Venue: Crematorium Barnstaple
NORTH DEVON COUNCIL
Minutes of a meeting of the NORTH DEVON CREMATORIUM JOINT COMMITTEE held at the Crematorium, Barnstaple on Friday 2nd November 2018 at 2.30 p.m.
Present: Representing North Devon District Council
Councillors Edgell, Lane, Moores and Yabsley (Chairman)
Representing Torridge District Council
Councillors S.Inch, T.Inch, Langmead (Vice Chairman) and Pennington.
Head of Operational Services, Treasurer, Crematorium Manager, Secretary and Accountant.
Apologies were received from Councillor Jones.
(i) RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 3rd August 2018 (previously circulated) be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
(ii) Matters Arising
(A) Phase B Project: Update
The Crematorium Manager reported that the relocation of the book of remembrance and memorial branch into the flower room had proven very popular with people and he had received many compliments from members of the public. He therefore questioned the need to rebuild a new Memorial Hall facility.
He considered that monies could be better spent on other works at the Crematorium.
It was agreed to DEFER phase B of the project and that the Crematorium Manager prepare a report for the next meeting on the possible savings by not undertaking Phase B of the project and the costings for other works within the Crematorium.
(c) DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor Langmead declared a personal interest in the North Devon Children’s Holiday Foundation
(d) CREMATORIUM MATTERS
The Joint Committee considered a report by the Crematorium Manager (previously circulated).
It was noted:
A) That a new disabled access had been created to the office to improve facilities for visitors and that the opportunity had also been taken to redecorate and re-carpet the reception area and put up new pictures of local scenes.
B) That the book of remembrance and memorial branch had been moved to their temporary home in the flower room in preparation for the original building’s replacement and to prevent further maintenance spending on the leaking roof.
C) That nine new maintenance free benches had been installed, one having been placed by each chapel entrance to provide seating for mourners preferring to wait outside the waiting room.
D) That the previously agreed sanctums had been installed in the Royal’s section.
E) That two small beds adjacent to the Aspen toilets had been tidied up and block paved and 3 cycle racks installed to provide safe cycle parking.
ii) Metals Recycling Charity Award
It was noted that North Devon Children’s Holiday Foundation had been
awarded a £5,000 donation and that North Devon Hospice had been
nominated for the next award in the normal order of nominations.
iii) Grounds Improvements Update
It was noted that the path between Authors & Royals had been ordered and it was hoped that the works would be completed during November.
The Crematorium Manager reported that a representative from the contractor (Persimmon Homes) had met with the Chairman and himself. The Developer reported that discussions were under way with Devon County Council but a camera ... view the full minutes text for item 1.