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Items
No. Item

96.

Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from the Head of Paid Service, Councillors P Pennington, M Brown, K Hepple, R Wiseman, L Ford,

J Hutchings and G Rossi.

97.

Public Contributions

15 minute period for public contributions

Minutes:

There were no public contributions.

98.

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 discussed.

Minutes:

Members were reminded that declarations of interest should be made as and when the specific agenda item to which they related was under discussion.

99.

Agreement of Agenda Items Part I and II

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor Newton, seconded by Councillor Lock and –

 

Resolved:   That the Agenda as circulated be agreed

 

(Vote: For - Unanimous)

 

100.

To consider correspondence or other business especially brought forward by the direction of the Chair

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters of information brought forward.

 

101.

Budget 2020/21, Medium Term Financial Strategy 2020/21 - 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 899 KB

To receive the report of the Strategic Manager (Resources) together with -

 

Recommendations from Community & Resources Committee

Recommendations from Internal Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Strategic Manager (Resources) introduced the report, the purpose of which was for Members to consider the recommendations from Community & Resources Committee on 4 February, as scrutinised by Internal Overview & Scrutiny on 11 February, in relation to the Draft Budget 2020/21 and to approve a Budget and level of Council Tax for 2020/21.

 

The Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) indicates the possible extent of the budget and funding shortfall that the Council will face in the future.    It is an aid in identifying the extent of service changes that the Council will need to make to achieve a balanced budget in each financial year up to 2024/25.

 

A slide presentation, delivered by the Finance Manager, highlighted the salient points in the report and the challenges faced by Torridge Council in an increasingly uncertain environment.  Members were also provided with reasons and rationale to support the recommendations in the report. 

 

The recommendations were presented and resolved as follows:

 

a)     That the assurance of the Chief Finance Officer (s151 Officer) of the robustness of the budget 2020/21 as set out in section 12 of the report be noted.

 

b)     That the assumptions and forecast applied to develop the MTFS outlined in section 10 of the report be noted.

 

c)     That the forecast deficit of £0.293m in the MTFS for 2024/25 be noted.

 

d)     That the risks associated with the Budget 2020/21 and MTFS outlined in section 16 of the report be noted.

 

It was proposed by Councillor James, seconded by Councillor Hicks –

 

e)    That Torridge’s Band D Council Tax for 2020/21 be increased by £5 (3.06%) from £163.66 to £168.66 per year be approved.

 

f)     That Torridge’s Net Revenue Budget 2020/21 to be £9.737m be approved.

 

g)    That a contribution of £196,531 be made from the Transition in Government Funding Reserve to balance the 2020/21 budgets be approved.

 

h)    The contributions to the Council’s reserves as outlined in paragraph 11.4 of the report be approved.

 

j)    That the Head of Paid Service, Senior Management and the new council 

       review and revise the strategic plan & priorities and prepare options to  

       achieve the savings going forward.

 

 

 

A recorded vote was taken - 

                              

COUNCILLOR

FOR

  AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

DART, A L

X

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HARDING, S

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

INCH, A

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

 

The motion was carried.

 

 

 

 

It was proposed by Councillor James, seconded by Councillor Newton –

 

i)      That the recommendations made at Internal Overview and Scrutiny Committee 17 December, amended by Community & Resources Committee on 3 February 2020,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 101.

102.

Council Tax Resolution 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 172 KB

To receive the report and appendices of the Strategic Manager (Resources)

Minutes:

The purpose of the report, presented by the Strategic Manager (Resources), was to enable Members to calculate and approve the Council Tax requirement for 2020/21.

 

It was proposed by Councillor James, seconded by Councillor Lock and –

 

Resolved:

 

That  the formal Council Tax Resolution for 2019/20 as set out in Appendix 1 of the report be approved.

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

 

 

 

 

103.

Treasury Management Report and Strategy 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 125 KB

To receive the report of the Strategic Manager (Resources)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This item was introduced by the Strategic Manager (Resources) who explained that the purpose of the report was for Members to consider the Treasury Management Strategy, Prudential Indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision Policy for 2020/21.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Watson, seconded by Councillor Hackett and -            

 

Resolved:

 

·         That the Treasury Management and Investment Strategy and Counterpart List, Prudential Indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision Policy be approved.

 

·         That the Capital Strategy be approved.

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

104.

To answer questions submitted under Procedural Rule A9

Minutes:

There were no questions submitted under Procedural Rule A9.

 

 

105.

Petitions

To receive petitions (if any)

Minutes:

There were no petitions.

 

106.

Notices of Motion

106a

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor Jones

In light of the proposed cuts to the 6/6A bus which connects Holsworthy to Bude but also to Halwill, Okehampton and Exeter - I propose we write to Stagecoach as a Council to impress upon them the importance of maintaining this transport link. 

 

Minutes:

In light of the proposed cuts to the 6/6A bus which connects Holsworthy to Bude but also to Halwill, Okehampton and Exeter – I propose we write to Stagecoach as a Council to impress upon them the importance of maintaining this transport link.

 

Councillor Jones presented the Notice of Motion.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Jones, seconded by Councillor McGeough

and –

 

Resolved:

 

That a letter be written to Stagecoach to impress upon them the importance of maintaining the transport link connecting Holsworthy to Bude and also to Halwill, Okehampton and Exeter.

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

107.

Exclusion of Public

The Chair to move:

 

“That the public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting because of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972”

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor Brenton, seconded by Councillor James and –

 

Resolved:

 

That under Section 100(a)4  of the Local Government Act (as amended) the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business because of the likely disclosure of exempt information by virtue of Paragraph 3 of Part 1 and Paragraph 10 of Part 2 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

108.

PART II - (CLOSED SESSION)

 

Items which may be taken in the absence of the public and press on the grounds that exempt information may be disclosed.

 

109.

Statutory Officer Roles

To Follow – Report of the Leader of the Council

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council explained the proposal to change the statutory officer role with the creation of a Chief Executive post and the associated arrangements that this involves.

 

Following discussion.

 

It was Proposed by Councillor Hackett and Seconded by Councillor Manley that all the recommendations in the report be approved.

 

(Vote For – unanimous)

 

 

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 (AS AMENDED)

 

It was proposed, seconded and –

 

Resolved:  That the press and public be readmitted.

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)