West Devon councillor
Do you live in Bradstone , Dunterton, Kelly, Stowford or Lifton? West Devon.
This is Chris your Conservative councillor. Read how he helps local businesses, schools and residents.
Get in touch with Chris * if you have any urgent queries as second lockdown starts.
* or your own councillor via westdevon.gov.uk
Read his story below , Nov 2020:.
Chris is a West Devon Borough Councillor for TamarsideWard, Lead Member for Performance & Resources, chair of the Invest to Earn and Financial Stability Working Groups. Chris is also Chair of Lifton Parish Council and the Southern Link of Parish Councils.
Great heartwarming tale:
HOW YOUR CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLOR CAN HELP GIVE LOCAL COMPANIES AN URGENT LIFELINE
“A local store specialising in home essentials spoke to me as they felt they would not be eligible for the small business grant - they’d already received the small business rate relief. I was able to confirm their eligibility and they were very pleased to receive the £10k grant. One of our local West Devon community centres was also under the impression that they would not be eligible for grant support until I encouraged them to apply. A recently opened health and well being company had not received a rateable value for the recently constructed business premises. The owner had invested heavily in providing fixtures & fittings and was facing a very uncertain financial future. I worked closely with West Devon to find a solution and on receipt of a rateable value from the Valuation Office Agency, a grant of £10k was eventually made. I also assisted the owner of a holiday cottage business who was having difficulty in negotiating the online application process on their iPad. They called me on receipt of their grant funds to thank me for my support.
HOW ONE CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLOR IS GETTING STUCK IN TO HELPING HIS COMMUNITY
I helped to set up a volunteer group delivering essential shopping and medical prescriptions to communities in my ward, in conjunction with the Parish Council. I set up an arrangement with the doctor’s surgery who would contact me when a prescription delivery was required and I would either deliver it myself or pass it to a member of the volunteer group. As we move into a second lockdown, I anticipate, sadly, that there could be families experiencing financial hardship as we enter the winter months. On the first morning of the recent half-term holiday, I received a call from a parent of two children seeking help to provide food. To provide support, I contacted the local food bank who kindly agreed to help, not just for this occasion, but through this ongoing period of uncertainty. This prompted me to speak to the primary school Headteacher who is likely to be aware of families in need, to make her aware of the hardship fund available from West Devon and the food bank arrangement. The aim here is to work collaboratively to ensure as far as possible that anyone in need of food or financial assistance is signposted to the available help and support”
Cllr Chris Edmonds, Tamarside, West Devon, TWDCA