Uplyme residents urged to help shape their community

PUBLISHED: 07:31 13 March 2015 | UPDATED: 07:31 13 March 2015

Uplyme Parish Clerk Lois Wakeman

Uplyme Parish Clerk Lois Wakeman


Villagers are asked to consider standing in the parish council elections

Residents in Uplyme are being urged to consider standing as candidates in the forthcoming parish council election.

Women and younger people are especially under-represented at present, say officials.

Parish Clerk Lois Wakeman said: “Some people may think their opinions don’t count, or that local action won’t make any difference, but that’s not true.

“In fact, with the cuts at district and county council level, the parish council will be more and more important in delivering local services like keeping the roads and footpaths tidy. So if people care about their community, this is their chance to help shape what happens in the future.”

Mrs Wakeman said voting was also an important way of having a say on the issues people care about and in choosing who will take decisions on their behalf.

“From the right to make representations on planning applications, the neighbourhood plan, and pushing for flood remediation works, to the state of footpaths, drainage and council-owned land, the parish council has a wide range of ever increasing responsibilities and duties. It makes decisions which affect people’s everyday life,” she said.

“Although many of the current councillors may choose to stand for re-election, there will be a need for new people to come forward and help keep Uplyme a special place to live.

“I have a limited number of nomination packs available and can get more for anyone seriously interested in becoming a councillor. These must be completed and taken to the EDDC offices in Sidmouth between March 31 and April 9.

Contact the Clerk on 01297 444707 during office hours, or email her at clerk@uplymeparishcouncil.org for more information.

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