• Longest agenda for last meeting of term

    Tomorrow’s meeting of full council will run from 2.00pm until around 9.30pm (with a break planned for 4.30pm-5.30pm). The 24 items include some that contain multiple sub-items that will involve some careful handling by the Chairman if business is to proceed even to the six hours that I am forecasting. As past Chairman of the Council, I know first-hand just what a difficult lot we councillors can be!

    So what are the highlights (or lowlights in some instances) on the agenda? Well, for the people of Ellacombe, the issue of Cary Green has been the subject of hot debate, and all one way! Residents do not want to see this valued public space turned into an exclusive car park for rich Harbourside dwellers. I have publicly backed the Save Cary Green campaign and will be doing so again when it is debated tomorrow. The mayor has set the scene for a covenant for Cary Green by granting one to prevent development on a couple holes at Churston Golf Course. Now it is time for him to do the same for Cary Green. Any other decision would be contrary to natural justice in my view. Timing for the Cary Green debate should be soon after 5.30pm…

    The second part of tomorrow’s meeting will be dominated by residents of different parts of the Bay seeking the mayor’s approval for bans on developing their favourite sites. That this has become a public obsession is entirely a mess of the mayor’s own making.

    On a completely different subject, I have put down a motion asking for figures relating to the prescribing of Prozac to children and young people as young as 5 years old. To me it is a public scandal that this is going on unchecked and unmonitored in our Bay. With funding for children’s mental health subject to scandalous cuts by the coalition government, this must now be a matter of concern to hundreds if not thousands of Bay parents. The full wording of my motion is set out at the end of this bulletin. I will get five minutes to speak on the motion (and that will come around 3.30pm by my calculation). I will publish my speech in full on this page at the end of this week. My thanks go to Councillor Jackie Stockman for her help on this issue, and she will be seconding the motion. I know that she has very similar concerns to my own.

    One of the subjects that councillors are likely to raise again and again during this meeting will be apparent attempts to subvert the authority of Council. A recent meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board that I attended brought to light five areas of concern as follows:

    • Reports that Council has asked to be reported on regarding implementation progress are not being put back to council (the Child Poverty Commission Report, November 2013, was due to come back to full Council but has apparently been diverted to Health & Wellbeing despite Council’s express requirements)

    • Money is apparently already being spent on capital projects despite council having yet to agree the funding (see the front page of today’s Herald Express for further details on this item; a good piece by Daniel Clark)

    • Major variation to the terms of granting of funds under the Torbay Growth Fund (to create jobs) has not been referred to Council as the monitoring officer would expect

    • The mayor has single-handedly sought to suppress a vital report on the future of Overview &Scrutiny

    • The corporate plan has apparently not been monitored or followed by any of the councillors with Executive Lead responsibility

    The fourth of those issues, on Overview & Scrutiny, has now been added at item 24 on the agenda as an urgent item, and should be reached as the clock moves towards 9.00pm.

    If you have some spare time tomorrow, why not come along to the Riviera International Conference Centre and watch democracy at work in the Bay. It will be your last chance before the May elections. I will provide an update here after the meeting.

    Full wording of motion on Children on Prozac

    Motion for Full Council, Thursday, 26 February 2015. Non-coalition Group

    Children and young people on Fluoxetine (Prozac)

    That this Council asks the mayor to make use of the new close ties between the partners of the Health and Wellbeing Board, and the Director of Public Health and her access to both the CCG and GPs, to find out how many Bay children and young people (under the age of 18) are or have been prescribed the strong anti-depressant Fluoxetine (Prozac) and the quantities of the drug involved, and report back to Council on the following basis:

    Total numbers of prescriptions (scripts) and or quantities of the drug, for each of the past three years (2011, 2012, 2013)

    Numbers of children/young people prescribed Prozac by age groups (5-11 years, 12-16 years, 17-18 years)

    Numbers of treatments by duration ie: up to six months, up to two years, indefinitely

    Numbers of diagnoses for each main category ie: Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders

    And that the mayor calls for this information as a matter of urgency in view of the serious side effects of taking Prozac which can include:

    Suicidal thoughts



    Excessive sweating


    Arrhythmia (heart problems)





    Stunted growth


    Proposed by: Councillor Julien Parrott

    Seconded by: Councillor Jackie Stockman



Julien Parrott, UKIP

Councillor for Ellacombe Ward, 2007 to date
Executive Lead for Adults and Children
Torbay Borough Council Unitary Authority

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11 November 2017

A brief update ...

I realise that I keep apologising for not maintaining this website! I really hope that I will be able to do something with it in the near future, but I know that my fellow Ellacombe residents understand that my priority is with my ward work and with my work for children and adults across the Bay as Executive Lead councillor.

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