Fight for the vale

PUBLISHED: 08:24 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

DO residents on the Gittisham Vale estate want to be part of Honiton or Gittisham? That is a question householders are about to be asked as Honiton Town Council prepares to write to each and every one of them.

DO residents on the Gittisham Vale estate want to be part of Honiton or Gittisham?That is a question householders are about to be asked as Honiton Town Council prepares to write to each and every one of them.Although widely considered part of Honiton, an "anomaly" in Honiton's boundary with Gittisham means the estate falls under the jurisdiction of Gittisham Parish Council.Town councillor Michael Teare, who is one of the estate's estimated 200 residents, told a meeting on Monday that, when a survey of residents' views was carried out some time ago, a number opted for Gittisham - because they thought they would get cheaper council tax bills.Councillors heard the boundary line between the two communities lies along the side of a stream on a large residential housing estate.Councillor Roy Coombs said there was a case for a third ward to be created in Honiton."Clearly, it would make common sense," said Councillor Alf Boom.The meeting was told by Councillor Vernon Whitlock, the mayor, that East Devon District Council would not be opposed to a change. Town and district councillor Peter Halse warned: "Gittisham may feel a little sore after losing half their population - their rates would have to double to make up for it."Courtesy letters, advising of the public consultation, are to be sent to Gittisham Parish Council and East Devon District Council.

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