Okehampton Office Closing on 6 April 2018 (added 19.3.18)Affordable Housing and Devon Home ChoiceFaster Broadband is now available in LiftonNotices and Advertisements on Roadside Verges New Bus TimetableLifton Befriending Service
Refuse Collections following this weekend's snow (added 19.3.18)
What to do with your waste following missed collections due to snow (added 5.3.18)
Temporary Traffic Restriction (added 22.02.18)
Official Opening of the New Community Centre (added 21.02.18)
School closure email alert service (added 16.11.17)
Royal Visit pictures (added 30.7.17)
West Devon Safe Haven: a new charity (added 26.06.17)
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)
Home Fire Safety (added 12.11.15)
Lifton Primary School NewsletterLifton Methodist Church
QE11 Recreation Ground Committee reports and minutes (updated monthly)
Okehampton Office Closing on 6 April 2018
West Devon Borough Council is reminding customers that their office on St James St, Okehampton will be closing on 6 April 2018.
Customer footfall has been falling at the office year-on-year as customers increasingly use other methods to pay their bills or to contact the Council. It costs a massive £82,000 of taxpayer’s money each year to keep the office open.
The quickest and easiest way to pay council tax bills is by Direct Debit, which can be set up online on West Devon Borough Council’s website. Customers who still wish to pay by cash or cheque can use any PayPoint or Post Office around the Borough by simply taking their bill and paying over the counter.
Cllr Caroline Mott, Lead Member for Customer First at West Devon Borough Council, said: “As more and more customers move to online payments, it was perhaps inevitable that we would need fewer offices. The money saved by closing Okehampton can be spent keeping other vital services running throughout the Borough. Of course, some people will prefer face-to-face help, and we understand this, so we will be making our Locality Officers available twice a week at the Ockment Centre to help any residents who need support.”
The Locality Officers will be available every Tuesday and Friday at the Ockment Centre, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. beginning on Tuesday 10 April and Friday 13 April.
By closing the Okehampton Office and moving to a cashless system from the beginning of April, West Devon Borough Council will save a total of nearly £125,000 of taxpayer’s money each year.
To use the Council online services, please go to: http://www.westdevon.gov.uk
West Devon - Refuse and Recycling
Due to the severe weather there may be some disruption to our refuse and recycling collections today, please leave your refuse or recycling out as usual and we will continue to collect where it is safe to do so. Can you please also leave your waste and recycling out until 7.00 pm as we may be working later into the day if icy weather delays our start times in some areas.
If we are unable to make your usual collection we will return on Saturday March 24th. We would be grateful if you could store any uncollected refuse and recycling until that date. At this stage, we do not expect any collections between Tuesday and Friday to be disrupted.
Thank you for your co-operation. Our web site and social media will be updated regularly local information.
What to do with your waste following missed collections due to snow
Due to the extremely heavy snow and unsafe working conditions last week, West Devon Borough Council suspended some refuse and recycling collections on Thursday and Friday.
The Council has decided that from Monday a normal refuse and recycling service will be reinstated and they are asking all residents to put out their collections as normal this week.
For those residents whose collections were missed, the Council asked them to follow the guidance below:
MISSED COLLECTIONS – if your collection was missed because of the snow:
For anyone whose refuse and recycling collection was missed on Thursday, please put your waste out on Monday 5 March and we will catch up as quickly as we can.
For anyone whose refuse and recycling collection was missed on Friday, please put your missed black sacks out with your normal recycling collection on Friday 9 March.
Both Council Offices at Kilworthy Park and Okehampton will be open as usual on Monday morning. The Senior Leadership Team of the Council would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the 200 staff who continued to work from home on Thursday and Friday, and also many who continued to work over the weekend.
All of our office-based staff have laptops with telephone headsets, which allows them to work from any location, meaning that Staff were able to keep safe and warm at home, while continuing to provide a good level of customer service despite the offices being closed.
Temporary Traffic Restriction
From Tuesday 20th February until Monday 26th February, the ROAD FROM LIFTONDOWN CROSS TO MELCROFT COTTAGE, LIFTONDOWN will be restricted.
The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via - ROAD FROM LIFTONDOWN CROSS TO ROBINS CROFT - ROAD FROM METHODIST CHURCH TO LIFTONDOWN This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable - REPAIR BURST COMMUNICATION PIPE
Official Opening of the New Community Centre
The new Lifton Community Centre will be officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon on Saturday March 10th 2018. The event will begin at 11.00am with the official opening at 12.00 noon.
School Closure email alert service
With more cold weather expected this weekend parents are urged to sign up to our school closure email alert.
Once registered you will receive an email if the school has been closed due to winter weather.
To sign up click here, then enter your preferred email address and then click on the drop down, ticking the schools you want information on, then submit.
The service is just one way Devon County Council is keeping the public up to date this winter.
To find the latest information and travel advice from Devon County Council click here. For updates on Twitter follow @DevonAlert.
Royal Visit Pictures
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.
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.
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.
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