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Northam Burrows Committee Meeting - 12 April 2007

Committee Room, Riverbank House, Bideford 12th April 2007

TORRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL

NORTHAM BURROWS COMMITTEE

Committee Room, Riverbank House, Bideford

12th April 2007

PRESENT: Torridge District Council

Councillor Mrs S A Mounce (Chairman)

Councillor L S Ford (Vice Chairman)

Councillors H R Barton, A J Eastman, Mrs P A Ferguson, Mrs P J Paddon

S Robinson (substitute for E J Davies) and R M M Tisdale.

Northam Town Council

Councillors R D Bradford MBE, Mrs M M Cox, R W A Miller and P B Waters.

Apologies for absence were submitted by Councillor E J Davies and P Hames

53.

MINUTES/MATTERS ARISING

The minutes of the previous meeting were presented.

(a) - Dunes/pebble ridge erosion

A member asked the Committee to consider a suggestion that the District Council should have a "clear management plan" to cover this topic. The Committee were advised that the current policy within the Shoreline Management Plan was for "managed retreat" and the definition of this had been the subject of discussion as the current terminology is for "managed realignment". A view was expressed by the member concerned that "recharge" was required urgently.

It was then reported that the report by the Consultants for the West Somerset and North Devon Coastal Group was imminent . Further to that the Second Shore Line Management Plan or SMP 2 should be started later this year. Reference was also made to the discussion at the Burrows Forum and it was confirmed that the Head of Environmental Health and Public Protection had asked for clarification from the County Council concerning their role and responsibility.

Councillor Barton referred to the role of the Environment Agency Regional Flood Committee and suggested that it would be more appropriate for this item to be considered by the Shoreline Management Committee and could refer this matter on if required.

(b) - Pebble ridge recharge

Reference was made to an apparent conflict regarding advice received in correspondence from Natural England. The committee were reminded that their report was due shortly and that this should clarify the situation.

Resolved: That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 1st February 2007 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

54.

REVIEW OF THE ACTION LIST

The action list was received and noted. The request for a access gate by the Golf club had been withdrawn and the was now locked and not used.

Updates would be provided for the next meeting.

55.

MINUTES OF NORTHAM BURROWS FORUM

The minutes of the meeting held on 26th March were presented.

(a) - Goosey pool and the Burn

Members again expressed concern about the discharge of sewage in this location. The Committee were reminded that South West Water had a valid consent granted by the Environment Agency and the Council had no evidence to suggest that the conditions were not being complied with. Comments were made that part of the problem identified by members could relate to "run off" from adjacent fields and reference was also made to information received from the Environment Agency, which suggested that part of the problem could be linked to "grazing animals" Reference was also made to the previous discussions at the Burrows Forum. It was considered appropriate to keep the subject under review and for any relevant evidence to be supplied to the Council.

Resolved That the minutes be received and noted.

56.

BASSETS BRIDGE

Councillor R D Bradford MBE declared a personal interest in this item (owns adjacent land)

Reference had been made previously to possible funding provision by Northam Town Council and this could be considered subject to a specification and costings.

The report was noted.

57.

THE BURN /APPLEDORE BRIDGE

Further reference was made to the build up of silt at this location and it was stated that this reduced water flow significantly, therefore dredging should be considered as an option. No District Council funds had been identified for this work.

Resolved: That a scheme for the work be prepared, costed and submitted to a future meeting for consideration.

58.

CUTTING THE GREAT PLAIN

It was suggested that there was confusion regarding responses received from Natural England on this subject. It was proposed that a scheme could be formulated and costed in association with Northam Town Council. This could then be submitted to Natural England for consideration.

Resolved: That a scheme be prepared with Northam Town Council for submission to Natural England.

59.

PROGRESS REPORT

It was reported that a length of dunes had been lost following recent high tides. A further consent was required to keep the dune fencing but with the rate of erosion it may be necessary to remove the fencing completely or reduce it to a revised first section beside Sandymere. This could be considered at the next meeting.

The Easter period had been very busy but there had numerous vandalism incidents. It was suggested that in future years consideration could be given to the earlier opening of facilities at the Burrows. It was suggested that this proposal could also relate to other Council owned facilities.

Resolved: That the report be noted.

60.

GOLF CLUB WORK PROGRAMME

It was reported that there were no items to consider at this time.

61.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Members reiterated the views expressed at the Forum for the continuation of the current arranged for Northam Burrows meetings.

The Chairman and the Chairman of the Forum thanked members for there support.

Resolved: That no arrangements be made for the next meeting at this time.

The meeting commenced at 10.00 am and ended at 10.40 am.