Newton and Noss Parish Council
in the South Hams of Devon
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Parish Notices

23.03.2017
Please note the red notices are the latest additions

BROADBAND UPDATE

Please find enclosed message from South West Mobile Broadband who have been assisting some parishioners who have applied for vouchers from Connecting Devon & Somerset.


 

Good news! We have just had clarification from CDS that customers with vouchers on Phase One of the CDS Voucher scheme, as long as they place the order by the 31st March with SWMB Ltd, we can have the install done in April. The order form is attached as a standard install is Free of Charge. It can be emailed to our company or posted to Spring Croft, Green Lane, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5TD, or just reply to this email with your details and voucher code and if i will fill in the form for you. If you know of anyone who may still be interested, who have a voucher, please feel free to email this on to them.

 

If you have missed out and would like to get onto phase II as quickly as possible. You can do so here.

 

https://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-broadband-voucher-scheme/

 

CDS have a number of residents and suppliers finding it difficult to meet the voucher deadline of the end of the month. In the interest of fairness we have decided to honour vouchers where orders have been placed before March 31st but where, because of order book capacity, installations cannot be carried out until April. This should alleviate the pressure on delivery in the next few weeks and give all those who want to place orders a chance to be connected.

 

For those suppliers delivering community schemes where extensions of time are required, CDS requests a breakdown of the status of such schemes and the estimated date for completion. If suppliers could populate a table with the community (if a group of several communities then provide details or postcodes) & numbers against their build status and estimated completion date, CDS can ensure vouchers remain valid. We would like this information as quickly as possible to ensure that it can be compiled and processed against the voucher database by the end of the month. To this end we would appreciate if this information be provided by the close of play on Friday 17th of March. Individual orders can be processed up until 31st March. Any communities not included will have their vouchers expire at the end of March 2017 as per the existing deadline.

 

So in conclusion, CDS have said, all orders have to be placed before the 31st of March, with installations able to run slightly longer. March 31st was always the deadline and whilst we have allowed the extension for installations to placate some of the late demand, we do need a deadline.

 

As the installation and equipment is free of charge, don’t waste your voucher!

 

Please get in touch if you have any issues with the above.

 

01392 349120 or 07776333691

 

 

 

 

BLOOD DONATION SESSION

 

Wednesday 12 April

13:15 to 15:15 & 16:45 to 19:15

ELBURTON SCHOOL

HAYE ROAD SOUTH

PLYMSTOCK

 

For more information

visit blood.co.uk or

call 0300 123 23 23

 

Annual Parish Meeting

 

 


 

ANNUAL PARISHMEETING

 

Thursday 23rd March 2017

6.30pm

 

W.I. Community Hall,

Newton Ferrers

 

 

 

 

 

ROAD CLOSURE

 

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

SECTION 14

THE COUNTY OF DEVON (TEMPORARY RESTRICTION) (BRIDGEND HILL & ROAD FROM YEALM VIEW ROAD TO WIDEY HILL, NEWTON FERRERS) NOTICE 2017

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC & PARKING

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL hereby give NOTICE that:

From MONDAY 8 MAY 2017

for a maximum of 5 days

Until WEDNESDAY 10 MAY 2017 (both dates inclusive)

No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads except for access to land or premises on or adjacent to those length of roads.

Roads affected -

BRIDGEND HILL & ROAD FROM YEALM VIEW ROAD TO WIDEY HILL, NEWTON FERRERS

The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via - B3186 PARSONAGE ROAD - WIDEY CROSS TO COLLATON CROSS - FORD ROAD TO GALA CROSS - B3186 FORD ROAD -TORR HILL - NEW ROAD - YEALM BRIDGE TO WONNELL BARN, BATTISBOROUGH CROSS TO WHITEMOOR CROSS - ALSTON CROSS TO BATTISBOROUGH CROSS - MEMBLAND CROSS TO ALSTON CROSS - STOKE CROSS TO MEMBLAND CROSS - STOKE ROAD & VICE VERSA

This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable -

WORKS TO UNDERGROUND BT NETWORK

For additional information contact:

A PLANT LUX

Telephone: 03700 500 792

Dated: MONDAY 8 MAY 2017

 

MEMBLAND ROAD CLOSURE

 

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

SECTION 14

THE COUNTY OF DEVON (TEMPORARY RESTRICTION) (PERCHES CLOSE TO MEMBLAND HOUSE, NEWTON FERRERS) NOTICE 2017

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC & PARKING

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL hereby give NOTICE that:

From MONDAY 5 JUNE 2017

for a maximum of 5 days

Until WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE 2017 (both dates inclusive)

No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads except for access to land or premises on or adjacent to those length of roads.

Roads affected -

PERCHES CLOSE TO MEMBLAND HOUSE, NEWTON FERRERS

The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via - MEMBLAND CROSS TO MEMBLAND HOUSE - STOKE CROSS TO MEMBLAND CROSS ALONG ZC76 - STOKE ROAD - ROAD FROM STOKE ROAD TO POST OFFICE FARM - ROAD FROM POST OFFICE FARM TO PERCHES CLOSE & VICE VERSA

This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable -

PROVIDE NEW WATER SERVICE

For additional information contact:

KIER MG LTD

Telephone: 01726 224400

Dated: MONDAY 5 JUNE 2017

 

DYE TESTING

SOUTH WEST WATER DYE TESTING- POSTPONED


The engineers for South West Water have advised  that, due to an unfavourable weather forecast this week, they have taken the decision to postpone their dye survey. They are currently planning to reschedule for the morning of Wednesday 29th March.

 

DYE TESTING

 

 

DYE TESTING SEWERS IN

NEWTON FERRERS AND NOSS

MAYO



South West Water will be putting a harmless fluorescent green dye into sewers in parts of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo during the night and early hours of Wednesday 1st March.

 

This is to help identify defects which may currently allow salt water into the sewerage network. It will also allow South West Water to plan improvements to the towns.

sewerage service.

 

Work will start at around 3.30am. Drones will be used from 8am to help survey the estuary and sewerage network. During and after this time you may see dye coming from manholes or in the stream and estuary.The dye will disperse naturally and is not harmful to the environment.

 

The Environment Agency, Natural England

and the Marine Management Organisation have been briefed and are supportive of the testing. The Harbour Master, Parish Council and local businesses have also been informed.

 

Any members of the public who have any concerns should email

dyetesting@southwestwater.co.uk


 

Road Closure- Membland

Notification from Kier.

 

Notification of Road Closure – Work Ref: NC6398721

 

I am writing to inform you that Kier have applied for a road closure to complete SWW Utility works outside CEDAR HOUSE, MEMBLAND. These works, subject to approval from Devon Highways, will take place from the 05/06-07/06/17 between 19:00 and 07:00 only.

 

All Efforts will be made to maintain access to properties within the area of the closure and minimise disruption.

If you require further information please call us on:

 

01726 224400 between 9:00am and 5.00pm (Mon-Fri), or contact the South West Water Helpline on 0344 346 2020 at all other times.

 

 

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your co-operation

 

BROADBAND UPDATE 15 FEBRUARY 2017

 

 

Broadband Update – February

 

15/02/207


Further to January’s notice, Jeremy Brown has been in contact with Declan Turner of Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS), and Russell Baker of South West Mobile Broadband*. 

 Declan updated the position with regard to Membland, whilst Russell kindly conducted a radio survey of regions of the Parish which might be well served by an interim 4G radio broadband service.  Because there is some difficulty over Membland their situation is covered first.

 

Membland

 

Many residents from Membland applied for vouchers and were turned down because they were thought to have access to fibre or had current speeds in excess of 2Mbps (download).  Jeremy queried why it was assumed they had access to fibre when it doesn’t exist.  This is the reply from Declan at CDS:

 

Morning Jeremy,

 

Have taken a look at Membland applications on the voucher scheme and most have been declined for having speeds above 2Mbps on copper as well as fibre (so even discounting the fibre which I appreciate isn’t benefitting the residents the applications won’t be successful). To get over this I need screenshots from the residents to show their line speeds are below the 2Mbps threshold of the scheme.

 

I have 12 applications from the Membland area postcodes: PL81HP, PL81HT, PL81HZ.

 

Of these only 2 are approved, the rest have been declined for being above the threshold.

If residents can email broadbandvoucher-mailbox@devon.gov.uk a screenshot showing their speeds are less than 2Mbps then I can approve the vouchers….”

 

“….By the looks of things Membland does seem to be included in phase two, though we are working with Gigaclear to finalise timescales, it could be for a few years; if you’re able to get vouchers I would suggest making use of them before March to get an interim solution and await the later connection from Gigaclear.”

 

Declan Turner, Connecting Devon and Somerset Team, Devon County Council.

T. 01392 382221, (declan.turner@devon.gov.uk)

 

Fast Fibre Optics to the Premises: 50Mbp –100Mbps (Gigaclear service, possibly now as late as 2019!)

 

We had been assured by CDS that many parts of Newton and Noss will be in receipt of phase two fibre optic coverage from Gigaclear by the end of 2017.  Declan Turner of CDS today wrote:

 

“ … We are just finalising the mapping now but have yet to get the delivery timescales from Gigaclear as they are working through key wayleaves and major trunk works which will dictate which areas get connected first.

 

On the Gigaclear website (www.gigaclear.com) you can see preliminary coverage plans by putting in your postcode…..

 

Kind regards, Declan Turner.”**

 

All residents who wish to receive a fast fibre optic service from Gigaclear, as part of phase two, are advised to register with Gigaclear as soon as possible. 

The link is: https://gigaclear.secure.force.com/community/SurveyInterest

 

Interim 4G Radio Services: Possibly long term for coastal properties

 

On Friday, Jeremy accompanied Russell Baker of South West Mobile Broadband* around various locations currently unserved by BT’s Superfast service.  The purpose was to establish whether a dedicated tall antenna and special modem (rather than an ordinary mobile phone) could achieve faster speeds than existing BT ADSL services (those who have internet connections which are not from BT Superfast).

 

A 4G interim radio service through specialist equipment, prior to the arrival of Gigaclear, is the means by which most CDS interim voucher recipients can gain access to services up to 40Mbps.  In addition, those residents who need faster speeds now, but do not have vouchers, may pay for the equipment and achieve an interim or long term solution.  They must then sign up to an existing mobile phone provider for a data only package, which can be on a monthly pay as you go basis or a longer term contract.

 

For those not technically minded, the installed equipment must be in approximate line of sight of existing 4G mobile masts.  In practice, this means they must be within about 15 miles of an existing 4G service. Unfortunately, the Noss Mayo TV mast has only an Orange (EE) 2G on it at present.  As a rule of thumb, those who live about 170 feet above sea level should be capable of capturing a 4G service from outside the Parish.  In all cases, a survey from a provider is essential prior to committing to any expenditure.

 

Following our survey Russell reported the results of the 4G scan for the Newton Noss.

 

Ashcombe Hill achieved a signal strength on EE of 74% and a speed of 42MB/s download and 20MB/s upload.  Collaton was even better and could see services from many providers.  Southern coastal properties (including Coastguard Cottages), and properties near to St. Peter’s church (and above), were well served – not necessarily by EE.

 

Unfortunately, premises lower down on Newton Creek, Bridgend and in some parts of Membland could not access 4G signals of sufficient quality.  However, those Membland properties near to the “main road” could get adequate reception.  Homes in Perches Close, deeper in the valley, without a very tall antenna would be without coverage.

 

Russell wrote (info@southwestmobilebroadband.com)

 

“… I strongly recommend that all people in the Parishes of Newton and Noss and Yealmpton who have vouchers for phase 1, and who are in good areas, need to get installed by 31st March. Action West will do these installations for you. …

 

… Anyone who is getting less than 2Mbps download speeds who have a voucher, but are in the fibre FTTC network can still qualify for phase one, if they can prove via email (a screenshot of a speed test – this can be done by hitting the Prt Sc button and pasting the file into a word document) and attaching the file and sending it to me.

 

Lastly applications for vouchers will be taken on the recommencement of the scheme in the next few months and properties outside of Gigaclear phase two connection will be eligible for them. Residents who don’t have a voucher and would like one, can apply for one and Action West will install these for you..

 

If you are not in the Gigaclear plan, 4G Broadband maybe the only option for you at present to get fast broadband, if you have a good line of sight. If you are in the Gigaclear plan and want to go ahead with FTTP you can still get a voucher if the date of install is unclear, or still some time away.

 

Many people are still using us where improvements will be made on phase 2, but don’t know when the improvements will be made. Remember phase two runs until December 2019!

 

If you need any help at all, please contact me.  Remember all installations include the 4G modem, tall 4G antenna mounting, and 12 months support and warranty.

 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me on 01392349120.”

 

More news as it becomes available.

 

*Other 4G radio providers were listed in the January update.

**Declan Turner has since advised; “Just a note on the 2019 completion – this is when the contract must be completed by not necessarily when Newton and Noss will be connected. Gigaclear are working through their timescales of delivery now and it may be that residents get connected sooner, but until they confirm dates (should do so in March or April) I have just given 2019 as this is effectively the upper limit of when connections can be made.”

With thanks, again, to Mr. Jeremy Brown for his considerable help in liaising with CDS and Action West on behalf of the Parish Council.


 

DOGS

Let’s Talk about Dogs – Your Chance to Have Your Say

 

South Hams District Council wants to hear your views on current Dog Control Orders within your Parish.
Along with other councils across the country, South Hams are reviewing existing Dog Control Orders.  These orders include when and where a dog should be on, or off, a lead, such as in car parks or shopping streets. 
The Council has just opened a consultation for six weeks and would like to hear your views.  They want to know if the current access and facilities available for dog walkers will remain adequate for the next three years. 
Other Dog Control Orders include which areas dogs are restricted from, such as enclosed play parks and beaches.   Where dogs are allowed, they must be under control and owners must pick up after them. 
Cathy Aubertin, SHDC Operational Manager for Environment Services, said: “We want to know from residents if the current Control Orders in their areas are satisfactory.  We urge them to look at the existing Dog Control Orders and then let us know what their thoughts are."
Are the current Control Orders appropriate in your area?  To view a summary of existing Dog Control Orders and to comment, please visit: http://www.southhams.gov.uk/dogcontrol
Comments received through the consultation process will be considered by the Council before the strategy is finalised and presented for adoption.

 

Road closure

 

 

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

SECTION 14

THE COUNTY OF DEVON (TEMPORARY RESTRICTION) (STOKE ROAD, NOSS MAYO) NOTICE 2017

TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC & PARKING

 

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL hereby give NOTICE that:

 

On THURSDAY 6 APRIL 2017

for a maximum of 5 days

Anticipated Finish THURSDAY 6 APRIL 2017

 

No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads except for access to land or premises on or adjacent to those length of roads.

 

Roads affected –

 

STOKE ROAD, NOSS MAYO

 

The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via - WEST FROM VILLAGE - STOKE ROAD - BRIDGE END - BRIDGE END HILL - PARSONAGE ROAD - B3186

EAST FROM VILLAGE - ATOKE ROAD - A379 - VIA CAULSTON - LAMBSIDE - BATTISBOROUGH CROSS - WHITEMOOR - LUSON CROSS - MOORSHEAD CROSS - A379

 

This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable -

NEW GAS CONNECTION

 

For additional information contact:

WALES & WEST UTILITIES LTD

Telephone: 07968481740

Dated: THURSDAY 6 APRIL 2017

David Whitton

Chief Officer of Highways, Infrastructure Development & Waste

Devon Highways

Devon County Council

Lucombe House

County Hall

Exeter

EX2 4QD

Ref: TTRO1719706

 

Butts Park Play Park

 

 

BUTTS PARK PLAY PARK

The first phase of the Butts Park Play Park improvement project has almost been completed with the installation of a Zip Wire, Rota Net and Nest Swing. With thanks to all those individuals who have donated to the Appeal to date and supported the Toy Sale. Thanks also to Newton & Noss Tennis Club, St. Peter’s Parochial Church Council, Revelstoke Community Trust, Newton Ferrers Reading Room and the Tuesday Lunch Club for their financial contributions. Grants were also made by the District Councillor using his Sustainable Community Locality Fund and Devon County Council (Invest in Devon). South Hams District Council TAP Funding and funding from a Section 106 Agreement for the Village Housing Initiative on Parsonage Road was also secured.

Willow planting will be taking place in the spring.  Funding has been secured for an outdoor table tennis table. Plans have been made for an outdoor community gym, basketball area improvement and new swings subject to successful funding applications.

With very special thanks to Mrs Penny Wheatley for her invaluable help in fund raising and to Mr. Scott Dooley.

 

BROADBAND UPDATE

 

BROADBAND UPDATE

30/01/2017

The current situation

The Parish Council endeavoured to arrange a public information session on Tuesday 24 January 2017 where interested fast broadband suppliers could inform residents of their preferred solutions to rectify broadband deficiencies in the Parish.  

All of the approved contractors listed on the Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS) website (20+) who may have been interested in providing a timely pooled service, to comply with the CDS voucher scheme, were invited to contact the Parish Council as quickly as possible.  As none of the contractors had made contact with the Parish Council, it was decided to cancel the meeting.

Subsequent to this, several of them contacted the Parish Council to express interest in assisting parishioners.  These are:

 

a)  www.exmoor-tech.co.uk/cdsvoucherform

b)  www.bushbroadband.com
It is believed this company may already have been approached by residents in the Alston area.

c)  www.southwestmobilebroadband.com

The above companies can enable long term and intermediate 4G solutions.

 

d)  www.europasat.com
(details awaited)

e)  www.westcountrybroadband.co.uk

f)                www.voneus.com - (minimum 65 households)

 

Further details of these contractors are on the CDS website

 

Membland

 A parishioner has raised queries have been raised  with CDS as to the accuracy of the records that were used for the Voucher Scheme (particularly Membland) where residents may have been erroneously told they already had access to fast broadband and had their applications rejected. Their cases are being urgently reviewed by CDS and vouchers may be forthcoming.


The next 2 months

Those who have been allocated vouchers are strongly urged to contact the above list of contractors to find the best interim solution for their individual sites. 


Beyond March – Phase 2 roll-out

For the Phase 2 rollout of broadband under the Government’s rural scheme, CDS have engaged Gigaclear Ultrafast Broadband to deliver fibre optics directly to premises.  The fibre optic solution has many benefits over using existing copper telephone cables, particularly with regard to much faster speeds.  The Phase 2 roll-out map is currently being worked on and is likely to be available on the CDS website in the next couple of months.  Informal consultation with CDS indicates most parts of the Parish, currently unserved by BT’s Superfast system, will have ultrafast fibre connections by Christmas.  Gigaclear should offer a much faster broadband service than is currently provided by BT.

 

At this stage the Parish Council cannot confirm who will or will not definitely have access to the Gigaclear service, but it is likely to be a substantial part of the remaining unserved Parish (including Membland).  For this reason parishioners close to the centres of the villages, eligible for Phase 2, may prefer not to engage into long-term contracts (greater than 9 months) with suppliers until they have been able to evaluate Gigaclear’s offer when it becomes available.

 

It is suggested those who are in range of the existing BT Superfast cabinet from Phase 1, at the Newton Ferrers exchange, will not have access to Gigaclear, as they already have a significantly improved broadband capability through BT.

 

Unfortunately, it looks as if those in remote southern and western coastal spots may not be covered by Phase 2; a 4G or satellite solution may be particularly appropriate for these isolated properties. 

 

The Parish Council would therefore suggest that parishioners approach the above contractors directly if they:

 

1.   Have CDS vouchers

2.   Are in remote southern and western spots unlikely to be covered by Phase 2 rollout

3.   Are seeking an interim faster solution, pending Phase 2 rollout

4.   Anyone else who is dissatisfied with their present level of service

 

More news as we have it.

With thanks to Mr Jeremy Brown for his considerable assistance in liaising with CDS and for his technical advice.

 

Flood Advice

 

 

2016 FLOOD ADVICE

To report flooding of the highway and blocked drains; Devon County Council’s Highway Customer Service Centre on 0345 155 1004 (Monday to Friday 8am — 8pm, Saturdays 9am - 1pm or visit devon.gov.uk/drainage

For emergencies outside of these hours call 01392 383329

Flooding on major trunk roads;The Highways Agency on 0300 123 5000 (24 hour service)

Flooding from sewers and water pipes; South West Water on 0844 346 2020 (24 hour service)

Flood warnings; Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0345 988 1188 (24 hour service)

General enquiries about flooding from main rivers or the sea; Environment Agency on 03708 506 506

All other flooding enquiries ; Devon County Council Flood Risk Management team on 0345 155 1015 / floodrisk@devon.gov.uk / devon.gov.uk/floodriskmanagement

To manage and control invasive alien species; Devon County Council: devon.gov.uk/invasive_non-native_species 

 

READING ROOM

Newton Reading Room Snooker Club
 
 Start of Season

The new season starts on 1st October and the web-site is open for members to play sociable snooker and :-
·         join games of doubles in the evening during the week by adding their names in available slots
·         book games at any time daily during the day up to 7:30 pm.

The club is open 7 days per week, the only restriction being on some Thursday evenings when matches are played.

New members, both men and women, are welcome and arrangements can be made to help starters or returners to the game, who feel they need some help.

For further information contact:

Maurice Eastlick 342063 : mgle8@yahoo.co.uk
Peter Holt            873136 : peterholt@straths.co.uk
Robin Forrester   872437 : robin.f@btinternet.com

 

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016

 

Please use link below

 

Download PDF Attachment (noticeConclusionOfAuditYrEndMarch2016.pdf)

 

Audited Annual Return

 Accounts for the year ended March 2016

The Annual Governance Statement, Accounting Statements and the External Auditor Certificate and Report ( the Annual Return) can ve veiwed by using the link below

Download PDF Attachment (completedAuditYrEnd31March2016.pdf)

 

Power Cuts

 

    POWER CUTS  

 

105 is a new three-digit number that people can call to report orget information about power cuts.

You can also call 105 with any welfare concerns related to a powercut, or if you are worried about the safety of over or underground electricity cables or substations.

105 is free of charge and will put you through to your electricity network operator. You can call 105 from most landlines and mobile phones.

It will be launched in September 2016 and will be available to people in England, Scotland and Wales.

The powercut105.com website will be live for launch, providing people with more information and signposting them to their network operator.

 

CARER RECOGNITION TOOL

 

CARER RECOGNITION TOOL

The Care Act 2014 defines a carer as: “an adult who provides or intends to provide care for another adult (an “adult needing care”)”.

Devon County Council wish to ensure people get the right level of support, at the right time, from the right place (or person). They have developed four questions to help recognise carers:

i.                    Do you look after someone?

ii.                  Are you looking after yourself?

iii.                Have you support from family or friends?

iv.                Do you have all the help and support you need?

If a person says yes to the first question, they are a carer.(A carer is not paid or a formal volunteer.)

If the answers to any of questions 2-4 is no, a referral needs to be made for a carer’s assessment (this could be a referral to Devon Carers or Care Direct- the carer should be given the choice).

If the answer to all is yes then a referral should still be made but only for Universal Services provided by Devon Carers.

The Carers Recognition Tool is designed to be used by anyone in any setting. It can also be used to help support the recognition of young carers.

For more information; 03456 434 435 or www.devoncarers.org.uk

 

BROADBAND

Connecting Devon and Somerset has recently launched its Voucher Scheme to provide subsidies to install alternative broadband technology to premises across Devon and Somerset. Vouchers worth up to £500 are now available for residents and businesses across the entire programme area who experience broadband speeds below 2Mbps. The subsidy will cover the cost of connecting to an improved broadband service to boost broadband speeds to a minimum of 10Mbps.

Eligible residents and businesses that are in receipt of a voucher code can choose to redeem the voucher with one of the suppliers listed on the Connecting Devon and Somerset website. Seven broadband suppliers are currently registered on the scheme offering a variety of technology solutions including fibre to the home, wireless and satellite. We are in discussions with other suppliers, so it’s possible that even more providers will eventually join the scheme offering residents and businesses even more choice.

Those who benefit from the voucher scheme will still be entitled to a superfast broadband connection under phase 2 of the CDS programme if their connection is below 30Mbps. The procurement process for phase 2 is expected to conclude in the Autumn of 2016.

For more information please see the link below.

http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-broadband-voucher-scheme/  


 

Connecting Devon and Somerset Broadband Programme Campaign

Devon County Council are asking you to register your interest for improved broadband at the website below:
www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk

The Devon and Somerset broadband campaign needs as many business and community responses as possible. The campaign commenced on the 6th February and closes on the 29th February 2012. Your input is vital to ensuring effective roll out of the services as it is unlikely there will by another similar opportunity.

Background:

This project is one of 3 national pilots chosen to roll out superfast broadband to the 'hard to reach' areas that will not attract private sector investment. With the help of funding from the Government, Devon County Council and Somerset County Council, as well as support from partner authorities, there is £50m to invest, but this isn't enough on its own. There needs investment from broadband suppliers too. Devon County Council therefore need as many people as possible to take part in a short survey which will be influential in deciding how, where and when the infrastructure will be rolled out. This is their one big opportunity to shape the future of our digital services, so they believe it's vital everyone gets involved to help get connected and up to speed.

Why is this important?

£50m of public sector support will not be sufficient to achieve the aims of Connecting Devon and Somerset. Additional investment by the private sector is needed, and to make this an attractive proposition, they will want to see a good potential return on their investment.

Through the Devon and Somerset Get Connected campaign, businesses and communities are asked to register their broadband speed, the types of activity limited by current speeds and what improved connectivity might mean. The findings will be used during negotiations with broadband suppliers. They will also be a factor, along with the potential for economic growth, social need and current speed influencing the eventual broadband roll out programme.

 

STOKE ROAD GRITTING

The Parish Council has been advised by Devon County Council that unfortunately Stoke Road, from Bridgend to St Peter's Church, does not fit the policy to be included on the Primary Salting Network but has been added to the Secondary Salting Network. This effectively means that when a forecast of prolonged freezing is received ( ie most or all of the day ) following the Primary Network being salted, the gritters will then return to the depots to refill and then salt all of the Secondary Routes.

Devon County Council has advised that the reduction in funding for the Winter Service is a decision made by County Councillors following results of the Government Spending Review. To comply with this reduction in funding, a complete overhaul of the existing Primary and Secondary salting networks has taken place, part of the outcome being that the existing policy has not changed, but has merely been applied stringently across the county.

As a result roads across the county that were being gritted, such as from Bridgend to St Peter's Church, that did not fit the existing policy criteria (in this case there are less than a 1000 vehicles a day in February ) have been removed from the Primary Network and added to the Secondary Network. At the same time there are now roads which fitted the policy that were not being gritted that have now been included in the Primary Network. There is an overall reduction across the county.

During extended periods of cold weather or snow (defined as most of the day), additional roads are salted providing access to other settlements (this is usually one road linking to the salting network known as the Secondary Network). Roads off the Primary and Secondary Salting Networks and busy cycleways and footways are treated on a reactive basis, within the resources available, once the Primary and Secondary salting network is clear.

Devon County Council has a duty to provide safe passage along the highway in a reasonable and practicable manner in accordance with Section 41(1A) of the Highways Act 1980. This is achieved by a process of pre-salting roads on predefined routes, known as the Primary Salting Network, and this is reviewed annually to reflect developments, improvements and changes in traffic patterns. The criteria below have been developed enabling this salting network to be defined. This ensures a consistent approach across the County and achieves a reasonable balance between cost and level of service.

The criterion for the Primary Salting Network are:
  • Strategic Routes - All A and B roads and C roads classified as high speed routes
  • Traffic Flow - Routes with February two way flows greater than 1000 vehicles per day
  • Settlement Population - Main access route to settlements with a population of 500 or greater as provided by DCC Strategic Intelligence
  • Emergency Premises - Main access routes to 24hr emergency services premises, defined as "Emergency premises with 24 hour access" include: ambulance stations, full time and retained fire stations, hospitals with 24 hour casualty departments and police stations manned 24 hours.
  • Cottage and Community Hospitals - Main highway access route to strategic cottage and community hospitals as notified to the authority by Devon Primary Care Trust
  • Secondary Schools - Main highway access to secondary schools from the Primary Salting Network
  • Bus Routes - Bus routes with a service interval 15 minutes or less within any one hour of the day, in one direction of travel or where a combination of multiple bus services meet this criteria
  • Adjoining Highway Authority Salting Networks - Agreement to ensure consistency of action across boundaries
  • The bus loop of Park & Ride sites.

 

FURTHER CHANGES TO THE PRIMARY HIGHWAY SALTING NETWORK

Devon County Council having reviewed its highway salting network, advised the Parish Council in September 2011, of the following changes:

  • C76 Holbeton at Whitemoor Cross to Stoke Cross & Stoke Rd (Stoke Cross) to junction with Revelstoke Road will be removed from the primary network.
  • A379 junction Yealmpton to A38 Smithaleigh will be added to the primary network.
  • Devon County Council have just advised the Parish Council that the entirety of Stoke Road is no longer include in the Primary Salting network and the primary network route terminates at Bridgend. Stoke Road has been added to the Secondary Salting Network.

    The Parish Council has written to Devon County Council to make representations against this decision.

 

ALLOTMENT NEWS

The Parish Council has been receiving requests for Allotment Gardens for some time. The Parish Council therefore has a statutory duty to do its best to provide them in view of the number of written requests received.
It has been estimated that the area required to provide sufficient allotments for the Parish, including ancillary facilities, would be about ¾-1 acre. Consequently the Parish Council are asking if any local landowner, big or small, would have a suitable field, preferably designated as being for agricultural use, available for lease or purchase as allotment gardens anywhere within Newton or Noss, or easily accessible on land close to the Parish. IF YOU HAVE SUITABLE LAND FOR LEASE OR SALE, PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH CLERK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

 

 

NEW POLICE NON EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER: 101

The Police have introduced a new non emergency telephone number 101
as from 5 September 2011.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing will be able to textphone 18001 101.

Calls from landlines or mobile telephones will cost 15p per call.
The number is available to use 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

The old non emergency telephone number 08452 777444 will be phased out.

The emergency number 999 remains unchanged.

 

GRASS CUTTING REDUCTION IN SERVICE


Due to funding cuts in services, Devon County Council have advised that the cutting of some grass verges within 30mph speed limit areas will be reduced from 6 to 4 cuts per season. The County Council has committed to arrange for additional cuts at some road junctions only if growth compromises safety. Concerns about safety should be raised directly with Devon County Council. The County Council have also withdrawn the weed spraying service from the area. They will deal with litter and loose organic detritus but not fixed weed growth. In these circumstances, the Parish Council have suggested that Parishioners may wish to consider looking after the areas outside their own properties.

 

STREET LIGHTING: PART -NIGHT LIGHTING POLICY

The Parish Council have been advised by Devon County Council that they have approved a policy of part-night lighting in residential areas across the County to reduce emissions and energy costs.
The policy for the Parish will apply to all residential areas except for the B3186 (from Butts Park, down Parsonage Road, past Holy Cross Church to the junction with Church Park Road).This section will remain lit all night. This will result in the lights being switched off in all other residential areas from about 12.30am for 5 hours.
The County Council has set up a web site - www.devon.gov.uk/partnightlighting to explain its policy.
The Parish Council were consulted and have requested that in addition to the proposals, lights remain on from Church Park Road to the junction with Newton Hill and on both sides of Newton-Noss Voss.

 

   Marine Crime

Devon & Cornwall Constabulary have produced  soft waterproof marine covers for outboard engines, to replace hardcovers, when the engines are left unattended. The covers have the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary logo emblazoned on them and are designed to deter thieves. The covers cost £15 each and are available from the Harbour Master.

 



DOGS


 About 200 dogs are reported lost or stolen to SHDC each year. The dog warden’s job involves collecting stray dogs and trying to reunite them with their owners. If a dog is found and taken to a kennel because the owner cannot be traced, it will cost a minimum of £49.00 to reclaim your animal.

Please ensure your dog has, at the very least, a dog tag on its collar.
 If your pet has not been tagged or micro chipped you can call the dog wardens for advice on 01803 861234.

 



POTHOLES


“YOUR county needs you” is the message from Devon County Council as it calls on people to help in dealing with potholes on Devon’s roads.

The County Council wants residents in Devon to play a part in helping its highways teams to identify areas that are in need of emergency repairs.

Potholes and safety defects on the county’s roads can be reported online at www.devon.gov.uk or by calling the My Devon Customer Service Centre on 0845 155 1004.



 

Don't be scared, be well prepared

The above named leaflet has been produced to provide emergency planning advice to members of the public in order to help protect them and their homes in an emergency such as a flood, fire, storm, power cut or gas leak...  The subjects included include:- 

  • Events that could occur
  • What to do in an emergency
  • How to prepare for an emergency
  • Maintaining your home
  • Emergency Bag
  • Driving tips
  • Looking after pets
  • Have you put ICE in your mobile?
  • Local radio
  • Useful numbers in your mobile phone
  • Local Resilience Forum

These leaflets are being circulated throughout Devon, including district/town/parish councils, libraries and the emergency services.

If additional copies are required please contact Peter Dale, Emergency Planning Officer, South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Totnes on 01803 861278 or peter.dale@southhams.gov.uk

An electronic copy can be found here...

 

Second Home or Holiday Home Owner
Forgot your day of collection or do you need recycling sacks?
Call South Hams District Council,
01803 861234
Is your collection day not suitable?
You can arrange in advance to take a limited amount of
waste to the recycling centre. Call, Devon County Council
to book this in. Tel: 0845 1551010
Is your property let for self catering?
Contact South Hams District Council trade waste collections.
Tel: 01803 861234
& Holiday Homes

You can download a copy of this notice here...



 

BISHOPS COURT CONSULTING ROOM

 As well as being available for medical appointments, the Consulting Room can be hired on either a regular or one-off basis by anyone wishing to provide what can loosely be regarded as a community service.
There are opportunities for reflexology, aromatherapy, tutoring, counselling, hypnotherapy etc.

To discuss the options in more detail, please ring the Parish Clerk on 872538

 



OF INTEREST TO KEEN DEVON WALKERS
Visit www.walkingindevon.co.uk to download walk leaflets (free).
Included on the site are local walks plus links to:-
Walking groups
Books on Devon walks and  Devon maps
Accommodation along the way
Walks in other counties
and the all important weather forecast.
NOT FORGETTING…….
The Newton & Noss Footpath Guide – only £1.50 from the
Post Office and Pharmacy.

 



THE GLASS SKIP, NOSS
If you use the skip, your attention is drawn to the following please:-

 

  • This facility is provided for household and not commercial glass.
  • It is totally unacceptable to leave bottles, boxes of bottles, plastic bags full of glass and other refuse on the ground.
  • If the skip is full, please take your glass home – it is not at all helpful to leave any type of waste on the ground or hung on the skip for someone else to dispose of on your behalf. The bags tend to blow away and the boxes soak up the rain.
  • It is not the job of the skip lorry driver to tidy every site he visits so it is left to the public-spirited residents of Noss to clear up the mess.




FAULTY STREET LIGHTING
             If you know of a lamp which is not working, please report it. Thank you.
www.devon.gov.uk/street_lighting
  or telephone: 0845 155 1004 quoting the lamp number


IVYBRIDGE RING & RIDE

The “Ring & Ride” bus provides a shopping service for anyone who finds normal bus services difficult to use.
The driver will collect and return you from your house and help with any shopping on your return if needed. There is a tail-lift for wheelchair users or anyone who finds the steps difficult, and the bus stops at Morrisons, Sainsburys and Plymouth City Centre.

To reserve your place, please telephone Dave on 690444.
He is in the office from Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 12.30pm.

This service is supported by the Parish Council.

NEED A NATIONAL BUS PASS?
For an application form call 01392 383688


DOG FOULING

Unfortunately it is necessary to include this unpleasant topic as complaints have been received about several areas in the Parish.

DOG OWNERS ARE REMINDED THAT DISPOSING OF A PLASTIC BAG OF DOG WASTE INTO THE NEAREST HEDGE OR ONTO THE GROUND IS UNACCEPTABLE. PLEASE USE A BIN OR TAKE THE WASTE HOME.

Anyone with a concern is encouraged to report names, times and places either direct to the Dog Warden at SHDC, Follaton House, Totnes, TQ9 5NE (01803 861234) or to the Parish Clerk. Photos are also helpful.

Anyone with a dog is reminded that it is an offence to allow your pet to foul in a public place or wander the streets alone.