present received the minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 30 November 2015 and agreed unanimously that they be signed by the Chairman as a true and correct record of the meeting.


5.1   Payments for approval
         Members approved the following payments:

  • Cheque no 752 - HMRC (PAYE) - £143.00
  • Cheque no 753 - P Arrowsmith (Christmas tree) - £75.00
  • Cheque no 754 - RBL (Poppy Appeal) - £17.00

5.2   Budget and Precept 2016/17
         Members considered the budget for 2016/17.  After discussion it was agreed to accept the 
         budget as presented.  The cash requested from SHDC by this council, therefore, will be £6,921   
         which will be made up of £174 council tax support grant (£193 last year) + £6,747 precept
         (£5,566 last year).  This was unanimously agreed by all members present.


Members discussed whether there is a need for additional lengthsman services and if so how it might be funded.  

After a discussion, it was agreed to find out when the Parish Lengthsman will next be in the parish.  It was also agreed to remind parishioners of their responsibilities for maintaining their watercourses (Parish Link and Holybrook Exchange).  It was further agreed that, when the evenings are lighter, members would arrange a walkabout of the village to establish which watercourses were causing problems and how those problems can then be addressed. 


7.1  Members were asked to consider whether any additional grass cutting is needed prior to the  
        start of the new season.  It was agreed that an additional cut was not required at the moment.

7.2  Members received a report from SHDC Mobile Locality Officer with regard to the rope swing  
        which he informs the Council has been cut down for safety reasons.  It was agreed that the clerk
        would follow this up as the Parish Council has been advised previously that the rope swings could
        remain in place.


Annual Parish Meeting
It was agreed to hold the Annual Parish Meeting on 12 April at 7.30pm and to invite Matt Barrow (Engagement Officer for Connecting Devon and Somerset) to talk about Airband.

It was further agreed to defer April’s Parish Council meeting from 5th April to 12th April, starting at 6.45pm, in advance of the Annual Parish Meeting.

It was agreed that the meeting would have to be advertised heavily in the parish to encourage attendance.


Potholes, highway maintenance reports and other highways issues                                       
9.1  Speeding and parking issues:
        The clerk informed members that DCC has advised that the cost of changing the speed limit, the
        installation of any further signage or road markings would need to be externally funded as DCC
        has no budget to install new features at the present time.


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.


13.1 Members were informed that the next Ashburton/Buckfastleigh Stakeholder Engagement
         meeting is being held on Thursday 7th January 2016, 10.00-12.00 at South Dartmoor Community


Date of Next Meeting
It was confirmed that the date of the next Parish Council meeting will be Monday 2 February 2016 at 7.30pm in Holne Village Hall.


The meeting closed at 8.42pm.


Cllr B Owen



There is not much to report since my last report at the end of November.

The County Council Library service is changing from the first of April and will become a standalone independent service which will mean it will become self supporting .This was approved earlier in the year and has now been set up.

The County Council budget is being worked on this month before recommendations will be made by the cabinet to Full Council at their meeting on the 18th February.

The very wet weather has had an impact on our roads and road users. Drivers have been driving far too fast and causing unnecessary accidents and in at least in one case in South Devon the loss of a life.

The new South Devon Highway opened on the 15th December and we will await the impact it will make on easing the traffic in that area in the coming months. At present it is really good on the short time it takes to get from Newton Abbot to Torbay.

Farmers’ leaders are pressing for more to be done to improve internet and mobile communications in rural areas which still needed to raise the standard of the service.

Finally I would ask you in your rural communities to be particularly vigilant keeping all gates and farm yards secure. Farm vehicles , tractors, horse boxes and tools well secured as there has been a large number of thefts of all kinds in this area in the last month with many valuable items being stolen. These are easy to move on once removed from farms.


Rosemary Rowe




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