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7275 08.09.20

Please confirm if your department currently has a written viability checklist or test, to use when pub companies request change of use through lack of viability on a public house, in order to validate or reject their claim of lack of viability

If you do use a check list or test can you, please tell me if it is an internal document or if it was obtained from another source and if it was where it came from

Finally, would you be interested in an up to date viability test which has been updated to take into account the current market conditions and the new Covid-19 world the hospitality sector is operating under. The checklist/test would be completely free and is endorsed by both the forum of British pubs and CAMRA

We do not currently have a written viability checklist or test. Where the occasion has arisen we have consulted with CAMERA and with a colleague at Plymouth County Council who has expertise in dealing with viability matters. We would be interested in an up to date viability checklist or test for use in the future None
7276 03.09.20

Opening of High Street Safely Fund

1. Please clarify who in your Council is responsible for this initiative.

2. Have you started an active tender process yet?

3. Are there funds available for
this initiative?

Mrs SarahJane Mackenzie-Shapland; Regeneration Manager, is the named officer responsible for this fund at North Devon Council. Her e-mail address is: sarahjane.mackenzie-shapland@northdevon.gov.uk

2. We have completed a draft Grant Action Plan, which has been submitted to the fund for consideration. We await feedback. Spend to date has mainly been on signage, which has been through direct award. We are currently using our internal Communications team to co-ordinate the communications work and anticipate going to suppliers as required to deliver that message ie. radio, press, etc. We currently do not anticipate any individual contract exceeding 25K and therefore do not anticipate a formal tender process. There may be circumstances where we require 3 quotes for specific pieces of work where we anticipate work exceeding £2499

3. North Devon Council were awarded £86,191 from the Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund. You can find all awards here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/888818/Reopening_High_Streets_Safely_Fund_-_Guidance_-_Final_v2.pdf. council is not currently in contract with the fund and as such, all spend is at risk

 
7284 08.09.20

For the financial years 2019-20 and 2020-21 to date:

1. How much money has the council spent in total on overseas trips for council staff?

2. How much money has the council spent in total on overseas trips for councillors (elected members)?

3. If time permits, I would be grateful for a breakdown of spending:

- Cost of any flights / ferries / coaches / taxis etc
- Class of travel purchased (eg. economy, business, first)
- Cost of hotel stays and names of hotels
- Cost of subsistence (eg. restaurant bills, drinks expenses)
- Any other fees / or costs incurred
- Reason for trips

 

1. Zero

2. Zero

3. N/A

None
7285 03.09.20

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) for the year 2019/2020

1. The total DHP budget available to your local authority

2. The amount spent or committed on DHPs at the end the year

3. The number of DHP applications

4. The number of applications refused

5. The average length of time a DHP was given for

6. The number of DHPs given for the different time periods listed:

(a) Less than 4 weeks (including one-off payments)
(b) 4-12 weeks
(c) 12-26 weeks
(d) 26-52 weeks
(e) More than 52 weeks

7. The number of applications received and refused where the applicant had previously received a DHP from your authority

8. The number of applications received where the reason the applicant was in need of support was that they were impacted by low LHA levels

9. The number of these applications refused

10. The average length of time a DHP award was given for, for households affected by low LHA levels

11. The number of awards made for households affected by low LHA levels for the following reasons:

(a) Help with on-going rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation
(b) Help with on-going rental costs for a foster carer

(c) Help with on-going costs for any other reason

12. The number of these DHPs given for the different time periods listed:

(a) Less than 4 weeks (including one-off payments)
(b) 4-12 weeks
(c) 12-26 weeks
(d) 26-52 weeks
(e) More than 52 weeks

13. Applicants affected by the household benefit cap

14. Your most recent DHP policy document, setting out the procedures in place for determining DHP awards

1. £157,730.00
2. £159,241.00
3. 532
4. 234

5. 13 weeks
6. (a) 143
(b) 69
(c) 209
(d) 111
(e) 0

7. Not recorded

8. Not recorded
9. Not recorded
10. Not recorded

11. (a) Not recorded
(a) Not recorded
(b) Not recorded

12. (a) Not recorded
(b) Not recorded
(c) Not recorded
(d) Not recorded
(e) Not recorded

13. Not recorded

14. The Council uses DWP DHP guidance manual from GOV.UK. The Council does not record sub-reasons

None
7286 08.09.20 1. How many traffic wardens were operational in your borough between January 1st 2020 and July 31st 2020?
2. What was their combined payroll cost?
3. How many parking tickets were issued in that time period?
4. How much was collected in fines in that time period?

1. From 1 January, the Council had seven Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs), however from 23 March the CEOs were furloughed. From 22 May three became operational again and then from 15 June six became operational and one continued to be furloughed until 5 July 2020

2.£115,104

3.2,843

4.£81,098.88 was paid during the period, however this does not relate to the actual PCN’s issued for this period. This amount also covers the parish/town Council’s PCNs (the Council’s CEOs do not issue those PCNs). The Parking Office is unable to establish the amount collected for the PCNs specifically issued in the period requested. The only way it could be found would require manually checking each of the 2,843 PCNs for the date of the payment

It would take approximately 3 minutes to check each PCN; therefore this would exceed the 18 hour limit under Section 12 of the Act, and in total take the Parking Office approximately 142 hours to complete. Unfortunately there would be no other way in which to supply this information

Section 12 of Act
7293 08.09.20

• The number of neighbour complaints and noise complaints broken down by month from January - August 2020

• The same figures for the previous 5 years (so Jan- August in 2015,2016,2017,2018,2019)

• The reason given for the complaint (ie. DIY noise, entertainment noise, construction noise, children playing, rubbish) broken down by month for Jan - August 2020 and the same data for the previous two years

Information provided in Excel format to the applicant, available upon requested None
7300 11.09.20

Facilities and Utilities data collection 2019/20

Information provided (where held) in Excel format, which is available upon request None
7304 04.09.20

CON29 information relating to a property at EX33 2EE

Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7305 04.09.20

CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 7DQ

Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7306 04.09.20

CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 9HS

Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7307 04.09.20

What was the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme budget in your local authority for each of the financial years – 2018/19; 2019/20; and 2020/21?
How much was spent during 2018/19; 2019/20; and 2020/21? For 2020/21, how much has been spent so far?
What type of support is available, for example cash loans, grants, and/or furniture and white goods?
Do you provide furniture/white goods through your Local Welfare Assistance Scheme?
If you do provide support for furniture/white goods through your Local Welfare Assistance Scheme, do you supply the item or a grant/cash to purchase items?
If you provide furniture/white goods through your Local Welfare Assistance scheme, what proportion of your budget is spent on these items?
Have you received any additional Government funding specifically for a Local Welfare Assistance Scheme in 2020? If yes, how much?
What were the number of completed applications to the scheme in 2018/19; 2019/20; and 2020/21?

How many were successful in 2018/19; 2019/20; and 2020/21?

The Local Welfare Assistance service ended in 2015. The type of data in the request was not captured and no information is held None
7311 04.09.20

CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 3SA

Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7314 15.09.20

1.The number of affordable homes being delivered in your area through Section 106 agreements (a) completed and (b) started in the following years:

i. 2015/16
ii. 2016/17
iii. 2017/18
iv. 2018/19
v. 2019/20

2.Of the affordable homes referred to in 1(a)i-v and 1(b)i-v, how many were being delivered on sites of 50 units or less in

i. 2015/16
ii. 2016/17
iii. 2017/18
iv. 2018/19
v. 2019/20

3.How many developments larger than 50 units were completed in your area in the financial years

i. 2015/16
ii. 2016/17
iii. 2017/18
iv. 2018/19
v. 2019/20

Response provided to applicant in Excel format, which is available upon request None
7314 04.09,20

CON29 information relating to a property at EX35 6JD

Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7315 04.09.20

CON29 information relating to a property at EX32 7DX

Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7316 04.09.20

CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 3HJ

Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7317 18.09.20

1. Does the Council hold a register, directory, database or any other list of Complementary and Alternative medicines (CAM) practitioners? This could include, but is not limited to, the following disciplines:

- Acupuncturists
- Hypnotists
- Massage therapists
- Counsellors

2. Please provide a full list containing all the above practitioners (and any additional operators) that are licensed within the council area, together with the dates that licences were issued

3. What is the criteria that council officers use to approve and issue appropriate licence(s)?

4. What is the ongoing process of monitoring the above practitioners once they have been approved for a licence?

As governed by the following Acts:

• The Local Government (miscellaneous provisions) Act 1982 Part VIII as amended by the Local Government Act 2003
• The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
• The Hypnotism Act 1952
• Any other Act that Local Government has in place in the area governing complementary practitioners including massage, skin piercing and any Complementary and Alternative medicines (CAM) practices

1 and 2. Yes, please refer to the Council’s public register for the following:

Acupuncturists: https://licensing.northdevon.gov.uk/PAforLalpacLIVE/1/Operator/Search/116

Cosmetic piercing:
https://licensing.northdevon.gov.uk/PAforLalpacLIVE/1/Operator/Search/10002

Tattooing:
https://licensing.northdevon.gov.uk/PAforLalpacLIVE/1/Operator/Search/118

Semi-permanent skin colouring:
https://licensing.northdevon.gov.uk/PAforLalpacLIVE/1/Operator/Search/10005

Electrolysis:
https://licensing.northdevon.gov.uk/PAforLalpacLIVE/1/Operator/Search/123

With regards to Hypnotism, please refer to the Council’s website:
https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/business/licences-and-permits/entertainment-and-alcohol-licences/hypnotism-permission/

The Council does not hold a list of Hypnotists either individuals or premises, as they are not registered or licenced by the Council. If they wish to hold an event at a premises, under the Licensing Act 2003 for entertainment purposes, they are required to apply for permission from the Council, as per the information provided on the webpage above

The Council does not licence or register massaged therapists or Counsellors, therefore no information is held in relation to this

3. It is only a registration, not a licence, which the Council is duty bound to issue on receipt of application

4. Once registered the information is held by the Council and for the Health and Safety Team to respond reactively to complaints regarding individuals and the premises used. The Council will issue communication if any specific information has changed and needs cascading and they are also included in health and safety interventions

None
7319 11.09.20

CON29 information relating to a property at EX33 1JA

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

None
7320 29.09.20

A) How many Fixed Penalty Notices the council has issued to people for begging, loitering or rough sleeping for the years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 (to date)

B) How many people the council has taken to court for breaching a Public Space Protection Order for begging, loitering, rough sleeping, or failing to pay a fine for the years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 (to date)

C) How many Criminal Behaviour Orders the council has issued to people for begging, loitering or rough sleeping for the years 2017, 2018,
2019 and 2020 (to date)

A) No Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued by the Council in any of the requested years

b) No individuals have been taken to court by the Council in any of the requested years

c) No Criminal Behaviour Orders have been issued by the Council in any of the requested years

None
7322 14.09.20

Information regarding interpretation, translation and British sign language services:

2. Who the Council’s current supplier(s) is and provide a breakdown of the cost of the services

3.The top ten most popular languages for the last 2 years

4. Details of the Council’s current provider(s) (company name, date contract was awarded and date of renewal?

5. What language services has the Council provided during the COVID19 pandemic?

6. How many interpreting requests have not been filled during the COVID-19 pandemic and what languages were they?

7. Is the Council providing video interpreting services? How is this being provided and what are the costs per minute?

8. The name and contact details of the person responsible for the set up and implementation for Interpreting and Translation services

1.a) 2020 to date = Zero
2019 = Five

b) 2020 to date = Zero
2019 = Zero

c) £177

d) Zero

e) Zero

f) Zero

2. Language Line. Cost breakdown is not held

3. This is not recorded due to minimal demand for the service

4. Language Line. No contract is in place due to minimal demand for the service and minimal usage

5. None

6. None

7. No

8. Claire Holm, Customer and Corporate Communications Manager, claire.holm@northdevon.gov.uk,
01271 388239

N
7323 16.09.20

In an Excel file, vehicle details data around current and previous registered taxis and private hire vehicles:

• Vehicle registration
• Vehicle make
• Vehicle model
• Date vehicle was registered as a taxi
• Date the vehicle was unregistered as a taxi

Information provided to applicant in Excel format, which is available on request

None
7327 03.09.20

Households in Council Tax Arrears:

For the complete 6 month period of March to August 2019, how many Council Tax accounts fell into arrears?
For the complete 6 month period of March to August 2020, how many Council Tax accounts fell into arrears?

Information not recorded None
7328 10.09.20

1. Has your council applied for money from the Next Steps Accommodation Programme (NSAP) since it was announced on 18th July?

2. If so, how much money has been bid for?

3. How many homeless people were housed by your council, by month, under the Everyone In scheme?

1. Yes

2. £79,000 short term and immediate support, £245,833 Supported Move On

3. Homeless has been defined as those rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping

29 rough sleepers / those at risk of rough sleeping were accommodated under a power between April and June. The data we have recorded is as follows;

In May we had 13 rough sleepers / at risk of rough sleeping in temporary accommodation

In June we had 16 rough sleepers / at risk of rough sleeping in temporary accommodation

In addition we supported a further 5 rough sleepers between April and June to directly access accommodation such as supported accommodation or a private tenancy

None
7329 11.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 7DZ Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7330 23.09.20

1. How many judicial review claims of decisions to award planning permission/consent were received in 2019?

2. Of the judicial review claims received, how many proceeded to a substantive hearing?

3. Of the judicial review claims received, how many resulted in a quashing order being issued in respect of the decision to award planning permission

4. Of the judicial review claims received (and not including those where a quashing order was issued), how many resulted in the planning permission being withdrawn for other reasons (eg. by a Consent Order, or a decision by the planning authority to withdrawn planning permission)?

5. What were the planning application references/numbers for the planning application decisions that were subject to a judicial review claim?

1. Zero

2. Not Applicable

3. Not Applicable

4. Not Applicable

5. Not Applicable

None
7331 11.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 4PE Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7333 11.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 9QY Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7334 09.09.20 A list of which businesses and properties on Boutport Street, Barnstaple that claimed and received a grant from the council under the corona virus interruption scheme Information fully withheld from disclosure as the Council considers that the release of this information would be likely to prejudice the prevention and detection of crime Section 31 (a) of Act
7336 10.09.20 The number of incidents of Graffiti recorded and the amount that this council have spent on Graffiti Removal between January 1st 2019 to December 31st 2019

The number of recorded incidents reported to the Council are published in dataset format, which is updated each year:

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

The Council does not record separately graffiti removal as this comes under street sweeping, however our Finance team has calculated that the hourly rate for a sweeper and a van is £19.42 and each incident takes approximately 1 hour to attend to; therefore you will be able to calculate an approximate spend on graffiti removal using the dataset as referred to above

None
7338  15.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX36 3FN and EX31 4QL Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7339 15.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 9DJ Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7340 15.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX32 0JP Applicant advised that no information is held None
7341 15.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 1NR Applicant advised that no information is held None
7343 15.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX33 2EA Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7345 15.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 0AU Applicant advised that no information is held None
7348 23.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX31 3TW Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7349 30.09.20

1. How many public toilets do you have open during working hours at least five days a week?

2. In January 2020, how many public toilets did you have open in working hours at least five days a week?

1. Currently the Council has 15 toilet blocks open (excluding urinals)

2. 15 toilet blocks

None
7351 30.09.20

Housing standards and enforcement between 2016 and 2020

Information provided in Word table format, and is available upon request

None
7352 23.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX34 9GB Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7353 14.09.20

1. How many complaints against sports coaches regarding child welfare has the local authority received in each of the last 10 years?

2. How many of the complaints in question 1 related to children in gymnastics?

3. How many of the complaints in question 1 related to concerns over sexual abuse?

4. How many of the complaints within question 3 related to concerns over sexual abuse of children in gymnastics?

1. None

2. N/A

3. N/A

4. N/A

None
7359 14.09.20

For the years 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20) and any data for the financial year 2020/21 so far, up until 10 September 2020:

1. Whether the Council has a Public Spaces Protection Order that prohibits any type of begging

2. The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breaching a Public Spaces Protection Order by begging

3. And, if possible within the cost threshold, can the outcome of these notices also be included:

a) how many of these notices were not paid

b) how many people were prosecuted for failing to pay the fixed penalty notice

4. How many people were issued a Community Protection Notice, Criminal Behaviour Order or Civil Injunction after breaching a Public Spaces Protection Order by begging?

1. Details of the Council’s orders in force can be found published via our website: https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/business/north-devon-legal-services/public-space-protection-orders-pspos/, none of which specifically relate to begging

2. None

3. N/A

4. N/A

None
7360 23.09.20

1. The authority’s complete and most-recently updated list of all business (non-residential) property rates data including:
• Firm’s trading name
• Full property address
• Occupation and vacancy status
• Date of occupation or vacancy

2. The number of vacant commercial properties each financial year from 2015-16 to 2019-20; The number of vacant commercial properties from April 1 2020 to September 11 2020, breaking down the totals by the commercial property use class they fall under – A1 shops, A2 financial and professional services, A3 food and drink

1. In accordance with Section 21 of the Act, this information is published on the Council's website and updated on a quarterly basis:

https://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=7ED2F924-B000-4771-B16B-181DB316F4E1&DS=4005

From the link, select the dataset called All NDR Properties Occupied and Empty as at 30 June 2020. The next updated will be published during October 2020, in accordance with Section 22 of the Act

2. The Revenues team advises that they are unable to supply the number of empty of properties throughout each financial year, but can provide the number at the end of each financial year:

2015-2016 as at 31.3.2016 - 262
2016-2017 as at 31.3.2017 - 270
2017-2018 as at 31.3.2018 - 242
2018-2019 as at 31.3.2019 - 247
2019-2020 as at 31.3.2020 - 310
At 11.09.2020 - 266

The Revenues team does not record the commercial property use class and is therefore unable to supply this information

Sections 21 and 22 of Act
7362 23.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX32 8NG Applicant provided with the information, where held and also directed to the Council’s website for some of the information None
7364 23.09.20

a) Confirmation that licensing arrangements are currently in place for the licensing of taxi and Private Hire Vehicle

1. Drivers
2. Vehicles
3. Operators

b) Confirmation as to what level of arrangements are in place to meet this statutory requirement

1. Normal
2. Reduced
3. None

a) Drivers = Yes
    Vehicles = Yes
    Operators = Yes

b) Normal

None
7367 16.09.20

Please provide the following:

a) the date(s) of any empty periods

b) the period(s) of any exemptions

from 1st April 2012 for Venn Quarry, Landkey, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 0NU

b) 31.03.2020 onwards
c) 31.03.2020 – 29.09.2020
None
7372 24.09.20

1. The current waiting/turnaround time for a local authority search (also known as local land charges search) enquiry to be completed.
If feasible, we would like a waiting time for each type of search (LLC1, CON29, CON290). If this is not possible, a waiting time for all search types is fine

2. How many of these searches you completed in these months:

• August 2018
• August 2019
• August 2020

In this instance, we only need one total search figure per month stated (not figures for LLC1, CON29, CON290). If historic data is not available, then a figure just for August 2020 if fine

1.One working day for all types of search, unless the property is within Exmoor National Park (about 2% of overall searches) which can be up to four working days.

2. August 2018 = 284
    August 2019 = 253
    August 2020 = 300

None
7374 17.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX36 4SF Applicant advised that no information held None
7375 18.09.20 CON29 information relating to a property at EX35 6LF Applicant advised that no information held None
7378 21.09.20

1. Confirmation of whether or not this local authority owns or has purchased any commercial or residential property through an offshore vehicle (ie. any company, special purpose vehicle, unit trust or any other ownership structure that is registered outside of England)

2. A list of the properties this local authority owns through offshore vehicles and the registered addresses of all these offshore vehicles

3. A calculation of how much stamp duty tax saving this local authority has made by purchasing/owning properties through offshore vehicles according to your most recent accounts

1.The Council does not own any commercial or residential property through an offshore vehicle (ie. any company, special purpose vehicle, unit trust or any other ownership structure that is registered outside of England).

2. N/A

3. N/A

None
7388 28.09.20 Applicant requested if any grants have been awarded to hunts in north Devon to support them through the coronavirus pandemic, and if so, what was the amount of the grant please? Section 31(1)(a) of the Act. It is considered that the release of this information would be likely to prejudice the prevention and detection of crime and therefore the Council considers that this information is exempt from disclosure Section 31 of Act
7389 28.09.20 Which hunts in the Council’s district, if any, received funding during the Covid 19 crisis with a Business Support Grant? Section 31(1)(a) of the Act. It is considered that the release of this information would be likely to prejudice the prevention and detection of crime and therefore the Council considers that this information is exempt from disclosure Section 31 of Act