Parish Council agenda 4 August 2021

Ms Fiona Clampin

Clerk to the Council

Garlands

Gittisham

Honiton

EX14 3AJ

01404 851442

gittishamparishcouncil@gmail.com

29th July 2021

Members of Gittisham Parish Council

You are hereby summoned to attend the August Parish Council Meeting to be held in Gittisham Village Hall on Wednesday 4th August 2021 commencing at 7.30pm to discuss items on the Agenda and to make resolutions as appropriate.

All attending are required to bring their own hand sanitiser, wear a face mask, and respect the 2m social distancing guidelines  If any member of the public wishes to join by Zoom, please contact the clerk.

Prior to the start of the meeting a period of 15 minutes is allowed to permit any resident to bring appropriate matters to the notice of the Council.  Please contact the clerk if you would like to do this, preferably by email in advance of the meeting, with a question you wish to be raised with Councillors on your behalf. 

Zoom link tbc

  1. To accept and approve apologies
  2. To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 7th July 2021
  3. To receive the Beat Manager’s report
  4. To receive declarations of interest
  5. To consider actions from last meeting not otherwise on the agenda
  6. To receive reports from County Council and District Council representatives
  7. To consider the rollout of superfast broadband, and a presentation by Airband
  8. To consider the following planning applications:
    • 21/1165/FUL Bakery Cottage Gittisham EX14 3AF Single storey rear extension and internal alterations. Creation of courtyard and parking bay with EV charging point and erection of maximum 1.8m wall/fence. Alteration of workshop/store to form garden room. (amended plans)
    • 21/1166/LBC Bakery Cottage Gittisham EX14 3AF Single storey rear extension and internal alterations. Creation of courtyard and parking bay with EV charging point and erection of maximum 1.8m wall/fence. Alteration of workshop/store to form garden room (amended plans)
    • 21/1756/FUL Land Adjoining Combe Garden Centre Gittisham Erection of a storage building on land adjacent to Coombe Garden Centre for the storage of stock
  9. To receive reports from councillors on areas of responsibility and actions since the last meeting:
    • To note the latest planning decision notices (Cllr Orchard)
    • To receive an update on highways (Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider plans for expenditure in the parish under the Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 (Cllr Orchard)
    • To receive an update on public transport (Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the Hayne Farm development (Cllr Twist)
    • To consider climate change measures within the parish (Cllr Twist)
    • To consider parish council support for scam awareness and security (Cllr Twist)
    • To consider limited residential development in the parish (Cllr Valentine)
    • To consider the parish emergency plan (Cllr Valentine / Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider the refurbishment and maintenance of the village play area (Cllr Walker)
    • To consider work to be carried out by the lengthsman to maintain drains and ditches in the parish (Cllr Walker)
  10. To receive a report from the Chair
  11. To consider traffic speeds in Gittisham village
  12. To approve the August payments and to note the current bank balance:

F Clampin £224.86 + £18.65 (stamps, stickers, thank you card) clerk’s salary & expenses

Len Abbott lengthsman work, £tbc

Len Abbott expenses £tbc

Michael Poll play area grass cutting £60 (inv. ref 10098)

Peter Orchard – Kompan replacement swings & chains £666

Gittisham Parish Hall – July hire £10

NEST (clerk’s pension) £22.48

  1. Clerk’s report
  2. For information only; items for the forward agenda
  3. To consider any late entry correspondence
  4. To note the date of the next two meetings, Wednesday 1st September and Wednesday 6th October 2021 at 7.30pm. 

F J Clampin – Clerk

Parish Council meeting minutes 7 July 2021

GITTISHAM PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD ON 7TH JULY 2021

in Gittisham Village Hall

and via Zoom

Present:

Gittisham Village Ward

Cllr C Hall (Chair)

Cllr D Valentine

Cllr A Rowe

Cllr M Walker

Gittisham Vale Ward

Cllr P Orchard

In attendance: Cllr Phil Twiss (DCC), Fiona Clampin (clerk)

Apologies for absence: Cllr J Twist, PCSO Darren England

39/21     To accept and approve apologies

Apologies were received and accepted.

40/21     To confirm the minutes of the meeting held 10th June 2021

The minutes of the meeting held on 10th June 2021 were confirmed and signed by the Chair. 

41/21     To receive the Beat Manager’s Report

Three crimes were reported in May 2021:

2 x anti-social behavior

1 x violence and sexual offences

42/21     To receive declarations of interest

The Chair said that with respect to the planning applications discussed at the June meeting, 21/1165/FUL and 21/1166/LBC, she had taken some water level measurements for the applicant but was not involved in the interpretation of any data for them.

43/21     To consider actions from the last meeting not otherwise on the agenda

The clerk reported that Baker Estates had not yet responded regarding the dog poo bins.  

The Chair’s said she had made an application to the Woodland Trust for a grant for hedge plants, which will be installed along the wall between the field and the bottom play area.

44/21     To receive reports from County Council and District Council representatives

Members noted that the election for a new district councillor would be held on 8th July. 

Vaccination Programme

Cllr Twiss said as we approach the 19th of July and the further lifting of restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, he thought that an update on the progress of the vaccination rollout would be helpful to members and whilst we are nowhere near out of the woods just yet as the school holidays are rapidly approaching, bringing with them the anticipated very large influx of visitors.  He said that like all of us he hoped that every day brings us closer to a more normal state of affairs for the majority of our population and learning to live with the virus.

•              The vaccination programme across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay continues make progress with all adults now being offered the vaccine. To date over 1.5 million doses have been given across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay with 679,000 people having received their second dose. The local NHS delivered the ‘Grab a jab’ weekend in late June enabling all adult to make walk-in appointments; plans are being developed to repeat this over the summer. There was also a walk-in clinic at the Devon County show last weekend and DCC Staff were offering lateral flow tests to show visitors.

•              Proof of vaccination can now be demonstrated using the NHS COVID Pass service where you can view and share your COVID Pass for event trials and travel abroad.

•              Following a central government public consultation, from October 2021 people working in CQC-registered care homes must have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, unless they have a medical exemption. It will apply to all workers employed directly by the care home or care home provider, those employed by an agency, volunteers and those coming into care homes to do other work, for example healthcare workers, tradespeople, hairdressers and beauticians, and CQC inspectors. A further consultation will be launched on whether to extend this new requirement to other health and social care settings.

Superfast Broadband

As the digital megabit age is finally reaching our rural areas, (albeit not fast enough in too many cases) it highlights the importance of addressing the challenges our small rural businesses face in gearing up for the opportunities this will bring. Cllr Twiss circulated a recently published paper, which he said is a very interesting read on how they might compete with larger, better resourced organisations.

Rural affordable housing

The topic of the affordability of housing for local people is a very live and pertinent one today as people look to inward migrate to our part of the world, many as a result of new ways of working due to the pandemic with less physical time spent in the office or other workplace.  This is reducing the supply of homes in all sectors and making it much more difficult for local people to compete in with buying or renting homes with affordable schemes for local people increasingly important.  Cllr Twiss circulated a Parish Councillors guide to affordable rural housing, which he said highlights the issues.

Paths and gateways

Cllr Twiss said he had discussed with DCC Neighbourhood Highways Officer Mike Brown to find funding to make the emergency gateway at the end of Old Elm Road where it meets Hayne Lane wheelchair and motorised wheelchair accessible.  He hoped that this work can be done in 2021/22.  With more people choosing to walk for exercise, he said he would like to see the informal footpath from the end of Old Elm Road towards the A30 and Otter Inn, Garden centre and Heron Farm beyond a more substantial one and will see what progress can be made to completing this in 2021/22 or beyond, depending on funding allocations.  Whilst just on the other side of the parish boundary with Honiton, this would of course benefit residents on Hayne Farm and Gitisham Vale.

Cllr Valentine said there is an increasing frustration and anger among village residents about the speed of traffic coming through, and he asked if he could draw this to the appropriate department at DCC.  Cllr Twiss added that there is a trial taking place in a number of South Devon villages to reduce speeds to 20mph, and depending on the outcome recommendations will flow from there. 

The Chair asked Cllr Twiss if there was the potential to progress the Goldcombe / Hayne Farm footpath appeal.

Cllr Twiss left the meeting.

ACTION: Cllr Twiss to send Devon Funding News to the clerk, as well as information on the 20 is Plenty scheme.  RESOLVED: Clerk to order £15 of 20 is Plenty stickers to attach to bins, and claim back at next meeting.  Cllr Twiss to investigate status of Ramblers’ appeal.

45/21     To consider the rollout of superfast broadband, and a presentation by Airband

This was deferred to the August meeting.

46/21     To receive reports from councillors on areas of responsibility and actions since the last meeting:

  1. To note the latest planning decision notices

21/1354/VAR Coign Cottage Gittisham Honiton EX14 3AB – Variation of condition No. 2 (Approved plans) and condition No. 3 (Materials) of planning permission ref: 20/0584/FUL to allow for a change of materials used and alterations to the proposed plans. Approval with conditions.

Appeal Ref: APP/U1105/W/21/3267313 Conversion of existing buildings to holiday dwellings (application for removal of condition 5 of planning permission 84/P0792 to allow year round occupancy of the holiday dwellings and variation of condition 6 of planning permission 84/P0792 to allow The Cider Barn to be used as an unrestricted residential dwelling) at Goldcombe Farmhouse, Gittisham.  Appeal dismissed.

  • To receive an update on Highways

Cllr Orchard said he had received a complaint from a resident about overgrown hedges on the south side of Old Elm Rd between Honeysuckle Close and the bus turning circle. Members discussed whose responsibility this might be, and agreed to ask the lengthsman to cut the hedges back to prevent people from getting scratched. 

Forthcoming road closures in Gittisham Parish: Resurfacing A375 Sidmouth Road – closed Tuesday 20th  July Gittisham Hill to Exeter Road.  Working hours 1900-0700 for 12 weekday nights in two phases:  south of Old Elm Rd roundabout then to the north. The roundabout will be totally closed at 2300 each night. Vale residents have been leafleted by Devon Highways.

26/7th July Devonshire Road. Priority boards for Jurassic Fibre works.

29/30th July Alfington Road closed for Jurassic Fibre works.

ACTION: Cllr Walker to ask Len Abbott to trim above-mentioned hedges in the Vale.

  • To consider plans for expenditure in the parish under the Community Infrastructure Levy & S106

The Chair explained that she and Cllr Orchard had met EDDC officers to understand the next steps in progressing new items in line with May’s public consultation exercise. ‌ The meeting had given clarification on funding sources and allowed us to proceed to the next stage. A table tennis facility, outdoor skittles alley, boules court and hopscotch grid had all been agreed, and Cllr Orchard is preparing a specification.  Members agreed that the next stage would be to inform neighbours of the works and their timings, followed by sourcing quotes in line with EDDC’s policy.  The Chair said she was very pleased with the plans and see the new playground facilities as being useful to families, older children and adults.


She added that EDDC had also sent some information about potential funding sources for a shelter. The Chair reported that she had shared this with the village hall committee, which is looking to install an awning at the back of the hall which could help with Covid safety at village events.

ACTION: Clerk to inform residents of properties neighbouring the play area of the plans.  Cllr Orchard to work on specifications.

  • To receive an update on public transport

Members heard there was no update on the replacement bus for King’s School pupils in September, nor whether from 19th July when Covid-19 restrictions are due to be eased whether the pupils-only bus would be continuing.

  • To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the Hayne Farm development

Cllr Twist sent a report in her absence, saying that the information she’d requested from Community Heart Beat for consideration by the Parish Council had been circulated.  She added that she had not received any further communication from Baker Estates.

  • To consider climate change measures within the parish

Cllr Twist said she had not received any further information regarding the EV charging point, and asked if the parish council is registered with Parish and Town Council Wildlife to receive their newsletter.

  • To consider parish council support for scam awareness and security

Cllr Twist outlined the latest scams:

  • A cold caller impersonates a legitimate mobile network operator or supplier.  There is also a Covid Vaccine Passport scam email purporting to be from the NHS; clicking on the link will take you to a fake NHS website where you are asked for personal and payment details.  In reality details of your vaccine status are available free via the official NHS website. 
  • A suspicious SMS message, claiming to be from a delivery company, asking you to click on a link to track the delivery status of a package. These messages are actually linked to a banking Trojan called “FLUBOT”. It asks receiver to install a tracking app to track the status of the package, when its intention is to steal credentials and other personal data.

Cllr Twist advised users not to click on links in SMS messages, not to install apps from anywhere but the official app stores, and ensure mobile telephones are protected with security software.

  • To consider limited residential development in the parish

Cllr Valentine said the public exhibition/consultation, displaying details of the development had attracted more than 40 visitors.  Some changes had been made to the design as a result of comments.  It is hoped that the planning application will be submitted to EDDC at the end of July.

  1. To consider the parish emergency plan

The Chair said she was in the process of arranging a meeting with emergency plan councillors and named flood marshalls, and hoped this would take place before the August meeting.

  • To consider the refurbishment and maintenance of the village play area

Cllr Walker thanked Cllr Orchard for taking responsibility for the new items (see minute ref 46c).  The clerk said that she was still corresponding with Kompan regarding the replacement seats and chains for the toddler swings, and had provided them with photographs and measurements with the aim of selecting the appropriate items.  As it has been difficult to make progress due to the company’s lengthy reply times and sending the wrong quote to the clerk, Cllr Orchard agreed to investigate ordering the items.

ACTION: Clerk to forward correspondence with Kompan to Cllr Orchard.

  • To consider work to be carried out by the lengthsman to maintain ditches and drains in the parish

Members noted that the lengthsman had cut a passing place on the road to Catshayes Farm, which would be useful for both motorists and walkers.  They also noted that he had cut back foliage along Dark Lane / Shaggy’s, for which they were grateful. 

47/21     To receive a report from the Chair

The Chair echoed Cllr Valentine’s comments about traffic speeds, and agreed to write to The Pig to ask the management to remind staff and residents to drive carefully.  Cllr Valentine added that a new speed survey on the hill beyond Clysthayes may form part of the GCLT work.

The Chair reported that Combe Estate would be installing signs at both Beech Walk and Westgate.  The purpose of the signs is to try to combat various anti-social behaviours that that have taken place recently.  She reminded members that DCC had clarified there was no vehicular access at Westgate, across the top and down to Alphington.  Any vehicles using that area are doing so illegally.

The Chair explained that a local farmer had raised concerns about walkers getting lost between Westgate and the village.  Walkers have ended up on a private farm track which leads from Sherman’s Farm to Catshayes Farm, and the farmer is worried about the public getting hurt by boisterous cows.  (There have been reports in the press of cows hurting people elsewhere.)  Members agreed that temporary signs, a review of signage with DCC and a letter to Combe Estate and The Pig to raise awareness was an appropriate response.

ACTION: Chair to write to Fiona Moores at The Pig regarding drivers.  Clerk to write to DCC RoW, The Pig, Len Abbott and Combe Estate.

48/21 To consider the purchase of a printer or copier for the Gittisham Gazette

The Chair said she had discussed with the Gittisham Gazette editor, Carol McCann, and agreed that the PC would continue to cover ¾ of the cost of printing and copying.  The aim is to reduce the number of paper copies, while recognizing that some residents require them.  The editor has agreed to report back to the Chair with an estimate of ongoing costs. 

ACTION: Chair to discuss with Carol McCann how to make the Gittisham Gazette more parish-wide. 

49/21 To approve the appointment of Alison Marshall as internal auditor for 2021/22

Members resolved to appoint Alison Marshall as internal auditor for the financial year 2021/22.

ACTION: Clerk to contact Alison Marshall.

50/21     To approve the July payments and to note the current bank balance

It was resolved to approve the following payments:

1108       F J Clampin                          £226.37                 Clerk’s salary & expenses (stamps)

1109       Len Abbott                           £91         Lengthsman work, 6.5 hrs June 2021 @ £14/hr

1110       Michael Poll                          £60         Grass cutting, play area (inv. ref. 10094)

1111       Michael Poll                          £60         Grass cutting, play area (inv. ref. 10084)

1112       Gittisham Parish Hall          £10         Hire for June meeting

1113       Websites Ahoy                     £195       Maintenance and updates on website

1114       Len Abbott                           £7.24      Lengthsman expenses, June 2021 (petrol)

DD          NEST                                     £22.48   Clerk’s pension (5% employer, 5% employee)

Members were informed that the current bank balance stands at £18,183.84 (which includes approximately £7,000 in the business reserve account). 

51/21     Clerk’s Report

The clerk agreed to inform regular contributors to the Gittisham website about the need to conform to accessibility guidelines.  Recently uploaded items will need to be amended to reflect this, and then the accessibility statement can be published.

52/21     For information only; items for the forward agenda

Traffic speeds in Gittisham village.

53/21     To consider any late entry correspondence

None.

54/21     Date of next two meetings

Wednesday 4th August (village hall) and Wednesday 1st September 2021 at 7.30pm.  Public via Zoom.  The Chair asked all to observe social distancing and bring along a mask and hand sanitiser.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 2025 hrs.

Chair…………………………………….

4th August 2021

  

Parish Council agenda 7 July 2021

Ms Fiona Clampin

Clerk to the Council

Garlands

Gittisham

Honiton

EX14 3AJ

01404 851442

mailto:gittishamparishcouncil@gmail.com

1st July 2021

Members of Gittisham Parish Council

You are hereby summoned to attend the July Parish Council Meeting to be held in Gittisham Village Hall on Wednesday 7th July 2021 commencing at 7.30pm to discuss items on the Agenda and to make resolutions as appropriate.

All attending are required to bring their own hand sanitiser, wear a face mask, and respect the 2m social distancing guidelines.  A maximum of six people is allowed in the space.  If any member of the public wishes to join by Zoom, please contact the clerk.

Prior to the start of the meeting a period of 15 minutes is allowed to permit any resident to bring appropriate matters to the notice of the Council.  Please contact the clerk if you would like to do this, preferably by email in advance of the meeting, with a question you wish to be raised with Councillors on your behalf. 

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  1. To accept and approve apologies
  2. To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 10th June 2021
  3. To receive the Beat Manager’s report
  4. To receive declarations of interest
  5. To consider actions from last meeting not otherwise on the agenda
  6. To receive reports from County Council and District Council representatives
  7. To consider the rollout of superfast broadband, and a presentation by Airband
  8. To receive reports from councillors on areas of responsibility and actions since the last meeting:
    1. To note the latest planning decision notices (Cllr Orchard)
    2. To receive an update on highways (Cllr Orchard)
    3. To consider plans for expenditure in the parish under the Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 (Cllr Orchard)
    4. To receive an update on public transport (Cllr Orchard)
    5. To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the Hayne Farm development (Cllr Twist)
    6. To consider climate change measures within the parish (Cllr Twist)
    7. To consider parish council support for scam awareness and security (Cllr Twist)
    8. To consider limited residential development in the parish (Cllr Valentine)
    9. To consider the parish emergency plan (Cllr Valentine / Cllr Orchard)
    10. To consider the refurbishment and maintenance of the village play area (Cllr Walker)
    11. To consider work to be carried out by the lengthsman to maintain drains and ditches in the parish (Cllr Walker)
  1. To receive a report from the Chair
  2. To consider the purchase of a copier or printer for the Gittisham Gazette
  3. To approve the appointment of Alison Marshall as internal auditor for 2021-22
  4. To approve the July payments and to note the current bank balance:

F Clampin £224.86 + £1.51 (stamps) clerk’s salary & expenses

Len Abbott lengthsman work, £tbc

Len Abbott expenses £tbc

Michael Poll play area grass cutting £60 (inv. ref tbc)

Michael Poll play area grass cutting £60 (inv. ref tbc)

Gittisham Village Hall hire (June 2021) £10

Websites Ahoy (inv. ref W21-GPC-1) £195

Kompan replacement swings & chains £737.02

NEST (clerk’s pension) £22.48

  1. Clerk’s report
  2. For information only; items for the forward agenda
  3. To consider any late entry correspondence
  4. To note the date of the next two meetings, Wednesday 4th August and Wednesday 1st September 2021 at 7.30pm. 

F J Clampin – Clerk

2021-02 Gittisham Gazette Feb 2021

A monthly community newsletter published by St Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

February 2021

Edition 228

St Michael’s Church and Quinquennial Repairs

Gittisham PCC would like to thank all those who have helped fund the Church during lockdown
by contributing via the Parish Giving Scheme. As it has been impossible to run fund raising events or obtain donations via church services the Parish Giving Scheme has been a lifeline. The PCC is using
the current period of lock-down to carry out much needed repairs. This will mean that our reserves will
be depleted and the PCC would be grateful if anyone else would like to join the Parish Giving Scheme to
provide a regular income to support the work of the church, maintain the building and the churchyard.


The 2021 planned repair works are now well underway focusing on the overhaul and redecoration of the gutters and downpipes, exterior decoration of doors, internal repairs to the gallery ceiling as well as minor repairs to roof slopes and valleys and some minor stone and tarmac path repairs. The work is being undertaken by The Bucknall Partnership and Bill Griffiths and his team are doing an excellent job for us. Len Abbott has also done a fabulous job of installing two new oak gate posts and softwood safety rails to the new churchyard extension and the entrance now looks very smart! Rufus Lyle will be undertaking the repairs to the churchyard wall.

Free to a Good Home

I have a much loved child’s toy pram in good condition. The height of the handle is 60cm and the navy body lifts off the collapsible metal frame. All enquiries welcome.
Telephone Angie on 01404 45101.

Combe Farm Shop

We are back open! Thank you for your support through a very busy and exciting first Christmas season for us. After a lovely two week break, the farm shop reopened on Jan 12th. We are operating slightly reduced hours at the moment, to allow us to be able to offer a delivery service to the local area. Tuesday to Friday 10-3pm and Saturdays 10-4. We are offering our full butchers counter, bakery items, fresh fruit and veg, homemade frozen ready meals and more. You can see the full list of items available on our social media or on the main estate website.


We have some specials coming up from the butchery counter, our meat boxes, 3 for £10 on selected
items, special valentines deals. As always, we use local meat and do all the butchery in house.
Please contact the shop if you are interested in our “click and collect” or delivery service.
Thanks, Joanna and the Team. 01404 519093 mailto:info@combefarmshop.com

Census 2021

Every household across the nation will soon be asked to take part in the 2021 Census.
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and
households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. The Census is a snapshot of who we are and how we live our lives. The information is vital for assessing community needs for services such as schools and Doctors surgeries as well as how our communities are made up and changing.


Census weekend is 21st March. It is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for
people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years,
kept safe for future generations. For more information visit www.census.gov.uk
Thank you
Kind regards
Carol Hall Gittisham Parish Council
Carol Hall Dog Daycare and Home Boarding
Part Drillers, Gittisham. EX14 3AJ
01404 850793 07854 492347
https://www.facebook.com/CarolHallDogdaycare

Where did January go? Life at Sherman’s Farm by Jack Bartlett

A strange Christmas and new year was had, not seeing family and friends. I’m grateful that us farmers can carry on pretty much as normal. I’m not sure how we had time for socialising before lockdown became a thing. In the first month of 2021 we had 40 new mothers join the herd, obviously this means lots of calves. We have modified a couple of sheds to house the extra babies! Sexed semen has resulted in a good run of heifer calves born, this is good for the future of the herd. Genetics and breeding are improving the herd year by year. We now take a DNA tissue sample of each heifer calf born. This DNA is read in a lab where a report is created for us, we then know exactly which heifers are best suited to be milked by the robots. The process is called genomic testing.


Through the winter Dad buys in store lambs at market, we buy these in to graze off the pastures and all of last year’s left overs. This allows completely fresh grass to grow and hopefully results in better silage. These sheep do a very important job. Keep safe & well.

Parish Council February 2021 report

Six councillors met for the February meeting. Susie Bond (EDDC), Phil Twiss (DCC) and one member of
the public were also present.


EDDC / DCC Report.
Phil Twiss said coronavirus infection rates in the UK appear to have peaked and are now beginning to
recede due to the impact of lockdown and the vaccination programme to a lesser degree. Thankfully we have no seen COVID variants in our area, he said, and with the new door-to-door testing regime in areas identified let’s hope it remains that way. He reported on a recent visit to County Hall where a pop-up testing site has been set up. It’s able to test up to 2,000 people each day, adding to other sites around Exeter. It is quite likely that in due course a vaccination site will also be located at County Hall to add significant capacity to the programme, as well as more jabs being delivered at local GP surgeries and some private pharmacies in supermarket locations that have space to maintain social distancing. Susie Bond said EDDC is currently consulting on the issues and options for a revised Local Plan. People can comment at this early stage of the review process: https://eastdevon.gov.uk/news/2021/01/have-your-say-on-futuredevelopments-in-east-devon-local-plan-consultation/ She explained that in the last 3 years, a total of 2,868 new homes were built within the district, which is comfortably over the target of 928 pa. Susie Bond said she had attended EDDC’s Cabinet meeting beforehand to discuss whether to part-fund a masterplan for an extension to the Heathpark Industrial site at Hayne Lane. David Valentine urged the council to express either support for some of what EDDC is saying such as the renewables and energy-saving features, or concern regarding future growth for Honiton. He reminded members that previous planning applications such as that for the south side of Honiton above the Vale may well come back into focus. The consultation period expires on 15th March.
Finance. Members agreed the finances.
Crimes. December 2020, 1 x anti-social behaviour, 4 x violent & sexual offences
Councillor vacancy (Vale ward) The clerk said the parish council could now fill this vacancy by co-option. Anyone interested in becoming a parish councillor should contact mailto:gittishamparishcouncil@gmail.com
Planning applications:
20/2656/LBC Winsor Cottage Gittisham Ground floor: remove walls in kitchen/breakfast room and install new door and removal of stone cladding around fireplace and under 2x. windows in lounge. First floor: remove and construct walls and doors in bedroom no.4; create door opening from bedroom no.1 onto landing for bathroom; remove and construct walls in bedroom no.1 to create ensuite and replace existing metal stair balustrade with timber balustrade. Members had no objections.
Roadworks & highways.
09 Feb Lane to Catshayes Farm: BT pole installations.
22-26 Feb Chineway to Hare & Hounds. Water works.
24 Feb-5 Mar Hayne Lane pothole repairs
Peter Orchard said he would get in touch with DCC Highways to inform the team of a blocked pipe at the entrance to a field on Hayne Lane.
Off-road vehicles.
Carol Hall said the off-roading situation is improving with the involvement of Combe Estate, DCC rights of way, Cllr Twiss, the police and local residents.
Next meeting. This will be on 3rd March at 7.30pm via Zoom

Gittisham Village Hall News and Upcoming Events

On Saturday 16th January the village hall hosted a Bake-off competition on Zoom – several
villagers competed and followed Pierre Graeber’s masterclass making a Galette des Rois.
The resulting bakes were then posted on WhatsApp, I think Angie Hutchings’s submission was
voted best. There is talk about possibly doing another one might be in the offing watch out for the
next edition.

Valentine’s Day Zoom quiz

Hamish Hall will chair the first Zoom quiz of 2021 on Saturday February 13th at 7.30
It is quiz time again. General knowledge, local knowledge and a splash of silliness. All are very
welcome so please come along. If you have any queries, please contact your quizmaster Hamish
on 01404 850793. Link to the zoom meeting below. Everyone most welcome to join in the fun
from near and far!!
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Meeting ID: 835 9779 8283 Passcode: 878019

Village Hall Film Night

For anyone missing cinema trips, the village hall committee would like to try to bring elements of
the cinema experience to you. Not so much the oversized popcorn tub as the joy of watching (and
then debriefing on) a film with others. On Thursday 18th February, you are invited to join members
of the village and parish in watching Bringing Up Baby with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant
using the BBC iPlayer platform.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078ddk/bringing-up-baby
The communal film watching will begin at 7.15pm. If you would like to chat with others before
and/or after the film, please use the Zoom link below and join from 7pm.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81122748942?pwd=ZXFDVnBhN2dNY3ZlbWc0clRsNzZ3dz09
Meeting ID: 811 2274 8942
Passcode: 750272

Gittisham Community Land Trust (GCLT)

Despite the restrictions and difficulties of the COVID lockdown the work of the GCLT in bringing
forward a small residential development of affordable homes to rent on the site of the former
estate and agricultural buildings adjacent Town Farm, has been progressing with the focus being
on designing a site layout and house design which would reflect a traditional farmyard layout whilst
meeting current building regulations, drainage standards, access requirements together with cost
constraints. The Project Team and GCLT Board are meeting regularly and it is hoped that a
preferred option for the development on the site can be presented for public consultation early in
the spring. Details of how the public consultation will take place are still to be finalised and will be
dictated by COVID restrictions. David Valentine (Chairman, GCLT)

Village Gateway


The Parish Council and more recently the Gittisham Community Land Trust have been concerned
about the speed of traffic entering the village from the Exeter direction. The approach into the
village is down a fairly steep hill. There are no pavements or street lights in the village. There is no
speed limit other than the national speed limit (60 mph) through the village. It is the view of both
the Parish Council and GCLT that there should be investigations regarding the provision of a traffic
management scheme which would seek to slow down the speed of traffic entering (and exiting)
the village. In order that further investigations can take place it is a requirement that we provide
evidence of consultation and community approval for a scheme to come forward. To help in these
difficult COVID times it would be particularly helpful if, as a local resident, you might like to indicate
your support (or objection) for a scheme to be the subject of further investigation by commenting
by email to mailto:davidmvalentine@btinternet.com

David Valentine

Gittisham Parish Emergency Plan

Gittisham Parish Council is one of the few in Devon that has an Emergency Plan anticipating
reaction to severe weather and other events.

The recent cold and wet weather is a timely reminder that such plans need to be reviewed and
updated periodically. The Parish Council is looking for volunteers who would be able to assist in
the case of extreme wet weather (flooding threat), and snow and ice for village, Vale and Hayne
Farm areas.

If you feel able to assist your community on these rare occasions, please forward your name,
address and phone number to mailto:gittishamparishcouncil@gmail.com, including, if relevant, any
background information.


Many thanks

Peter Orchard

Telephone 07956 263260

Gittisham Flower and Produce Show 2021

All being well we will be holding the Gittisham Flower and Produce Show on Saturday August 7th 2021. A full schedule will be published in the Gazette next month, so you can plan what to grow, and the
Potato in a Bucket competition will go ahead, even if the show itself has to be cancel
Sue Fallows

St Michael’s Church, Honiton Mission Community and 200 Club

Like the other members of the Mission Community St. Michael’s Church remains closed for visitors
and services however if you would like to contact our Lay Minister Julia Barrett her details are
within the Mission Community piece below. The churchyard is of course open. We do now have
the 2021 church diaries which only arrived in January owing to the company’s lockdown
restrictions, if you would like one do please let Carol know by telephone 01404 851113. I can post it or you can collect. I’m sorry it is so late, hopefully the 2022 one will be with us well before Christmas.

Honiton Mission Community

The website www.honitoncofe.org is updated regularly and has news about the latest guidelines on
the new covid regulations. The monthly newsletter Around the Parishes is included plus details of
Rev’d Sue’s weekly Zoom Sunday Morning Worship at 10.00am, if you would like to join in this
service do please email Rev’d Sue and she will forward the link mailto:sue41260@gmail.com, there is
also a ‘virtual’ Eucharist at 6.00pm. Julia our Lay Minister also holds a telephone (freephone)
Morning Worship service at 11.00am to receive the details for this please email Julia on
mailto:gshaminister@gmail.com or for those without internet ring her on 07763 111367 or 01404 850680. St. Paul’s is currently closed so the weekly Sunday Eucharist is suspended. The Parish office is
also closed to visitors but can be contacted on 01404 44035 or mailto:honitonteam@tiscali.co.uk and
messages will be replied to when someone is available.

200 Club

March is the time to renew your 200 Club subscriptions (£12 per number per year)
There are some numbers available If you would like to have a number or two do please let me
know, I can email or post an application form. Payment can be made by cheque – payable to
Gittisham PCC, BACS or by standing order – I can email or post this form too. (Carol McCann
01404 851113, 07946 409142, mailto:charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk. Draws are made monthly with
prizes of £40., £20., £15., £10., and £5., with 2 six monthly of £48.


February 200 Club Results:
1st Phylis Broadhurst

2nd Sarah Agg-Manning

3rd Una Wakley-Beddows


4th Jean Bruce-Merrie

5th Ann Stansell

Gazette printing is still not possible with the lockdown situation, as the Parish Office in
Honiton remains closed. If you would like a copy by email please let me have your email details or
if you have no internet it can be posted to you until things get back to order some help with
2nd class postage would be appreciated, Carol McCann 3 School Cottages,
Gittisham, Honiton, EX14 3AH. As an experiment I will try to leave a few copies in the Vale
bus shelter until the whole print run can be delivered by Peter and Ann again.

Editor/Distributor:
Carol McCann 01404 851113 or 07946 409142 mailto:charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk. If you have events
or news items for inclusion in the Gazette do please email it to Carol as early as possible (using
Arial font please) Copy date for March edition is 24th February please. I hope to have the
edition ready to send out on Friday 5th March.

Gittisham Gazette May 2021

A monthly Community Newsletter

Published by St. Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

May 2021 Edition 231

The Environment Matters

Can you join in with “No Mow May” in your garden?  The whole lawn, a patch or just mow some paths.  It will be interesting to see what flowers come up if they are left to grow and how many insects will enjoy them.  The church is considering leaving some of the little used areas in the churchyard for the month and maybe longer.  The play park also has created paths in the orchard area.  It would be good to hear your results with perhaps a photo send to either Carol Hall carol.partdrillers@gmail.com or me Carol McCann charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk  and perhaps in a later edition pictures could appear in the Gazette.  Let us all try to do our bit for the environment and help the insects and birds survive and thrive.  Many thanks.

Scribblings from Shermans by Jack Bartlett

May is here and the chilly evenings have meant the long trousers and coats haven’t been hung up yet. The long dry period of April is soon forgotten, and a bit of rain has soon made the countryside green up. We managed to get all of our maize into the ground before the rain came, this was risky as the ground temperatures and evenings were too cold. But we felt the dry conditions were better for preparing a good seed bed than waiting for the warm weather. The pessimistic side of us said when the weather turns that may be it for a while so we took the opportunity. We also got some of the grass silage into the clamp being caught out in the showers in the last couple fields. 

May bank holiday is often a busy time for farmers but with the showery forecast we managed to pop out and about. Taking the dogs for a walk and some lunch in Simonsbath on Exmoor. What a lovely place and relatively close to home. I fear that Devon and Cornwall is going to become overwhelmed with traffic this summer with people not being able to travel abroad so easily. Great for the south west tourism industry never the less.  Lauren has now got some hens here at Shermans, she’s always liked poultry from a young age but decided a handful wasn’t enough! Therefore we have plenty of eggs for sale! There is a cupboard at Shermans entrance with fresh free range eggs stacked up! Please come and try as we have had some positive feedback so far. Breakfast time now for me… poached eggs today! 

Gittisham Village Hall events

Village Film Night Thursday 20th May
Join at 7pm for a chat before the film, then again afterwards to talk about the film.
Film to be decided on the night – so a surprise!
Join Zoom Meeting
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Spud in a Bucket

If you still haven’t got your potato to grow for the Gittisham Flower and Produce Show it should have been planted in April. You can contact  David or Sue Fallows, Parkers, Gittisham (telephone 01404-850922) – £1 per entry to see if there are any left.  Buckets are emptied and weighed during the show on 7th August.  Entries from all ages very welcome. If you have a bucket and will not be entering the competition, please return it to David and Sue for recycling to another entrant.  If you have lost your bucket, please contact David and Sue.

People in the News

A warm Gittisham welcome to the Whitton Family  who will be moving into Winsor Cottage when their proposed renovations are completed.  We wish them a happy time and look forward to meeting them at some of our village events. Congratulations to James Trevett and partner Frankie on the birth of their baby daughter Willow, mother and baby both doing well.

A New Home Needed

I have a pale grey desk, 158cm x 80cm x 74cm high with 2 drawers.  If anyone is interested, please contact Angie on telephone 01404 45101.

Combe Garden Centre

Plenty of bedding plants now ready both annual and perennial offers on various composts.  All your gardening implements, plant feeds, weed killers etc. plus seeds – both vegetable and flower.  The Kitchen is now open again, still outside only and serving between 10.00 and 3.30, the new garden area is well on the way to being finished.  The gift shop, Velvet and Parade, also has some lovely items and worth a visit when looking for that special present or finding things for the home.  Garden Centre and Gift Shop both open 9.00 – 5.00 Monday – Saturday and 10.00 – 4.00 Sunday.

Combe Farm Shop

There are lots of new and exciting things happening at the Farm Shop this spring.  With the easing of restrictions, we are happy to announce you can now enjoy your takeaway outside at one of our picnic tables, to coincide with this we have released a few new menu items, including wraps, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and smoothies, to go along with our existing offering of coffees, teas and pastries.   Food served from 10.00 – 2.00, ,  drinks and cakes 9.00 – 3.00 Tuesday – Sunday. Takeaway Sunday 10.00 – 1.00

We have 2 new vending machines outside the shop provided by Hollis Mead Organic Dairy.  One has a selection of items including double cream, kefir, butter and milk bottles.  The other is an organic semi skimmed milk dispenser. The vending machines are 24hr access and payment is contactless.  They are frequently monitored so fresh organic milk is always available. 

We have lots of meat boxes available, including new BBQ boxes just in time for the summer.  We also have a wide selection of new items on the butchery counter, including our house made marinated BBQ meats and ready to cook meals.   As always our bakery is producing bread daily, and we are always happy to accept repeat orders, custom requests or just set a loaf aside for you to collect when convenient.   We are still able to offer delivery or click and collect if you are unable to come out to the shop yourself, if you need more details on this please feel free to contact us directly.  We hope to see you soon!           

Joanna and the Team        

Telephone 01404 519093

Your suggestions and ideas needed for the Gittisham play area

Gittisham Parish Council needs your ideas, please. We have money to spend on “Sports Pitches” to go alongside a new Boules Court in the village playground. What would you like? Please send your suggestions to the Clerk gittishamparishcouncil@gmail.com before the end of May.

Parish Council May report

Six councillors met for the May meeting. Susie Bond (EDDC) and three members of the public were also present.
Chair. Carol Hall was elected as chair for 2021-22.

EDDC / DCC Report.    Susie Bond explained that as part of the Local Plan review, meetings of the Strategic Planning Committee have been scheduled for each month with the intention to have a draft plan put before the committee at their December meeting.

Finance.  Members agreed the finances.

Crimes.  March 2021, 2 x violence and sexual offences.

Councillor vacancy (Vale ward)    The clerk said the vacancy remains unfilled, and encouraged anyone interested in joining the parish council should contact gittishamparishcouncil@gmail.com

Planning applications.
a) Pomeroy House Gittisham – Outdoor pool with plant in existing outbuilding and re-grading / landscaping works within the walled garden; localised repairs and reinstatement of section of collapsed garden boundary wall. Members had no objections to a). 

Play area.     Members agreed to replace the current toddler swing seats and chains. Carol Hall explained that if the parish council wished to include additional items funded by S106 to the boules pitch, it would be easy to carry out a further consultation.  Once GPC has agreed any additions to the project, EDDC will include it with the allocation for funding.

Climate change.    Carol Hall encouraged people to use the World Wildlife Fund’s carbon footprint calculator https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#    This is not so much about comparing our scores, she said, but more about “how can I change my own score” and understanding how our personal choices affect our carbon footprint.  She reminded members that a parishioner volunteers at the Ottery Food larder, and if there is excess bread on Saturdays she brings it to the village bus shelter for sharing.

Fly-tipping.     The Chair said she encouraged any parishioners noticing fly tipping to report it using the EDDC app.

Vale bus shelter.   Peter Orchard said although a sign had been put up asking people not to deposit more than the basket on the bench can hold, there have since been two significant deposits of books and DVDs.  He said these and any future large deposits would be removed.

Highways.     Peter Orchard said approximately 10 reflective posts had been installed on Hayne Lane south of the railway bridge to discourage drivers mounting the soft verges.

Road closures / diversions.     The road through Alfington will have temporary signals on Thursday 13 May, while Jurassic Fibre conduct works.

Public access.   Members discussed disappointment among some parishioners over increasing restrictions on exercising dogs off the lead.  It was agreed that access to private land was not a matter for the parish council.

Scam awareness.     Janet Twist said there is a presentation on how to spot scams on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyc3ITOxvsY presented by the new SW Fraud Protect adviser.

Next meeting.  This will be on 10th June at 7.30pm in the village hall with Covid-secure measures in place.

St Michael’s Church, Honiton Mission Community and 200 Club

St. Michael’s Gittisham

It was lovely to have our 1st monthly Eucharist in church on 11th April, the next is 9th May then 13th June, and hopefully the 2nd Sunday each month thereafter, and if possible, vicar permitting there may be more each month, all at 11.00am and with numbers restricted you need to book your place with Carol 851113, obviously social distancing and masks to be worn. Currently we are still not permitted to sing in the church, I do hope this might change after the June restrictions are lifted.  Julia is working on plans for the other Sundays and her telephone services will continue when not in church, to receive the details for this please email Julia on gshaminister@gmail.com or for those without internet ring her on 07763 111367 or 01404 850680.

Honiton Mission Community

The website www.honitoncofe.org is updated regularly and has news about the latest guidelines on the Covid regulations. There is also a link to the Gittisham website.  The monthly newsletter Around the Parishes is included plus details of Rev’d Sue’s weekly Zoom Sunday Morning Worship at 10.00am. If you would like to join in this service do please email Rev’d Sue and she will forward the link  sue41260@gmail.com . There is also a ‘virtual’ Eucharist at 6.00pm. St. Paul’s is now offering a Said Eucharist on Sunday at 11.00am each week, places are needing to be booked with prior notice through the Parish office on 01404 44035 or office@honitoncofe.org and messages will be replied to when someone is available. Mollie the Church administrator is there on Tuesdays.  

200 Club

If you haven’t renewed your 200 Club subscriptions (£12 per number per year) please do so as soon as possible.  If I haven’t heard from you by the end of May, I will assume you no longer wish to be a member. Payment can be made by cheque – payable to Gittisham PCC, BACS or by standing order – I can email or post this form too. (Carol McCann 01404 851113, 07946 409142, charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk.  Draws are made monthly with prizes of £40., £20., £15., £10., and £5., with 2 six monthly (September and March) of £48.

May 2021 200 Club results                            

1st  Michael Neve                      2nd Nicky Wakley               3rd   Valerie  Clifford                 
4th  Sandra Moss                      5th   Bob Williams             

Gazette printing is still not possible with the ongoing restrictions, as the Parish Office in Honiton remains closed. The Gazette is also available on the Gittisham website. If you would like a copy by email please let me have your email details or if you have no internet it can be posted to you until things get back to order.  Some help with 2nd class postage would be appreciated, Carol McCann 3 School Cottages, Gittisham, Honiton, EX14 3H. 01404 851113 I will leave a few copies in the Vale bus shelter and Hayne Farm Estate Sales Office again until such time the whole print run can be delivered by Peter and Ann again.

Editor/Distributor: 
Carol McCann  01404 851113/07946409142     charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk. If you have events or news items for inclusion in the Gazette do please email it to Carol as early as possible (using Arial font please)  Copy date for June edition is the 24th  May please.  I hope to have the edition ready to send out on Friday 4th June.

Gittisham Community Land Trust

Recent activity by the Project Team has focused on footprint design. A number of options have been assessed and debated within the team. The Zoom channel has been pretty busy! There was an initial brief provided for the architect which, in short, required the architect to come forward with a proposal which respected the sensitivity of the location and the setting of the site in relation to the village and the form of development within the village.

Alongside the work of the Project Team discussions have continued with EDDC and it has been encouraging to have received support for the GCLT proposals from the Housing department and recent communication with the Planning department has also been positive. Work has now been extended to looking at design, construction and surface materials.

The village has a wide range of traditional materials and elements taken from this palette of materials are being considered for the onsite designs. Please don’t expect ‘Grand Designs’ and remember that building costs have to be controlled in order that rentals are truly at an affordable level. The full application submission will include the designs for the 3 estate plots (Combe are employing the same architects) so we will have a comprehensive picture of how the development will look.

We have now reached a stage where the details of a preferred site layout can be released. Please take a little time to have a look at the proposed site layout which is attached to this Newsletter.

This is the first stage of a public consultation process which will culminate in a public exhibition of the proposals including building design and site treatments, which will be placed on display in the Village Hall on Friday 11th June from 3.00pm to 8.00pm.

We would like to have your comments on the details of this proposed development and would encourage everyone to come and take at look at what is being proposed. It is hoped that representatives from the architects, the Housing Association, EDDC Housing and our own CLT will be on hand to answer questions and explain how the design has evolved.

Opportunity to make comments will be available at the public exhibition or can be sent to email:davidmvalentine@btinternet.com

David Valentine

Chairman Gittisham CLT

Gittisham Gazette June 2021

A monthly Community Newsletter
Published by St. Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

June 2021 Edition 232

No Mow May

Several villagers joined in with “No Mow May” including parts of  the churchyard, some of which will be left for a slightly longer period.  The play park also has created paths in the orchard area.  Let us all keep trying to help the environment and give the small mammals, insects and birds a chance to thrive. I have a variety of lovely birds in my garden which is rather like a floral jungle.

Gittisham Village Hall events

The BBQ organised by the Village Hall committee has been postponed, due to Covid restrictions on gatherings.  A new date will be issued in due course.

People in the News

Congratulations to Edward Fuller who won a prestigious rowing cup at Eton Dornay last weekend beating competitors from all over the U.K. by 12 seconds and several lengths.  This weekend he is rowing in a quad with brother Tom at the same venue.  It is lovely that regattas have started up again, I expect the boys will be very busy this summer and Helen will be doing a lot of driving.  We wish Ed and Tom every success and lots more trophies.

Music for a Summer Night at Coryhill, Combe Raleigh

Music by University of Exeter Chapel Choir and friends, Saturday 24th July 2021.    Bring a picnic, rugs, chairs and wine.  Free parking, raffle and hot drinks on sale.  Gates open 5.30pm, Concert at 6.30pm

Box Office: 01392285983  or  01404 46452  online booking www.exeter-cathedral.eventbrite.com
Advance tickets £12.50  or £15.00 after 20th July   –   Tickets only refundable if government policy changes.

Proceeds will support the Exeter Cathedral Music Foundation Trust.  Kindly supported by Canonteign Falls.    Exeter Cathedral Music Foundation Trust is a registered charity no. 297365

Other events

Buckerell fete has been postponed and will now be held on Saturday 4th September at Splathayes. 

Combe Raleigh is holding an Open Garden Weekend over the weekend of 17th and 18th July.

St Paul’s has started outdoor take-away coffee and biscuits on a Tuesday, free of charge but donations are welcomed for Vaccinaid.

Gittisham Community Land Trust

Affordable rented housing to meet a local need

The project has been 11 years in the making. It began with the identification of the housing need by the local community, through the parish plan back in 2010. From these beginnings, the Community Land Trust has now emerged.

An initial CLT steering group began by identifying the housing need within the parish/village of Gittisham. They held several events in 2016, the outcome of which identified a need for 6 affordable houses for the community. The survey helped crystallise the view that affordable housing was needed to serve the village. The GCLT was formally registered as a Community Benefit Society in October 2018.

The GCLT then undertook a site selection process and evaluated four possible sites in the village. The preferred site was identified as the former farm buildings serving Town Farm on Exeter Hill and was subsequently endorsed by the community at a public meeting. In planning policy terms, there is no clear village boundary. The site sits outside the conservation area but it is washed over by the AONB. It is considered a rural exception site due to the local, affordable housing that it would provide for the community. This is supported in the EDDC local plan strategy 27 and through the recently adopted Affordable Housing, Supplementary Planning Document. The site also benefits from a previous planning permission granted in 1999 for offices and storage buildings. Whilst the currently proposed use for the site is very different to the historic approval, many of the same issues of access and landscape impact remain the same.

Discussions with EDDC Housing resulted in a mix of units, 4 x 2 bed and 2 x 3 bed, being agreed to provide the best balance of accommodation for the need identified. Throughout the project, the land owners, the Combe Estate have been entirely supportive of this community project. They have provided the site and will benefit by the provision of 3 serviced plots for estate usage. They have signed a heads of terms agreement for a conditional land purchase with the CLT. They have also asked the community to lead the project as much as is possible and the architects appointed by the CLT are also acting for the estate. This has all helped derive a scheme that has been directed entirely by the needs of the CLT.

The architect’s (ECA) have been given a clearly defined brief and a ‘clean’ site. Following numerous meetings on Zoom the project has evolved into a unique scheme that picks up on aspects of the village in terms of layout, materials, setting and scale.

We are now at a stage where we can present a preferred scheme through a public consultation with the community. The details of the preferred scheme will be on display for public viewing and comment in the Village Hall on Friday 11th June 2021 from 3.00pm to 8.00pm. Representatives from the architects, the GCLT, Combe Estate, and our Housing Association partner, will be on hand to answer questions and receive comments. On behalf of the GCLT I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

David Valentine

Chairman, GCLT

St Michael’s Church, Honiton Mission Community and 200 Club

St. Michael’s Gittisham
Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held on the 20th May by Zoom, Both Angie and I remain as wardens, Ian continues as treasurer and the PCC remains as in 2020.  We have now had two monthly Eucharistic services in church the next one is on Sunday 13th June at 11.00am and thereafter on the 2nd Sunday each month, numbers are still restricted so  you need to book your place with Carol 851113, obviously social distancing and masks to be worn. Currently we are still not permitted to sing in the church, unless June 21st makes changes.  On the 30th May we were able to hold a lay-led ‘Café’ style church on the green with croissants made by Pierre, rockcakes by Angie and a choice of hot drinks. 20 parishioners attended the refreshments with 3 leaving before the short service, it was lovely to be able to sing the hymns led by Sarah Agg-Manning.  It is hoped, weather permitting to have more outdoor services  in varying styles to  receive the details for these please email Julia on gshaminister@gmail.com or for those without internet ring her on 07763111367 or 01404850680.

Honiton Mission Community

The website www.honitoncofe.org is updated regularly and has news about the latest guidelines on the Covid regulations.  There is also a link to the Gittisham website.  The monthly newsletter Around the Parishes is included plus details of Rev’d Sue’s weekly Zoom Sunday Morning Worship at 10.00am.  If you would like to join in this service do please email Rev’d Sue and she will forward the link  sue41260@gmail.com, there is also a ‘virtual’ Eucharist at 6.00pm. St. Paul’s is now offering a Said Eucharist on Sunday at 11.00am each week, places need to be booked through the Parish office on 01404 44035 or office@honitoncofe.org and messages will be replied to when someone is available. Mollie the Church administrator is there on Tuesdays.  


200 Club

Those who didn’t renew your 200 Club subscriptions by the end of May and I haven’t heard from you, I am releasing your number/s as I  assume you no longer wish to be a member.   If anyone is interested in joining the church 200 club you can contact me – details below and I will send an application form.. Payment can be made by cheque – payable to Gittisham PCC, BACS or by standing order – I can email or post this form too. (Carol McCann 01404 851113, 07946409142, charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk.  Draws are made monthly with prizes of £40., £20., £15., £10., and £5., with 2 six monthly (September and March) of £48.

June 2021 200 Club Results

1st  Alice Hayman                      2nd  Sue Fallows               3rd   Diane Janes                 
4th  Ian Warne                           5th   Helen Hayman              

Gazette printing is still not possible with the ongoing restrictions, as the Parish Office in Honiton remains closed. The Gazette is also available on the Gittisham website  Gittisham.org.uk.  If you would like a copy by email please let me have your email details or if you have no internet it can be posted to you until things get back to order some help with 2nd class postage would be appreciated, Carol McCann 3 School Cottages, Gittisham, Honiton, EX14 3AH. 01404 851113 I will leave a few copies in the Vale bus shelter and Hayne Farm Estate Sales Office again until such time the whole print run can be delivered by Peter and Ann again.

Editor/Distributor: 
Carol McCann  01404 851113/07946409142     charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk. If you have events or news items for inclusion in the Gazette do please email it to Carol as early as possible (using Arial font please)  Copy date for July edition is the 28th June please.  I hope to have the edition ready to send out on Friday 9th July as the Parish Council do not meet until the 7th.

Parish Council meeting minutes 10 June 2021

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting

Held on 10th June 2021

in Gittisham Village Hall

and via Zoom

Present: Gittisham Village Ward

Carol Hall (Chair)

David Valentine

Alex Rowe

Gittisham Vale Ward

Janet Twist

Peter Orchard

In attendance: Phil Twiss (DCC), Fiona Clampin (clerk)

Apologies: Cllr M Walker, PCSO Darren England

19/21     To accept and approve apologies

Apologies were received and accepted. 

20/21     To confirm the minutes of the meeting held 5th May 2021

The minutes of the meeting held on 5th May 2021 were confirmed and signed by the Chair. 

21/21     To receive the Beat Manager’s Report

No crimes were reported in April 2021.

22/21     To receive declarations of interest

None.

23/21     To consider actions from the last meeting not otherwise on the agenda

The clerk said she and Cllr Rowe had worked further on the parish council section of the Gittisham website, and the clerk had asked Websites Ahoy to confirm that it now meets accessibility standards.   Parish council document from 2017/18 onwards, the parish plan and the emergency plan should now be fully accessible.

Cllr Orchard said he had cleared out the Vale bus shelter, but people were still depositing unwanted books in there.

The clerk said she had purchased and installed Office 2019 on the parish council’s laptop.

The clerk outlined the correspondence with Kompan regarding the replacement swing seats and chains for the toddler swings.  She will send frame measurements to the company, in the hope that they can confirm whether their seats and chain will correspond.

The clerk reported that Baker Estates had not yet responded regarding the dog poo bins.   

ACTION: Clerk to upload accessibility statement, dependent on response from Websites Ahoy.

Clerk to provide Kompan with swing frame measurements, and order replacement seats and chains if suitable. 

24/21     To receive reports from County Council and District Council representatives

Members heard that Cllr Bond had stood down as district councillor, and a replacement was anticipated.  The Chair said she had received an email from Cllr Bond saying what a privilege it had been to serve Gittisham parish.  Councillors agreed how supportive Cllr Bond had been over the years, and expressed their gratitude. 

Cllr Twiss said that after a very different Devon County Council election held in sometimes difficult and unprecedented circumstances, he was delighted to have been returned for a second term of office as the Division member for Feniton & Honiton.  Like you, said Cllr Twiss, he would be working and acting in the best interests of everyone in the division as well as the county in a wider sense.

He explained that his responsibilities had changed at DCC, moving away from a previous focus on healthcare across Devon, which he would miss enormously despite the massive challenges of the previous 16 months, to a more senior role on the council as the Portfolio Holder for finance.  Cllr Twiss assured members this does not change at all his commitment to increased local delivery of healthcare services in Feniton & Honiton division as we emerge step by step from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highways

The number one ‘postbag’ item for Cllr Twiss is that of Highway issues, he said, whether that is potholes, drainage, footways, reducing speed limits, parking enforcement and many other related items. It is certainly a good idea and to save time to report any issue direct to DCC on the ‘Report a problem’ web site for items such as potholes (the definition of what constitutes one is shown) to defective road markings, fallen trees etc. He emphasized that actions reported on this site are undertaken on a risk to life, safety first policy so may not be dealt with immediately if sufficient resources are not available. The link to the site is https://www.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/report-a-problem/   

DCC has a ‘framework’ of contractors to undertake the various roles that maintain our highways and byways, with a main one for the bulk of works and arrange of others for specific roles. A new main contractor M Group (you may know them in another iteration as utility services group Morrison’s) has been appointed to take over from Skanska, where clearly more working efficiencies will be sought within the contract based on what is called the DCC  ‘Doing What Matters’ policy. 

Climate Emergency

Cllr Twiss explained that Devon County Council is committing significant human and financial resources to addressing climate change issues, with carbon reductions a major part of that, with DCC leading by example working with partners for all sectors and areas of life in Devon and beyond.

It is without doubt one of the biggest challenges that DCC has ever had to address and covers massive range of areas nationally, regionally and locally in order to influence change. You can read more at the specialist climate emergency web site https://www.devonclimateemergency.org.uk/   

Cllr Twiss urged everyone to ‘buy in’ to this agenda and from a very local perspective, he was delighted that our local community transport provider TRIP have invested in a no emissions electric mini bus to show us the way forward, operating from their base in Honiton serving our area and beyond!

Health

The Integrated Care System for Devon (ICS) is being rolled out currently and aims to provide a one stop shop from primary care to acute care under one commissioning (funding) umbrella, with the sole purpose of improving how healthcare is delivered in Devon.  To coin a phrase, said Cllr Twiss, this really is a ‘game changer’ with an emphasis on keeping people, fitter, healthier and longer, putting less pressure on to the whole healthcare system.  You can find further details on this by clicking https://www.icsdevon.co.uk/   or emailing phil.twiss@devon.gov.uk where he can point people in the right direction if an immediate answer is not possible.

Broadband

Cllr Twiss explained that the Jurassic Fibre CEO had assured him the network build would be happening in Gittisham.  He added that he had also met Connecting Devon & Somerset senior managers to understand the alternatives, including Airband which is proposing to bring high speed broadband to the parish.

Emergency gate, Old Elm Road

Cllr Twiss said a resident had pointed out that mobility scooters could not pass through the bollards between the end of Old Elm Road and Hayne Lane.  A long diversion was required via the Heathpark Industrial Estate.  Cllr Twiss said he had taken up the issue with Mike Brown at DCC Highways.

Cllr Twist asked about electric vehicle charging points, and Cllr Twiss replied that while there was no detail as yet, DCC would be looking at this area as part of its green agenda.  He added that DCC aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Cllr Twiss left the meeting.

ACTION: Chair to reply to Cllr Bond.

25/21     To consider the following planning applications:

  • a)            21/0945/LBC Pomeroy House Gittisham EX14 3AJ Localised repairs and reinstatement of section of collapsed garden boundary wall.
  • b)            21/1354/VAR Coign Cottage Gittisham EX14 3AB Variation of condition No. 2 (Approved plans) and condition No. 3 (Materials) of planning permission ref: 20/0584/FUL to allow for a change of materials used and alterations to the proposed plans
  • c)             21/1295/FUL 1 Hamlet Cottages Weston EX14 3PB Demolition of existing workshop to be replaced with a new self-build dwelling
  • d)            21/1420/VAR Unit 5 Weston Park Devonshire Road Heathpark Industrial Estate Honiton EX14 1ST Variation of condition 1 (extension to opening hours) of 19/2150/VAR
  • e)             21/1350/FUL Land West of Devonshire Road Heathpark Industrial Estate Honiton Construction of two storey offices (Unit D) for Use Class E (g) (i), alterations to car park layout, and internal access. Installation of covered bike store to front
  • f)             21/1165/FUL Bakery Cottage Gittisham EX14 3AF Single storey rear extension and internal alterations. Creation of courtyard and parking bay with EV charging point and erection of maximum 1.8m wall/fence. Alteration of workshop/store to form garden room.
  • g)            21/1166/LBC Bakery Cottage Gittisham EX14 3AF Single storey rear extension and internal alterations. Creation of courtyard and parking bay with EV charging point and erection of maximum 1.8m wall/fence. Alteration of workshop/store to form garden room

Members had no objections to a). 

Regarding b), members had no objection in principle to this application, but would like to raise a slight concern regarding the use of non-traditional materials to this part of Devon.

Members resolved to object to c) on the grounds outlined previously, ie granting permission would establish a new residential unit in the countryside without agricultural need being sought, and it will act as a precedent for other opportunities in the future which would be detrimental to the overall policy-making of EDDC. Parish councillors also raised concern about the proposed materials in terms of the roofing.

Regarding d), parish councillors objected to this application on the grounds of adverse impact on a residential amenity.  There were concerns over noise at night and proximity to homes, caused by music, traffic and people.

Parish councillors had no objection in principle to e), but would like to raise concerns that surface water must not be allowed to drain into the existing water course.

Regarding f) and g), there was concern among parish councillors that there is an absence of a flood risk assessment linked to this application. As a parish council they therefore wish to understand how that matter is going to be addressed and would like to make further comment once that information is received.  The property is in flood zone 3, and therefore a flood risk assessment including floor levels is required.

26/21     To receive reports from councillors on areas of responsibility and actions since the last meeting:

  1. To note the latest planning decision notices

None.

  • To receive an update on Highways

Cllr Orchard said there had been some flooding during recent heavy rain.

Forthcoming road closures in Gittisham Parish: Road from Chineway Head to Hare and Hounds closed 14–25 June for South West Water works; Alfington Road closed for Jurassic Fibre 29/30 July.

  • To consider plans for expenditure in the parish under the Community Infrastructure Levy & S106

The Chair presented the results of the public consultation on ‘sports pitch’ funding, which forms the basis of decisions made on new amenities for sport and physical activity in the parish.  The results are as follows:

Thirteen‌ ‌people‌ ‌replied‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌request‌ ‌for‌ ‌parishioner’s‌ ‌ideas‌ ‌on‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌spend‌ ‌S106‌ ‌sports‌ ‌pitch‌ ‌funding‌ ‌available‌ ‌to‌ ‌GPC‌ ‌in‌ ‌Summer‌ ‌2021.‌ ‌This‌ ‌was‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌in‌ ‌addition‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌already‌ ‌suggested‌ ‌and‌ ‌agreed‌ ‌Boules‌ ‌Court.‌ ‌

Suggestion Number of suggestions GPC comments

Outdoor‌ ‌table‌ ‌

tennis‌ ‌

5‌ ‌

This‌ ‌could‌ ‌be‌ ‌added‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌new‌ ‌boules‌ ‌court‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌time‌ ‌as‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌being‌ ‌built.‌ ‌A‌ ‌very‌ ‌popular‌ ‌choice‌ ‌and‌ ‌one‌ ‌that‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌discussed‌ ‌for‌ ‌years.‌ ‌Can‌ ‌be‌ ‌installed‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌time‌ ‌and‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌area‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌new‌ ‌boules‌ ‌court.‌ ‌ ‌

Tennis‌ ‌court‌ ‌

3‌ ‌

The‌ ‌village‌ ‌playground‌ ‌doesn’t‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌big‌ ‌enough‌ ‌flat‌ ‌area‌ ‌for‌ ‌this.‌ ‌If‌ ‌the‌ ‌large‌ ‌grass‌ ‌area‌ ‌was‌ ‌turned‌ ‌into‌ ‌a‌ ‌tennis‌ ‌court‌ ‌then‌ ‌that‌ ‌would‌ ‌take‌ ‌away‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌amenity,‌ ‌grassed‌ ‌area‌ ‌for‌ ‌ball‌ ‌games,‌ ‌picnics,‌ ‌etc.‌ ‌ ‌

Benches‌ ‌and‌ ‌

blackboard‌ ‌

1‌ ‌

The PC considered a village-led project with donated materials, but will not progress as a previous, similar facility was unused and fell apart.

Skittle‌ ‌alley‌ ‌

1‌ ‌

This‌ ‌could‌ ‌be‌ ‌added‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌side‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌boules‌ ‌court.‌ ‌A‌ ‌concrete‌ ‌slab‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌run‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌return‌ ‌of‌ ‌balls.‌ ‌There‌ ‌used‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌facility‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌village‌ ‌hall‌ ‌and‌ ‌it‌ ‌was‌ ‌well‌ ‌used.‌ ‌Would‌ ‌be‌ ‌nice‌ ‌to‌ ‌see‌ ‌this‌ ‌again.‌ ‌ ‌

Grid‌ ‌for‌ ‌hopscotch‌ ‌

1‌ ‌

Perhaps‌ ‌the‌ ‌grid‌ ‌could‌ ‌be‌ ‌added‌ ‌/‌ ‌painted‌ ‌on‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌skittle‌ ‌alley‌ ‌above.‌ ‌ ‌

Pergola‌ ‌or‌ ‌shelter‌ ‌

1‌ ‌

Not‌ ‌suitable‌ ‌for‌ ‌this‌ ‌allocation‌ ‌of‌ ‌funding‌ ‌but‌ ‌perhaps‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌Covid‌ ‌funding‌ ‌or‌ ‌DCC‌ ‌locality‌ ‌project‌ ‌funding‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ ‌a‌ ‌shelter.‌ ‌Particularly‌ ‌useful‌ ‌to‌ ‌encourage‌ ‌outdoor‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌during‌ ‌Covid.‌ ‌

Mini‌ ‌astro‌ ‌turf‌ ‌

pitch‌ ‌for‌ ‌football‌ ‌

1‌ ‌

See‌ ‌reasons‌ ‌for‌ ‌not‌ ‌having‌ ‌a‌ ‌tennis‌ ‌court,‌ ‌above.‌ ‌Not‌ ‌enough‌ ‌space.‌ ‌Reduction‌ ‌of‌ ‌existing‌ ‌grass‌ ‌amenity‌ ‌area.‌ ‌

Adult‌ ‌exercise‌ ‌

equipment,‌ ‌eg‌ ‌

exercise‌ ‌bike‌ ‌

4‌ ‌

PC will investigate potential equipment and sites in the village playground and in the Vale near the boulders.

Basketball‌ ‌hoop‌ ‌ ‌

1‌ ‌

The PC considered providing a hoop on the skittle alley, but felt the intrusive noise and proximity to homes would be unsuitable.  Therefore no further progress.

Climbing‌ ‌structure‌ ‌

2‌ ‌

Not‌ ‌suitable‌ ‌for‌ ‌this‌ ‌allocation‌ ‌of‌ ‌funding‌ ‌–‌ ‌check‌ ‌this‌ ‌though.‌ ‌ Also,‌ ‌we‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌small‌ ‌climbing‌ ‌wall‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌slide‌ ‌tower.‌ ‌An‌ ‌actual‌ ‌climbing‌ ‌wall‌ ‌or‌ ‌bouldering‌ ‌wall‌ ‌might‌ ‌be‌ ‌too‌ ‌intrusive‌ ‌because‌ ‌of‌ ‌its‌ ‌height.‌ ‌

Zip‌ ‌wire‌ ‌

1‌ ‌

Not‌ ‌suitable‌ ‌for‌ ‌this‌ ‌allocation‌ ‌of‌ ‌funding.‌ ‌ ‌

Badminton‌ ‌Court‌ ‌

1‌ ‌

Removable net considered, but would not be robust enough to withstand misuse.

 ‌

Members discussed various scenarios:‌ ‌

1.Go‌ ‌ahead‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌project‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ ‌a‌ ‌boules‌ ‌court,‌ ‌skittles‌ ‌alley, ‌and‌ ‌

hopscotch.‌ ‌ ‌

a.Draw‌ ‌up‌ ‌plans,‌ ‌b.‌ ‌Get‌ ‌quotes,‌ ‌c.‌ ‌Aim‌ ‌to‌ ‌build‌ ‌in‌ ‌summer‌ ‌2021‌ ‌

NB‌ ‌there‌ ‌are‌ ‌skittles‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌hall‌ ‌which‌ ‌could‌ ‌be‌ ‌kept‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌locked‌ ‌box,‌ ‌or‌ ‌provide‌ ‌a‌ ‌new‌ ‌set‌ ‌for‌ ‌

this‌ ‌project.‌ ‌

2.Investigate‌ ‌funding‌ ‌sources‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌pergola‌ ‌or‌ ‌shelter.‌ ‌Consider‌ ‌Covid‌ ‌funding‌ ‌and‌ ‌DCC‌ ‌locality‌ ‌budget.‌ ‌If‌ ‌successful,‌ ‌get‌ ‌3‌ ‌quotes‌ ‌and‌ ‌install‌ ‌asap‌ ‌to‌ ‌encourage‌ ‌outdoor‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌summer‌ ‌for‌ ‌Covid‌ ‌safety.‌ ‌Summer‌ ‌2021‌ ‌

3.Investigate‌ ‌adult‌ ‌exercise‌ ‌bike‌ ‌costs‌ ‌and‌ ‌funding‌ ‌sources‌ ‌for‌ ‌this.‌ ‌Deadline‌ ‌Winter‌ ‌2021.‌ ‌

4.The‌ ‌following‌ ‌suggestions‌ ‌will‌ ‌not‌ ‌be‌ ‌progressed‌ ‌as‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌unsuitable‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌village‌ ‌play‌ ‌

area‌ ‌(too‌ ‌big):‌ ‌tennis‌ ‌court,‌ ‌badminton‌ ‌court‌ , ‌climbing‌ ‌structure,‌ ‌zip‌ ‌wire,‌ ‌mini‌ ‌astro‌ ‌turf‌ ‌pitch.‌ 

Members resolved to go ahead with the resurfaced boules pitch, hopscotch and skittle alley, table tennis facility, subject to cost and quotes.  Cllr Orchard will discuss with EDDC to understand how this is paid for.  Cllr Valentine said that the parish council should be cautious when investigating a shelter or pergola, as a structure over a certain size will require planning permission.  He asked if the PC would consider purchasing a secure storage area for any equipment associated with any eventual sports facility.

Councillors discussed the purchase of a badminton net, but it was felt they were not particularly robust.  There was concern over the potential maintenance cost of an adult exercise bike, and whether it would be better placed in Gittisham Vale.  It was agreed to defer discussion to a later date.

ACTION: Cllr Orchard to obtain quotes for boules pitch, hopscotch and skittle alley, table tennis facility from suppliers.  Chair to investigate cost of pergola or shelter and any relevant funding opportunities. 

To receive an update on public transport

Cllr Orchard said there was no update on this.

To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the Hayne Farm development

Cllr Twist said she attended a meeting on 25th May with Toby Curtis (Surveyor, Baker Estates), Robin Palmer (Site Manager, Baker Estates), and Tina Sauvage (Community Heart Beat Trust). The meeting was organised following Adam Clarke’s email, (previously circulated) confirming the electricity supply for the defibrillator cabinet, and that it would not be sited on the block of apartments as originally suggested.

The defibrillator would be sited on posts on communal ground about 20 yards away from the block. The fixture and the site is not a problem, but there now is an additional cost of channelling the cable. Toby Curtis wants to try again with Sovereign Housing on the siting of the defibrillator, otherwise we will have to see if Baker Estates will want to bear the extra cost.  November is seen as the goal date for going live, so Cllr Twist said she would contact CHB for lead times and costs.

To consider climate change measures within the parish

Cllr Twist said she had not received any further information regarding the EV charging point.

Cllr Rowe reported that he was waiting for a response from DCC about verge cutting in the Vale.  He said he was also awaiting a reply from EDDC about the land at the end of Old Elm Road and whether parts of that can be allowed to be left to nature. The ones he had seeded personally will be in flower over the next few weeks, and he said hopefully there will be a good display.  He added that EDDC’s Countryside Team would be carrying out a site visit in the near future to assess.

To consider parish council support for scam awareness and security

Cllr Twist outlined the latest scams:

Phishing remains the most successful of the cyber scams. As of 30 April 2021 more than 5.8 million e-mails were reported to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service set up last April.  The most common was the TV Licence scam with reported losses totalling £5.3 million.  Report suspicious emails to phishing@gov.uk and suspicious text messages forward to 7726.

Mimicking Fraud Department Telephone Numbers: scammers are somehow mimicking the telephone numbers of bank fraud departments, examples are, Barclays, First Direct, Lloyds.  Please avoid using the number printed on the back of your card, go into branch or use another number.

Post vaccine survey scams: either phone, text or email promising cash or a prize, and asking for card details.

To consider limited residential development in the parish

Cllr Valentine said the public exhibition/consultation, displaying details of the development, will be taking place in the village hall tomorrow (11th June) with viewing available between 3.00pm and 8.00pm.

Representatives from the architects, South Devon Rural Housing Association (the CLT’s development partner), the Combe Estate, the GCLT and its advisors will be available to answer questions and receive comments. The scheme will then be reviewed in the light of any comments received and amended if appropriate. It is hoped that the planning application will be submitted to EDDC at the end of June or early July.

To consider the parish emergency plan

Cllr Orchard reported that the revised plan had been published on the Gittisham website. Review due May 2022.  He said that a briefing to bring all flood marshalls up to date would be required.

ACTION: Chair to arrange meeting with emergency plan councillors and named flood marshalls.

To consider the refurbishment and maintenance of the village play area

Cllr Walker sent a report in her absence:

With the improving weather, she noted that the playground is now getting much busier.  All seems to be in good working order and the wild area provides an attractive seating area for parents, carers, grandparents etc.  She has made a mental note to fill the hand sanitiser today.  She will also empty the bin, which she knows is being used.  Thankfully, there have been very few sweet wrappers etc. needing to be picked up around the play equipment.  Cllr Walker added that the lengthsman had completed the tasks outstanding from the annual safety inspection.

To consider work to be carried out by the lengthsman to maintain ditches and drains in the parish

Cllr Walker said the lengthsman would keep an eye on all the work needing to be carried out as we go through the year. If any councillors has noted something needing to be done, please let Cllr Walker know and she will pass details on to him.

27/21     To receive a report from the Chair

Members approved the Chair’s application to the Woodland Trust for a grant for hedge plants, which will be installed along the wall between the field and the bottom play area.

The Chair explained that DCC had clarified the Rights of Way on Westgate Hill, and there is no vehicle access link across the top.  Therefore the illegal activity from off-roaders is on private land, and Combe Estate as the landowner is responsible for installing measures such as barriers, in consultation with DCC.  There has been no progress on the Ramblers’ appeal regarding a proposed footpath from Hayne Farm to Goldcombe, due to Covid.

ACTION: Chair to apply for Woodland Trust grant.

28/21 To consider the purchase of a printer or copier for the Gittisham Gazette

Members discussed the future distribution of the Gittisham Gazette, and it was agreed to ask the editor how many hard copies would realistically be needed post-Covid.  The current figure stands at 70.  The PC will consider sharing the cost of a printer with the church, possibly in the form of a grant.  Cllr Twist said the gazette could be posted on the Hayne Farm community Facebook page.  The PC would like the gazette to be more of a parish-wide publication, eg welcoming new parishioners in the whole parish, not just the village.

ACTION: Chair to arrange meeting with Carol McCann.  Cllr Twist to investigate uploading the gazette to FB.

29/21     To approve the June payments and to note the current bank balance

It was resolved to approve the following payments:

1101       F J Clampin                          £224.86                 Clerk’s salary

1102       F J Clampin                          £44.25   Remaining reimbursement for Microsoft Office 2019

1103       Michael Poll                          £60         Grass cutting, play area (inv. ref. 10077)

1104       Michael Poll                          £60         Grass cutting, play area (inv. ref. 10084)

1105       Community First                 £495.17  Parish council annual insurance policy

1106       Alison Marshall                    £150       Internal audit 2020-21

1107       Len Abbott                           £147       Lengthsman work, 10.5 hrs May 2021 @ £14/hr

DD          NEST                                     £22.48   Clerk’s pension (5% employer, 5% employee)

Members were informed that the current bank balance stands at £18,855.93 (which includes approximately £7,000 in the business reserve account).  The clerk said a VAT rebate of £749.17 had been received, for the year 2018-19.

30/21     To receive and note the annual internal audit report

Members noted the annual internal audit report.

31/21     To approve the annual governance statement 2020-21

Members resolved to approve the annual governance statement 2020-21.

32/21     To approve the 2020-21 accounting statements

Members resolved to adopt the 2020-21 accounts.  Prior to the meeting, the clerk circulated the accounting statements.  The parish council ended the financial year on 31st March 2021 with a balance of £16,232.55 (inc. £7,030.36 in business reserve, with £2.86 interest accumulated this year).  There is VAT to be recovered of £226.12. 

33/21     To consider the criteria for meeting exemption from the annual limited assurance review 2020-21, and approve the exemption certificate

Members agreed the criteria had been met, ie that during the financial year 2020-21 the higher of the parish council’s gross income or gross annual expenditure for the year did not exceed £25,000.

34/21     To set and approve the period for the exercise of public rights 2020-21

Members approved the period for the exercise of public rights to extend from 14th June to 23rd July 2021.

35/21     Clerk’s Report

The clerk said a representative from Airband would be attending the July meeting. 

36/21     For information only; items for the forward agenda

None.

37/21     To consider any late entry correspondence

The Chair reported that the No Mow May initiative would be continuing in the churchyard.  Cllr Valentine warned that the rollout of superfast broadband could be held up by connections to listed buildings. 

38/21     Date of next two meetings

Wednesday 7th July and Wednesday 4th August (village hall) 2021 at 7.30pm.  Public via Zoom.  The Chair asked all to observe social distancing and bring along a mask and hand sanitiser.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 2105 hrs.

Chair…………………………………….

7th July 2021

Parish Council agenda 10 June 2021

Ms Fiona Clampin

Clerk to the Council

Garlands

Gittisham

Honiton

EX14 3AJ

01404 851442

gittishamparishcouncil@gmail.com

4th June 2021

Members of Gittisham Parish Council

You are hereby summoned to attend the June Parish Council Meeting to be held in Gittisham Village Hall on Thursday 10th June 2021 commencing at 7.30pm to discuss items on the Agenda and to make resolutions as appropriate.

All attending are required to bring their own hand sanitiser, wear a face mask, and respect the 2m social distancing guidelines.  A maximum of six people is allowed in the space.  If any member of the public wishes to join by Zoom, please contact the clerk.

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  1. To accept and approve apologies
  2. To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 5th May 2021
  3. To receive the Beat Manager’s report
  4. To receive declarations of interest
  5. To consider actions from last meeting not otherwise on the agenda
  6. To receive reports from County Council and District Council representatives
  7. To consider the following planning applications:
    • 21/0945/LBC Pomeroy House Gittisham EX14 3AJ Localised repairs and reinstatement of section of collapsed garden boundary wall.
    • 21/1354/VAR Coign Cottage Gittisham EX14 3AB Variation of condition No. 2 (Approved plans) and condition No. 3 (Materials) of planning permission ref: 20/0584/FUL to allow for a change of materials used and alterations to the proposed plans
    • 21/1295/FUL 1 Hamlet Cottages Weston EX14 3PB Demolition of existing workshop to be replaced with a new self-build dwelling
    • 21/1420/VAR Unit 5 Weston Park Devonshire Road Heathpark Industrial Estate Honiton EX14 1ST Variation of condition 1 (extension to opening hours) of 19/2150/VAR
    • 21/1350/FUL Land West of Devonshire Road Heathpark Industrial Estate Honiton Construction of two storey offices (Unit D) for Use Class E (g) (i), alterations to car park layout, and internal access. Installation of covered bike store to front
    • 21/1165/FUL Bakery Cottage Gittisham EX14 3AF Single storey rear extension and internal alterations. Creation of courtyard and parking bay with EV charging point and erection of maximum 1.8m wall/fence. Alteration of workshop/store to form garden room.
    • 21/1166/LBC Bakery Cottage Gittisham EX14 3AF Single storey rear extension and internal alterations. Creation of courtyard and parking bay with EV charging point and erection of maximum 1.8m wall/fence. Alteration of workshop/store to form garden room
  8. To receive reports from councillors on areas of responsibility and actions since the last meeting:
    • To note the latest planning decision notices (Cllr Orchard)
    • To receive an update on highways (Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider plans for expenditure in the parish under the Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 (Cllr Orchard)
    • To receive an update on public transport (Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the Hayne Farm development (Cllr Twist)
    • To consider climate change measures within the parish (Cllr Twist)
    • To consider parish council support for scam awareness and security (Cllr Twist)
    • To consider limited residential development in the parish (Cllr Valentine)
    • To consider the parish emergency plan (Cllr Valentine / Cllr Orchard)
    • To consider the refurbishment and maintenance of the village play area (Cllr Walker)
    • To consider work to be carried out by the lengthsman to maintain drains and ditches in the parish (Cllr Walker)
  9. To receive a report from the Chair
  10. To consider the purchase of a copier or printer for the Gittisham Gazette
  11. To approve the June payments and to note the current bank balance:

F Clampin £224.86 clerk’s salary

F Clampin £44.25 (part reimbursement for Microsoft Office 2019)

Len Abbott lengthsman work, £tbc

Len Abbott expenses £tbc

Michael Poll play area grass cutting £60 (inv. 10084)

Michael Poll play area grass cutting £60 (inv. 10077)

Alison Marshall internal audit inv ref 21/033 £150

Community First Insurance £495.17

NEST (clerk’s pension) £22.48

  1. To receive and note the annual internal audit report
  2. To approve the annual governance statement 2020-21
  3. To approve the 2020/21 accounting statements
  4. To consider the criteria for meeting exemption from the annual limited assurance review 2020-21, and approve the exemption certificate
  5. To set and approve the period for the exercise of public rights 2020-21
  6. Clerk’s report
  7. For information only; items for the forward agenda
  8. To consider any late entry correspondence
  9. To note the date of the next two meetings, Wednesday 7th July and August 2021 tbc at 7.30pm. 

F J Clampin – Clerk

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DatePayment – VendorPayment – DescriptionPayment typeItem Amount inc VAT £VAT £
03.04.2019ClerkClerk salaryClerk salary7160.880
03.04.2019ClerkClerk salaryClerk salary8157.560
03.04.2019Devon Assoc of Local CouncilsAnnual membershipMemberships13110.1716.44
08.05.2019Len AbbottLengthsman workLengthsman211020
08.05.2019Community FirstAnnual insurance policyPlay area & assets23393.490
12.06.2019No Butts Bin CoPicnic benchesPlay area261,055211
12.06.2019ClerkClerk salary & expensesClerk salary & expenses28202.230
12.06.2019Len AbbottLengthsman workLengthsman33256.500
12.06.2019Alison MarshallInternal auditAnnual audit36116.200
03.07.2019ClerkClerk salary & expensesClerk salary & expenses39218.430
03.07.2019Len AbbottLengthsman workLengthsman41121.500
04.09.2019RhinoPlaySlide tower (pt1)Play area494,434.50886.90
04.09.2019ClerkClerk salary & expensesClerk salary & expenses50220.720
04.09.2019ClerkClerk salaryClerk salary51218.790
04.09.2019Len AbbottLengthsman workLengthsman56398.250
04.09.2019Len AbbottLengthsman workLengthsman581350
02.10.2019RhinoPlaySlide tower (pt2)Play area624,434.50886.90
02.10.2019RhinoPlayRolling logPlay area631,131226.20
02.10.2019ClerkClerk salary & expensesClerk salary & expenses642200
02.10.2019Blamphayne SawmillWood & other materials for bus shelterLengthsman65195.2639.04
02.10.2019Len AbbottLengthsman workLengthsman68256.600
06.11.2019ClerkClerk salaryClerk salary74218.790
06.11.2019Community Heartbeat TrustDefibrillator replacement padsGeneral administration818717.40
06.11.2019Combe EstateDrainage workGeneral administration829218.40
06.11.2019Community Heartbeat TrustDefibrillator maintenance subscriptionGeneral administration8413527
04.12.2019Community Heartbeat TrustDefibrillator maintenance subscriptionGeneral administration8613527
04.12.2019ClerkClerk salary & expensesClerk salary & expenses87230.200
08.01.2020ClerkClerk salary & expensesClerk salary & expenses90230.290
05.02.2020ClerkClerk salaryClerk salary93218.790
05.02.2020Trim PlantsTree & plants for play areaGeneral administration9518036
05.02.2020Gittisham PCCGeneral administration96213.750
05.02.2020Arthur J Gallagher InsurancePublic liability insurance (lengthsman)Lengthsman98251.460
05.02.2020EDDCBench, Gittisham ValeGeneral administration998000
04.03.2020ClerkClerk salary & expensesClerk salary & expenses103224.920
04.03.2020Len AbbottLengthsman workLengthsman 108101.250
04.03.2020Websites AhoyAccessibility regulationsGeneral administration1095000