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Need your garden waste collected from your home? (added 4.5.18)
Traffic restriction North Rd (added 4.5.18)
Cats Protection League Tabletop sale (added 23.04.18)
Devon Building Control Partnership Launches new Website(added 23.4.18)
Come and see our new recycling vehicles (added 09.04.18)
Upcoming A30 road closures (added 09.04.18)
Launching the SeaMoor Lotto (added 29.3.18)

Worthy Winners Praised by West Devon Mayor (added 28.03.18)
West Devon Recyclers Scoop People’s Choice Award (added 28.03.18)
Okehampton Office Closing on 6 April 2018 (added 19.3.18)
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)

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)


Need your garden waste collected from your home?


04/05/2018

Celebrate spring - sign up to the West Devon's Garden Waste Service

Looking to make a start on your spring and summer garden and wanting to clear garden waste? Sign up to West Devon Borough Council’s garden waste service and your garden waste will be collected every other week.

Introduced in July 2017, the fortnightly Garden Waste Collection Service offers West Devon residents the chance to ensure their gardens are free of garden waste and looking their best.

Cllr Robert Sampson, West Devon Borough Council’s Lead Member for Commercial Services, said: “With the warmer weather now here many people are deciding to venture into their gardens to clear the winter shrubbery, cut the grass and make gardens ready for summer. I would like to remind residents of our Garden Waste Service, which will save taking garden waste to the Recycling Centre.

“There is an annual charge for the service but if you have not yet signed up, you can do so now.”

Unlike Waste and Recycling, there is no legal requirement for us to provide a Garden Waste Service. However, West Devon Borough Council recognised that many residents value the service and decided to keep it on a “paid for” basis.

For more information visit: http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/gardenwaste.

How it works

The normal subscription service costs £40 per year and provides four green sacks and four permits per subscription with a fortnightly collection service. Terms and Conditions apply. Subscription runs from October - September. There are no collections over the Christmas period.

On collection days, residents simply need to tag the green sacks provided with the brightly coloured permits, which tell the crews that you have subscribed. Once collected, garden waste is composted locally to produce a soil conditioner.

How to join

To sign up for a West Devon Garden Waste Service annual subscription, please visit visit: http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/gardenwaste

To find your garden waste collection day visit: http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/wastecollectionday


Traffic Restriction, North Rd

 There will be a road closure on North Rd from 29th May-31st May to allow for patching works (please see attached notice for details).


Cats Protection League Jumble Sale

The next Jumble Sale for the Cats Protection league is Saturday 12th May, 11.30-3.30 in Lifton Chuch Hall. Please see the attached poster.


Devon Building Control Partnership Launches new Website


Devon Building Control Partnership has launched a new-look website, making it even easier for homeowners and professionals to book site visits, submit applications online, request a quote and much more.

The website has been created to be more accessible and easy to use through desktop computers, mobile phones or tablets. Building professionals and homeowners will be able to access information quicker and will be able to subscribe to newsletters, access a property register for Building regulations, look up fees and charges and find out about business events

Devon Building Control Partnership is made up of Teignbridge District Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council. The experienced team of chartered surveyors, building engineers and fire engineers cover all three districts and offers a fast, reliable service for plan checking and inspections through a highly experienced team with vast local knowledge.

The Partnership works closely with the building industry to ensure that buildings are designed to comply through pre-application advice, plan checking and an inspection programme.

Cllr Michael Hicks, Vice Chairman of South Hams District Council and South Hams' representative at Devon Building Control, said: "This new look website will be invaluable in informing and advising customers of the services provided by Devon Building Control, and is much easier and quicker to navigate. If you’re in the middle of a challenging and stressful building project, a clear and understandable website is essential. I’m certain that customers will be very pleased.”

Andrew Carpenter, Head of Devon Building Control Partnership, said: “I am delighted with the new look website. We know that people now want to use websites on phones and tablets so we’ve revamped the design to make it much easier for people to use on those devices as well as a laptop or mobile. The previous website had served us well but was starting to show its age. We’ve simplified things and made it faster to use and easier to navigate. Information is now much clearer and understandable.

“The redesign is aimed to make sure the site is much more accessible to customers and meets modern expectations as well as being a place where people can find out more about our services. This an online ‘shop window’ will help us improve how we promote and sell activities across the area we cover and operate more commercially and effectively in a very competitive industry.

“Our new website is part of our commitment to providing a great service to customers as well as showcasing the Partnership as a business populated by friendly, qualified surveyors and skilled officers who can offer impartial advice and assistance to homeowners, agents, architects, developers and other professionals on matters relating to building regulations.”

The bespoke website was built by IT professionals working in Strata Service Solutions Ltd, the joint ICT partnership shared across Teignbridge, Exeter and East Devon councils, with expertise and support from officers working for Teignbridge. The look and feel was designed by Made With Maturity, a web design and digital marketing company based in Plymouth.

Laurence Whitlock, IT Director at Strata Service Solutions Ltd, said: “This project gave Strata an excellent opportunity to work with Devon Building Control Partnership to use our experienced web developers to produce a professional and commercial quality web site.”

Visit www.devonbuildingcontrol.gov.uk for more information. You can follow the Partnership on Twitter, just search for @DevonBuildingCP and hit follow.

The website also contains details about the team and a section where people can leave feedback.


Invitation– Come and See Our New Recycling Vehicles


Bedford Square Tavistock between 10am and 4pm on the Thursday 12th April

10:00 – Speech and launch opening by Mayor of West Devon Borough Council

· Unveiling of new vehicles

· Learn how to Box Clever and why

· Help us increase our recycling rates

· Recycling competition

Come and See Our New Recycling Vehicles

Ever wondered why we collect your recycling the way we do? Want more information on the waste collection changes happening next week?

Then come down to Bedford Square in Tavistock on 12th April and see our new recycling vehicles. Members of West Devon Borough Council’s waste team will be on hand to answer any questions on why these vehicles are so good, how they will help us to boost our recycling rate and any general enquiries on recycling you may have.

The Mayor of West Devon Borough Council and the Lead Member for Commercial Services will be in Bedford Square to launch the new recycling vehicles which will be in operation around the District from 16th April.

These purpose designed trucks with an internal crushing capacity for card will enable the recycling teams to process more waste without the need to return to the depot as frequently.

The economically friendly vehicles are replacing a very old and costly fleet which has come to the end of its operational life. The separate waste compartments on the new vehicles are organised in a way that will enable the operators to process the waste in a more fluid and streamlined way.

From 16th April, when these vehicles come into operation residents are being asked to present their recycling in two boxes with plastic bottles and cans in one box and paper, glass, card, batteries and clothes in the other. For those who don’t have room for more than one box, plastic bottles and cans could be put out one week with the other recyclable items the next. This will enable the operators to swiftly separate the waste at the kerb side in the most effective way possible.

Cllr Robert Sampson, West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for Commercial Services said: “Thank you to all residents who have engaged with our Box Clever campaign, we all know that changes can take time to bed in. We are committed to increasing our recycling rates and providing a good value for money service for our residents. We would like to invite residents to come down to Bedford Square on 12April, and chat to us about Box Clever and take a look at our vehicles.”



Upcoming A30 Road Closures

Please see the attached letter regarding closures for resurfacing on the A30 in April and May 2018.


Launching the SeaMoor Lotto

South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council are calling out to all community groups, charities, and good causes in the area who might be interested in being part of a new council run Lottery initiative.

The SeaMoor Lotto is a new venture which is being led by the councils to provide a way for local good causes to raise funds.

60% of all money raised will go towards local good causes, 20% of ticket sales will be put towards prizes and 20% will go towards the running costs.

Now the councils want to hear from any interested parties, so that they can be invited to a launch event in May and find out how to sign up to become part of the SeaMoor Lotto.


Cllr Neil Jory, West Devon Borough Council’s Hub Lead Member for the Lottery explains:“This is a win win situation. The local charities and groups who sign up to be part of the lottery will be able to raise money for their own projects; we will be able to support local good causes with the proceeds of the lottery and the members of the public who buy tickets stand a chance of winning a monetary prize of up to £25k”

Cllr Keith Wingate, South Hams Executive Portfolio Holder for Business Development added:“Local authority run lotteries are working very well for many other communities around the country. We are working with Gatherwell, the company who manage lottery initiatives nationwide and will provide the know-how. Their mission is to help good causes raise money, their first project was a schools lottery, helping schools across the UK deal with increasing austerity pressures, now they help a wide range of local causes from local community centres to Age UK. With their support and guidance we are in safe hands and will be delivering a lottery service for our community and charity sector that will benefit everybody.”

Lottery tickets will only be sold via the internet and tickets will cost £1 each per draw. When a player buys a ticket they will opt to support a specific good cause or contribute to the community fund – the latter will be administered by the Council.

The draw will take place every Saturday evening at 8:00p.m and as with other lotteries the more numbers matched the bigger the prize.

South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council expect to launch the SeaMoor lotto to the public in this summer.

So if you are a charity, community organisation, or a good cause based in the South Hams or West Devon and you would be interested to find out how to get involved please email lotto@swdevon.gov.uk stating your cause and your contact details. We will add you to our information list and invite you to the launch event for good causes.

 


Worthy Winners Praised by West Devon Mayor

(well done to the Lifton Community Centre Trustees (see 'Merit in the Organisation Award')

The Mayor of West Devon Borough Council, Councillor Jeffrey Moody, has paid tribute to the dedication and community spirit of this year’s Mayoral Award Winners.

The winners in 2018 include community groups, individuals and organisations, all with one thing in common; a genuine desire to improve the lives of others around them.

The Mayor received a high number of deserving nominations for this year’s awards, which are given to local people who improve the lives of others in West Devon.

Cllr Moody recognised the high standard of entrants, saying: “Every year we are taken back by the wide range of nominations across the Borough, and this year is no exception. I’m truly humbled by how many people are out there, getting to work in their local community for the benefit of others.

“These people really are the backbone of our communities, helping in so many different walks of life, from working with the elderly or disadvantaged, to improving our environment or helping our animals and wildlife. It was a real challenge to pick out just four winners from so many worthy nominees.

“That said, the final winners we have selected are everything we were looking for in our local heroes, and are deserving winners in every sense of the word, continues Cllr Moody.”

The joint winners in the Over 18 Category were Margaret and Derek Woolacott. The Woolacotts were nominated for their work with the ‘Roving Pictures Scheme’ which takes films to village halls in isolated communities. The Woolacotts are also well known for their random acts of kindness, and for supporting bereaved individuals.

The Merit in the Over 18 Category goes to Tony Batten who was nominated for his voluntary work in Sourton Parish. Tony looks after both the churchyard and the village hall, as well as keeping an eye on vulnerable people in the village.

The Mayor’s Green Award for 2018 goes to North Tawton Plastics Recycling Volunteer Group. The group, which was set up two years ago, provide a collection point for all types of plastics for residents to use. The volunteers assist in all weathers to help residents to sort their plastic, and as awareness of the dangers of single use plastics continues to spread, the group goes from strength-to-strength.

The Merit in the Green Award category goes to Rebecca Green, who set up ‘One Okehampton’, a not-for-profit organisation whose aims include social inclusion and reduction of loneliness. She was also the driving force behind the establishment of a food club, which gets surplus food from supermarkets being distributed to those in need.

The Organisation Award winner for 2018 is Mrs Valerie Evans. As well as being a full-time carer for her husband, Mrs Evans is the treasurer and enabler for Tavistock Parkinson’s Support Group. She has helped to raise money to fund two exercise groups and has developed a course for those affected by the disease. She has also set up a training event for instructors to gain knowledge of the disease and its effects.

The Merit in the Organisation Award goes to the Trustees of Lifton Community Hall, a dedicated group of volunteers responsible for providing a new community centre in Lifton. They worked tirelessly to raise funds and grants for the exceptional building, and the parish and neighbouring communities will benefit for generations to come.

In addition to the awards above, two groups were recognised for their outstanding contributions to communities in Tavistock and West Devon.

The Lions Club of Tavistock were awarded the Organisation Recognition Award. The Lions have been raising money for community groups and charities in West Devon since 1976, and are responsible for such well-loved annual events as the Fireworks Display, Tree of Lights Display and the Carnival.

A Green Recognition Award was also made to Tidy Tavi, a group of volunteers who have kept the streets in and around Tavistock free from litter since 2011.


West Devon Recyclers Scoop People’s Choice Award

West Devon Borough Council is celebrating after Recycling Round 5 scooped the ‘People’s Choice’ award at this year’s Recycle Devon ‘Thank You’ awards.

The annual awards ceremony, held at County Hall on Friday 16 March, and hosted by Matt and Victoria from Heart Radio’s breakfast show recognises those who go the extra mile to make sure Devon remains one of the top recyclers in the UK.

The crew, made up of driver Phil Wright, with Andrew Lumley and Toby Brightmoor, work the largest recycling round in the North side of West Devon. They collect the bulk of recycling in the main areas of Chagford, South Zeal and Sticklepath, Okehampton, North Tawton and Hatherleigh.

The crew’s employer, FCC Environment, nominated them by as they are always eager to please and have received many compliments from residents remarking on their courtesy and politeness. The crew recently saved the day when a refuse vehicle got stuck in queuing traffic on the A30 following an accident, by collecting a second vehicle to go out and complete the round.

The West Devon crew were nominated in two categories, achieving Runner Up in the Collection Crew category. The People’s Choice award, however, was voted for directly by members of the public, and the winners were clear; of 1200 votes cast, more than a quarter were for the Round 5 crew. For this they received a special trophy made from recycled aluminium cans.

Cllr Robert Sampson, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling at West Devon Borough Council, said: “It really is fantastic to see the hard work of our waste collection crew recognised in this way. The crew were nominated for their helpful attitude and cheerful demeanour, and the scale of the voting clearly shows the high regard this crew is held in. Well done to them all.”

Carly Bouchere, Contract Manager for West Devon at FCC Environment, said: “Recycle Round Five are inspiring, they do their jobs in all weathers with a clear pride in what they do. It can be an invisible and thankless task, so to be voted for by the community in this way has been the icing on the cake, not just for them but for me. I am hugely proud of each and every one of them”

Recycle Devon is a partnership of 10 councils including Devon County Council, eight district authorities (including West Devon Borough Council) and one unitary authority.

Chairman of Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee (DASWC) Councillor Duncan Wood said: “These awards have been a great success, 1200 people voting for their recycling hero. Congratulations to West Devon Borough Council Collection Crew and all the winners and runners-up. It’s thanks to you that at last count 55.4 per cent of the total rubbish collected or taken to the county’s numerous recycling centres was recycled and makes Devon one of the top recycling counties.”

All the winners and runners up received special handmade Recycle Devon Awards, made from recycled glass bottles and supplied by Devon-based Company Glass Reform. They also enjoyed a delicious cream tea, with the cream on first of course!


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:

Thursday Collections:
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.

Friday Collections:

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:

https://www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/7397/DogFouling<http://track.vuelio.uk.com/z.zl=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cud2VzdGRldm9uLmdvdi51ay9hcnRpY2xlLzczOTcvRG9nLUZvdWxpbmc%3d&r=6340636924&d=1657295&p=1&t=h&h=5bef405eb578b7d3fa4c7398527ad182>


 


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:
http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/3585/Dog-Fouling

http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/dogpoofairy/735

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: csc.roads@devon.gov.uk

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


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