WEDNESDAY, July 9 - Council leaders to discuss boundary proposals at open public meeting

TWO leading figures in local authority decision-making will address an Exmouth audience on the town s future at a critical juncture in Devon s governmental make-up.

TWO leading figures in local authority decision-making will address an Exmouth audience on the town's future at a critical juncture in Devon's governmental make-up.

County Council and District Council leaders, Brian Greenslade and Sara Randall-Johnson respectively, will appear at public meeting on July 17.

Brought together for a rare public session by the Exmouth Community Association and Exmouth Residents Association, the pair will be in prime position to discuss the Boundary Committee's recommendations for new Devon council alignment.

The committee this week announced a preference for a unitary Devon authority, excluding Plymouth and Torbay - with an Exeter/Exmouth council mooted as a second option.

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ECA chairman Roy Pryke said the meeting and proposals presented a real opportunity for the people and businesses of Exmouth.

"Whatever the outcome, it puts Exmouth in a good position to negotiate for more delegated powers with a delegated budget," he said.

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"Exmouth can play a key role in the final decision, which will be made early next year. Exeter, East Devon and Devon will want our support. We must make the most of this to have more influence from the community on what happens in Exmouth. It is an unprecedented and one-off chance for us."

The ECA/ERA meeting, featuring speakers Mr Greenslade and Ms Randall-Johnson, takes place 7pm to 9pm on Thursday July 17, in Hall 4 of Exmouth Community College, Gipsy Lane.

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