SMTC Weekly Report 8/9/17
By Andrew Coates, Town Clerk, Sep 8 2017 01:48PM
Items of importance dealt with week commencing 4th September 2017
River Taw Fisheries Association
I and the Mayor had a meeting with two representatives from the Local Fisheries Association and they had concerns about the water quality at the outflows form Chulmleigh and Mill on the Mole. They have commissioned West Country Rivers Trust to do a report on the discharge areas and from that the South west Rivers Association have complied a review (PR 19) which will be submitted to South West Water. The discharge and quality of the rivers is done by a self- monitoring process by SWW itself so there is not a lot of confidence in those reports. I did inform them that, when SWW came to the Council meeting a few years back they did say that the current infrastructure could cope with 7,500 residents. The discharge area at Mill on the Mole does have a Grey Fungus present on the out-pipes and this too has been reported. I have invited the Association to give a presentation to Council in October.
There was a meeting last night with the Trustees of the swimming pool and representatives from Parkwood Leisure. A proposal was put to the table which consisted of entering into a ten year lease with the Charitable arm of Parkwood Leisure and they would be responsible for the running and financial viability of the pool within that period. They also, in the business plan want to build a gym to complement the use of the swimming pool. The final accounts for 2017 are in the process of being drawn up by the Accountants and once these are finalised a firm proposal and business plan can be submitted and the Town Council needs only to approve the assignment of the lease of the land area. The final decision rests with the Trustees of the pool.
Pond in Woodlands
The parrot feather has returned in the pond and I have asked that our staff gets rid of the worst of it within the next couple of weeks. We have spent £1700 so far with specialist contractors and it would appear nothing can rid the pond totally of the stuff. So it is best just to keep it under control by disposing of the worst of it.
Meeting with Elan
I have a meeting with Elan Homes on Monday to discuss the open space payments for the development at Gullacombes. It would appear that the payments are due in tranches as and when the area is completed. The Council is due £293,000 for this area.
Finance Meeting to be held in Amory Centre at 6.30pm Monday 11th September.
Andrew Coates, Town Clerk