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News from West Devon Borough
A Big Win for Lib Dems in West Devon
Kirstie Clish-Green takes Tavistock South
Friday 11 December 2009
A big thank you to everyone who helped yesterday. The Tavistock South seat is one we have not held for 16 years!!
We were told when the election was called that it was a safe Conservative seat and we could not win it.
Results: Independent 170, Conservative - 450, Kirstie Clish-Green - Lib Dems - 523. Turnout 33%, swing from Conservative to Lib Dem from 2007 election - 31%.
Kirstie will be a great councillor who will work to represent the communities views. This a great result for Lib Dems, thanks to a well organised campaign and to all those people who helped out - and encouragement to everyone else to join in for the General Election - only 4 months to go!
The Worshipful the Mayor of West Devon
A Lib Dems Councillor Chosen to be Mayor
The Mayor of the Borough is chosen each year at the Council's Annual Meeting held in May and must be one of the elected Members of the Council.
Cllr Alison Clish-Green is the Mayor of West Devon for 2009/10.
This is the second term as Mayor for Cllr Clish-Green who represents the Tavistock South West Ward on West Devon Borough Council. She took the role 12 years ago in 1997/98.
Cllr Clish-Green has chosen two charities to support during her year in office – the Alzheimer’s Society and Dartmoor Rescue Group.
The role of Mayoress and Mayor's consort will be shared between her daughter, Kirstie, and partner David Rogers OBE
Bully Off!! say Residents in Housing Row
No to development on the old Hockey Pitch site
Monday 18 February 2008
There was standing room only as 50 angry residents from the Grenville Drive area of Tavistock packed into the meeting room of Armada Court on the afternoon of Sunday 17th February. more on this . . .
Lib Dems trounce Conservatives
Adam Bridgewater wins Tavistock North
Thursday 7th February 2008
The result of the by-election for Tavistock North ward of West Devon Borough Council was a decisive win for the Lib Dems candidate.
Adam Bridgewater (Lib Dems) 812
David Whitcomb (Local Conservative) 425
Myfanwy Cook (Green Party) 133 more on this . . .
Liberal Democrats Support for Post Offices
So Many Services on your Doorstep!
Tuesday 27 February 2007
West Devon people are being encouraged to use their local Post Office more often as the Borough Council launches a week-long campaign of activities to raise the service’s profile, from Monday (5th March).
Mayor of West Devon Cllr Ken Williams (Liberal Democrats) is leading the initiative, along with his fellow Councillors, to promote around 30 Post Offices in the Borough during the week.
Cllr Williams said: “For many areas in West Devon, the Post Office provides a central community focus. It really is the backbone of village life. For example, if someone doesn’t show up at their Post Office to collect their pension, it often doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s this kind of friendly, caring service that is irreplaceable.
“But if we don’t use them, we face losing them. That’s why the Borough Council, which has been fighting to keep our Post Offices for more than six years now, wants to encourage people to visit them more often.
“Even I was surprised to find out that local Post Offices can offer around 170 different services and products. That’s 170 reasons why we should all be using them more often!”
From Post Office card accounts where you can receive your benefits or pension, to personal banking, postal orders, car and home insurance, and even fishing licenses are all available.
West Devon sub postmaster Terry Kelly, who is also vice president of the Plymouth, North and East Cornwall branch of the National Federation of Sub Postmasters, said he was delighted with the Council’s campaign.
Mr Kelly, who runs Whitchurch Post Office, said: “It’s very reassuring to know that West Devon Borough Council values us so highly and is prepared to run a campaign such as this. We are very grateful.”
The campaign kicks off on Monday (5th March) with a Post Office trail across West Devon when Cllr Williams and Deputy Mayor Cllr Dennis Bater visit seven Post Offices in the Borough travelling in a vintage car.
On Tuesday (6th March), representatives from the National Federation of Sub Postmasters will be meeting West Devon councillors and throughout the week Councillors will be visiting their own Post Offices and organising various activities.
Lib Dems Mayor for West Devon (2005/2006)
West Devon has a new (2005) Mayor following the election of Bere Ferrers Councillor Mrs Christine Grills this week. Cllr Grills, a Liberal Democrat, has served on the Council for nine years. Her husband Norman will be her consort.
It’s not the first time she has taken the role. Cllr Grills was Mayor of West Devon in 2000/2001.
At the Council’s annual meeting in Okehampton today, Cllr Grills said: “It is a great honour to be elected Mayor for the second time and I will do my best to represent West Devon whenever I can.”
Her chosen charity for the year is the Motor Neurone Disease Association. She said: “Just under four years ago a friend was diagnosed with the disease and it has been heartbreaking to see how rapidly the disease has progressed in that short time, and the effect it has had on the quality of life for her and her family.
“As it does not usually make itself apparent until middle age, victims have to live with the added worry that they may have passed it on to their families. The Association provides valuable assistance in many ways.”
Cllr Grills takes over the helm from Cllr Peter Hill, an Independent, who represents Chagford. Paying tribute to Cllr Hill, Cllr Dick Eberlie, Leader of the Conservatives Group, said that he had led the Council with “style and charm.”
Cllr Hill told Councillors that following a series of fundraising events this year, more than £800 has been raised for his chosen charities - St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth and Exeter-based Hospiscare.
Deputy Mayor this year is Cllr Jayne Hill who represents Okehampton West.
For further information about the Council see West Devon Borough Council