Here we report on recent issues and forthcoming events:
Devon County Council (DCC) has notified the Town Council that Station Road at Hele will re-open on Friday 20th July.
This is great news for us all and is the result of Bradninch Town Council continuing to apply pressure on the County Council. It is to be hoped that the bus service returns to normal too.
DCC has also stated that Network Rail will need to give three months notice after obtaining planning permission for the road to be closed again.
(Updated from California, while on holiday.)
The work along Station Road to move power cables underground finished some time ago but the road has remained closed to allow BT to do work on their cables. Many of you will have noticed that there has been little or no evidence of any work being carried out since the power cable work. We are now told that BT are due to finish by 9th July.
It also appears that there is no prospect of planning permission for the flood relief work being granted before MDDC's planning committee meeting of 5th September.
Given these circumstances, Catherine Boyak, the Mayor, has managed to get agreement that the road will be re-opened when BT have finished and will only be closed again when planning permission has been granted and Network Rail are ready to start their work. We cannot be sure of the exact date yet but will post news of it as soon as we can.
At the full Council meeting on 11th June Councillors were pleased to be able to co-opt John Timperley as a Town Councillor. Unfortunately, at the same meeting the Clerk reported receiving the resignation of Tim Lock. The Council expressed its gratitude to Tim for his work while on the Council.
Stagecoach has just issued the new timetable below which will come into service on Monday 11th June. This new service covers evenings and early Saturday morning as well as giving two busses per hour during the day. Not only that, but it also runs from Hele, so everyone who could use the normal service will also be able to catch the shuttle bus: