Agenda and minutes

Strategy and Resources Committee - Monday, 1st February, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual - Online meeting. View directions

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Virtual meeting procedure - briefing and etiquette

Chair to report.


The Chair outlined the virtual meeting procedure and etiquette to the Committee and attendees.  


The Senior Corporate and Community Services Officer confirmed the Members of the Committee, Members and Officers who were present.


Councillor Yabsley advised that Councillor Crabb would be joining the meeting shortly.


Apologies for absence


There were no apologies for absence received.


To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 4 January 2021 (attached). pdf icon PDF 214 KB


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 4 January 2021 (circulated previously) be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Items brought forward which in the opinion of the Chair should be considered by the meeting as a matter of urgency.


There were no items brought forward which in the opinion of the Chair should be considered by the meeting as a matter of urgency.


Declarations of Interests.

(Please telephone the Corporate and Community Services team to prepare a form for your signature before the meeting.  Interests must be re-declared when the item is called, and Councillors must leave the room if necessary).


There were no declarations of interest announced.


Campaign to remove from sale polystyrene bodyboards pdf icon PDF 318 KB

To consider the referral by Council on 13 January 2021 of the following notice of motion submitted by Councillor Mack:


“North Devon District Council fully supports the campaign to remove from sale cheap, polystyrene bodyboards. The council recognises the negative impact on the natural environment these types of bodyboards can have including the danger to wildlife and the ocean.  We fully endorse renting, as opposed to purchasing, of a bodyboard for occasional personal use. We recognise the reduction in raw materials needed for manufacturing and understand the reduction in carbon footprint this also offers.   As a Council we commit to writing to all national supermarkets within our area requesting they immediately remove from sale cheap, polystyrene bodyboards.   We will, where feasible, support the zero charge hire of bodyboards to remove financial barriers in front of those facing financial hardship.” 


The Chair advised that Anne-Marie Eveleigh, representing Plastic Free North Devon was present at the meeting to answer any questions.


Councillor Mack presented the notice of motion which he had submitted to Council on 13 January 2021 that had been referred by Council to the Committee for consideration.  He also advised the Committee of Plastic Free North Devon’s proposed pilot project for Summer 2021 that helped more people access, connect and both mentally and physically benefit the local marine environments and that the Council could assist by removing financial barriers.  Details of this pilot had been included within a supplementary document provided by Plastic Free North Devon.


The Chief Executive advised Committee that in relation to the Plastic Free North Devon pilot project for Summer 2021, the Committee had a contingency reserve.  However, the project could fall within the Community Councillor grant initiative and therefore Plastic Free North Devon could apply for funding from this fund.


In response to a question, the Chief Executive advised that officer costs associated with the communications and work of the Climate Action Team would be absorbed.


In response to questions, Anne-Marie Eveleigh of Plastic Free North Devon advised that the “Protect our Playground” polystyrene bodyboard campaign  was targeted at £10 boards which were cloth covered only on the top of the board and the bottom was just polystyrene.  More expensive boards (i.e. £20+) were encased in another layer of plastic.  The campaign was aimed at banning those boards which were single use.  As part of the campaign, contact was made with all holiday accommodation providers regarding information to be provided to visitors.  The banning of polystyrene bodyboards would be included within this communication sent to visitors.


Councillor Leaver in her capacity of Chair of the Climate Action Team advised that the Plastic Free North Devon campaign could be discussed at the meeting of the Team, on 9 February 2021.


RESOLVED that the Council support and assist the Plastic Free North Devon “Protect our Playground” campaign and communicate that campaign with local retailers pointing out the environmental impact of certain types of bodyboards and that officers and the Climate Action Team be tasked to work on the detail of how the Council can contribute further to the campaign.



Batsworthy Cross Windfarm pdf icon PDF 266 KB

Report by Service Lead Environmental Protection (attached).

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report by the Service Lead Environmental Protection (circulated previously) regarding Batsworthy Cross Windfarm.


The Service Lead Environmental Protection highlighted the following:


·       Noise compliance monitoring at six locations close to Batsworthy Cross Windfarm had confirmed compliance with the noise related planning conditions at five of these six locations.

·       Exceedance of the noise limits in the sixth location had previously been confirmed.  A response from the Operator had been received on 8 October 2020 confirming that a mitigation strategy had been put in place, and presenting information to support their view that compliance was now being achieved.

·       Officers shared this response in a meeting with representatives from the Community and two ward members on 10 November 2020, and subsequently undertook a review of the response taking into account the views of the Council’s acoustic consultant and those presented in this meeting.

·       It was concluded by Officers’ that additional information was needed from the Operator to enable further assessment of the position of compliance which they were putting forward to be undertaken.

·       On 23 November 2020, the Council’s Senior Management Team took a decision to approve Officers’ making a request for this information from the Operator which was actioned on 1 December 2020.  A response to this request was received from the Operator on 18th December 2020.  This decision did not preclude the Council asking the Operator to undertake further monitoring.

·       Since November 2020 officers had been requesting information from the Operator.  Officers had now received all of the information required to scrutinise and review to determine the next stage.  The review of calculations was quite a lengthy process.

·       The Council had received several detailed requests from the community and he understood that none of these requests were outstanding.

·       He advised that the report was to note and that a further report would be presented to the Committee at its meeting in March 2021.


In response to a question, the Service Lead Environmental Protection advised that he was not aware of any response received from the community regarding the reduction of noise.


The Chair invited Jane Faust to address the Committee for three minutes.


Jane Faust addressed the Committee.


In response to the points raised by Jane Faust, the Service Lead Environmental Protection advised the following:


·       Officers had now received sufficient information from the Operator to make an assessment.  The Operator had presented a position of alleged compliance, however insufficient evidence had been provided to back this position and therefore Officers had requested further information from the Operator on a number of occasions.

·       The current position did not preclude the Council requesting further noise measurements and monitoring.  Once the data had been scrutinised, officers would be able to make a judgement.


In response to questions from the Committee, the Service Lead Environmental Protection advised the following:


·       It was anticipated that the process of evaluating data would be complete in time for the March 2021 meeting of the Committee, however it was a complex process.  However, he would provide an  ...  view the full minutes text for item 250.


Performance and Financial Management Quarter 3 of 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 300 KB

Report by Head of Resources (attached)

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report by the Head of Resources (circulated previously) regarding the Performance and Financial Management for Quarter 3 of 2020/21.


The Accountancy Services Manager highlighted the following:


·         The revenue budget for 2020/21 was approved at Council on 26 February 2020 at £13,380,000.

·         As at 31 December 2020, the latest forecast net expenditure is £13,352,000, which produced a forecast budget surplus of £28,000. (Quarter 2 was a forecast budget deficit of £136,000). This £164,000 movement to a surplus combines various surpluses and deficits across the revenue budget, these details were shown in Appendix A – Variations in the Revenue Budget.

·         The original budget for 2020/21 included a forecast to achieve £200,000 worth of salary vacancy savings.  The current position forecasts we would achieve £388,000.

·         There was much pressure on the 2020/21 budget due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Council’s income streams had been greatly affected in the first three quarters of 2020/21 and expected to continue through the financial year.  Also, additional costs had been incurred by the council in provision of temporary accommodation, additional agency staff for waste and recycling and in supporting the local community.

·         Central government had announced and paid local authorities four tranches of support funding totalling £1,575,000 for North Devon.  We had also claimed £160,000 in respect of the job retention scheme and received £268,000 New Burdens grant for Small Business Grants and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants.  Central government have announced they will help support local authorities for lost income by paying 75% of any lost income after Councils incur the first 5% variance.  The expected lost income and additional costs have been factored into the above figures in Appendix A along with the anticipated government support.

·         The figures shown in Appendix A included a projection for the rest of 20/21 based on the current environment and the continuing COVID-19 impact on our income streams and expenditure.

·         It was anticipated that there would be a reduction in both Council Tax and Business Rates income during 2020/21.  However, no reduction for income was being reported for 2020/21 year as the financial effect of any deficit on the Collection Fund income would not have an impact on NDC finances until the following three years.

·         At 31 December 2020 total external borrowing was £500,000.  The timing of any future borrowing was dependent on how the authority managed its treasury activity and due to current low interest rates and reduced returns on investments it was prudent for the Council to ‘internally borrow’ and use these monies to fund the Capital Programme.

·         “Appendix B – Movement in reserves and balances” detailed the movements to and from earmarked reserves in 2020/21.

·         Full details of the Strategic Contingency Reserve movements and commitments were attached as “Appendix C – Strategic Contingency Reserve”.

·         The 2020/21 to 2022/23 Capital Programme was detailed in “Appendix D – Capital Programme”.

·         Further variations of (£3,301,516) were proposed to the 2020/21 Capital Programme as detailed in paragraph 4.4.3.

·         Further variations of £1,872,135 were proposed to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 251.


Review of Charges and Fees for 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Report by Head of Resources (attached)

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report by the Head of Resources (circulated previously) regarding the review of Charges and Fees for 2021/22.


The Accountancy Services Manager highlighted the following:


·         This year the guidance was to increase some fees and charges by 2%, although some fees were set by statute and these would be set nationally.

·         It was recommended that Allotments (Appendix A), Cemetery fees (Appendix F), sports pitches (Appendix G), Pannier Market charges (Appendix H) and Bulky Collections (Appendix I) were increased by 2%.

·         Other variations to the 2% increase were Building Control (Appendix B), Trade Waste (Appendix C), Land Charges fees (Appendix D), Environmental Health fees (Appendix E), Garden waste charges (Appendix J) and pre-planning application fees (Appendix K).  An amended version of Appendix K had been published as a supplementary document as there had been slight amendment to the wording.


In response to questions, the Head of Resources advised the following:


·         All weather pitch fees were managed by Parkwood Leisure.

·         Officers regularly reviewed the commercial and trade waste fees to compare with other competitors to make sure that the fees remained competitive.

·         The Accountancy Services Manager would provide details of the number of holiday homes in receipt of trade waste collections.

·         The Valuation Office determined who paid business rates or Council Tax.

·         Lockdown recovery fees had been introduced for the Pannier Market following an urgent decision taken by the Chief Executive.

·         The current fee (£36) for the collection of garden waste had been in place since 2017, which was relatively low in comparison to neighbouring local authorities which were charging between £40-£50.  The Council currently received £660,000 income for the collection of garden waste.  If the fee was increased to £40, the Council would receive £740,000 income.  The Council would need to increase the fees to £46/£47 in order for the service to break even.

·         The waste and recycling crews had in cab technology which identified which properties were domestic or commercial.

·         The crews would interpret whether a property was domestic or a holiday home.

·         The Pannier Market fees would be subject to consultation with Pannier Market traders prior to the decision being taken by Council on 24 February 2021.  Pannier Market traders could hire smaller areas.

·         Covid 19 has had an impact for a number of clubs and organisations, therefore it would be difficult to treat some differently.




(a) that there be a 2% increase in fees for 2021/22 financial year, for the following services: 


(i) Allotments – Appendix A

(ii) Cemetery fees – Appendix F

(iii) Sports pitches – Appendix G

(iv) Pannier Market Charges (subject to consultation with the traders committee) – Appendix H

(v) Bulky Collections – Appendix I


(b)  that the remaining fees be varied by the elements outlined in paragraphs 4.3 to 4.8 of the report.



Revenue Budget 2021/22, Capital Programme and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2025 pdf icon PDF 618 KB

Report by Chief Financial Officer (attached)

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report by the Head of Resources (circulated previously) regarding the Revenue Budget 2021/22, Capital Programme and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2025.


The Head of Resources highlighted the following:


·         Government settlement December 2020.  The provisional 2021-22 settlement of £3.3m was the same level as 2020-21.  The Fair Funding Review had been delayed by a further year until April 2022.  The New Homes Bonus in-year allocation had been allocated for 2021/22 only.  There were no legacy payments on the 2021/22 allocation and the Government was intending to consult on future of the housing incentive during 2021/22.  The Rural Services Delivery Grant matched the 2020/21 level.  Council Tax levels for District Councils could be increased by up to 2% or £5 whichever was higher.  The referendum in relation to Council Tax levels for Town and Parish Councils had been deferred.  The Council would receive a lower tier services grant and Covid 19 support grant as one off payments.  The Council would receive 75% reimbursement on sales, fees and charges losses for the period April to June 2021.

·         Core Spending Power for England.  This had increased by 4.5% overall; however 87% of this increase came from Council Tax compared to 56% in 2020/21.

·         Urban/rural funding differences.  Analysis by the Rural Services Network indicated that local authorities serving predominately urban areas receive “higher” level of central funding compared to those in rural areas: paying over £96 per head more in Council Tax (in rural Devon £138 per head more); receive £107 (61%) per head less from Settlement Funding Assessment (rural Devon, £120 less); receive £28 per head of Social Care Grant, compared to £32 per head in urban areas (rural Devon, £28); and receive over £112 (42%) per head less in Government Funding Spending Power, excluding Council Tax (rural Devon, £113).

·         Core Spending Power - included a new (one off) Lower-Tier Services Grant 2021-22.  Without this grant, six of eight Devon districts would be faced with reduction in Core Spending Power.

·         Total Core Spending Power per head of population 2021/22.

·         Outside of urban and rural differences, there were four points of common concern: concentration of cuts in public spending on local government; over reliance on Council Tax in general (assumption that areas with higher Council Tax could continue to sustain increases); time limited payments from incentive scheme as core funding (e.g. New Homes Bonus); and allocation of lower tier services grant on a one off basis.

·         The Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) (2020-2024) model had been refreshed in October 2020 based upon: increased recent pay award (2.75%) continuing for medium term; borrowing costs and Capital Programme re-profiled; assumed Covid 19 impact on sales, fees and charges income continuing into 2021-22; and Government fair funding review delayed 12 months to 2022-23; collection fund deficit (Council Tax and Business Rates) spread over next 3 years.  A £2m funding gap was projected for 2021/22 in advance of the financial settlement announced on 17 December 2020.

·         New Homes Bonus provisional level of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 253.


Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 642 KB

Report by Chief Financial Officer (attached)

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report by the Chief Financial Officer (circulated previously) regarding the Treasury Management Strategy Statement for 2021/22.


The Head of Resources highlighted the following:


·         The over-riding strategy for the Council’s management of funds was Security, Liquidity and then Yield (return).  Three reports were produced each year for Council to approve on Prudential Indicators and Treasury Management Strategy; mid-year report and an annual report.

·         Section 5.1 capital expenditure – the table detailed approved capital spend as per the previous report on the budget and capital programme, how this was financed in the lower table and therefore the ‘net financing need for each year’.

·         The Council’s borrowing need (CFR) was outlined in the table on page 142.  The increase to £17m from £6m (movement of £11m) took into account the borrowing for the new construction of the Leisure Centre.

·         The Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) set out the repayment of debt on both internal and external borrowing from revenue budget.  The Medium Term Financial Strategy showed the impact of borrowing costs on the revenue budget.

·         Paragraph 5.3 – the table showed the level of core funds and cash available for external investments, together with the Council’s under borrowed position which enables the Council to internally borrow for the purposes of capital funding.

·         There was a high level of external investment of spare cash in 2020-21 due to cash flow of additional government monies for business grants, up-front payment of grants to the Council and covid-19 grants provided to the Council.

·         The current borrowing position was detailed in section 6.1.  External borrowing this current year was only £500,000 at present.  Net investments were higher this year due to all the grants cash that the Council were investing short term to gain minimal return until spent out.

·         The level of borrowing would increase in 2021-22 as detailed in the table on page 146.  Additional borrowing £14m would be required during the year to cover the treasury need for increased Capital Financing Requirement which was in line with the Council’s financial plans.  Under borrowing was funded from internal borrowing from cash reserves.  The Council complied with this prudential indicator in the current financial year and it was not envisaged there would be difficulties for the future.

·         The Operational Boundary (limit beyond which external debt was not expected to exceed) was set at £16million for 2021-22 to 2023-24 year.

·         The Authorised limit (control on maximum level of borrowing) maintained at £22million was in line with the level set last year.

·         The table in paragraph 6.3 outlined projected interest rates from the Council’s treasury advisors which outlined projections on investment interest and projections on borrowing loans from the Public Works Loan Board.

·         The Council was currently maintaining an under-borrowed position.  This strategy was prudent as investment returns were very low and counterparty risk was still an issue that needs to be considered. The graph shown on page 150 set out the current borrowing strategy for the next ten years.

·         The guidance from the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 254.


10 Year Capital Strategy 2021 to 2031 pdf icon PDF 535 KB

Report by Chief Financial Officer (attached)


The Committee considered a report by the Chief Financial Officer (circulated previously) regarding the 10 Year Capital Strategy for 2021 to 2031.


The Head of Resources highlighted the following:


·         The Capital Strategy was reviewed annually by Full Council prior to each financial year.  The Strategy set out the ‘governance arrangements’ for capital projects coming forwards as detailed in section 4.3.

·         All capital projects required a business case, reviewing options, risks and associated costs.  Project Appraisal Group (PAG) comprised of the; Chief Executive, Business Information Systems Manager, Head of Resources and Accountancy Manager who would then meet to score the proposed project.

·         In addition to the original approval of the project, a separate approval would also be sought from the Committee and then Full Council to release the capital funds three to six months before the project was due to start.

·         Medium Term (2021-2025) as set out in the table in paragraph 4.4 set out the impact of capital financing need, impact this had on the annual borrowing cost and then the overall Medium Term Financial Strategy budget gap, including the additional borrowing.

·         For 2022/23 current projections showed a medium term financial strategy budget gap of £2.3m increasing to £2.9m in 2024/25.

·         The Council would look to become more entrepreneurial in how it delivered services to generate extra income and reduce costs in line with the commercialisation strategy. The Council would also have to review a number of options for bridging the budget gap and any such financial benefits these may produce; these would be subject to further reports being presented to Members.

·         The estimated Capital Financing Requirement (CFR) for March 2021 was £5.76m which increased to its peak in March 2025 at £18.79m. This substantial increase in CFR reflected the £38m capital programme over the medium term including the new Leisure Centre.

·         The Council would receive an annual management fee in relation to the running of the new Leisure Centre to help offset an element of the borrowing costs.  

·         Longer Term (2025-2031) as set in the table in paragraph 4.5.  The Council had identified two main areas of capital expenditure within the long term forecast which are necessary to maintain business as normal i.e. the vehicle replacement programme, as the works and recycling fleet have an eight year life cycle; and the on-going maintenance of our ICT infrastructure.  Projected investment was required in these two areas.  The longer term model then builds this investment into the spend plans and extends the Medium Term Financial Strategy position up until 2031.  The CFR was generally on a downward trend from £17.17m in 2025/26 to £14.28m by 2030/31. External borrowing over the longer term remained at a high level, £12m and above, again assuming the under-borrowed position remained prudent and sustainable.

·         As a result of the high borrowing, the annual borrowing cost would continue to put pressure on the Council’s revenue budget each year. The projected cost of borrowing was £1.57m in 2025/26 increasing to £1.64m in 2030/31. 

·         For 2025/26 current  ...  view the full minutes text for item 255.


Continuation of meeting


RESOLVED that it being 1.00 pm the meeting continue in order for the remaining business to be transacted.


The Pannier Market pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Joint report by Head of Place and Regeneration Manager (attached).

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report by the Regeneration Manager (circulated previously) regarding the Pannier Market.


The Regeneration Manager highlighted the following:


·       The Barnstaple Vision and the Future High Street Fund work highlight that our heritage assets were not being used to their full potential and therefore a Cultural Assets Review had been commissioned.

·       The recommendations in the Cultural Assets Report for the Pannier Market and how we sustain its future, formed the basis for the report.

·       The Pannier Market was considered to be the jewel in the crown of Barnstaple high street, but by common consensus the building and the quality of retail offer in the market was looking tired, with a declining financial performance, resulting in a £100,000 pa year on year loss to the Council.

·       The Pannier Market was a fully functioning building and generally in reasonable condition, however some urgent repairs were required.

·       The architects working with the Council on the Future High Street Fund have suggested a number of physical alterations which seek to sustain the building but together it was believed could transform the space as outlined in paragraph 4.6 of the report. 

·       They had also recommended that the Council commission a specialist market consultant to carry out a detailed review of the operational opportunities before any physical interventions were finalised.  The outcome of this specialist market consultant report would be reported back to Members for final agreement.




(a) That specialist market consultants be engaged to carry out a detailed review and provide a report on the operational opportunities available for the Pannier Market with the findings to be reported back to members and that Barnstaple Councillors be invited to a briefing during the formulation of the report.


(b) That a revenue budget of £10,000 be approved to be funded from the Economic Development earmarked reserve.


North Devon Biosphere Project Development - Request for Funding pdf icon PDF 606 KB

Report by Head of Place (attached).

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report by the Head of Place (circulated previously) regarding the North Devon Biosphere Project Development request for funding.


The Chief Executive highlighted the following:


·       The North Devon Biosphere Foundation had requested funding from the Council to support two projects “Digital Biosphere” and “Natural Capital” which would assist in the delivery of the Council’s objectives “cherishing and protecting the environment” and “planning for North Devon’s future”.

·       A similar request for funding had been made to Torridge District Council. The total funding request was for £40,000, £20,000 from each Council.

·       Once the grants had been secured from the Council and Torridge District Council a funding agreement would be put in place and project business cases would be developed.


Councillor Yabsley declared a personal interest as a Devon County Council Member appointed to the North Devon Biosphere Partnership.


RESOLVED that a revenue budget of £20,000 be approved to be funded from the Economic Development earmarked reserve, subject to match funding being agreed by Torridge District Council and an appropriate grant funding agreement being put in place, to provide a grant to support the further development of the:


(a) Digital Biosphere (Smart Biosphere and Accelerator programme)

(b) Natural Capital (£50m Impact Fund and Marketplace)



Litter Strategy pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Report by Chief Executive (attached) and to consider the following notice of motion referred by Council on 13 January 2021:


“Council resolves to:


·       Promote participation in litter prevention activities to members of the public, community, faith and youth groups, and businesses through our social media, website and existing email-outs to partners.

·       Ask the Strategy & Resources Committee to examine the merits of becoming a local authority member of the Keep Britain Tidy Network, and identify which of the campaign’s initiatives, including Love Parks and Charity Bins, could be introduced in the District.

·       Ask the Chief Executive to write to national supermarket chains with stores in this District asking them to consider North Devon as the location for a future trial of a reverse vending machines.

·       Promote take up of the DEFRA voluntary code amongst our fast food businesses and local business partnerships and seek their sponsorship for the introduction of a Charity Bin scheme and for public education programmes.”

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report by the Chief Executive (circulated previously) regarding the Litter Strategy and the notice of motion referred by Council on 13 January 2021.


The Lead Member for the Environment highlighted the following:


·       The Litter Strategy had been influenced and supported guidance issued by WRAP “Binfrastructure – the right bin in the right place”.

·       A funding opportunity had arisen for the procurement of smart bins and the Council was required to have a strategy in place prior to submitting a bid for funding.

·       The strategy aimed to change the behaviour of people, make it easy to dispose of litter and improve enforcement.

·       The Strategy contained defined objectives which were linked to actions.

·       Some elements of the Notice of Motion referred by Council could be achieved as part of the strategy.


In response to questions, the Chief Executive advised that the strategy provided a framework.  The action plan would detail how the strategy would be achieved and delivered.  The Council would undertake a litter pick along the North Devon Link Road, but it was anticipated that this would be delayed to later in the year due to resources available.




(a) that the Litter Strategy be approved;


(b) that the Chief Executive be delegated authority, after consultation with the relevant Lead Member and relevant ward members, to adopt Action Plans for the whole District or particular areas, targeting littering of different types; and


(c)  that the notice of motion be referred to the Climate Action Team for consideration.


Resource and Waste Management Strategy pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Report by Chief Executive (attached).

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report by the Chief Executive (circulated previously) regarding the Resource and Waste Management Strategy for Devon and Torbay.


The Chief Executive highlighted the following:


·       Devon County Council had approved the Resource and Waste Management Strategy for Devon and Torbay and had requested that District Councils adopt the strategy.

·       The key targets in the Resource & Waste Management Strategy for Devon and Torbay were detailed in paragraphs 4.3 to 4.6 of the report.

·       This strategy also linked into the Council’s Litter Strategy, was the blue print for the Waste and Recycling service and linked into the Council’s environmental objectives.




(a) that the Resource and Waste Management Strategy be approved;


(b) that Devon County Council be asked to look again at the reduction in the prices paid to local communities for green waste in order to encourage local community composting groups.


Oxford Park Play Area, Ilfracombe pdf icon PDF 152 KB

Report by Principal Parks Officer (attached).


The Committee considered a report by the Principal Parks Officer (circulated previously) regarding the allocation of section 106 funds to provide additional play equipment at Oxford Park Play area, Ilfracombe.




(a) that £6600 be allocated towards the cost of providing a new piece of play equipment at Oxford Park Play area, Ilfracombe.




(b) that Council vary the Capital programme by £6600 and that funds be released.