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Newton St Cyres Parish Council

Notice of Meeting of Parish Council

Dear Councillors

I hereby give notice that a Meeting of the above-named Parish Council will be held remotely using Zoom on Thursday 1 October 2020 at 7.00pm.

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purpose of considering and resolving upon the Business to be transacted at the meeting set out hereunder.

Dated this 25 September 2020

Signed                    Jane Hole

Clerk to the Parish Council          01392 851148


Public Participation – please email by 6pm on Thursday 1 October for details of how to join the zoom meeting 

Public Participation

Public Question Time.  Members of the public are invited to give their views and ask questions on issues on this agenda or to raise issues for future consideration by the Parish Council. 

Formal Business 

(Members of the public may not take part in the formal business of the Parish Council except under special circumstances) 

01/10/20     Apologies - To receive apologies 

02/10/20     Declaration of Interest

2.1              Register of Interests.  Councillors to update as required

2.2              Personal Interests.  Councillors must declare any personal interest in items on the agenda and their nature.

2.3              Prejudicial Interests.  Councillors must declare any prejudicial interest in items on the agenda and their nature and they must leave the meeting for that agenda item. 

03/10/20     Minutes of the last meeting held on Thursday 3 September 2020 (previously circulated)

To be agreed and signed as a true record 

04/10/20     Mid Devon District Council

4.1              Planning Applications:

20/01403/TPO - Application to remove 2 stems of 1 Lime tree and reduce the height by approximately 3m; reduce 1 Holm Oak tree by cutting back to boundary by approximately 2m and reduce the spread of 1 Yew tree by approximately 2m, protected by Tree Preservation Order 08/00008/TPO at Church of St Cyr and St Julitta, NSC

4.2              Planning Decisions: None          

4.3              District Councillor, Cllr G Barnell, to report on MDDC business relevant to the Parish 

05/10/20     Finance

5.1              Parish Council Receipts Current Account:

£20.00 allotment rent (pro rata for 2 new plots)

£67.85 DCT Grant for Covid signage

5.2              Parish Council Payment Current Account:





Amount £


Archer Signs

Covid signage



Simon Saunders

Grass cutting parish



Simon Saunders

Grass cutting churchyard



SLCC Enterprises Ltd

SLCC virtual conference for Clerk



GeoXphere Ltd

Parish online software licence



NSC Parish Hall

Electricity for outside light



J Hole

Salary and expenses







5.3              To approve signatures for this month’s cheques

5.4              Balances (after above transactions)

5.4.1           Parish Council Current Account balance: £11,723.81

5.4.2           Footpath Account: £268.02 

5.4.3           Car Park resurfacing fund balance: £6,013.88

5.5              Financial Statement and Budget Monitor (attached)

5.6              Quarterly Bank Reconciliation – for checking and signing by cheque signatories

 06/10/20     Matters raised by the Chair 

6.1              To confirm correct Parish Council communication channels with MDDC/DCC 

07/10/20     Councillor’s Reports    

7.1              Update on Coronavirus and NSC PC response

7.2              Areas of Responsibility reports

7.2.1           Allotments – quote for work

7.2.2           To note risk assessment of assets (circulated separately)                  

08/10/20     Clerk’s Report

8.1              Clerks laptop is nearly one year old.  To consider cost of care/repair package: 1 year policy £96.00; 2 year policy £240.00 and 3 years £180.00

8.2              Update on companies contacted regarding speeding vehicles                  

09/10/20     Parish Council

9.1              Update on progress with Community Shop

9.2              To consider results speeding results from DCC traffic monitor.  To consider the PC strategy to ensure that speeding on the A377 is addressed. To note safety record of A377.  See below for details

9.3              Broadband update and to note update received from Connecting Devon and Somerset

9.4              Update on plans for new graveyard

9.5              Report from training course on Planning and to consider response to planning consultation (details circulated separately)                  

10/10/20     Devon County Council

10.1            Outstanding Highways issues (see below)

10.2            New DCC issues

Road closure notice for A377 26/27 October and to note request from Parishioner to ask DCC to make good the drain cover on the A377 by Newton House at the time of the closure

10.3            County Councillor, Cllr M Squires, to report on DCC business relevant to the parish – see attached 

11/10/20     Miscellaneous Correspondence

Explanation about double white lines on A377 – see below                       


12/10/20     Minor Matters and Items for Future Agenda

Each Councillor is requested to use this opportunity to report minor matters of information not included elsewhere on the agenda and to raise items for future agendas.  Councillors are respectfully reminded that this is not an opportunity for debate or decision making. 

13/10/20     Date of next meeting: Thursday 5 November 2020, 7pm via zoom 

End of Formal Business - Public Participation 


Agenda Item 5.5

Accessibility Budget Monitor


Agenda Item 9.2 

Safety Record A377 

Over the five year period 2015-2019, there have been 35 recorded accidents along the A377 between Cowley Bridge and the boundary of Crediton. This includes 26 Slight category injury collisions, 9 serious injury collisions and no fatalities. However as we are aware this data does not yet take account of any accidents recorded in 2020, including the recent fatalities. 

The following public webpages may also be of interest to the parish council. 

From these webpages the recorded injury collisions across the county to the end of 2019 can be viewed from: 

And a more detailed overview of the A377's route performance in comparison to the rest of the County can also be viewed from the route data dashboard link below. To the end of 2018, the section of the A377 between Cowley Bridge and Crediton was ranked 39th in terms of its overall route performance.


We have also just received up to date speed data from the camera partnership as summarised below.




85'th % (mph)

Mean Average (mph)

Bus stop by the Crown and Sceptre

6/8/20 – 19/8/20



Tytheing Close

26/8/20 – 3/9/20




The 85th percentile speed is the speed at or below which 85 percent of all vehicles measured have been observed to be travelling at. In any large range of speed measurements there will be a small number of vehicles that travel at very high or very low speeds and these extremes are not representative of the typical speed of traffic. Along with the average speed of all vehicles, the 85th percentile speed is commonly used as a more realistic representation of the typical vehicle speeds. 

The measurements taken at Quickes were recorded close to the national speed limit terminals. This is a site that would not be considered as being representative of the main speed restricted area and it would not be a location that would ever be considered acceptable for speed enforcement.   

Agenda Item 10.1 - Outstanding Highways issues

  1. Speed restrictions in Station Road – SCARF re test requested
  2. Request for a School sign in Station Road and possible zig-zag lines outside the school – declined - requested this is re-considered
  3. Request for a Road Safety audit on A377 in centre of village
  4. Overgrown hedge/grass at Layby bus stop in Half Moon – request to DCC to cut to improve visibility
  5. Chapter 8 training for volunteers


Agenda item 11

Single or double (solid) white lines are regulated for use in situations were forward visibility on higher speed roads are insufficient for safe overtaking manoeuvres. They should not be maintained in a 30mph speed restricted area as vehicle speeds are lower and they also prevent any stopping\parking obstructions. It is still an offence to pass on the wrong side of the keep left bollards at the current pedestrian refuge. But it is not an offence to overtake on the dashed centre line and within any village or urban area there will be many circumstances were this is both necessary and desirable to do so.


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