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COLYTON: Colyford issues on the agenda

Thursday, 04 September 2014


A NUMBER of issues specific to Colyford were expected to be discussed by parish councillors last night (Monday), after a complaint was made that the village did not get enough from the amount of council tax precept it paid. Mayor of Colyford and parish councillor Howard West recently made complaints that the village did not get a fair deal as part of Colyton parish, despite annually paying £12,331 in council tax precept, the equivalent of 28 per cent of the whole parish. Councillor West’s particular concerns included that all sports and recreation facilities were built in Colyton, despite some being funded by Section 106 money from local developments in Colyford; the parish council gave no support to Colyford with regards to the proposed Stop Line Way cycle route; the village received little assistance from the parish’s handyman John Rollings; and the village had no dog bins despite requests for them. The argument came to a head at last month’s parish council meeting, when Councillor West failed to gain the support of most of his fellow members, including other councillors from Colyford, and was told he could “drive a wedge between the two communities”. However, a number of Colyford-specific issues were expected to be discussed last night in response to Councillor West’s objections. These included: l That a dog bin be fitted at the Elm Farm Lane/Whitwell Lane crossroads - £150 for supply and installation, £200 per annum to empty; l The council to debate and decide if maintenance of the grounds of St Michael's Chapel of Ease, Colyford, will be funded by Colyton Parish Council, as is St Andrews, Colyton; l The road nameplate signs for Thomas Bassett Drive, Colyford be replaced and refitted as they are in a terrible state - East Devon District Council has been made aware of this; l The council consider making a donation to the residents of Colyford who are now maintaining the gateways and gardens, towards the annual cost of border plants and shrubs currently funded by the residents themselves; l That the second bus shelter be painted prior to the students return to Colyton Grammar School after their summer holidays; l That a new notice board be supplied and fitted to replace the tatty one currently existing in the hedge next door to St Michael's Chapel of Ease, and consideration be given for a second notice board adjacent to Pear Tree Corner, but to the west, on the A3052. Former mayor of Colyford George Mabon, who served in the early 1980s, has also now spoken out about the relationship between the village of Colyford and Colyton Parish Council. He said: “This is not the first time this has happened, I had to do the same when I was mayor. It has gone on for over 30 years and they have had more than £250,000 from Colyford in that time. “We had to tell Colyton ‘we are here and we want this job done’. You shouldn’t have to tell them, it should be statutory.” See next week’s Pulman’s View for a full report on last night’s meeting


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