Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Venue: Remote meeting via Zoom

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42.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

43.

Public Contributions

Public contributions in accordance with the current scheme.   (The deadline for registering to speak is by 2pm Thursday 1 October 2020. To register please email dem.services@torridge.gov.uk).

 

Minutes:

There were no public contributions.

 

44.

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 considered.

Minutes:

Declarations of interest were made when the specific agenda items to which they related were under discussion.

45.

Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II

Minutes:

There were no Part II items.

 

46.

Urgent Matters of information to be brought forward with the permission of the Chair and the Committee

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters brought forward.

47.

Recommendation from Internal Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Notice of Motion - Free Car Parking pdf icon PDF 393 KB

To receive the report and appendices of the Planning & Economy Manager

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That the recommendation of Internal Overview & Scrutiny Committee, namely that the first hour be paid for and the second hour be free in all of the following car parks:

 

Great Torrington                  Sydney House

                                                            Barley Gove

 

Bideford                                 Bridge Street

                                                The Quay

                                                The Pill

                                                Riverbank Longstay

                                                Riverbank Shortstay

                                                Clarence Wharf

 

Holsworthy                            Holsworthy Manor   

 

 

for the months of October and November be approved, and to be funded from the balance off Member Grants and from the New Homes Bonus brought forward from 2019/20.

 

 

Minutes:

The Planning & Economy Manager gave a summary of the background to this item, highlighting the salient points within the report.

 

Councillor McGeough addressed the Committee and explained the reasoning behind his Notice of Motion for free parking and stated that he would not be supporting the recommendations of Internal Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

 

When debating this item consideration was given to the needs of residents and local businesses, and to the detrimental impact on the financial position of the Council.

 

The Financial Manager and Interim S151 Officer outlined the financial implications for the Authority should free parking be approved, and the revenue loss for the last financial year on car parking which is a legacy from lockdown.

 

Following an enquiry from Members, the Senior Solicitor advised that should this Committee not agree the recommendation it would be referred to Full Council, but if approved the recommendation would be implemented immediately. 

 

Councillor Newton explained the justification behind his proposing the recommendation at internal Overview & Scrutiny. He mentioned the Covid restrictions which had resulted in queuing etc. and said that his proposal for the second hour free increased “dwell time”.

 

The Planning & Economy Manager confirmed that should Members resolve to provide free parking; it would be well advertised.  Details would be placed on the website and on notice boards next to the pay and display machines.

 

It was proposed by Councillor James, seconded by Councillor Christie that the recommendation be approved.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

Brenton, D

X

 

Bright, C

X

 

 

Bushby, D

X

 

Christie, P

X

 

 

Dart, A

X

 

Hicks, R

X

 

 

Hutchings, J

X

James, K

X

 

 

Laws, N

X

 

 

Lock, R

X

 

McGeough, D

X

 

Wiseman, R

X

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 8, Against 4)

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the recommendation of Internal Overview & Scrutiny Committee, namely that the first hour be paid for and the second hour be free in all of the following car parks:

 

Great Torrington                  Sydney House

                                                            Barley Gove

 

Bideford                                 Bridge Street

                                                The Quay

                                                The Pill

                                                Riverbank Longstay

                                                Riverbank Shortstay

                                                Clarence Wharf

 

Holsworthy                            Holsworthy Manor   

 

 

for the months of October and November be approved, and to be funded from the balance off Member Grants and from the New Homes Bonus brought forward from 2019/20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48.

PART II (CLOSED SESSION)

There are no Part II items