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Wind Turbines Update

As you probably know, Government policy about on-shore turbines has now changed.  Unless the Borough Council has designated an area for turbines [which it hasn't] an application can only be approved if it addresses the planning concerns of the affected community and therefore has local backing.

With level of opposition previously, it is unlikely that any new applications would be approved in this area.
The proposed turbine at Stowford [Wreys Barton] has just been refused permission for various reasons, including that the development does not have the backing of the local community. 

However, there has now been an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a turbine on Ramsdown, overlooking Milton Abbot.  This has only just been announced, although the appeal was made in May.  Although developers still retain the right to appeal, they will have to take into account the "clear requirement" for local backing.

Vacancy for Parish Clerk

Old or young, male or female; that's not important.  What's vital is that you want an interesting job, based at home and being part of a team working for the local community.

A parish clerk has to be organised, a good communicator and able to help the Parish Council work openly and effectively.  Experience with accounts, invoices etc would also be useful and it is essential that you are used to working with computers and check your email every day.
You would work an average of four hours a week and that would include attending six to eight meetings a year, in the evening.  The salary is based on nationally agreed pay scales that range from £8.61 to £12.32 an hour, plus expenses.  The starting salary would depend on your relevant experience.

If you think you may have the right skills but you've never been a parish clerk, that's not a problem.  During the first six months, I will be acting as a mentor; providing support and guidance based on my experience as Acting Parish Clerk for the last year or so.

If you are at all interested, please give me a call on 01822 860378 or go to and click on 'Public Notices' where you will find more information.

Applications including a full CV should be sent to me at by Friday 21st August.

Howard Asbridge
Acting Clerk
Milton Abbot Grouped Parish Council
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