At an extraordinary meeting of North Devon Council on Wednesday evening the 20th of September the District Council agreed to make a recommendation to the Boundary Commission for England as follows:
Morte Hoe and Woolacombe ward reduced to a one councillor ward covering Woolacombe, Morte Hoe, Lincombe Lee and West Down. The proposal then has Georgeham included within a Braunton East ward along with Knowle, and Croyde included within a Braunton West ward.
These changes will not affect the Parish boundary at present but as for the future, who knows what may happen. Effectively we will have district councillor coverage of our parish granted by two Brunton based councillors and that is where I believe their priorities will lie. Also this will effectively split Georgeham Parish in two as far as district councillor cover goes – not a good idea at all in my opinion.
As far as funding and enhancement of Georgeham, Croyde and the outer Parish hamlets goes, we could end up with the short end of the stick for most of the time so to speak. I strongly urge you all as residents of Georgeham Parish to voice your concerns over these proposals and object to them in the strongest possible terms.
You may wish to make representation to the relevant body that will eventually make this decision about all of our futures.
Cut off date for objections and concerns: 2nd October 2017
Address by post to:
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14 Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP
Or Email: email@example.com
There is also a portal available which submissions can be made via which is:
I urge you all to respond to this request to keep Georgeham Parish safe for the future.
An example template letter/email/portal submission can be found HERE. You can of course copy and paste the content to edit it as you wish.
Discussion can be continued at next weeks monthly Parish Council meeting or you can contact me directly for further information.
John Symonds, Chairman, Georgeham Parish Council