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Clayhidon Parish Council April 2014

Report of Clayhidon Parish Council Meeting held on 14 April 2014.


CHAIRMAN AND VICE CHAIRMAN ELECTED
This was the first meeting of the Parish Council year and commenced with elections. Richard Kalloway was re-elected as Chairman and Sue Hay as Vice Chairman. The Parish Council would like to thank Alan Redwood for all the work he has done as Vice Chairman, over the last few years.

FENCING AND GRAZING PLAN FOR TURBARY
Edric Hopkinson from the Devon Wildlife Trust gave an interesting presentation on the history and current management plan for Clayhidon Turbary.

Devon Wildlife Trust have a lease from The Clayhidon Charity to manage the Turbary which is a County Wildlife Site and also designated by the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre in recognition of its significant nature conservation interest.

Over recent years the habitat has deteriorated due to the accumulation of vegetation litter and scrub. It is hoped to reverse this with various management strategies including grazing with ponies at a very low stocking density.

To enable this, the Devon Wildlife Trust have applied for permission to fence the Turbary. At present this is a public consultation exercise. As part of the work they propose to put kissing gates at all access points and to re-instate the footpath which crosses the Turbary.

There was agreement that fencing and grazing the Turbary would help to preserve it for the future.
>Read more about the Turbary.

ANCIENT ROAD SIGN TO BE REPAIRED
It was also agreed to repair the ancient road sign at Bollhayes which was damaged last autumn by the hedge trimmer. These old signs are becoming rare and are part of the Parish heritage. 
Ray Radford, our County Councillor, has offered to contribute to the cost of this repair and the Parish Council will pay the balance.

NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of Clayhidon Parish Council will be in the Church Rooms on Monday 9th June at 7.30pm.

Sue Hay

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