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Clayhidon Parish Council February 2014

Report of Clayhidon Parish Council Meeting held on 10 February 2014

Following the positive meeting with Dr Norrey, Chief Executive of Devon County Council, in December, there has not been as much progress on the road situation as we had hoped. 

A site meeting with the road maintenance team to look at specific issues was cancelled because of the flooding in other parts of the County, but was re scheduled and took place after the PC meeting.

Unfortunately news from this meeting is not good. We now discover that there is no budget at all for maintaining our Parish roads because they are of a low classification. Potholes will be repaired when reported but otherwise the reduced road budget is directed to the major routes.

It has been suggested that the next step is to invite our MP to a meeting to explain how Councils are expected to maintain our roads when they do not receive sufficient funds from central Government.

The Chairman reported on a meeting that he had attended in Upottery about the provision of faster broadband to the smaller Parishes of the Blackdown Hills. A report of the meeting and subsequent follow up actions can be found on this link. 
The Hills are unlikely to receive fibre optic broadband and need to look at alternative ways of delivery to ensure that they do not miss out on faster broadband. 

However there are also concerns that the present partnership of BT and Connecting Devon and Somerset are putting all the available funding into a cable network and are not prepared to consider other options for the more rural areas. Graham Long of Upottery is working hard to challenge this.

Mid Devon District Councillor, Frank Rosamond, was unable to attend the meeting but sent a report. MDDC debates are going to be recorded and available to be viewed on line. Council Tax will be frozen for next year but the cuts will continue.

Council House rents are likely to rise by 4.7%. There will be a change to the provision of sheltered housing and support services will only be available to people who have received a DCC Fairer Access to Care assessment. 

The Annual Parish Meeting will be on Monday 17 March 2014 and the next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday 14 April 2014. Both meetings will start at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.

Sue Hay