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Best Kept Village: Buckland Brewer’s entry

The results of the village’s entry into the 2014 Best Kept Village Competition are as follows:

Best Kept Village Final Results for 2014

Past Winner – Large Village

  • Winner: Kilmington
  • Runner-up: Newton St Cyres

Past Winner – Small Village

  • Winner: Dalwood
  • Runner-up: Offwell

Large Village

  • Winner: Bradworthy
  • Runner-up: Musbury

Small Village

  • Winner: Sheepwash
  • Runner-up: Bratton Clcvelly

New Entry

  • Winner: Ashwater
  • Runner-up: Lympstone

Although Buckland Brewer did not win any prizes this year, the supporting letter from the judges is very encouraging and offers some ideas for the future:

Buckland Brewer

Buckland Brewer is a charming, pretty and compact village. It was mainly tidy with a small amount of old litter found on verges and in gutters and cigarette ends in other areas. Verges were well trimmed. Road signs were in need of a clean.

There were some houses in several roads, which had very weedy gutters. However, most houses, gardens, outbuildings, walls and fences were very well maintained. There are some lovely gardens. No allotments were found, although the website indicates they exist.

The Village Hall is central to the village life and well used. The kitchen looked adequate. It needs some external maintenance to the guttering/down pipes and the window sills. The telephone kiosk looks shabby. Notice boards were in good condition and had current information. No BKVposter was on display.

The Village Green was in good condition. Village children had written poems about WW1 and placed them next to poppies planted on the small green in front of the church porch. The school grounds looked tidy and well kept. There is an excellent playing field for cricket and football, which is well mown. The field was not shown on the map provided. The cricket wicket was well tended. The goal posts on the football pitch are rusty. The football pitch is also used for the village fete. There are new seats for spectators to enjoy the scene or the games. The seats at the Tarka Housing development were just acceptable, but need the lichen removed. Near the church the four seats are well positioned but one will need painting.

The footpath opposite the church was accessible and tidy. The path in Barton Road was littered and overgrown in places. On another visit the entrance to this path was obstructed by a householder’s wheelie bin.

The Community Shop serves the needs of the village and is run by a team of twenty volunteers. lt is well stocked selling amongst other things – local preserves, sweets and vegetables. Close by, there is the ”Sweet Window”, a delightful idea. Locally made sweets are sold through the little window by the very pleasant shopkeeper. The pub is very good and has clean toilets. The car park was also clean and tidy. lt is clearly popular with villagers. The bar staff were helpful and friendly and the food there was enjoyed by several judges. The commercial premises in Gorwood Road look very shabby, weedy and detract from the village scene. Two abandoned cars were also found. They looked to have been in situ for quite a time.

The Anglican Church dates back to Norman times and are a central feature of the village. It is beautifully maintained and is clearly much used and much loved. The porch has recently been restored to a very high standard. The church yard was well mown. The grass area in front and the war memorial were beautiful. The notice board here was good. The kissing gate needs attention and gate posts need painting. The Methodist Chapel was closed. The surrounding area was tidy.

The village map was rather poor and failed to show several of the features needed for judging purposes. Judges especially reported it difficult to find key buildings. The website had much good information and was user friendly. The village clearly has many groups and activities for young and old alike. There are weekly coffee mornings to bring residents together. Both the Parish Church and the Methodist Church are actively reaching out to the community. The Parish Council are actively leading initiatives for future housing and economic developments for the village and the wider Parish.

Buckland Brewer showed itself to good effect as a new entrant in the Best Kept Village Competition this year. The standard was very high in the New Entry category. Judges felt that with attention to the points highlighted, as needing attention, Buckland Brewer could be a future winning village in the Small ViIIage category of the competition. We hope to see you in the competition again next year!

Covering letter from the Best Kept Village in Devon competition (pdf 771kB)

Road Closure: Stibb Cross to Thorne Moor

Road closure

Map reproduced by kind permission of SWH. Crown copyright, all rights reserved.

Circumstances and weather permitting, the road between Thornmoor Cross and the Old Methodist Church, Buckland Brewer will be closed on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 August, 2014. This is to enable SWH to carry out patching works on behalf of Devon County Council.

Please be aware however, that the date may need to change at short notice. During the works, a diversion route will be signed and maintained. SWH and DCC will notify all affected properties.

SWH aims to maintain access to properties and businesses within the closures, however there may be times when access is restricted/delayed. SWH apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.

Contact

Joanna Cole, Customer Liaison Administrator

Telephone: 01805 622395: Ext: 2017

Councillor vacancy

The Returning Officer, Torridge District Council, has given notice of the councillor vacancy on Buckland Brewer Parish Council.

The sequence of events will be as follows:

  1. Notice advertising vacancy is prepared by the Returning Officer and displayed appropriately
  2. Parishioners contact the Returning Officer if they want an election
  3. If no signatures (or less than 10) are received the parish council will be asked to co-opt someone
  4. If 10 or more signatures are received by 12 September 2014 a potential election date will be agreed by the Parish Clerk and Returning Officer and another notice will be displayed seeking nominations
  5. If there are no nominations the vacancy will be advertised again.
  6. If there is only one nomination that person will be elected unopposed
  7. If there is more than one nomination there will be an election, the full cost of which will be met by the Parish Council

Patrick Blosse, Clerk to Buckland Brewer Parish Council

Catsborough Cottage, Catsborough Cross, Monkleigh, Devon, EX39 5LE

Telephone: 01805 624832

Buckland Brewer development: the draft Local Plan

North Devon and Torridge District Councis have published the draft Local Plan which covers proposed development in northern Devon up to 2031. Public consultation on the plan ends on 8 August 2014.

For full details see:

This map of Buckland Brewer village shows how the village is expected to change over the next 15 to 20 years.

Buckland Brewer Policies Map

For convenience of people living in the parish, we’ve reproduced the parts of the plan relevant to Buckland Brewer. You should read this in light of the contents of the whole draft plan.

Buckland Brewer Spatial Strategy

The community’s spatial vision for the Local Centre is that it should support a range of facilities and amenities to meet the needs of residents and that it should have a more balanced age profile than at present. The community accepts that significant growth in population, particularly in the younger age groups, is likely to be necessary to help achieve this.

The vision will be delivered through:

(a) provision of approximately 103 dwellings including affordable homes, to meet a range of housing needs in the community with an emphasis on smaller properties for families and single people. The supply of housing will be delivered through extant planning consents and two site allocations with a capacity for approximately 45 dwellings;

(b) two additional housing sites within the development boundary, together with smaller infill plots;

(c) seeking to retain and expand existing services and facilities in the village;

(d) retention of existing sports and recreation facilities, and

(e) supporting appropriate employment provision, including live-work units subject to market demand.

The Development Proposals

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The spatial strategy for the village will be supported in a range of ways including the site specific policies below.

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A development boundary for Buckland Brewer is defined on Policies Map 12 outside of which the principle of residential development is only supported on an exceptional basis. The development boundary includes opportunities for additional development in addition to the sites subject to specific policies.

Employment

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Employment in Buckland Brewer is related primarily to service activities.

for Policy BBR01: Land Adjoining Football Pitch

(1) Land to the north of Buckland Brewer, as shown on Policies Map 12, is allocated for economic development to include a mix of unit sizes focused on meeting local business needs.

(2) The site should be developed in accordance with the following site specific development principles:

(a) a focus on economic uses within the B1 Use Class;

(b) a very high standard of unified design and appearance in view of the location of the site in the countryside; and

(c) appropriate screening on all boundaries to integrate the development into its countryside setting.

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During the life of the Local Plan there may be a requirement for additional land or premises to accommodate businesses able to provide a service to, or employment for local people. A small site is allocated to accommodate this demand to the north of the village.

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The allocated site of about 0.22 hectares can accommodate premises for light industrial or other B1 uses to help provide a range of employment opportunities in Buckland Brewer.  Its location will ensure minimal impact on existing residential property and on traffic in the village.

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The site is in a very prominent position, visible from all directions, and its development needs to reflect this. A very high standard of design of buildings will be required to ensure visual impact is minimised.  Boundary planting will need to be substantial to help integrate new development into the countryside.

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If required, the opportunity could be taken to integrate access arrangements for this site, the football pitch and the adjoining allotments.

Housing

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There is a substantial existing commitment1 to additional housing in the village with permitted sites at Gorwood Road and to the south east of Buckland Brewer in association with a new village hall. Further sites are additionally allocated to meet the spatial strategy for Buckland Brewer over the plan period.

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The identified sites are considered to be deliverable. They will be released to ensure a steady pace of development over the plan period and in accordance with the spatial strategy. The order of presentation does not reflect any priority for release of the sites.

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Existing commitments include a number of affordable dwellings. During the plan period additional affordable homes may be needed to meet local needs. All sites will be required to meet a range of housing needs in accordance with the spatial strategy and general plan policies. If a more significant need for affordable property is identified land to the south of the settlement, known locally as ‘Cock Pheasant’, between the roads to Great Torrington and Thornhillhead, is considered suitable. This site is outside the development boundary and will be released only in accordance with Policy ST19: Affordable Housing on Exceptions Sites.

Policy BBR02: Land at Orleigh Close

(1) Land north east of Orleigh Close, as shown on Policies Map 12, is allocated for residential development that includes

(a) approximately 20 dwellings with an emphasis on providing a mix of housing types and sizes to reflect local need, including affordable homes; and

(b) adequate replacement for any parking spaces lost to obtain satisfactory access to the principal village road through Orleigh Close.

(2) The site should be developed in accordance with the following specific development principles:

(a) provide vehicular access only from Orleigh Close;

(b) a design and layout that provides an acceptable impact on existing properties;

(c) provision of a substantial tree and hedge screen on all boundaries with open countryside; and

(d) a pedestrian link to land proposed for development to the south east.

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A site to the north east of Orleigh Close on the eastern side of the village is allocated for housing. The site is relatively level and can accommodate a range of dwellings to meet local needs. It is well related to the highway network and village facilities and with appropriate landscaping, will not harm the landscape setting of the village.

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This site of approximately 1.1 hectares can make a significant contribution to enabling continuing growth in the village over the plan period without harming the setting of the village. To ensure this is achieved, development will be expected to follow the substantial completion of the existing commitment in association with the village hall. The site is not expected to be released at the same time as BBR03.

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The site borders the front of properties in Orleigh Close. Detailed design and layout that avoids overlooking between existing and new properties is essential. Access through the site to Meadow Park will need to be provided.

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Substantial planting on the eastern, currently undefined, boundary is required to minimise the impact on the countryside setting. Existing hedge boundaries will also be reinforced with native planting to create more biodiverse features capable of screening the site

Policy BBR03: Land to the North East of Orleigh Close

(1) Land to the north east of Orleigh Close, as shown on Policies Map 12, is allocated for residential development that includes approximately 25 dwellings with an emphasis on providing a mix of housing types and sizes to reflect local need, including affordable homes.

(2) The site should be developed in accordance with the following specific principles:

(a) vehicular and pedestrian access from the development adjoining the new village hall;

(b) a pedestrian link to the development of site BBR02;

(c) a design and layout that provides an acceptable impact on existing properties and future development; and

(d) provision of a substantial tree and hedge screen on all boundaries with open countryside.

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A site to the north east or Orleigh Close, adjacent to BBR02 and to the rear of development associated with the new village hall, is proposed for residential development. Vehicular access to this site will be from development associated with the new village hall only.

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This site of approximately 1 hectare can make a significant contribution to enabling continuing growth in the village over the plan period without harming the setting of the village. The site will not be developed before the substantial completion of the existing commitment in association with the village hall. The site is not expected to be released at the same time as BBR02.

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Existing hedges should be reinforced and a substantial new boundary created on the northern edge to help integrate the development into the countryside.

Community Facilities

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Buckland Brewer has a range of recreation provision, mainly located to the north of the village. The Local Plan safeguards use of the football pitch, playing field and allotment areas from other uses and the sites remain outside the development boundary to further discourage development pressure.

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Also safeguarded is the area of amenity land adjoining the new village hall to be transferred to Parish Council as the adjacent development progresses. A play area for use by the primary school and amenity land for general use are part of the development which includes a new village hall.

Police warn – don’t fall for this scam

Devon and Cornwall Police has sent this urgent warning to the Parish Clerk

Date: Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Subject: Op Fardel – Phone scam: Police urgent warning

Devon and Cornwall Police have received many reports relating to a professionally run national scam. This has led to many vulnerable people, who are often elderly, being ruthlessly defrauded out of thousands of pounds. There have been a considerable number of victims nationwide, including many locally in the Devon and Cornwall area. The average age of victim appears to be 70 years old, with losses ranging between £4000 –  £100,000+.

The offender(s) call unsuspecting victims purporting to be an official body, such as the police or bank. At present the common theme is for the caller to claim to be a Metropolitan police detective. The offender(s) then convince the victim that there has been some form of fraudulent activity with their bank account. They sometimes claim to have someone in police custody who was found with the victims bank details, or that their account has, or is being used, to withdraw substantial sums of money. The caller requests bank account details, PIN numbers and other details as a matter of urgency to prevent further substantial losses.

The caller often invites the victim to hang up the phone and call their bank or local police to confirm events. What the victim is unaware of is that the caller has maintained an open phone line, so on re-dialling the victim is actually connected to and conversing with the same offender(s) throughout the whole process. Once having attained all bank details the caller eventually tries to convince the victim to package their bank cards, seal them in an envelope and wait for a courier to arrive and collect. On occasion the caller also convinces the victim to visit their bank and withdraw substantial sums of cash from their accounts and await further instructions; usually involving a courier as described. The offender(s) sound professional, use decoding electronic devices as part of the process and even have automated messages and background music if on hold; it is a sophisticated and well planned operation which gives the impression of being genuine.

Please can staff be made aware of the scam so that the most suitable advice can be offered to potential victims from the earliest stage.

For further information and advice, please contact:

Donna Woolway, Devon and Cornwall Police Force Crime Prevention Team, Barnstaple Police Station. 01271 318559

Calling Buckland Brewer’s enterprising women

Networking, Peer Support and Business Development Advice for Enterprising Women

This new support programme is for women who are based in rural Devon (outside of Exeter, Torbay and Plymouth).

Eligible businesses must be more than 50% owned or managed by women, the business may be run as a social enterprise, a private business or sole trader status.

This initiative offers FREE support, networking and events which are delivered in a variety of ways to give women a choice and options as to how they wish to be involved.

There is an event at 6pm on Monday 18 August at the Bluecoat Centre in Great Torrington.

For more information see Women Led Enterprise Programme

The programme is run by the Community Council of Devon

Telephone: 01392 248919

Plantlife: events summer 2014

Wild about plant life?

If you are wild about plant life then three events organised by Plantlife this summer, as part of their “Make the small things count” project, will give you an opportunity to indulge yourself.  The events are free.

East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve

11am to 4pm, Wednesday 30 July

Join us for an inspirational walk in the woods and use soil and plant pigments to create printed collages of magical mosses, fabulous ferns and lovely lichens. Prepare to get messy as you get up close and personal with these hidden gems!  Meet at the Woodland Centre which will be signed from near to the entrance to the reserve and has parking. Information on how to get to the reserve can be found on the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve website.  Please bring suitable clothing and stout footwear as the session may get a bit messy. You may also wish to bring a camera. Remember to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.  Booking is essential, see Wild about plants events

Earth’s Studio Arts Workshops: Lynmouth Pavilion

11am to 4pm Thursday 21 August and Saturday 13 September

Join us for an inspirational walk in the woods and use soil and plant pigments to create printed collages of magical mosses, fabulous ferns and lovely lichens. Prepare to get messy as you get up close and personal with these hidden gems!  Please bring suitable clothing and stout footwear as the session may get a bit messy. You may also wish to bring a camera. Remember to bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.  Meet at the Pavilion.  Booking is essential, see Wild about plants events

The Lowdown on Lichens

11am to 2pm, Tuesday 2 September 2014

Join us for a walk in one of the south west’s special and beautiful Atlantic woodlands and learn about the lichens growing there.  This journey through Badgworthy woods at Malmsmead on Exmoor will open your eyes to a new world.  Walk leaders will help you not only to identify a few iconic species to amaze your friends with, they will share some of the lichens’ secrets including how they can protect you from burning in the sun and how they could help you to find your way if you were lost…

Bring a packed lunch and clothing for all weather.  We will be walking through the woods so stout footwear is advisable.  You might want to bring your camera to take photos and enter our Wonders of the Woodlands competition.  This is a free workshop suitable for absolute lichen beginners and is being run as part of the lottery funded Make the Small Things Count project.  Over 18s only please.  Meet at the car park at Malmsmead close to Lorna Doone Farm SS792478. Booking is essential, see Wild about plants events

Further details about see Plantlife’s Make the Small Things Count project.

The organiser for all the above events is Katie Cameron

Email: Katie.Cameron@plantlife.org.uk

Post: 14 Rollestone St, Salisbury, SP1 1DX

Telephone:  01722 342759

Website: Plantlife

Councillor David Lloyd

At the meeting of Buckland Brewer Parish Council last Wednesday, the Chairman announced with deep sorrow that Councillor David Lloyd had died suddenly on 2 July.  David had been a parish councillor for many years and was a former Chairman of the council.  All those at the meeting stood in silence as a mark of their respect.

David’s funeral and memorial service will be held at Barnstaple Crematorium on at 3pm on Thursday 17 July.

There will be a tea served in Buckland Brewer Village Hall afterwards, to which all are welcome.

No flowers please. There will be a collection.

Hospital transport for cancer patients

The parish clerk has received the following press release from Sharon Lynch, Manager, Go North Devon Ltd , about a new free hospital transport car service for cancer patients needing to get to North Devon District Hospital.

If you would like any further information about it please contact Sharon Lynch or use the contact phone number.

NDCCCT Car poster 2014

A new door to door trial service for cancer patients who need to get to North Devon District Hospital (NDDH) for oncology or chemotherapy treatment and who would struggle to get there has been launched this week.

The service which is funded by the North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust (NDCCCT) and co-ordinated by Go North Devon (GND) will collect patients from the Torridge area on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from the North Devon area on Tuesday and Thursday. The service will run twice daily to NDDH arriving at 9am and 1pm; departing at 1.15pm and 5pm. The VW Caravelle can carry five passengers on each run and booking is essential.

NDCCCT and Go have worked together for the past 17 years helping North Devon cancer patients who needed to get to Exeter on a daily basis for Radiotherapy. However an NHS funded service is now in place to help patients with these journeys so the NDCCCT Trustees felt the time was right to investigate new ways to help cancer patients in the area.

There is currently no charge for using the new service which is funded by NDCCCT from donations and fundraising. James Bonetta, Chairman of NDCCCT said “Our charity began with the goals of helping cancer patients attend appointments and offering support to the chemotherapy unit at NDDH. With the new unit opening next year this new service will combine those original aims and, we hope, help many people in the future.”

For more information or to book a seat please telephone 01271 314332 Monday to Friday 09.30 to 4.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Email: Lorraine.Inch@torridge.gov.uk