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Clayhidon annual parish meeting 2015

Tributes paid to retiring council veterans

Tribute was paid at the Parish Meeting on 13 April to two veterans of Clayhidon Parish Council. Michael Osmond is retiring as Clayhidon Parish Clerk after 42 years in the job and Alan Redwood is “hanging up his wellies” after a 24-year stint as a councillor.

The chairman, Richard Kallaway, said Michael’s knowledge was “immense” and his length of service must be a record for Devon.  He thanked Alan for all the advice he had given on planning applications and building issues.

The neglect of Clayhidon’s roads was raised by Richard Kallaway, who blamed blamed Devon County Council for a catalogue of buckled wheels and burst tyres.

Top of the list of complaints, he said, was the badly potholed road through the Bolham Valley.

County councillor Ray Radford said the Government was forcing Devon to slash £47m from its budget this year and a further £34m in 2016/17. He promised to try to bring highways officials to Clayhidon, but pointed out there were 460 parishes in the county and all wanted better roads.

Alex Hill has agreed to train as a parish organiser for roads, to enable volunteers to undertake some of the highways work safely and effectively.

Sue Hay reported on Hidon Wood, which had been cleared of holly. Birdsong had returned after years of “absolutely nothing”. Devon Wildlife Trust, which had fenced the neighbouring Turbary, had erected a kissing gate the bottom of the wood.

Councillor Frank Rosamond (Mid Devon District Council) said rubbish collections were about to change to a weekly collection of food waste, a fortnightly collection of standard rubbish. Cardboard would be added to the recycling collection. Garden waste would be collected from people prepared to pay for it. He said the council had not increased council tax for five years.

Reports on various local organisations were presented to the meeting by Pam Reynolds (Clayhidon Local History Group), Jonathan Hillman (Rosemary Lane Chapel) and Gareth Weekes (Parish Hall Committee and Clayhidon website), in addition to written reports from Clayhidon Friends, the Mary Wharton Trust and the Clayhidon Charity.

Read more: >Local History Group; >Clayhidon website.