Ottery St Mary Town Council (The Council) is tendering for the following (click on the links below to download the relevant Tender Document).
EAST DEVON AFFORDABLE HOUSING SPD CONSULTATION
East Devon District Council is preparing a supplementary planning document (SPD) to provide guidance and advice on implementing Local Plan policies on affordable housing. Following a first round of public consultation held over March – May last year, it has reviewed the 22 comments that were received, and revised the SPD as appropriate. It has now published a revised version of the Draft Affordable Housing SPD for public consultation. The interim Consultation Statement shows how EDDC has responded to comments received on the first round of consultation. The Draft Affordable Housing SPD and accompanying documents can be seen on its website: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/housing-issues/affordable-housing/
If you would like to comment on the Draft Affordable Housing SPD and/or the accompanying documents (Environmental and Habitats screening reports, Equalities Impact Assessment), please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or post comments to Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Border Road, Heathpark Industrial Estate, Honiton, EX14 1EJ. The consultation period runs until Friday 28 February (at 5pm). Following this, EDDC will read all of the comments and make any changes that are needed, and then adopt the Affordable Housing SPD.
COMMUNITY ORCHARD - TREE PLANTING
Cllr Vicky Johns recently organised the planting of a Community Orchard at the Land of Canaan in Ottery St Mary. The tree planting event took place on 11th January. Parishioners, members of local organisations such as Greener Ottery, the Mayor Cllr Roger Giles and a number of councillors were in attendance at this successful event. This is just the first stage so do keep an eye out for more planting that will be taking place to enhance Ottery.
ALLOTMENT CUP WINNER
The Town Council's allotment holders enjoyed a splendid Christmas dinner at the London Inn. The Bob Johnson Cup for the best allotment was awarded at the dinner to Mike Cozens by Mrs Rita Johnson. The allotments are judged by Mr Les Peak who makes his decision over the course of the growing season. Congratulations to Mike Cozens, the recipient of this year’s prestigious award.
OTTERY MAYOR RECOGNISED FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES AS DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
Cllr Roger Giles was named an honourary alderman by East Devon District Council at an extraordinary meeting of the council on Wednesday 19th December 2019.
The title is given to people who have, in the opinion of the Council, given good service to the authority as past members but are no longer elected representatives. The Mayor was one of 10 former district Councillors to be named an alderman and announced his retirement as district Councillor in May this year after more than two decades representing the Ottery area. Speaking after the extraordinary meeting, Mr Giles said: "I have had the great privilege of representing Ottery on this council since 1995. Ottery is a wonderful community, and I shall be forever grateful for the support of its people. I am delighted to accept the honour on behalf of the people of Ottery."
Mr Giles was first elected as an independent District Councillor, representing the Ottery St Mary Town ward, in 1995, securing 1,037 votes. In that time he has twice served as chairman of the council's scrutiny committee and once as vice chairman.
Proposal for a primary school and associated residential development at Thorne Farm Way, Ottery St Mary
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EAST DEVON DC ARE REVIEWING DOG CONTROLS
The council is required to review its dog controls every 3 years. The controls are contained within Public Spaces Protection Orders and these can be read in full on the council website: https://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/2142102/dog-control-pspo-signed-order-with-maps-june-2017_part-01.pdf . Essentially the controls require dog owners to pick up after their dogs wherever they are, to keep their dogs on a lead on roads and pavements and to comply with specific dog on lead and dog ban areas. The review is an opportunity for communities to suggest changes –either to request different controls or to remove some that currently exist. If you wish to suggest changes you must provide supporting information to the Parish Council in the first instance. This must include a description of existing problems and your suggested solution, together with an indication of support from other people in the community. Requests for new children’s play parks to be included will be accommodated without the need for evidence or support. District Councils are subject to scrutiny in relation to how they use these orders and are required to ensure a balance between the benefits of dog ownership, the actions of the vast majority of owners who are responsible and the requests of members of the public who sometimes wish to see more controls. These principles will be applied to any suggestions made and therefore it would be helpful if anyone making suggestions considers whether the new controls will be necessary and reasonable. Further information can be obtained by emailing the team at email@example.com
The Mayor, Councillor Roger Giles will be holding a Mayor's Surgery at the Council Offices at 8 Broad Street every Friday morning from 10am - 12noon.
Anyone living in the parish of Ottery St Mary is welcome to drop in to discuss issues of concern.
Ottery St Mary has declared a Climate Emergency as it is committed to making changes to ensure that the Town does everything possible to contribute to a cleaner and better future for the next generations.
A group set up will take advice from experts, carry out its own research, talk to their neighbours and work out what Ottery St Mary can do to make a difference. It will also report back to the Full Council with a series of proposals and ideas for the Council to enact.
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU
Sadly, there will no further Citizen Advice Bureau meetings for the foreseeable future in Ottery St Mary. This is due to the entire service being under review. If the situation changes, we shall let you know.