Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 25th November, 2020 6.30 pm

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Items
No. Item

1.

Virtual meetings procedure - briefing and etiquette

Chair to report.

2.

Apologies for absence

3.

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 7 October 2020 (attached) pdf icon PDF 283 KB

4.

Chair's announcements

5.

Business brought forward by or with the consent of the Chair

6.

Replies to any questions submitted by the Public and/or to receive Petitions under Part 4, Council Procedures Rules, Paragraphs 8 and 9 of the Constitution

7.

To consider motions of which notice has been submitted by Members in accordance with Part 4, Council Procedure Rules, Paragraph 11 of the Constitution

(a)      To consider the following notice of motion received by Councillor Patrinos

 

In reaction to the devastating decision by central government to vote against protecting farming the environment and food standards, I propose the following:

 

Motion:

“That North Devon Council write to the Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs to expresses our disappointment at the government’s decision to vote against protecting food standards in the Agriculture Bill. This is a devastating blow to farmers and consumers, impacting upon animal welfare, the environment and public health. It will also drive small farmers out of business and change our landscape.  That we also write to our own MP, Selaine Saxby to ask her try to urge the SOS to save our agricultural industry and Save British Farming.”

 

(b)      To consider the following notice of motion by Councillor Hunt:

 

“This Council notes:

·       That North Devon is one of the hardest hit regions economically in the South West as the result of the Covid 19 pandemic with, for example the number of families on Universal Credit rising from 3885 in March to 7999 in September.

·       That numbers of pupils entitled to Free School Meals is rising fast.  

·       That every child who is entitled to Free School Meals is a sign of a family under significant financial pressure.

·       That this picture of increasing child poverty is supported by the rapid rise in the number of families dependent on food banks. 

·       That the Trussell trust reported an 81 per cent increase in food bank dependency in March 2020, and other food banks reported similar increases.  It is said that the figures show that the number of children relying on food banks more than doubles during lockdown.

·       That children who are hungry are less able to learn and thrive at school.

·       That the extension of the school meals voucher scheme (campaigned for by Marcus Rashford) to cover the period of the summer holiday was incredibly important and valuable to families in food poverty. 

·       The very welcome commitment and generosity shown by many local businesses and individuals in North Devon to provide free meals for children of families who are struggling to provide food.

·       This Council recognises that the withdrawal of the furlough scheme, along with fears of a second lockdown are likely to lead to further increases in child poverty.

This Council therefore supports the calls by the Child Food Poverty Task Force, supported by Marcus Rashford and many leading food suppliers and producers, which calls for:

·       The expansion of free school meals provision to every child whose family is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent, or with a low-income and no recourse to public funds.

·       That provision be made for food vouchers to cover school holidays and periods of lockdown for all families in receipt of Universal Credit or with low-income and no recourse to public funds.

·       That Healthy Start vouchers should be increased in value to £4.25, and expanded to be made available to all those in receipt of  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

8.

Declarations of Interest

(NB. Members only need to re-declare any interests previously declared at Committee and Sub-Committee meetings if the item is discussed at Council).

 

9.

Chair's replies to any questions to Council by Members submitted under Part 4, Council Procedures Rules, Paragraph 10 of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 267 KB

(a)       To consider the following questions from Councillor York:

 

“As a Member of the NDC Climate Action Team, I would welcome answers to the following questions about the introduction of street waste and recycling bins in Barnstaple (and beyond?).

 

I understand there is a trial being conducted with a new recycling bin in Pilton Park.

 

I would like to know how this is going and what, if any, plans there are to extend this service across the town (and beyond)?

 

If there are plans, which areas are being considered?

 

Will Members be contacted to help identify ‘litter hot-spots’ in their wards?

 

How will the collection of waste and recycling from these bins be managed?

 

A couple of years ago during the previous administration, I had positive discussions with Cllr Brailey and Hannah Harrington at the Barnstaple Pannier Market Traders’ Committee, around the potential of local businesses sponsoring new recycling bins to help pay for them. Is this still being considered? If not, could this be achieved?

 

If there is doubt about whether the public are likely to use the bins effectiely, could the Council consider issuing some constructive comms around their introduction and how to use them responsibly?

 

As Chair of Barnstaple Town Council’s Environment Committee, I would be willing, with the agreement of the committee, to help support a recycling bin scheme with some of our Committee budget, for Barnstaple wards.”

 

10.

To agree the agenda between Part 'A' and Part 'B' (Confidential Restricted Information).

Part A

11.

Plastic Free North Devon Polystyrene Bodyboard Campaign

Presentation by Claire Moodie, Plastic Free North Devon

12.

Report of the Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 263 KB

Report by Leader of the Council (attached).

13.

Questions by Members pdf icon PDF 186 KB

Questions to the Leader or the Chair of a Committee submitted under Part 4, Council Procedure Rules, paragraph 10.4 of the Constitution.

14.

Devon County Council/North Devon Council response to the Climate Declaration

Lead Member for Climate Change to report.

15.

Public Spaces Protection Orders - Dog Control pdf icon PDF 216 KB

Report by Environmental Protection Service Lead (attached) and minute extract of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 13 November 2020 (to follow).

Additional documents:

16.

Commercialisation Strategy pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Report by Head of Resources to the Strategy and Resources Committee on 2 November 2020 (attached). 

Additional documents:

16a

Report by the Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 19 November 2020 (to follow).

16b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive the report of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 2 November 2020 (attached).

17.

Performance and Financial Management Quarter 2 of 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 289 KB

Report by Head of Resources to the Strategy and Resources Committee on 2 November 2020 (attached). 

 

Additional documents:

17a

Report by Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 19 November 2020 (to follow).

 

17b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 8 KB

To receive the report of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 2 November 2020 (attached).

 

18.

Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy: Mid Year Review Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 503 KB

Report by Chief Financial Officer to the Strategy and Resources Committee on 2 November 2020 (attached). 

 

Additional documents:

18a

Report by Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 19 November 2020 (to follow).

 

18b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To receive the report of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 2 November 2020 (attached).

 

19.

Appointment of Committees for 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 140 KB

Report by Chief Executive (attached).

Additional documents:

20.

Minutes of Committees

Council is recommended to note the schedule of Committee minutes and approve recommendations as listed below:

 

20a

Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 209 KB

(i)       5 October 2020 (NOTE: Minute 103: Letter of Representation – this recommendation was adopted by Council on 7 October 2020)

 

(iI)      3 November 2020

Additional documents:

20b

Licensing and Community Safety Committee pdf icon PDF 206 KB

(i)        13 October 2020

20c

Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 202 KB

(i)       14 October 2020

 

20d

Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 244 KB

(i)       19 November 2020 (to follow).

20e

Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 93 KB

(i)        5 October 2020

 

(ii)        19 October 2020

 

(iii)       2 November 2020

 

(A)       Minute 203: Review of North Devon and Torridge Local Plan 2011-2031

 

(iv)       13 November 2020 (to follow)

 

(A)       Minute 218: Public Spaces Protection Orders

(B)       Minute 219: Approval and Release of Section 106 Public Open Space Funds – Chulmleigh

(C)       Minute 220: Approval and Release of Section 106 Public Open Space Funds – North Molton

(D)       Minute 221: Approval and Release of Section 106 Public Open Space Funds – Instow

(E)       Minute 222: Approval and Release of Section 106 Public Open Space Funds - Fremington

 

Additional documents:

Part B (Confidential Restricted Information)

Nil.