Feock Parish Council's new offices open for business
1:00pm Saturday 25th August 2012 in News
Feock Parish Council is open for business at its new offices in the centre of Devoran. The offices, together with council chamber, staff facilities and an area which will eventually be put to public use, have been converted from part of the former village school.
Work has been going on during the summer months to convert the property, originally an old market house prior to it becoming part of the former school. The old council offices at Four Turnings, Penelewey, are to be sold. Parish clerk Alan Truan said interest in the property had been “very favourable” and final bids for the property were expected by the end of the month.
Feock Parish Council is keen to emphasise that the new offices in Market Street are for the community as much as the authority and members wanted people within the parish to make good use of them.
A public area has been created inside the entrance where planning applications can be displayed alongside public notices. An area is also set aside for local groups and organisations to promote their events. A computer with broadband facilities has been provided, together with telephone for parishoners to connect to the internet for further information on local issues and if necessary to Cornwall Council . The council’s own website, www.feockpc.com, has been made more user-friendly with facilities for local groups and organisations to upload items of information and dates of events. Improvements to the site will be ongoing and those living in the parish are welcome to make their own suggestions as to how the site progresses.
Councillors agreed some time ago that the move to Devoran would be “sensible and practical” and enable the authority to improve its communications with the public and local communities.
Chairman Sue Felton is delighted with the facilities and said she hoped people would appreciate the decision to move and make use of the offices. It was for the benefit of all those in the parish including Carnon Downs, Feock, Penpol and Point, she added. Work on the building has been carried out by Dave Pyne Construction over the past two months along with Bob Glascoe and Graham Dey. The first council meeting was on Monday to discuss planning issues. The first full council will be held on September 10. Members of the public are welcome at all open meetings. The public can visit the offices to discuss local issues on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays, 10am until 1pm. The telephone number remains the same at 01872 863333 as does the email: firstname.lastname@example.org.