Mr Bill Hitchins (Chairman of the Authority)
Appointed By: South Hams District Council
Address: The Beeches, Bickleigh Down Road, Roborough, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 7AD
Telephone: (01752) 705494
Committees and Panels:
National Park Authority; Development Management Committee; Chairman's Advisory Group; Planning and Sustainable Working Panel; Chief Executive Performance Review Group; Dartmoor Steering Group; Audit & Governance Committee; Local Plan Steering Group
Bill commenced his working life running a family agricultural business covering a large part of Southwest Devon and Dartmoor and later developed an equestrian and pet supply business in the same area, alongside a small builder's merchant outlet at Roborough. He owns a small-holding which qualifies him as a commoner with rights on Roborough Down where he served as association treasurer for 30 years. Bill joined Bickleigh Parish Council in 1983 and become Chairman in 1987. He was elected to South Hams District Council in 1991 and appointed Deputy Leader in 1994. He has held a variety of senior offices including Chairman of the Council and is currently Deputy Leader once again. Bill's other interests include being a board Member of Devon and Cornwall Groundwork Trust and a trustee of both his local almshouse and of the Woolwell Community Centre. He is also Chairman of the Fortress Study Group. Bill is heavily involved in the provision of facilities for Rugby, Football, Cricket and Youth recreation in the Roborough area and supports his partner's sailing chartering business based on the river Dart at Kingsbridge.