Agenda and minutes

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No. Item


Apologies For Absence


Apologies were received from Councillor Cottle-Hunkin.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 351 KB

Confirmation of the minutes of the meeting held on 16March 2021.


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




That the minutes of the meeting held on 16 March 2021 be agreed and signed as a correct record.


A recorded vote was taken.






Cllr Boughton, R




Cllr Cottle-Hunkin, C



Mr S Dengate




Cllr Gubb, J




Cllr Hames, P




Mr I Harper




Cllr Inch, A



Cllr Langford, S




Cllr Manley, J




Cllr Newton, S




Cllr Watson, P





(Vote: Unanimous)




Action List pdf icon PDF 191 KB


Minute 69 – Ongoing


Minute 59 – Ongoing


Minute 61 – Ongoing


Minute 74 – Item on Agenda to be presented at this meeting – action now complete.


Minute 76 – Received cost of Zoom meeting - action now complete.








Public Contributions


There were no public contributions.


Declaration Of Interests

Members with interests should refer to the agenda item and describe the nature of their interest when the item is considered.



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



Urgent Matters Brought Forward With The Permission Of The Chair


No urgent matters were brought forward.


Agreement of Agenda Items Part I And II


There were no Part II items.


Grounds Maintenance pdf icon PDF 157 KB

To receive the report of the Head of Communities & Place.


The Committee entered straight into a discussion regarding this report, the purpose of which was to update Members on the Grounds Maintenance Contract (GMC) and the draft project plan for bringing the service in-house on 1st April 2022.


Following concern from Councillor Hames that the report did not detail any sustainability and biodiversity implications, the Head of Communities & Place advised this was not necessary for inclusion in this report however it could be included in future updates and moving forward with the project the Councillor Climate Change Working Group will be involved. The Chief Executive added that on page 18 of the report indicates that the Public Health & Housing Manager will be consulted regarding the Green Agenda.


The Operational Services Manager advised that a better understanding of the estate requirements will be examined during the timeline of this project. Following a query from Councillor Langford he advised he would ascertain who manages the grass cutting of Bowden Green Park and come back with an answer within the week.


The Head of Communities & Place advised following Mr Harper’s enquiry that it is not known when the capital repayment is due but would find out and that TDC are not looking to make a business out of bringing the service in house.


The project is in the early stages with this report mainly covering governance, further research will be carried out with a detailed proposal being presented to the Property & Major Projects Working Group first.


The Chief Executive confirmed that once the details are fully specified then this committee will be involved in the budgetary process with the final decision being made at Community & Resources, until then update reports will be presented. 


Following a query from Councillor Pennington, the Chief Executive confirmed that the decision to take the service back in house was made at Full Council. The Lead Member roles were reviewed and the re-structure approved at Full Council as well.


It was confirmed that the report be noted with periodic reports being brought back to this committee.



QBR review - to receive an update from the T&F Group (moved from March 2021) pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To receive the report of the Service Improvement Officer.

Additional documents:


The purpose of this item was for Members to receive the report from the Task & Finish Group on the review of the QBR.


The Task & Finish group comprised of the Chair of Internal Overview & Scrutiny, Councillor Newton, Councillor Langford, Mr Dengate, Councillor Hames, the Finance Manager (S151 Officer), the Strategy, Performance & ICT Manager and the Service Improvement Officer. 


Councillor Newton opened the presentation expressing firstly how much the group enjoyed being part of this project. Issues with the old QBR were explained with the new design having two main elements, structure and content, resulting in the document being easier to read, understand and have a strong link with the new Strategic Plan. Recommended changes from the Task & Finish group were shown.


The Strategy, Performance & ICT Manager re-iterated Councillor Newton’s comments adding information regarding themes and providing examples of old and new layouts for budget monitoring pages. 


The presentation continued with detailed description from the Finance Manager (S151 Officer) on the new budget monitoring pages.


Changes to the layout of the actions and performance measures were presented by the Strategy, Performance & ICT Manager showing how the new layout will be amended to flow better and be easier to read.  To allow for improvement the Task & Finish group suggested that some historic data, that is included on every QBR, be removed and that a trend analysis be produced on a yearly basis.


The Service Improvement Manager presented the proposal for Trend Analysis which would include:

      Published alongside QBR4 each year

      Additional performance measures to those in QBR1, 2, and 3

      Reads left to right in date order

      Minimum 6 years of data

      Target against current year actual

      Trend graphs


The Strategy, Performance & ICT Manager provided a summary of findings from the group and stressed the importance of aligning the QBR with the Strategic Plan.


Recommended changes include:


Changes to Finance pages

      Remove previous years comparison columns from Income page – these are a distraction

      Include previous years comparison in end of year addendum (see above)

      Move notes on income to relevant row – easier to read/understand

      Change ‘total’ to ‘actual’ in column headings

      Add a Forecast column – so we can see what the end of year position will be

      Check the income we are reporting and add anything missing (i.e. green waste & hostel)

      Change headings in salaries monitoring: ‘expenditure to date’ and ‘budget to date’’ and replace ‘same time last year’ with ‘total budget for current year’ and add columns for ‘funded establishment’ and ‘vacancies (excluding /refuse)’

      Re-order the variances with the largest at the top and add a percentage column

      Provide more detail for the Earmarked Revenue Reserve

      Provide more detail on the £17m list and highlight ethical investments

      Reword to short term deposits

      Remove brackets and make clear ‘overspend’ or ‘underspend’

      Add narrative of key detail for earmarked reserves

      Investments – add trades, dates and ethical

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Estuary Strategy pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To receive the report of the Head of Communities & Place.

Additional documents:


The Head of Communities & Place presented the report, the purpose of which was to provide background to the existing Estuary Strategy in order that Members can form a view on whether they should request that Harbour Board consider a review and potential update.


Following the brief debate, a decision was made that a task and finish group be set up to explore the Estuary Strategy before referring the document back to the Harbour Board. The group will consist of Councillor Watson, Councillor Hames, Mr Dengate and Mr Harper with the suggestion that the Chair of the Harbour Board, Councillor Hicks also be on the group. The Chair of Internal Overview & Scrutiny or the Head of Communities & Place will contact Councillor Hicks. 


Following suggestion from Councillor Hodson that as the Estuary Strategy is a joint document with North Devon they be involved? The Chair confirmed initially this project be for TDC and if the need arises North Devon could be involved later in the process. The Head of Communities & Pace advised that this document was not adopted by North Devon and they only assisted in the consultation as they have no Harbour Committee. 


Consideration Of The Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 198 KB

To review the Forward Plan.



The Chief Executive advised that historically the forward plan is discussed in a meeting at the beginning of the year.


It was confirmed by the Chair that at the meeting on 1st June the forward plan would be discussed in detail which gives committee Member’s time to consider items to be included.