Agenda and draft minutes

Full Council - Tuesday, 19th November, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX

Items
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62.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 398 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the previous Council meeting.

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Sport, Recreation & Culture, seconded by the Leader proposed that the minutes of the Full Council on the 24 September 2019 were approved as correct and signed by the Chairman.

63.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

Councillor Hocking declared an interest in respect of minute no.64 (Stover Park Presentation) as he received a pension from one of the land owners.

 

64.

Stover Park Presentation pdf icon PDF 14 MB

A short presentation by Jon Avon on the Stover Park Project.

 

Minutes:

Jon Avon from Devon County Council gave a presentation on the Stover Park Project [attached to minutes].

 

Members were advised of the historic nature of the park and its buildings, the submitted lottery bid and the plans for the future enhancement of the park including the restoration of the Stover Lake and the Historic Buildings and the creation of new access routes and a café.

 

Members thanked Jon for his informative presentation.

 

65.

Councillor questions under Council Procedure Rule 4.5(k) pdf icon PDF 188 KB

The deadline for Members questions is at least three clear working dates before the meeting

 

Minutes:

The Members’ questions and responses are attached to the minutes.

 

In response to Councillor Clarance supplementary question, the Leader clarified that the Portfolio Holder for Business, Economy & Tourism, Portfolio Holder for Sport, Recreation & Culture and Portfolio Holder for Communities & IT all had experience at the highest levels of Government.

 

In response to Councillor Purser supplementary question, the Leader commented that the Executive would welcome the feedback from Overview & Scrutiny Committee on the Connecting Devon & Somerset Broadband project as it progressed.

 

66.

Notices of motion under Council Procedure Rule 4.5(l)

Notice of Motion’s shall be referred to the appropriate Committee meeting. The mover of the motion can outline the proposal and then it will stand adjoined. The motion may be debated to assist debate later if agreed by two-thirds of Council Members.

 

Councillor Foden supported by Councillors Connett, Keeling, J Hook, Jeffries, Taylor and Wrigley.

 

A notice of motion to Teignbridge District Council that we declare our support for The Royal British Legion’s campaign to ‘Stop the Service Charge’.

 

The Royal British Legion is calling on the government to remove indefinite leave-to-remain fees for commonwealth armed forces personnel who have served at least 4 years.

 

The UK relies on the bravery and sacrifice of members of the UK Armed Forces drawn from across the Commonwealth, yet charges them thousands of pounds to continue to live here when they leave service.  This has to end.

 

Currently when Commonwealth personnel leave the UK Armed Forces and wish to apply to continue to live in the country they have served for years, they face thousands of pounds of fees to do so.  A Service leaver and their partner are presented with a bill of £4778 to continue to live in the UK, before taking children into account.  While waiting for a decision on their settlement status, former personnel are unable to seek employment and may be denied access to statutory support in the same way as their UK civilian peers.

 

There are currently over 4,700 personnel serving in the UK Armed Forces from Commonwealth countries, with more recruited each year. 

 

Teignbridge District Council is signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

 

Resolve that Teignbridge District Council declare its support for the Royal British Legion’s campaign to ‘Stop the Service Charge’ and to write to the Government calling on them to abolish the Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) fees for Commonwealth servicemen and women.

 

Councillors Nutley and H Cox supported by Councillors Connett, Dewhirst, Foden, Hayes, Goodman-Bradbury, J Hook, Nuttall, Parker, L Petherick, J Petherick and Swain.

 

Motion to support the RSPCA campaign regarding fireworks and Firework Displays

 

Teignbridge Council resolves:

- Teignbridge Council understands the anxiety and stress caused to vulnerable people and family pets by the random use of fireworks in the days before and after November 5th each year, or outside of properly organised firework events.

- Council agrees to write to the Government encouraging new legislation on the sale and use of fireworks so that those available to the public for private displays are limited to 90dB.

- Council also calls on the Government to work with firework manufacturers, leading retailers and, for example, the RSPCA, to introduce a national Code of Good Practice for organisers of public firework displays, to include good standards of advance advertising for events.

 

- Teignbridge to amend its own Booking Forms to highlight the RSPCA campaign and good practice for firework displays, which will be shared with Town and Parish Councils. Working together we can encourage all public firework displays on council owned land  ...  view the full agenda text for item 66.

Minutes:

A notice of motion to Teignbridge District Council that we declare our support for The Royal British Legion’s campaign to ‘Stop the Service Charge’.

 

Councillor Foden in presenting this Notice of Motion stated that she had the upmost respect of all of the UK Armed Forces personal and the service that they gave to the country. It was important that all service personal were treated equally and fairly.

 

Councillor Foden proposed this Notice of Motion, it was seconded by Portfolio Holder for Communities and IT and was carried unanimously.

 

RESOLVED that Teignbridge District Council declare its support for the Royal British Legion’s campaign to ‘Stop the Service Charge’ and to write to the Government calling on them to abolish the Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) fees for Commonwealth servicemen and women.

 

Motion to support the RSPCA campaign regarding fireworks and Firework Displays

Councillor Nutley in presenting this Notice of Motion stated that the letting of fireworks caused anxiety and stress to both vulnerable people and animals and that there should be legislation in place on the noise limitation of fireworks for sale to the public for private displays. There was also a need to address the contamination and environmental impact of the fireworks.

Members raised the following points:-

·         This Notice of Motion had the full backing of the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RCPSA) and was a national campaign

·         There was already legislation in place to deal with the use and sale of fireworks and there were limited options as to what the Council could do

·         there were other festivals that fireworks were used to celebrate

 

RESOLVED that the Notice of Motion be referred to Executive for further detail on what the Council could put in place to support the Notice of Motion.

 

67.

Connecting Devon and Somerset Broadband contribution pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services presented the report regarding the commitment of the council to continue with the £250,000 to the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) rural broadband rollout programme, following the cancellation of the original contract and proposal to go back out to tender. He stated that a letter had been received from Connecting Devon and Somerset clarifying the position regarding the £250,000 and the match funding.

 

Members welcomed the continuing support for this project which would enable the role out of broadband to rural parts of the district. They noted that Councillor Nuttall was the council’s representative on the Board.

 

The Economy Manager commented that the Council would receive regular updates on the role out of the project and its performance as part of the quarterly reporting on the Council Strategy. In response to a Member’s question regarding giving funding to local communities as an alternative approach, he advised that there was still opportunity to work with the CDS team and rural communities on local solutions, alongside the main programme. Investment in this scheme did not prevent other bids and projects coming forward to increase connectivity in rural areas of the district and confirmed that the Council’s contribution and match funding would be allocated to schemes in the district.

 

The recommendation was proposed by Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services, seconded by Councillor Purser and carried unanimously. 

 

RESOLVED that subject to satisfactory assurances being received from Connecting Devon & Somerset about this Council's investment in rural broadband achieving enhanced provision and support in this district that:-

 

(a)          Teignbridge continues to invest the currently identified £250,000; and

(b)          the matter be delegated to the Managing Director, in consultation with                                                 the Leader of the Council, to conclude an agreement.

68.

Chudleigh Shared Equity Scheme pdf icon PDF 255 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Climate Change Emergency & Housing presented the report to seek Member approval for Section 106 offsite affordable housing contributions of £667,265.69 generated within the Parish of Chudleigh to be used for a Shared Equity Scheme within the Parish.

 

Members welcomed the scheme which would assist first time buyers in Chudleigh with the deposits they require to access a mortgage.

 

In response to a Member’s question, the Housing Enabling and Development Manager clarified that all these off site Section 106 contributions were ring fenced for affordable housing in perpetuity and any funds received as part of the scheme would be reinvested in affordable housing in Chudleigh.

 

The recommendation was proposed by Portfolio Holder for Climate Change Emergency & Housing, seconded by the Chairman of the Council and carried unanimously.

 

RESOLVED that a Shared Equity Scheme is set up in Chudleigh using £667,265.69 of capital receipts received by way of offsite affordable housing contributions to assist up to 13 local purchasers.

69.

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places pdf icon PDF 211 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader presented the report to ensure that all electors had reasonable voting facilities and that polling places were accessible to electors, including those with disabilities. This was a legal requirement and the report was solely to approve the wards polling stations across the district.

 

The recommendation was proposed by the Leader, seconded by Councillor Bullivant and carried unanimously. 

 

RESOLVED that:-

 

(1)          The draft Polling District Places Order be approved; and

 

(2)          A full review of polling districts is conducted ahead of the next full district council elections with a view to addressing the anomalies created within certain parishes by the 2016/17 review of Teignbridge Council’s ward boundaries by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).

 

70.

Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 - Exclusion of Press and Public

RECOMMENDED  that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

 

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Sport, Recreation & Culture proposed, seconded by Councillor Bullivant that because of the financial sensitivity the Council go into Part II session and exclude the press and public. This was carried.

 

RESOLVED that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

71.

Housing Development at East Street and Drake Road Newton Abbot

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Housing presented the report to seek Council approval to develop, own and manage social rented housing on two parcels of land in the Council ownership in Newton Abbot.

 

The recommendation was proposed by the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change Emergency & Housing, seconded by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and carried.

 

RESOLVED that:-

 

(1)          Two parcels of land in Teignbridge ownership be developed by the Council as “social” rented affordable housing; and

 

(2)          the use of funds within the Affordable Housing Capital programme to deliver these schemes be approved supported by a bid to Homes England for additional grant funding to make the schemes viable.