Remembering Tim

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We are writing to express our sadness at the recent death of Tim Cox.

Affectionately known to many of us who worked with him as Mr Ilfracombe and recently described as ‘a legend’ by a group of young citizens working alongside him at Laston Green Community Garden, Tim loved Ilfracombe and dreamed of the town becoming a shining example of sustainable living.

He thought every south-facing roof could be used to provide energy through solar panels, all new buildings should have the highest level of insulation and the lowest level of energy use and existing homes could be better insulated to reduce energy needs.

He worked tirelessly to promote these ideas and to raise funds to help achieve them; in fact he had recently made a bid to bring £1.1million into the town for this. He was often seen working at Laston Green, being keen on community gardening and people working together to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Ilfracombe Town Council has always allocated funds to support community groups or projects and we call on them to set up a fund in Tim’s name specifically targeted at groups or projects with sustainable living objectives.


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We also call on them to make it a town objective to become a low-carbon town in the next 10 years, capitalising on its natural environmental advantages and building, both metaphorically and physically, decent, affordable, low-energy homes.

That would be a fitting memorial for a community champion.

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