Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 23rd November, 2022 6.30 pm

Venue: Crematorium Meeting Room - North Devon Crematorium. View directions

Contact: Corporate and Community Services  01271 388253

Note: This meeting will be webcast on https://watch.obitus.com/. The username is zeqa2453 and password is 305626. A recording will be available for 28 days following the meeting. There are limited spaces available for members of the public to attend in person, therefore if you would like to book a place, please contact Corporate and Community Services by 12noon on Monday 21 November 2022 by telephoning 01271 388253 or emailing member.services@northdevon.gov.uk. 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 28 September 2022 (attached) pdf icon PDF 362 KB

3.

Chair's announcements

4.

Business brought forward by or with the consent of the Chair

5.

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

6.

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 receive the following notice of motion from Councillor Patrinos

 

“First Past the Post (FPTP) elections originated when large land-owners dominated parliament and voting was restricted to property-owning men.

 

In Europe, only the UK and authoritarian Belarus still use archaic single-round FPTP for general elections. Meanwhile, internationally, Proportional Representation (PR) is used to elect parliaments in more than 80 countries. Those countries tend to be more equal, freer and greener.

 

PR ensures all votes count, have equal value, and those seats won match votes cast. Under PR, MPs and Parliaments better reflect the age, gender, and protected characteristics of the nation and of local communities such as North Devon. It brings wider participation and increased levels of ownership of decisions taken.

 

PR would also end minority rule. In 2019, 43.6% of the vote produced a government with 56.2% of the seats and 100% of the power. This means that many votes are wasted. That isn’t democratic. Outside of General Elections, most ways of electing parliaments and assemblies in the UK don’t involve wasting so many votes – fairer proportional systems are used, where every vote makes a difference and parties can no longer dominate for decades without real challenge. The number of seats can actually reflect how people vote and people are more likely to feel that their voice is heard, and can still keep the link between the constituent and their representative.

 

PR is already used to elect the parliaments and assemblies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. So why not Westminster?

Council therefore resolves to write to HM Government calling for a change in our outdated electoral laws to enable Proportional Representation to be used for general elections.”

 

(b)  To received the following notice of motion from Councillor Lofthouse

“Community energy motion

Council notes:

  • There needs to be a fundamental change in how we generate and consume energy in all aspects of our lives. Both electricity generation and distribution are undergoing rapid evolution, in both shape and scale.
  • The distribution grid, must now cope with power flows in both directions, in scale.  Electrification of;  heat, cooling and transport will require a quadrupling of electricity capacity. Local, community-based energy schemes can make a significant contribution to addressing both issues and encourage a sense of local empowerment to tackle climate change.
  • Community schemes encourage local generation and storage to match local demand thus relieving pressure on the grid. Local schemes would be given new impetus and be able to contribute more renewable energy if local people could buy their electricity directly from local suppliers. But the disproportionate cost of meeting regulatory approvals makes it impossible to be a local energy supplier at a local scale and so, under the current system, this local energy gets sold back to the central grid.
  • The Local Electricity Bill is a private members’ bill with cross-party support that was introduced unopposed in June 2020. If this Bill was passed in Parliament it would give the energy regulator, OFGEM, a  ...  view the full agenda text for item 6.

7.

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).

 

8.

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

9.

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

Part A

10.

Policing Update

Superintendent Toby Davies to report.

11.

Report of the Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 359 KB

Report by Leader of the Council (attached).

12.

Questions by Members pdf icon PDF 188 KB

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

13.

Budget 2023-24 and Medium Term Financial Strategy Refresh pdf icon PDF 487 KB

Report by Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive (attached).

Additional documents:

14.

Material Recovery Facility Improvements pdf icon PDF 330 KB

Report by Head of Environmental Enhancement (attached).

Additional documents:

15.

Rural England Prosperity Fund pdf icon PDF 388 KB

Report by Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive (attached).

16.

Options for the Ilfracombe Dotto Land Train pdf icon PDF 417 KB

Report by Head of Place, Property and Regeneration (attached).

17.

Mid Year Treasury Management Report 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 561 KB

Report by Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Execuitve (attached) to the Strategy and Resources Committee on 7 November 2022.

Additional documents:

17a

Report of the Policy Development Committee

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 17 November 2022 (to follow).

17b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 186 KB

To receive the report of the meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 7 November 2022 (attached).

18.

Performance and Financial Management Quarter 2 Report 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 535 KB

Report by Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive to the Strategy and Resources Committee on 7 November 2022 (attached).

Additional documents:

18a

Report of the Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 27 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 17 November 2022 (to follow).

18b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 188 KB

To receive the report of the meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 7 November 2022 (attached).

19.

Appointment of Deputy Electoral Registration Officer

Chief Executive to report.

20.

Minutes of Committees

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

 

20a

Joint Planning Policy Committee pdf icon PDF 276 KB

(i)            4 November 2022

20b

Licensing and Community Safety Committee pdf icon PDF 246 KB

(i)            22 September 2022

(ii)          11 October 2022

Additional documents:

20c

Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 211 KB

(i)            28 September 2022

(ii)          13 October 2022

(iii)         19 October 2022

(iv)         9 November 2022

Additional documents:

20d

Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 247 KB

(i)             17 November 2022 (attached).

20e

Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 186 KB

(i)             7 November 2022

a.    Minute 70: Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Additional documents:

Part B (Confidential Restricted Information)

Nil.