It is with great regret that Northam Town Council announces the death of Councillor Richard Miller, Northam Ward Town Councillor.
Councillor Miller served on the Council from December 2004 in many roles, especially on the Northam Burrows Committee, where his local knowledge of the history of the Burrows was invaluable.
He also served on Town Projects, Finance Committee and Human resources.
He worked hard to ensure the smooth takeover and refurbishment of Northam Hall, also the acquisition of Burrough Farm and the installation of the allotments there.
He led on the project to install signs and flower boxes at the entrance roads to the Town Council, also the boat planters which will be in place shortly and he led on the installation of the speed signs.
Members put forward a number of reminiscences;
“Richard Miller was a dedicated Councillor who, as Chairman of Northam Burrows committee, committed his time to ensuring the welfare of the livestock and the upkeep of the Burrows. He will be missed at Northam Town Council meetings.”
“I knew Richard for 33 years initially because our mothers were friends and on occasion he took both of them to St Margaret’s Church. In 2004 we both stood for election as Northam Town Councillors and he won. He retained his seat as a Town Councillor for 15 years. A more Community minded Councillor one could not have wished for. Just to list a few things he is responsible for are Northam Hall’s acquisition and restoration, the purchase of the last Burrough Farm meadow by Northam Town Council and last but not least the hanging baskets in all 3 villages. As a proper local with a deep interest in the area, his knowledge and understanding was unequalled. His presence at Council meetings will be sorely missed. On a personal note he helped me immensely with my efforts to restore Anchor Park and Lords Meadow playing fields, my drive to recruit more maintenance men and more recently, even when ill, negotiating with the Devon Highways Engineer as to where boat planters could be placed around our villages. Richard’s life- long support of the Appledore Lifeboat service is legendary and as a boater myself I owe him my gratitude.”
“I am shocked and very sorry to hear of Richards death. I have known 'Butch' for several years, but really got to know him well since joining Northam Town Council in 2015. He always spoke his mind, he had a great love and knowledge for Northam Burrows. His contribution to Northam life will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family and friends, RIP 'Butch'.”
Councillor Miller's funeral service will be held on Thursday 22nd March at 1.40pm at the North Devon Crematorium, Rowan Chapel.
Family Flowers only please. Donations, if desired, for Appledore RNLI, by retiring collection or c/o Braddicks & Sherborne Funeral Directors, No 1 Abbotsham Road, Bideford EX39 3AF
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Following a very well attended Council meeting last month, Torridge District Council have received a number of complaints regarding parking in the numbered bays at the Windmill Lane car park. These bays are reserved exclusively for permit holders and should not be used by anyone else. The parking enforcement department at Torridge are now aware of the dates of the evening Council meetings and will be sending an Officer to check the car park, if you are parked incorrectly, you will be issued with a penalty notice.
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