Agenda and decisions

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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from the meeting.


Minutes of the Community & Resources Committee meeting held on 25 April 2022 pdf icon PDF 142 KB


Public Contributions

Public contributions in accordance with the current scheme.  (The deadline for registering  to speak is by 2pm Tuesday 31 May 2022. To register please email



Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 197 KB


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 considered.


Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II


Urgent Matters of information to be brought forward with the permission of the Chair and the Committee


Leasehold disposal of part of the Sports Ground, Kingsley Rd, Bideford pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To receive the report of the Head of Communities & Place

Additional documents:




That the proposal for the leasehold disposal of the small parcel of land at the Sports Ground, Kingsley Road as detailed in the report be approved, and the completion of the associated lease documentation be authorised.


Motion for the Ocean pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To receive the report of Head of Communities & Place




That the Council pledges to:


1.    Review within twelve months the actions and projects that have been undertaken to promote ocean recovery for the coast of Torridge District.


2.    Consider ocean recovery in our strategic decisions, plans, budgets and

approaches to decisions by the Council (particularly in planning, regeneration,

skills and economic policy), aligning with climate change mitigation and

adaptation requirements, and considering ocean-based solutions in our journey towards a carbon neutral and climate resilient future.


3.    Ensure that the Local Nature Recovery Strategy strives to support ocean



4.    Work with partners locally to deliver increased sustainability in marine industries and develop a sustainable and equitable blue economy that delivers ocean recovery and local prosperity.


5.    Communication through our social media of actions which are being taken to aid ocean recovery progress, signpost ocean literacy development opportunities, and marine citizenship pledges.


6.    Write to the Government asking them to put the ocean into net recovery by 203 by:


a) Ensuring Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities and Natural

England have the resources they need to effectively research and

monitor our growing number of marine protected areas, and to set and

enforce appropriate fishing levels that support local economies and

deliver environmental sustainability.


b) Ensuring coastal communities have a meaningful say in the development

of marine policy to ensure it delivers equitable and sustainable



c) Appoint a dedicated Minister for Coastal Communities.


d) And by listening to marine scientific advice, including marine social

science, to update the Marine Policy Statement and produce a national

Ocean Recovery Strategy which will:


i) Enable the recovery of marine ecosystems rather than managing

degraded or altered habitats in their reduced state.

ii). Consider levelling up, marine conservation, energy, industrial growth,

flood and coastal erosion risk management, climate adaptation and

fisheries policy holistically rather than as competing interests.

iii). Develop a smarter approach to managing the health of the entire

ocean that moves beyond Marine Protected Areas and enables links to

be made across sectors towards sustainability.

iv). Establish improved processes for understanding the benefits of ocean

recovery, leaving no doubt the links between this and human lives,

livelihoods, and wellbeing.

v). Stop plastic pollution at source by strengthening the regulations

around single-use plastics and set standards for microfibre-catching

filters to ensure that all new domestic and commercial washing machines

are fitted with a filter that captures a high percentage of microfibres

produced in the wash cycle.




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