Agenda – January 9th 2024


From the Clerk:

 John Bright


 The Parish Council is summoned

to meet at the Nicholls Hall, Lydford on

Tuesday 9th January 2024 at 7:00pm

Members of the public and press wishing to observe, or to participate in the public session are welcome to attend. Matters for the Council to consider can also be brought to the attention of Councillors or emailed to the Clerk:


  1. Public Session (15 minutes) 

An opportunity for parishioners and members of the public to make representations to the council. (Please note that decisions cannot be made on matters not listed in the agenda).

  • Apologies for absence
  • Declarations of Interest

In accordance with the Code of Conduct, members are required to declare any personal or disclosable pecuniary interests, including the nature and extent of such interests they may have, in items to be considered at this meeting.  

  • Minutes of the meeting 12th December 2023 

To resolve to agree the minutes.

  • Matters arising from the meeting 12th December 2023 

(For information only)


Possibility of setting up new village website.

  • Gorge Hill

Any updates or further action –

  1. Home Guard bench has been relocated.
  2. Methods of preventing future damage to the verge caused by overflow parking.
  • Thermal imaging camera – loan from WDBC

To receive feedback from Cllr L Lenton on procedure for the loan of a camera from WDBC for the use of residents who are interested in improving the thermal efficiency of their properties.

  • Car Park

Update on request for DNPA Members to reconsider plans to charge for parking at Lydford.

  • Playground

Update on the status of the identified repairs.

  1. Neighbourhood Watch – Lydford

To discuss – and nominate if agreed – a Neighbourhood Watch Champion to provide a link with the Neighbourhood Watch group.

  1. Streaming of public meetings of the council

To consider the proposal made at December’s meeting that parish council meetings be live streamed to inform those who cannot attend in person.

  1. Finances
    1. To resolve to approve the payments:
  1. J. Bright                            £368.24           January salary
    1. HMRC                                £87.60           PAYE January
    1. DALC                                 £18.00           Good Cllr Training – Cllr Gilpin
  • Budget
  • To agree final version of council’s budget 2024-25 and consequently the council’s precept request for 2024-25. (Documents circulated by Clerk)
  • Banking reconciliation 31.12.23

for information

Opening balance 1.4.23         £10,015.25                              Bank holdings at 31.12.23

Add receipts                              £9,551.78                  Deposit Account         £13,133.22

Less payments                         £6,388.43                  Current Account                 £45.38

                                                                                                Less O/S items*         ____£0.00

                                                £13,178.60                                                      £13,178.60

* All outstanding payments cleared 29.12.23

  1. Planning

To agree the council’s response to DNPA consultation request re. application –

0525/23 – Installation of replacement of rear doors / windows and fascia at Lyd Barn, EX20 4AW (Grade II listed property)

0539/23 – Change of use from agricultural to light industrial, Hall Farm Barn, EX20 4BJ

To note DNPA issue of Certificate of Lawfulness of proposed use –

0477/23 – Use of land to station a mobile home granny annexe, Elim, EX20 4BA

  1. Any urgent business not listed on the agenda below, by permission of the Chair.

(For information only)

Part II – Items which may be taken in the absence of the press and public on the grounds that exempt information may be disclosed.

It is recommended that in accordance with S.100A of the Local Government Act 1972 as amended, matters relating to the possible co-option of a Councillor, and to the proposed purchase by Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust of land adjoining the Primary School be taken in the absence of press and public on the grounds that exempt information within the meaning of Part 1 Paragraph 5 to Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act (as amended) will be discussed, namely information relating to an individual, and information possibly relating to the business affairs of any particular person.

  1. Matters relating to the proposed purchase by DMAT of land adjoining Lydford Primary School.

To receive an update from the Clerk

  1. Co-option of a Councillor to fill vacancy left by the resignation of Cllr Neil Grigg. (Notice of vacancy published 6thDecember 2023)

To consider offers from parishioners Brian Cook and Chris Blackmore to be co-opted. 

Signed  Clerk to the Council                     Date 2nd January 2024

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