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Minutes of the Tourism Committee held in the Town Hall, Bideford on 5th June 2018 at 6.00 pm

PRESENT:

East Ward:

Councillor J McKenzie
Councillor Mrs J Gubb

North Ward:

Councillor D Bushby

South Ward (Outer):

Councillor D Howell

IN ATTENDANCE:

Mrs R Benney – Atlantic Village TIC
Councillor P Christie
Mrs L Dixon-Chatfield (Town Clerk’s Asst)

 

001.  TO ELECT A NEW CHAIRMAN

Proposed by: Councillor Bushby and seconded

RESOLVED: That Councillor Howell is appointed as Chairman of the Committee for the coming year.

(Vote: For: 5, Against: 0)

002.  TO ELECT A NEW VICE-CHAIRMAN

Proposed by: Councillor Howell and seconded

RESOLVED: That Councillor Bushby is appointed as Vice- Chairman of the Committee for the coming year.

(Vote: For: 5, Against: 0)

003.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Mrs Ruth Craigie (East Ward) - Work

004.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST ON ITEMS ON THE AGENDA

There were no declarations made at this point in the meeting.

005.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION

There were no members of the public present

006.  MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday 24 April 2018 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote For: 5, Against: 0)

007.  TO RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON PARTICIPANTS IN THE 2018 BIDEFORD FAIR AND IF APPROPRIATE, MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL

The Chairman discussed the participants and drew attention to the list the Clerk had prepared. He confirmed that good feedback was coming through social media and more stalls were wishing to participate.
The posters had been printed and were being circulated. He asked members to take a handful and display them wherever they could.
There would be A5 flyers on the day with the programme printed on the back. The day’s events would run from 10.30am until 3.30pm with an interval.

The Clerk explained that the Mayor was booked for a cake cutting at 1pm at Asda. The Chairman asked if this could be put back so the Mayor could judge the dog show. The Clerk said she would make arrangements with Asda.

The Chairman was pleased to inform members that this year there were two attractions on the Quay this year; ss Freshspring Tours and Art on the Quay. Councillor Bushby confirmed Classic Cars and Bikes.

Finally, the Chairman asked the Clerk to send an email to all Councillors asking for their assistance on the day.

008.  TO RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF THE FILM/VIDEO OF BIDEFORD BEING MADE AT KINGSLEY SCHOOL

Councillor McKenzie reported no further progress so far. He had tried to contact the Kingsley School Video Club but had not received a reply.

009.  TO RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON THE COSTINGS FOR A MOBILE BILLBOARD FOR ADVERTISING TOWN COUNCIL EVENTS AND, IF APPROPRIATE, RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL ANY ACTIONS REQUIRED.

Councillor Bushby reminded members that the costings had been received. It was necessary to investigate siting the unit and the cost of reproducing adverts to the sizes for the billboard.

The best place would be opposite the Burton along towards Kingsley corner. It would be the size of a parking space. The Clerk agreed to contact The Property Department Department at Torridge District Council in the first instance to look at ownership and usage.

010.  TO DISCUSS PROGRESS ON A COLLABORATION BETWEEN TOURISM AND MARKET MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES REGARDING A CHRISTMAS EVENT IN THE PANNIER MARKET.

The Chairman would let the Clerk know when the meeting would take place. He suggested that delegated responsibility go to Cllrs McKenzie and Mrs Craigie as they are members of both Market Management and Tourism.

011.  TO CONSIDER THE “COMMEMORATIVE TOMMIES” AND THE “THERE BUT NOT THERE” CAMPAIGN WITH THE SITING AROUND THE TOWN OF “TOMMIES” AND THE BIDEFORD ROLL OF HONOUR FOR WWI TO MARK THE OCCASION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WWI. IF APPROPRIATE, RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL ANY ACTIONS REQUIRED.

The Chairman opened by reporting to members that he had commissioned the two Rolls of Honour as displayed in the lobby outside the Council Chamber. They would have the name corrections on them and would be of the same material as the Discover Bideford Signs. They would be 1m x 1m in layered aluminium, and the costs were approved through Full Council. One would be installed at Chudleigh Fort and the other at the Port Memorial by the decorative bed. After 2018 it could be considered to install this particular one by the War Memorial. Permission would be needed from Torridge District Council.

The Clerk had copied off information about the perspex Tommies. She explained to members that these were from the official “There But Not There” website. The Chairman and members considered and it was decided that as they were quite small they would not have the impact it was hoped they would.

The Chairman and Councillor Bushby had seen lifesize “wire” outlines of these “Tommies”. The Clerk agreed to investigate further.

012.  TO DISCUSS THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PILGRIM FATHERS IN 2020 AND CONSIDER AN EVENT TO MARK THE OCCASION. IF APPROPRIATE, RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL ANY ACTIONS REQUIRED.

The Chairman reported that Visit Devon were making a very big splash with this anniversary in Plymouth and other parts of Devon. He had not heard of anything coming to North Devon but thought it an opportunity to commemorate the landings colony from Bideford some time before the Pilgrim Fathers. He suggested an extra event in the summer of 2020 or double a current event.
He further explained that Nick White of the NDMB had said the only event so far scheduled was Torrington. They were building a boat on the Common in readiness for a bonfire.

There was some discussion about what could be done. Members agreed that a festival or event on the water would be the most fitting.

The Chairman asked members to give it some thought and asked the Clerk to keep the item on the next agenda.

013.   TO DISCUSS AN ARCH/PILLARS AT THE ENTRANCE TO COOPER STREET AND, IF APPROPRIATE, RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL ANY ACTIONS REQUIRED.

The Chairman reported that Mr Rob Braddick was very keen to progress this. He, himself would follow up on the Bill and Peach Shaw designs. He would arrange to meet Mr Braddick, The Mayor and Councillor McGeough to discuss further.

014.   TO DISCUSS HERITAGE STREET FURNITURE IN MILL STREET AND RECOMMEND, IF APPROPRIATE, TO COUNCIL ANY ACTIONS REQUIRED.

Members discussed different types and designs of street furniture. The Clerk explained that at the last Partnership meeting this was discussed with Chris Fuller the new Economic Development Officer for TDC and he was keen to see benches, sympathetically placed, and planters perhaps taking leaf out of Mr Emms book and growing vegetables and fruit.

The Chairman said he would open a discussion with the Town Clerk.

015.   TO DISCUSS THE KENWITH RAILWAY LINE FOOTPATH ROUTE AND RECOMMEND, IF APPROPRIATE TO COUNCIL ANY ACTIONS REQUIRED.

The Chairman invited Cllr McKenzie to open the subject. He then invited Councillor Christie to explain any findings.

Councillor Christie explained that the route is on the TDC District Plan and that there had been talk of 106 money being possibly available. Essentially the track is still there and there has been one landowner who is not open to discussion. But there are alternatives that can be used. TDC own a large amount of the route.
The Bridge Trust did donate £50k some time ago to give to a DCC officer who was assigned to the project. This officer was not effective and has since retired. The money sadly was returned as unused. He was pleased to inform members that a new officer had been put in the same role and Councillor Christie would look forward to speaking with him.

The Chairman offered assistance should it be required. He would raise the subject at the next Full Council meeting with the DCC Councillor who attends.

Councillor Christie concluded that generally he had received enthusiastic comments from those he had spoken to about the subject.

016.   Date of the next meeting will be Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 6.00pm..

The business of the meeting having been completed, the Chairman thanked the members for their attendance and the meeting concluded at 7.05 pm.

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