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Ottery Town Council meetings that are not being held in the Council Offices in Ottery this year:








Full Town Council Meetings being held at venues other than the Council Offices this year are listed below:

Tony Ballinger

Assistant to the Town Clerk, Ottery St Mary Town Council

The Old Convent,  8 Broad Street.  Ottery St Mary, EX11 1BZ

Contact Mon/Tues 01404 812252

Otherwise Sue Ginman Wed/Thurs/Fri

Councillor's Column

Geoff Pratt
Independent East Devon District Councillor, Ottery Rural Area and Ottery St Mary Town Councillor, Tipton St John Ward

The New Play Area

Tipton St John Playing Field Association need to be congratulated following the completion of the new play area at the recreation ground. Apart from having more up to date equipment the new facility has the benefit of accessible paths and equipment suitable for wheelchair users. It was also pleasing to note that the children of Tipton St John Primary School were closely involved in helping to design the area. Well done to all concerned.

Sidmouth Road : Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic at Wiggaton

I have received the following notice from Devon County Highways regarding the above. From Monday 24th February 2020 for a maximum of five days until Friday 28th February 2020 (both dates inclusive) no person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of the affected roads being the Sidmouth Road, Wiggaton, from Gerway Lane to Burcombe Grange. There will be an alternative signed route for vehicles via Chineway Road, Putts Corner, A375, A3052 and vice versa. Apparently this restriction is considered necessary to enable Sidmouth Scaffolding to erect scaffolding. Those of you wishing to travel to Ottery and beyond will no doubt use the Fluxton Road!

Environment Agency (EA) - The Future of Tipton Primary School

I am in touch with the EA regarding the history of the school building being flooded and also in regard to the result of the consultation that took place regarding the proposed closure of the school. It is clear the EA are relying on a written report dated 2014 with emphasis on the 2008 flood. Since 2014, improvement work has been carried out on the Metcombe Brook and the River Otter. Following the recent heavy rain storms the Brook and the River at Tipton have behaved themselves and whilst many villages in East Devon have experienced flooding, Tipton St John has had no issues with flood water. By the next edition of the Tipton Times we will no doubt have more information from Devon County in regard to their proposed planning application for the new school in Ottery.



Devon County Councillor's Column