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71.

Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Dart, Hutchings and Rossi.

72.

Council Minutes pdf icon PDF 334 KB

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 5th October 2020.

Minutes:

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

 

Resolved:   That the minutes of the meeting held on 5 October be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

 

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

 

 

 

FORD, L

 

 

X

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

 

 

X

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

 

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

 

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

X

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

Due to technical issues, Councillor Christie was unable to vote.

 

(Vote: For 29, Abstentions 2)

 

Matters Arising

 

Minute 57 - Written Notice of Motion from Councillor McGeough  - retractable cover for the pool in Victoria

 

Councillor McGeough asked for an update on when the Notice of Motion will be heard by the appropriate committee. 

 

The Chief Executive responded that the Project & Major Projects Group meeting had not yet been held.  The next meeting will review the capital programme and as this project would be part of the capital programme will be discussed at that meeting.  The recommendation would then be referred to Community & Resources for a decision.

 

Minute 51 – Strategic Plan

 

Councillor Hames asked when the meeting to review the Strategic Plan will take place.  The Chief Executive explained that the Strategic Plan had been adopted at the Full Council meeting on 5 October.  A number of items had been returned through the consultation process which were being processed and it was intended that this will be brought back to the next Full Council meeting.

73.

Public Contributions

15 minute period for public contributions (The deadline for registering to speak is by 2pm Thursday 29th October 2020. To register please email dem.services@torridge.gov.uk).

Minutes:

Mr Chris Murdoch addressed the meeting on behalf of Mr Alan Smith on the subject of the covenant on the hotel site, Westward Ho!

 

Mr Murdoch told the meeting that:

 

·         The land had been sold to Mr Smith’s company by TDC 6 years ago and a covenant had been imposed that required the land to be developed as a hotel. 

·         Two planning applications had been refused by the Plans Committee but were granted on appeal.

·         Many residents of Westward Ho! at the time were opposed to the building of a hotel.

 

There was a call for Councillor Hodson to declare a prejudicial interest and not take part in the debate on this item later in the meeting.

 

Mr Smith’s statement asked that members decide on what would be best for Westward Ho!  It was suggested an amendment to the covenant would allow prospective developers to put forward fresh ideas for the development of the site.  Reference was made to the current use of the land which had been well received by the public and tourists.  The intention was to continue using the site as a beer garden but if this were not acceptable to TDC, Mr Smith would be prepared to consider alternative ideas for use of the site.

 

Mr Murdoch also spoke about the existing detailed plans for the site.

74.

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.

75.

Agreement of Agenda Items Part I and II

Minutes:

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

 

Resolved:

 

That the agenda as circulated be agreed.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

 

 

 

FORD, L

X

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

 

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

 

(Vote: For – unanimous)

76.

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

Minutes:

The Chief Executive gave an update on Covid-19 measures following the Prime Minister’s announcement Saturday evening and in light of additional information which has been provided since then.

 

In a call yesterday afternoon the Secretary of State for MHCLG Robert Jenrick MP outlined more information about the roles and responsibilities of local authorities.  Further information is expected over the next few days.

 

It was clear that things will be different to the first lockdown in March in that a lot of different sectors and settings will still be able to operate, i.e. schools, colleges and universities; the housing market, construction, manufacturing and certain trades.  There is an expectation that public services will continue to operate, and Torridge will be running as many services as possible.

 

One of the critical areas for Torridge that is required to close is the hospitality sector. 

 

Information on critical and vulnerable people and shielding had just been received and this had been forwarded to officers dealing with the area of work.  Letters will be going out to everyone who was on the shielding list during the last lockdown.  Funding has been made available at county level.

 

Furlough will continue for the next month and the mortgage holiday scheme is to be extended.

 

TDC will have to put financial support in place for those businesses that have to close during the 4-week period and grants will be available up to a maximum of £3000 per premises and based on rateable value.  Furthermore £1.1billion is to be made available nationally to put in place a discretionary business hardship fund.  It is understood to be £20 per taxpayer per capita and would amount to somewhere between £1.2million and £1.4million for Torridge.  Funding will also be available for contact tracing and enforcement measures.

 

A larger number of staff will be working from home than is currently the case, but reception will remain open.  It is anticipated that recycling centres will also remain open.

 

As information comes in it will be shared with members and residents through press and media releases.

 

Councillor Pennington commented on the announcement by the Chief Medical Officer that although the South West had the lower rates of infection it was vulnerable because its hospitals received different NHS funding.  He hoped this Council would ask why the funding arrangement is so different.

 

The Chief Executive stated that bed capacity in the SW was lower than that in other areas of the country and the population in older generation was greater.  However, he was not aware of the NHS funding formula but would attempt to find out more.

77.

To answer questions submitted under Procedural Rule A9

Minutes:

There were no questions submitted under Procedural Rule A9.

 

78.

Covenant for the hotel site Westward Ho! pdf icon PDF 477 KB

To receive the report of the Senior Solicitor & Monitoring Officer

Minutes:

Councillor Hicks declared a personal interest.

 

Councillor Laws declared an interest and did not take part in the debate.

 

Councillor Hodson made a personal statement as follows regarding the public contribution earlier;

 

“I have no intention or need to declare an interest in the agenda item regarding the covenant on the hotel site.  I did not campaign under a ‘stop the hotel’ banner as I have stated before.  My canvasing literature is readily available to anybody who wants to see it.  I was elected to represent Westward Ho! to the best of my ability and to serve the interests of the people of Torridge and this remains my sole objective.  So, I will not be declaring an interest.”

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

That the item be deferred and a full report on the options be brought back to Full Council as the recommendation from Internal Overview & Scrutiny had not been fully explained.

 

A recorded vote was taken

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

 

 

 

FORD, L

X

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

 

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

 

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

 

 

X

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

 

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

 

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

Councillor McGeough was not present for the vote.

 

(Vote: For 28, Against 1)

 

79.

Great Torrington Neighbourhood Plan pdf icon PDF 254 KB

To receive the report of the Planning & Economy Manager

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Senior Planning Policy Officer presented the report.  The purpose of the report was to agree the report of an independent examiner on the Great Torrington Neighbourhood Plan and the detail of the recommended modifications as set out in a Council Decision Statement for incorporation into a Referendum Neighbourhood Plan, and for arrangements to be made for a referendum to be held on the modified Neighbourhood Plan.

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

That the recommendations of the examiner in relation to the Great Torrington Neighbourhood Plan, as set out in the examiner’s report (Appendix 1) be approved;

 

a)        that the Great Torrington Neighbourhood Plan be amended to include:

a.         the proposed modifications set out in the Decision Statement (appendix 2); and

b.         any further changes of a minor nature necessary to address typographic, spelling and grammatical errors, adjustment to ensure plan wide consistency of terminology, presentational improvements, factual updates and updated information with regard to the status of the Neighbourhood Plan;

 

b)         that the Great Torrington Neighbourhood Plan, as amended (appendix 3) be agreed, and proceed to referendum, at a date yet to be determined;

 

c)         that the geographical area for the referendum be the Great Torrington Neighbourhood Area (Civil Parish of Great Torrington); and

 

d)        that the above decisions and associated reasons be published in a formal Decision Statement.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

 

 

X

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

 

 

 

FORD, L

X

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

 

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

 

 

(Vote: For 31, 1 Abstention)

 

Councillor Ford left the meeting.

 

80.

Northern Devon Destination Management Organisation pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To receive the report of the Planning & Economy Manager

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning & Economy Manager presented a report highlighting the efforts of North Devon+ to assist Torridge District Council in the Covid recovery plan.  The attached papers detailed the background to the role of a Destination Management Organisation; the potential advantages it might bring to the northern Devon area and the importance of tourism.  He outlined how, if approved by members, the proposal would progress. 

 

The chair drew members’ attention to the fact there were no recognised DMOs focusing on northern Devon and it was important the Torridge takes part in this.

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

That

 

a)  Approval be granted in principal for the proposal to be further explored, including consultation with businesses and stakeholders.

b)  Officers be supported in efforts to identify external funding to move forward with a) above.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

 

 

 

FORD, L

 

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

 

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

 

 

X

 

(Vote: For 30  - 1 Abstention)

 

81.

Cycle of Committee Meetings 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

To receive the report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Executive presented the report.

 

Councillor Hames asked that the programme of committee dates be sent to all Parish Councils.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Brenton, seconded by Councillor Inch and -

 

Resolved:

 

That the proposed programme of committee dates for 2021/2022 be approved.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

 

 

 

FORD, L

 

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

 

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For - unanimous)

 

82.

Notices of Motion

Minutes:

There were no notices of motion.

 

83.

Petitions

To receive petitions (if any)

Minutes:

There were no petitions.

 

84.

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 moved by the Chair, seconded by Councillor Lock 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.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

COUNCILLOR

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D G

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

 

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN C

X

 

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

 

 

 

FORD, L

 

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

 

HODSON, C

X

 

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

 

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

Councillor Christie was not present for the vote.

 

(Vote: For - unanimous)

 

 

85.

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.

 

86.

Major Projects Update

To receive a verbal update from the Chief Executive

Minutes:

The Chief Executive referred to the recommendation made by Full Council at the meeting on 26 October, stating that in light of the Government announcement on Saturday the plans had been put on hold.  A further update will be provided to members should any guidance come in relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions.

 

In response to a question, the Chief Executive told members that the financial implications of the previous recomendation remained largely unchanged.

87.

Confirmation of Chief Officers

To receive the report of the Leader of the Council & Chief Executive

Minutes:

Prior to the commencement of this item, the Planning & Economy Manager, Senior Solicitor & Monitoring Officer and the Finance & Interim section 151 Officer left the meeting.

 

The Chief Executive presented the report and clarified its purpose. He referred to the recommendations detailed in the report which sought approval from Members.

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

That the recommendations as detailed in the report be agreed.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstention

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN, C

X

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

 

 

FORD, L

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

HODSON, C

X

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

(Vote – For - unanimous)

 

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 (AS AMENDED)

 

It was proposed by Councillor Brenton, seconded by Councillor Inch and -

 

Resolved:

 

That the press and public be readmitted.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstention

BOUGHTON, R

X

 

 

BRENTON, D

X

 

 

BRIGHT, C

X

 

BROWN, M

X

 

 

BUSHBY, D

X

 

 

CHRISTIE, P S

X

 

 

CLARKE, M

X

 

 

COTTLE-HUNKIN, C

X

 

CRAIGIE, R

X

 

 

DART, A L

 

 

FORD, L

 

 

GUBB, J

X

 

 

HACKETT, P J W

X

 

 

HAMES, P

X

 

 

HARDING, S

 

 

HAWKINS, C

X

 

 

HEPPLE, K

X

 

 

HICKS, R H

X

 

HODSON, C

X

 

HURLEY, D

X

 

 

HUTCHINGS, J

 

 

INCH, A T

X

 

 

JAMES, K J

X

 

 

JONES, D

X

 

LANGFORD, S

X

 

 

LAWS, N

X

 

 

LEATHER, C

X

 

 

LOCK, R A

X

 

 

McGEOUGH, D A D

X

 

 

McKENZIE, J

X

 

MANLEY, J

X

 

 

NEWTON, S

X

 

 

PENNINGTON, P W

X

 

ROSSI, G

 

 

 

WATSON, P

X

 

WISEMAN, R

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For – unanimous)