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Exceptions:

7839 15.06.21

1. How much money has been spent on consultancy fees relating to housing by your housing department in 2021 (so far)? 

2. How much money has been spent on consultancy fees relating to housing by your housing department in 2020?

3.How much money has been spent on consultancy fees relating to housing by your housing department in 2019?

4. How much money has been spent on consultancy fees relating to housing by your housing department in 2018?

5. How much money has been spent on consultancy fees relating to housing by your housing department in 2017?

6. How much money has been spent on consultancy fees relating to housing by your housing department in 2016?

7. How much money has been spent on consultancy fees relating to housing by your housing department in 2015?

1. £2,400

2. £2,400

3. Zero

4. Zero

5. Zero

6. Zero

7. Zero

None
7841 14.06.21

Youth Homelessness data 2020/21

Information provided in Excel spreadsheet format, which is available upon request

None
7852 02.06.21

1. A summary list of all “Community Amateur Sports Clubs” and “Unincorporated Associations” that currently lease land off North Devon District Council and also confirm if their leases are in or out of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985

2. A copy of “supporting statements” and/or submissions submitted to the “Neighbourhood Plan” for Bratton Fleming Parish between the dates 1 January 2019 to 1 May 2021

3. A list of the Council’s financial help, e g grants or loans that have been awarded to Bratton Fleming Sports Club since 2012 providing what it was granted for, how much it was for and on what date

4. A summary list of Council owned property that has been redeveloped or sold since 1989 which contained asbestos waste or any hazardous waste

1. Information provided in Excel format, which is available upon request

2. Applicant referred to the Council’s website for this information:

https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/neighbourhood-plans/neighbourhood-planning/ which publishes the Bratton Fleming Parish Council submission

3. 2014/15 awarded £970.30 to Youth Club for outdoor and indoor play equipment

24.06.2015 awarded £2,400 of Section 106 funding for cricket and football pitch

15.05.2016 awarded £600 of Section 106 funding for cricket and football pitch

2018/19 awarded £350 to the Youth Club

2019/20 awarded £750 for a Defibrillator

4. Applicant referred to the following dataset which is published on the Council website:

Freehold Disposals and Acquisitions:

https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=1AA8AD7A-A7E0-4922-99B3-5FE3E0E23D1A&DS=4005  

The Council does not hold this information prior to 2014/15

With regard to whether any contained asbestos/hazardous waste, the Council’s Estate team confirms that this information is not already definitively recorded. However they have gone through the assets as listed and have indicated on the provided Excel spreadsheet ‘7852 Q4 Response Asbestos Hazardous Waste.xlsx’ (which is available upon request) as to the likelihood of asbestos/hazardous waste being present, unfortunately the Council is unable to provide any definitive Yes/No responses

None
7855 07.06.21 A copy of the council policy for the collection of refuse from all local land owners specifically mobile home owners relating to the adoption of roads plus any indemnities and waiver agreements that have been signed

Applicant direct to the following webpage which sets out the Council’s policy: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/waste-and-recycling-procedures-guide/waste-and-recycling-containers/

Applicant also provided with the waiver template, which is available upon request 

None
7863 09.06.21

1. Do you have a cloud strategy? (Please provide a link to the strategy)

 A) Yes

B) No

2. When was the cloud strategy defined?

3. If yes, what is the focus of your cloud strategy?

A) All in on public cloud (no private cloud or on-premise infrastructure)

B) Cloud First (new services in public cloud with some on premises infrastructure or private cloud)

C) Hybrid cloud (some combination of one or more public clouds, private cloud and on-premises)

D) Private cloud (no public cloud)

4. What public cloud(s) do you use?

A) AWS

B) Alibaba Cloud

C) Azure

D) Google Cloud Platform

E) Oracle Cloud

F) UK Cloud

5. What percentage of your applications and/or workloads is on premise?

A) 0%

B) 10% - 25%

C) 25% - 50%

D) 50% - 75%

E) 100%

6. What percentage of your applications and/or workloads is in the public cloud?

A) 0%

B) 10% - 25%

C) 25% - 50%

D) 50% - 75%

E) 100%

7. What percentage of your data is on premise?

A) 0%

B) 10% - 25%

C) 25% - 50%

D) 50% - 75%

E) 100%

8. What percentage of your data is in the public cloud?

A) 0%

B) 10% - 25%

C) 25% - 50%

D) 50% - 75%

E) 100%

9. What percentage of your infrastructure is legacy?

A) 0%

B) 10% - 25%

C) 25% - 50%

D) 50% - 75%

E) 100%

10. Do you have third-party services or solutions on premise that are not cloud-ready or fit for cloud migration?

A) Yes

B) No

11. What workloads or functions have you moved to the cloud? (Multiple answers. Please specify other if not listed)

A) Office productivity (e g Microsoft 365, Google Workspace)

B) Citizen-facing digital services (e g GOV.UK)

C) Back-office applications (e g transaction processing)

D) Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, cognitive services

E) Software development/DevOps

F) Corporate functions (e g HR, Finance, CRM)

G) Intranet

H) Public website

I) Backup, business continuity and disaster recovery

J) Other

12. What challenges did you face when moving to the public cloud? (Multiple answers. Please specify other if not listed)

A) Migrating certain applications

B) Legacy infrastructure

C) Different refresh cycles

D) Difficulty proving cost illustrations

E) Funding paths (Capex/Opex)

F) Data gravity

G) Data Classification

H) Licensing concerns

I) Data privacy concerns

J) Offshoring & data residency

K) Lack of in-house skills

L) Vendor lock-in/ Egress cost prohibitive

M) Other

13. What percentage of your infrastructure do you plan to be public cloud based in 12 months’ time?

F) 0%

G) 10% - 25%

H) 25% - 50%

I) 50% - 75%

J) 100%

14. What percentage of your infrastructure do you plan to be public cloud based in three years’ time?

A) 0%

B) 10% - 25%

C) 25% - 50%

D) 50% - 75%

E) 100%

15. How much has your organisation spent on public cloud since the Government’s G-Cloud or ‘cloud-first’ policy was introduced in 2012?

16. How much has your organisation spent on on-premise infrastructure since the Government’s G-Cloud or ‘cloud-first’ policy was introduced in 2012?

17. How much has your organisation spent on cloud/infrastructure consultancy services in 2020/21?

18. How much was spent on public cloud data egress charges in FY 2020/21?

  1. B, No
  2. Not Applicable
  3. Not Applicable
  4. None, at present, the Council only uses SaaS applications on the cloud
  5. D 50% - 75% (estimate)
  6. B 10% - 25% (estimate)
  7. D 10% - 25% (estimate)
  8. B 10% - 25% (estimate)
  9. D 50% - 75% (estimate)
  10. A, Yes
  11. A, B, F
  12. A, C, D, E, I, J, K, L
  13. G 10% - 25% (estimate)
  14. C 25% - 50% (estimate)
  15. £384,027.21
  16. £1,426,466.16
  17. Nil
  18. Nil

 

None
6867 09.06.21

All information (including but not limited to protocols, external and internal emails) held by North Devon Council in relation to planning applications 72005 and 72113

Information provided to the applicant, with some personal data redacted from file 72005 Regulation 13
7879 15.06.21

1. The purpose of the new mobile masts being erected near Hillington, Ilfracombe? Are the masts for the use of 5G technology? What are their purpose?

2. What is the expected roll out date for 5G technology throughout North Devon?

3. Please provide an updated version of the Mobile Operator Association (MOA) yearly document. NDDC website currently holds 2018/2019 version. Please provide an updated version for 2020/2021 plans

4. Please provide a risk factor attributed to human contact with 5G technology with risks and any health warnings associated with 5G technology

5. Please provide information of tree felling on the A361 link road in North Devon with the reasons for the trees being cut down?

6. Please tell me if trees are considered an interference with 5G technology? If yes, is this the reason trees are being felled?

1. The Planning unit advise that they have not found any recent record relating to the provision of any “masts” in the area you have identified, however if you are able to provide further detail regarding the exact locations that you are interested to know about, they would be happy to carry out a further search. They also advise that there is a site at mast/substation at Higher Slade, however there no recent applications received for this location identified

2. The Council does not hold this information. Please contact Devon County Council: accesstoinformation-mailbox@devon.gov.uk  

3. This information is no longer supplied by the Mobile Operator Association to the Council, however it is noted by the Planning unit that the website page to you which you refer does require updating to reflect this and they confirm that this will be done in due course, however due high volume of work and staff shortages there may be a delay in completing this

4. The Council does not hold this information. Please contact Devon County Council via the email address provided in response to 2. above

5. As 4. above

6. As 4. above        

None
7878 10.06.21

1. How many staff did the council have in employment exclusively to work in the elections services team at each of the following elections?

 1. General Election 2015

2. General Election 2017

3. General Election 2019

4. May 2021 round of elections

2. What was the total budget for the electoral services team in each of the following years?

1. 2016

2. 2017

3. 2018

4. 2019

5. 2020

6. 2021

3. The estimated or actual amount of money spent by the local authority on each of the following items when administering the a) General Election 2015 b) General Election 2017 c) General Election 2019 d) May 2021 elections?

1. Printing of Postal Votes

2. Distribution of Postal Votes

3. Staff time for manning polling stations including 'Covid Ambassadors/Information

Officers' to welcome voters

4. Hiring Polling Station Venues

5. Hiring of Count Venues

6. Additional infrastructure to ensure the process was COVID 'secure' (e g individual

pencils, Perspex screens, hand sanitiser)

4. How many Presiding Officers worked on each of the following elections in your council area?

1. General Election 2015

2. General Election 2017

3. General Election 2019

4. May 2021 round of elections

5. How many Polling Clerks worked on each of the following elections in your council area?

1. General Election 2015

2. General Election 2017

3. General Election 2019

4. May 2021 round of elections

6. How much money was spent on training Presiding Officers and Polling Clerks at each of the following elections?

1. General Election 2015

2. General Election 2017

3. General Election 2019

4. May 2021 round of elections

7. How many 'tendered' ballot papers were issued in your council area for each of the following elections?

1. General Election 2015

2. General Election 2017

3. General Election 2019

4. May 2021 round of elections

8. Were all candidates/parties that were properly nominated on the final ballot paper given to voters at the May 2021 round of elections?

Question 1

1.       Two

2.       Two

3.       Two

4.       Two

Question 2

1.       £73,770

2.       £87,310

3.       £92,000

4.       £116,320

5.       £118,060

6.       £105,650

The information requested in Questions three through seven is held by the Returning Officer, as they do not carry out the duties on behalf of the Council but in their own personal capacity and therefore the information is not considered to be held by the Council and does not fall under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  However, in the interest of openness and transparency the Electoral Services team provides the following:

Question 3

For a UK Parliamentary election, the amount of money spent by the local authority is zero. UK Parliamentary elections are paid for by the UK government from the Consolidated Fund, with Returning Officers reclaiming all incurred costs that relate to the effective and efficient running of the poll from the Electoral Claims Unit. Therefore, in relation to the General Elections for 2015, 2017 and 2019, the answer is zero for each of the listed items. This does not include electoral registration costs which are the responsibility of the Electoral Registration Officer

Costs for the May 2021 polls have not yet been calculated but the cost of the PCC election will be paid by the UK government from the Consolidated Fund and claimed from the Electoral Claims Unit, and the cost of the County election will be paid by the relevant County Council, therefore the cost to this local authority will be zero

Question 4 and 5

At general elections the Returning Officer is not responsible for elections in the entire local authority area, only for the part which forms the relevant parliamentary constituency.  At general elections there are normally 95 polling stations situated within North Devon and at other elections there are 93.  Each polling station is staffed by one Presiding Officer and a varying number of Poll Clerks based on the Electoral Commission’s suggested staff to elector ratios

Question 6

Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks each receive a £50 fee to either attend a training session or to complete an online training course.  The fees and the cost of providing sessions and courses is reclaimed in the same way as explained in Question 3 above

Question 7

The Electoral Services team no longer holds the information for 2015, 2017 and 2019 as the election paperwork is destroyed after one year.  In May 2021 there were no tendered ballot papers issued

Ballot papers issued to voters in May 2021 all contained the correct information

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7881 10.06.21

1. How many instances of the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System are currently in operation across your entire network? How many devices such as kiosks, lap tops etc are still running Windows 7?

2. How many instances of the Microsoft Windows XP Operating System are currently in operation across your entire network? How many devices such as kiosks, lap tops etc are still running Windows XP?

3. Who is the officer responsible for maintaining and delivering legacy applications to all your users?

1. Eight

2. Zero

3. No specific officer, this comes under the Council's in-house Service Desk responsibility: ictservicedesk@northdevon.gov.uk

None
7887 22.06.21

1. Please confirm the declaration of emissions in scopes 1, 2 and 3 

2. Please confirm the declaration of reductions in scopes 1, 2 and 3 in percentages 

3. Please confirm if the Authority are buying Carbon Offsets 

4. If you are, how much in ktCO2e offset as a percentage? 

5. If you are, is this action audited?

6. Please confirm if the Authority are mitigating by direct offsets? 

7. If you are, how much in ktCO2 offset as a percentage? 

8. If you are, is this action audited?

9. What steps has the Authority taken to involve direct employees? 

10. What steps has the Authority taken to involve local businesses? 

11. What steps has the Authority taken to involve your workers directly? 

12. What steps has the Authority taken to involve residents directly? 

13. What steps has the Authority taken to involve resident organisations?

14. What steps has the Authority taken to involve visitors/tourists to the area? 

15. Has the Authority entered into a contract for any implementation of the net-zero target? 

In addition, we could like the Council to provide the following information: 

16. please confirm how many Town Councils and/or Parish Councils/Community Councils in your area have made Climate Change Emergency Declarations 

17. please provide the names and contact details of each of these 

18. please confirm how your Council collaborates with each Town Council and/or Parish Council/Community Council 

19. please confirm which other community groups/organisations that you liaise and cooperate with that may have made a Climate Change Emergency Declaration and how your own declaration with any other work 

20. please provide details of any other local community action your Council carries on to pursue any plans and commitments relating to your Climate Change Emergency Declaration

1. A carbon footprint for North Devon Council was calculated by Exeter University using data from 01.04.2018 – 31.03.2019

Scope 1: stationary combustion, owned transport and fugitive emissions

Scope 2: purchased electricity

Scope 3: grey fleet and commuting, sold goods and services

2. The Council does not record or hold the information in percentages, however the Council has declared a Devon Climate Emergency which commits us to reach net carbon neutrality by 2030

3. through 8. Not Applicable

9. The Council has developed an Environment Policy and 'Protecting the environment' is a priority within it Corporate Plan. Service plans, project business cases and capital bids must state how they are meeting our corporate priorities. The Council’s Chief Executive has made it clear through blogs and staff briefings that the environment is important. The Council has held a number of staff meetings on climate change

10, 11 and 12. The Council has held two climate change weeks, promoting across all social media channels and securing a good level of media coverage. These campaigns were aimed at helping people to make every day changes to their lifestyle to reduce carbon use. The Council continues to promote carbon reduction on social media and it is currently working with Devon Climate Emergency on their Call to Action summer campaign where we will be specifically pushing refill shops, building bug hotels and five minute litter picks

13. Working with North Devon Homes to develop projects looking at energy efficiency in homes, and opportunities for retrofit

14. and 15. The Council has led the pan-Devon campaign for Clean Devon where bookmarks and posters are being sent to accommodation owners and parish councils asking visitors to care about our environment. It is also supporting Plastic Free ND’s visitor campaign too. Carbon Savvy/NDC email on 'Keys to a successful eco-holiday'

16.  Ilfracombe Town Council

       Ashford Parish Council

       Horwood, Lovacott and Newton Tracey Parish Council

       Fremington Parish Council

       Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council

       Braunton Parish Council

       Barnstaple Town Council

17. These are available on our website:

https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/council/town-and-parish-councils/

18. and 19. North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

20. No further information to provide

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7889 04.06.21 CON29 information relating to a property at EX32 8DN Applicant advised that no information is held  
7891 04.06.21 CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 0PL Applicant advised that no information is held  
7893 04.06.21 CON29 information relating to a property at EX32 8AG Applicant advised that no information is held  
7894 04.06.21 CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 0HU Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7895 16.06.21

The following covering the last 10 years:

1. How many reports did you receive from whistleblowers in the last 10 years? Please provide a breakdown by year

2. How many people do you have in your organisation that are trained or permitted to take reports from whistleblowers?

3. What training have these people received in whistleblowing?

4. What is your employment policy and procedures for whistleblowers?

5. Are your employees informed of their rights to use prescribed external people and bodies for whistleblowing complaints?

6. Is there recourse for employees to approach prescribed external people and bodies in the first instance, if the whistleblower feels safer doing this, given the nature of their complaint?

7. Have any whistleblowers left the organisation within 12 months of making a report?

8. How many whistleblowers have made an allegation of ‘detriment’ against your organisation?

1.2021 to date = 0

   2020 = 0

   2019 = 0

   2018 = 0

   2017 = 0

   2016 = 0

   2015 = 0

   2014 = 0

   2013 = 0

   2012 = 0

   2011 = 0

2. Four. please refer to 4.2 within the Council’s published policy:

https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/media/380172/whistleblowing-policy-aug-2020-amended-ref-governance-committee.pdf     

3. There has not been any specific whistleblowing training; however all those who are permitted to take reports from whistleblowers are senior officers of the Council

4. Please refer to the Council’s published policy, as referred to in 2. above

5.  Yes, please refer to part 8 of the aforementioned policy

6. Yes, please refer to part 8 of the aforementioned policy

7.2021 to date = 0

   2020 = 0

   2019 = 0

   2018 = 0

   2017 = 0

   2016 = 0

   2015 = 0

   2014 = 0

   2013 = 0

   2012 = 0

   2011 = 0

8. 2021 to date = 0

   2020 = 0

   2019 = 0

   2018 = 0

   2017 = 0

   2016 = 0

   2015 = 0

   2014 = 0

   2013 = 0

   2012 = 0

   2011 = 0

None
7896 01.06.21

1. Does the Council hold recorded information to show whether there are any members of the Ancient and Accepted Masons – the freemasons as employees?

2. Are employees asked to declare their membership of the Freemasons or they do so voluntarily?

3. Are employees obliged to disclose their membership where a specific conflict interest could arise, for example overseeing a planning application?

4. Please can you confirm if members of the planning committee are obliged to declare their membership of the Freemasons?

5. Are there any minuted discussions of whether freemasonry should be declared?

6. How man freemasons are employed at the Council and what are their departments

1. The Council’s Human Resources team confirms that they do not ask employees whether they are a freemason, therefore this information is not recorded

2. As 1. Above

3. As 1. Above

4. The Council’s Member Services team advises that the Members Code of Conduct for all Councillors sets out declaration of interest under Part 5 of the Constitution:

https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/council/councillors-and-committees/constitution-for-north-devon-council/  

Further to this, our Member Services team has checked our officer register of interests and they do not have any records of any Council officers that have declared an interest as a freemason

Councillor Declarations of Interest forms are published on the Council website under the profile of each elected member:

https://democracy.northdevon.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1

From the link above, you will need to click into each profile and then click on the link ‘Register of Interests’ – Part 7 – Membership of Other Bodies section of the form.  Any Councillor declarations of being a Freemason would be recorded within this part of the form

5. This information is not held

6. See response to 1. above

None
7897 17.06.21

Records the Council holds for any of the zoos and aquariums in its jurisdiction that hold a valid zoo licence (either full or dispensated) purporting to 2020 including:

Any livestock data/records for any animal collection you have a zoo licence for (full or dispensation licence types) for 2020

Any zoo licence inspection records, including pre-inspection audits for 2020

Any information regarding compliance to the zoo licence legislation for 2020 (zoo licence certifications or if there had been any extra documents relating to zoo licence other than reports, pre inspection audit or livestock records)

Information provided to the applicant, where held with some personal data redacted, which is available upon request

Section 40 of Act
7898 22.06.21

1. Do you currently use any form of electronic signing tool?

2. If yes, who is your current provider? When does the contract expire? How much does it cost per year? How many licences (users or transactions) do you have?

3. How many documents do you send for signature/approval annually? What percentage are printed?

4. Are your signing processes primarily paper-based?

5. What is your current annual spend on paper, postage and document storage?

6. Do you currently have any active projects or initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of paper-based processes?

7. If so, who is leading it?

8. How much employee time is it taking to create, send, chase and store documents that require signature?

9. How many employees do you have?

10. What percentage of employees work remotely?

11. Can you provide names and contact details for the following people within your organisation?

1. CIO / IT Director

2. Head of IT

3. Head of Digital Transformation

4. Head of Housing Operations

5. Head of Legal

6. Head of HR

7. Head of Legal Services

12. Do you currently use any of the following Microsoft applications?

1. O365

2. SharePoint

3. Teams

4. Dynamics

5. Power Automate

13. Do you use any Adobe products? If yes, which ones?

14. What primary software systems do you use? (Deployed Systems, Product Name, Vendor, Version, Contract end date and Number of licences)

1. Human Resources

2. Patient related

3. Legal Services

4. Email and Collaboration

1. Yes 

2. We use the ‘Fill and Sign’ feature within Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017 for electronic signing of Legal documents by authorised officers.  However, we may receive documents that require signing through other media such a Docusign

3. Legal documents signed by authorised signatories of the council, from 01/04/2020 to 31/03/2021:

114 signed in total - 20 electronically signed*

Legal documents sealed and signed by authorised signatories of the council, from 01/04/2020 to 31/03/2021:

100 – electronic signing not applicable

* of the 114 signed in total, 56 are burial grants

If other parties are content to accept an electronically signed Legal document (where appropriate) we will sign a document electronically.  Paper copies may not always be retained where documents are signed electronically

Certain planning documents drafted by Legal and other material is additionally signed electronically.  Electronic signatures, in certain circumstances, may be included within templates and precedents

4. Yes

5. Print Room = approximately £210,000 per year

     Postage = approximately £8,000 per year

     Physical Storage = approximately £5,400 per year

With regard to electronic storage costs, the Council does not have a document application with separate storage, therefore the Council is unable to provide a cost for this as the information is not recorded in a way which the cost can be calculated

6. No, it would fall to managers across the authority to look at ways to reduce paper-based processes, this is not being managed centrally by one particular officer or department

7. Not applicable

8. This information is not recorded

9. 447

10. At present, approximately 75% of staff are working remotely. It would have been less than 10% prior to the pandemic

11. 1. CIO/IT Director – The Council does not have this position

2. Head of IT – Nina Lake, Business Information Systems Manager, nina.lake@northdevon.gov.uk, 01271 388232

3. Head of Digital Transformation – The Council does not have this role

4. Head of Housing Operations – Jeremy Mann, Head of Environmental Health and Housing, jeremy.mann@northdevon.gov.uk, 01271 388341

5. Head of Legal – Trevor Blatchford, Senior Solicitor and Monitoring Officer, trevor.blatchford@northdevon.gov.uk, 01271 388231

6. Head of HR – Nikki Gordon, HR Manager, nikki.gordon@northdevon.gov.uk, 01271 318548

7. See response to 5. Above

12.  1. Yes

       2. No

       3. Yes

       4. No

       5. No

13. Yes. Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Acrobat Standard and Adobe Reader, Photoshop and Elements

14. As follows:  

1. MHR ITrent, version 10.38. Contract end date: 02.07.2024, 500 users

2. Not Applicable

3. Iken. 8 user/licences. Details of this contract are published on the Council’s contract register via the provide link

4. Microsoft 365, E3 licence for 420 users. Contract ends 31st May 2024

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7899 04.06.21 CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 3UN Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7900 04.06.21 CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 4JH

Applicant advised that no information is held

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7903 15.06.21

1. How many households have been issued with warning notices in relation to council tax arrears accrued during 2020/21? If this is not available, please provide the number of warning notices issued (as opposed to the number of households receiving them)

2. How many households have been issued with liability orders in relation to council tax arrears accrued during 2020/21?

3. How many households have been referred to bailiffs in relation to council tax arrears accrued during 2020/21?

4. For how many households have the council requested an attachment to benefits in relation to council tax arrears accrued during 2020/21?

If the council has provided figures for questions 1-4, please ignore questions 5-8 and proceed to question 9. If the council has not provided figures for questions 1-4, please proceed to question 5. As stated above, questions 5-8 concern enforcement action in 2020/21 relating to council tax debts irrespective of what year those debts accrued

5. In 2020/21, how many households were issued with warning notices in relation to council tax arrears? If this is not available, please provide the number of warning notices issued (as opposed to the number of households receiving them) and state that this is the case

6. In 2020/21, how many households were issued with liability orders in relation to council tax arrears?

7. In 2020/21, how many households were referred to bailiffs in relation to council tax arrears?

8. In 2020/21, for how many households did the council request an attachment to benefits in relation to council tax arrears?

The following questions concern collection rates:

9. What was the council tax collection rate in 2019/20, for 2019/20 council tax bills?

10. What was the council tax collection rate in 2020/21, for 2020/21 council tax bills?

The following questions concern the geographic distribution of households. In these questions, ‘council-tax registered households’ include those households that do not have any tax to pay due to receiving council tax support. If possible it should include registered second homes but exclude registered empty homes, but if that cannot be achieved within the section 12 cost limit, please include or exclude both depending on how the information is held (and state that this is the case)

11.   Please state, as of March 2020, how many council tax-registered households were in each postcode area (eg. DA1, DA2, DA3 etc in Dartford; L32, L33, L34 etc in Knowsley) in the local authority area

12. Please state, as of now (or the most recent time available), how many council tax-registered households are in each postcode area (eg. DA1, DA2, DA3 etc in Dartford; L32, L33, L34 etc in Knowsley) in the local authority area

1. This information is not held

2. This information is not held

3. This information is not held

4. This information is not held

5. 22,187 warning notices issued

6. 2,119 households were issued with liability orders

7. 42 households were referred to bailiffs

8. This information is not held

9. 96.01%

10. 96.81%

11. and 12. The Revenues team confirms that they do not have a report that would enable them to be able to extract the data by postcode. The only way this could be provided would require an officer within the team to carry out a manual search of all Council Tax properties which is currently 47,559 and at 31 March 2020 was 47,056 and then create two spreadsheets to enter the relevant data into them for each question

Section 12 of the Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for Local Authorities is set at £450 by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours at £25 per hour in determining whether the Council holds the information, locating, retrieving and collating the information

It has been estimated by the Revenues team that it would take approximately 40 hours (20 hours per question) to provide the requested information. The procedure would cause serious disruption to the day to day working of the Revenues team and therefore the Council is unable to process this part of the request any further. As set out in the previous paragraph, the Council has the right to refuse to provide the information in accordance with Section 12 of the Act

Section 12 of Act
7904 04.06.21 CON29 information relating to a property at EX33 1NH Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7905 14.06.21

1.

a. For the last financial year (2020-2021) how many fines or fixed penalty notices did your authority issue for fly-tipping?

b. How many were paid/unpaid?

c. What was the total revenue received from these fines or FPNs? (i e actually received by your authority)

d. What is the total amount (in £s) unpaid after 30 days?

e. How much was spent on issuing these fines?

2.

a. For the last financial year (2020-2021) how many times did your authority prosecute individuals or businesses for fly-tipping?

b. How many resulted in convictions?

c. Was any revenue received as compensation?

d. Was any revenue received as costs?

e. How much was spent on these prosecutions?

f. What is the total amount of compensation awarded unpaid?

g. What is the total amount of costs awarded unpaid?

3. For the last financial year (2020-2021) how many cases of fly-tipping did your authority deal with?

4. For the last financial year (2020-2021), what was the total cost to your authority of dealing with cleaning up fly-tipping?

5. How many people live in your local authority area?

6. How many cases of fly-tipping were reported to your authority on private land?

1. In 2020/21 the Council issued 1 Fixed Penalty Notice for fly tipping, which was unpaid. The value would have been £400, reduced to £320 if it had been paid within 10 days

2. In 2020/21 the Council did not prosecuted any individuals or businesses for fly tipping

3. In 2020/21 the Council received 633 reports of fly tipping

4. £9,495. Please note this is an estimated total, based on an average cost of £15 per case

5. Population figures are not maintained by the authority. Please contact Office of National Statistics for this

6. Of the 633 cases referred to in Question 3, 18 of these were reported to the Council as being on private land

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7906 01.06.21 A list of all live business rates accounts with a 2017 list Rateable Value greater than or equal to £5,000

Applicant directed to Business Rates dataset:

All NDR Properties Occupied and Empty as at 08.04.2021 via the following link

https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/council/data-protection-and-freedom-of-information/publication-scheme/open-data/?ID=7ED2F924-B000-4771-B16B-181DB316F4E1&DS=4005

Applicant advised that the dataset will be due for updating and re-publishing in July 2021

Sections 21 and 22 of Act
7907 17.06.21

1. How many people have applied for a Dangerous Wild Animal Licence in North Devon in the last 10 years?

2. How many of those applications were granted?

3. What areas of the region are home to dangerous, wild or exotic animals?

4. What species are being kept by residents of North Devon who hold a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence?

1. One

2. One

3. N/A, the licence expired in 2015

4. N/A

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7908 25.06.21

1. Do you currently have a contract with a neutral vend or Master Vend? If so, what are their name and when does the contract expire? If there is an option of an extension, please list how long it is? 

2. All the Supplier Names who supplied temporary agency Labour in the above period 

3. The Actual spend value for each Supplier in the above period 

4. The types of roles That were supplied 

5. The Dates they were supplied, If not available the week the invoice was invoiced or paid

1.Yes, Comensura Ltd. Details of the contract, including expiry date, extension option is published via the Council Contract Register

2.Comensura Ltd 

   Cordant People Ltd

   Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd

   Vivid Resourcing Division of G2V Recruitment Group Ltd

3.Comensura Ltd = £633,920

Cordant People Ltd = £132,184

Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd = £19,270

Vivid Resourcing Division of G2V Recruitment Group Ltd = £22,713

4. Housing Officer

    Housing Enabling Officer

    Cash Driver

    Hygiene Operative

    Customer Services Advisor 

    Licensing Case Officer

    Environmental Health Practitioner

    Recycling Staff

    Toilet Cleaners

    Yardsman

    Workshop Staff

    Refuse staff

    Sweeping Staff

    Dog Warden

    Estates Officer

5. Applicant provided this information in an Excel spreadsheet which is available upon request

None
7909 01.06.21

The total number of burials and cremations which took place in the Council's jurisdiction from 1 January 2015 to 31 Dec 2020

Year   Cremations (excluding NVF)

2015   1537

2016   1573

2017   1599

2018   1620

2019   1530

2020   1608

Year   Burials (excluding ashes)

2015   70

2016   50

2017   67

2018   49

2019   56

2020   38
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7911 11.06.21

CON29 information relating to a property at EX32 7AR

Applicant advised that no information is held

None
7912 11.06.21

CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 4JD

Applicant advised that no information is held

None
7913 07.06.21

1. Does the council have a formal policy in place for maternity, paternity, adoption and kinship care for all councillors? If yes, please provide a copy

2. If no, does the council have any informal arrangements in place by which it would make provisions for maternity, paternity, adoption and kinship care for all councillors?

3. Does the council have a formal policy in place for maternity, paternity, adoption and kinship care for councillors with a Special Responsibility Allowance? If yes, please provide a copy

4. If no, does the council have any informal arrangements in place by which it would make provisions for maternity, paternity, adoption and kinship care for councillors with a Special Responsibility Allowance?

5. Does the council have a formal standards committee?

6. Does the council have a formal role to oversee member conduct and promote equality (e g chair of the standards committee, chief whip, etc)?

7. Does the council’s Code of Conduct under Section 27(2) of the Localism Act 2011 make any reference to promoting equality or tackling sexism?

1. No, not at present

2. No

3. No

4. No

5. No. The standards function including dealing with complaints regarding Councillor conduct and the imposition of sanctions falls under the powers of the Governance Committee

6. Chair of Governance Committee

7. The Council’s existing Member Code of Conduct is available on the Council website under Part 5 of the Constitution:

https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/council/councillors-and-committees/constitution-for-north-devon-council/

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7914 22.06.21

In the last financial year 2020/21 how many incidents did the authority record where refuse collectors were physically assaulted by members of the public while carrying out council duties, providing a brief description of the circumstances of the incident

In 2020/21 there were two recorded incidents. One was a road rage incident where a member of public pulled over their car and punched one of the Council’s drivers in the face. The second, a member of the public threw a glass jar out of their window at a warden which nearly hit them

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7915 11.06.21

CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 1AN

Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information

None
7916 25.06.21

1. What percentage of the residents in the area don't actually recycle?

2. Do you know roughly the amount of recycling you get sent every year in tonnes?

3. What percentage of recycling is turned away simply because it's not been cleaned?

4. One of the things we are looking at specifically is single-use plastic in the country, out of the plastic that's sent to you what would you say is the percentage that is actually non-recyclable?

5. We've been thinking especially about gluesticks, gluesticks do vary from the area, specifically in the local area do you advise that they just go into the landfill due to the adhesive?

1.The Council publishes, in dataset format, the Recycling Rates By Quarter from 2005/06 to 2019/20: 

https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=8073E924-87C0-4322-9860-FED7B4E9080E&DS=4005 

In accordance with Section 22 of the Act, the dataset will be due for updating in July 2021 with the 2020/21 figures 

2.This information is publicly available through the website: https://www.wastedataflow.org/   

3. This information is not recorded by the Council 

4. The Council expects all of this to be recycled, however it does not hold any figures to evidence this 

5. Yes, the Council does not have any specific avenue to recycle glue sticks so they go to landfill

Section 21 of Act
7917 11.06.21

CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 4FJ

Applicant advised that no information is held

None
7918 11.06.21

CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 4FG

Applicant advised that no information is held

None
7919 08.06.21

1. What payments, if any, you made to Stonewall (officially Stonewall Equality Limited) in the financial year 2019/20

2. What payments, if any, you made to Stonewall (officially Stonewall Equality Limited) in the financial year 2020/21

3. What payments, if any, you expect to make to Stonewall (officially Stonewall Equality Limited) in the current financial year

The Council has not made any payments to Stonewall Equality Ltd in 2019/20 or 2020/21 and does not have any expected payments to made during the current financial year (2021/22)

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7920 11.06.21

1. Who owned South Molton Swimming Pool prior to the take over by the company 1610?

2. How much was it sold to 1610 for, and what exactly do they own?

3. Please can you explain/clear up the confusion regarding ceasing of a ‘grant’ for the pool from North Devon Council. What was it? How was it award/why was it awarded (to 1610)? Why was it ended?

Do you have meetings/minutes regarding decisions made on South Molton pool before it was sold?

1. The owners prior to 1610 were South Molton Swimming Pool Trust

2. The council does not hold this information, however it is aware that 1610 now owns the facility in its entirety

3. Applicant provided with the Executive report and minutes which summarises the circumstances, which are available upon request

The minutes provided are the actual printed minutes from the September 2018 Executive which agreed to the grant being paid to 1610

No further payments/grants have been paid to 1610 by the Council since and there are currently no plans or agreements to do so

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7921 24.06.21

Any reports, research or policy documents produced by your council into individuals living in squalid conditions, or classed as having Diogenes Syndrome or extreme self-neglect

The Council has not produced or hold any reports, research or policy documents into individuals living in squalid conditions, or classed as having Diogenes Syndrome or extreme self-neglect

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7922 15.06.21

1. The numbers of people/families that are on a waiting list for any type of home, and also give details of the area that covers (e g West Down Parish only or West Down and surrounding area and what that area is)

2. Confirm when the last Housing Needs Survey was completed for West Down

1. Devon Home Choice (DHC) shows there are 15 households living in the parish of West Down registered as being in need of affordable housing for rent as of January 2021. Not all households tend to register themselves on the housing register as they don’t think that they will have the opportunity to be housed so this figure is often significantly higher

It should be noted that although DHC data identifies the number of households living within the parish in housing need, it does not always provide sufficient information to firmly establish how long households have been resident in the parish or if they wish to remain in the parish; it is a snap shot in time and people’s circumstances can change extremely quickly. In addition, some households may seek affordable home ownership options (shared ownership/discounted sale). The Council does not hold data on numbers of households requiring some form of affordable housing for sale

The number of households in the adjoining rural parishes registered as of January 2021 was:

Braunton = 116

Georgeham = 25 

Mortehoe = 27

Bittadon = Zero

Marwood = Five

2. A Housing Needs Survey for the parish of West Down was undertaken in January 2004. There was a subsequent Housing Needs Assessment dated June 2007 and a Reassessment of Need dated November 2012. However, a Housing Needs Survey is considered to only be valid for 5 years so the data from these would no longer be relevant

As West Down Parish Council have initiated work with Middlemarch looking into the possibility of community-led housing in West Down, funding may be available for the parish council to commission an up-to-date housing needs survey. The parish council could discuss this further with Middlemarch

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7923 08.06.21

1. The total number of Civil Penalties relating to housing offences served to private landlords per year for the following years: 2018/2019, 2019/2020, 2020/2021

2. The average amount of income (£) levied in Civil Penalties relating to housing offences to private landlords per year for the following years:

2018/2019

2019/2020

2020/2021

3. The number of Civil Penalties issued to private landlords in each year for each of the following offences:

a) Failure to comply with an Improvement Notice (section 30 of the Housing Act 2004) Offences in relation to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (section 72 of the Housing Act 2004)

b) Offences in relation to licensing of houses under Part 3 of the Act (section 95 of the Housing Act 2004)

c) Offences of contravention of an overcrowding notice (section 139 of the Housing Act 2004)

d) Failure to comply with management regulations in respect of Houses in Multiple Occupation (section 234 of the Housing Act 2004)

e) Banning Orders under the Housing and Planning Act 2016

4. What is the best contact email address to contact the private rented sector housing department to discuss matters relating to the Private Rented Sector?

1.2018/19 = Nil

  2019/20 = Nil

 2020/21 = Nil

2. N/A

3. N/A

4. privatesectorhousing@northdevon.gov.uk 

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7924 09.06.21

How much money has been spent on subsidence repairs on Council-owned and managed properties and buildings per year for the last ten years, 2011 – 2021?

Applicant advised that there has been no spend on subsidence repairs on Council-owned and managed properties between 2011 and 2021

None
7925 16.06.21

The registration number, Make and Model of all vehicles registered as a Taxi, Hackney Carriage or for Private Hire between 1 December 2020 and 5 June 2021

Information provided to the applicant in Excel, which is available upon request

None
7926 18.06.21

CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 9NG

Applicant advised that no information is held

None
7927 10.06.21

Next Steps Accommodation Programme

1. Please confirm how much funding your council was originally allocated via the fund?

2. How many units of move-on accommodation did your council originally agree to deliver via the fund?

3. By 1 April 2021, how many units had your council delivered?

4. To date how many units has your council delivered?

5. How many total units does your council now plan to deliver through the fund and by what date? Please indicate if your council has withdrawn from the fund entirely or if the total number of units it plans to deliver has decreased

1. Capital Funding = £82,500

    Revenue/Support Funding = £163,333

2. Nine

3. Zero

4. Two

5. Eight, decreased by one unit

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7928 18.06.21

CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 0JE

Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information

None
7930 25.06.21

CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 4PE

Applicant advised that no information is held

None
7932 25.06.21

Copies 12902 and 12903 Enforcement Files

Information provided to the applicant, save for the information held that is already held by the applicant

None
7934 21.06.21
  1. Standard Firewall (Network) - Firewall service protects your corporate Network from unauthorised access and other Internet security threats
  1. Anti-virus Software Application - Anti-virus software is a program or set of programs that are designed to prevent, search for, detect, and remove software viruses, and other malicious software like worms, trojans, adware, and more
  1. Microsoft Enterprise Agreement - is a volume licensing package offered by Microsoft

For each of the different types of cyber security services can you please provide me with:

  1. Who is the existing supplier for this contract?
  2. What does the organisation annually spend for each of the contracts?
  3. What is the description of the services provided for each contract?
  4. Primary Brand (ONLY APPLIES TO CONTRACT 1 and 2)
  5. What is the expiry date of each contract?
  6. What is the start date of each contract?
  7. What is the contract duration of contract?
  8. The responsible contract officer for each of the contracts above? Full name, job title, contact number and direct email address
  9. Number of Licenses (ONLY APPLIES TO CONTRACT 3)

1. Standard Firewall (Network) - Firewall service protects your corporate Network from unauthorised access and other Internet security threats

1. Please refer to the Council’s Contract’s Register for this information

2. As 1. above

3. As 1. above

4. I can confirm that the Council holds the information that you have requested however the Council considers that this element of the request, given that it relates to the Council’s ICT security and the protection of the Council’s systems, engages the exemption at Section 31(1)(a) prejudicial to law enforcement which states information is exempt if its disclosure under the Act would or would likely to prejudice the prevention or detection of crime 

In the considering of your request, a Public Interest Test has been carried out, looking at the arguments for disclosure and withholding:

Arguments for Disclosure

The release of the information would assist in openness and transparency in the way in which the Council ensures the security of the information it handles

Arguments for Withholding

When the Council releases information to an individual pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, it is effectively releasing it into the public domain for all to see, that includes those who may not have genuine and honest reasons for wanting to see the information and maybe seeking the information in order to identify, expose or take advantage of potential weaknesses in the Council’s specific ICT security software and hardware, in order to cause intended damage to the Council’s systems or theft of information held. The Council operates a multi layered approach to ICT security. One of these layers is to obfuscate information that could be used to comprise network security

The release of the primary brand used by the Council could jeopardise the integrity of the Council’s systems via current or future vulnerabilities. Revealing the Council’s security counter measures means that potential hackers would have an advantage in identifying, or being able to easily find potential vulnerabilities for those software and hardware brands and accordingly weaken the Council’s security controls. It concludes that the public interest in preventing crime from being committed outweighs the public interest in releasing the information

5. As 1 above 

6.  As 1 above 

7. As 1 above 

8. As 1 above 

2. Anti-virus Software Application - Anti-virus software is a program or set of programs that are designed to prevent, search for, detect, and remove software viruses, and other malicious software like worms, trojans, adware, and more 

1. Please refer to the Council’s Contract’s Register for this information: https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister/ViewContractDetails?contractId=0098c380-1a95-e511-8105-000c29c9ba21&p=696a9836-1895-e511-8105-000c29c9ba21   

2. As 1 above 

3. As 1 above 

4. As 4 above 

5. As 1 above 

6. As 1 above 

7. As 1 above 

8. As 1 above 

3. Microsoft Enterprise Agreement - is a volume licensing package offered by Microsoft 

1. Please refer to the Council’s Contract’s Register for this information:

https://procontract.due-north.com/ContractsRegister/ViewContractDetails?contractId=a33c4839-90b8-eb11-810c-005056b64545&p=696a9836-1895-e511-8105-000c29c9ba21   

2. As 1 above

3. As 1 above

4. Not Applicable

5. As 1 above

6. As 1 above 

7. As 1 above 

8. As 1 above 

9. 420 Licences

Sections 16, 21 and 31 of Act
7936 25.06.21

1. How many public toilets were maintained by your council on: 

a. April 2015 (or nearest date where records are kept)

b. April 2016 (or nearest date where records are kept)

c. April 2017 (or nearest date where records are kept)

d. April 2018 (or nearest date where records are kept)

e. April 2019 (or nearest date where records are kept)

f. April 2020 (or nearest date where records are kept)

g. April 2021 (or nearest date where records are kept) 

2. What was the annual cost of maintaining the public toilets run by your council in the financial year

a.  2015-16

b.  2016-17

c.   2017-18

d.  2018-19

e.  2019-20

f.    2020-21

1 a) 15

  1. b) 15
  2. c) 15
  3. d) 15
  4. e) 15
  5. f) 15
  6. g) 15

 

  1. 2015/16 = £413,137

   2016/17 = £376,840

   2017/18 = £374,995

   2018/19 = £336,954

   2019/20 = £308,717

   2020/21 = £479,856

The 2020/21 figure is higher because it includes additional spend on COVID related cleaning

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7938 21.06.21 Whether any of the kerbside plastic recycling that is collected by the authority ends up being shipped abroad for disposal and if so, confirmation where the waste is shipped for processing

All plastic material collected by the Council is shipped to a company in the north of England called J and A Young. This is reprocessed in this country. When they do not have capacity to do this within this country, the material is then shipped to J and A Young’s sister company in Germany for reprocessing

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7940 22.06.21 Figures of total cremations and burials from 2015 up to 2020

Year   Cremations (excluding NVF)

2015   1537

2016   1573

2017   1599

2018   1620

2019   1530

2020   1608

Year   Burials (excluding ashes)

2015   70

2016   50

2017   67

2018   49

2019   56

2020   38

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7944 24.06.21

1. What key software applications does the Authority use for: 

i.         ERP and Finance

ii.        HR and Payroll

iii.       Social Care

iv.       Elections

v.        Planning

vi.       Waste Collection

vii.      Council Tax

viii.     Licensing and Compliance

ix.       Parking

x.        Food Hygiene

2. Are there any other key software applications that the Authority uses and puts into escrow?

4. Within the Authority is there a policy to move towards hosted solutions?

5. Is there a generic contact e-mail enquiry address or contact person that deals with escrow at the Authority?

1.    As follows:         

i. ERP and Finance = Civic Authority Financials

ii. HR and Payroll = MHR ITrent

iii. Social Care = Please contact Devon County Council for this information: accesstoinformation-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

iv. Elections = Civica Xpress

v. Planning = DEF Mastergov

vi. Waste Collection = Bartec

vii. Council Tax = Civica OPEN Revenues

viii. Licensing and Compliance = IDOX Lalpac

ix. Parking = Imperial 3Sixty

x. Food Hygiene = Northgate Assure 

The Council’s Contract Register for further details regarding the above: https://www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk/   

Under the Navigation tab select the Contract Register option. You can narrow down the search by selecting North Devon District Council from the list of Organisations 

2. The Council does not currently have any Escrow agreements 

4.(3). There is no formal policy. Each application is assessed on the circumstances and own merits 

5. No contact for Escrow. ICT enquiries can be directed to: ictservicedesk@northdevon.gov.uk

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7945 23.06.21

• What GIS is principally used within your organisation? (We have provided a list below)

o        ArcGIS

o        Mapbox

o        ESRI

o        MapInfo

o        Cadcorp

o        GGP

o        Thinkware

o        Assist

o        Astun technology

o        Autodesk

o        Innogistic

o        SIA

o        Other

• Which company supplies this software and/or maintenance and support to you? 

• Is any other GIS Software used by your organisation? (Please provide details if you are able to) 

• How much do you spend annually on the principal GIS including maintenance and support? 

• How much do you spend annually on ALL GIS including maintenance and support? 

• What is the expiry date of your current contract with your principal GIS supplier?

  • Our corporate GIS is QGIS
  • Company that supplies it is no one it is open source
  • Only other GIS we use is for our web based mapping and that is Leaflet which is also open source
  • No annual costs for the GIS as it is open source
  • No maintenance costs for our GIS annually

       • We don’t have a contract for the GIS as it is open source

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7946 23.06.21

The numbers of burials and cremations which took place each year for the years 2015 to 2020 and any data for 2021

Year   Cremations (excluding NVF)

2015   1537

2016   1573

2017   1599

2018   1620

2019   1530

2020   1608

2021    *565

Year   Burials (excluding ashes)

2015   70

2016   50

2017   67

2018   49

2019   56

2020   38

2021  *16

*to 30 April 2021

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7947 24.06.21

1. What is the affordable housing tenure policy included within your local plan i e the suggested percentage breakdown of affordable housing tenures, for example, 60% social rent, 40% shared ownership

2. Does your local plan include reference to:

a) Shared ownership (yes/no)

b) Rent to buy (yes/no)

3) If yes to 2a or 2b, please provide details if this is other than a percentage covered in 1.

1.The North Devon and Torridge Local Plan (adopted 2018) sets out the required tenure mix in policy ST19(7), which says: “Affordable housing will be sought initially on the basis of a tenure mix of 75% social rented and 25% intermediate accommodation, although variation may be negotiated on the basis of identified local housing need and/or development viability.” 

Paragraph 7.33 explains: “Reflecting evidence of identified tenure needs, priority will generally be given to the provision of affordable housing for rent at a social rent. The starting point for negotiating affordable housing tenure mix is to seek 75% social rented and 25% intermediate accommodation. Variation to the tenure mix may be negotiated where evidence of local housing need and/or development viability indicate that an alternative mix is appropriate. The evidence will need to demonstrate that the proposal provides a more appropriate balance between specific local affordable housing needs and development viability at the time of the proposal.” 

2.and 3. Shared Ownership and Rent to Buy are not required explicitly in the tenure mix, but could form part of the 25% intermediate tenure, alongside other forms of intermediate tenure as set out in the NPPF

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7948 30.06.21

1. How many children’s playgrounds were managed by the council in each year from 2001-2021?

2. How many children’s playgrounds have been closed in each year since 2001-2021?

3. How many children’s playgrounds have been opened each year since 2001-2021?

4. How many children’s playgrounds are proposed for closure within the next year (ie 2021-22)?

5. How many children's playgrounds have been sold off to private buyers since 2001-21, who were the buyers and how much were they sold for?

The response to 1 2 and 3 was provided to the applicant in Excel format, which is available upon request

Questions 4 and 5. There are no proposals to close any play areas during 2021-22 and the council has not sold off any land to private buyers since 2001

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7949 30.06.21

1. Is there a signpost on Ilfracombe Ropery Road car park which indicates the class of vehicle for which charges apply?

2. Does the council have a legal duty to indicate the class of vehicle for which charges apply?

1. Yes, the charges board states the permitted class of vehicles allowed

2. No, there is no legislation or regulations governing the content of off street car park signs

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