Venue: Town Hall - Bridge Street, Bideford, EX39 2HS
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Apologies For Absence
To receive apologies for absence from the meeting.
Apologies for absence were received from the Planning and Economy Manager and Councillor S Harding.
Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 July 2019.
It was proposed by Councillor Newton, seconded by Councillor Ford and –
That the minutes of the meeting held on 17 July 2019 be agreed and signed as a correct record.
(Vote: For 8, Abstentions 1)
Minute 15 – Matters Arising – Minute 10 – Health, Wellbeing & Social Care
The Environmental Health & Community Safety Manager to circulate the list of agencies relating to health and wellbeing.
Minute 15 – Matters Arising – Minute 11 – External Grants Working Group
A meeting of the Working Group had not yet taken place, but would be progressed as a matter of urgency.
Minute 23 – Firework Displays/Starlings, Bideford
A report to be presented at Community & Resources Committee meeting on 27 August 2019.
Minute 24 – Play Areas Working Group
A concern was raised regarding the delay in replacing broken play equipment. This matter to be included on the Forward Plan.
15 minute period for public contributions
There was no public participation.
Minute 86 – Nothing further to report - to be deleted from list. To include on Forward Plan.
Minute 8b) – Completed – to be deleted from list.
Minute 15 – Information to be forwarded by the Environmental Health & Community Safety Manager.
Minute 21 – All to be deleted from list.
Minute 25 – To be reviewed under the Forward Plan.
Declaration Of Interests
Members with interests should refer to the agenda item and describe the nature of their interest when the item is considered.
Members were reminded that declarations of interest should be made as and when the specific agenda item to which they related was under discussion.
Agreement Of Agenda Items Part I and II
There were no Part II items.
Urgent Matters Brought Forward With the Permission Of The Chair
There were no urgent matters brought forward.
To consider the consultation document and prepare a response.
The Chair introduced this item and thanked Councillor Ford and Councillor Hackett for putting together a document in response to the seven option Safer Together Consultation document published by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
The Consultation document included proposals to close Appledore Fire Station and the change in status (removal of full time crewing) of Barnstaple, which is used to back up resources in the Torridge area and is also the nearest location of an hydraulic platform.
Councillor Hackett addressed the meeting and gave a brief resume of the document prepared by himself and Councillor Ford. The findings in the document are as a result of in-depth discussions with serving Fire Service Officers and through research online.
Councillor Ford requested that the minutes of this meeting be sent to the Clerk to Mortehoe Parish Council.
Councillor Ford informed the Committee of the information he had been given by serving fire men. During his discussions with the fire officers, it had been mentioned that in the future there is a possibility that both Bideford and Appledore Fire Stations relocate to Heywood Road, Northam.
A lengthy discussion followed, during which a number of issues and concerns were raised, including:
The amalgamation of both Bideford and Appledore fire stations – Councillor Hackett responded to questions with regard to staff losses and costs involved – there would be no staff losses, but it would assist in recruiting firemen who need the capability to get to a fire quickly, which at present is proving difficult. With regard to the costs, he had been told by a fire officer that the new Station would only need to be “garage” type and by combining the assets, the two sites at present could be sold and the monies used for the new facility.
Concerns with regard to the statistic figures in the report – needs to be challenged.
Lack of confidence between on the ground staff and management.
Survey to be completed by the public – not user friendly.
Stronger justification – to include in the recommendations, the changes in the urban area and the housing increase, the changes to location and the density of the population throughout the area.
Two responses are required – a Devon and Somerset global response and a local response. Councillor Ford read to the meeting consultations notes he had prepared.
The document prepared by Councillor Hackett and Councillor Ford to be submitted subject to the following amendment:
On the second page to delete the sentence, starting “This has happened and instances ………….”
GLOBAL RESPONSE - Devon and Somerset Consultation Document
It was proposed by Councillor Ford, seconded by Councillor Langford that this Committee, in response to the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Consultation, make the following recommendations:
· This Committee supports proposals to review and realise aspects of Fire Service delivery.
· We strongly recommend that the Fire Service further takes account of projected population increases in the area.
· We take the view that service reorganisation undertaken currently with cost savings is ... view the full minutes text for item 33.
Please see link to the consultation questionnaire for the new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy
Councillor Pennington introduced this item and explained that the draft Strategy Document, attached to the Agenda, outlined the direction going forward, that should be taken for the wellbeing of the area. Responses to the Consultation to be made by 5 September.
The Environmental Health & Community Safety Manager advised that this item is for discussion around what is included in the Strategy, and for Members to put forward any ideas they wish to add.
Concerns were raised with regard to the Strategy, in particular the lack of clarity on certain items, such as implementation of the Plan and how the Plan would be achieved going forward.
The Environmental Health & Community Safety Manager explained that the Devon Health & Wellbeing Board are not a delivery body but are purely challenging other organisations on how they will be meeting the priorities.
The Chair asked for Members views on what should be included. The following suggestions were put forward:
· A more detailed plan as to how it can lead to local implementation in different areas. To allow greater focus at local level.
· A link between deprivation and life expectancy and the need to address deprivation. There is a high level of deprivation in Devon.
· No mention of carers in the document which is an important factor
· Child poverty and the concerns for those children who get free school meals but are going hungry over the school holidays. It was felt the Council had a duty to lead and influence Groups to provide for these children.
· The aging population
· Key priorities within the area should be identified, and that as a Scrutiny Committee there was a need for Members to highlight the areas the Strategy should address.
· The Authority to evidence the work that is carried out to ensure that people are aware of what is done. The Environmental Health & Community Safety Manager had concerns with the scale of the work this would involve and the difficulty with putting all the information together. Following a suggestion that perhaps Members could identify what is happening in their Wards and feed this back to the Environmental Health & Community Safety Manager, it was agreed that a discussion take place outside of the meeting.
The Environmental Health & Community Safety Manager gave a brief resume of what Members would like taken into account when submitting a response, this was agreed by the Committee.
It was proposed by Councillor Newton, seconded by Councillor Ford and agreed that a response be sent in the terms as stated above.
(Vote: For – Unanimous).
Meeting 27 November – Great Torrington Community Development Trust to give a Presentation.
Councillor Hackett reminded Members of the meeting with Superintendent Toby Davies. This is a joint meeting with ND Council and has been scheduled for 31 October at 10am in the Town Hall, Bideford.