Devon County Council leader John Hart to visit Okehampton
By tinap | Friday, September 28, 2012, 10:56
Have your say: Devon County Council leader John Hart to visit Okehampton in October
Devon County Council leader John Hart
will be visiting Okehampton on Wednesday 24 October as part of series of
consultation events in Devon's market and coastal towns "to hear how the
authority can help local people improve local life".
For the past three years Mr Hart has held
consultations events Devon. This year's event will focus on local community
action. According to a DCC spokesman, "It will concentrate on identifying local
priorities and how Devon County Council can help and support communities
improve life for local people by making changes or initiating new projects".
DCC says that the feedback from these
meetings – and online responses too – has helped county leaders take "tough
choices and ensured scarce resources are concentrated on the things most
important to Devon people".
Mr Hart said: "We're still in tough
economic times and we can no longer do everything people want or that we would
like to. But we are determined to support communities which wish to take action
"Across Devon there's a growing number
of communities working in a different way and bringing about change. However we
can do so much more by working more closely together."
Mr Hart said there were many projects
across the county being run by local people, for local people with the backing
of the county council. They included and a group established to tidy up
Tavistock's appearance, community libraries set in shops and pubs, volunteer
community transport and volunteers providing a safe meeting place for young
people in Sidmouth.
"Now more than ever, communities have
the opportunity to have more influence and take control over local priorities
and services," he said. "Only by all working together in a new way will local
priorities be delivered. The more communities take part in the events in person
or online, the more we can do to work together to make it happen."
"Your Community, Your Choice" will be at
6:30pm on Wednesday 24 October
The Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton EX20 1HN. No pre-booking is
required. There will be the opportunity to talk to John Hart as well as local
county councillors about any issues affecting the community.
There is also the opportunity for communities to get involved on the website www.devon.gov.uk/localchoices,
and through discussion boards and twitter @devoncc #ycyc
Anyone planning on attending one of the
events and who has any special requirements, should call 01392 383416, or email