Confusion over pavement ownership in Budleigh and more news

Both the district and county councils’ have denied they own the pavement outside the Public Hall, in Budleigh Salterton, Read this and more.

SCHOOL CASH BOOST: A golfing society has given �774 to St Peter’s School to spend on sporting equipment and activities.

The money was awarded by St Peter’s Golfing Society, which holds a competition to raise money each August. St Peter’s School’s acting head teacher, Malcolm Elliott, said: “It is wonderful to receive such a generous gift, particularly from a group within the community, which shares with us the need to drive up the interest in sport and the level of participation in the school.

“Physical education promotes a healthy life choice... for the individual for personal and social growth and well-being.”

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FLY-TIPPING: East Budleigh parish councillors have reported two instances of illegal dumping of waste in the village.

The fly tipping took place at Castle Lane and Exeter Hill. Clerk Judith Lumsden has reported the incidents to the district council’s Street Scene.

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GARAGE: Town planners have backed a single-storey extension and the conversion of an adjacent garage at 22 Stoneborough Lane, Budleigh Salterton.

Councillor Courtney Richards said: “I am always a little nervous of garage conversions (being used for accommodation). But, in this case, I don’t envisage it being used for anything else other than what they intend.” The plans will be decided by the district council.

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PAVEMENT CONFUSION: Both the district and county councils’ have denied they own the pavement outside the Public Hall and now there is confusion as to who is responsible for maintenance. At the last town council meeting ,clerk Jo Vanstone quipped: “We could dig it up – then we would find out soon enough!”

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CHILD FUNDRAISER: Otterton School’s Jeans for Genes raised �74. The annual event raises cash for a charity that helps children with genetic disorders.

Lily O’Neill, Year five, said: “We had a really good time. We made jean badges and filled up some jeans with pennies.”

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LIFE-CHANGING GRANTS: Pensioners are being urged to apply to the town council for a grant to help make their lives a little easier. Every year, the council sets aside a budget to help pensioners who need mobility aids or products so they are able to lead more independent lives.

But Mayor Dick Mitchell, the council’s representative on the Nursing Association committee at Budleigh Hospital, said there had been very few applicants this year. “We are looking for deserving cases,” he said. “I know there are people who do struggle and could benefit from a contribution to get a wheelchair or a piece of equipment who maybe just don’t know about it.” Call councillor Mitchell on (01395) 442917.

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