NEWS FROM CHUDLEIGH TOWN COUNCIL: NOVEMBER 2018
Your chance to become a Town Councillor:
Residents will remember that Councillors are elected every four years and the next election will be in May 2019. If you are considering standing, John Carlton and Amii Shelly, the Council officers, will wax lyrical if you need any more information - or talk to a Councillor.
Town Councillors come from all walks of life and backgrounds and the wider the experience of individual Councillors the more successful the Council can be. You don’t need qualifications - just a sense of what is right for Chudleigh and the electors. There is a common perception that Councillors are all retired people who have all the time in the world. Not so! Councillors have busy lives, as do our residents. For this reason most meetings happen in the evenings. Normally, most Council meetings are once a month and Councillors choose if they wish to be involved in committee work. Much of the communication is done by email, and can be easily shared outside meetings. It has been said that some young marrieds will not be standing because of home commitments. Totally understood, but there is an expense allowance, and things like child care are legitimate claims, so please do not be dissuaded from considering serving Chudleigh and representing residents in your area if you are at all concerned about commitment and/or time issues. Stuff doesn’t just happen; you could be part of the future of Chudleigh — why not give it a go!
Town Hall and Finance - works with the council staff on all things financial including budgeting, cash flow, banking, fund raising and general expenditure. Council assets also falls under this committee as does the town hall and maintenance of plant and play-parks.
Planning Committee:- Cllr Michael McCormick wrote of the work of the Planning Committee in the last newsletter; basically every planning application is scrutinised and considered by this committee and whilst it has no actual decision power it does feed back valuable local knowledge to the TDC Planning Officers about applications from tree felling to major housing developments.
Environment Committee:- This committee looks after everything outside and dovetails with Town Hall and Finance (TH&F). The aim is to keep Chudleigh “open” for everyone from footpaths to allotments, from verges to cemeteries and to consider our “natural environment”. Residents will be aware of litter picking teams, “bat gardens” , wild flower planting schemes, tree planting and preservation, rejuvenated playparks and skate parks and support for plastic free campaigns, the Free Trade Movement and community fridge project. The Environment Committee drives all of these activities.
Town Enhancement Committee:- considers future projects to “enhance” Chudleigh. This might include facilitating the development of the weekly market, increasing employment opportunities in the town, signs and signage and generally considering and tailoring projects suggested by residents to improve the overall enjoyment of living in Chudleigh.