Complete refurbishment of the QEII and Ely Close play areas in Feniton

Feniton Parish Council has resolved to undertake a major refurbishment of the QEII and Ely Close play areas, as neither have been upgraded since the early 1990s.

Several sources of funding have been identified by councillors:

  • An in-lieu payment by Wainhomes, given that they decided not to provide a play area on their Winchester Park site
  • Monies from East Devon District Council (EDDC) compensating for the loss of play equipment on the QEII site when the flood scheme runs along the length of the play park
  • Grant applications currently submitted by the Parish Council , e.g. Big Lottery Awards for All and Viridor Credits
  • Grants from local businesses
  • Donations from residents
  • Grant from County Councillor Phil Twiss’s Locality Budget

The timescale is such that refurbishment cannot commence until the flood scheme work in the QEII play area has been completed: while we are at least a year away from delivery, we can still prepare and make plans.

As part of the consultation process EDDC’s Community Engagement officer and Parish Councillor Zoe Flockhart will be talking to children at Feniton Primary School on 3 July. The older age group (11–14-year-olds) are being invited to drop in at the QEII on 4 July at some point between 4.15 p.m. and 6.15 p.m. to share their thoughts with EDDC officers and members of the Parish Council. There will also be consultation with the village’s Baby and Toddler Group on 2 July to hear their views.

The consultation exercise is entirely led by the wishes of the children: the Community Engagement officer will not be consulting the parents directly, apart from in the case of the toddlers where parents and carers will need to be involved.

For more information and an update on the consultation exercise, come along to Feniton Parish Council meeting on Monday 9 July, 7.30 p.m., in the village hall annex. Alternatively, contact any member of the Parish Council for more information.

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Devon Mobile Library and Outreach Service Consultation 2018

Devon County Council consultation exercise on library services in Devon:

In Devon we want a comprehensive, modern and cost-effective library service that meets the needs of all our local communities. Providing good quality and sustainable library services in a very rural county like Devon presents many challenges, particularly with dispersed communities and an ageing population.

We believe that everyone should be able to access our library services. New technology and innovative ways of working as seen in many other parts of the country offer fresh opportunities for us to consider that could help us to reach out further and improve access to library services for even more people in rural areas. This consultation aims to seek your views on our existing mobile library and outreach services, and on a range of alternatives and potential improvements. Our main aim is to understand what is of most value to you. Understanding this will help us to adapt our future offer to meet the needs of even more users and potential users in rural areas, and develop more personalised tailored solutions to meet individual needs. What we want to achieve is a library outreach service that is accessible to more people, is flexible enough to be easily adapted to suit the differing needs of local communities, and is designed with the future in mind. We want you to get involved through this consultation, let us know your views and share your own ideas so that, together, we can shape a library service fit for the future.

Consultation available here.

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Health and Wellbeing Community Information Event

Ottery St Mary Health and Care Forum needs to hear from you about what’s important to you, what you think the challenges and priorities are to improve health and care for people in our community now and in the future.

Full information available here:

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