Welcome to Crediton Town Council
Crediton Town Council is made up of 12 councillors who stand for election every four years. As a body, the town council meets once each month (except August). Other meetings are also held on a regular basis including a monthly Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting.
The town council has direct responsibility for some buildings and properties such as the War Memorial and adjacent bus shelter, the Boniface Statue, the Bandstand, Upper Deck, the Millennium Cross, People's Park and a field at Stoney Park . The Council shares responsibility or works in partnership with the two principal authorities on other issues such as the network of public footpaths and the provision of annual flower displays. The Council also manages three allotment sites in conjunction with the Boniface Allotments Association.
Mid Devon District Council and Devon County Council are responsible for many of the other services provided for the town such as refuse collection, education, highways, leisure facilities, refuse collection and housing. Your town councillors are not paid anything for serving on the council. Although on national issues councillors may have very different views as town councillors it is our duty to put politics aside and to put the interests of Crediton first. Even at local level we do not always see eye to eye but discussion and reasoning usually wins the day and decisions made are for the general benefit of the whole town.
One of the town council's important duties is to act as a sounding board for local opinion and so we are consulted on a number of matters not least of all planning. The council also helps to arrange for public consultation meetings for larger projects such as the proposed link road, major planning applications and local government reorganisation. Councillors represent wards in the town and local people should know who their councillors are and if they have any issues they can ask their ward councillor to approach the appropriate agency to solve their problems such as housing, state of the streets and pavements and other issues in the town.
The town council has to set a budget with which to pay for the services it provides and its support for local agencies, charities and groups who enhance the lives of Kirtonians. The Council's budget, or precept, forms part of every household's Council Tax, albeit just a small part. Councillors try to keep the burden of taxation as low as possible and to spend wisely because we realise we are spending your money and you expect good value.
The Town Clerk, Assistant Town Clerk and members of the Town Council are here to serve you, so if you have any issues or ideas on how to improve the town get in touch with one of us and even if your suggestion or comment is rightly the responsibility of another authority we will ensure your comment is passed on.
Frank Letch- Chairman, Crediton Town Council 2008-2012