By Sue Read
FOR the 10th year in succession, Cllr Frank Letch was elected chairman of Crediton Town Council and Mayor of Crediton at Crediton Town Council’s annual meeting.
In 2008, Cllr Letch took over the chain from Cllr Joyce Harris who has again been elected deputy chairman and Deputy Mayor. She had taken over the Mayoral chain from Cllr Bob Edwards who wore it from 2005-2006.
Much of the business of the annual meeting this week was about electing members to outside organisations and town council committees.
John Ross, who has lived in Crediton for more than 20 years, was co-opted unanimously onto the council to fill the seat left by the resignation of Cllr Dan Webb.
A silversmith, Cllr Ross said he had been a craftsman all his life, he was practical person and was interested in the local infrastructure.
Now semi-retired, Cllr Ross originally trained as a scientific instrument maker, but soon learned he had more artistic skills and re-trained in Hatton Garden, London where he worked for the best part of his early life until the firm re-located to Birmingham.
Not wanting to move from the London area, Cllr Ross became self-employed, moved to Milton Keynes, got married and then came to Devon in 1991.
They lived first near Morchard Bishop, then moving into Crediton. Cllr Ross has a workshop at Cheriton Fitzpaine.
He signed his papers and was then able to take part in the meeting.
COULD RUN TOILETS
It was reported that Mid Devon District Council had offered the town council the public toilets at Newcombes Meadow and St Lawrence Green for £1.
This was on condition that if the town council was to sell the buildings, the district council would receive 50 per cent of any profit.
Because this was a new scheme to come to the town council, it will go to its Policy and Forward Planning Committee to come up with a strategic policy.
Looking at allowances for the coming year, a £600 allowance was agreed for the Mayor and an £80 allowance each for elected members.
Approval was recommended for a Listed Building Consent application to remove defective render from the front of 1 Taw Vale Terrace, to re-render and paint to match the existing with a similar application for 2 Taw Vale Terrace.
There was no objection to an application to alter the roof of Capri, Broad Close, to increase its height, change the hipped roof to gable end and put in dormer windows.
Nor was there objection to a revised application for a dwelling at Parliament House, Parliament Street.
A site visit was requested for a revised scheme application to convert and extend the existing reservoir building to a dwelling and to form a new access to serve the existing utilities at the reservoir, George Hill.
There were no objections, so long as the district council’s arboriculturalist approved, to a notification to fell a group of beech trees and reduce 14 Leylandii trees by 5-6 metres within the Conservation Area at Fairpark, Exeter Road.
It was noted that the planning authority, Mid Devon District Council, had approved a Reserved Matters application for the land at Wellparks, Exeter Road in respect of the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale, following outline approval (14/00830/MOUT).
An application to create a home delivery facility at Tesco on Joseph Locke Way with other works including modifications to the car park layout was approved by the district council.