COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT
* – Attendance; A- Absent; N – No Apologies Received
Cllr. M. Fice – Mayor (in the Chair) – *
Cllr. A. Biggs – *
Cllr Mrs C. Bricknell – A
Cllr T. Lang – *
Cllr R. Whitfield – *
Cllr Mrs L. Sinnott – *
Cllr Mrs M. Kemp – *
Also in attendance:
Dist. Cllr S. Wright – *
Dist. Cllr Mrs Pearce -*
Cty. Cllr. R Gilbert – A
Gill Claydon (Clerk) – *
Pete Robinson (Cemetery Manager and Project Officer) – *
WPC Jo Pengilly – A
PCSO D. Gibson – A
Chris Derrick Kingsbridge Gazette – *
The Chairman noted that David Cohen had stepped down until personal matters were sorted and then it was hoped that he would wish to return.
829. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members were invited to acknowledge any declarable interests, including the nature and extent of such interests that they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting. None received.
830. OPEN FORUM
Simon Evans Operations Manager at the Lifeboat Station was in attendance with regard to the forthcoming Commemoration. He explained that 100years ago in October thirteen lifeboat men were drowned and this was the fourth biggest loss of life in the 150 years of RNLI. It had a significant impact in the town as most men at that time were at war and those left behind were few then thirteen died on the ‘bar’. Salcombe RNLI and HQ RNLI wanted to commemorate those families affected.
There had been a ninety page book written which described the incident and such after effects which was on sale in local shops. Also there was a seventeen minute video created with professional presenters which was on U Tube. Talks were being done in Cliff House and around various locations. They were also procuring two large memorial stones (the size of the desk) each to be placed on the coastal footpath sometime during August 2016. The church had not had any reference within it to the loss of 13 lifeboat men in the 99 years they had been there so it had been agreed to place a plaque within Salcombe Church and have a RNLI history corner. The thirteen graves in Shadycombe Cemetery were to be cleaned and renovated and currently they were contacting the descendants to seek their permission. There would be a Church service at All Saints on the day of the disaster presided over by the Bishop of Plymouth plus various dignitaries had been invited and they expected over capacity of the church to attend. Thereafter there would be a laying of a wreath at sea. They were trying to share with the community what was being planned and letting them know what happened back 100 years ago. Town Council were invited to contribute if they wished.
It was noted that there had been no mention of the two survivors and this information would also be placed on the plaque in the church. The National Trust would not allow names on the stones. The coxman of the day was in an unnamed grave in Shadycombe and the Salcombe RNLI wanted to place a headstone but were going through procedures to ensure the descendants knew and agreed. Roger Barrett of Salcombe Maritime Museum had been trying to track down descendants and 100 had been identified and those would probably attend the church service.
Rob Wheeler was in attendance with regard to 1240/16 planning application as he felt he needed to represent those in Knowle Road as at 524 on the Design and Access Statement it stated there was no detrimental impact on the amenity of surrounding properties. The public bench view down to Shadycombe from public land would be completely obliterated. Drainage was another issue as the foul drainage went into the current sewer down Piggy Lane and the applicants had a wayleave to route through adjoining property but this was District amenity public land. Drawing A301 showing the side elevation of the view and light angles he felt was totally unclear as to which property the obstruction would affect as it appeared to be property number 9. However property number 10 would be greatly impacted being the property closest to Piggy Lane and the light effect was just on the border of the 45 degree angle. These Knowle Road properties he suggested would completely lose their entire rising sunshine through 8-9 months of the year due to being lower than the development. His representation was due to his neighbours being unable to attend the meeting tonight.
Rob Wheeler also drew attention to an email only posted yesterday on the District website which was a message to Michel Assinsky, planning officer, from James Kershaw, District senior specialist Environment Health. He strongly objected to the risk of contamination as there was no risk assessment provided within the application. He continued that he personally felt that this proposal was overbearing, unneighbourly to Knowle Road and overdeveloped in types of height and elevation. He had been expecting development but felt it was a shame it was so high and close to these properties.
Phil Pritchard of Dell Court was more concerned with the height of the proposed buildings and their dominant impact on the streetscene. In the 1980s the Dell Court properties that they were in were built and at that time there was an objection to the height of those properties, so why were they proposing higher. This proposal he felt was massive and would alter the character of the area. The design of the properties was out of keeping with what was around and looked more like concrete boxes with such proposed roofs. The environmental issue needed to be considered before any plan could move forward taking into consideration James Kershaw’s concern about pollution.
Carrington Marshall attended to introduce himself with regard to his application for co-option. He was born in Cornwall but bought up in Plymouth and had lived in Salcombe for 2.5 years. He explained that he was interested in everything that went on in Salcombe and wish to contribute to the town council. He had been a part time decorator and odd job man and in his spare time liked writing.
Police Report – None received.
District Councillors Report
Dist Cllr Mrs Pearce noted they attended a meeting to hear more about the District proposed new company which due to IT reasons was a disaster. In the afternoon there was a more interesting session from Cirvica with regard to the IT and how it would get better of which she was now more convinced. They hoped to have everything up and running by July. Some problems were not theirs as the District server needed upgrading. They were making significant efforts to get planning sorted out and already they had some useful features that were not there before. With regard to documents not being labelled this was out of their control and down to applicants uploading.
Dist Cllr Wright noted the District Annual meeting and due appointments which meant there had not been many changes. Dist Cllr Mrs Pearce was now however on the audit committee. Both councilors had visited North Sands and were bitterly disappointed it was not finished and no one was down there today, so this had been chased. The employment units for Batson went out to tender but the date had been extended to 17th June so all applications remained unopened. The dinghies parking area had been used by the rowing club and this was District land. This usage may well result in the current licence being extended to include such. It had been grassed before and now had been dug and gravel laid. Town Council felt that it was not finished to a good enough specification for down at Batson. Grass would look better and maybe this could be achieved with matting for grass to grow through.
The North Sands culvert on the beach was raised as the barriers were being undermined and it was just taped off. Dist Cllr Wright noted the tape was still in situ and barriers were strapped on and he structure had taken his weight.
The Mayor advised of points raised at the Annual Town Meeting after the District Councillors had left which was the rubbish bags/seagull proof sacks continually left out after refuse collections and the lack of weed spraying. There was no date for weed spraying as yet.
Simon Evans of RNLI left the meeting.
With regard to Courtney Park Dist Cllr Wright noted that he chaired this committee and it was on the agenda but they needed the sewage works to be completed first. On seagull proof bags he would get the locality officer to come around and look. The Mayor spoke to holiday home companies the previous year but this had little effect.
There was a Keep South Hams Clean leaflet advising of fines and this should again be distributed to holiday home companies. Holiday home companies it was felt did not always make provision for waste and told visitors to put refuse in waste bins around town. Dist Cllr Mrs Pearce did not know what to do about that and how to find these private properties. There had also been a terrible mess last Monday with commercial waste green plastic bags littered all over the street. Chad, the Salcombe street cleaner, was brilliant and cleaned every day. However if a commercial waste collectors bags were strewn around would it be them or District. District if the bags were split and waste coming out. The vast majority of holiday homes were let by the three holiday companies in town and the leaflet should be sent to them. The private lets sector who did not use companies were mainly causing the problem but Cllr Biggs felt they were a small sector so the message should be reinforced with holiday lets. Locality officers would be asked to speak to holiday lets businesses.
The Minutes of the meeting dated;
(a) 11th May 2016 were approved by council and then duly signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record
(b) 18th May 2016 being the Annual Town Meeting were noted.
It was AGREED to co-opt Carrington Marshall and he would thereafter sign the Acceptance of Office and complete and sign the Declaration of Interests.
833. PLANNING APPLICATIONS:
The following applications were considered and such observations from town council submitted to District.
• 0534/16/HHO application for rear and side extensions and conversion of basement to habitable use Westgarth, Bonaventure Road, Salcombe TQ8 8BE – Applicant Mr S. Culley – No objection to the garage but there were concerns raised with regard to the logistics of any development as the land sloped and there were stability concerns with regard to this issue and the ability to implement the plans. A retaining wall was being installed to secure the road but no plans were provided for this. Whilst the road was not within the application site the wall was.
• 0584/16/COU This proposal seeks to ratify the retail use A1/A2 of the smaller separate buildings’ use to act independently from the rest of the site 28 Island Street, Salcombe TQ8 8DP – Applicant Goodshelter Property Co. Ltd. – No objection.
• 1016/16/HHO Householder application for a single storey extension and alterations to existing dwelling The Bluff, lane to Bolt Head Hotel, Salcombe, TQ8 8LL – Applicant Mr C. Povey – No objection.
• 1148/16/FUL Construction of new dwelling in garden plot Merrivale, Main Road, Salcombe TQ8 8JW – Dwelling sits next to the White Lodge on Sandhills Road at the bottom of Merrivale. Objection. Whilst this was a large plot there was concern with regard to the sizable development and the design as its modern angular flat roof and impact on the AONB were out of keeping and visible when looking up the valley from North Sands. There was a question as to this property’s access as it appeared that the lane adjacent was narrow and probably could not accommodate a fire engine nor possibly a dustcart. Therefore delivery of building materials could also raise significant concern.
• 1169/16/HHO Householder application for a single storey extension on the south elevation, a 3 storey extension on the north elevation and a double garage with additional storage Robins Park, Horsecombe Cross to Batson Hill, Batson, TQ8 8NF – Applicant Mr Charles Willis – No objection.
• 1234/16/HHO Householder application for works to studio at the base of The Grange including alteration to upper terrace balustrade from glass to open metal work and window cill lowered The Grange, Cliff Road, Salcombe TQ8 8JQ – Applicant Mr A. Nicholls – Objection as the materials for the balustrade were out of keeping in this setting with the AONB, Listed Building and Conservation Area. Firstly it was noted that there was no Listed Building Application with this submission. The upper terrace balustrade change from glass to open ironwork was felt to be totally out of keeping with anything around. There were three small windows at the front of the property which were felt to overlook the Old Coachhouse and this proposal was to change one to full length. As this would be angled towards the Old Coach House if was felt this would have an impact on the amenity of the Old Coachhouse.
• 1240/16/FUL Proposed residential development of three detached dwellings Land Opposite Lyndale, Salcombe TQ8 8AH – Applicants King, Cooper and Payne – The Mayor noted that a resident from Knowle Road had telephoned him to raise concern with regard to size and light level impact on their property. A comment noted on the District Council’s website also raised objection from their in house Environmental Health officer due to the potential for contamination. Objection due to the massing, overbearing height and unneighbourly impact on properties in Knowle Road. Although the proposal would be built towards Onslow Road it would have significant impact on light levels and the outlook of properties from Knowle Road as this was a four storey building towering above them. The current public view from the bench seat on Onslow Road would disappear and this should be retained as a public amenity. Treatment of surface water was not clear as there were soakaways at the bottom of the plot and a rain reservoir/attenuation tank which should be queried as to capacity due to the extreme slope of the site and concurrent run off. A site management plan would be required due to the site terrain as this was the main access road into Salcombe town and any on road parking would affect businesses and residents significantly. There was also a question of clarity sought with regard to the plans. The impact of buildings with regard to Knowle Road appeared to use property number 9 whereas number 10 was situated nearest Piggy Lane and was by far the most overbearing and yet this aspect appeared not be shown.
Messrs Wheeler and Pritchard left the meeting.
• 1256/16/HHO Householder application to increase the rear, singles storey ‘approved’ extension by 1.4 meters Beadon Park B, Main Road, Salcombe TQ8 8AE – Applicant Mrs Suzy Bently – No objection.
• 1269/16/FUL Demolition of existing building and erection of replacement dwelling Ty Hapys, Loring Road, Salcombe TQ8 8AT – Applicant Mr & Mrs R. Bellamy – No objection but town council would mention there could be overlooking of Grenville Road due to the increase in glass.
• 1281/16/LBC Listed Building Consent Application for repairs to windows and shutters to the front, and replacement of French windows and doors to the rear 34 Buckley Street, Salcombe TQ8 8DD – Applicant Mr & Mrs R. Jones – No objection.
• 1307/16/FUL Resubmission of application number 0116/16/FUL being the demolition of an existing house and the building of a new dwelling and associated works The Rough, Devon Road, Salcombe TQ8 8HJ – Objection. This proposal was overbearing due to its increased massing with a major impact on the AONB as it would be clearly visible from the estuary. There would also be a major impact on the streetscene as it would dwarf the neighbouring properties with potential overlooking, loss of light and its siting would affect the neighbours amenity value. There would also be some overlooking on the other neighbouring side.
Dist Cllr Wright and Dist Cllr Mrs Pearce left the meeting.
834. SHADYCOMBE MORTUARY
It was AGREED to;
(a) ask the Project Manager to secure three quotes with regard to weatherproofing the Mortuary roof
(b) await feedback at the 22nd June meeting with advice with regard to the viable alternatives for proposed changes so that costings can be obtained and the community can be consulted
(c) ratify the works by the Handyman to reduce the height of the shed to cill height and cap the wall off together with removal of the asbestos roof at a cost of £475.00 for works plus £1000 per ton for licenced asbestos removal (weight unlikely to be more than one ton).
835. HANDYMAN WORKS
It was AGREED to receive the list of works quoted for which were to be completed shortly:
(a) Bonfire Hill shed new door and window to make safe and watertight £125.00
(b) Remove bench at Victoria Quay and replace with two identical benches, relocating the different design bench from Victoria Quay to the site above Courtney Park £75.00 – part payment by bench donor.
(c) Dig hole to plant memorial tree and install commemorative plinth £44.00
Further matters discussed included the grass cutting at Bonfire Hill, weed spraying of the park and ride sleepers and
the need to replace the large white information sign. The maintenance contractor would be asked for a schedule of
when grass cutting works were to be carried out.
836. REDFERN WOODS PATH
It was AGREED to ratify the expenditure brought forward for health and safety reasons for the Handyman to carry out works to the footpath and steps to make them safe at a cost of £414.87.
Chris Derrick of Kingsbridge Gazette
837. MAYOR’S REPORT
The Mayor thanked councillors for attending the Annual Town Meeting and outlined those members of the public who had attended the Open Spaces Sport and Recreation consultation.
The Mayor and Cllr Lang attended the Feoffees meeting at Malborough and noted that the constitution requires three town council members on the committee. There was one meeting a year in November to consider distribution of the funds and Cllr Mrs Kemp agreed to become a representative. The Mayor had met Toby from the Air Ambulance Trust and considered the Rugby Club and Hockey pitch sites and Toby’s favoured site was the Rugby Club itself. This was mainly due to access and the Hockey pitch floodlights were not high enough. He would revisit to bring in an electrician and then provide quotes for the necessary works to remotely turn on the lights. John Sampson of Rotary thereafter contacted the Mayor and advised they had raised more money from the Crab Fest than expected and would like to give some money towards the cost of the light switching.
The Neighbourhood Development Plan meeting was the previous week and the next phase was to do a final community survey sometime in July. There were two elements – one survey for the Neighbourhood Plan element and one survey in respect of community actions. They had been advised by planning experts that if these community projects were to be included in the plan it would not pass the Inspectors review. Thus the community projects should be a stand-alone document. The issue of who could vote in a Referendum seemed clear cut and only those on the electoral register could vote.
He had a belated complaint with regard to a concern from a year ago as the District Shadycombe Car Park sign which pointed to town was broken/no there. There was a blue sign at the exit and it was asked if such could be placed on the steps but these might be privately owned.
The meeting with Dist Cllr Wright would be the following Tuesday at 6.30p.m. at Cliff House to consider District’s Whitestrand car park plans.
838. COUNCILLORS REPORTS
Cllr Mrs Kemp – Noted she was now officially on the Swimming Pool Committee.
Cllr Whitfield – Asked where the benches at the top of Normandy Pontoon had gone as there was a temporary sign stating ‘do not worry they will come back’. Also he wished an update on a community letter with regard to the A Board situation. Feedback from the Chamber of Commerce was to be sought and then this would be addressed.
Cllr Lang – Noted that he had changed the first Park and Walk sign by Maryknowle and that it might fall apart the following Friday when he changed it back. There was a further tree of concern on The Berry in Primrose Field across/adjacent to the path that routed left to the car park, there was a rotten branch being held up resting. The Mayor felt that this was on South West Water land and Cllr Lang would check the location.
Cllr Mrs Sinnott – Thanked Pete Robinson for sorting the Park & Ride signs so quickly when old signage was found to contradict the current usage.
At this point the Mayor noted that as David Cohen had resigned Cllr Whitfield was the only representative on the Port User Group. It was agreed by all that Cllr Whitfield would continue in this position alone until such time as a meeting was called and at that point review whether further town council representatives were required.
• County highways had been advised that Town Council were concerned with regard to contractors carrying out works by Rockside, Cliff Road to stabilise the road as this would close the road to deliveries as well as access for visitors. The matter was to be reviewed by their surveyor/engineer the following week to advise whether the works had to go ahead or could wait until October.
• Queen’s 90th Birthday commemorative coins had been received and town council considered how they were to be distributed. It was felt that the School Assembly held on a Friday afternoon at 3p.m would be such an opportunity and the Town Clerk would arrange.
• From 9 May, the Secretary of State had increased penalties, with a minimum fine of £150.00, up to a maximum of £400.00. For South Hams District Council, this was an increase of £75.00 on the minimum fine payable. Last year alone, illegal fly tipping cost Council tax payers, a massive £31,998. As well as spoiling the countryside, fly-tipping was illegal, bad for the environment and often a health hazard to people and animals. District Council advised everyone to deal with their waste sensibly and ensure that those who used contractors used registered firms as otherwise any rubbish found dumped would be their responsibility.
• Representatives of the Crab Fest had requested to feedback to town council and had been invited to attend the following meeting on 8th June. This was not confirmed as yet.
• Notification received from SHDC that the Regatta Committee had applied for the closure of Whitestrand Car Park from Sunday 31st July to Thursday 4th August for the area to be used for stalls, boat show, fireworks etc.
• An invoice at the higher rate for annual rent had been received from Cliff House but no further negotiations had taken place and a response was awaited from town council solicitor once he had returned to the office.
• Chris Brook had advised that the hardstanding created next to the Rowing Club area which was licenced had been carried out without the permission of District Council. At present he was minded to take some action but would value town council’s thoughts ongoing. It was noted that District had never cut the grass in this area but town council felt that the hardstanding should be of a higher quality. This would be advised to Chris Brook.
• It was also noted that there were no signs within or around the Shadycombe Car Park to advise visiting coaches how to purchase a ticket or even to pay.
Notification received from NALC and SLCC that the National Joint Council for Local Government Services had reached agreement for new pay scales for 2016-17 to be implemented immediately and backdated to 1st April 2016 with new pay scales for 2017-18 to be implemented from April 2017. Staff wages would be adjusted accordingly.
Current Account £2026.00
Deposit Account £249,435.96
Receipts: Bonfire Hill Cemetery payments £1525.00
Councillors APPROVED Internet payments to:
Macro – Photocopier paper £19.18
Greenspace – April and May Contract £948.66
– Disc cutting planter trough, creating raised internal area from rubble, concrete capping £314.70
– Fix wall on roadside at Jubilee Gardens and Forster Road (above cemetery) £713.10
Totnes Fire Protection & Signs Ltd. – No unauthorised parking signs £33.46
Nigel J. Couch Joinery – Maintenance of cemetery gates and noticeboards £234.80
The Tower Mint – Queens 90th Birthday medals £343.32
Cheques APPROVED for signature:
840. NEXT MEETING
The next meeting would be held on Wednesday 8h June 2016 in the Library at Cliff House, Cliff Road, Salcombe at 6.30p.m.
Meeting Closed: 21.00p.m.
……………………………………………….. 8th June 2016.