#CowickNewletter | Update on #Westside

YMCA Exeter have finally agreed terms with Devon County Council for the transfer of Westside to them.

There were some major issues that had to be resolved prior to making it possible for this happen – the biggest one was that the roof is old, in a bad condition and needs replacing at a cost of £57,000. DCC have agreed to cover the cost, but it has taken a while to get this approved.

The YMCA hope to have Westside open again by the summer holidays, but naturally this depends on the legal process. However, we have been assured Peter Stephenson, Chief Executive of YMCA Exeter, that “it will happen“.

The YMCA’s vision is to re-open Westside as a community facility that anyone can hire to run community services. They hope over time  to develop (in partnership with other organisations) a range of services for young people, older people, and families.

Both Heather and Paul agree with Peter’s comments that “this is an exciting project that has the potential to strengthen the community in Cowick”, adding “over 18 months ago we had hoped that the centre could be turned into a facility that would bring  people all ages together and it’s thanks to the YMCA, we are so close to seeing this turned into a reality.”

Cllr Roy Hill added “I’ve been working hard with DCC and the YMCA and was pleased to give £7000 from my Invest in Devon fund to the YMCA towards the cost of re-opening the centre.”

YMCA Exeter will be holding a community consultation meeting soon but if anyone would like to be added to the Westside mailing list and receive updates, please e-mail office@ymcaexeter.org.uk

Westside – soon to reopen

#Cowick Newsletter | ‘The Slip’ – the alleyway between Buddle Lane and Merrivale Road

Over the past few months, the Labour team have been trying to get The Slip – the alley-way that runs from Buddle Lane to Merrivale Road, near Bowhill School – tidied up.

The Slip has been a well-used walking route for a long time – that’s why  the Labour team were adamant that the alley-way should remain lit during the hours of 00:30 and 05:30 when many of the streetlights in Cowick are switched off as part of Devon’s Part-Night Street Lighting policy.

However, the Slip continues to attract rubbish and little. But that’s not the only concern.

Paul says “I’ve long tried to get Devon County Council to deal with the rusting railings that front the new wooden fence on the  St Philip’s Court side of The Slip because the bent spikes are dangerous and they are no longer needed to mark the boundary now there is that wooden fence in place.

“I am also hoping to get DCC to widen the gap between the barriers as I know that wheelchair users and users of mobility scooters are prevented getting past them.”

Heather agrees the area needs addressing, adding:

“There are currently 2 sheets of corrugatedthat need to be removed by the landowner, and then it would be good to see that banks tidied up.

Your Labour Team are looking to get permission from the landowner, and then work with the local community to make a marked change to this area.

PB on The Slip
PB on The Slip

#Cowick Newsletter | Thank you, Cowick

I would like to thank the electors of Cowick for their continued faith and trust in me.

I am proud and honoured – and a little humbled- that so many residents feel I am worthy of continuing as their elected representative on Exeter City Council.

I will continue, to the best of my ability, to represent you all – whether you voted for me or not, or indeed whether you voted or not.

The election campaign was hard work for myself, my co-councillors and a small but dedicated band of volunteer Labour supporters.

Over many months we spoke to residents on the doorstep and made contact with many more of you on the phone, on the streets, on the buses, and on-line.

During those conversations, you let us know what you thought about what we were doing in Cowick and Exeter – your issues, problems and concerns (and sometimes, the occasional compliment).

However, we know that there were many of you that we failed to reach. We will continue to seek out opportunities to address this – but just to say, you can always contact us using our details are listed on this newsletter.

As your Labour Team, we now look forward to addressing those issues you’ve already raised with us.

We would like to add that in the coming year ECC will be faced with challenges caused by cuts from Central Government funding to both local authorities. However, we hope that we can continue to maintain as many frontline services as possible, and that where services are reduced or withdrawn, that the effects on you, the residents, are considered and minimised.

Over the past four years, as your elected representative I have tried to be many things – your eyes and ears on local issues affecting Cowick; a community leader and organiser trying to pull initiatives together within the ward (look out for announcements on the future of Westside and the launch of a Neighbourhood HeathWatch scheme within the community); a caseworker on specific issues affecting local residents; alongside the civic responsibilities of attending meetings as an elected member of Exeter City Council.

I look forward to continuing this work over the coming year and so once again, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to do.

The election is over – but the hard work still continues, as I seek to represent you all over the coming year to the best of my abilities.


Time for a newsletter to be delivered around Cowick

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