Parish Council Meeting Change of Date (added 6.09.18)Affordable Housing and Devon Home ChoiceFaster Broadband is now available in LiftonNotices and Advertisements on Roadside Verges New Bus TimetableLifton Befriending Service
Lest We Forget (added 3.09.18)
Exciting upcoming events and opportunities at HATS (added 21.08.18)
Law changes for houses of multiple occupation (added 21.08.18)
Crowdfund Devon workshop (added 21.08.18)
Council Delighted Over Distribution of Business Rates (added 07.08.18)
Walk for Widecombe (added 07.08.18)
Cats Protection League (added 26.07.18)
Testing time for toilets (added 23.07.18)
Vacancy on the Parish Council (added 10.07.18)
Share your thoughts: 5 year strategy published by WDBC (added 09.07.18)
Thank you to the Village(added 09.07.18)
Garden waste online summer sale (added 26.06.18)
Review of WDBC car parking charges (added 25.06.18)
New source of funding launched for West Devon Community(added 25.06.18)
Parish Council Vacancy Notification
Devon Mobile Library Consultation (added 11.06.18)
Need your garden waste collected from your home? (added 4.5.18)
Devon Building Control Partnership Launches new Website(added 23.4.18)
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)
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)
Parish Council Meeting Change of Date
The September Parish Council meeting date has been altered to the 13th September and will be held at Lifton Primary School at 7.00pm.
Lest We Forget
Tickets are now available for the next HATS production: Lest we forget. Please see the attached poster for details. Money raised will be split between Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
Exciting upcoming events and opportunities at HATS
Please see the attached posters for recruitment for the Puss in Boots Pantomine (auditions on 21, 22, 26, 27 Sept 2018); Performance of Blackadder Goes Forth, in aid of Comic Relief (13th-15th and 20th-22nd September 2018) and for recruitment for 'Lest We Forget' (auditions 1st October 2018).
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
Get Your Project off the Ground with Crowdfund Devon and West Devon Borough Council
A workshop is being held in Tavistock for community groups and organisations in Devon who are interested in learning more about the extra funding available through Crowdfund Devon.
Crowdfund Devon is an ambitious project bringing together 6 different funding partners, including West Devon Borough Council, to support Devon based projects that are making a positive impact in their community.
The free workshop will be held at WDBCs offices at Kilworthy Park on Thursday 13 September at 3.00 p.m.
Cllr Philip Sanders, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: “The Crowdfund Devon initiative is a fantastic opportunity for community groups and projects in our area to access funding that they might otherwise struggle to attract. Crowdfunding means that they can promote their idea, group or project to a worldwide audience online. Each project will have its own dedicated webpage and the ability to reach out to individuals with a genuine interest in pledging funds to community causes. The added beauty of the Crowdfund Devon site is that it lists a range of funding pots that communities might tap into, including a £10,000 fund from West Devon Borough Council.
“That said, it can be daunting if you’ve not heard of crowdfunding before, so this workshop will introduce groups and individuals to the process and the benefits, as well as covering essentials like what makes a good crowdfund project, and where you can access help and support. I’m really looking forward to seeing the projects develop across the community.”
The workshop is being run by Crowdfunder.co.uk, the UK’s number 1 community crowdfunding platform, which has raised over £50m for businesses, charities and social enterprises across the UK.
Places can be booked online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crowdfund-devon-training-event-tickets-48947120154 and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so book your spot early to avoid disappointment.
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.”
Walk for Widecombe
We're proud to announce the first community fundraising event under our LOVE Devon campaign and we're appealing for people with a passion for Devon to get involved.
Walk for Widecombe will take place on Sunday 16th September and will take the form of an 8-mile sponsored walk or horse ride into the iconic Dartmoor village, where there will be a host of fun family activities to welcome the walkers, riders and their families. Funds raised by the walkers and riders will go towards LOVE Devon and the Widecombe-in-the-Moor village hall project, which is aiming to build a brand new village hall to benefit the entire village community and beyond.
There is the option of an easier, much shorter route if you're not up to the full route - it's most defeinitely the taking part that counts so please dust off your walking or riding boots, get a group of friends or family together and join us! For those not taking part in the walk or ride there will be plenty to do in the village so there will be something for everyone.
Cats Protection League Jumble Sale
There will be a bumper jumble sale at the Church Hall on Saturday 11th August from 2-4pm. See attached poster for details.
Testing Time for Toilets
Council considers all the options
For many years now West Devon Borough Council has been working hard to protect the public conveniences across the Borough.
At a meeting of the Hub Committee, Cllr Sampson, Lead Member for Commercial Services was keen to stress that: “The Council has to respond to significant budget challenges. We are working hard to find savings from the public toilet budget by exploring different options for delivering the service. Maintaining the right level of service in the right place in the right way is key. ”
Consultation with the Towns and Parishes is paramount and it is equally important that the ward members are involved in that process. Cllr Philip Sanders Leader of West Devon Borough Council added: “Our aim is to reduce the overall cost of providing public conveniences and what we are saying is that a traditional council owned public toilet building might not always be the best way. Our aim is to work with communities to continue to offer toilets which the public have access to where they are needed”.
A number of public toilets in West Devon are already provided by local parishes through buildings which have been transferred from the Borough Council.
The Council has also worked with Princetown Parish Council to implement a pay on entry toilet scheme which has been successful and are now considering extending this to include other toilets.
Cllr Sampson concluded: “Whilst no-one wants to see public toilets close, the running of the toilets has to be done in the most cost effective way. In some cases we find that the number of people using public toilets is reducing where alternative toilets are available, for instance near local supermarkets which have facilities.”
The Hub Committee at West Devon Borough Council, today considered the options open to them, and agreed that they will look to make efficiencies savings of at least £50000 from the 2019 /20 public convenience service budget.
This will need to be achieved through a combination of pay on entry toilets, and community ownership. Closure of facilities is a last resort. The dialogue with the Town and Parishes will now begin and no closure will take place without a decision by the full Council.
Vacancy on the Parish Council
Lifton Parish Council has a casual vacancy. This will be filled by co-option at the August meeting. If you wish to apply for this role, please see the attached poster. Applications need to be with the Clerk by Wednesday 8th August.
This Democracy week – share your thoughts
West Devon Borough Council has now published its 5 year Corporate Strategy and is asking residents to “share their thoughts”.
In May this year the Councillors from West Devon Borough Council approved a high level corporate strategy to guide how they deliver council services over the next five years. This strategy has been set at a time of reduced funding from central government, where councillors are constantly being asked to make difficult decisions about how they spend their money.
Having set themselves six high level themes, now the councillors would like to share these high level themes with the public, and for the public to share their thoughts on what they think the council should prioritise under each of them.
Leader of West Devon Borough Council, Cllr Philip Sanders said: “We have been discussing our finances with our residents and local businesses for many years now. Everyone knows that money is tight and we are constantly having to review how we work.
“It is therefore more important than ever for residents and businesses to have their say and to tell us what they think is important”
Starting in Democracy week on 6 July for eight weeks West Devon Borough Council is asking residents and businesses to complete a short survey. Once complete the Council will share its findings and use them to guide how they plan to deliver services over the next five years.
Cllr Philip Sanders, said: “Democracy week is the perfect time to launch this survey. It gives us a platform to remind people that their voice is important and they should make it heard. Please just give us five minutes of your time to tell us what is important to you.”
As one of this year’s inaugural Democracy week slogan says “every voice matters” and we want to hear yours.
“Regardless of who we are, or where we are from, we must work together to make sure that every member of society has an equal chance to participate in our democracy and to have their say.” The Cabinet Office #talkdemocracy
To find our more visit our new engagement portal: Join The Conversation
Access the survey: Corporate Strategy - Have Your Say
Thank you to the Village
The out come of the Fayre was marvelous, wonderful helpers and a good time had by many. Even brought our neighbourhood together with new neighbours meeting other people from around here which was a lovely bonus.
The outcome was we have now raised the sum of £800.00 for the two charities The Mustard Tree for Cancer patients at Derrifold and The Tofta Educational Group in Uganda for disadvantaged children. Other charities gained too, as we sent items from the sale to The Rotary Club, The charity for The Launceston Ambulance Service, plants went off to Maunders and they sell them for the South West Children's Hospice. Other craft items were sent off to the Lifton Primary School, the chapel was given cards to sell or use. Some odd items where given to people who make items for another charities, then lastly my eldest son kindly sold the last remaining items on the Launceston link to help make up this amount.
So just wanted to say a big thank you to all who attended and for those who so kindly gave up their time and helped me on the day and for others who could not come but donated all the same. Thank you one and all.
Best Regards Carol Mounce
EMBARGOED UNTIL 28/06/18 Garden Waste Online Summer Sale
EMBARGOED UNTIL 28/06/18
Garden Waste Online Summer Sale
Sign up by 16 July to get your Garden Waste collected until October for just £15
West Devon Borough Council has announced an online summer sale for new customers who sign up to the fortnightly Garden Waste Collection Service by direct debit, between 2and 16 July.
Residents who sign up by the 16th July will get their garden waste collected up until 1stOctober for this one off fee. This flash online offer will only be available for two weeks and garden waste collections can be up and running by the middle of July (depending on when the resident signs up).
The quick and easy online sign up process means customers can subscribe at any time via a PC, mobile or tablet. Once signed up, customers will be reminded when the annual subscription service begins again in October, ensuring maximum use of the service next year.
To take advantage of this summer offer, simply sign up to the direct debit scheme before 16 July. Once subscribed, customers simply need to fill the green sacks provided and leave on the kerbside on collection days.
Cllr Robert Sampson, West Devon Borough Council’s Lead Member for Commercial Services, said: “With the warmer weather now here many people want to enjoy their gardens and make the most of the summer outside. I would like to remind residents of our Garden Waste Service and to highlight the Online Summer Sale, which will save time taking garden waste to the Recycling Centre, freeing up more time to spend outside in the garden.”
The West Devon Borough Council Garden Waste Collection Service is also an environmentally friendly way to dispose of garden waste. All Garden Waste Collected is composted and used on local farms.
For more information and to sign up visit: http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/gardenwaste
Subscribe to the West Devon Garden Waste Collection Service Online Summer Sale from 2 - 16 July 2018 for fortnightly garden waste collections until the end of September 2018 for £15. The Offer is only available for online subscriptions paying by Direct Debit. Garden waste collections will take place every two weeks and alternate with your refuse collection until the Online Summer Sale subscription term ends on 30 September 2018. We aim to deliver garden waste sacks within 10 working days of subscribing. By subscribing to the Online Summer Sale you also agree to sign up to the normal annual subscription service which will automatically renew by Direct Debit on 1st October 2018 for a fee of £40 for fortnightly collections running from October 2018 – September 2019 (non-refundable and buy subscribing you agree to the Terms and Conditions). There are no collections between the 23rd December 2018 and the 6th January 2019. For full terms and conditions please refer to our website.
Please be aware that telephone calls to and from the Council may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.
Review of West Devon Borough Council’s Car Parking Charges
West Devon Borough Council to go ahead with new car parking charges.
After a 21 day consultation period, which closed on 1 June 2018, West Devon Borough Council will now go ahead and implement the new car parking charges. Having not increased car parking charges for 5 years, in that time the cost of delivering parking services in the public realm has increased. In addition to this, central government has reduced the amount of grant it gives to the Borough Council to help run its services from £5 million to 0. In order for the council to continue to provide a high standard of parking services to residents, in most areas the new fees will raise from £2.00 all day long stay to £2.50.
Cllr Robert Sampson, West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for Commercial Services explains:
“When making a decision such as this one, we have to take into account the public realm surrounding the carparks and the services in those realms, like street cleansing, public toilets, and ground maintenance. All of these services are an added cost to the running of the carparks and, unfortunately as those costs have risen over the years, we now need to increase our car parking charges to make sure that we can continue to provide a high standard of parking services to our residents.”
The Pay & Display charges will come into effect from Monday 2nd July 2018. The full list of new car parking charges can be viewed here:
New Source of Funding Launched for West Devon Community
Do you have an idea for a project that you think would benefit or enhance your own, or another, local community? If so, you may be able to access funding from the new Communities Together Fund.
The Communities Together Fund (formerly Town and Parish/TAP Fund) is managed in West Devon by West Devon Borough Council. It’s allocated according to the number of number of electors on the electoral roll with the Borough Council contributing ten pence per elector to the fund, and Devon County Council contributing one pound per elector.
The Fund is intended to support new ideas and to help communities work together on projects that enhance and make a difference to residents. Previously, the TAP Fund has supported a range of valuable projects over the last few years, including Devon Air Ambulance night landing sites, the provision of life-saving defibrillators, and various public space improvements.
Devon’s District, Borough and County Councils reviewed the criteria for the fund, and want to encourage even more collaboration between communities, whether they are projects led by voluntary and community groups, or Town and Parish Councils.
Leader of West Devon Borough Council, Councillor Philip Sanders, said: “Through the Communities Together Fund, new ideas can be supported and I want to encourage communities to work together and to put forward new ideas to access this pot of money.”
The Leader of Devon County Council, Councillor John Hart, said: “Through this fund, we’re encouraging local communities to identify projects that will make a real and positive difference to their local area. It’s great to see the successful projects that have already taken place thanks to this initiative, and we hope others take advantage of the scheme.”
For more information in West Devon about The Communities Together Fund, please visit theCommunity Grants and Funding page:
Parish Council Vacancy Notification
A casual vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council. Please see the attached notice if you would like to contact the electoral officer to request an election.
Devon Mobile Library Consultation
Devon County Council and Libraries Unlimited, which runs Devon’s library service on the County Council’s behalf, have launched consultation regarding improvements to the library service in rural and isolated communities in Devon. While libraries (static libraries) have evolved a lot over the years, introducing improvements to the services they offer and broadening their popularity to appeal to many, the mobile library and outreach service has remained unchanged. We want to consider the opportunities now to improve our mobile library and outreach service, to consider new ways that we might be able to reach more people in our rural communities.
See the attached poster for details of how to respond.
Need your garden waste collected from your home?
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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