Mayor reflects on ‘turbulent’ times

PUBLISHED: 14:40 01 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:40 01 April 2016

Axminster Mayor Douglas Hull. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Axminster Mayor Douglas Hull. Picture CHRIS CARSON


Axminster’s First Citizen looks back over the past two years

Axminster’s mayor reflected on one of the most turbulent two years in memory when he addressed the annual parish meeting.

Cllr Douglas Hull said, in addition to the routine council business, they had been faced with pressure on local facilities as a result of cutbacks elsewhere.

“I would like to remind voters that we live in a democracy which does not allow members of the council to take decisions off their own bat,” he said.

“To become a policy of the town council, a subject must be proposed and seconded and then voted on. It is not good enough for a member to talk about an idea and leave it hanging in the air.”

Cllr Hull said they had faced a number of major issues including:

The flooding at Willhayes and the reluctance of network rail to sort out the culvert there.

The Hunter’s Lodge accident blackspot where promised safety improvements had been continually put off.

The county council closing the youth club and the ramifications of taking over the Pippins building

And the fight to retain services at the hospital and the library, which had taken up considerable time.

But he said the campaign to save the school crossing patrol outside St Mary’s RC Primary School had been won

“After the demonstrations, the county changed its mind and asked for forgiveness – success for local action!” he added.

Cllr Hull praised Cllr Andrew Moulding and his team, who had spent many hours working on the Neighbourhood Plan, his deputy Graham Godbeer and the council staff for their efforts.

He also paid special tribute to Cllr John Jeffery, who put so much energy into the town, adding: “If you have a problem you know that he is there with his spade, wrench or sandbag.”

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