Full Council
Thursday, 18th April, 2019 10.00 am

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

Contact: Sarah Selway  Email:

No. Item


Apologies for absence


Minutes pdf icon PDF 131 KB

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


Chairman's announcements


Declarations of interest


Public questions session under Council Procedure Rule 4.5(j)


Councillor questions under Council Procedure Rule 4.5(k)


Notices of motion under Council Procedure Rule 4.5(l)


Climate Change

The following Notice of Motion was submitted by Councillor J Hook and supported by Councillors Connett, Dewhirst, Hayes, G Hook, Nutley, Parker and Wrigley.




Council Notes:


1.            Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world.  Global temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius from pre-industrial levels. 


2.            In order to reduce the chance of runaway Global Warming and limit the effects of Climate Breakdown, it is imperative that we as a species reduce our CO2eq (carbon equivalent) emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible.


3.            Individuals cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own. Society needs to change its laws, taxation, infrastructure, etc., to make low carbon living easier and the new norm;


4.            Carbon emissions result from both production and consumption;


5.            Our current plans and actions are not enough.  The world is on track to overshoot the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degrees Celsius limit before 2050.


6.            The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, published in October 2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2 degrees Celsius rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5 degrees Celsius, and told us that limiting Global Warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities.


7.            Local Councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this emergency.


Council believes that:


1.            All governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the negative impacts of Climate Breakdown, and local governments that recognize this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies.  It is important for Teignbridge Council and other Councils to commit to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible.


2.            Towns, Cities and Local Authorities at all tiers are uniquely placed to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions; they are well placed to help decarbonize villages and more remote areas as they have closer links with their residents.


3.            Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings and market opportunities, as well as improved personal, social and environmental well-being for people, locally and worldwide.




Teignbridge District Council will,


1.      Declare a ‘climate emergency’


2.      Pledge to do what is within our powers, to make Teignbridge District carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.


3.      Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary for Teignbridge District to achieve the target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and to implement best practice methods to limit global warming to 1.5C.


4.      Report to Full Council within six months with an Action Plan, outlining how the Council will address this emergency. The Action Plan will detail the leadership role Teignbridge District will take in promoting community, public, business and other  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7a



The following Notice of Motion was submitted by Councillor G Hook and supported by Councillors Dewhirst, Hayes, J Hook, Nutley, Parker and Wrigley.




Teignbridge Council, as an important consumer and opinion leader, should support a strategy to facilitate the promotion and purchase of food and drinks with the FAIRTRADE Mark as part of its commitment to sustainable development and to give marginalised producers a fair deal.

To be recognised by the residents and business community of Teignbridge , suppliers, employees and other local authorities, as a District that actively supports and promotes Fairtrade and to increase the sale of products with the FAIRTRADE Mark.




Teignbridge Council resolves to contribute to the campaign to increase sales of products with the FAIRTRADE Mark by supporting the campaign to achieve Fairtrade status for Teignbridge as detailed in the Fairtrade Foundation's Fairtrade Town Action Guide.


To this end Teignbridge Council resolves to:


1.            Widely offer FAIRTRADE Marked food and drink options internally and make them available for appropriate internal meetings


2.            Work in conjunction with the Fairtrade Foundation to promote the FAIRTRADE concept as often and as widely as practical.


3.            Use influence to urge local retailers to provide Fairtrade options for residents. Similarly, to offer options to their staff.


4.            Use all practical means to promote Fairtrade principles.


5.            To act with and coordinate a steering group of interested persons from around Teignbridge to encourage and support the existing work.


6.            Nominate a representative (either officer or member or both) to sit on the Steering Group and report back at least once a year on progress via the Members Newsletter.


7.            Contact all Secondary Schools and Colleges within Teignbridge inviting participation on the Steering Group.


8.            Organise event(s) and publicity during national Fairtrade Fortnight, the annual national campaign to promote sales of products with the Fairtrade Mark, in conjunction with Devon County Councils ongoing programme of work in this area.



Netting at Development Sites

The following Notice of Motion was submitted by Councillor Connett and supported by Councillors Dewhirst, G Hook, Keeling, Nutley, Parker and Wrigley.




Ban the use of netting at development sites


Teignbridge District Council has a long and established record of environmental protection and protecting wildlife.


Council is greatly concerned by the growing trend of developers using netting over hedgerows at development sites to stop birds nesting and other wildlife using the hedges.


This is wrong and runs against the best interests of supporting and enhancing local wildlife.


We call on all developers not to use netting in Teignbridge.


Additionally, Council will urgently write to the relevant Government Ministers calling on the government to ban the use of netting at all sites with planning consent or identified in Local or emerging Local Plans.



Recommendations from the Standards Committee - 5 April 2019 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To consider the recommendations on the Members’ Code of Conduct.


Additional documents:


Newton Abbot Cinema Proposals pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To consider the Newton Abbot Cinema Proposals report.


Part II (Private)

Items which may be taken in the absence of the Public and Press on the grounds that Exempt information may be disclosed.


Newton Abbot Cinema Proposals

To consider the Newton Abbot Cinema Proposals report.