Agenda and minutes

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 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.


(a)       APOLOGIES


Apologies were received from Councillor Jones.


(b)       MINUTES


(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.







Councillor Langmead declared a personal interest in the North Devon Children’s Holiday Foundation




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


i)          Achievements


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.

iv)        Larkbear


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.