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Committee Structure


Staffing, Finance & General Purposes Committee
  • To exercise on behalf of the Council powers and duties within existing policies and practices of general concern to Bideford excluding those matters specifically dealt with by another Committee.
  • To pre-investigate all financial decisions to ensure they fit with best value and are in the best interest of the tax payer and general public.
  • To prepare and recommend to Council annually, no later than its December meeting, a budget for the following financial year.
  • To consider and approve orders and expenditure which are within the Council’s existing budget.  
  • To consider and approve/refuse all applications for grants, loans or other financial assistance received by the Council.
  • To approve and oversee any contracts or agency agreements entered into by the Council.
  • To monitor the financial affairs of the Council and spending against the agreed budget.
  • To consider and report to Council matters of a financial nature which may result in write-off of public monies.
  • To monitor spending and use of resources to ensure the Council obtains best value.
  • To consider all matters relating to the running of the Council, including administration, staffing and property management.  This includes staff appraisals, pay and conditions of service, disciplinary and grievance procedures.
  • To review and ensure Financial Regulations are kept up to date.
  • To ensure compliance with Financial Regulations.
  • To ensure clear communication with other Council Committees where matters under consideration have an impact across more than one Committee.
  • The Documents Working Group will be a subset of the Staffing, Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Planning Committee
  • To exercise on behalf of the Council powers and duties within existing policies and practices of general concern to Bideford excluding those matters specifically dealt with by another Committee.
  • To consider all planning applications received from the County and District Councils for observations and decide the Council’s response in each case.
  • To respond to consultations on Planning Policy Documents such as the Local Development Framework
  • To consider any matters of general relevance to town planning and development control affecting Bideford, including comments and contributions to the development plans of other councils.
  • To consider any matters concerning the physical environment of Bideford, including land usage, enhancement schemes, tree protection and development schemes.

Market Management Committee
  • To exercise on behalf of the Council powers and duties within existing policies and practices of general concern to Bideford excluding those matters specifically dealt with by another Committee.
  • To be responsible for the day to day management of the Market.
  • To promote a sustainable social, environmental and economic regeneration of the Market.
  • To foster co-operation with traders and tenants in the delivery of projects and initiatives.
  • To prepare and recommend to Council annually, no later than its December meeting, a budget for the following financial year.
  • To consider and approve orders and expenditure which are within the Market’s existing budget.  
  • To approve and oversee any contracts or agency agreements entered into by the Council.
  • To monitor the financial affairs of the Market and spending against the agreed budget.
  • To consider and report to Council matters of a financial nature which may result in write-off of public monies.
  • To monitor spending and use of resources to ensure the Council obtains best value.
  • To allocate shop units following receipt of applications and interviews with prospective tenants.

Allotments Committee
  • To exercise on behalf of the Council powers and duties within existing policies and practices of general concern to Bideford excluding those matters specifically dealt with by another Committee.
  • To prepare and recommend to Council annually, no later than its December meeting, a budget for the following financial year.
  • To consider and approve expenditure which is within the Council’s existing budget.
  • To monitor the financial affairs of the allotments and spending against the agreed budget.
  • To promote improvements to the allotments in conjunction with self-help by the allotment holders.
  • To foster co-operation with the allotment holders in the delivery of projects and initiatives.
  • To support the Self-Management Scheme at Marland with a view to creating a template for other sites.
  • To approve and oversee any contracts or agency agreements entered into by the Council.
  • To consider all matters relating to the running of the allotments, including maintenance of the waiting list, revised tenancy agreements, property management, access issues and site security.
  • To encourage the promotion of the allotments via the web site, newsletter, vegetable, flower shows and prize giving initiatives.

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