The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday December 13th at 7pm in the Village Hall. The agenda will be available shortly. If you would like a copy of the agenda emailed to you please let the clerk know by emailing email@example.com
Information on recent highways events can be found here.
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.