Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Virtual meeting via Zoom

Contact: Democratic Services  Email: democratic.services@torridge.gov.uk

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No. Item

16.

Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Wiseman. 

17.

Public Contributions

15 minute period for public contributions.  (The deadline for registering  to speak is by 2pm Thursday 23 July 2020. To register please email dem.services@torridge.gov.uk).

 

Minutes:

Ms Cathy Slaughter addressed the meeting and spoke in support of Agenda item 7b) – Councillor Hames Notice of Motion re safer cycling routes in Torridge.

 

Representing the recently formed Northern Devon Cycling Campaign, Ms Slaughter referred to the Government scheme to combat obesity and stated it was opportune that Councillor Hames’s Notice of Motion should come before Council today. 

 

Ms Slaughter told the meeting that the aim of the Northern Devon Cycling Campaign was to support and promote a North Devon wide network of safe cycling routes by uniting community groups, local councillors, health professionals and individuals with expertise.  The group welcomed the initiatives, and possibly funding, to support healthier lifestyles coming from the Government and gave full support to TDC in its efforts to create a coherent cycling and walking infrastructure.

 

A map was presented to the meeting showing ideas for routes in and around Bideford.  The Northern Devon Cycling Campaign acknowledged that there were environmental concerns surrounding the suggested Kenwith Valley route.

 

In addition to promoting healthier lifestyles, and sustainable travel, Northern Devon was perfectly placed to develop eco-tourism – eco-tourism could be at the heart of regenerating the area.

 

The Chair thanked Ms Slaughter for her contribution.

 

 

18.

Declarations of interest

Members with interests to declare should refer to the Agenda item and describe the nature of their interest when the item is being discussed.

Minutes:

Members were reminded that declarations of interest should be made as and when the specific agenda item to which they related was under discussion.

19.

Agreement of Agenda Items Part I and II

Minutes:

It was proposed and seconded and –

 

Resolved:

 

That the Agenda as circulated be agreed.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

  AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

DART, A

 

 

 

FORD, L

X

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, RH

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

 

INCH, T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

 

X

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

X

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

 

 

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 33, Against 1)

 

 

Councillor Dart joined the meeting at 18.43

 

20.

Urgent Matters Brought Forward with the Permission of the the Chair

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters brought forward.

21.

Future High Street Fund pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To receive the report of the Planning & Economy Manager

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The purpose of the report was to outline the proposals for Torridge District Councils Final Submission for the Future High Street Fund Submission to the Ministry of Housing Community Local Government for the regeneration of Bideford Town Centre.  To request Full Council’s commitment to the proposal and to agree to support the co-funding requirements.

 

The Interim Head of Paid Service gave a brief introduction to the project, acknowledging the hard work that had been undertaken by the Economic Development Officer and his team, the Property, Finance and Legal Teams.  The Officers have worked on the risks involved and have mitigated them as much as possible.

 

The Leader congratulated those Members who had worked with Officers on this project.

 

The Economic Development Officer gave a detailed and informative slide presentation updating members on the proposed scheme.  He reported on the progress that had been made in the last nine months and the widespread support given to this project from across the region.   The Scheme will, in the long run, pay for itself and is the key to driving investment into both Bideford and the local area.

 

The Estates Manager presented the financial investment pertaining to the scheme and outlined the professional appraisal of the financial elements of the submission.

 

The Interim Section 151 officer detailed the financial sensitivity analysis undertaken with respect to the Future High Street project.

 

The impact of following key variables were modelled

·         Changes to Interest Rates

·         Sales receipts from residential units

·         Future income streams from commercial lettings

·         Construction Build Inflation

 

The Interim Section 151 Officer explained that the most significant variable was Construction Build Inflation.

 

The worst scenario modelled was:

 

·         10% Construction Build Inflation per year for each year of construction

·         20% reduction in the sales proceeds for the residential units

·         20% reduction in Commercial letting income

 

Under the worst scenario modelled, the project would cost the Council between £12k and £57k per year dependent upon interest rates

 

With the best-case scenario, the project generated a positive revenue stream for the Council with its investment being repaid within 10 years.

 

During the discussions Members were highly supportive of the Project and congratulated all Officers concerned. This would be a wonderful opportunity for both Bideford and the local area in terms of regeneration and investment into the town.

 

It was proposed by Councillor McGeough, seconded by Councillor Brenton and –

 

Resolved:

 

·         That the Capital programme be increased by £9.7million covering the full cost of the scheme be approved.

 

·         To underwrite the costs net of external grants of £5.4millions to fund the project and submit the bid to MHCLG be approved.

 

·         That the funding requirement take the form of external borrowing be approved.

 

·         That the Council’s external borrowing limit be increased by £5.4million to £10.4million be approved.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

  AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

DART, A

X

 

 

FORD,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

22.

Notices of Motion

22a

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor McGeough

Given the strong feeling from the recent C and R committee combined with petitions from the public and representations from local businesses, I propose that TDC introduce free car parking for the first one or two hours in some or all of the car parks in Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington town centres for a period of two months in order to further help traders during this pandemic crisis . This measure to be implemented as soon as is possible. How the cost for this will be met is to be decided by members considering - but not limited to - reviewing the capital project and/or rebalancing current car parking tariffs."

 

Minutes:

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor McGeough

 

“Given the strong feeling from the recent C and R committee combined with petitions from the public and representations from local businesses, I propose that TDC introduce free car parking for the first one or two hours in some or all of the car parks in Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington town centres for a period of two months in order to further help traders during this pandemic crisis . This measure to be implemented as soon as is possible. How the cost for this will be met is to be decided by Members considering - but not limited to - reviewing the capital project and/or rebalancing current car parking tariffs."

It was proposed by Councillor McGeough, seconded by Councillor Hutchings and -

Resolved:

 

That the Notice of Motion be referred to the Community & Resources Committee.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

  AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

DART, A

X

 

 

FORD, L

 

X

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

 

X

 

HICKS, RH

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

 

X

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

 

INCH, T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

 

X

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P

 

 

X

ROSSI, G

X

 

 

WATSON, P

 

X

 

WISEMAN, R

 

 

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 29, Against 5, Abstention 1)

 

22b

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor Hames

Given the significant increase in people cycling to work and for leisure during the present health crisis and recognising the shortage of safe cycling routes in Torridge I propose that this Council works with the County Council, parishes, One Northern Devon  and other community groups to encourage safe cycling and to identify and promote  suitable  cycle routes.

Minutes:

Councillor Hames introduced the notice of Motion citing the big increase in cycling during lockdown.  There had been a fall in car usage, pollution levels had dropped, and roads were quieter.  Coming out of lockdown offered an ideal opportunity to promote and continue the trend toward cycling; it was vital in maintaining reductions in pollution.  Cycling could help reduce obesity.

 

Councillor Hames asked that this Council engage with other organisations, primarily with Devon County Council but also Town/Parish Councils, One Northern Devon and the Northern Devon Cycling Campaign.  Councillor Hames would like to see Torridge District Council involved in identifying cycling and walking routes, both as cycle paths on public roads and in separate areas isolated from public roads, such as the Kenwith Valley and the Bude/Holsworthy cycle track. New routes should link with the Tarka Trail enabling easier commuting to the towns and at the same time increase the eco-tourist offer.  Reference was made to the map presented by Ms Cathy Slaughter earlier in the meeting.

 

Councillor Hames felt there were a possibility that TDC could require developers, under planning, to contribute S106 monies towards proper cycle links.

 

A clear line of responsibility to promote cycling was sought – who will take this forward?  There was some urgency in taking this forward as the deadline for the Government’s 2nd tranche of funding for cycle/walking tracks is 7 August.

 

The Leader of the Council suggested that the initiative be looked at urgently by the Climate Change Working Group.

 

The Notice of Motion was seconded by Councillor James.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

  AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

DART, A

X

 

 

FORD, L

X

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, RH

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

 

INCH, T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

X

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

 

 

 

 

(Vote: For – unanimous)

 

The following observations were taken from the ensuing debate:

 

Ø  Both northern Devon MPs should be lobbied for support

Ø  The Bridge Trust had, 10 years ago, offered Devon County Council £40,000 to support the Kenwith Valley initiative.  The tourism this would bring would also create increased footfall in Bideford. 

Ø  Devon County Council was negotiating with the landowners in relation to the Kenwith Valley proposal.

Ø  The provision of cycle charging points on the quay for electric bikes could help promote usage.

Ø  Various potential routes were put forward

 

Two points of order were raised:

 

Councillor Bushby questioned whether there were any connections with Cycles Scuderia and Northern Devon Cycling Campaign.  Clarification will  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22b

23.

Exclusion of Public

The Chair to move:

 

“That the public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting because of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972”

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor Brenton, seconded by Councillor Watson and –

 

Resolved:

 

That under Section 100(a)(4) of the Local Government Act (as amended) the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business because of the likely disclosure of exempt information by virtue of Paragraph 3 of Part 1 and Paragraph 10 of Part 2 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

  AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

DART, A

X

 

 

FORD, L

X

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

HICKS, RH

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

 

INCH, T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P

X

 

ROSSI, G

X

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

WISEMAN, R

 

 

 

 

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

 

24.

PART II - (CLOSED SESSION)

 

Items which may be taken in the absence of the public and press on the grounds that exempt information may be disclosed.

 

25.

Major Contracts Update

To receive a verbal update from the Interim Head of Paid Service

Minutes:

A slide presentation was delivered updating Members on 2 major contracts.  Having presented TDC’s current position, Officers sought a steer from Members on the way forward. 

 

It was proposed by Councillor Brenton, and seconded by Councillor Bushby –

 

That:

 

Members support, in principle, the suggested TDC position.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

  AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

DART, A

X

 

 

FORD, L

X

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, RH

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

INCH, T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

 

 

 

 

Councillor Rossi had left the meeting and did not take part in the vote.

 

(Vote: For 32, Against 2)

 

 

26.

Statutory Officer Role

To receive the report of the Leader of the Council

Minutes:

Prior to the commencement of this item, the Interim Head of Paid Service left the meeting.

 

Councillor James, Leader of the Council, presented the report and clarified its purpose. He referred to the recommendations detailed in the report which sought approval from Members.

 

It was proposed by Councillor James, seconded by Councillor Brenton and –

 

Resolved:

 

That the recommendations as detailed in the report be agreed.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

  AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

X

 

 

FORD, L

X

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

INCH, T

 

X

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

 

X

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

NEWTON, S

 

X

PENNINGTON, P

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

 

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 31, Abstain 3)

 

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 (AS AMENDED)

 

It was proposed by Councillor Brenton, seconded by Councillor Watson and –

 

Resolved:  That the press and public be readmitted.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

  AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

X

 

 

FORD, L

X

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

INCH, T

X

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

PENNINGTON, P

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

 

 

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)