Cotleigh Parish Council meeting will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 24 October 2017.
News, Announcements & Forthcoming Events
Himalayan balsam, as you may know, presents a number of problems:
· the loss of native plant species once overshaded by this tall annual plant,
· the distraction of pollinators away from the native plant species by the greater nectar production of the balsam,
· the lack of cover left on the riverbank in the autumn and winter months can lead to soil erosion and hence unwanted silt in the river.
It has been brought to the parish council’s attention that this is a problem in certain parts of the parish and the parish council are seeking advice on the best way of dealing with this.
If you are receiving spam/nuisance calls to your phone, you can report these calls to the Information Commissioner’s Office at web address ico.org.uk
It won’t necessarily stop the calls straight away but hopefully they will track down the companies making these calls, fine them and stop the calls.
The Blackdowns Road Action Group (BRAG) officially launched in September, to focus mounting local and national opposition to Devon County Council’s proposals to build a new road through the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
There are only 38 AONB throughout England and Wales, and we are all lucky enough to be living within one of the best. AONBs are created under the same legislation as the National Parks, The Blackdown Hills AONB is a nationally protected landscape at level 5. This has the highest protection like a national park.
We recognise that improvements need to be made to address safety issues but believe these could be achieved far more sympathetically.
Now the Devon County Council Consultation has ended, that doesn’t mean we can stop putting our views forward. We would urge that all Cotliegh residents and their friends and family sign the electronic petition in the link provided. https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/please-rethink-the-a30-road-scheme
BRAG formed from a small group of local people. We are primarily looking for support from those who have media, web design or legal experience. Anyone wishing to join or offer support in any way should email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Cotleigh Parish Council invited representatives of Devon County Council’s A30 Road Scheme team to attend a Q&A session in Cotleigh Village Hall immediately following the parish meeting, last night, Tuesday 6th September, from 8pm. Attendees included Mr David Black, Mr Mike Smith and Mr Peter Chamberlain.
The Parish Council note that the event was extremely well attended, and that there was strong feeling within the room against the proposed routes, both of which would irreversibly damage the Viney Ridge Plateau on which Cotleigh resides.
At the end of the evening many questions remained unsatisfactorily answered and so the DCC representatives were given a list of questions and asked for a response to each in writing as soon as possible to the Parish Council.
The Parish Council would like to state on record that they, representing their parishioners, are strongly against the proposed routes and would urge for DCC to consider less impacting routes that more closely follow the route of the existing A30.
Chairman, Cotleigh Parish Council
The parish council would like to thank everyone who either helped organise or attended the meeting held in the village hall on Wednesday 24th August. It was an excellent meeting which was informative and extremely well presented, especially considering the meeting was held at such short notice. Particular thanks go to the presenters and contributors. It was amazing to see how much expertise and knowledge is held within our parish and this will be invaluable going forward.
Following a request from Cotleigh Parish Council a presentation of the proposed road improvements will be available in the village hall on Tuesday 6th September from 5pm until 8pm. This is an opportunity to view and share your views and comments on the proposed improvements to the A30.
Service dates and times
29th Oct – 6.00pm – United Benefice Songs of Praise Service at Widworthy
5th Nov – 9.30am – at Offwell
12th Nov – 10.45am – Remembrance Service with Offwell
19th Nov – 11.00am – Holy Communion
26th Nov – 9.30am – at Offwell
3rd Dec – 9.30am – Holy Communion with Offwell
have been meeting for over 15 years on Thursday evenings. There are 12 members and they play occasional local matches and although thriving would always welcome more members.
Please contact Brian or Ann Broom if you would like to book the village hall.