|Council Matters May 2015|
|Written by Judith Reynolds|
|Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:55|
At its April meeting it was agreed to respond to the County Council’s Public Transport Review, urging it in particular to retain the 381 (Town) Bus service. It also discussed and agreed on ongoing action regarding the threat to Ottery Hospital. The Neighbourhood Plan Working Group reported and it was resolved to engage a Consultant to progress with the Plan. If you are interested in working with the Group, please contact the Council Office. There has long been a call for a foot/cycleway from Butts Road to Gosford Road to enable safer passage for pedestrians and cyclists. Otter Nurseries has confirmed that it will be happy to pay £35,000 towards this and the Town Council will now work with the County Council to achieve this.
More work has been undertaken at The Station and the Youth Club will soon be resuming. On the first floor of the Station building there are Offices which are available to let and there will soon be an upstairs Office vacant at The Old Convent. If you are interested, please contact me.
East Devon District Council has requested suggestions for names for the 9 new roads that will be in the new homes development near to Barrack Road. The Town Council is looking for ideas from members of the public and from the suggestions it will decide on which to submit. There are guidelines which need to be followed in choosing suitable names and these can be found on its website. The deadline to submit your road name suggestions to the Town Council is Friday 8th May.
Also on the 8th May at 12.30pm the doors of the Lamb & Flag will open to a free V-E Day celebration meal for those residents of Ottery St. Mary Parish born before the 8th of May 1945. If you would like to join other residents for an exchange of memories of the time, please talk to Phyllis Baxter, Manager of the OSM Tourist Information Office and get your ticket. Places are limited so don’t leave it to the last minute.
In my article for the March Gazette I told you that the Council had, together with the Parish Councils of Aylesbeare and Talaton, submitted an application for funds under the “Parishes Together” scheme to support the start-up costs of the Youth Club at The Station. £1 is provided by the County Council and 10p by the District Council which meant that a total of £7,901.30 was available from the 3 Parishes. However, the District Council felt it was a very worthy project and it has topped the figure up to £10,000 which is excellent news.
As I am writing this, the Annual Parish Meeting is to be held next week in the Institute. Next month I will be able to reveal who you have voted for as the Parish’s “Citizen of the Year” for 2015.
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 Elections are on Thursday 7th May and there will be an election for the 2 places on the Tipton St John Ward; in all other Wards those nominated have been elected unopposed as exactly the right number of nominations were received for the number of seats. The Elections cause a change in the usual timing of the May Full Council meeting so the Annual Meeting of the Council) is on Monday 18th May. At this the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected for the coming year and Councillors are appointed to the various Committees and to represent the Council on outside organisations. The following meeting will be on Monday 1st June.
Do look at the Town Council website for lots of information, including Agendas and approved Minutes for all Council and Committee Meetings.
The Old Convent
8 Broad Street
Ottery St Mary