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Invitation to Market Town Partnerships from the Devon & Coarnwall Police Authority Via the Devon Towns Forum

 Chairman of the Devon and Cornwall Police Authority addresses Community Forum

 Members of the Devon and Heartlands Community Forum were delighted when Mike Bull Chairman of the Devon & Cornwall Police Authority accepted an invitation to speak at the Forum’s February meeting in Okehampton.  Mike outlined the role of the Police Authority as agreeing the ethos of policing policy, setting policing budgets and the appointment of chief officers and chief constables.  Mike would be pleased to speak to other Market Town Partnerships about the Police Authority. If you would like to invite Mike to your meetings the Devon Towns Forum will put you in touch. contact the DTF at

L-R Mike Bull, Forum Chairman Philip Wagstaff, Ewen Rae 

More from the Devon Heartlands Meeting in Okehampton:

Mike acknowledged that operational matters were of course the responsibility of the Chief Constable however Mike was keen that the Police Authority was seen as accessible and responsive to public interests and concerns.  Outlining proposals for a single elected Commissioner to replace the Police Authority,

Mike invited and responded to members questions and the differing opinions on the subject.  Central to the debate was the question of accountability and how best to achieve it when considering the strategic agenda for policing. Members were invited to consider the merits of an authority made up of a proportionate body of elected councillors and independent members, as is currently the case, or the proposal for a single elected commissioner supported by an attendant bureaucratic framework.  Members certainly appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the role of the Police Authority and whatever the outcome of the future proposals Mike was greatly impressed with the level of debate exhibited by forum members and found the meeting helpful and illuminating; as did our forum members.  A more detailed account of the debate will be available in the notes of the forum meeting, these will be available on our website soon and of course at the next Devon Heartlands Community Forum meeting on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 and every first Wednesday every month from 2.00pm at the Ockment Centre, Okehampton. The Devon Heartlands Community Forum is free, independent, open to all and very friendly, so make a date in your diary to join them; you will be made very welcome…….     


Proposed Pay and Display Parking for Devons Market Towns

Proposed Pay and Display Parking for Devon’s Market Towns

Members of Devon's Market Towns have raised concerns about a proposal by Devon County Council to introduce Pay and Display parking to tmany of our Market Towns and the possibility of damage to trade and any adverse impact on the local economy.  The plan proposes the introduction of widespread Metered Parking and more Permit Parking for Residents in streets adjacent to Town Centres.  The County Council have agreed to conduct open discussions with Market and Coastal Town and District Councils and members about these proposals.  Other Market and Coastal Towns Groups, Partnerships and Chambers of Trade that wish to contribute to these discussions and should seek to work with their local councils when these matters are being considered.   More information on the proposal can be obtained from your local Chamber of Trade or by following the link to the Devon County Website below.   


Community Partnership Excellence Recognised

The Townstal Community Partnership in Dartmouth have been recongnised for their sterling Community Engagement and Involvelemt work with a top award. You can read more about it at  The Devon Towns Forum is pleased to have supported the Townstal Community Partnership with the award of one of its Website and Training packages enjoyed by many of Devon's Market Town Partnerships. Towns Forum Chairman Cllr. Bob Buxton says 'The Towns Forum supports all of Devon's Market Town Communities because we want to see more Community Partnerships opperate as Community Forums involving and engaging the whole community'  Pointing to the work of groups like Townstal,  Devon Heartlands in Okehampton, and Ivybridge as examples Bob said ' I would like to see every Market Town have its own Community Forum and our Market Town Partnerships are well placed to work with others in their communities to make it happen. Take a look at the work of those already connecting people through groups and forums or contact the Devon Towns Forum for details of how and why you should be doing the same.


Homes for Holsworthy Supported by Towns Forum

Homes for Holsworthy a local Community Property Trust set up to help the people of Holsworthy was recently presented with a Website and Training Award by the Devon Towns Forum.   Chaiperson, Pam Johns, together with Kate Williams and Heather Stephenson, received the award from Cllr Bob Buxton at a reception on 7th July at Sandy Park Conference Centre in Exeter.  We were delighted to be given this opportunity to develop our own website and very grateful to the Devon Towns Forum. You can visit the Homes for Holsworthy website by clicking ...


Major Waste Management Conference for Devon

Around a hundred people attended a well supported conference in Tiverton on Friday 1st October on the ‘Future of Waste Management in Devon’. The event was organised by the Devon Towns Forum and partners including the Devon Conservation Forum and was generously supported by Viridor plc and Devon County Council.  With three major themes including Energy from Waste, the need to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plus opportunities for Community Involvement there was plenty of food for thought and some excellent presentations too!

Welcomed by Cllr. Bob Buxton of the Devon Towns Forum the conference was expertly chaired by Cllr. Roger Croad of Devon County Council as the member with portfolio responsibility for waste services, with Cllr. Paul Diviani, Chairman of the Devon Waste Reduction Committee chairing the afternoon session.

Conference guest of honour Neil Parish MP stressed the importance of everyone doing their bit to reduce waste and support recycling. This was followed by Ben Jennings County Waste Manager who gave an erudite presentation on the facts behind modern methods of gaining much needed Energy from Waste.  Liz Poulter Senior Waste Manager for Devon County Council enthused and encouraged everyone to get passionate about recycling showing the award winning and highly amusing ‘Don’t let Devon go to Waste’ television advertisements.

The community perspective was provided by excellent presentations from Richard Gomme and Nicky Scott of the Devon Compost and Recycling Network and Jacqui Hodgson who gave a Transition Towns approach to waste. Tessa Taylor Regional Communications Manager for Viridor focused on how ‘Energy from Waste’ can be complementary to recycling rates.  Delegates were able to discuss these topics at length in discussion workshops and to pose questions before being invited to offer views that will be used to inform the government’s current Waste Strategy Review. Copies of the presentations and photographs of the event will soon be available at . Summing up; Cllr’s Roger Croad and Paul Diviani jointly thanked everyone for their contributions towards making the conference an interesting, informative and enjoyable day. 




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