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Parish council minutes 11 March 2015

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 11 March 2015

Held at the Buckland Brewer school

Draft minutes

Members Present

Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr George Heywood, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Miss Sally Nicholls, and Mr David Watson. Read on…

Elections May 2015

Elections will take place on Thursday 7 May 2015 to elect:

  • members of parliament
  • district councillors for the Torridge district
  • parish councillors for towns and parishes in the Torridge district

For full information about the elections in Torridge, please see Torridge DC election pages.

See Parish council election 2015 for information and advice on standing for parish council.

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For guidance and advice on standing as a candidate in any of the elections, please see the guidance notes produced by the Electoral Commission:

Parish Council minutes 28 January 2015

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 28 January 2015

Held at the Buckland Brewer village hall

Draft minutes

Members Present

Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Miss Sally Nicholls, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Read on…

Parish Council minutes 10 December 2014

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 10 December 2014

Held at the Buckland Brewer School

Draft minutes

Members Present: Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr George Heywood, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Sally Nicholls was co-opted at the meeting and joined the Council from item 1357. Read on…

Merry Christmas

Season’s greetings

fairy lights

Wishing all our readers – from Buckland and beyond – a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

May your holiday be full of fun and family. May 2015 bring you peace and prosperity.

Road closure: Stibb Cross: 15 January 2015

BT OpenReach will be working in Stibb Cross on 15 January 2015 with single lane working controlled by traffic lights.

The details are:

  • Location A388 road from Stibb Cross to Downmoor Cross
  • 200 metres west from West Stibb Farm, Stibb Cross, Devon EX38 8LN

Emergency/out of hours contact for traffic management or signal failure:

Aplant Lux
Telephone: 08700 500792

Approximate location


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Detailed plan of traffic flows

Stibb Cross road works 15 January 2015 – planned traffic flows

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

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

The new Devon Waste Plan

Devon County Council submitted a new Devon Waste Plan to the Secretary of State for examination on 3 April 2014. It covers the whole of Devon, except for Plymouth, Torbay and the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks. It contains ten core policies: W1 – a presumption of sustainable development; W2 – sustainable waste management; W3 – spatial strategy; W4 – waste prevention; W5 – reuse, recycling and materials recovery; W6 – energy recovery; W7 – waste disposal; W8 – waste water treatment; W9 – management of special types of waste; and W10 – protection of waste management capacity. Of these, the most contentious could be Policy W6: Energy Recovery. This seeks to deliver 377,000 tonnes of energy recovery capacity, and identifies five locations for new facilities (incinerators) each of up to 80,000 tonnes, at Brynsworthy Environment Centre (Barnstaple), Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension, Hill Barton and Greendale Barton (east of Exeter), and Heathfield (Kingsteignton).

Preparation of the Plan included a Pre-submission Public Consultation which ended on 24th February 2014. The responses were submitted, together with the Devon Waste Plan itself and supporting documents.  The whole bundle can be viewed online at www.devon.gov.uk/dwpsubmission and hardcopy can be viewed locally at Torridge District Council Offices, Riverbank House, Bideford, EX39 2QG and at the Bideford Library.

The Secretary of State has appointed an Inspector, Mr Andrew S Freeman, to conduct the examination. The examination hearings are currently expected to be held in July 2014. To assist the Inspector, Mr Robert Young has been appointed as the Programme Officer and will undertake the administration of the examination and be the point of contact for all queries and correspondence. Contact details for the Programme Officer, together with information on the examination, will be published shortly on the Council’s website at www.devon.gov.uk/dwpexamination.

If you have any immediate questions on the Devon Waste Plan, including submission documents and examination arrangements, you are asked please to contact the County Council by either emailing wasteplanning@devon.gov.uk, calling 0845 155 1015, or writing to: Minerals and Waste Planning, AB2 Lucombe House, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QD