Agenda and minutes

Venue: Meadfoot Room, Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR

Contact: Teresa Buckley 

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To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Long and Stockman.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 231 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meetings of the Cabinet held on 30 July and 3 September 2019.

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The Minutes of the meetings of the Cabinet held on 30 July and 3 September 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



To receive any communications or announcements from the Leader of the Council.


The Cabinet Member for Corporate and Community Services, Councillor Carter provided a verbal update on the Community Conference held on 11 September 2019.  The conference had been well attended and participants provided useful feedback and shared ideas and good practice across the groups.  There was a clear willingness for the community and Council to work together for the benefit of Torbay.


Urgent Items

To consider any other items the Chairman decides are urgent.


The Cabinet considered the item in Minute 27.1, and not included on the agenda, the Chairman being of the opinion that it was urgent by reason of special circumstances i.e. the matter having arising since the agenda was prepared and it was unreasonable to delay a decision until the next meeting.


Matters for Consideration


The Cabinet considered the following matters, full details of which (including the Cabinet’s decisions and recommendations to Council) are set out in the Record of Decisions appended to these Minutes.


Update on Operation Yellowhammer


The Assistant Director of Community and Customer Services, Tara Harris, provided a verbal update in respect of Brexit.  The Government published a document ‘Operation Yellowhammer’ on 11 September 2019 which provided reasonable worst case scenario options for the purpose of developing contingency plans if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal.  It is normal practice to produce such a document, which is not an impact assessment or prediction of what would happen, but will be used to assess the risks of the potential impact on the area.  Members noted that the Council had been working with key partners across Devon and Somerset with clear communications with Central Government to consider what action may be taken to mitigate a no deal Brexit.

Members noted the action currently being taken by Torbay Council to provide additional resources to mitigate the impact of Brexit, which included supporting the local fishing industry and working with the TDA to help provide advice and support to local businesses.


DOVES Group Presentation

To receive a presentation from the above group on their work with children.


The Cabinet received a short film from the Doves Group which had been made by local young people in conjunction with the Children’s Society to highlight the issues of loneliness and social isolation faced by young people in Torbay, especially those with a disability and extra needs.  The Doves Group was made up of young people who have a disability or need for extra support, who come together once a fortnight to socialise.  This was the national launch of the film and project.


Representatives from the Doves Group requested that consideration be given to helping them with funding and access to suitable disabled toilet facilities and meeting spaces so that the young people can feel safe and access appropriate facilities.  It was noted that work was being undertaken at Parkfield which would bring the building back to use for the community, particularly during out of school hours and the Deputy Leader of the Council agreed to ensure that further details of this was communicated to the Doves Group.


Echo Building Consideration of Community Proposal pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To consider the above proposal and make recommendations to the Council.

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Ash Dieback Financial Allocation pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To consider the submitted report on the above.

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Demolition of the Old Car Park, Garfield Road, Victoria Centre, Paignton pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To consider the submitted report on the above.

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Appointment of Member Champions pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To consider the submitted report on the above.

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New Investment Opportunities

To consider potential investment opportunities.


There were no new investment opportunities.