Agenda and draft minutes

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43.

Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Ford and Hepple.

44.

Council Minutes pdf icon PDF 328 KB

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 10 August 2020.

Minutes:

It was moved by the Chair, seconded by Councillor Hackett and -

 

Resolved:   That the minutes of the meeting held on 10 August be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

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

 

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

X

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

 

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

 

 

X

INCH, A 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 W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

X

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

 

(Vote: For 30, Abstentions 4)

 

Matters Arising

 

Minute No 2 – Matters Arising (Meeting 24 February 2020)

 

Councillor Hames asked when the Special Council meeting to discuss the Local Plan will be held.

 

The Chief Executive confirmed that a couple of dates were being considered for a number of special council meetings.  The one being considered for the meeting for responding to the planning reforms white paper will be before the consultation closing date (23 October), on either October 19 or 26 October. 

 

Minute 38 Notices of Motion – from Councillor Hames: Affordable Housing

 

Councillor Hames sought confirmation of when the Notice of Motion will go to Community & Resources.  The Chief Executive explained that this item is a big part of the Strategic Plan, which was to be discussed later in the meeting.  Affordable housing will form part of the action plan arising from the Strategic Plan.  A report will be brought forward.  However, the piece of work was quite extensive and complicated and, requiring a specialised skillset in terms of setting up a housing companies or building houses for example, could not be wholly completed by officers within the authority.  Because of the wider ramifications, the report will need to be considered by Full Council.

 

Once Members have considered the Strategic Plan and if adopted, the action plan will be drawn up based on those items Members wished to prioritise.

 

45.

Public Contributions

15 minute period for public contributions.  (The deadline for registering to speak is by 2pm Thursday 1 October 2020. To register please email dem.services@torridge.gov.uk).

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor David Chalmers, Mayor of Northam

 

Councillor Chalmers addressed the Council on the Strategic Plan.  Northam Town Council wanted to ensure that Northam, as the 2nd largest town in Torridge, by population, was included in the Strategic Plan and for it to be recognised that the town, in terms of tourism and employment, was a significant player in the district.  This was particularly important when Torridge was looking at investment and support for businesses across Torridge.

 

Mr Laurence Shelley

 

Mr Shelly spoke on the subject of the planning system, in particular, about sustainable development.  He had concerns about developments in Northam and Westward Ho! which demonstrated no model of sustainability; which did not meet the needs of residents and did not address future environmental challenges.  Mr Shelley referred to the Torridge Housing Needs Assessment carried out 8 years ago.  He cited Daddon Hill as an example of a development which did not address the findings of the Torridge Housing Needs Assessment.  This particular development did not include any bungalows to accommodate the aged group or those with mobility needs.  He called for an up to date Housing Needs Assessment.

 

The speaker expressed the opinion that the affordable housing requirement should be set at 30%.  He felt schools and road infrastructure were regularly failing to meet the timely provision requirements as set out in Local Plan Policy SD23. 

 

With regard to the environmental element of the agreed developments, Mr Shelley spoke of car dependency if and when the school is eventually built; the lack of shops within walking distance and little surety of appropriate transport.  Furthermore, there was no requirement for solar panels.  He did not feel this was compatible with the move towards a low carbon economy.

 

Mr Shelley concluded by talking about non-material aspects of planning and urged Councillors to think about the cumulative impact of the decisions taken.  He stated that people felt disconnected with the democratic process and often believed there was no point in objecting.  He made a plea that sustainability be put back at the forefront of planning considerations.

 

Written Statements in support of Councillor Cottle-Hunkin’s Notice of Motion regarding the North Devon Hospital Maternity Unit

 

The Chair agreed that, contrary to normal proceedings and in view of the personal nature of the contribution, an anonymous statement would, on this occasion, be heard.  In addition to this statement, contributions had been received from Bryony McDonald, Jodie Tuttiett, Chloe Turner, Keeley Hewett and Hollie Sturman.

 

The Chief Executive read out the statements relating individual experiences and emotions in light of attending scans and other maternity milestones alone without the support of a partner/family member.  All statements confirmed their support for Councillor Cottle-Hunkin’s Notice of Motion.

 

46.

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.

47.

Agreement of Agenda Items Part I and II

There are no Part II items.

Minutes:

There were no Part II items.

48.

To consider correspondence or other business especially brought forward by the direction of the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair confirmed that a special meeting of Full Council will be held on November 16 to review the constitution.  Members will be required to put forward views and comments by 23 October.  Item 8 on today’s agenda had been deferred to that meeting.

49.

To answer questions submitted under Procedural Rule A9

Minutes:

A question had been submitted by Councillor Newton under Procedural Rule A9.    

 

In accordance with the constitution, a written answer to the question had been circulated to all Members.

 

Written Question from Councillor Newton

Please accept this question under RP A9.1.  This was notified to Steve Hearse in accordance with RP A9.3 on 6 August 2020:

"To ask for a breakdown of all costs borne by TDC incurred as a result of the legal dispute with Kivells over the Holsworthy Agricultural Centre.  The response to identify any and all legal, compensation, maintenance, commission and court-directed costs over the duration of the dispute, as well as an estimate of total officer' time incurred." 

 

Answer

 

Kivells costs

 

·         Compensation settlement £ 525,448.71

·         Kivells costs £ 434,608.00

·         Torridge costs legal & Professional £ 321,638.50

·         Total costs £1,281,695.20

 

The officer time as submitted prior to the case amounted to 419.13 hours, the split as below:

 

Solicitor 15/09/2010 SD

231.73

Solicitor CN

78.00

Solicitor HP

104.70

Surveyor/Paralegal

4.70

419.13

 

David Heyes

Finance Manager & Interim Section 151 Officer

 

Councillor Newton asked a supplementary question of the Leader of the Council:

 

Given the fact that this was a significant loss of and drain on Council money, and it stretched over several administrations, will there be any follow-up or investigation to try to learn lessons from it, so that a repetition can be avoided?

 

The Leader of the Council responded that:

 

It did indeed go back over several administrations

Lessons had been learnt in that a much more IFA-accountable system is to be introduced, so everything will be thoroughly recorded and documented.  He invited Councillor Newton to share any ideas he might have which could safeguard future scenarios.

50.

Review of Constitution pdf icon PDF 378 KB

To receive the report of the Senior Solicitor and Monitoring Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Item deferred to Special Full Council meeting on 16 October.  He confirmed that the meeting will be held in the evening.

 

The Chair extended thanks on behalf of the Council to Councillor McKenna of Cornwall Council and Mr Clarke of the Local Government Association for their input in to the constitution.  Councillor Pennington echoed the Chair’s thanks to Councillor McKenna and Mr Clarke.

51.

Strategic Plan pdf icon PDF 27 KB

To receive the report of the Leader and Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Executive introduced the report.  He summarised the proceedings  since Members had started developing the Strategic Plan, through a series of workshops, in late 2019/early 2020.  The draft plan was ready to go out to consultation in March 2020 but had been put on hold due to Covid-10. 

 

Members had since approved a number of minor amendments at the last full Council meeting on 10 August, although these did not change the overall direction of the plan.  The plan had then been put out to a consultation over a 6-week period, culminating on 23 September, and 20 responses, with 72 comments, had been received, inclusive of Councillor Chalmer’s public contribution earlier in the meeting.  All of the comments had been included in papers but quite a few required further clarification and more details.  Furthermore, as the Strategic Plan was still in a high-level format, many of the comments would be answered at the next stage.  The next step is, once the plan, as set out in the pack, is adopted, officers will review the comments and include these in a future report which will be presented to Members together with an action plan.

 

The Leader of the Council hoped Members would see the merits of approving what had been developed by all Members.  He highlighted the issue of housing, for which the Government was putting forward large sums of money and in order to benefit from this a policy needed to be in place.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Hames, the Chair said Northam Town Council should submit its comments for consideration at the meeting where the revised plan will be reviewed.

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

That the final version of the new Strategic Plan be adopted.

 

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

 

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

 

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

 

INCH, A 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 W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

X

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For – unanimous)

 

 

52.

Winkleigh Neighbourhood Plan pdf icon PDF 531 KB

To receive the report of the Senior Planning Policy Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members were advised that the Winkleigh Neighbourhood Plan had been brought to Full Council for approval and that the Council had no provision to make any changes.

 

Councillor Christie referred to the recent Plans meeting where the Government’s consultation on the new planning system had been discussed.  He had been told that a new Local Plan would be required and he asked how this would affect the Neighbourhood Plan as this had to comply with the Local Plan.  The Senior Planning Policy Officer responded that he did not know as the detail was lacking at this stage.  However, under the existing legislation, an up to date Local Plan had to be in place by 2023.  An up to date Local Plan was in place and it will remain up to date for 5 years and during this period it will be reviewed.  If still considered to be up to date by the end of that period it could be taken forward. 

 

The Senior Planning Policy Officer told the meeting that there were prescribed processes the authority had to follow, and he alluded to the Council’s statutory duties.  He outlined the process.

 

The Ward Member for Winkleigh told the meeting that Winkleigh Parish Council accepted the Independent Examiner’s comments.

 

The Senior Planning Policy Officer stated that Winkleigh Parish Council, TDC Officers and the Independent Examiner were satisfied that the Plan should proceed.

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

That the recommendations, as set out in the report, 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

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

X

 

 

FORD, L

 

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

 

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

 

INCH, A 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 W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

X

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For – unanimous)

 

Councillor Lock left the meeting.

53.

Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To receive the report of the Senior Planning Policy Officer

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Senior Planning Policy Officer presented the report which sought to gain Member approval to adopt the Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) so that it may be treated as a material consideration in determining relevant planning applications.  He outlined the history and scope of the document.

 

The Council learnt that Natural England had provided training to Planning Officers on the effects of ammonia on habitat and how to assess and mitigate this risk.

 

Clarification was sought regarding the source of the information regarding ammonia and rates of nitrogen (7.3).  The Senior Planning Policy Officer replied that the information had come from Natural England and correlated to the information presented at the training received by Planning Officers. He would be happy to provide the slide to Members.

 

A short debate took place on the effects of ammonia on habitat and people’s health and the input of Natural England.

 

Councillor James declared that he was nervous about the agricultural section of the report and felt this had been added without due discussion.

 

Councillor Jones declared an interest – his family are farmers.

Councillor Cottle-Hunkin declared an interest – small family farmers.

Councillor Harding declared an interest - son and brother are farmers.

 

It was noted that the document had a particular focus on Braunton.

 

It was alleged that the document, although not yet adopted by TDC, was already being used by the Planning Team.  The Senior Planning Policy Officer re-assured Members that there was no intention to bring the SPD in by the backdoor and it had not been solely the work of Natural England.  Indeed, the SPD had been presented to the Local Plan Working Group and due regard had been given to it.  Furthermore, the document had not been used by Planning Officers in terms of decision making. It was possible that Natural England had been requing scale assessments but this would have come from down from a national level.

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

That the Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), as set out in Appendix 2, as a Supplementary Planning Document be adopted and treated as a material consideration in the determination of relevant planning applications.

 

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

 

 

 

GUBB, J

 

X

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

X

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

 

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

HODSON, C

 

X

HURLEY, D

 

X

HUTCHINGS, J

 

X

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

 

X

JONES, D

 

X

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

MANLEY, J

 

X

NEWTON, S

X

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

ROSSI, G

X

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

Councillor Pennington declared a personal interest  ...  view the full minutes text for item 53.

54.

Coastal Concordat pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To receive the report of the Senior Planning Policy Officer

 

Minutes:

The Senior Planning Policy Officer explained the purpose and composition of the coastal concordat.  The 25 Year Environment Plan, which TDC has signed up to, includes a commitment for all local authorities with costal interests to become a signatory by 2021.  The agreement is currently non-binding.

 

The Senior Planning Policy Officer described how the concordat was based on 5 high-level principles:

 

·         a first point of contact

·         a single lead authority to coordinate the requirements 

·         to add dispensing or deferring responsibilities

·         to get agreements early, ideally at the pre-application stage

·         to provide a coordinated service

 

He highlighted the benefits to regulators and applicants, summarising that it would bring better efficiency.  It was noted that it is still the responsibility of the applicant to gain the required consents. 

 

Councillor James, as Lead Member for the Environment, expressed concerns about accountability.  The Senior Planning Policy Officer confirmed that this point had been noted and he reassured Members that the process should increase accountability, transparency and the flow of information.  In response to Councillor Bushby’s concerns about the influence of Natural England and the Environment Agency, reassurance was given that the authority would retain all of its independence in terms of decision making.

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That the Coastal Concordat be adopted, and officers be authorised to confirm such in writing to Defra; and

 

2.    That it be agreed to work under the principles of the Concordat in undertaking and discharging its regulatory responsibilities associated to coastal development.

 

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

 

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

X

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

 

 

 

HICKS, R H

 

X

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

 

 

X

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

 

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

 

X

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

 

X

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

X

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For 26, Against, 5 Abstentions 2)

 

Councillor Hames left the meeting.

 

 

 

 

55.

Petitions

To receive petitions (if any)

Minutes:

There were no petitions.

 

56.

Notices of Motion

Minutes:

There were no notices of motion.

 

57.

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor McGeough

I would urge the members to support a retractable cover for the pool in Victoria park, we have lots of anti-social behaviour in the park with mindless people throwing glass into the small pool. To provide the pool with a cover would also provide the pool with a safety feature when it is not in use and unmanned by staff.  

 

Implementation of a secure retractable cover would in the long run pay for itself and prove a cost saving exercise Eliminating unnecessary costs to outside contractors for works repairing and clearing the pool of debris etc.  

A cover would prevent this and provide every resident and visitor to the park with peace of mind when choosing to use this great facility in Torridge!

 

This is the only outside pool within Torridge and North Devon which a local authority provides for the public and we need to keep it it good order. 

 

 

Minutes:

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor McGeough

 

I would urge the members to support a retractable cover for the pool in Victoria park, we have lots of anti-social behaviour in the park with mindless people throwing glass into the small pool. To provide the pool with a cover would also provide the pool with a safety feature when it is not in use and unmanned by staff. 

 

Implementation of a secure retractable cover would in the long run pay for itself and prove a cost saving exercise Eliminating unnecessary costs to outside contractors for works repairing and clearing the pool of debris etc. 

A cover would prevent this and provide every resident and visitor to the park with peace of mind when choosing to use this great facility in Torridge!

 

This is the only outside pool within Torridge and North Devon which a local authority provides for the public and we need to keep it in good order.

 

The Notice of Motion was taken as read.  Councillor McGeough added that he sought to engage the support of Members as he felt Victoria Park was very important to Torridge and the proposal would bring cost savings to the Council.  He reminded Members that he had previously submitted the Notice of Motion and believed it needed to be followed up.

 

The Chair confirmed that, if approved by Council, the Notice of Motion would be presented the Property & Major Projects Working Group for costings and assessment.

 

The Notice of Motion was seconded by the Chair.

 

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

 

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

 

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

 

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

 

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

X

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

|(Vote: For – unanimous)

 

58.

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor McKenzie

I propose that this council re-evaluates it’s current management of the pebble ridge with the intention of preserving the coastal defence. I propose this as the cost of not preserving the pebble ridge and it’s function will cost lives, hundreds of millions of pounds, the loss of unique habitats and subsequent impact on biodiversity. It will also cause massive pollution in the bay, the estuary and both rivers as the dump will be washed away. This council, along with most others, declared a climate emergency. Hundreds of square kilometres of Northern Devon will be devastated including land used for residential, industrial and leisure purposes. This must be done in conjunction with North Devon District Council as the impact will also be felt by them. The last investigation into this matter is now out of date (2012).



Minutes:

The Chair explained that, if approved, this Notice of Motion would go back to Full Council, with a comprehensive report.

 

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor McKenzie

 

I propose that this council re-evaluates its current management of the pebble ridge with the intention of preserving the coastal defence. I propose this as the cost of not preserving the pebble ridge and its function will cost lives, hundreds of millions of pounds, the loss of unique habitats and subsequent impact on biodiversity. It will also cause massive pollution in the bay, the estuary and both rivers as the dump will be washed away. This council, along with most others, declared a climate emergency. Hundreds of square kilometres of Northern Devon will be devastated including land used for residential, industrial and leisure purposes. This must be done in conjunction with North Devon District Council as the impact will also be felt by them. The last investigation into this matter is now out of date (2012).

 

Councillor McKenzie stated that, after his discussion with the Lead Member for Resources, which included coastal defence, he wished to withdraw the Notice of Motion as the matter was already under investigation.  However, if he felt insufficient progress had been made in a timely manner, he would re-introduce the Notice of Motion at a future date.

 

The Senior Solicitor confirmed that as the Notice of Motion had not been proposed, seconded and voted on, it could be withdrawn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

59.

Written Notice of Motion from Councillors Jones & Hutchings

“While recognising that any such donation is entirely voluntary and at the discretion of the individual Councillor, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic leading to the cancellation of meetings in April, May and June this Full Council would encourage Chairs and Vice-Chairs to donate a portion of their chair’s allowance- as they see fit - to our Councillor grants fund.”

 

Minutes:

The Chair asked the Leader of the Council to clarify whether the Notice of Motion had been superseded by the discussions and recommendation of the Community & Resources Committee.  The Leader stated that the Notice of Motion had not been superseded, however, he confirmed that the Councillor Grant Fund had been restored.  The Leader added there had now been more extraordinary meetings than missed meetings.

 

Written Notice of Motion from Councillors Jones & Hutchings

 

“While recognising that any such donation is entirely voluntary and at the discretion of the individual Councillor, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic leading to the cancellation of meetings in April, May and June this Full Council would encourage Chairs and Vice-Chairs to donate a portion of their chair’s allowance- as they see fit - to our Councillor grants fund.”

 

Councillor Jones sought clarification from the Senior Solicitor:

 

·         Should the Council not proceed straight to the vote, as this is a Notice of Motion?

·         Are Members who are Chairs and Vice-Chairs allowed to vote on the Notice of Motion, as they must have a financial interest.

 

The Senior Solicitor confirmed that the Member proposing the Notice of Motion should have the opportunity to present the Notice of Motion and then the Chair should ask for a seconder, directly followed by the vote.  With regard to Members who have an interest, Full Council cannot make the decision to take away a Member’s expenses. 

 

Councillor Christie raised a point of order that all councillors vote on their own money as it comes in each year.

 

Councillor Hackett raised a point order.  The Notice of Motion was discriminatory and did not treat all councillors with equality.

 

The Chair sought a seconder.  Councillor McGeough seconded the Notice of Motion and added that the Councillors should have the opportunity to present their Notice of Motion.

 

Councillor Jones presented the Notice of Motion explaining that all Members receive an allowance for going out into the communities and working hard and he had no doubt that the Chairs in question had been out in their communities and had done work related to their chair roles.  Members of the public had said to Councillor Jones that, if meetings had been cancelled and a councillor receives an allowance to chair those meetings and their role during this period had been lessened, maybe it would be the suitable thing to give a portion of that back to the council as a gesture of solidarity with the people of Torridge who will be going through hard times.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Hutchins and seconded by Councillor McGeough –

 

That the Notice of Motion 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

 

CLARKE, M

 

X

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

 

 

X

CRAIGIE, R

 

 

X

DART, A L

 

X

 

FORD, L

 

 

 

GUBB, J

 

X

 

HACKETT, P J W

 

X

 

HAMES, P

 

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

X

HAWKINS, C

 

X

 

HEPPLE, K

 

 

 

HICKS,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 59.

60.

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor Cottle-Hunkin

Pregnancy and birth is hard at the best of times. Covid-19 has made this even harder by removing partner support for women at the most exciting but also nerve-wracking time of their lives.

 

Since the national lockdown was lifted, maternity restrictions have remained and pregnant women have continued to sit alone in hospital rooms with partners locked out of scans and labour. They are anxiously separated from the people they love the most, with no idea of the outcomes as women are given life-changing news; they miss that first special moment of seeing their baby’s first heartbeat, or are devastatingly absent and unable to hold the mother’s hand through the tears and heartache of finding out it’s not there.

 

On 8th Sept the government gave NHS Trusts guidance that states women should be permitted to have a supportive person with them for all scans and during all stages of labour. Yet at North Devon District Hospital the rules remain the same and no changes have been made to reflect this guidance.

 

Pregnancy, with all its ups and downs, is not something that should be experienced alone.

 

As such, I propose that this council writes a letter to Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust asking them to reconsider their current maternity restrictions with urgency, and allow women to have their partners with them for all pregnancy scans and at all stages of labour.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Brenton declared an interest - his eldest daughter is a Staff Nurse at the North Devon District Hospital.

 

Councillor Cottle-Hunkin declared a personal interest – she is 16 weeks pregnant and it affects friends and family.

 

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor Cottle-Hunkin

 

Pregnancy and birth are hard at the best of times. Covid-19 has made this even harder by removing partner support for women at the most exciting but also nerve-wracking time of their lives.

 

Since the national lockdown was lifted, maternity restrictions have remained and pregnant women have continued to sit alone in hospital rooms with partners locked out of scans and labour. They are anxiously separated from the people they love the most, with no idea of the outcomes as women are given life-changing news; they miss that first special moment of seeing their baby’s first heartbeat, or are devastatingly absent and unable to hold the mother’s hand through the tears and heartache of finding out it’s not there.

 

On 8th Sept the Government gave NHS Trusts guidance that states women should be permitted to have a supportive person with them for all scans and during all stages of labour. Yet at North Devon District Hospital the rules remain the same and no changes have been made to reflect this guidance.

 

Pregnancy, with all its ups and downs, is not something that should be experienced alone.

 

As such, I propose that this council writes a letter to Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust asking them to reconsider their current maternity restrictions with urgency, and allow women to have their partners with them for all pregnancy scans and at all stages of labour.

 

Councillor Cottle-Hunkin told the meeting that on 8 September, NHS guidance had been issued to allow the reintroduction of partners in maternity services.  Councillor Cottle-Hunkin said there had been a lot of support from professional bodies, MPs and members of the public.  On 1 October North Devon Healthcare Trust had announced that there would be changes, effective 2 October.  The Council was informed of the changes.  In light of the changes and the huge progress that had been made, Councillor Cottle-Hunkin wished to amend the Notice of Motion, proposing that a letter be written thanking the Trust and supporting the changes they have made.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Cottle-Hunkin, seconded by Councillor Brenton and –

 

Resolved:

 

That a letter be written thanking the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and stating that this Council supports the change they have made.

 

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

 

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

 

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

 

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

X

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D  ...  view the full minutes text for item 60.