Special meeting, Policy Development Committee - Thursday, 29th February, 2024 6.30 pm, NEW

Venue: G107, 1st Floor, South West Institute Development Building, Petroc, Barnstaple - Petroc College. View directions

Contact: Corporate and Community Services  01271 388253

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No. Item




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


Declarations of Interest.

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. A declaration of interest under the Code of Conduct will be a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest, an Other Registrable Interest or a Non-Registrable Interest.  If the item directly relates to your interest you must declare the interest and leave the room for the item, save in the case of Other Registrable Interests or Non-Registrable Interests where you may first speak on the item as a member of the public if provision has been made for the public to speak.  If the matter does not directly relate to your interest but still affects it then you must consider whether you are affected to a greater extent than most people and whether a reasonable person would consider your judgement to be clouded, if you are then you must leave the room for the item (although you may speak as a member of the public if provision has been made for the public to speak) or, if you are not, then you can declare the interest but still take part).



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




Water Quality. To consider the impact of water quality within the North Devon area.


The National Trust. Appendix A (attached). pdf icon PDF 10 KB


Local Angling Journalist. Appendix B (attached). pdf icon PDF 309 KB


Westcountry Rivers Trust. Appendix C (attached). pdf icon PDF 281 KB


South West Water. Appendix D (attached). pdf icon PDF 752 KB


North Devon Biosphere. Appendix E (attached). pdf icon PDF 46 KB


The Environment Agency. Appendix F (attached). pdf icon PDF 277 KB


Surfers Against Sewage. Appendix G (attached). pdf icon PDF 469 KB


Proposed format of the meeting:



The Chair of the Committee will open the meeting, run through the housekeeping items and introduce the group lead.



Councillor Jones as Group Lead will then outline the purpose of the special meeting and briefly explain why the subject is being scrutinised together with how the session will work.



The Group Lead through the Chair will allow follow up questions from the Committee members.


7:40 PM:

Chair to suspend Standing Orders to allow opportunity for further public questions in addition to those already submitted.



Actions/next steps to be agreed by the Committee.


8:30 PM:

Chair will formally close the meeting.