On 15th March the Parish Council was asked to address the Exmoor Parish and Consultative Forum upon the Parish Plan and Community Projects in the context of a wider debate concerning housing in the local area. The Forum was given a summary of the village and the issues that have prompted the creation of a Parish Plan, including closure of the Village Shop and Post Office, issues surrounding the RAOB Village Hall, PPC involvement in the North Devon Community Led Housing Fund Initiative and the renewed search for affordable housing and the other village issues concerning the School parking and the problems of infrastructure and the issue of the very recent conditional approval of four of the five ENPA planning applications involving The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust and the application made by the PPC for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust night landing site ay Blackmoor Gate.
The Forum was told that the preliminary work of a Questionnaire and Drop in session and of the publication of a Parracombe, Countisbury, Trentishoe and Martinhoe Housing Needs Report and of the actions taken to protect the Community interest in the Village Hall; It was reported that the questionnaire and drop in session responses had been analysed and that these indicated that there was community support for the PPC proposals for resolving and taking forward the various issues.
The next step to be taken will be the creation of a Village Trust which will be a funding and management tool which should facilitate the accumulation of funds for and ongoing management of the various schemes.
A meeting has been arranged for the evening of Thursday the 12th April in the RAOB Village Hall to explain the purpose and proposals for a Village Trust and to encourage further community involvement.
While we await the setting up of the Village Trust, progress has and will be made upon the other issues identified and the PPC thanks members of the community who have already given their time and support and welcomes further community involvement.