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Clayhidon Parish Council May 2011

CONTACT: The Clerk to Clayhidon Parish Council is Mr M Osmond, Oak Cottage, Rosemary Lane, Clayhidon Cullompton, Devon EX15 3PQ. Tel: 680606

Council elects new chairman

Richard Kallaway was elected chairman of the newly elected Clayhidon Parish Council at its first meeting on May 16 in the Church Room.
Alan Redwood was elected vice chairman. There were no other nominations.
Mr Kallaway said he was humbled to accept his nomination and would endeavour to serve the council to the best of his ability and for the benefit of the people of Clayhidon.
Two new councillors were welcomed, Alex Hill and Richard Drew.
The chairman thanked former councillors Judith Ward and retiring chairman Mike Hudson for all their hard work during four terms of office.
“They both worked extremely well for the benefit of the people of Clayhidon.”
Mr Kallaway also congratulated Mid Devon district councillor, Frank Rosamund, on his re-election and urged him to remember “one of the remotest parts of the Upper Culm, because we won’t be silent if you don’t.”
In a discussion about who would report details of parish councils meetings for the Pump and this Clayhidon Parish website as Judith Ward was no longer a councillor, it was agreed Sue Hay would try and précis meetings and that meetings could be held earlier to make deadlines easier to meet.
Parish councillors agreed to send a letter of thanks to the organisers of the highly successful Royal Wedding Street Party at the village hall.
Two new noticeboards are being delivered this week, one for Rosemary Lane and another for a site yet to be decided.
District councillor Frank Rosamund said the parish council had a maximum of two years before all planning applications would be online only. Until then, the council will continue to receive paper copies.
Councillors discussed the difficulty of getting hold of copies of the Mid Devon Star, the only publication now used by Mid Devon for planning notices, and Mr Rosamund said it was a cost saving of £15,000 and he would look into the bulk drops.
The affordable home at Hidon Fields was discussed again as the property has been empty for two years. Bob Pike said the mid terrace house was not at all affordable, and again Mr Rosamund said he would ask council officers to look into the problem.
The chairman said there was little to be done about the planned festival by the Tribe of Doris as organisers did not infringe the noise limit. Mr Rosamund said if the rules were followed what they were doing was perfectly legitimate.
Sue Hay reported that overall footpaths were much better then they used to be and she was co-ordinating a plan of what work needed to be done.
Graham Long of Smeatharpe addressed the council on plans for an 18th event at the banger stadium which is inside Clayhidon Parish. He explained that it was being called a demonstration rather than a race as the organisers are only permitted 17 events a year. He asked for the council’s support for a letter of petition to Mid Devon District Council which was unanimously agreed. (For more details see Readers’ Forum on this website The petition is open until July 24.)
Members agreed with Mr Bimson that it was a shame that the Magic Compost centre at Uffculme was in danger of closing as its subsidy is being withdrawn. Mr Rosamund said he thought this was a Devon rather than Mid Devon issue but he would raise it with the chairman of environmental services. He said it did seem shortsighted.
After due consideration the Parish Council accounts were accepted and signed.
Councillor Rosamund gave a brief report on MDDC affairs. At present they have an acting Chief Executive but are investigating the possibility of sharing Chief Executives with another council. He also drew attention to the Development Management Development Plan Document. If anyone would like to contribute to this they can do so by visiting the Mid Devon website.
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The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Church Rooms at 7.30pm on Monday June 13 2011..