Please click the following link to read or download a copy of the Town Meeting Report: 24th April 2024


PRESS RELEASE

A great turnout for Appleby’s Annual Town Meeting, celebrating all the amazing work being done in the community

Appleby Council hosted the Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday, 24th April at the Public Hall.

A buffet and refreshments were served prior to the meeting, during which Appleby & Westmorland Society showed a slideshow of some of the amazing photos in their archives, of Appleby through the years. The meeting was attended by approx. 50 residents and was chaired by Cllr Pamela Davidson, the current Town Mayor and Chair of Appleby Town Council.

Andrea Huxley, the Development Officer for Cumbria CVS’s new ‘This is US’ project was also in attendance. The project offers voluntary organisations and community groups support and guidance in a range of topics, including governance, funding, business planning and volunteering.

Questions raised by residents included a complaint made by a local business owner that people working in businesses in town are parking in the town centre parking bays taking up spaces that could be used by visitors. Another resident asked about the plans for the temporary car park at Edenside and Clive Wigley, the Chief Executive of Oaklea Trust explained that although the planning application had been approved in principle, there were still conditions that had to be met before any demolition work could start.

Appleby’s new PC Andy Watson introduced himself to residents and gave a brief report on some of the issues the police have been dealing with recently, including drug related crimes and anti-social behaviour.

The meeting then heard from representatives of 16 different community groups and organisations, who each gave a report on their activities over the past year and outlined their future plans. Cllr Davidson thanked all the representatives from the groups for taking the time to come along to the meeting and how wonderful it was to hear of all the great work that is being down within the community. All of the reports will be collated together and published on the Council’s website as soon as possible.