Unsung Heroes

There’s a group of local people who deserve our thanks for helping keep the parish of Littlehempston a fine place to live – they are the Parish Council, who between them deal with a wide range of issues and problems that affect us all. At the recent Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, chairman Gerald Hine-Hayock outlined what had been achieved over the past year. A major issue that took much time was the so-called “Boulder Gate” – the site on the A381 illegally occupied by some travellers, who were eventually removed. Gerald observed that a positive outcome “was the way it drew our village community together. Several residents were deeply affected by the presence of the camp – but it was also interesting to see how the occupation led to significant increases in attendance at our meetings by dozens of villagers – and people seemed to feel the Parish Council had a real role in their lives and sorting out problems.”

Another positive thing to report was that this winter no properties were flooded despite torrential rain: the councillors had a site meeting with Devon County Council and immediately obstructions in the river were cleared, and a new system of warning signs plus further flood prevention measures were discussed. John Todd was commended on his work in keeping the drains and buddle holes clear, while Mo and Mike Wright were thanked for keeping our footpaths in such good shape. A big thank you was given to Roger Miller who has retired after many years of service on the Parish Council; Donna Mc Cann also retired and was thanked for her work. Replacing them on the Council are Anna Ash and Jon Morris, who join Gerald, Mark Eyers and Viv Whybrow. Sue Wellum’s work as Clerk was also praised: Gerald commented that she had “proved a life saver for us over the past year and frankly given us more time and guidance than we had the right to expect.”

We’re lucky in this Parish to have such an effective and committed team. Thank you! To read the full Annual Report, just click here.