MARLDON PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of meeting of Marldon Parish Council held on Monday 10 March 2008 at 7.15pm
Cllrs: Pennington; Benney; Palk; Veasey; Joinson; Mrs Cox; Mrs Clarke;
Also: Clerk to the Council: David Eeles
ALSO PRESENT: 14 members of the public
The Chairman invited members of the public to speak before the meeting opened. Their
queries and comments were duly noted, these would be taken into account in the Council’s
deliberations of the matters raised.
Cllrs. Webber, Thorpe and Danby gave apologies.
2(3.08) APPROVAL OF MINUTES DEC. MEETING: Unanimously approved.
5(1.08) Church Hill sign: Neither the Clerk nor the Chairman, who had followed the matter
up, had heard from the DCC. Chairman agreed to chase it up again.
10(1.08) Hedge in Moorview: Cllr Pennington reported that the portion of the hedge in
Moorview that he had thought was the responsibility of Midas Homes had in
fact been sold by them, and he was still trying to find out who now owned the
10(1.08) Clerk reported still no response from DCC on the Belfield Avenue issue, and it was
agreed that the Chair would also follow this up.
8(2.08) Damaged kerb at Pembroke Park: Clerk reported that he had been given the wrong
impression of the location of this damage, which was not outside no. 17 but no.8,
and he had written accordingly to Glendinnings and DCC.
4(2.08) Parking outside school: A member of the public had complained that the new sign by
50 Marldon Cross Hill prohibiting parking was too large , but members felt it
had to be clearly visible to do its job.
5(2.10) Local gov. reorganisation: Chairman reported that he was about to send out notices
to parishes on the Torbay and Plymouth boundaries to invite them to a meeting
as agreed at the last meeting
5(2.10) Graffiti on ring road underpass: Members discussed the letter from Torbay B.C.
denying responsibility for cleaning the obscene and offensive graffiti, but
members insisted that they were responsible as agents for DCC in managing the
ring road and they had cleaned it before. Accordingly it was AGREED to write to
Torbay again with this information.
5(2.10) Insurance for MEG volunteers: Clerk reported that he had checked the Councils
insurance policy and the volunteers were only covered for public liability, not
personal injury. However the Chairman said he was certain the they were
covered by Devon County, however he would check it again.
8(2.08) Defunct street light in Love Lane: Clerk reported this appeared to be working again,
Drain on Church Hill: Chairman reported that this had been cleared as requested
Manhole cover in Belfield Close: Members reported this had not been repaired yet.
9(2.08) Handrail on Church path: Chairman reported that he had received a quote from
SHDC for35m of handrail to the side of the path of £2,587 or £1,942
depending on the thickness of the rail. Members discussed this and it was
AGREED to seek additional quotes for the work.
Annual Parish Meeting: Chairman reported that this was fixed for Wednesday 16
April at 7.30 and sought approval for inviting Mr Incoll, Chief Executive of
SHDC, as the guest speaker. This was AGREED nem. con.
4. (3.08) POLICE ( Note this item was bought forward to precede Matters Arising)
PC Pearce offered apologies but PCSO Frain was present and read the crime report for
February. This included a vehicle interfered with in St Peters Drive, theft of a vehicle in
Furzegood and at Meadow park, the latter possibly unlocked, and PCSO Frain urged care on
motorists. There was also a case of shoplifting at Styles Park Garden Centre, a domestic and
a driving with excess alcohol cases.
5. (3.08) REPORTS
COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT- C. Councillor Pennington reported
DCC– C. Cllr Pennington reported the following:
1. The County received £145m (71/2% increase) in Government Revenue
Support Grant, but that is still £40 per head of population less than Shire
Counties. The revenue Budget requirement will be set at £450,767,824,
which is a 3.9% increase and would bring an increase on a band D property of
£40, ie from £1023 to £1063.
2. The proposal details for the Boundaries Commission to advise on Unitary
Structures were outlined: there will be a five stage procedure culminating in
the Commission making its recommendations to the Minister in December
2008. The Commission was not looking at the status quo, nor the possibility
of Councils working together. There will be five criteria for consideration:
a. Broad cross-section of support
b. Strategic leadership
c. Neighbourhood empowerment
d. Value for money in provision of services
Cllr Benney asked what the effect might be on Parishes and Town Councils,
and was told they were nor sacrosanct.
3. There would be a new school for Dartington in the Capital Programme for
08/9 at a cost £6.5m
POLICE LIAISON MEETING: Cllr Mrs Cox reported that she , Cllr Palk and the Chairman
had attended this meeting at which a summary was given of local policing and the extra 200
police, which were mostly expected to be used in urban areas; Marldon was a relatively safe
area. The police were complaining that there was still too much paperwork, something the
members sympathised with.
MEG REPORT: Cllr Mrs Cox reported that they were still working- the Bridleway had
received attention and Mr Berlyn had flailed the outside of St Peters’ Field hedges. Bramble
around the Meadow and on the seat in Village Road would be dealt with, and a tree was down
in Leader Lane.
Clerk advised members of correspondence received.
Members re-affirmed their intention to meet Ipplepen on their Boundary Beating on 5th May
at Weekaborough orchard.
34/0071/08/F Resubmission of application to extend and alter Compton Pool Farm
including use of reception area as managers’ accommodation.
Members discussed the history of this application and also a letter from a member of
the public deploring the way the application had been dealt with effectively allowing a new
build that could in the future be used as an ordinary dwelling, something other residents
of the village were not allowed to do. A motion write to SHDC expressing concern at this
permission was proposed by Cllr Cox, seconded by Cllr Clarke and duly CARRIED.
JD/34/2697/07/F rear extension etc. 9, Marldon Cross Hill
Members found no objection to these plans but it was subsequently discovered that they
had been withdrawn
Millmans Road- patio extension
Members found NO OBJECTION to these plans but there were 2 abstentions and 4 in
favour, with the Chairman not voting. The Chairman would check the application with the
8(3.08) HIGHWAYS AND MAINTENANCE
It was reported that the markings at the roundabout on the ring road by Cox’s Garage had
been altered in such a way as to make turning off for Marldon a much more hazardous
affair. At the least an extra set of arrows further back along the road were needed to give
motorists enough warning of the lane they were required to be in. Members AGREED that
this matter should be taken up with Torbay BC and DCC, and the latter asked if they had
been consulted on the changed, which appeared with no warning.
9(3.08) PUBLIC GROUNDS
1. The Chairman reported that he had had complaints about the impassability of the
old stone stile on footpath no. 5 from Ipplepen Road to Strainy Tor, which was
causing some walkers to have to turn back, something inappropriate for a section of
the Musgrave Trail which had been equipped with gates everywhere else. Members
commented that such stiles were almost ancient monuments and it was unlikely that
DCC would sanction their removal, and Cllr Cox said she would ask Robin Cox to take
a look to see if a gate could be put in place nearby.
2. Members discussed the Cricket Club’s request that the use of the cricket pitch be
restricted to the club only between 1st may and 1st September, to allow a full
recovery from the football usage in the hope of making the pitch smooth. The Clerk
reported that on the fixture list he had received from the Football Club the pitch
would be used until 12 May, including one match. It was proposed by Cllr Benney,
seconded by Cllr Joinson, and subsequently CARRIED that the Cricket Clubs
request be accepted and passed on to the Football Club, with the exception this
year of the previously notified fixture, unless this could be switched.
3. Cllr Cox reported that the plastic football posts in Tor Field had been vandalised
and were now in pieces, and needed to be removed. Cllr Joinson noted that he had
repaired them on many occasions, and he and Cllr Veasey, with the help of the
cricket club, would remove them to the allotments from where Cllr Pennington
would arrange for SHDC to remove them.
4. Cllr Joinson reported that he had moved the remains of a concrete shed
5. Cllr Palk reported that he had investigated a complaint that somebody had driven
a car on the allotment track and rendered it impassable for his mobile disabled
vehicle, but felt that it was a one-off that was unlikely to happen again.
6. Cllr Cox raised the question of the bills for the church floodlights and the Parish
magazine, and Cllr Benny said he would ensure that the bills were sent to the clerk
7. The letter from SHDC to the Residents Association about Downalong was discussed
and it was agreed that the Empty Property legislation would be investigated before
the next meeting to try to offer the Association some support in that direction
8. Cllr Joinson reported a tree over by the meadow from Mr Tarr’s land, the National
Trust will provide a cherry picker to deal with it.
The following payments were AGREED:
The following items were approved:-
Payments- Main Account:
Clerks salary and expenses: £301.25
SHDC; Apple Pie leaflets; £370.81
(50% from main a/c; 50% from MEG)
Ricoh (photocopying):60% share: £43.39
Reallocation to P3 a/c: £21.98
Main a/c at 22-2-08: £23,505.24
P3 a/c at 5-2-08: £352.25
Env. a/c at 5-2-08: £484.09
It was AGREED to discuss the tenders that had been received for work on the graveyard
and for grass cutting under Confidential Matters.
It was AGREED that a contribution should be made towards the clerks need for back-up
storage for the computer files, shared with Berry Pomeroy Parish Council
11(3.08) BUSINESS AT DISCRETION OF CHAIR None
12(3.08) MATTERS UNDER REVIEW. None
13(3.08) CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS(S/O No 66)
Members discussed the tenders for the fence and gates, and Cllr Cox proposed and Cllr
Veasey seconded that the cheapest tender, that from the local firm Kirk Fencing, should be
accepted, CARRIED nem con
It was also AGREED to accept the quote from Thulborns for the grass cutting, while Mr
Berlyn would be asked to tender for cutting the hedge by the burial ground.
14(3.08) DATE OF NEXT MEETING -Monday 14th 2008
Signed …………………………………………………… 10-3-08 ( Chairman Cllr. JT Pennington)