West Devon Council
Tuesday, 18th February, 2020 4.00 pm

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Apologies for Absence


Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 359 KB

To approve and adopt as a correct record the Minutes of the

Meeting of Council held on 17 December 2019


Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare any personal or disclosable pecuniary interests, including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting.


            If Councillors have any questions relating to predetermination, bias or interests in items on this Summons, then please contact the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting.



To receive communications from the Mayor or person presiding


Business brought forward by or with the consent of the Mayor


The Mayor or the person presiding to answer questions which people in West Devon can ask and to receive deputations or petitions under Council Procedure Rule 21


To consider (any) questions submitted under Council Procedure Rule 21;


To consider motions of which notice has been duly submitted by Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 15:


(a)  Proposed by Cllr N Jory:


‘With immediate effect, this Council adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism that reads as follows:


“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews.  Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”



(b)  Proposed by Cllr J Yelland


“This Council will write to the Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Grant Schapps and the Prime Minister urging the government to set and announce the date for the re-opening of the railway line between Okehampton and Exeter as a matter of urgency.  


OkeRAIL Forum has been lobbying central government since 2015 for the re-introduction of a regular daily passenger service between Okehampton and Exeter.  The work that OkeRAIL Forum has undertaken has provided evidence of the demand for the service and the positive impact it would have directly on the wider area from North Devon to Cornwall.  The benefits include the following: 


1.  The establishment of a complementary line to the Dawlish route which is seriously disrupted by severe weather on a regular basis.  This will future proof and ensure resilience for the South West Peninsular.

2.   Reduce the reliance on the private car

3.   Improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion.

4.   Reduce the carbon footprint business owners, employers, residents and visitors to the area wishing to travel for work, education and/or leisure.

5.   Open up the South West to new investment in terms of job creation and business opportunities which will, in turn, stimulate the economy, increase productivity and reduce poverty.   

6.   Instill confidence in those who wish to move to the area that access to the South West is sustainable.


There is strong evidence from the community and stakeholders in the emerging Neighbourhood Plan for Okehampton and the Hamlets of the need for the railway line and WDBC’s Joint Local Plan fully supports it through Spatial Priority SP4 and Policy TTV13.”





To receive the Minutes of the following Committees, to note the delegated decisions and to consider the adoption of those Unstarred Minutes which require approval: pdf icon PDF 324 KB



i)          Hub Committee

                        Meeting held on 17 December 2019


           (ii)        Invest to Earn Committee

                       Meeting held 17 December 2019


            (iii)        Development Management and Licensing Committee

                        Meeting held on 7 January 2020


(iv)       Overview and Scrutiny Committee

                        Meeting held on 14 January 2020


(v)       Audit Committee

                        Meeting held on 21 January 2020


            (vi)        Hub Committee

                        Meeting held on 28 January 2020


                        Recommendations to agree:


HC 66 Revenue Budget Monitoring Report Quarter 3


That Council be RECOMMENDED to transfer £30,000 of the Homelessness         Prevention under-spend into the Homelessness Prevention Earmarked            Reserve at the end of the 2019/20 financial year.


HC 71 Pre Application Process in Planning


That Council be RECOMMENDED that the Pre-Application process, as detailed in Appendix 1 of the agenda report presented to the Hub Committee, be approved.


HC 72 Electric Charging Points


That Council be RECOMMENDED that:


(i)               the Council signs up to the collaboration agreement with Devon County Council for the installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Points;

(ii)              the potential sites where the Electric Vehicle Charging Point should be installed are as listed in paragraph 1.3 of the report;

(iii)            the Council enters into a lease with the appointed supplier for a 10 year period; and

(iv)            funding (£8,000) for the charging points is obtained from the Car Park Maintenance Reserve.


HC 74 Future IT Procurement


That Council be RECOMMENDED that approval be given to the use of £65,000 from the IT Development Earmarked Reserve and £18,000 from the Budget Surplus Contingency Earmarked Reserve for the Future IT Project implementation.


HC 77 Reports of Bodies – Overview and Scrutiny Committee Meeting           14 January 2020: O&S 72: Safeguarding: Annual Update


That Council be RECOMMENDED to adopt the revised Safeguarding Policy         (as attached at Appendix A of the presented agenda report to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee)


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Revenue Budget Proposals for 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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Capital Budget Proposals for 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 370 KB

Dated this 10th of February 2020


Sophie Hosking

Head of Paid Service

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