Parish Council by-election 18 February 2016

Two nominations have been received for the councillor vacancy so an election has been called for 18 February 2016. Torridge District Council will send poll cards to parishioners on the electoral register.

Candidates (in alphabetical order)

  • BEER, Rosie
  • BIRD, Teresa Jane

Statement of persons nominated  [PDF 9KB]

Bideford Medical Centre: car parking

from Bideford Medical Centre…

Notice on the change to parking arrangements at Bideford Medical Centre

From Monday 11 January 2016 Total Parking Solutions (TPS) will be managing all car parking areas related to Bideford Medical Centre. The arrangement is designed to help manage our limited parking resource and is intended to provide parking space for the Patients, Staff & Visitors of the Medical Centre when required. Parking remains free for one hour in our car parks. Should patients and visitors require over an hour parking they can complete a form at reception.

Signage will be in place at the entrances to both the Patients & Visitors and the Staff, Patients & Visitors car parks advising drivers of the Terms & Conditions attached to using these car parks and that Parking Charge Notices (PCN) may be issued by Total Parking Solutions (our Parking Management Company) to any vehicle not adhering to the Terms & Conditions. The Parking Charge Notice fine is £40, reduced to £20 if payment is made within 14 days.

In addition to the contraventions highlighted on the signage any unauthorised vehicles parked within the car parks in excess of 60 minutes will be liable to receiving a PCN. TPS Attendants will patrol the car parks on a regular basis to ensure all vehicles are adhering to the Terms & Conditions relating to parking at Bideford Medical Centre.

All those persons granted permission by Bideford Medical Centre Management to park will have their vehicle registration number entered on a “white list” maintained by Bideford Medical Centre Management and provided to TPS. This ‘whitelist’ can be managed on a daily basis.
Any person receiving a PCN from TPS can appeal in writing to TPS.

Fire Service Christmas message

What will Christmas cost you?

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have launched their Christmas Fire Safety campaign – What will Christmas cost you?

We are focusing our campaign on unattended candles, portable heaters and careless discarding of cigarettes.

Christmas Fire safety is important at any time of the year, but with the extra distractions of Christmas it’s especially important to be vigilant. Dry Christmas trees, colourful decorations and wrapped presents are all extra fuel for a potential fire in your home.

To ensure a fire safe and joyful Christmas this year, see our top tips.


Candles and night lights are often used in celebrations for Christmas. It only takes one candle to put your home at risk – always take care when using them:

• Make sure you don’t put candles in, or by, a Christmas tree, plants, flowers or other foliage.

• Be careful that ribbons, greetings cards and other decorations aren’t near any candle flames.

• That the candle is out of draughts and away from curtains, other fabrics or furniture, which could catch fire.

• Never leave a candle unattended.

• Make sure you: put out candles before you leave a room and before you go to bed.

Portable heaters

• Don’t put heaters near ribbons, greetings cards and other decorations.

• Do not place heaters under the Christmas tree or an enclosed area.

• Don’t leave portable heaters switched on and unattended.

• Keep portable heaters away from exit ways, walkways and paths of travel.

• Heaters need to be monitored daily. Heaters with missing guards, control knobs, feet, etc. must not be used and need to be repaired by a competent person.


• With all the Christmas celebrations be extra careful with cigarettes and smoking materials after drinking alcohol or taken prescription drugs – you may get drowsy or lose concentration and fall asleep.

• Never smoke in bed – when a cigarette is finished, put it out, right out!

• Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended – they can easily overbalance as they burn down.

• Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn.

Plan your escape route

Make sure your family and visitors staying for the festive period know what to do in an emergency. Make a fire escape plan and check everyone knows it.

Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to accidental fires in the home, so take extra care this season to ensure that your families, loved ones and neighbours are all protected from the extra Christmas fire risks.

Smoke alarms

Ensure you have a working smoke alarm installed on all levels of your home. Test your smoke alarms on a regular basis and never remove batteries to power presents! This Christmas clean your smoke alarms so all your family and friends are safe.

To request free Home Safety advice call free on: now 0800 05 02 999. For any other fire safety advice, contact the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue helpline on: 01392 872288 or visit our website


Keep up to date and follow ‘dsfireupdates’ on Twitter and Facebook

Geoffrey Cox MP surgery dates for 2016

Advice surgery dates 2016

Bideford and Torrington

  • Saturday 16 January
  • Saturday 27 February
  • Saturday 9 April
  • Saturday 21 May
  • Saturday 2 July
  • Saturday 10 September
  • Saturday 22 October
  • Saturday 3 December

Holsworthy and Tavistock

  • Saturday 30 January
  • Saturday 19 March
  • Saturday 7 May
  • Saturday 11 June
  • Saturday 30 July
  • Saturday 1 October
  • Saturday 12 November
  • Saturday 17 December

By appointment only

If you would like to make an appointment to see Geoffrey, please contact his office by post, email, phone or website.

Geoffrey Cox MP for Torridge and West Devon

Constituency Office: 2 Bridge Chambers, Lower Bridge Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2BU


Telephone: 01237 459 001


A Christmas welcome to the Community Shop

Happy Christmas to all our customers

Buckland Brewer Community Shop is offering to help make your 2015 Christmas spectacular:
Why push and crush when we can supply most of your Christmas needs!

Orders are now being taken for meat from Heards Butchers. All meat is delivered fresh and ready to be collected on the 23 or 24 December 2015.

Look at the range available:

  • Turkey roll
  • Chicken, beef and pork
  • Beef, pork and lamb joints
  • Hams and gammon
  • Sausages and sausage meat
  • Pigs in blankets
  • Cooked meats

Also available to order:

  • Milk, cheese and eggs
  • Cream (single, double, clotted)
  • Bread

Come and see the exciting range of Belgian chocolates available from our local
Buckland Brewer Chocolatier.

And don’t forget:

  • Local handmade Christmas Cakes
  • Fudge
  • Chocolates

Road closure: Crossleigh to Old Toll House December 2015

Road closure details

road closure december 2015

Please note: this road will be closed longer than previously advertised.


Crossleigh to Old Toll House, Devon


30 November 2015 to 18 December 2015


structural works


A386 at Landcross, A388 at Stibb Cross, Thorne Cross, Wrangworthy Cross, Putford, Powler’s Piece, Melbury Cross, Littleham

Official notices

Road closure: Road from Bableigh Cross to Buckland Brewer

Road closure details

Road closure Bableigh


Bableigh Cross to Buckland Brewer


7 December 2015 to 10 December 2015


Works to the underground network.


Road from Parkham Primary School to Babeleigh Cross – Road from Parkham Cross to Babeleigh Water – Road from Parkham Cross to Tuckingmill Cross – Road from Tuckingmill Cross to Yeo Vale – Road Heading Northwest from Bowden Cross – Road from Bowden Cross to Brownswell – Road from Barcott to Brownswell – Road from Bableigh to Buckland Brewer

Official notice

Road closure: Ashtons Row Saturday 5 December

Ashtons Row will be closed between Tuckers Park and the main road on Saturday 5 December.

The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be from Tower Hill and Barton Road.

This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable – Buckland Brewer Christmas market.

For additional information contact Buckland Brewer village hall. Telephone: 01237 451822

Road closure notice


Please note that there are currently no more plots available at the Blackhorse allotments. If you would like your name to be added to a waiting list for when any become free, please contact the Parish Clerk, Patrick Blosse, on 01805 624832 or email