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North Ward:

Councillor Mrs A Brenton
Councillor Mrs M Fulford
Councillor T J Johns

South Ward:

Councillor A T Inch
Councillor S G Inch
Councillor P J Pester (Chairman)

East Ward:   

Councillor D Ratcliff
Councillor M Langmead
Councillor R Vanstone


Mrs H J Blackburn (Town Clerk)
Councillor D Fulford (From 7.50 pm)
2 x Members of the public



Councillor Mrs Brenton declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6 - (Member of the Twinning Association, and attends Sacred Heart Church.)

Councillor A T Inch declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6 - (Member of the Bideford Area Club for Disabled Learners, Member of the Twinning Association,  Wouldcare – patient at surgery and Member of the CAB.)

Councillor S G Inch declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6 - (Member of the Twinning Association, Member of the Committee for the Festival of Piping and Drumming, Chieftain of the Youth Pipe Band and Family Members involved in band, Member of the Tarka Pipe band and also on the management committee and Wouldcare – patient at surgery.)

Councillor T Johns declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6 - (Member of Bideford OAPs, and attends Methodist Church.)

Councillor M Langmead declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6 (Bideford Amateur Boxing Club – working with Committee, Bideford AFC Youth – working with Committee, Bideford and District Archive - Committee member, Stepping Stones - Member of Committee and Male Voice Choir Member.)

Councillor P J Pester declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6 - (Bideford Amateur Rowing Club member, Bideford and District Archive Council Committee member, Torridge Male Voice Choir – Musical Director and Secretary, and Wouldcare – patient at surgery).

Councillor R Vanstone declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6 - (Bideford Festival Committee – involvement of nephew, North Devon Autism – Work colleague involvement, and Wouldcare – patient at surgery)


Representatives from Bideford AFC Youth and Bideford Reserves advised that they wished to speak in support of the organisations they had come to represent.

Proposed by Councillor Pester, seconded and

RESOLVED:  That Standing Orders are suspended for items 6.7. and 6.8. to allow the representatives to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes immediately prior to the discussion of the grant application for their respective organisations.

(Vote – For: 9, Against: 0)


The minutes of the meeting held on 11 September 2014 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0, Abstentions: 5)


The Following motion was then proposed by Councillor Mrs Brenton and seconded:

That the meeting is adjourned in order to allow Members to attend The Torridge District Council Extra-Ordinary Meeting, which is being held to decide important issues facing the District Council.

(Other Members expressed the view that the Bideford Town Council meeting was also an important meeting and had been scheduled in the calendar of meetings since May.  The Town Clerk advised that it would only be usual to adjourn a meeting if it became inquorate, had passed the 3 hour point, or an issue arose from an agenda item, which could not be decided without further information.)

(Vote – For: 2, Against: 7)


Copies of the grant applications had been circulated to members with the agenda.
The Councillors considered each application received, voted on them in turn, and made recommendations to Full Council for the award of grants from 1 April 2015, as detailed in the table below.  The voting information in italics, shows the proposals which were put forward and seconded, but which did not have the majority vote.


APPLICANT                                         Amount Recommended 15/16           Proposers    Vote:  For/Ag/Abs      Vote  Not carried        CONDITIONS  15/16
No. 1 Branch Bideford OAPs                              £500.00                                  AB/ML            9/0/0          
2nd Bideford Scout Group                                                                            PP/RV               4/5/0                   £500.00   
                                                                      £750.00                               AB/ML               5/4/0          
Atlantic Village TIC                                         £2,000.00                              AI/PP                9/0/0                                                  From Tourism Budget
Bideford Amateur Boxing Club                         £3,000.00                              SI/RV               9/0/0          
Bideford Amateur Rowing Club                        £3,200.00                              SI/AB               5/4/0          
                                                                                                                ML/AI                                            £4,000.00     
Bideford Area Club for                                   £1,000.00                              ML/PP                9/0/0          
Disabled Learners                         
Bideford AFC Reserves                                  £1,300.00                               AB/ML              9/0/0          
                                                                                                                RV                                                                               For Kit     
Bideford AFC Youth                                       £3,250.00                              AB/AI                9/0/0          
Bideford Bay Creatives                                 £2,000.00                              AB/AI                8/1/0          
                                                                                                               ML/                                               £3,000.00     

(Councillor A T Inch and Councillor S G Inch Left the room) 
Bideford Bike Show                                      £3,000.00                              ML/AB           7/0/0/2 out of room                                     To support the running costs of the show and not for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         donation to 3rd party

Bideford Buzz                                              £1,600.00                              PP/DR            4/3/0/2 out of room
                                                                                                              AB/TJ                                            £2,000.00     
Bideford Carnival Committee                        £1,000.00                             PP/DR            7/0/0/2 out of room          
Bideford Christmas Committee                    £13,000.00                             PP/ML             7/0/0/2 out of room          
(Councillor A T Inch and Councillor S G Inch re-joined the meeting) 
Bideford & District                                                                                   AB                                                  £750.00     
Chamber of Commerce                               £400.00                                PP/sec.             7/01/01          
Bideford & Dist Archive Cl.                          £1,500.00                              PP/AB              9/0/0          
Bideford Festival Committee                                                                   ML/                                               £10,000.00   
                                                                £7,500.00                             SI/DR               7/01/01                                                      To be spent on items highlighted in yellow on the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             application.
Bideford Film Society                                 £1,500.00                             PP/AI                9/0/0          
Bideford 500 Project                                  £4,000.00                            SI/RV                8/1/0          
Bideford Ladies Club                                                                            PP/SI                2/7/0                       £200.00     
                                                               £300.00                               ML/AB               7/2/0          
Bideford Ladies Football Club                   £1,500.00                              DR/AB               9/0/0          
Bideford / Landivisau TA                         £1,000.00                              ML/AB                7/0/2          
Bideford, Littleham                                 £1,000.00                              RV/ML                9/0/0                                                          As a number of Members reside outside Bideford they & Westward Ho! CC Colts                                                                                                                                                                                                               should also apply to other parishes.
Bideford Massed                                                                                 AB                                                  £1,500.00     
Pipes and Drums                                   £2,500.00                              ML/RV                8/1/0          
Bideford Music Club                               £300.00                                ML/SI                 8/1/0          
                                                                                                       TJ                                                    £500.00     
Bideford Phoenix Morris                         £275.00                                PP/AB                 9/0/0          
Bideford Railway                                                                              PP/RV                 3/6/0                     £2,000.00     
Heritage Centre                                  £1,500.00                               DR/ML                 6/3/0          
Bideford St Pastors                             £1,500.00                               ML/RV                 9/0/0          
Bideford Youth Pipe Band                    £2,000.00                               ML/AB                 9/0/0          
CHICKS Childrens Respite                  £816.00                                  AB/ML                 9/0/0                                                             Grant must be spent to fund a child currently residing in parish of Bideford.
(Councillor Ratcliff left the meeting and returned after 5 minutes)
Cornerstone Free Meal                       £250.00                                  SI/AB                  8/1/0          
Outreach Sundays                         
East the Water                                 £3,150.00                                ML/AB                  9/0/0                                                             Grant awarded in principle subject to evidence provided to TC of 2 further quotes           Stepping Stones                                                                                                                                                                             having  been obtained.
Harbour Bideford                             £4,000.00                                 PP/SI                  6/3/0          
                                                                                                     AI/RV                                               £3,000.00     

Jigsaw ([email protected] Jigsaw)                      £0.00                                      AI/RV                9/0/0                                                              No grant awarded as no accounts received.
Kenwith Co. of Archers                                                                    PP/SI                3/6/0                        £2,000.00                        As a number of Members reside outside Bideford they should also apply to other                                                                £1,000.00                                  AI/AB                6/3/0                                                              parishes.
Kingsley School Judo Club                                                              PP/                                                    £0.00   
                                                                                                   AI/AB                2/7/0                          £500.00                         Funds to be used to support Bidefordians who attend  the club                                                                                            £2,000.00                                SI/DR                4/2/3                     
Marlborough Court                         £150.00                                   ML/AB                9/0/0          
Gardening Club                         
Methodist Church                         £2,000.00                                  PP/ML                6/3/0          
                                                                                                  TJ/AB                                                  £3,000.00     
North Devon Baby                         £500.00                                   AB/ML                9/0/0                                                              As a number of Families reside outside Bideford they Loss Support Group                                                                                                                                                                                                                        should also apply to other parishes.
ND Forum for Autism                    £1,000.00                                 ML/PP                 8/0/1          
ND Model Railway Show                £230.00                                   PP/DR                 9/0/0          
Northern Devon Foodbank            £500.00                                    PP/AI                  9/0/0                                                             To be spent in supporting Bideford residents
Parkinson's Uk                           £1,000.00                                  AB/ML                 6/3/0                                                              As a number of Members reside outside Bideford they Torridge Branch                                                                                                                         RV/AI                                                   £750.00                         should also apply to other parishes.
Port of Bideford                         £1,500.00                                  AB/RV                 9/0/0          
Regatta Committee                         
Sacred Heart RC Church                                                            AB/SI                  4/5/0                         £5,000.00     
                                                £3,000.00                                 AI/RV                  5/4/0          
Tarka Child Contact Centre         £2,000.00                                AB/DR                  8/0/1          
                                                                                               AI/                                                       £1,500.00     
Tarka Pipe Band                        £2,000.00                                 AI/SI                    7/1/1               
                                                                                               AB/                                                      £1,000.00
Torridge Community                  £1,000.00                                PP/AI                     9/0/0                                                            Committee felt a high proportion of expenses are  being spent on salary hence                  Transport Association                                                                                                                                                                the reduction in the amount requested.  Members would give further                                                                                                                                                                                                                                consideration to a specific, non-salary requirement.
Torridge Male Voice Choir             £500.00                                RV/AB                     9/0/0          
Torridge Neighbourhood               £100.00                                 AB/SI                     9/0/0          
Torridge CAB                           £3,000.00                                 SI/AB                       9/0/0                                                            The Town Council requests that their rep on CAB be invited to their meetings on a                                                                                                                                                                                             a regular basis
TTVS                                       £4,000.00                                AB/ML                      9/0/0          
Torridge Walking                                                                    PP/AI                       2/7/0                         £400.00     
for Health                                 £500.00                                 ML/AB                       7/2/0          
Wouldcare                                £800.00                                 AB/SI                       9/0/0          
TOTAL:                                 95,371.00                    

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RECOMMENDED: That Full Council set aside a contingency fund of £30,000 in the budget for emergency grants.

(Vote: For: 9, Against: 0)

During the course of the meeting it was requested that the grant information for next year encourages applicants to also apply to other funding organisations and to inform the applicants that the amount of grant allocated may be proportionate to the numbers residing in Bideford.

The business of the meeting having been completed, the Chairman thanked the members for their attendance and the meeting concluded at 8.15pm.


Draft Minutes of the Staffing, Finance & General Purposes Committee Meeting - 11 September 2014


North Ward:

Councillor Mrs M Fulford    
Councillor T Johns

South Ward:    

Councillor S G Inch
Councillor P J Pester (Chairman)

East Ward:    

Councillor M C Langmead (Town Mayor)
Councillor D R Ratcliff

Mrs H J Blackburn (Town Clerk)
Councillor P S Christie


Councillor Mrs E A Brenton (North Ward – Personal).
Councillor A T Inch (South Ward – Work commitments).
Councillor R Vanstone (East Ward – Personal).


Councillor Johns declared a personal interest in agenda item 9. (Personal connection with Springfield).


There was no public participation.


The Minutes of the Meeting held on 24 July 2014 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 5,  Against: 0, abstention: 1)


•    As most Members will already be aware, Les Gates, Beadle and Mace Bearer has handed in his notice and will be ceasing his duties at Christmas.  The Clerk will work in conjunction with the Mayor and Mrs V Morrish (also Mace Bearer and Beadle) to recruit a replacement.  She was asked to place this on the next SFGP agenda so that a gift may be considered for Mr Gates.

•    The Clerk reported that she and the Mayor had attended a Highways Meeting along with representatives from DCC, TDC and the Chamber of Commerce. The Town Council has been asked to consider working with DCC to provide a minimum of 6 cycle lock up boxes.  The Clerk has asked DCC for a proposal  regarding what they could provide and is waiting for further information.  Her initial discussion with the officer from DCC did however indicate that they would prefer the cycle lock ups to be near the Burton Art Gallery, and issues of maintenance and key holders were raised.  Councillor Christie advised that he had been let to believe at a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting that they were progressing this.  The Town Clerk will check.

•    At the same meeting, Cllr Hughes suggested that Bideford Town Council could set up a Highways and Traffic Order Committee (HATOC) which has the following members; 2 x DCC, 2 TDC, 1x Highways. The County Councillor would Chair the meetings twice a year and the aim would be to sort out minor highways issues. The Town clerk will place this on the TC agenda for discussion.

•    The state of disrepair in respect of loose coping stones and cracks to underside of some of the arches was raised at the Highways Meeting.  The Town Clerk was asked if she could look into whether any money for this could be applied for from English Heritage or Lottery Heritage.  The Committee felt however that it should be incumbent upon the custodian of this Grade 1 listed monument to make such enquiries and progress the repairs.  The Town Clerk was asked to speak to the Conservation Officer about the legal requirement to maintain the Long bridge.


a.   Members received the list of payments.   

The Town Clerk and Chairman explained a number of payments.  It was agreed that PV 181 should be expanded to read “Travel expenses and Deputy Mayor expenditure at official engagement”.

Proposed by Councillor  Ratcliff, seconded and

RESOLVED:  That the list of payments is approved.

(Vote For: 6, Against: 0)

b.    Internal Finance Inspector's Report

Members received the Internal Finance Inspector’s Report for the period 1 April – 30 June 2014.

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the Internal Finance Inspector’s Report for the period 1 April – 30 June 2014 is adopted.

(Vote For: 6, Against: 0)


Port Memorial – The Town Clerk advised that the land transfer and other legal agreements had now all been signed.  The terracotta plaques have been commissioned, and the artist has suggested that 2 are fixed either side of the Port Memorial, with the plaque depicting the railway being fixed to the Art Centre wall, marking its route.  Councillor Christie is investigating feasibility and permissions.

Road Sweeper – The Town Clerk advised that this seems to be working well and some very positive comments have been received.  Unfortunately his uniform went astray during the logo process, but the Company responsible are replacing it.

Renovation of Benches - This project has not yet started.  Members advised that John Emms is preparing a list of tradespeople and this should be requested.

Finger Posts - Work on the finger posts has started.  It was reported that the post pointing to the police station is stuck fast and cannot be removed.  It was agreed to leave this post in situ as the police station is open during the day and the post is still relevant.  The post signing toilets at the East-the-Water side of the Longbridge will be removed.


It was noted that actions are on-going on a number of the Presentments.  Those requiring further action at this point were discussed as follows:

8.  That outside sports equipment be installed in Victoria Park for the benefit of all, for example concrete table tennis tables, more basketball hoops and football goals and that a signed fitness circuit be added. All pathways to be maintained.
Councillors Langmead, Pester and Mrs Brenton have made a site visit and chosen 2 pieces of equipment to recommend to SFGP.  A further 2 pieces have been selected subject to funding.  A preliminary funding enquiry has been submitted to Sport England and is being progressed.


Members considered investigating the (viability) of registering the Springfield Centre as an Asset of Community Value.  Councillor Christie has prepared the form.

Proposed by Councillor Ratcliff, seconded and

RECOMMENDED: That the Springfield Centre is registered as a community asset.

(Vote For: 6, Against: 0)


Members received the grant request letter from the Sea Cadets.

There was discussion regarding whether quotations should accompany the projected expenditure and the paper trail required.

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and  

RECOMMENDED:  That a grant of £15,000 is approved on the proviso that The Sea Cadets do not receive an annual grant from the Town Council for 3 years, and receipts are provided on the major purchases for audit purposes (following receipt of the grant).

(Vote For: 6, Against: 0)


The Town Clerk advised that the inspection report had been received from East Devon Tree Surgeons and 2 trees urgently need attention.  Further work is required, but the usual tender process will be followed for the less urgent work.

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and  

RESOLVED:  That The quotation from East Devon Tree surgeons for the urgent arboricultural surgery is accepted.

(Vote For: 6, Against: 0)


Members gave consideration to the Job Description, working hours and recruitment process.

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RECOMMENDED:  That the revised job description and working hours (37 p/w) are approved.  The permanent position will be offered to the Temporary post-holder with a probationary period of 3 months. The salary will remain at the current level until the assessment report is received from South West Employers, at which point it will be reviewed if required.

(Vote For:  6, Against: 0)

The business of the meeting having been completed, the Chairman thanked the members for their attendance and the meeting concluded at 7.30 pm.

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Bideford - A Fairtrade Town

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Fairtrade is about equitable pricing, good work conditions, sustainability and fair trading for farmers and workers in the developing world. Bideford is a registered Fairtrade Town - Support local and world farmers - look for the fairtrade logo on your shopping items.

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