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.
Pearce Homes are currently building new homes in Parkham and are pleased to advise there will be four homes available which are to be primarily offered to local residents only.
All four properties will be 2 bedroomed – there will be two for shared ownership, one for rent and one for low cost open market.
Anyone interested in one of these amazing new homes for locals will need to meet the councils local tie criteria (age is not a limiting factor).
For shared ownership (available March 2021), and the low cost open market (December 2021) buyers should pre-register an account with ‘Help to Buy South’ at https://www.helptobuyagent3.org.uk/ and request the local tie questionnaire from the contacts below.
We will then forward to you the questionnaire for completion which will need to be submitted to the local council to ensure the local tie criteria is met.
Parish Council meeting in brief
Liza Oxford gave a talk on the 2021 Census, due to take place on 21 March 2020
Representations from the public were noted and discussed later in the meeting
Apologies from District Councillors A Dart and S Harding
Councillor Lang declared a Prejudicial Interest in the item relating to the Allardice Hall Lease
The Minutes of the previous meetings were approved
A Report on behalf of Devon County Council was received from County Councilllor Inch
One planning application had been received after the Agenda had been published, and was considered: Conversion of barns to dwelling and utility area – barn at Glen Cottage, Parkham and was recommended for approval
Councillors approved donations of £50 and £200 respectively to the North Devon Record Office and Citizens Advice.
Payments were approved
The 2021/22 Precept and Budget were approved with the Precept being increased from £13,000 to £13,500.
The Legacy funds had been reinvested for a further six months.
£745 had been received from County Councillor Inch’s Locality Grant for the refurbishment of the Babeleigh Road bus shelter. He was very pleased to receive an e-card of thanks from the Parish Council.
The Data Protection renewal with the Information Commissioner’s Office would be paid by direct debit in future.
Devon Air Ambulance Night Landing Site; the Clerk is to check that the grant from the air ambulance has been set aside.
Details of how interested people can progress the take up of properties at Stanley Court had been included in the Parkham Pie
As a result of the DCC Public Rights of Way Officer’s reply regarding the Footpath beside the Penhaven Hotel, ownership is to be established
Publication of Minutes within 7 days of the meeting. It was pointed out that the legal requirement was for Minutes to be produced within 28 days of a meeting, which had been complied with. Councillors acknowledged the significant and valued amount of work that the Clerk had carried out, especially since the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, involving a much higher than normal volume of emails, resulting in a demanding schedule in addition to usual Parish work. Councillor Dack wished it to be minuted that the Parish Council recorded it’s thanks to the Clerk for all of her unstinting hard work over the last 8 months to ensure that the Parish Council had functioned without interruption, progressing from teleconferences which she had organised to hosting Zoom meetings.
Street Lights. County Councillor Inch is to take this up with DCC.
Items to note. Four items as follows: rough sleeper estimate, compliance, varnishing of seats and tubs on the Village Green, temporary road closure and Clerk’s Christmas leave.
Allardice Hall Lease. Councillor Lang left the meeting, having a Prejudicial Interest, There were some items to verify with the solicitor and a further meeting was arranged for Monday, 7 December 2020 with a view to agreeing the document.
A letter received from the Trustees of the Allardice Hall questioning the terms of the Lease was to be acknowledged.