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Written by Judith Reynolds   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 00:13

At its March meeting it was reported that the Council are in ongoing negotiations with Devon County Council regarding the former Social Services building at St Saviour’s. Such matters always take longer than any of us would like.

Much internal improvement work has been undertaken at The Station and the Youth Club has held two initial evening sessions with more regular sessions planned for after Easter. On the first floor of the Station building there are Offices which are available to let. If you are interested please contact the Council Office for further information.

The Council echoes the concerns of many of you with the news that the Ottery Town Bus service is under threat and will do all it can to ensure that it continues (even in a reduced form) and has written to a prominent town business to ask if support can be given.

English Heritage has been investigating the history of the West Hill War Memorial and following correspondence with the Council and the Royal British Legion (RBL) the Memorial is now listed as Grade II. The memorial will be refurbished in the coming weeks and the West Hill RBL plan to rededicate it in June.

The Neighbourhood Working Plan Group has met and has welcomed some volunteers to its ranks but is still looking for more. Please see the article elsewhere in the Gazette and consider if you would like to become involved in this very important move forward for the Parish.

The Council continues to ask for volunteers who would be willing to help in emergency situations in the Parish. Volunteers would not be expected to get involved in emergency rescues but could help in monitoring, preparing for and responding to things like floods. Please look at the article elsewhere in the Gazette to see if you are able to help.

The Annual Parish meeting is now only just over the horizon on Tuesday 28th April at 7pm at the Institute, Yonder Street.  As well as the usual business and the chance for you as electors to ask questions, Grant awards will be presented to 14 organisations and the Citizen of the Year 2015 will be announced. You will also have another opportunity to quiz your Councillors informally over tea/coffee and biscuits. Do come along.

The Allotment Management Committee held its AGM on 12th March. Discussion quite understandably included the progress with the proposed new allotments. As yet, the Council has had no definite news about the outcome of the legal arrangements between EDDC and Redrow regarding its application but Allotment holders will be informed when we hear. The proposal is that tenants will move to the new allotments after 1st October 2015.

The Council is sorry to hear of the departure of Toni Williams-Pugh and his accompanying resignation from the role of Town Crier. Thank you to Toni for all he has done and best wishes go for the next stage of his life. Meanwhile the search is on for a replacement Town Crier. Have you got the voice and the presence……..? The Council can supply the bell!

The Citizens Advice Bureau continues with its Tuesday afternoon sessions, being available between 1.15pm and 3.45pm. The next Highways Surgery held by Mike Brown (Neighbourhood Highways Officer) will be held at the Council Offices on Thursday 14th May between 10am and 12 noon. Appointments are not needed for either the CAB or the Highways Surgery.

The next Full Council Meeting is on Tuesday 7th April (as the Monday is a Bank Holiday). Advance notice also that the May meeting is the Annual Meeting of the Council at which the Mayor is elected. Please see the notice elsewhere in the Gazette which informs you that the meeting is on Monday 18th May. This is much later than normal because of the Elections on May 7th. Might I encourage you to exercise your rights as electors and take part by voting not only in the General Election and District Council Election but also (and very importantly for all of us at a local level) our Town Councillors. You may be considering standing for election to the Town Council. If so, you have until 4pm on Thursday 9th April to get your nomination papers in to the District Council.

Do remember that lots of information, including Agendas and approved Minutes for all Council and Committee Meetings are to be found on the Town Council website. Do enjoy the Spring weather!

Judith Reynolds

                        Town Clerk                            

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