North Devon Council celebrates 40th birthday

Outgoing chairman Cllr Geoff Fowler and longest-serving councillor Faye Webber cut the cake to mark

Outgoing chairman Cllr Geoff Fowler and longest-serving councillor Faye Webber cut the cake to mark the council's 40th anniversary - Credit: Archant

Councillors mark landmark anniversary with cake at full council meeting

NORTH Devon Council has celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The council was formed on April 1, 1974, taking over services previously provided by the former borough, rural and urban district councils.

At a full council meeting on Wednesday, councillors celebrated the milestone with cake and anecdotes.

Cllr Faye Webber, who has been on the council since its birth, reflected on how much had changed in 40 years.


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“The first meeting 40 years ago was a very exciting day,” she said.

“I think the biggest change has been in technology – it has changed beyond all recognition.

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“It’s a little bit sad that party politics comes into it now nowadays as well.

“My priority has always been houses, and when I look back, I really think about the people we’ve helped – 40 years ago many parts of North Devon weren’t there, like Roundswell and Whiddon Valley.”

North Devon MP Nick Harvey wrote to councillors to thank them for their hard work.

“Many congratulations to North Devon Council for reaching your ruby anniversary,” he said.

“It has lasted throughout five British Prime Ministers’ Governments, Concorde, Ceefax and even the Republic of Yugoslavia.

“I’m hoping the next 40 years will bring even more success.”

Leader of the opposition Cllr Des Brailey said: “Hundreds if not thousands of decisions have been made in that time, all with the best interests of the people of NorthDevon in mind.

“I like to think we will continue to offer the best possible service to North Devon. Here’s to the next 40 years!”

Council leader Brian Greenslade, who proposed the motion of celebration, added: “I just wanted to celebrate this great achievement.

“I don’t know if we’ll still be here for our golden anniversary in ten years’ time.”

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