Notice of uncontested election for Lifton Parish Council (added 09.04.19)Faster Broadband is now available in LiftonNotices and Advertisements on Roadside Verges New Bus TimetableLifton Befriending Service
Notice of poll for Tamarside Ward (added 09.04.19)
Notice of Parish Council elections (added 21.3.19)
Notice of Borough Council elections (added 21.3.19)
Garden waste collection offer (added 13.01.19)
Recycling and waste collections over Easter (added 13.03.19)
Defib training open to all 25th March 7.30pm (added 07.03.19)
Council Apprenticeship Scheme (added 28.2.19)
Cats Protection Jumble Sale (added 28.2.19)
Council Tax Changes Offer Help for Working Age People (added 25.02.19)
Borough Council Elections (added 14.01.19)
Universal Credit Roll out (added 9.10.18)
Law changes for houses of multiple occupation (added 21.08.18)
School closure email alert service (added 16.11.17)
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)
Affordable Housing and Devon Home Choice
Lifton Primary School NewsletterLifton Methodist Church
QE11 Recreation Ground Committee reports and minutes (updated monthly)
Notice of uncontested election for Lifton Parish
Please see the noticeof uncontested election for Lifton Parish Council here
Notice of Poll for Tamarside Wardta
Please see the Notice of Poll for Tamarside Ward here
Notice of Parish Council elections
Parish Council elections will be held on 2 May 2019. If you would like to stand as a Parish Councillor, please see the attached notice for details of where to obtain nomination papers.
Notice of Borough Council elections
Borough Council elections will be held on 2 May 2019. If you would like to stand as a Parish Councillor, please see the attached notice for details of where to obtain nomination papers.
West Devon garden Waste offer
Recycling and refuse collections over Easter
Defibrillator training will be held at the Community Centre on 25th March at 7.30pm - do come along. See attached poster for details
Blaze a Trail with a Council Apprenticeship
West Devon Borough and South Hams District Councils have helped a number of people, of all ages, to carve their career paths using its apprenticeship programmes.
National Apprentice Week, which is running from 5 to 9 March 2019, has been running for 12 years and is a great opportunity for school-leavers,
or anyone above the age of 16 years,
to explore apprenticeships as a ladder to a great future career.
As well as vocational apprenticeships in areas like gardening and electrics, the Council also supports their staff in learning new skills and furthering existing careers. Staff who have developed their knowledge in specialist areas such as Planning and Business management can take qualifications, no matter their age or previous qualifications, with the full support of the Council and its officers.
Cllr Chris Edmonds, Lead Member for Resources and Performance at West Devon Borough Council, said: “We’ve had apprenticeships through the Council in many shapes and forms over the years, and we encourage officers to take these on wherever possible.
“It’s a great way to develop our future, and current, workforce by making sure that we have the best trained staff for our specific needs, as well as giving people skills to further their careers.”
Cllr Nicky Hopwood, Executive Member for Customer First at South Hams District Council, said: “South Hams District Council has been supporting National Apprentice Week for 12 years now, and this year’s theme, Blazing a Trail, really sums up what apprenticeships are all about.
“Apprentices bring huge benefits to the Council and to our communities, and we’re really proud to support them.”
Matt Rowe, Apprentice Electrician with Property Services, said: “I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship with the Council. I’m getting a really broad range of experience and learning new skills like time management and how to plan my workload. Everyone has been really supportive, and I hope I’m still here in 10 years’ time, fully qualified.”
Mollie Deimert began her career with the Council as an apprentice in Customer Services, but now works in the Environmental Health and Licensing Team. Mollie said: “When I began my apprenticeship in the Council, I never imagined that it would lead me here. The skills and knowledge I developed in Customer Services have transferred over to Environmental Health and Licensing and have meant I can make a really valuable contribution to the team. Who knows where I might go from here?”
There are two intakes of apprentices each year at the Council, in April and September, coinciding with the Easter and Autumn school terms.
All job vacancies are advertised on the Council’s website at www.southhams.gov.uk/jobs or www.westdevon.gov.uk/jobs, on social media and on LinkedIn.
Interested parties can also sign up for our Jobs newsletter on the website, and have vacancies delivered to their inbox as soon as they are advertised.
Council Tax Changes Offer Help for Working Age People
Important information for working age people about changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme from 1 April 2019.
Following consultation with the public, South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils will be introducing a new scheme to help those on a low income to pay their Council Tax.
The Councils have looked carefully at the support scheme and designed something that offers extra assistance to the most vulnerable residents while dealing with the ever changing landscape of welfare reform.
Under the current scheme, some people claiming Universal credit were getting a new bill each month when their circumstances changed. The Councils understand this makes it really difficult for people, already on low incomes, to properly plan or budget their money.
The new scheme leads the way, as the first of its kind in Devon, and will assess how much support a person receives based on their net income. The design means that a change in someone’s income won’t necessarily create a new assessment and Council Tax bill. The scheme has been designed not to react to changes unless they are big enough to take residents into a new income band. Residents will be able to look at a simple table and see what support they are allowed. It’s really simple and easy.
The joy of the new system is that the Councils are fully in control of the scheme and can now do what they can to ease the pressure on residents. What this actually means, is that the Council will make sure that workers are not put off from doing any extra work when they can, because of the difficulty it has taken in the past to pay their Council Tax.
Hand-in-hand with the new scheme, is the Exceptional Hardship Fund, which is already available for those people who are really struggling to make ends meet.
Now the Councils will work out how much money is coming into the home and will ignore any money from Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and War Disablement Benefits. As usual, they will continue to also ignore any Child Benefit and Child Maintenance Payments. With all of these changes in mind, most residents would see an increase in their awards, making it much easier for them to live more comfortably.
South Hams District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customer First, Cllr Hilary Bastone said: “This new and improved scheme will go a long way to supporting vulnerable residents through these challenging financial times. The major reason we are changing the scheme is to make it easier and less confusing for those residents who are struggling, to be able to claim a discount in their Council Tax.”
South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils are the first councils in Devon to respond to the changing needs of residents, and to make sure that wherever possible, the most vulnerable are protected and helped.
The way reductions in Council Tax are given to pension-aged people is unchanged, as this is set by central Government.
The Councils are pleased to announce that the new scheme, in most cases, will see an increase in amounts awarded to those in the greatest need.
Become a Borough Councillor at West Devon and Change the Future
Are you considering putting yourself forward to become a Borough Councillor in the 2019 Local Elections? If so, West Devon Borough Council is holding an open evening for residents.
The Open Evening will be held at Killworthy Park, Tavistock on Monday 25 February at 6.30 p.m. and will include information about the role of Borough Councillors, the workload involved, and how to put your name forward.
Sophie Hosking, Executive Director and Head of Paid Service at West Devon Borough Council, said: “Standing as a Borough Councillor may seem daunting, but everyone has something that they can bring to the role. If you want to make a real difference to your community and are passionate about where you live and want the best for your area, then you really should consider becoming a Borough Councillor. All newly elected Councillors will receive an induction pack and training and will be offered support from existing Members and officers.
“The role is both fulfilling and demanding and, in light of the extensive challenges that are currently facing the Council, effective Community Leadership is absolutely vital.”
Borough Councillors have three main areas of responsibility: representing the people in their area; community leadership, and formulating policy and the annual budget. All Councillors are entitled to claim a Basic Allowance, plus reimbursements for travel, subsistence and/or dependants’ carers.
In order to stand as a Borough Councillor, candidates need to be 18 or over and a British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen, on the electoral roll or have worked or occupied as an owner or tenant any land or premises in the Borough for at least one year.
For more information, come along to the open evening, or email Member.Services@swdevon.gov.uk.
Universal Credit Roll Out Complete in West Devon
Universal Credit has now been fully implemented in West Devon.
This means that any working age resident who needs to claim one of the following benefits: Income Support, Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income-Related Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit will now have to make a claim for Universal Credit, unless they have three or more children, live in temporary or supported accommodation.
Cllr Tony Leech, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing at West Devon Borough Council, said:“Universal Credit has been rolled out slowly for all new claimants over the last two years around the country, area by area. From this week, unless you are a pensioner, have three or more children, live in temporary accommodation or live in supported accommodation, you will be applying for Universal Credit.
Cllr Leech added: “You will only need to apply for Universal Credit if you are making a new claim. Existing claimants will continue on their existing benefits for now, and don’t need to do anything unless there is a change in their circumstances.
“As the application process is online, support for claimants who have not used an online claim form before is available from West Devon Borough Council. Claimants can access this support by visiting the council’s offices at Kilworthy Park in Tavistock, or by calling 01822 813600.”
Universal Credit is administered by the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) claims are made on-line and payments will be made in one single monthly payment.
Partnership Manager for the Department for Work and Pensions, Jacki Williams said: “Job centre plus is really pleased to be working with West Devon Borough Council and Citizens Advice to ensure everyone has the help and support they need to make their Universal Credit claim and manage their monthly payments”.
Some new claimants in the Tavistock area have been claiming Universal Credit since January of this year.
Nikki Chaplin, Supervisor at Tavistock Citizens Advice says: "We have had to offer additional support to some clients who are unused to using computers or smart phones. For some people it's also a big change because they are so used to getting their money weekly - with universal credit the money is paid monthly so we are able to provide budgeting support to people who are struggling with this. We have also had a number of clients who still have an entitlement to contribution-based benefits, new-style jobseekers allowance and new-style employment support allowance, who have had difficulties making claims since Universal Credit started. We would urge anyone who is confused about their entitlement or who wants to know more about any benefits to visit their local Citizens Advice office for support.”
To contact Citizens Advice, claimants can call 03 444 111 444 or go online at www.ruraldevoncab.org.uk There are also drop-in sessions at Tavistock and Okehampton offices.
Law Changes for Houses of Multiple Occupation
West Devon Borough Council would like inform landlords of new government legislation which will come into force on Monday 1 October 2018, requiring landlords to hold a license for houses of multiple occupation.
The new law, which is an amendment to the 2006 Housing Act, means that landlords who have a house used for multiple occupation (HMO) occupied by five or more people, who are not from the same family, will require a license.
A house in multiple occupation can include, but is not limited to, examples such as:
- a house let as individual bed sitting rooms
- a group of rooms on each floor let to single occupants
- hostels, some hotels, guesthouses
- lodgings, and shared houses
- houses converted into self-contained flats
- 5 bedroom house being rented to 5 single people, sharing facilities
- 4 bedroom house being rented to a non-married, couple and 3 single people, sharing facilities
There are extra requirements also put in place for existing multiple occupation houses to include, minimum sleeping room sizes and provision of waste facilities.
Landlords who have a property which is classed as a House in Multiple Occupation, or those who are in the process of setting up a rental property which falls within this category, are required to apply for a license before the 1 October 2018.
Cllr Tony Leech, West Devon Borough Councils Lead Hub Member for Health and Well Being, says: “If you are a Landlord and have a House in Multiple Occupation you will be required by law to have a license if you have more than five or more people living in the same house, but who are not from the same family unit.
“At West Devon Borough Council we want to make sure Landlords are aware of these new changes and encourage those who may be affected to apply for their license or to visit our website to find out more.”
The council’s Environmental Health Housing Team is committed to working with property owners to ensure licensing requirements are followed. If properties are found after the date which need a license, a fixed penalty notice may be imposed which could be up to £30,000.
If you are uncertain if your property requires a license or you would like to apply, please visit the Council’s website www.westdevon.gov.uk/HMO2018
Council Delighted Over Distribution of Business Rates
7 August 2018
West Devon Borough Council are delighted to report that the funds allocated by Central Government were given out to local business ratepayers affected by the 2017 revaluation.
In the Spring Budget 2017, Central Government held a revaluation exercise of businesses, which resulted in some businesses receiving a large increase in their rates. To avoid local businesses having to pay this in one go, the Government gave the Borough Council a rate relief fund to support businesses during the transition period.
This was the first time that councils were asked to provide relief support to businesses and the system was untried for distribution of the funds. West Devon Borough Council devised their own scheme and published their policy ahead of other Devon local authorities. The Council were delighted to see all funds distributed effectively.
The Hub Committee have now approved Year 2 of the 4 year funding agreement. The scheme has been reducing in increments with last year totalling to £112k, £54,000 for this year and reducing significantly by 80% and 98% over the next two years until 2020/21 when they fund will only be £3,000.
West Devon Borough Council’s Lead Member for Economy, Cllr Robert Oxborough, said: “We were determined that there should be no delay in getting this relief to eligible businesses. We designed a scheme ahead of other Devon Councils and delivered, distributing all of the relief money in the financial year.
The scheme is aimed primarily at those local businesses worst affected by the 2017 revaluation. We felt that it was important to make this an easy exercise for all so do not require unnecessary form filling to make claims. Instead, those businesses that qualify will again be contacted direct by the Council so that year 2 is as successful as year one has been.”
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.
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.
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