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The Parish Council

Holne Parish Council is an elected body of Parishioners who live within the boundary of the Parish or within a 3mile radius of this.

Councillors are elected every 4 years.         

Holne Parish council is made up of seven councillors and a clerk who is appointed by the council. She or he takes the minutes of the meetings, produces the Agenda for meetings, undertakes the Council's correspondence, and takes care in accounting for the finances of the council. The Council can also delegate certain tasks and minor expenditure to the clerk.

Photograph of the Surrounding AreaThe Council's finances are paid for out of the council tax levied by District Council. This money is used to pay the clerk's wages and to fund either projects created by the Council or payments of things such as the Poppy Wreath and grant aids such as the Churchyard maintenance and Village Hall maintenance. Such projects are limited to those where Parish Councils can spend money on matters covered by powers given to them by various acts of Parliament, in particular the Local Government Act 1972. The yearly finances are budgeted for by the Finance committee which in Holne's case is usually two councillors appointed by the Council to sit and consider the next year’s expenditure in November or December each year and then approved by the full Council. In December 2014 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issue the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities. The Code is a requirement for smaller authorities to make information available for local people to increase democratic accountability. The Transparency Code page allows you access to all of the information that we are required to publish under the Transparency Code.

Holne is peculiar in the fact that it is within the boundary of the Dartmoor National Park and so all its planning matters are dealt with by the Development Control officers and members at the Authority's headquarters at Bovey Tracey. South Hams District Council at Totnes deal with some issues arising within the Parish (for instance waste collection and housing, aswell as managing Holne's playground equipment and paying a parish lengthsman). The County Council's Highways Dept deals with most aspects of the infrastructure of our roads and with other areas such as some of the rural transport.

Photograph of the Surrounding AreaHolne Parish Council meets on the first Tuesday each month throughout the year except in August dealing with such issues as planning applications, road problems, ecology areas of the village, footpaths and the playground. It is also consulted by District and County Councils along with central Government on certain matters (recent consultations have included those on the County Structure Plan, the Dartmoor National Park Local Plan, the Rights of Way Improvement Plan.) In addition to the regular monthly meetings and Annual Parish Meeting is hosted by the Parish Council when parishioners may make and vote on resolutions which the Parish Council must then consider at its regular meetings. Occasionally special meetings are held to discuss certain issues, and meetings to discuss planning applications may have to be held in between regular monthly meetings. All such meetings are open to the public and should be advertised as such.

Meetings are held in the Village Hall. Before each meeting members of the public present may make comment or request help and information from the Council. Also on the occasion of a planning application the applicant may well attend and explain their application to the council and members of the general public. This is the best time to voice an opinion to the Council though public may approach any council member at any time, and keep up to date with issues and information by reading the notice board on the Village Hall outside wall.

Your villages Parish Councillors are as follows:

 

 

Position Name Telephone Email
Chair Belinda Owen 01364 631200 belinda.owen@nhs.net

 

Vice Chair

 

David Troake

 

 

01364 631544

 

thetroakies@hotmail.com

Councillors

Lis Ross 

Gill Simpson

Belinda Owen 

Tom Powell

Siobhan Hayles

David Higman

 

01364 631146

01364 631344

01364 631200

TBC

TBC

01364 631261

lisross@btinternet.com

gilly@langafordcottage.co.uk

belinda.owen@nhs.net

tom8powell@gmail.com

siobhanhayles@btinternet.com

higgy43@btinternet.com

Planning Committee

Belinda Owen 

David Troake

Tom Powell

 

01364 631200

01364 631544

TBC 

belinda.owen@nhs.net

thetroakies@hotmail.com

tom8powell@gmail.com

Village Hall Management Committee

Gill Simpson

 

01364 631344

gilly@langafordcottage.co.uk
       
Snow Warden Paul Arrowsmith

01364 631361

             
         
paul.arrowsmith@forestoke.co.uk

Clerk to the Council: Mrs Suzanna Hughes 16 Westwood Cleave, East Ogwell, Newton Abbot.TQ12 6YE

Telephone: 01626 330311

e-mail: suzanna.hughes21@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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