Clean our roads, call

PUBLISHED: 16:28 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 10 June 2010

INDEPENDENT action continues to thrive in Exmouth as residents seek a voice in local decision-making the latest group providing a platform for the people of Littlemead. An inaugural meeting of the Littlemead Residents Association was held on Monday, wit

INDEPENDENT action continues to thrive in Exmouth as residents seek a voice in local decision-making - the latest group providing a platform for the people of Littlemead.An inaugural meeting of the Littlemead Residents Association was held on Monday, with an early broadside fired to the County Council as members called for a clean-up of their roads.More than 80 homeowners and tenants in the area attended the meeting, quickly demonstrating community action. Members agreed to do their bit to tidy the perimeter of their property, helping the elderly and infirm with their patches.Local councils came under attack for the state of pavements and weeding in Littlemead.Association chairman Elaine Williams said: "It became obvious that all those present felt angry and disappointed and were extremely critical of the way Devon County Council had neglected their area."The excuse of excessive weeds because of the weather conditions was not accepted, residents saying Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Budleigh Salterton were weed-free."Ward County Councillor Bernard Hughes attended the meeting alongside Town and District counterparts Lynne and Jill Elson, and agreed to carry the views of the group forward to broker a meeting with council officials. A further talking point was provided by the traveller and gypsy issue, much debated in Exmouth in early summer. Rumours surrounding possible camp sites had contributed to the formation of the new Association, residents keen to have their say on matters.District Councillor Jill Elson clarified matters - stating the authority were in the early stages of identifying spots for nine 'pitches', as opposed to sites, to be designated for travellers, with a preference for access to main roads likely to be favoured in the eventual decision. Cllr Elson stated a report would likely be published in August.

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