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Staffing, Finance and General Purposes Meeting 17 October 2012

Minutes of the Staffing, Finance & General Purposes Committee

held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bideford onWednesday 17 October 2012 at 9.30 am

North Ward:

South Ward:
Councillor Mrs A Brenton
Councillor S G Inch (Town Mayor)
Councillor P J Pester (Chairman)
Councillor R Wootton (Substitute for Mrs M Fulford)

East Ward:    Councillor S E L Clarke OBE
Councillor D Howell (Substitute for D C Fulford)
Councillor M Langmead (Substitute for A T Inch)

IN ATTENDANCE:    Mrs H J Blackburn (Town Clerk)

Mr R D G Coombes (Deputy Town Clerk)


Councillor Mrs P Davies (East Ward - Personal) 
Councillor D C Fulford (North Ward –Personal)
Councillor Mrs M Fulford (North Ward –Personal)
Councillor A T Inch (South Ward – Personal)
Councillor R V Vanstone (East Ward – Work)


There was discussion regarding minute no 075 on the draft Staffing, Finance and General Purposes Minutes of 4 October 2012. It was reported by Councillor Pester, the proposer of the Recommendation that there was confusion regarding the financial year to which the Recommendation pertained.  This was endorsed by Councillor Inch.  It was agreed therefore, that as this was a recommended item, it should be clarified at Full Council on 25 October, and that the grant allocation would be made on the usual basis.


Councillor Mrs A Brenton declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 5 (Bideford Bay Children’s Centre – Board Member, Torridge Mid-Devon & Bude CAB – Board Member, St John Ambulance – Family involvement).

Councillor S E L Clarke declared a pecuniary interest in agenda item 5 (New Festival Committee - Chairman).

Councillor S G Inch declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 5 (Bideford Youth Pipe Band – Family member involved).

Councillor D Howell declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 5 (Bideford 500 – Member and Grow Jigsaw – Member of Westcountry Board).

Councillor M Langmead declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 5 (Bideford Amateur Boxing Club – Know and working with committee of Boxing Club, Torridge Male Voice Choir –Member.)

Councillor P J Pester declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 5 (Bideford Amateur Rowing Club – Member, Bideford & District Archive Council – Committee Member, Torridge Male Voice Choir – Committee Member, Wouldcare – Patient.)

Councillor R Wootton declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 5 (Home Start – Town Council representative).


A member of Bideford AFC Youth spoke about the work, progress and expansion of the organisation during the last year.


The Town Clerk asked for suggestions from Members on wording for the sign which is to be produced to advertise the free parking at Christmas


a.Copies of the grant applications had been circulated to members with the agenda.

b.On the motion of Councillor Howell, seconded and:

RECOMMENDED:  That the Council approves the following amounts totalling £77,080 to be paid by way of a grant for the Financial Year commencing 1 April 2013.  It is also recommended that a further £20,000 contingency budget be set.

(Vote For: 7, Against: 0)

Applications for Grant                Allocated    Notes

Army Cadet Force - Bideford Detachment*        £500.00   

Atlantic Village Tourist Information Centre    £2,000.00   

Bideford Amateur Boxing Club            £5,000.00   

Bideford Amateur Rowing Club            £3,920.00   

Bideford & District Archive Council        £650.00   

Bideford Area Club Learning Disabled        £160.00   

Bideford AFC Youth                £3,000.00   

Bideford Bay Creatives                £1,500.00   

Bideford Blind Club                £500.00   

Bideford Bombers BMX Club            £1,500.00

One bike and tools up to £1,500 to be purchased & presented by Council.

Bideford Buzz                    £1,500.00   

Bideford Carnival                £1,000.00   

Bideford Christmas Committee            £6,000.00   

Bideford Cricket Club-Colts Section        £1,000.00   

Bideford Festival Committee            deferred

To be placed on TC agenda 13/12/12 pending full accounting information

Bideford Film Society                £1,500.00   

Bideford 500 Project                £5,000.00   

Bideford Foodbank                £500.00   

Bideford Ladies Club                £300.00   

Bideford Ladies Football Club            £650.00   

Bideford Landivisiau Twinning Assoc        £1,000.00   

Bideford Music Club                £400.00   

Bideford Number One Branch OAPs            £500.00   

Bideford Phoenix Morris                £150.00   

Bideford Railway Heritage Centre CIC        £2,000.00   

Bideford St John Ambulance            £1,000.00   

Bideford (Second) Scout Group            £750.00   

Bideford Sea Cadets                £3,000.00   

Bideford Street Pastors                £1,500.00   

Bideford Town Band                £3,000.00   

Bideford Youth Pipe Band            £2,500.00   

Book Relief UK                    £100.00   

Community Arts Network - Youth Group        £1,000.00

Subject to supporting NYE celebrations during the early evening

Community Arts Network - Samba Baia        £1,000.00

Grow@Jigsaw £1,000.00

Subject to planting out a bed in Victoria Park (with plaque – Planted by Jigsaw)

Harbour Bideford                £2,000.00   

Home-Start Torridge                £2,000.00   

Kenwith Company of Archers            £2,500.00   

M E North Devon                    £500.00   

North Devon Display Gymnastics Club        £1,000.00   

North Devon Forum for Autism             £1,000.00   

Pollyfield Community Association        £2,500.00

For photo-voltaic cells subject to matched funding.  Invoice to be paid by BTC

Port of Bideford Regatta Committee        £3,000.00   

Store Homelessness Project            £500.00   

Tarka Child Contact Centre            £1,000.00   

Torridge Male Voice Choir            £500.00   

Torridge Mid-Devon & Bude CAB            £2,500.00   

TTVS (Torridge Voluntary Services)        £2,000.00   

Wouldcare (Patients Volunteer Group)        £500.00   

Total grants allocated                £77,080.00

The business of the meeting having been completed, the Chairman thanked the members for their attendance and the meeting concluded at 12.20 pm.

Signature of Town Mayor:  ………………………………….  Date:  ……………………........

Signature of Chairman:  ……………………………………..  Date:  ………………………....

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