The next Full Council meeting will be held on TUESDAY April 24th at 7pm in the Village Hall. The agenda is here: April draft Agenda
New Housing Opportunities Available
South Hams District Council is asking people who are looking for affordable or more suitable accommodation to complete a short questionnaire helping them to understand the housing need within the local area.
Many people report that they cannot afford to buy, or rent, a home in the place where they have a personal connection. This could be the place where they grew up, or perhaps where their extended family live, or even where they work, due to the high cost of housing. In the South Hams, it is not uncommon for average house prices in some communities to be up to 15 times average incomes and it is recognised that the lack of suitable homes for local families has had a major impact on the energy and sustainability of local communities. This is where the Community Housing Strategy can help.
The Community Housing Strategy, awarded South Hams District Council £1.88m to help meet the housing needs of local residents looking to buy, or rent, homes costing in the region of £150,000 – £200,000.
The Council would like to invite residents who cannot find affordable or appropriate housing within their local village or town, to complete a short questionnaire telling them about the housing need in their area. This survey will help the Council to understand which communities are interested in buying or renting community housing, which could then be targeted for future project development.
South Hams District Council will use these survey results to target key need areas and actively support community housing groups, both financially and with development resources, to progress the development of high quality homes. This process will involve a further, and more comprehensive full housing needs survey, discussions with local Parish Councils and community groups to discuss suitable site selection, before projects can be designed and implemented. These homes will then be available to residents with local connections, where the cost of market housing is currently beyond their reach.
South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Customer First, Cllr Hilary Bastone, said: “I am absolutely delighted that this government funding will help us to address the housing needs of our local residents. We have known for a long time that lower incomes in Devon stop many families from living in their local communities, forcing them to move away from friends and family, in order to afford suitable housing.
“This first step survey will inform us of where the problem areas are and we can then concentrate on working with local community groups to identify where we can support local housing projects to get off the ground.
“I encourage residents who are not on the housing ladder to take five minutes to complete the survey letting us know exactly where the issues are locally so we can use the money to target the areas of greatest need.”
Supporting the development of this strategy is the Devon Rural Housing Partnership, who said: “The Devon Rural Housing Partnership is pleased to be working with South Hams District Council on this high level housing survey. It is important that we identify where appropriate housing is needed in order to prioritise resources on the right communities.”
The survey is now open until Saturday 31 March at 5 p.m. To share your views on local housing needs, please complete this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5Q5SBWQ A paper version of this survey, is available by contacting the Devon Rural Housing Team on 01392 248919.
The next Parish Council meeting will be march 14th 7pm in the Village Hall. The agenda is here: March draft Agenda
Update on the unauthorised encampment on Longcause/Sawpit Lane:
The verges where the encampment was are owned by Highways who brought a court case which was heard on 6th December and found in favour of HIghways. An eviction order was made. Bailiffs went to the site on Monday 28th January to seek possession. One of the caravans has moved on to Sawpit lane and Highways has been asked to investigate. DCC’s legal team have been asked to see if that area was covered by their possession order and once this is established action can be taken.
The remaining caravans on Barracks Hill have been abandoned. SHDC says that a team will be clearing the caravans before another team comes and removes them.
This doesn’t necessarily remove the problem which is not helped by too few available sites.The Parish Council is hoping that other solutions can be investigated.
The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday February 14th at 7pm in the Village Hall. The agenda is here: February draft Agenda. If you would like a copy of the agenda emailed to you please let the clerk know by emailing email@example.com
Brain Tumour Research is a national charity striving to fund a network of dedicated research centres. We support the UK’s largest group of laboratory-based scientists progressing world-class research into brain tumours, to improve treatments, survival rates and quality of life for patients, and ultimately find a cure. We are the only national charity dedicated to research into brain tumours and campaigning to increase the national investment in brain tumour research. We rely solely on local communities like yours and the generosity of the general public.
Here are a few simple and easy things the people you represent can do to help us fund the fight
- Take part in our Wear a Hat Day in March – the UK’s premier brain tumour research fundraising event. The event is being supported by businesswoman, model, actress, and television personality, Caprice, alongside actor and author, Sheila Hancock CBE. Since it started in 2010, Wear a Hat Day has raised well over £1 million.
- Visit our website, find out what’s happening and take part in some of the fundraising events that are taking place in your region.
- Spread the word by distributing some of our leaflets locally.
Please get in touch to discuss how we can work together. We look forward to hearing from you.
Help us fund the fight. Together we will find a cure.
Smoke free Alliance
In July, the Government published a new Tobacco Control Plan for England. The
plan, titled “Towards a Smokefree Generation”, details further reduction targets
in smoking prevalence, setting out to achieve the following objectives by 2022:
- reduce the number of 15 year olds who regularly smoke from 8% to 3% or
- reduce smoking among adults in England from 15.5% to 12% or less;
- reduce the inequality gap in smoking prevalence, between those in routine
and manual occupations and the general population;
- reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy from 10.5% to 6% or less;
Read more about this in the newsletter below.
DARTINGTON PARISH COUNCIL
Local Government Act 1972 Section 87(2)
To be filled by co-option
Councillor for the Dartington Parish Council
There has been no call for an election and so the Parish Council is required to take steps to fill the vacancies on the parish council by co-option at its meeting on October 11th 2017.
Those interested in being a councillor for Dartington Parish Council, or wanting more information about the role, should contact the clerk.
Telephone: 01803 865182
Applications for Grants from the Parish Council: Applications are now Closed for 2017
Grants are available to support charitable or voluntary activities for organisations in Dartington, or for the benefit of Dartington residents. To be eligible, your organisation must benefit people within the parish and you need to be able to show that you meet a local need and have local support. Grants are for specific projects or purposes and you will need to show how your project will make a difference.
If your organization would like to apply for a grant, please fill out the application form which is available here:Grant form 2017
Grant awarding criteria is here:Grants policy 2017
Applications should be received by August 31st and will be decided at the October meeting on their merits which includes whether the Parish Council is allowed to give money for the purpose requested.
Please contact Kate WIlson, the parish clerk, if you have any questions.
Dartington Parish Council Accounts
Public right to view: Please note: this has closed now
The dates for the public to exercise the right to view the accounts are from June 19th 2017 to August 8th 2017 excepting weekends.
More information and the official notice is here:http://www.dartingtonparishcouncil.co.uk/accountsandpolicies/
Please contact the clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an appointment to view the accounts.
Annual Parish Meeting Wednesday May 10th 2017 Village Hall 6pm until 7pm.
The Annual Parish Meeting is not a council meeting. It is a meeting of the parish electors and must take place between 1 March and 1 June. Electors can contribute to the agenda and in practice these meetings often celebrate local activities and debate current issues in the community. The Chairman, if present, will chair the meeting.
Avian Flu update April 2017
DEFRA have made a sudden change to the Protection Regulation as follows;-
Updated measures to protect poultry against Avian Flu
All poultry in England to be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April following the latest evidence on the risk posed by wild birds.
All poultry in England are to be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April 2017 following updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has announced.
The requirement to keep poultry in Higher Risk Areas of England housed or completely enclosed in netting, introduced to minimise the risk of them catching avian flu from wild birds, will be lifted. However, all keepers in England will continue to be required to comply with strict biosecurity measures.
A ban on poultry gatherings also remains in force until further notice.
The decision to lift the additional requirements in the Higher Risk Areas is based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice, which concludes that the level of risk to poultry in these areas has now reduced to the same level as that across the rest of England. This is because of changes in the wild bird population: the majority of over-wintering migratory birds have now left the UK, and resident wild waterfowl are at their lowest levels and entering the breeding season when they become less likely to move long distances to forage for food.
The risk of poultry becoming infected from H5N8 remains heightened and countries across Europe continue to experience outbreaks and observe cases in wild birds. Defra is stepping up surveillance of wild birds across the UK to inform our risk assessments.
All poultry keepers must continue to take steps to reduce the risk to their birds, including minimising movement in and out of bird enclosures, cleaning footwear, keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy and feeding birds indoors.