Agenda and minutes

Venue: Knightshayes Committee Room, Larkbeare House, Exeter, EX2 4NG

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 24 July 2017.


RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting on 24 July 2017 be signed as a correct record.




Items requiring urgent attention

Items which in the opinion of the Chair should be considered at the meeting as matters of urgency.


There was no item raised as a matter of urgency.




South West Youth Games pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Presentation by Chris Broadbent (SW Youth Games), papers attached.


The Committee received a presentation from Mr C Broadbent (SW Youth Games, Chief Executive) and supported by Mr M Guerry (East Devon District Council) covering:


·         a history of the Games launched in 1999 as an Olympic-style county-wide competition;

·         establishment of a charitable Trust as a driving seat for this expanding annual event;

·         raising financial donations and sponsorship;

·         developments and progress during 2015 – 2017 including Cornwall joining the games and the first satellite event;

·         ambitions for 2018 and future challenges;

·         the adoption of a collaborative approach within local government, national governing bodies with a shared vision and purpose;

·         a request for support in-line with the Council’s objectives;

·         the objective to promote inclusion and participation irrespective of ability or gender and to inspire young people;

·         the challenging background relating to the levels of obesity, mental health/depression and general health and wellbeing and the transformative effects of regular exercise and sport.


Further information was available at


Members’ questions and comments related to:


·         the current work with the District Council reaching out to areas through local leisure centres and schools;

·         ongoing work taking place in Cranbrook;

·         the aim of the games to encourage participation across all abilities (from 8 to 18 years) and male and females; and noting the transport costs involved in ensuring that young people travelled to events together to promote the spirit of the games;  

·         the need to avoid duplication in view of the local activities available and to target young people not currently involved in organised sport; and

·         the venue for the July 2018 games,  taking place at Dawlish.


Members discussed how they could support the Games (involving young people from their respective divisions) through their locality budgets and indicated that they would be willing to contribute through their locality funds to help support local participation.


The Chair thanked Mr Broadbent for his presentation.



Devon County Council Community Strategy pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Draft strategy attached for Members’ information.  Members are invited to contact Steve Edwards Strategic Engagement Manager, Communities, Public Health, Environment and Prosperity if there are any points they wish to discuss


The Committee noted the draft Communities Strategy 2017 - 2020 which was being developed adopting four guiding principles that would influence the Council’s work:


·         Connection (connected, resilient and safe communities);

·         Control (people and communities that are empowered);

·         Equity (understanding and responding to our communities); and

·         Working differently (doing things differently, efficiently and effectively).



Seven action areas had been identified that would support the vision of “flourishing people and communities that are strong, kind, compassionate and safe”. These were: Volunteering; Community spaces; Communications and engagement; Role development; Data intelligence and evaluation; Commissioning; and Businesses and the economy.


The development of the Plan was currently underway in liaison with other local authorities and public bodies involving information sharing and joint arrangements where appropriate. When the Strategy was finalised, an Action Plan would be formulated.



Local Member updates

An opportunity for Members to update the Committee on community initiatives and responses to service changes in their own division.


Electoral Divisions(s): All Divisions


Members reported on local issues including the Healthy New Towns Project in Cranbrook and The Budleigh Salterton Community Hospital Health and Wellbeing Hub (Budleigh Salterton Hub).



Dates for Future Meetings

Please use link below for County Council Calendar of Meetings:



16 March, 12 July and 29 November 2018 and 14 March 2019.


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