By Andrew Coates, Town Clerk, Nov 9 2018 04:52PM
TOWN CLERK’S WEEKLY REPORT
Items of importance dealt with week commencing 5th November 2018
Nat West Mobile Banking
Due to the Xmas tree on the Enhancement the Nat West mobile bank was unable to park there on Tuesday this week. However they did manage to park outside the Lloyds Pharmacy for the duration without being moved on by the wardens. In future whilst the tree is there we have suggested that the van parks outside the Amory Centre for the hour and we will put cones out in the morning to ease access for the van.
There are several repairs to gates and posts in the woodlands which are outstanding and overdue. These have been on the Market managers list of jobs to do after the Xmas light switch on next Friday so they will be carried out within two weeks of that event.
We placed the two benches with the Remembrance plaques at the entrance to the Pannier Market yesterday and we had some wonderful feedback. I have also had feedback from several people saying how nice the Town looks at the moment.
Councillor Worden informed me today that Sally Yeo has had a baby girl called Clara Yeo. Our congratulations go out to Sally.
Gullacombes Public Open Space
We had a meeting with the developers of Gullacombes regarding the Open Space Transfer this week and despite the delay the first tranche of the transfer will take place in Mid December. The amount we should receive is approximately £69k. The main bulk of the landscaping has been done but the trees are yet to be planted. The transfer in December is for the grass area at the top end of the estate where the footpath runs down to the bottom stretch.
Parish Forum Meeting
The Mayor and I went to the Parish Forum meeting held in Barnstaple on Wednesday evening and the following items were discussed:
Parish Grant- The parish grant is being phased out gradually and the reduction for 2019/20 will be 50% and thereafter it will disappear totally. That amounts to £5,283 loss.
Grant Assistance – This is being reduced in 2019/20 and will disappear totally in 2020/21. This represents a reduction in income of £8,000.
Dilution of Precept – With the inclusion of Mill on the Mole in the boundary review there will be a potential reduction in the Band D yearly payment of precept. However I asked when this would be effective from and was disappointed to learn that this will not be relevant in the calculations until 2020/21.
Finance Meeting at 6.30pm on Monday 12th November in the Amory Centre.
Planning Meeting at 6.30pm on Tuesday 13th November in the Amory Centre.
Andrew Coates, Town Clerk