2 October 2017

By email to reviews@lgbce.org.uk

The Review Officer (North Devon)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14th floor
Millbank Tower
Millbank
London
SW1P 4QP

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Dear Sir / Madam

SUBMISSION FOR GEORGEHAM PARISH COUNCIL TO THE BOUNDARY COMMISSION (Review of ward boundaries, North Devon)

Our proposal, in the light of the need of North Devon Council to redraw the Wards and lose 2 councillors, is that Knowle should be added to the current unit of the Parishes of Georgeham (including Croyde), Mortehoe / Woolacombe and West Down, to give the desired number of electors. Knowle and West Down are neighbours.

We understand there is a different proposal from North Devon Council. This involves splitting the current Ward and attaching Georgeham Parish to Braunton, further subdividing our Parish and splitting Croyde from Georgeham and placing these settlements into 2 different Braunton Wards, East and West.

Our Parish strongly disagrees with this proposal. We, like Mortehoe / Woolacombe, are both coastal parishes sharing most of the same problems and amenities – surfing beaches, an enormous influx of seasonal visitors, second homes, narrow roads, national Trust and AONB sites.

Georgeham Parish, which contains the two villages of Georgeham and Croyde and five hamlets has been a unit since 1261. We work hard to remain a community to function as a major holiday destination as well as having a resident community, with churches, a primary school, football team, shared leisure facilities, clubs etc. We have a parish magazine and are in the process of submitting a Neighbourhood Plan.

Our challenges and interests differ from those of Braunton. We feel that our interests could conflict with those of Braunton and we would lose the representation of those interests at District level, especially with the Parish being split between two different Braunton Councillors.

We note that the Commission wishes to “ensure that the new council Wards reflect as far as possible the interests and identities of communities across North Devon” and beg that you will consider our proposal, and our objections to the alternative, in this light.

We feel that while numerically proportional representation is needed nationally, community representation is more important locally.

Our proposal, to add Knowle to our current Ward, would satisfy both electoral number needs and those of our community.

Yours faithfully

Sue Squire

Parish Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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