Drewsteignton Parish Council

Please Note: There are three current Councillor vacancies. If you are interested in joining the team and making a very real contribution to your Parish please contact the Clerk or any of the Councillors who will be pleased to help you.

Please Note: Due to technical issues the Clerk is using the following email address: Clerk.drewsteigntonPC@outlook.com


News / Notices

WDBC Covid19 Welfare Support Fund

An emergency lifeline to support residents whose financial situation has been seriously affected by the current pandemic has been launched by West Devon Borough Council, in association with Devon County Council.

The Covid19 Welfare Support Fund will provide small emergency payments to help residents who have no money for even the most basic household essentials with necessities such as food, basic household items, essential travel or utility payments.

Residents may be eligible for the short term support due to a fall in their disposal income, if:

  • They run their own business, and cannot currently trade.
  • Their business has been drastically reduced because of the Pandemic.
  • Their employment situation has changed and their income no longer covers their needs
  • They have lost their job due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • They have still not received expected Government funding (self-employed).

If you are a resident and have been affected financially by Coronavirus (COVID-19), and can demonstrate a need for immediate short-term financial help, you can apply for a grant by completing a simple online application form on the links below.

www.westdevon.gov.uk/welfarefund

If you need help and don’t have access to a computer, please call the Council from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on: 01803 861407

COVID-19 Advice - Updated regularly

COVID-19 Advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public or www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Local advice can be found on the Devon County Council Website: www.devon.gov.uk or www.devon.gov.uk/document/coronavirus-advice-in-devon.

If you are in need – or know someone who is – you can register that need at the email address below or by calling 01822 813600 or 01803 861234 providing the relevant name, contact number and address where possible. Local voluntary groups can register by contacting WDBC at the same email address CommunityCoordination.Covid19@swdevon.gov.uk. Further advice can be found at: https://www.westdevon.gov.uk/support.

West Devon Borough Council are offering a hotline number for residents needing help and support during the Coronavirus outbreak. The number, which will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, will be answered by the Community Co-ordination Team at the Council. Outside of these hours an answerphone service will be available. The number is 01822 813683.

Medical Advice: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 . If anyone thinks they might be experiencing potential early coronavirus symptoms they should not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but instead visit NHS 111 online at: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 and only call 111 if they cannot get help online.

Government Help and Support:
Businesses: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19
Employees: www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay & www.gov.uk/lay-offs-short-timeworking

HMRC Coronavirus Helpline 0800 015 9559 & HMRC Self-Assessment Payment Helpline 0300 200 3822

Community Action Response - five things we can all do

1. Think of others, consider your actions & be kind: People in the Parish will face the challenges of COVID-19 in some way – from needing basic provisions to help while they are unwell.

2. Connect and reach out to your neighbours: as self-isolation increases, we need to find new ways to stay connected and check in on one another for our physical and mental wellbeing. Share phone numbers and stay in touch.

3. Make the most of local online groups: Keep up to date, share information and be a positive part of our local community.

4. Support vulnerable or isolated people: different groups in our communities are at increased risk and social isolation and loneliness are key concerns for all ages. There are things you can do like volunteering for local support services or donating to food banks to help.

5. Share accurate information and advice: Support anyone who may be anxious about COVID-19. Sign post them to the correct advice from Public Health England and encourage people to follow the correct hygiene practices.

Updated Bus Timetables

By now you would normally have seen a copy of the annual area timetable book. This year, however, with so much disruption, a succession of service changes, reduced travel and a lack of outlets for distribution of paper information, a decision was taken not to publish a paper book with a short shelf-life, but to rely for the time being on the on-line version.

The links to the latest versions are here. Most services are now operating normally but any exceptions to this are indicated:

http://www.devonbustimetables.info/east_devon_new/

http://www.devonbustimetables.info/mid_devon_new/

http://www.devonbustimetables.info/north_devon_new/

http://www.devonbustimetables.info/south_hams_new/

http://www.devonbustimetables.info/teignbridge_new/

http://www.devonbustimetables.info/west_devon_new/

Borough Council Election Results

At the Borough Council Elections on May 2nd, Cllr Paul Ridgers was elected as the Borough Councillor for Drewsteignton.

Election Results

Parish Plan

Towards the end of 2006, the Parish Council requested the community consider producing a Parish Plan to inform the Council of the needs and desires of its constituents. A Public Meeting was held to elect volunteers from across the Parish to form a Working Party, and the document below is the result of their efforts.

Adobe Acrobat documentParish Plan

Parish Snow Warden Training

Please download the Snow Warden Training document below. This will equip you with the necessary knowledge to be able to officially help our Parish Snow Warden. Your support and assistance in times of inclement weather will be key to keeping our Parish Roads clear and vehicles movings.

Adobe Acrobat documentSnow Warden Training

Council Members

For general enquiries or to report to the council collectively, please email the Parish Council Clerk

The following are the present Parish Council members, together with the ward they represent and a brief profile.

Ysanne James - Crockernwell

Ysanne was born in Totnes and spent her childhood in and around Dartmoor, before moving to southern Ireland as a pre-teen. She moved back to Devon in her late teens and shortly after started her family. She continued her career and education around her family life and is currently working as an administrator for the probation service. An active campaigner for equal rights, Ysanne moved to Crockernwell three years ago to be nearer her daughters and grandchildren.

you can contact Ysanne on ysanne.james@drewsteigntonparish.co.uk

Peter Brennan - Crockernwell

Peter and his wife Jane have lived in Crockernwell since 2002 and have two grown up "men" Tom and Ciaran. Peter is a business consultant working with a number of local businesses. Originally from Leicester, Peter’s career brought him to Devon in 2002 working as Group Managing Director of the Vapormatic business in Exeter, a subsidiary of Deere & Company Inc. (John Deere). Peter has worked successfully in complex and highly regulated industry sectors, building partnerships and collaborative relationships in the UK and globally. Peter has diplomas in both Mechanical Engineering and Management and gained his MBA from Exeter University in 2012.

you can contact Peter on To follow

Anna Imrie - Whiddon Down

Anna has been happily settled in Drewsteignton Parish since 2004 and knew the area previously as an Exeter student in the 1970’s. After her MA, she worked in London as a picture editor and journalist and then joined her husband in a partnership as his still producer. Meanwhile, her sport was international rally driving and she went on to freelance widely as an advanced coach. Nowadays, she enjoys various local volunteering roles. She believes in informed discussion, balance, conciliation, and in taking a forward looking, positive attitude. Her special interests are road safety and small businesses of all descriptions.

you can contact Anna on anna.imrie@drewsteigntonparish.co.uk

John Redman - Drewsteignton

John has lived in Drewsteignton parish for 40 years on a mixed beef and sheep farm. He also has a property maintenance business.

you can contact John on john.redman@drewsteigntonparish.co.uk

Paul Ridgers - Venton

Paul is married to Fiona and they have two young children. They have lived in the Parish for 10 years, although Fiona has family connections with the village that stretch back 100 years. Paul is a director of an advertising agency in Exeter as well as representing the Drewsteignton ward for West Devon Borough Council.

you can contact Paul on to follow

Ian Rowe - Whiddon Down

Ian has lived at Mill Farm at Whiddon Down for the last 54 years and his children are the 6th generation on the farm. It is a working farm, in the past a mixed enterprise, nowadays the family only have sheep which fits in well with Ian's plumbing business. Having lived in Whiddon Down all of his life Ian hopes his local knowledge of the area and experience in agriculture may be useful.

you can contact Ian on ian.rowe@drewsteigntonparish.co.uk

Adobe Acrobat document 20th July 2020 Agenda Support Document

Adobe Acrobat document Minutes 18th May 2020

Adobe Acrobat document Parish Post July 2020

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Regular Meeting Dates

Monday 20th July 2020
ZOOM (login Info will be published on Agenda)

Monday 17th August 2020
TBC

Monday 21st September 2020
TBC

Monday 19th October 2020
TBC

Monday 16th November 2020
TBC

Register of Interests »

All regular meetings commence at 7.30pm, all other meetings will be called when required.

The Annual Parish Meeting is held between 1st March and 1st June. In 2020 the meeting has been Cancelled due to COVID-19 and Government advice.

Councillors' Conduct and Interests - the Nolan principles

The seven Nolan principles apply to the conduct of people in public life.They are listed below.

  • Selflessness - you should act in the public interest.
  • Integrity - you should not put yourself under any obligations to others, allow them improperly to influence you or seek benefit for yourself, family, friends or close associates.
  • Objectivity - you should act impartially, fairly and on merit.
  • Accountability - you should be prepared to submit to public scrutiny necessary to ensure accountability.
  • Openness - you should be open and transparent in your actions and decisions unless there are clear and lawful reasons for non-disclosure.
  • Honesty - you should always be truthful.
  • Leadership - as a councillor, you should promote, support and exhibit high standards of conduct and be willing to challenge poor behaviour.