Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 5.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Blackdown House, Honiton

Contact: Susan Howl, Democratic Services Manager  01395 517541; email

No. Item


Public speaking

Information on public speaking is available online



Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 150 KB

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Declarations of interest

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Matters of urgency

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Announcements from the Chairman and Leader


Confidential/exempt item(s)

To agree any items to be dealt with after the public (including the Press) have been excluded. Thereare no itemswhich officersrecommendshould be dealtwithin thisway, but if confidential minutes from Cabinet and/or the Council’s Committees are being discussed, Officers may recommend consideration in the private part of the meeting.



To answer questions asked by Members of the Council pursuant to Procedure Rules No. 9.2 and 9.5


Revenue Estimates, Capital Programme & Council Tax Resolution 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 195 KB

a)    To consider the report of the Council’s Section 151 Officer, Strategic Lead - Finance, and the recommendations contained therein which include approval of the recommendations of the Cabinet on 5 February 2020 relating to the Council’s Revenue and Capital Estimates for 2020/21 and precept details of the parish and town councils, Devon County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner and the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority.


b)    To approve the calculations for setting the Council Tax in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended by the Localism Act 2011.  These calculations form the basis of the formal setting of the Council Tax for the District.


Note 1 The precept levels of other precepting bodies will be detailed in the report. The figures will be collated and the report sent out on Tuesday 18 February. 


Note 2 A recorded vote will be taken of the vote on this itemso that there is a record of how Members have voted in budget setting (legislation which came into force on 25 February 2014 - The Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014).


Note 3 Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 precludes councillors from voting on the setting of the Council’s budget / council tax where there is an outstanding council tax debt of over two months. It is also a requirement, where you attend any meeting to set the budget and this preclusion applies, that you must declare the fact you are precluded from voting. A failure to do this is a criminal offence.








Additional documents:


Reports from the Cabinet and the Council's Committees and questions on those reports pdf icon PDF 242 KB


Minutes of Cabinet held on 8 January 2020 Minute numbers 106 - 123 pdf icon PDF 219 KB


Minutes of Cabinet held on 5 February 2020 Minute numbers 124 - 145 pdf icon PDF 301 KB


Minutes of Scrutiny Committee held on 6 February 2020 Minute numbers 50 - 59 pdf icon PDF 173 KB


Minutes of the Joint Overview & Scrutiny Committees Budget meeting held on 15 January 2020 Minute numbers 1 - 6 pdf icon PDF 278 KB


Minutes of the Overview Committee held on 30 January 2020 Minute numbers 40 - 49 pdf icon PDF 265 KB


Minutes of Housing Review Board held on 23 January 2020 Minute numbers 45 - 62 pdf icon PDF 239 KB


Minutes of Development Management Committee held on 7 January 2020 Minute numbers 83 - 88 pdf icon PDF 152 KB


Minutes of Development Management Committee held on 4 February 2020 Minute numbers 89 - 96 pdf icon PDF 159 KB


Minutes of Audit & Governance Committee held on 30 January 2020 Minute numbers 23 - 32 pdf icon PDF 170 KB


Minutes of Licensing & Enforcement Committee held on 12 February 2020 Minute numbers 26 - 33 pdf icon PDF 179 KB


Minutes of Licensing & Enforcement Sub Committee held on 12 February 2020 Minute numbers 11 - 16 pdf icon PDF 142 KB


Minutes of Standards Committee held on 21 January 2020 Minute numbers 9 - 17 pdf icon PDF 246 KB


Changes to the political balance, the committee allocations and the Constitution pdf icon PDF 246 KB

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Motion: Fireworks

This is modelled on motions approved by Councils in Torbay, Lincoln, Neath Port Talbot, Bradford, Lancaster and West Dumbartonshire and seeks to clarify policy while taking into account advice from our officers. 

            That this Council agrees to;

(i)   request the organisers of all public firework displays within East Devon, of which the Council is aware or becomes aware, to advertise them in advance of the event, allowing residents to take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people;

(ii)  continue to support public awareness about the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people – including the precautions that can be taken to mitigate risks;

(iii) write to the UK Government urging them to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90 decibels for those sold to the public for private displays;

(iv) encourage local suppliers of fireworks to stock ‘quieter’ fireworks for public use; and

(v) recommends that Cabinet adapts the Drone Policy (being recommended to it from Overview Committee 30 January 2020) so as to prohibit;

a)    the release of lanterns from EDDC property and land

b)    the release of any firework (above 90db) from EDDC land.



Proposed by Councillor Mike Allen

Seconded by Councillor David Key

Supported by Councillors Paul Millar, Paul Arnott and Val Ranger 




Motion: Proposed Review of Cabinet Decisions on Budget pdf icon PDF 312 KB

The enclosed Housing Review Board papers show the council’s debt rising from £81 million to £141 million by 2041. This includes a figure of £10,000 per house, totalling £42 million, to reduce carbon emissions, and £20 million to replace the houses the council has to sell under right-to-buy.  

The latest estimate per house of upgrades necessary, presented to Cabinet and Overview, is £25,000. Independent estimates from Government suggest that £40,000 may be needed to raise standards to the required levels. So If we add this in to the budget for our 4,200 properties, we will need to spend a further £15,000 to £30,000 per property, so we will have an additional debt of between £63 million and £126 million to factor in. 

The Cabinet has also made decisions creating further uncounted liabilities for phase 4 flood alleviation in Feniton, and the Exmouth seafront projects.

The Council is aware of the major deficit in the revenue account in the next few years and this has been delayed, not eliminated 

Council therefore resolves that it has no confidence in the future financial plans of this Council and that no approval of the 2021/22 budget expenditures shall occur until the Council is presented with an updated budget and forward plan for 2021-2026 and the full implications to the Housing Revenue Account and General Fund account can be shown to be funded

Proposed by Cllr Mike Allen

Seconded by Cllr Dean Barrow 

Supported by Councillors Moulding, Hall, Twiss, Dent, Skinner and De Saram.