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

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Referendum on a Neighbourhood Plan for Newton & Noss Neighbourhood Area

Thursday 28 June 2018


A link to the published information and draft plan for Referendum;

Download PDF Attachment (Notice-of-Referendum-Newton and Noss.pdf)




As Christmas draws closer we may see more victims of Cyber Crime – please find attached a booklet which you may find helpful.

Download PDF Attachment (Little Book of Cyber Scams2017.pdf)




Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017

Notice of the conclusion of the audit and the audited  annual return for the year ended 31 March 2017 can be viewed by following the link below.

Download PDF Attachment (NoticeConclusionAudityrend31March2017.pdf)


Parish Council Vacancy




Are you interested in LOCAL current affairs?


Do you want to make a DIFFERENCE   to your community?


Can YOU provide a VOICE for residents?




Newton and Noss Parish Council meets just twice a month, providing an important service to the  parish, representing the wider community on issues including  planning, health, highways and other matters that affect us.

 If you think you have something to offer, there is a vacancy on the council, with applications especially welcome from residents of Noss Mayo, Membland and Collaton.


For more information about being a Councillor please telephone or e mail the Clerk.






With thanks to Mr Jeremy Brown for the latest news on Gigaclear :


25th August 2017,


Fast fibre optic broadband from Gigaclear looks like it may be a little closer.  Local landowners are being contacted by the firm to seek way leaves to run the main cables across their land.  Timescales for a service are not available, but the fact way leaves are being sought indicates they are on their way. 


If you are likely to want fast optic fibre broadband, don’t forget to register with Gigaclear.


More news as we have it.


Jeremy Brown


Connecting Devon and Somerset Broadband Programme Campaign

Devon County Council are asking you to register your interest for improved broadband at the website below:

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.


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.



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.



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.



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.





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.



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.



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 - 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.



 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.



“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 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

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...



 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


Visit 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.
The Newton & Noss Footpath Guide – only £1.50 from the
Post Office and Pharmacy.


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.

             If you know of a lamp which is not working, please report it. Thank you.
  or telephone: 0845 155 1004 quoting the lamp number


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.

For an application form call 01392 383688


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


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.