By Andrew Coates, Town Clerk, May 25 2018 01:08PM
Items of importance dealt with week commencing 21st May 2018
Alan Dart Contractors have commenced the repair of the woodland paths and also they have cleaned out the ditches which were mostly blocked. The worst areas are on the new woodland paths and we have used new scalpings for those areas rather than the scalpings in the bottom car park. This should be completed by the end of next week.
Pathfields Business Park 4
The sales tenders are due to go out today and the deadline for submission will be 22nd June. The advert has already been published in the Western Morning News and the North Devon Journal. The contractor that was agreed at the Council meeting on Tuesday has been informed although we have stated the formal appointment will not be until the results of the tenders are known. I have had to register the PBP 4 land that the Council are selling with the revenue as there was surprisingly no Option to Tax on this parcel of land which would have incurred more costs as the Input VAT would not have been reclaimable.
Councillor Moore mentioned at the Full Council Meeting on Tuesday that he had visited the Calvert Trust by invitation and that he had found the whole experience most inspiring. Cllr Moore had asked that other Town Councillors be invited for a walk around. I have since spoken to one of the Trustees of the Trust and they would be delighted to invite any Councillor along. If there is interest I can then arrange some dates for the visit so please could you let me know.
Central Park Area
The Council staff have on their rota a schedule of painting parts of South Molton that are looking shabby. At the moment we are concentrating on the Central Car Park area and we have already painted the wall around the lorry wash area. The garage opposite with the awful brown colour is next on the list but as it belongs to NDC we have asked permission for that to be done. Also the small area at the rear of Buckinghams requires attention which also belongs to NDC. The container behind that wall is being dismantled in the next few weeks.
The Draft Neighbourhood Plan is in the process of being completed and an Informal Meeting of Councillors will be held on Wednesday 20th June in the Amory Centre at 6.30pm. This will be to go through the draft in full so that the Plan can be brought to the Full Council at the end of June for Council ratification. The relevant papers will be sent by email to everyone in advance of that meeting.
The feature on South Molton for Countryfile Diaries will be aired on Friday June 1st at 9.15am.
The hold up on the re-location of the mans shed has been due to finding a space for the sit on mowers to be housed. I have today heard back from the owners of the garage on the junction with Mill Street and New road and they will be prepared to rent one of the garage areas to the Council . The amount has not yet been discussed but I should hear next week.
There are no scheduled meetings next week.