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Public participation Sessions of 15 minutes are held prior to the start of each public meeting.  

For Committee Meetings questions may only be raised on items on the agenda.  

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 Town Council Agenda - 29 October 2020


You are hereby summoned to attend a Meeting of Bideford Town Council to be held via Zoom, on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 6.30 pm for the purpose of transacting the following business.

In accordance with The Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960 members of the public are welcome to attend and should contact the Town Clerk via telephone or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to gain the access code to the meeting. There is a legal right to film/record/photograph/report public meetings.


Heather Blackburn
Clerk to the Council


1.    To accept apologies and reasons for absence.

2.    To receive declarations of interest on items on the agenda and note the requests for dispensation received by the Clerk prior to the meeting.

3.    Public participation session of 15 minutes duration on items submitted prior to the meeting by Bideford residents, which fall within the scope of the Council’s activities.

4.    To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2020 as a correct record.

5.    Accounts
a.    To approve the payments listed.
b.    To receive a copy of the external auditor’s certificate and opinion 2019/20.

6.    To receive the report from the County Councillor on issues within the parish.

7.    To receive a presentation from Lucy Willans from the Appletree Initiative on the benefits that outdoor learning can have for children.

8.    To receive such communications as the Town Mayor / Town Clerk may wish to lay before the Council.

9.    Decarbonisation and Environment Committee – to approve and adopt the minutes of the meeting held via Zoom on:
a.     22 September 2020
b.     13 October 2020

10.   Market Management Committee – to approve and adopt the minutes of the meeting held on 6 October 2020.

11.   Staffing, Finance & General Purposes Committee – to approve and adopt the minutes of the meeting held on 8 October 2020.

12.   Allotment Committee – to approve and adopt the minutes of the meeting held on 15 October.

13.   Tourism Committee – to approve and adopt the minutes of the meeting held on 20 October 2020.

14.   Emergency Planning Workgroup - to approve and adopt the minutes of the meeting held on 26 October 2020.

15.   To receive correspondence between Manteo and Landivisiau and Bideford during the last 12 months.

16.   Notice of Motion- Councillor J Herron

“To consider priorities for improving the cycling network in and around Bideford as proposed by NDCC.”

17.   Notice of Motion- Councillor J Craigie

“That Bideford Town Council supports the efforts of Devon Wildlife Trust in conserving and preserving the IUCN red listed Devon Whitebeam Tree by:
• procuring 3 Devon Whitebeam saplings for planting in Ford Woodland with appropriate protection against predation
• places signage at the entrance to Ford Woodland explaining the critically endangered nature of Devon Whitebeam trees and how they are almost extinct in the wild apart from the Torridge River Valley
• call on other parishes within the Torridge River Valley to take similar steps in support of the work of Devon Wildlife Trust in preserving this part of northern Devon's wildlife heritage.”

18.    DALC Meeting – To receive an update from Councillor Mrs Craigie and consider any actions arising.

19.    Torridge District Council – To receive an update on Torridge District Council activities by one of the Councillors.

20.    To receive an update on Bridge Trust activities by one of the Trustees.


Date of next Meeting: Thursday 17 December 2020 at 6.30pm


Coronavirus Update: 

Currently, in light of Government and Health Executive guidelines, Bideford Town Council are holding Town Council meetings via Zoom.

Town Council meetings are being held every six weeks and committee meetings are being scheduled as required.



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