Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 28th September, 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 nopa3321 and password is 309069. 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 26 September 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 20 July 2022 (attached) pdf icon PDF 266 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 consider the following notice of motion from Councillor Wilkinson

 

“Sky lanterns might look pretty but they are a serious danger to animals and the countryside.

Essentially a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a candle is suspended, sky lanterns, can float for miles before they fall to the ground.

Every year up to 200,000 sky lanterns are released in the UK. These “floating flames” are highly dangerous.

They can:

  • Start wildfires
  • Kill animals
  • Destroy food growing in fields
  • Set homes and buildings alight

And the litter they leave in their wake is a blight on our beautiful countryside.

In 2019, the NFU launched a campaign to urge people to email their council to ban sky lanterns on land it owns. To date 187 councils out of 333 have banned them in England and Wales.

 

As a Council we, therefore, agree to

1.    Applaud the work that the NFU, National Fire Chiefs Council, Keep Britain Tidy and the RSPCA have done to bring to our attention the impact sky lanterns can have.

2.    Ban the use of sky lanterns on property owned by North Devon Council.

3.    Inform the general public of the dangers associated with sky lanterns.”

 

(b)  To consider the following notice of motion from Councillor Crabb

 

“That this Council writes to South West Water to ensure they prioritise urgent action and investment to prevent avoidable discharges in North Devon that relies heavily on tourism. That we, North Devon Council recognise that as part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, we have a responsibility to work positively and proactively with South West Water, the Environment Agency and other partners, to provide cleaner and healthier waters for our residents and visitors.”

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.

Anti-Fraud and Corruption

Presentation by Ken Johnson, Counter Fraud Services Manager, Devon Audit Partnership

11.

Report of the Leader of the Council pdf icon PDF 276 KB

Report by Leader of the Council (attached).

12.

Questions by Members

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

13.

Statement of Accounts 2021/22

13a

Report by Chief Financial Officer (attached) pdf icon PDF 295 KB

Chair of the Governance Committee to report the recommendations of the Governance Committee held on 26 September 2022 (to follow).

Additional documents:

13b

Annual Governance Statement 2021/22 (attached) pdf icon PDF 372 KB

To consider the recommendation of the Governance Committee held on 26 September 2022 (to follow).

Additional documents:

13c

Letter of Representation on behalf of the Council (attached) pdf icon PDF 2 MB

It is RECOMMENDED “that the letter of representation on behalf of the Council be approved and signed by the Chief Financial Officer”. To consider the recommendation of the Governance Committee held on 26 September 2022 (to follow).

Additional documents:

14.

Performance and Financial Management Quarter 1 of 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 454 KB

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

Additional documents:

14a

Report of the Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 318 KB

To receive the report of the Policy Development Committee held on 8 September 2022 (to follow)

14b

Report of meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 189 KB

To receive the report of the report of the meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee held on 5 September 2022 (to follow).

15.

Report of Lead Member for Climate Change

Lead Member for Climate Change to report.

16.

Outside Body appointment - Devon Rail Forum

To consider the appointment of 1 Member to the Devon Rail Forum for the life of Council following the resignation of Councillor York from the Forum.

17.

Minutes of Committees

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

 

17a

Building Control Joint Committee pdf icon PDF 214 KB

(i)             7 July 2022

17b

Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 289 KB

(i)             26 September 2022 (to follow)

17c

Harbour Board pdf icon PDF 243 KB

(i)             9 August 2022

17d

Joint Planning Policy Committee pdf icon PDF 231 KB

(i)             15 July 2022

17e

Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 213 KB

(i)             13 July 2022

(ii)            10 August 2022

(iii)          31 August 2022

Additional documents:

17f

Policy Development Committee pdf icon PDF 362 KB

(i)             8 September 2022 (to follow)

17g

Strategy and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 90 KB

(i)             5 September 2022 (to follow)

a.    Minute 55 (h): Approval and Release of Section 106 Public Open Space Funds – Barnstaple, Landkey and Tawstock

Additional documents:

Part B (Confidential Restricted Information)

Nil.