Cats Protection League Jumble Sale 26th August (added 16.08.17)
Ambrosia Centenary Fete(added 16.8.17)
West Devon are sending out voter registration detail updates (added 16.8.17)
Mailshots received from new social network 'nextdoor' (added 16.08.17)
One Council - Have your say (added 16.08.17)
Royal Visit pictures (added 30.7.17)
One Council Consultation Approved (added 30.7.17)
Launch of New Garden Waste Collection Scheme (added 19.7.17)
Opening your garden up for Children's Hospice South West (added 18.7.17)
Royal Visit (added 18.7.27)
Update on Southern Bridge Repair (added 14.7.14)
HATs production (added 13.7.17)
Road closure notifications (added 27.07.17)
West Devon Safe Haven: a new charity (added 26.06.17)
Road closure notification (added 26.06.17)
DAAT Night Landing Site Opening (added 16.6.17)
Joint Local Plan Consultation (added 13.3.17)
How well are our towns doing? (added 22.11.16)
Renewable Energy Feasibility Study (added 22.11.16)
Fly Tipping (added 27.9.16)
Citizens Advice launch GP surgery project (added 16.9.16)
Making a Benefit Claim Just Got a Whole Lot Easier (added 15.7.16)
Press Release regarding dog fouling (added 6.5.16)
Information for Dog Owners (added 3.3.16)
Don't Leave it Behind Or You May Get Fined (added 3.2.16)
Advice Surgeries for local MP 2016 (Added 10.12.15)
Home Fire Safety (added 12.11.15)
What is Crimestoppers? (added 29.9.2015)
Chance for crime victims to meet offenders (added 29.9.2015)
Affordable Housing and Devon Home Choice
Faster Broadband is now available in Lifton
Notices and Advertisements on Roadside Verges
New Bus Timetable
Lifton Befriending Service
Lifton Primary School Newsletter
Lifton Methodist Church
QE11 Recreation Ground Committee reports and minutes (updated monthly)
When West Devon Borough Council first introduced garden waste collections, the Council chose to provide the service free to residents, rather than charge. Now, due to financial cuts, the Council is no longer able to provide the service free of charge and is introducing a new subscribed service as it seeks to bridge a budget gap of £1.1 million by 2020.
Cats Protection League Jumble Sale
There will be a Bumper Jumble Sale in aid of the Cats Protection league at the Lifton Church Hall on 26th August - please see attached poster for details.
Ambrosia Centenary Fete
Everyone is invited to come and join the fun at Ambrosia's Centenary fete on 16th September 2017, to take place at Lifton Farm shop from midday until 6.00pm. Please see the attached poster for details of the many stalls and entertainments.
Residents in West Devon urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post
Residents living in West Devon are receiving a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.
West Devon is asking residents to look out for the form in the post and to make sure that they respond as soon as possible. Forms for those residents in parts of Tavistock and Okehampton will not be sent out until around 22 August.
The form makes sure that West Devon can keep the electoral register up-to-date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
The Electoral Registration Officer, Steve Jorden, at West Devon said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in West Devon. To make sure you are able to have your say at any elections held next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”
People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 96% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 27% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said:
“It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so; checking the form that will arrive through the post is one of the easiest ways to find out if you are already registered. There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website www.yourvotematters.co.uk.”
Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at West Devon WDfirstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01822 813604.
Mailshots from 'Nextdoor'
Several queries have been received from residents concerned about mailshots coming through the door regarding a new service 'Nextdoor.' This purports to be a new social network designed to connect people locally in order to find relevant services etc. Whilst the PC cannot in any way guarantee this is not a scam, the Parish Clerk has done some internet research and found this linked article from the BBC online which will provide you with more information to help you consider whether signing up to this is for you. As with all social media sites, there may be some inherent potential for any users to take advantage of the network. Please see this link for support with using the internet safely.
One Council - Have your say
South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council have now launched their consultation on a proposal to create one single new council.
Although South Hams and West Devon already share one workforce their political structures and decision making processes have remained completely separate.
However, in July the majority of councillors from both authorities voted to consult the public, their partners and local businesses on whether they should bring the two political structures together and create One Council.
South Hams and West Devon say that this would save them half a million pounds a year and go towards closing a predicted funding gap of £1.9 million by 2020.
However, before they decide whether they would like to submit a proposal to the secretary of state, who will make the final decision, the councils would like the public to have their say. The consultation is now open and closes on Sunday 8 October.
The consultation will take a number of different forms. There is a dedicated website, including an online survey and every household will receive a postcard telling them how they can find out more information.
Between now and the beginning of October, the councils will also be holding events in towns and parishes, where people can talk to their councillors and find out more information.
Cllr John Tucker Leader of South Hams District Council said “I really would encourage everyone to take a look at the information that we have provided, there are many things for people to consider, particularly for the residents of South Hams, who would see a Council Tax increase on the South Hams element of their Council Tax, to bring it to the same level as West Devon.
“Our working relationship with West Devon so far, has been fundamental to our ability to keep delivering services despite budget cuts and we have actually benefited more from this than West Devon have. The shared workforce arrangement currently saves South Hams £3.9m a year and West Devon £2.2m a year, which has so far enabled us to keep our element of the council tax at a lower rate.
“For me, I see the creation of a new council as a natural extension of our current working arrangements. It not only enables us to protect the savings we have made to date, but enables us to make more and safeguard services.”
Cllr Lois Samuel, Deputy Leader at West Devon Borough Council Added: “It is really important to us that we get a fair and accurate representation from across both areas and so we have also commissioned a telephone survey. Some of the residents in South Hams and West Devon may be contacted to answer the consultation questions over the phone.
“We will be putting out updates on social media and through a dedicated newsletter, the best way to keep up-to-date with the consultation dates and events is to sign up and follow us.”
In addition to this the councils will be sending letters to their partners and MP’s and holding briefing sessions with towns and parish councils as well as making contact with the business community.
The consultation will run from now until midnight on the 8 October. After the consultation closes, councillors from both authorities will consider the feedback from the consultation and make their final decision whether to submit to the secretary of state or not, at full council meetings towards the end of October.
For all of the information on the consultation visit: www.onecouncil.org.uk
Royal Visit Pictures
One Council Consultation Approved
South Hams District Council has agreed that the proposal to create one new council should be put to public consultation.
The same decision was made by West Devon Borough Council on Tuesday. A consultation will now begin in August to gather public opinion about forming a single council by April 2020.
Leader of South Hams District Council, Cllr John Tucker said: “It is really important for us to hear what residents have to say. We cannot go on spending money at the same rate that we are today without changing something and this is an option which will see substantial financial benefits for the Council. We await the public’s thoughts with great interest.”
The proposal has been put forward to help address the combined £1.9 million gap in finances brought about by successive reductions in Central Government funding since 2010.
Since 2007, the councils have been working together, when they first shared a Chief Executive and then began sharing a workforce. Although now operating a fully shared service, the political structures have been kept separate, with members being elected to each council separately.
Leader of West Devon Borough Council, Cllr Philip Sanders, added: “I am pleased that the public will get the chance to consider this. If our councillors agree to submit the proposal, the secretary of state will look at the results of the consultation and it will help in making a final, informed decision.
“The last 10 years have enabled both South Hams and West Devon to make savings through the partnership so we are confident that this is the way forward to help balance the forecasted budget shortfall and avoid cuts to our valued services.”
Launch of New Garden Waste Collection Scheme
Leader of West Devon Borough Council, Cllr Philip Sanders, explains: “We simply cannot afford to collect garden waste free of charge anymore. Collecting garden waste is discretionary, which means that the Council is not legally obliged to provide the service. However, we do recognise that many households value it and that is why we are introducing new ‘opt in’ garden waste collections instead of removing the service completely.”
“Residents can reasonably say that we can manage on less money, we have up to now, but we’ve had to start chipping away at some of the edges. This really illustrates the sort of level that we’ve got to with our budget gap, it is now so tight that we are having to review things like this.”
West Devon Borough Council has a duty to collect general waste and recycling, and receives an income from recycled materials which it collects from residents. For example, glass, cans and plastic have a resale value and the Council receives recycling credits from the County Council for every tonne of recycled material.
Garden waste collections are different, since there is no requirement to collect it, the Council is responsible for the entire cost of the service and does not receive an income from collecting garden waste.
Cllr Robert Sampson, Lead Member for Commercial Services added: “This is not something we want to do, and it’s clearly not something our residents favour. However, we have reached a critical point where we have to make these difficult decisions.
“The new charge would balance the books and offset the cost of providing the service. By recovering the cost of collection we can keep offering the service to householders across the Borough for those residents who wish to use it.”
Once collected, garden waste is passed to Devon County Council and the waste is processed into compost at a cost. Due to legislation, the compost can only be use on the farm site where it is produced.
The compost cannot contain any other materials such as tape, polystyrene, cardboard or staples, which is why the Council has removed cardboard from the new garden waste collections. Cardboard can still be placed in recycling containers or taken to the recycling centre.
In the new service, sacks will be green and tagged with a brightly coloured permit so that they are easily identified by crews. They will also be slightly weighted to help prevent them blowing around in windy weather. In addition, the crews will soon have the benefit of new technology in the collection vehicles which show which properties have subscribed to the service.
If there is problem, for example, a vehicle breakdown, the crew can report this instantly via the technology in the collection vehicles, which then shows the customer service team who can keep customers informed. In the longer term, the Council aims to communicate with customers through the Council’s website.
The new service begins week commencing Monday 31 July 2017.
For more details of the new garden waste subscription service, the garden waste team will be on the road visiting the following areas:
- Chagford Main Car Park - Tuesday 25 July 2017
- National Parks Visitor Centre, Princetown - Saturday 29 July 2017
- Okehampton Co-op - Thursday 3 August 2017
- Okehampton Show - Thursday 10 August 2017
- Harrowbeer Air Show - Saturday 12 August 2017
- Chagford Show - Thursday 17 August 2017
Residents who wish to sign up for the new scheme can do so at http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/gardenwaste. The subscription service costs £40 per year and provides four sacks and four permits per subscription.
If residents need assistance with the online form or would like to pay by phone, please ring 01822 813671.
Opening Up Your Garden for Children's Hospice South West
If you feel you would like to open up your garden for others to come along and walk around then contact our Fundraising Team at Little Bridge House , Redlands Road, Fremington Devon EX31 2PZ Call us on 01271325 270 and ask for the Fundraising team.
Please see the attached notice for more details.
As you may be aware, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are visiting the Ambrosia factory on Thursday 20th July to help with the celebrations of the Ambrosia Centenary.
If you would like to greet the Royal couple from the roadside, Ambrosia have advised you should assemble near the Creamery late morning on Thursday.
Update on Southern Bridge Repair
The Parish Council are aware of the difficulties being caused by the road closure in place to allow the repair of Southern Bridge. The contractors have unfortunately had to extend the time needed to repair the bridge (see attached notice) due to the full extent of required repairs only becoming known once the parapet was removed.
The contractors have been made aware of the difficulties created by the diversion and have stated they will complete the work as quickly as possible. Highways and local hauliers have also been contacted.
HATS production of The Hollow
Holsworthy Amateur Theatrical Society will be presenting Agatha Christie's 'The Hollow' from 24th-26th August and 30th August-2nd September 2017.
Please see the attached flier for details.
Temporary Road Closure
The road from Leat Farm to Gatherley Farm will be closed for patching works from 10th-14th July and from 17th to 18th July for pre-patching works prior to surface dressing in 2018/19. Please see the attached notices for details. The road from Smallacombe to Carley will also be closed from 6th to 7th July for pre-patching works prior to surface dressing in 2018/19.Please see attached notice for details.
West Devon Safe Haven
West Devon Safe Haven is a newly forming charity that aims to support and help refugees coming to West Devon. Please click on this link if you would like to know more about their work.
Temporary Road Closure
The road over Southern Bridge will be closed from Monday 3rd July for 2 weeks with a signed alternative route in place. Please see the attached notice and second attached notice for details.
Launch of Lifton DAAT Night Landing Site
On Friday 9th June, a short ceremony was held to mark the official opening of the Lifton Community Night Landing Site for use by the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT). The ceremony was attended by members of the community and by Toby Russell of DAAT.
Devon Air Ambulance Trust has been working with communities throughout Devon to establish a network of community landing sites to support their night flying operations. Lifton Parish Council and the QEII Recreation Field Committee have supported this venture alongside Mr Brian Kneebone, local resident and supporter of the DAAT. Following the installation of new lighting, a night landing site at the recreation ground has become one of thirty-three such community sites in Devon.
The remotely operated lighting system at the recreation ground is activated in an emergency by the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) dispatch team, meaning no-one needs to be on-hand when the night landing site is needed. This new landing site will offer the community of Lifton and the surrounding area an extended service until midnight every day (an extra 7.5 hours’ service during the darker winter months) and beyond when the Air Ambulance operations are extended in the future.
Toby Russell, DAAT Community Landing Sites Development Officer said, “We are very grateful to Lifton Parish Council and the QEII Recreation Field Committee for their support in establishing a landing site at the recreation ground. From the outset, these organisations have worked together to ensure we can deliver our night-time service into the heart of the community. Our work with communities is helping to grow the number of landing sites in the County this site in Lifton will form an important part of that network in West Devon”.
The landing site was tested on 3rd June by DAAT with a helicopter making a brief landing in the hours of darkness, having first successfully operated the lighting system.
Funding has been obtained for this venture through a generous donation from Ambrosia, a grant from money made available to DAAT by the UK Treasury from the Libor Bank Fines, and a grant from the Town and Parish fund.
Joint Local Plan ConsultationPlease see the attached flier about the Joint Local Plan open drop in session on Tuesday 28th March from 3pm until 7pm at the Arundell Arms - you will be able to see the plan and find out how to submit your comments.
How well are our towns doing?
Businesses in both Tavistock and Okehampton are being asked to play a key role in measuring the 'health' of the towns by taking part in two surveys.
It's all part of a project to 'benchmark' the towns to see how they are performing compared to other market towns in Devon and across the country.
There are two surveys: Business Confidence and Town Centre User. The findings will be shared with the towns via the Council website and feed into a programme of activity to help shape the future of both towns.
Business Confidence Survey - For Business Owners and Managers to complete
Benchmarking Business Confidence Survey Okehampton
Benchmarking Business Confidence Survey Tavistock
Town Centre User Survey - For members of the public to complete
Town Centre Users Survey Okehampton
Town Centre Users Survey Tavistock
It is the second time surveys such as these have been carried out in Okehampton and the third year for Tavistock which is helping to measure trends year on year.
Cllr Philip Sanders, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: "We need as many businesses as possible to take part in the survey in order to make this a success. This gives the business community the opportunity to play a practical role in gathering vital evidence which will ultimately help shape the future of the towns."
The surveys take just a few minutes to complete. Public facing businesses such as a shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs and hotels are also being asked to record the postcode of customers over the next two weeks. A copy of shopper origin form can be downloaded from West Devon's website.
Reviewing the post codes of consumers provides a clear indication of where customers travel from to visit the locality. Local stakeholders use this data to assist with both general place marketing and more specific events and initiatives. The findings will be shared with the towns and feed into a programme of activity to help shape their future.
Completed forms can be emailed back to email@example.com or printed and posted to People and Places Insight Ltd, Lakeview, 37 Wadesmill Lane, Walton Park, Milton Keynes, MK7 7HY
Renewable Energy Feasibility Study
Lifton Parish Council has successfully obtained funding for
a feasibility study to investigate the potential for community owned energy
projects in the area. The aim is to identify projects that can be community
owned, for community benefit.
Community schemes have been successfully developed in Devon and Cornwall and offer a means of reducing the amount of money leaving the area and recycling energy spend within the local community.
The study in Lifton will investigate the potential for hydro and roof mounted solar photovoltaic which can reduce the energy costs of local organisations and businesses whilst providing an investment opportunity and money for local good causes.
The consultants running the project would like to hear suggestions you may have for renewable energy projects in or around the Parish of Lifton. Given the recent changes in government support projects involving higher energy users are more likely to be successful. Particularly those high energy users who may benefit from being able to take advantage of cheaper renewable energy technology to reduce their electricity costs.
The project will also be holding an event early in the New Year discuss progress and sites to date and to enable the local community to have their input and put forward any ideas.
If you would like any further information then please call or email Ben Eardley
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07979 344555
Fly Tipping – Let’s all Work Together
Following a spate of fly tips in the region, West Devon Borough Council are encouraging residents and businesses to think carefully about how they dispose of household and builder’s waste.
Fly tipping is a criminal activity which hugely impacts upon the environment and one which costs the Council, and local landowners, a significant amount of money to clean up. It is becoming more apparent that unscrupulous people are collecting waste from residents, who give it in good faith and then fly tip it. This leaves the resident liable for prosecution if evidence of their belongings is found.
Household waste, including DIY material and electrical goods such as fridges, accounts for half of all fly tipped rubbish. West Devon Borough Council encourages householders to dispose of waste responsibly through reducing, reusing, recycling and composting waste, where possible.
You can dispose of your waste in a number of ways:
- ‘Normal’ household refuse and recycling should be placed out for collection by 7.30 a.m. on the morning of your collection.
- ‘Bulky’ items and larger items of household waste can be disposed of in two ways:-
- Contact Refurbish who may be able to collect/receive the items free of charge and will put them to good use, they are located at Plymouth Road Industrial Estate, Tavistock, Devon PL19 9QN. Telephone: 01822 618822
- Take these items to your closest household waste recycling centre. These are run by Devon County Council. For further information contact DCC https://new.devon.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/centre or telephone 0345 1551010; or
- Arrange for a bulky household waste collection. This service is operated by West Devon Borough Council and a small charge is made. Please visit the Council’s website for further detailshttp://www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/2471/Bulky-Waste-Collections
Some residents call on contractors for removal of larger waste items. If you choose this option, please follow these simple checks to make sure your waste is disposed of correctly and not fly tipped out of sight.
Unfortunately, if a fly tip includes items tracked back to yourself, you may be liable for legal action being taken against you and you could be fined. Make sure that doesn’t happen with these simple checks.
Help us to protect the environment and to keep our beautiful borough perfect.
West Devon Borough Council’s Lead Member for Commercial Services, Cllr Robert Sampson, said: “Fly tips are becoming increasingly common and we need to find a way to encourage residents and businesses to dispose of their waste responsibly. We call on our West Devon residents to help us to stop fly tipping in our countryside and to report immediately anything you witness. Do remember to leave any evidence untouched however, so our investigators can use this against the criminals.”
Citizens Advice Launch GP Surgery ProjectAn exciting new project where social advice and information can be found at GP surgeries, has recently been launched.Local leading advice charities, Citizens Advice Torridge and Citizens Advice South Hams, North, Mid and West Devon, are delighted to announce the new one year pilot project in West Devon which will be offering social support to patients.Reports from areas of the UK suggest that it is not uncommon for around one in four GP patient appointments to be due to social rather than medical causes. Poverty, money, relationship, domestic violence and social isolation issues are just a few of the underlying factors that can lead to increased stress and anxiety in patients.This project aims to help tackle underlying factors affecting patient well-being. By intervening at this early stage, this service will help to reduce patients from reaching a more critical stage of crisis, therefore reducing the demand on GP and NHS services.West Devon Borough Council have funded the project, which means that participating three surgeries in Yelverton, Lifton and Chagford, can now offer patients an appointment with an advice specialist in the surgery.Janie Moor, Manager of Citizens Advice South Hams, said. “Evidence from similar pilots hosted by Citizens Advice Liverpool and Citizens Advice Guildford have demonstrated that ‘prescribing advice’ to patients with non-medical health issues can help improve the health and wellbeing of patients who are exhibiting signs of stress, anxiety or early stages of depression.“The key to successful outcomes for these clients, is for access to the most appropriate sources of help as quickly as possible. Evidence from pilots in Liverpool and Guildford shows that locating Citizens Advice services within GP practices significantly increases the likelihood of clients accessing advice. For many, the visit to the GP has been made because doctors are trusted and the location is familiar to the patient.”West Devon Borough Council’s Cllr Lois Samuel, Lead Member for Health and Well-being, said: “In this fantastic project, medical and non-medical staff can arrange a direct appointment with a specialist Citizens Advice advisor which will be held at the surgery. This should really help reduce doctor appointments and give patients key support and information at an early stage, before problems impact on their health."During the advice session, the advisor will use Citizens Advice’s diagnostic tools to help the client explore, identify and start to resolve problems that are causing stress and anxiety. Experienced advisors will integrate advice with recommendations for social activities to ensure the wider needs of patients are met. If this project proves to be a success, then there are plans to extend across Devon.For more details about the project contact: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Making a benefit claim just got a whole lot easier
14 June 2016
West Devon Borough Council are delighted to be able to offer a fantastic new service which will enable residents to make a benefit claim on line at their own convenience.
Not only will the new benefit system be completely accessible over the internet 24 hours a day, but claimants will no longer have to send their documents in via the post or bring them physically into the council building.
Cllr Lois Samuel, West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for Health and Well being said: “This is a fantastic service for customers, we brought this in to make the process of claiming for a benefit simpler, easier and quicker. I know that there will be many people who will benefit from this service. In every walk of life you can now do it on line, now we have enabled our residents to make their benefit claim online as well."
Those people wishing to make a claim will be able to complete the whole process from a desk top computer, lap top or mobile phone. Documents can be scanned or photographs taken and uploaded directly to their claim
Anyone wishing to make a claim should visit the Council's website where they will find step by step instructions. Customers wishing to have support with their claim can still visit the Council offices to use their computers and receive help and support form the reception staff.
For more information click here to visit the benefits pages of the Council's website.
Press Release regarding dog fouling
West Devon Borough Council is determined to deal with the foul issue of dog mess in and around local communities and has increased the amount of council officers on the ground.
Dog mess is unsightly, unpleasant and a health hazard because it can spread disease, or in extreme cases, cause blindness. Therefore, please make sure when walking your dog, you pick up your dog waste, bag it and bin it. Remember, any dog or litter bin can be used. If you are a dog owner, you have a legal and moral duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place.
To overcome this foul issue, the Council are calling on residents to do their part by reporting any incidents, with the location, days and times witnessed. This means the enforcement officers can try be in the right place at the right time, to deal with repeat offenders quickly.
Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Mike Benson, said: “Dog fouling is a really big issue and we need to work closely with the local community to try and stop those who are not looking after our beautiful borough.”
The Council are holding a range of upcoming events in partnership with the Dogs’ Trust to share information about responsible dog ownership and will also cover issues concerning dog fouling. These events will be held at:
Okehampton (Market Street CP) – Tuesday 26th July
Tavistock (Bedford Square) – Tuesday 9th August
If you want to help the Council to stop those blighting the landscape, please report incidents by using the ‘report it online’ form to inform about dog fouling in your area at:
Information for Dog Owners
The Parish Council has had new bins placed in the Village: at Darkey Lane and at the Arundell Arms. These new bins are large black bins, designed for general waste but also for dog waste.
Both of these bin types will take dog waste and are emptied weekly.
Don’t leave it behind or you may get fined
The number of council officers working in the community who can now issues fines to people who let their dogs foul in our parks and on our pavements, has been increased by West Devon Borough Council.
The Local Authority’s officers on the ground has risen from 1 to 4. These officers can now issue on-the-spot penalties to those irresponsible owners who do not pick up their dogs mess, this could be up to £80. An Environmental Protection Officer and Senior Specialist are also on hand to deal with repeat offenders who could receive a maximum fine of up to £1000 if a case goes to court.
West Devon Borough Council support the Keep Britain Tidy national dog fouling campaign to encourage irresponsible dog owners to clean up after their pets. The campaign features an eye-catching creative of a ‘dog poo fairy’ with the message ‘There’s no such thing as the Dog Poo Fairy’.
Portfolio Holder for Customer First, Cllr Jeff Moody, said: “We have had a real problem with dog mess recently and it really impacts on our lovely towns, villages and parkland. Irresponsible owners need to know that this is unacceptable. We will issue fines on-the-spot to those who make no effort to clear up after their dogs.”
If you are out and about, be a sensible owner and keep our streets clean and tidy. Local support from residents is so important to help identify these culprits and bring a stop to this foul issue. WDBC officers can offer help and advice if needed and can even offer you a spare bag if you have been caught short! Find out more here:
Here are some tips on how to avoid a fine and how not to annoy other amenity users.
· Never let your dog walk too far from you as this makes it difficult to see where they foul
· Dogs will usually foul soon after being let off the lead or out of the car/at the start of a walk so be ready
· Pay attention at all times to what your dog is doing, don't let a mobile phone distract you
· Always carry 'poo' bags & a torch for dark evenings
· Dispose of bags in a dog or litter bin, or take it home to dispose of in your household bin
· Not disposing of a 'poo' bag correctly is also a dog fouling & littering offence
· Keep the dog to the boundaries of sports pitches if possible as even after picking up, residual deposits can be left. Many complaints are received concerning sports pitches from the players
· ALWAYS pick up from maintained grass areas.
New Stay and Play Group for Young Children
Tavistock Children's Centre are running a Stay and Play Group at Lifton Primary School for 0-5s on term time Friday mornings. Please see the attached poster for details.
Advice Surgeries for Local MP 2016
Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon has published his advice surgery dates for 2016. Please see the attached notice for these.
Call the Service for a home fire safety check
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is promoting its Home Fire Safety Check scheme in this area.
Members of the public can contact the Service for fire safety advice and may be eligible for a home visit from a trained member of staff.
A key feature of the check is to ensure people having working smoke alarms in their home which are most suitable for their circumstances.
You should make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, preferably in hallways and landings. And placing smoke detectors near to sleeping areas and in rooms where there are electrical appliances could give you the extra warning you need.
It’s also important to remember that smoke alarms don’t last forever. The power might work, but the mechanism deteriorates with time. So whether they are battery operated or wired to the mains, to work at their best they should be replaced every ten years.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service offers these five smoke alarm top tips:
- Install a smoke alarm at least on every level of your home
- The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing
- Consider fitting additional alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances and near sleeping areas
- Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident
- Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.
The Service is also urging carers and people who keep a close eye on less able relatives to check that these homes have enough smoke alarms in the right places too.
For more information on Service’s free home fire safety advice service, call 0800 05 02 999.
What is Crimestoppers?
Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the Police to locate criminals and help solve crimes. They have an anonymous, free phone number, which is available 24 hours per day - 0800 555 111. People can call Crimestoppers to pass on information about crime or the public can send information anonymously via the “Giving Information” form on the website that can be found at https://crimestoppers-uk.org
You don't have to give your name or any of your personal details and Crimestoppers do not trace calls or track IP addresses.
Crimestoppers pay cash rewards of up to £1,000 if the information you give to them leads to one or more people being arrested and charged. The information you give is passed onto the Police in such a way that they do not know who you are; they never give the Police information about callers. It is a simple and secure way of bringing criminals to justice, without anybody knowing where the information came from. There is also an anonymous way that the cash can be paid to you, ensuring that the process is totally confidential at all points, to protect your anonymity.
Chance for crime victims to meet offenders
Anyone who’s ever been the victim of a crime, no matter how small it is perceived to be, will know that it’s not simply the immediate effects of the crime itself that are felt. The impact can last for days, months and years, and can affect people far beyond the immediate victims.
There is now an opportunity for people who have been the victims of crime to access a restorative justice process that would give the opportunity to come face to face, or, correspond, with the perpetrator, and to seek the closure they often need to be able to move on with their lives, by asking the questions that remain unanswered about the crime.
Restorative justice creates opportunities for people affected by crime, conflict, anti-social behaviour or the harmful actions of others to come together with the person responsible, and seek answers to their questions and explain the impact the incident had on them.
The process helps everyone move on. It gives those who accept responsibility for the incident an insight into the impact of their behaviour, and creates opportunities to find ways in which they can make amends.
Everyone taking part will be supported throughout the process by one of the trained independent professionals located across Devon, who will meet with the parties involved to talk about what happened and the effect it had on them, and if both parties want to meet, this will be arranged; or if not an alternative found, such as a letter exchange or recorded meetings.
If a meeting is possible, a suitable and neutral venue for this to take place will be found, and the professional will guide the meeting to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to have their say. Both parties can bring a friend, family member or advocate with them, and everyone involved will be part of the planning process.
Anyone in Devon who has been a victim of a crime, and who thinks that a restorative justice process would benefit them can contact Community Solutions on 01752 304136; e-mail RJ@plymouth.gcsx.gov.uk or use Twitter @DevonRJustice.
Restorative justice is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner as part of his responsibilities for victims of crime.
Affordable Housing and Devon Home Choice
To be considered for affordable rented accommodation you will need to be registered with Devon Home Choice. This is the housing register for all Devon authorities including West Devon. Due to the proximity to Launceston, if you wish to register for accommodation in Cornwall you will need to contact Cornwall Council.
You will need to visit the Devon home Choice website in order to complete the registration form. The address is www.devonhomechoice.com, if you do not have access to a computer you will need to contact the housing options team at West Devon Borough Council on 01822 813600.
Once you have completed the application you will be provided with a registration number. This is the number which you will need to use to apply for any properties which are advertised.
Properties are advertised weekly from a Wednesday until the next Monday. The available properties are advertised on the Devon Home Choice Website and through your parish council. You will need to submit your ‘bid’ within this time otherwise you will not be considered. If for any reason you are unable to get to a computer you can set yourself up to automatically bid for properties on your behalf. You can set the areas you are interested in but this you will need to be aware that if you leave this up to the computer there may be a suitable property which comes up in an area you have not expressed an interest in before and a bid would not be submitted for you.
It is very important that you keep West Devon Borough Council up to date with any changes in your circumstances for example change of address should you still wish to register medical issues, children. This is because if we carry out an annual review and do not hear from you or it is clear you are no longer at the address your application will be cancelled. If your circumstances have deteriorated then we may need to change your banding and date to reflect this.
The applicant who is successful for the property will be the person who meets the eligibility criteria who is in the highest band with the longest date. Bands range from A (emergency) to E (no housing need).
If you are successful for a property the housing association will contact you to check that you are eligible and that there are no reasons why you could not be offered the property. Reasons that can be considered include rent arrears and anti – social behaviour as well as the property meeting the needs of the household in terms of size. This is why it is important to keep your Devon Home Choice application up to date.
If you wish to register for a shared ownership or other intermediate home ownership property you will need to complete an application for help to Buy South West. Applications can be completed on line at http://www.helptobuysw.org.uk/.
f you need any further help please do not hesitate to contact West Devon Borough Council on 01822 813600.
Faster Broadband is now available in Lifton
To check if your postcode is connected, please refer to the attached spreadsheets (Postcodes 1
, Postcodes 2
) or go to the Connecting Devon and Somerset website using the following link: http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/
The website also provides guidance on how to get connected to Faster Broadband.
Notices and Advertisements on Roadside Verges
If you are planning to put up anything of this nature then you must first have approval from DCC Highways, on either 0345 1551004, or Email: email@example.com
New Bus Timetable
Please follow this link for up to date bus timetables
Lifton Befriending Service
Lifton Parish Council is working with Tavistock Area Support Service, (TASS), a local charity, to provide a Befriending Service in Lifton. Please take a few moments to read their appeal for volunteers below:
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TASS BEFRIENDING SEVICE
Can you spare a couple of hours a week to help make life happier and more interesting for a lonely elderly person?
Our Befriending Service has proved to be both popular and successful in the time it has been running. We are now looking to recruit new members to join our team. We are looking to recruit 10-12 local people interested in enabling others to enjoy life.
We need both men and women of all ages, with a wide range of interests and experience. You may be retired, unemployed, a student, a care or someone unable to work through disability or a mum or dad with time to spare while your children are at school, in fact anyone with time and commitment to give. You may be someone who has experienced loneliness and know how important having someone to spend some time with you can be.
Some clients just want someone to pop in for a cuppa and a chat, others want to go shopping, visit the pub, go to the cinema, go for a walk or swim. Sometimes the befriender will help them to join a local social group or take up an old or new hobby or someone to go with them on a TASS outing.
Befrienders are provided with free training and have regular on-going support with what they are doing. Everyone will have a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly Criminal Records Bureau check) before they begin their voluntary work. If you would like to be able to improve the quality of an older person’s life and enjoy yourself at the same time please contact TASS 01822 616958 to get an application form.
Befrienders do change people’s lives, including their own!
Charity Number 1129175
A Local Charity making a Difference to Local People
Lifton Primary School
Lifton Primary School's latest weekly newsletter is available here. Have a look at the rest of their website to see what the school has been up to lately.
Lifton Methodist Church
Services 10.30 a.m. plus Junior Church
Family Services: first Sunday of the month
QE11 Recreation Ground Committee
Please click on any of the links below to find reports from the recreation committee meeting