March 2022 Minutes

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Yarcombe Parish Council Agenda


Chairman: Cllr Steve Horner




Clerk: Sarah-Jane Martin

The Belfry, Yarcombe, Honiton, Devon EX14 9BD

Tel: 01404 861234 Email:


To: Cllrs Steve Horner, (Chairman), Lesley Pidgeon (Vice Chairman), David Barnes, Tony Long, David Little, Shaun Vining, Caroline Ford


All members of the Council are summoned to attend a meeting of Yarcombe Parish Council to be held in the Jubilee Village Hall on Monday 7th March 2022 at 8pm for the transaction of business as set out below.


Covid statement

We shall be following the Village Halls Conditions of Hire surrounding Covid 19 for everyone’s safety during our meeting:

Please do not enter the meeting should you have recently been abroad, been in recent contact with anyone with Covid or feel any Covid symptoms.  Please sanitise hands on entry and exit, adhere to Social Distancing, and we shall ensure the Hall is ventilated for the duration of the hire period.


The recording of this meeting is not permitted by either audio or visual without prior consent of the Council.


  1. Apologies for Absence


  1. Declarations of Interest

To receive disclosures of pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in items on the agenda.

disclosures of pecuniary


  1. Minutes

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 7th February 2022.


  1. New Councillors

Matthew Tomkinson and Katie Thompson are to complete the relevant forms to be sent to EDDC Democratic Services and, a Declaration of Acceptance of Office.  There is the role of Village Hall Committee member and the Blackdown Hills & Conservation Assn to consider as roles


  1. Reports

To receive the following Reports

  1. County Councillor
  2. District Councillor
  3. Police
  4. Yarcombe Community Land Trust      
  5. Reports from Individual Councillors


  1. Parish Council Priorities including Clerk and Correspondence

Speed through the village

Response to villagers required.  Email from Dave at Highways “The A30 through Yarcombe is DCC (HMPE) however, speed enforcement is always down to the police.  As I’m sure it’s no surprise, this road is no different than any other and it is an unfortunate reflection on modern life that there will always a proportion of motorists (mainly who are familiar or residents of the area)  who consciously choose to drive at a speed more than whatever limit is in place.  The responsibility is on the driver to proceed at an appropriate speed according to the conditions and road layout.  Another factor is often peoples perception of speed is completely different to what someone is actually doing.  Have the parish considered the Community Speed Watch?”



Queens Jubilee


Planters on the Layby – on hold until later in the Spring


John Salter Award – Advert placed in Voices for Nominations by 31st March.  No responses to date.


Footpath 19 repair costs to claim from Liberty Couriers – In progress Now an insurance claim – if successful they will pay Phil direct and we will deduct the amount from a future invoice (£110).


Layby Fencing repairs – Awaiting £500 Locality Budget Receipt then we can instruct Phil Holness to commence works.


            Illustrated history of the Yarcombe Inn

We have received a very kind offer from Philip Kerr to illustrate the book but to date, no-one has come forward to offer to write it.  With a request for views on the book, we have received just one response form Brian and Mary SmithThough it would be interesting to read a full history of The Yarcombe Inn, we feel that the money would be better spent providing some sort of speed awareness on the A30.    Perhaps a permanent camera that records the speed of motorists?    And asking for a 20mph through the village?    The road will become even more dangerous with an increased volume of electric vehicles which cannot be heard”        

Regarding 20mph limits:

20mph limits are most appropriate for roads where average speeds are already low, and the guidance suggests below 24mph. The layout and use of the road must also give the clear impression that a 20mph speed or below is the most appropriate.

20mph zones use traffic calming measures to reduce the adverse impact of motor vehicles on built up areas.

  1. Open Session for Public Participation
  2. Finance
  3. Summary of Financial position:


Bank account balances as at 26.02.22

Lloyds £443.28

Unity Trust C/A & Instant Access £10,629.33

Forecast Cash Book Balance at 31.10.21 after below payments £10,773.61
Less Ringfenced:
 1. Money allocated for P3 expenditure £944.87
 2. Money allocated for Highways / Village Maintenance £331.30
 3. Election Costs £600.00
Yarcombe Inn Community Project – Illustrated History of The Yarcombe Inn


CIL Monies received re Linhay £978.13
Remainder of Balance after above Ringfenced monies £7,362.62


  1. To ratify payments as follows:


Payment Date Payee Details of Payment Amount
28.02.22 Sarah-Jane Martin Clerks Wages 239.20
28.02.22 HMRC PAYE 59.80


  • Re Planning Ref 20/1225/FUL, Land Opposite Yonder Marsh Farm Marsh Honiton EX14 9AH – £2,182.21.  We are still awaiting to hear about the CIL due – EDDC were contacted in October and November.  Expect funds to be received April.
  • Change of Signatories on unity Trust Account – we need to remove Clive and add in another volunteers.


  1. Planning

To receive and endorse the Planning Decisions of the Council taken since last meeting under delegated authority:

The formal delegation of making and submitting comments on planning applications to the Councillors who attend the site meetings, has been granted to Cllr Tony Long in November 2019.  This is due to their being insufficient time before subsequent meetings to bring back comments to the Council for a full formal vote.

Replace 2no. dormer windows on rear south-west elevation – The Belfry Country Hotel Yarcombe Honiton EX14 9BD

Ref. No: 21/3046/LBC  Status: Approval with conditions


Install 2no. rooflights and 1no. roof vent on rear (west) elevation; second floor: removal and construction of walls, ceilings to be removed from both bedrooms and the creation of vaulted ceilings – Ley Farm Yarcombe Honiton EX14 9LW

Ref. No: 21/3026/LBC  Status: Approval with conditions


House alterations including replacement porch, removal of late 20thc. outhouses and internal rearrangement, with extension and alterations to existing rear annex. – Hay Farm Yarcombe Honiton EX14 9BQ

Ref. No: 21/3349/FUL Status: Approval with conditions


Rear porch extension. – The Threshing Barn Watchford Farm Yarcombe Honiton EX14 9LZ

Ref. No: 21/3356/FUL  Status: Approval with conditions


Alterations to roof, walls and fenestration – Moxhayes Cottage Yarcombe EX14 9BB

Ref. No: 21/2703/FUL Status: Approval with conditions


Alterations to roof, walls, fenestration and internal layout, and installation of flue – Moxhayes Cottage Yarcombe EX14 9BB

Ref. No: 21/2704/LBC  Status: Approval with conditions




Adjacent Parishes:




The next meeting currently scheduled as Monday 4th April at 8pm,