The below Star Council Nomination was submitted to the National Association of Local Councils. Although we did not get on the short list, the NALC wanted to use the material for their ‘150 points of light’ document.

If Georgeham Parish Council had a middle name, it would be ‘Proactive’.

Councillors work very hard for the benefit of the Parish which incorporates the very popular surfing villages of Croyde and Putsborough around the corner from Baggy Point, Darracott and North Buckland.

Every aspect of Parish life is covered, from ensuring that the Public Rights of Way are walkable, to ensuring there are plenty of dog bins in strategic areas which are emptied regularly, not only to help local residents, but the high volume of visitors who come to the area year round.

The care and sensitivity taken over the maintenance of the Parish Council run Cemetery can easily be seen where, on entering, there is a deep sense of peace and tranquillity. It even has a summer house where people can sit should the weather be inclement knowing they are still close to their loved ones; it has taken over the maintenance of the Churchyard and there are plans afoot to make the walk along a narrow piece of road from the playing field to the main part of the village, more accessible, safer and wider.

Plans are in hand for a new stone built bus shelter in Croyde village with improvements to the bridge parapet. A local person who dredged the stream to prevent flooding received the full support of the Council with a generous donation
towards this from reserves.

The Volleyball Club, where members are being trained to Olympian standards is supported with financial and practical help particularly when new nets were required.

Overhanging trees were dealt with by a qualified tree surgeon.

Croyde Surf and Rescue Centre has the Council’s backing for new up to date and state of the art premises and there is an excellent relationship with the National Trust and CARA (Croyde Area Residents Association) where financial help for a portable speed camera has been given.

Councillors have acknowledged that visitors will not always travel in cars using fuel and have installed a double electric car charging point in the Council run car park at Georgeham.

Its separate Annual Parish Meeting receives reports from nearly 30 organisations in the Parish, testament to the very wide and varied activities which take place on a regular basis.

BUT the Jewel in the Crown is undoubtedly the recently opened Croyde Play Park, constructed sympathetically from wood to blend in with the area next to the Volleyball Court on one side and trees with seating to give shade on the other, where parents, other relatives and carers can watch their children from a close distance have fun, explore, learn and socialise with their peers. This innovative and exciting design, where the planning had the support of local people and families, businesses and visitors, is proving hugely popular.

Georgeham Parish Council makes careful, balanced decisions for the Parish,those who live in it and those who visit which are for the benefit of all.

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