Teignbridge County

Committee Minutes

Thu Jun 21 2007

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Present:-

Councillors Berman, Clatworthy, Cook, Hook and Smith

Apologies

Councillor Fry

*57 Election of Chairman

RESOLVED that Councillor Fry be elected Chairman for the ensuing year.

*58 Election of Vice-Chairman

RESOLVED that Councillor Morgan be elected Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year.

COUNCILLOR MORGAN IN THE CHAIR

*59 Minutes

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 29 March 2007 be signed as a correct record.

*60 Teignbridge Strategic Partnership Prioritisation

The Committee considered the report of the Community and Strategy Officer (CX/07/55 - text onlyCX/07/55) on the development and prioritisation of projects to achieve the key themes of the Teignbridge Community Strategy.

Members were reminded that the Teignbridge Community Strategy had been published in November 2006 following extensive public consultation. Since that time, Teignbridge Strategic Partnership (TSP) member organisations had been working in theme groups to develop projects to tackle the key themes of the strategy and at its meeting on 16 May 2007 the TSP had discussed a total of 27 projects and had prioritised them according to agreed criteria. These had also been grouped according to theme.

The Community and Strategy Officer reported that those prioritised projects had been further discussed at the Community Planning Forum on 13 June.

Members agreed that all of the projects were desirable, although the following comments were made.

more information requested on Access to Transport (Cllr Berman)

Youth Services Provision (Cllr Clatworthy was making a contribution from his budget towards a local scheme)

the environmental schemes contained a number of quick wins which could be progressed quickly.

the need to avoid duplication of work.

that a number of agencies were supporting the European Car Free Day

It was MOVED by Councillor Morgan, SECONDED by Councillor Berman and

RESOLVED

(a) that the Committee notes the range of projects proposed by the Teignbridge Strategic Partnership through the Teignbridge Community Strategy and requests that the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Demonstration Day is supported by the County Council and progressed as soon as practicable.

(b) that further information be received, at a future meeting, on the Access to Transport project.

*61 Community Planning Database

The Committee considered the report of the Community Strategy Officer (CX/07/54 - text onlyCX/07/54) on the development of a Community Planning Database (actual name has yet to be agreed) to support the process and development of community plans. Members noted that, to make full use of the efforts that communities put into such plans, work was in hand to develop a tool that would allow communities to record information about their projects and issues which would also be accessible to local authorities and public and voluntary sector organisations. The proposed Community Planning Database (CPD) was the online tool to deliver that facility.

Members acknowledged that by providing an easy to use website, the CPD would be of benefit to the communities, Councillors, strategic planners, individuals and others alike. Communities would be able to identify similar projects for ideas, potential partner parishes or towns they could work with; Councillors would be able to keep track of activities within their divisions and strategic planners would be able to identify linkages between local action and strategic objectives.

The project was being facilitated by the County Council and developed with all key organisations involved. The Strategic Partnership (Chairs of all LSPs in Devon) Group of the Devon Strategic Partnership had taken strategic accountability for the project under the direction of a steering group comprising representatives from District Councils and Local Strategic Partnerships; Market and Coastal Towns Association; Community Council for Devon; Devon Rural Network; Devon Towns Forum; Devon Renaissance and Devon County Council. Funding and support had been secured for the Objective 2 areas of Devon (North Devon, South Hams, Torridge and West Devon) and it was intended to roll the project out countywide during 2008.

The database was expected, once up and running to be self maintaining.

Members noted the planned implementation of the Community Planning Database, that it be welcomed and its use be encouraged locally to inform and support County Council and community priorities.

*62 The Extended Role of County Committees: Locality Budget 2006/07 Outturn and 2007/8 Allocations

The Committee considered the report of the Community Strategy Officer (EEC/07/168/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/07/168/HQ) on the basis upon which locality budgets would be available to Members in 2007/08 and the outturn position for 2006/07. The County Council had confirmed that any underspends from 2006/07 could be carried forward to be added to the locality budget available for 2007/08.

Members were particularly keen for ultimate control of the locality budgets to remain with the local member.

Further comments included;

the process for getting work done seemed lengthy;

the difficulty of staff resources in the Local Service Offices

It was MOVED by Councillor Morgan, SECONDED by Councillor Clatworthy and

RESOLVED

(a) that outturn for 2006/07 be noted;

(b) that the continuation of the locality budget operating principles in 2007/08 for this Committee be confirmed; and

(c) that the total locality budget available to Members of this Committee in 2007/08 and spending to date as set out in Appendices I and II to EEC/07/172/HQ - text only | pdf EEC/07/172/HQ, respectively, be noted;

(d) that the decision of how to spend locality budgets remained wholly and exclusively with the individual Member.

*63 Future Meetings

The Committee noted dates of future meetings, as set out below.

Thursday 27 September 2007 @ 11.30am (please note change)

Thursday 22 November 2007 @ 10.00am

The Committee also noted that, in reviewing the arrangements for HATOCs and County Committees the Procedures Committee on 11 May 2007 resolved that the status quo be maintained although HATOCs and County Committees be reminded of the need to structure their agenda so as to minimise any inconvenience or disruption for guest speakers and that Committees representing rural areas be encouraged wherever possible, as a means of securing the most effective local arrangements, to meet on the same day, subject to a further review in 12 months time .

The Procedures Committee had also reviewed the proposed introduction of a formal public participation scheme for County Committees following a 12 month pilot scheme in the Torridge Area and resolved that no further action be taken on the introduction of a formal public participation scheme at County Committees and that instead those Committees be reminded of the value of inviting representatives of relevant organisations or the public to attend and participate in any discussions on matters of local interest or themed debates, as set out in paragraph 6 of Report CS/05/8

*DENOTES DELEGATED MATTER WITH POWER TO ACT

The meeting started at 10.00am and finished at 10.50am.

The Minutes of this Committee are published on the County Council's Website at:-

Date Published: Mon Jul 02 2007