Site Meeting held at 2pm on 27th September 2012, starting at UplymeVillage Hall
In attendance: C Cllr Jim Knight (DCC), Brian Hoare (DCC Highways), Richard Rainbow + colleague (DCC Flood prevention team), Mrs Paula Wyon-Brown (Village Hall chairman), Cllrs Turner, Mason, Ostler (Uplyme PC), Lois Wakeman (Uplyme PC Clerk)
4 issues were discussed.
- The erosion at the outfall from the pipe is in danger of undermining the road. Title deeds show this land belongs to Fields in Trust, right up to the highway. PWB had thought that the road side of the car park belonged to the hall (as that was where the original hall was located). BH said that, given the seriousness of the situation, he may put plans in action to determine the best technical solution with the Env Agency (?) and do the work, then pursue reimbursement from the landowner later. AT will contact the KGV chairman and let him know the situation.
- The BT cabinet outside the Village Hall is an obvious obstruction. LW has written to BT asking them to move it or pipe the cables across higher up, and RR will also do the same.
- The blocking of the culvert was exacerbated by the amount of debris in the leat in the garden of “The Beeches” on the downstream side. Cllrs Ostler or Turner will approach the landowner and ask him to clear it out. *
- A tree growing in the ditch next to the pub car park is significantly impeding the stream. RR will contact EDDC and investigate the possibility of getting the obstruction removed.
* If this is not done, the Council should consider organising a ‘village work day’, to carry out this work, and also clearing out the ditch by the village hall. It might be possible for Highways to provide a lorry to take arisings away. (Note that it is difficult to serve notice on a riparian owner to clear debris unless it is clearly blocking water flow.)
Other matters: a goyle has developed in Rocombe at the top of the Carswell stream. RR and colleague would inspect it after the meeting. If the PC goes ahead with the flood relief channel, there may be much cheaper ways to engineer an outfall into the river, compared with that proposed by the EA.
“The Beeches”’ landowner will dig an exploratory pit in the stream bed, and is willing, with help, to clear the leat.
A Councillor will contact the owner of Hackers Mead re: removing the tree.
Fields in Trust will attempt to rectify the incorrect information on the Land Registry, as they admit that the ownership details are incorrect.
The goyle has been inspected but no report yet published.