Welcome to Parkham Parish
Welcome to Parkham. Moving south from the sea the parish includes the hamlets and villages of Northway, Horns Cross, Foxdown, Hoops, Newhaven, Goldsworthy, Parkham Ash and Broad Parkham. The parish consists of approximately 830 people and 300 dwellings.
Parishioners will be aware that work has started on the site to the south of the village hall and that foundations for some homes are complete and that one home is well advanced . The aerial photograph shows the extent of the development.
Pearce Homes will build 14 homes of which two will be available for local people to purchase at 70% of market value, future sale of the properties will be subject to the same criteria.
A further home will be sold to a housing association and will be available for rent at social rent level. A number of local people expressed an interest in these discounted homes some time ago when Pearce Homes and the Parish Council were establishing need at the planning stage.
When the project is complete an area of land adjacent to the village hall will be transferred to the village along with a sum of money to be used on the development of the area for recreational and social use. This land will be known as a public open space. This land will be owned by the Parish Council but let to the Allardice Hall trustees who will manage it on behalf of the community.
During the next few months it is the intention of the trustees to call a meeting of local people to consult on the best way this land may be used. (There are of course strict rules over what can and cannot be done with a public open space)
On looking at the aerial photograph the land in question can be seen clearly, it is adjacent to the hall and is the area that is being used by the builders for their temporary buildings and storage of materials.
Parish council in brief
NOTES OF PARKHAM PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 3 AUGUST BY TELECONFERENCE.The meeting was chaired by Councillor Bridger and attended by Councillors Dack, Heywood, Lang, Slee, and District Councillor Mrs Dart for a short time
Representations from the public.
Email regarding traffic speed through Parkham. Discussed later in the meeting.
Email regarding the Parish Council’s response to the Babeleigh Quarry Application. Councillor Bridger had acknowledged the communication and it was understood that the parishioner had held a meeting with the quarry owner and that the matter had been concluded.
Email regarding speeding at Horns Cross. Discussed later in the meeting.
Email regarding the parking situation at Peppercombe. Discussed later in the meeting.
Apologies. County Councillor Inch and District Councillor Harding.Declarations of Interest. Lang regarding Air Ambulance landing site, Heywood regarding Babeleigh Quarry.
Approval of the Minutes of the meeting held by teleconference on 29th June
One application had been dent by TDC in error
Planning Correspondence. None
Balances and budgetary figures had been circulated to Councillors ahead of the meeting.
Payments were agreed.
The Legacy funds had been reinvested into a Fixed Term Deposit for 3 months until 27/10/20. The Clerk had circulated details of other investment accounts for consideration.
The quarterly direct debit for the lease of the photocopier in the Primary School had been taken on 25 July.
The Clerk had submitted a Locality Grant application for £745 from County Councillor Inch’s allocation in respect of the refurbishment of the bus shelter at Babeleigh Road.
Devon Air Ambulance Night Landing Site. The Devon Air Ambulance had formally offered a grant towards the project and this was agreed by Councillors. A Planning Application will have to be submitted by the Parish Council to TDC.
Traffic Speed through Parkham. Councillors had not noticed speeding and felt that nothing could be done as there was insufficient data to make a case for a 20mph zone. It was known that DCC Highways go on a statistical analysis as to whether a speed limit would be considered and an email received from Highways advised it was highly unlikely it would proceed due to no proof of accidents or injuries.
Flashing Speeding Sign at Horns Cross. Enquiries to be made as to why this had not been followed up by Highways. County Councillor Inch had previously offered to fund the additional sign from his Locality Grant allocation.
Congestion / parking problems at Peppercombe and on the A39. This was not a Parish Council matter, although Councillors had concerns, especially the obstructions with vehicles parking in the bus laybys causing them to stop in the road and also vehicles parking on the pavement. The Police are to be asked to monitor the situation as obstructions are a Police issue.
Varnishing of seats and tubs on the Village Green had not yet been done.
Road closure. 17 – 19 August between 7.30am and 6pm from Acre Road to Norman’s Cottage for resurfacing works.
Training. Councillor Richmond-Price’s face to face training had been cancelled because of the ongoing social distancing regulations in connection with Covid-19.
Training webinars are being made available for Councillors to receive training.
Date of next meeting. Monday 7th September at 7:30pm by Zoom