Exmouth Town Council to wait for national guidance on single-use plastics issue

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:05 24 April 2018

Robert Masding, a Green Party candidate for the Exmouth Town ward

Robert Masding, a Green Party candidate for the Exmouth Town ward


Civic leaders have decided against backing a motion to support efforts to reduce single-use plastics in the town - opting instead to wait for ‘national guidance’.

At Exmouth Town Council’s April meeting, Councillor Robert Masding tabled a call to endorse a reduction in the use of single-use plastics through a number of specified actions.

These included asking traders to ditch their plastic containers and bags in favour of a more biodegradable alternatives such as paper.

However, this motion failed and members voted in favour of an amended motion which would see the town council wait for national guidance on the issue.

Cllr Masding said: “East Devon Green Party recently conducted a survey of shoppers in the Magnolia Centre and the overwhelming response from people was that we did need to do something on the problem with plastic and, in particular, single-use plastics.

“We all know that plastic is made from oil and the need to reduce wastage of this valuable resource is quite obvious.”

Cllr Steve Gazzard put an amendment forward to create a working party to discuss how the council promotes the motion tabled, but this also failed.

A further amended motion was put forward by Cllr Richard Scott which would see Exmouth Town Council commit to the reduction of single-use plastics and wait for guidance from the Government on ‘statutory requirements’ in relation to single-use plastics. The motion also included endorsing Devon County Council policies on the issue. Cllr Scott added: “Non-throw-away plastics perform an important role in our society and there is still a requirement for single-use plastics.”

Cllr Tim Dumper raised concerns that waiting for national guidance would delay action on the issue, adding: “When you start involve national players, that’s a recipe for delay and not really joining in and not making Exmouth a single-use plastic-reducing town.

“For goodness sake, let us as a town move forward on the basis of what Rob (Masding) said.”

Cllr Maddie Chapman also said Exmouth can only be plastic-free up to a point, adding: “You’ve nurses, you’ve got environmental health people, and you’ve also got forensic people who all use plastic. So you can never say it will be completely free.”

Councillors voted in favour of Cllr Scott’s amended motion.

Other News Stories

31 minutes ago

Save Exmouth Seafront campaigners have expressed concerns after East Devon District Council pushed through plans to realign the Queen’s Drive road and car park.

Read more

Headteacher offers to show parents round and find out more about the school’s staff, facilities and ethos

Read more

This week we take a look at photos from the archives of Exmouth and Withycombe Boys’ Brigade.

Read more

Krispies in Exmouth has reopened after three weeks of refurbishment work to ‘future proof’ the shop.

Read more

This video shot by Andy Stott of Exmouth RNLI shows the moment an anti-tank rocket was detonated on the beach.

Read more

Time is running out for people to book their place at a charity curry evening taking place in Budleigh Salterton on Friday (November 23).

Read more

Town leaders have backed proposals to give temporary attractions on Exmouth seafront a 12-month stay of execution.

Read more

An Exmouth schoolgirl has adorned a specially made dress to pay tribute to her late Falklands hero granddad.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:51

Comedian Paddy McGuinness has presented an award for top family fun to a holiday park near Budleigh Salterton.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:17

Pupils from St Peter’s Primary School, Budleigh Salterton, marked Armistice Day with their own ‘moving’ service of Remembrance.

Read more

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications