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DTC Minutes of Legal & Finance Committee Meeting - 20th July 2017

Jul 13 2017

Minutes of the Meeting of the Legal & Finance Committee held on 20th July 2017 at                4.00pm in the Council Office, Lady Street, Dulverton.

Present:Chairman:Mr Gerry Lewis, Cllrs: Mrs Christine Dubery, Mrs Judy Ernest, Mr Ian Fleming and Mr Nick Thwaites.

Apologies for absence and acceptance of any reasons offered: None

Election of Chairman: Mr Lewis was proposed as Chairman by Mrs Dubery. No other nominations were received. Mr Lewis was elected unamimously.

Deferment of business for comments by the public: None

Declarations of Interest:

Cllr.Thwaites with regards his position as a District Councillor.

Exmoor Lawns – Transfer of Asset Legal Fees:

RESOLVED: To recommend that £1,500 is set aside to meet anticipated legal costs. Proposed by Mrs Dubery, seconded by Mr Fleming and carried.


Members have previously agreed that an application is submitted for a fixed rate loan for £30,000 over a 10 year period.

Members were informed that the annuity cost would accumulate approximately interest of £1,600 per annum over 10 years.

RESOLVED: To pursue a PWLB as per the conditions above. Proposed by Mrs Dubery, seconded by Mr Lewis and carried.

Clerk requested to approach SALC for approval.

Statement of Internal Control:

RESOLVED:To recommend the adoption of the Statement of Internal Control as presented by the Clerk. Proposed by Mr Lewis, seconded by Mrs Ernest and carried.

Libellous Actions:

Legal advice has been sought and members advised that the Council are being undermined by mis-information being published universally, not providing the opportunity for redress.

A statement from Cllr Rawle was read by the Clerk suggesting that a meeting is arranged in an attempt to ‘clear the air’. Members did not consider this appropriate.

Cllr Lewis suggested that an official response is given at the next full meeting.

Matters to Report with permission of the Chairman: None

Date of Next Meeting: To be determined.