DOUG HELLIER LAING: DISTRICT COUNCILLORS REPORT FOR JANUARY 2016
Time flies when you are enjoying yourself and that is the case for me, the role is demanding, but has its rewards.
Since Christmas and the New Year I have been involved in assisting members of the community with planning issues, parking, concerns with dog fouling, commercial fan extraction, generator noise, arranging for repairs to the ladies section of the public lavatories, as well as assisting with the Chudleigh Colts Under 14 football team by way of a donation to help purchase wet weather jackets.
December saw me perched atop a ladder in Clifford Street hanging Christmas lights across the street for friends and neighbours and taking them down again in January. If you do not walk down Clifford street routinely, do so in December, the effort by residents making windows and the street colourful with Christmas lights and decorations is worth seeing.
I have to thank a ‘ gang of 4’ who keep me up to date on any number of issues to do with Chudleigh. Without their continued advice and direction, life would be so much simpler, but not as entertaining. I speak of David, Brenda, Barry and Sue who colonize Harveys on a regular basis for tea and cake and dispensing advice to unwary District Councillors who pop in for coffee.
I would like to use this article to elaborate on the wider role that I play, on top of being a constituency District Councillor.
As a member of the eight man Executive, and Portfolio Holder for Economy, Skills and Tourism I have a much wider remit, which involves working most days, in fact just like a full time job. As District Councillors we are required to wear two hats, one as a constituency councillor, and one for the whole of Teignbridge. As a member of the Executive, there is another hat, and that is working collaboratively with Exeter, East Devon, South Hams and Devon County on everything from the Economy, Housing, Tourism to Education to Regeneration . There isn’t space to cover everything but as a flavour, I have been involved in helping to resurrect the Tourism vehicle known as Visit Devon. I am trying to arrange for the Tourism Minister , Tracey Crouch MP, to visit and see our successes with the Pavilions and Fish Quay in Teignmouth, and try to get her onto the footplate of a steam train at the South Devon Railway in Buckfastleigh.
I spent an interesting morning touring the new town of Cranford, just outside of Exeter; being shown the new District Heating project that does away with individual boilers in the home, then another morning involved in the Low Carbon Task Force that is working to reduce carbon emissions across Exeter and into Teignbridge.
Quite a bit of my time has been spent with educators from South Devon College assisting with their new degree course on Leadership and Management, as well as working on apprenticeships and visiting training sites they run in Newton Abbot. Last week saw a round table discussion with senior educators from most of our colleges and Devon County Council looking at ways to invest in young people and how to help them complete their education ready for the workplace and/or higher education.
My final pieces of information are bit of a tease, and ones that I shall elaborate on next month. Teignbridge District Council are about to invest in an acquisition to transform Newton Abbot, but documents are not due to be signed for another few days so it must remain, for now, a secret. Likewise with Exeter, we at Teignbridge intend a Summer spectacular for the young people ( and young at heart ) at no cost to them. Young people are very important and we need to show them that as well as investing in their education, we recognize the need for relaxation and fun and we intend to deliver that for them.
As always, if I can be of help, contact me via Tel : 01626 854892 or 07869 066055 or
07.00 AM Visit local resident who has reported an infringement of enforcement action.
19.00 pm Chudleigh Town Council meeting.
10.00 am Meeting of the Executive to consider the proposed budget and new housing legislation re landlords and tenants.
12.00 md Meeting with District Councillors for Newton Abbot about the acquisition of retail property in Newton Abbot.
14.00 pm Meeting with local firm of accountants re Business networking.
19.30 pm Chudleigh Amenity Society committee meeting.
Upgrading of Broadband
08.45 am Cat B form to Senior Planning Manager, re Chudleigh Knighton..
09.00 am. Business meeting with Tony Watson.
10.00 am Coastal Communities meeting, Committee room 2, Forde House.
12.00 am Meeting with Sarah Stride new manager Visit South Devon, Tourism strategy.
12.45 am Meeting with Sally Henley Newton Abbot Town Centre Manager re acquisition of retail land.
14.00 pm . Visit to Bradley lane South Devon College’s training facility.
16.00 pm. Visit and donation to Homeless in Teignbridge Scheme, John Lockwood.
13.00 to 16.30 pm Meeting with Bob Tapp Vice Principle Engineering and Professional training re Degree Course on Leadership and Management.
08.30 am Discussion with Cllr Colin Parker Lib Dem’s re Newton Abbot retail land acquisition.
10.00 am E mail discussion with Visit South Devon Chairman Stuart Longrigg re Strategy and Development of Tourism in Devon.
08.30 am Meeting with Phil Shears, Deputy Chief Executive for Teignbridge.
09.45 am Overview and Scrutiny meeting, in and out depending on other commitments.
10.00 am Portfolio Holders meeting with Business managers re Pavilion's, Market Walk, Fish quay and Brunswick Street.
12.00 md Conservative Group meeting over lunch.
09.45 am Teignbridge Planning Committee meeting, Council Chamber, Forde House.
12.30 md Conservative Group meeting.
14.00 pm Full Council meeting Council Chamber, Forde House.
19.30 pm Hennock Parish Council meeting, Hennock Village Hall.
10.00 am Portfolio Holder meeting with Business managers re property maintenance and Brunswick Street project.
14.30 pm Teignbridge Investment Board Education Sub Group.
19.00 pm Chudleigh town council Environment committee meeting.
09.30 am Car Parks Enforcement Officers meeting Newton Abbot Multi storey car park.
11.00 am Meeting with Ball Media principle re tourism and business promotion.
13.30 pm Newton Abbot Master Plan - Update
17.30 pm Cycle forum group, Old Forde House.( Brief visit, unable to stay because of another commitment )
19.00 pm Conservative Party AGM Chudleigh town hall.
09.15 am to 12.15 pm Exeter Low Carbon TF meeting, Exeter Civic Centre.
14.00 to 15.30 pm Teignbridge Growth and Investment Board meeting, Old Forde House.
19.30 pm CADAS meeting.
10.00 am Don Beckerleg’s funeral Chudleigh church
11.15 am Meeting Teignbridge Democratic Services.
11.20 am Meeting with Deputy Director Phil Shears.
11.45 am Meeting with Steve Forsey manager Economy and Assets.
13.30 pm South Devon Mental Health Partnership NHS meeting about where we are on improving services for young people.
19.00 pm Chudleigh town council planning meeting.
10.00 am Coastal Funding Group
13.00 pm Visit to Brunswick street project. Teignmouth
14.00 pm Pavilions Teignmouth
15.00 pm Fish Quay project Teignmouth
10.00 am Val Green Housing team visit Chudleigh.
11.00 am Meet with DH RE London meeting following week, logistics etc.
12.00 md Working lunch Newton Abbot Bank managers Old Forde House
14.00 pm Heart of The West Devolution meeting Cullompton
18.00 pm Chudleigh pantomime
08.45 am Meeting re Community Asset listing, Rob Keeley and Phil Shears.
09.15 am Conservative Group District Councillors meeting. Long room Old Forde House.
10.00 am Teignbridge Council meeting Council Chamber Forde House re Budget.
14.00 pm Leaders meeting Old Forde House.
07.32 am Train to Paddington London.
11.00 am District Council’s Network meeting re Devolution with James Wharton MP, Northern Powerhouse Minister.
Local Government Finance Settlement. David Cook DCN Executive Lead.
King’s Report on the District Council Role in Public Health. David Buck Senior Fellow, Public Health.
17.03 Train back to Newton Abbot.
09.30 am Clinical Commissioning Group Stakeholders meeting Bovey Tracey.
11.00 am Marsland Nash Business meeting
14.00pm Teignbridge Heritage meeting, Council room 2 Forde House.
19.00 pm Newton Abbot Town Council meeting. Council Offices NA.
09.00 am Meeting with Paul Cornish Principle of Newton Abbot College.
19.00 pm Teignbridge Association of Local Councils. Council Chamber Forde House.
09.45 am Meeting Emma Swanton, British Red Cross. Committee room 2 Forde House.
12.00 md Meeting with Director of ABP at Teignmouth docks.
19.00 pm Film Society meeting Chudleigh.
09.00 am Town Council planning day Vision and Strategy.