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To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Cllr B Evans.
Public Queston Time
To receive any questions relating to items on the agenda from members of the public.
There were no members of the public present at this point in the meeting.
Declarations of Interest under the Code of Conduct
To record any interests on agenda matters.
Cllr B G J Warren declared a personal interest as the Chairman of Willand Parish Council as well as being a District Councillor for the Lower Culm Ward.
To consider whether to approve the minutes as an accurate record of the meeting held on 6th June 2022.
The minutes of the meeting held on 6th June 2022 were approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman.
Report from the Director of Business Improvement and Operations.
The Committee had before it a report * of the Returning Officer / Director of Business Improvement and Operations providing Members with an opportunity to review submissions from the second public consultation and to make final recommendations to full Council for changes to parish boundaries and the numbers of parish councillors in each parish council.
The Consultant outlined the contents of the report stating that 86 submissions had been made during the second stage consultation. Of these 61 had related to the Halberton/Willand/Uffculme parish boundaries. Option 3 (as discussed at the previous meeting and outlined within the report and on the website) had been the much preferred option amongst the representations made.
It was suggested that due to the number of submissions made regarding these particular parishes, the Committee start their discussions with those. Accordingly, the Committee began by looking at the issues in relation to each option with the aid of maps which had been made available on the website and to those attending the meeting:
Option 1 – Lucombe Park move from Halberton to Uffculme and the Mid Devon Business Park move from Halberton to Willand
After a good discussion Halberton Parish Council were prepared to agree to the transfer of the Mid Devon Business Park from Halberton to Willand. Willand Parish Council accepted this as the ‘bearest minimum’.
Regarding Lucombe Park, the Consultant explained that he had spoken to someone from the Local Government Boundary Committee about a possible ‘related transfer’. This meant that, following a decision by full Council the land could be incorporated into a boundary change and borders could be changed by an order, however, timing was a key factor and the Council would now be looking at an implementation date of 2027. A request was made that if the Council did ask for a ‘related transfer’ that it ensured all boundaries corresponded with those of Devon County Council.
The Committee were informed that Halberton Parish Council saw the logic in moving Lucombe Park to Uffculme and it was trying to compromise where it could even though they were not altogether happy.
It was AGREED that Option 1 be put forward as a recommendation to full Council.
(Proposed by the Chairman)
Option 2 – Option 1 (as set out above) together with the area north east of Bridwell Avenue be moved from Halberton to Uffculme.
It was AGREED that Option 2 (as set out above) together with the area north east of Bridwell Avenue be moved from Halberton to Uffculme and that this recommendation should go forward to full Council.
(Proposed by Cllr B G J Warren and Seconded by Cllr S Clist)
A proposal not to move the area north east of Bridwell Avenue from Halberton to Uffculme was lost.
Option 3 – Options 1 and 2 (as set out above) together with Hitchcocks and Langlands Business Parks moving from Halberton to Uffculme
The Committee were informed that Halberton Parish Council wished to retain these Business ... view the full minutes text for item 12.