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Venue: Crematorium, Barnstaple

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Minutes of a meeting of the NORTH DEVON CREMATORIUM JOINT COMMITTEE held at the Crematorium, Barnstaple on Friday 2nd June 2017 at 2.30 p.m.


Present:         Representing North Devon District Council


Councillors Jones, Lane and Yabsley


                        Representing Torridge District Council


Councillors Dezart, Johns and Langmead




Crematorium Manager, Treasurer, Secretary and Accountant




RESOLVED, that Councillor Yabsley be appointed Chairman of the Joint Committee until re-appointments are made in the next municipal year.


Councillor Yabsley thanked Councillor S. Inch for his work as Chairman of the Crematorium Joint Committee over the past two years.


(b)       APOLOGIES


Apologies were received from Councillors Edgell, Harrison, S. Inch, T.Inch and Moores



RESOLVED, that Councillor Langmead be appointed Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee.

It was noted however, that appointments to Committees had not been finalised at TDC due to a pending by-Election due to be held on 8 June 2017. This may result in the need for re-appointment of Vice Chairman at the next Committee Meeting should there be any change to those members from TDC appointed to serve on the North Devon Joint Crematorium Committee.

(d)       MINUTES




(i)         That the minutes of the meeting held on 10th February 2017 (previously     circulated) be approved as a correct record and signed by the      Chairman.


(ii)        There were no matters arising.




There were no declarations of interest announced.




The Joint Committee considered a report by the Crematorium Manager (previously circulated).


i)          Staffing Matters


It was noted that a new technician had been recruited and was due to commence employment on 5th  June and was an experienced cremation technician with another Council.


ii)         Achievements


It was noted:


A)        That the new book of remembrance cabinet had been installed and that    it had been manufactured by a Bideford craftsman to an exceptional        standard and at a cost less than half the nearest competitor.


B)        That the step repairs, grit path replacements, perimeter flood works,             perimeter tree works, an enlargement of the  Rowan flower area, staff    wash facilities and two new pedestrian access paths had been   completed.


iii)        Crematorium Figures


The Cremation figures were noted.


iv)        Metals Charity Recycling Award


It was noted a cheque for £5,000 to the Children’s Hospice Southwest would be presented by the Chairman and that the next charity on the rota was, North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust who would be nominated as soon as the next award process was received.


v)         Legislation – Changes to Medical Referee Post: Update


It was noted that the process had been put back a further 12 months, possibly 24 months. A visit to one of the pilot schemes (Gloucester) was being planned with a medical referee and hopefully other local authority crematorium managers.



vi)        Grounds Improvement Working Group


It was noted that the drainage works from the 2016/17 period had been delayed due to the need to undertake some repair work to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.