Devon County Council leader to visit Exmouth

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By PGStrange | Friday, September 21, 2012, 12:42

DEVON COUNTY Council leader John Hart will be visiting Exmouth on Thursday 25 October. It's part of series of consultation events in Devon's market and coastal towns "to hear how the authority can help local people improve local life"...

For the past three years Mr Hart has staged consultation events across Devon. This year's event will focus on local community action. According to a DCC spokesman, "it will concentrate on identifying local priorities and how Devon County Council can help and support communities improve life for local people by making changes or initiating new projects".

DCC says that the feedback from these meetings – and online responses too – has helped county leaders take "tough choices and ensured scarce resources are concentrated on the things most important to Devon people".

Mr Hart said: "We're still in tough economic times and we can no longer do everything people want or that we would like to. But we are determined to support communities which wish to take action themselves.

"Across Devon there's a growing number of communities working in a different way and bringing about change. However we can do so much more by working more closely together."

Mr Hart said there were many projects across the county being run by local people, for local people with the backing of the county council. They included community libraries set in shops and pubs, volunteer community transport, volunteers providing a safe meeting place for young people in Sidmouth, and a group established to tidy up Tavistock's appearance.

"Now more than ever, communities have the opportunity to have more influence and take control over local priorities and services," he said. "Only by all working together in a new way will local priorities be delivered. The more communities take part in the events in person or online, the more we can do to work together to make it happen."

"Your Community, Your Choice" will be at 6.30pm on Thursday 25 October at Exmouth Community College, Gipsy Lane Exmouth, Devon EX8 3AF. No pre-booking is required. There will be the opportunity to talk to John Hart as well as local county councillors about any issues affecting the community.

There is also the opportunity for communities to get involved on the DCC Local Choices website, and through discussion boards and twitter @devoncc #ycyc

Anyone planning on attending one of the events and who has any special requirements, should call 01392 383416, or email marketing@devon.gov.uk

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