Drewsteignton Parish Council

Drewsteignton Parish Council has a number of Policies and Procedures which can be obtained by contacting the Clerk.

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.

News / Notices

Message from WDBC

Christmas is around the corner and the shops are starting to fill up with Christmas goodies, so this year plan ahead and let’s waste less this festive season.

Last year West Devon Borough Council declared a Climate Change and Biodiversity Emergency. This Christmas, the Council are keen to help support residents in the best environmentally friendly way to choose their gifts and wrapping paper.

Cllr Neil Jory, West Devon Borough Council’s Leader, said: “With the announcement of the COVID-19 lockdown, we are going to see a lot of people shopping online this Christmas. This means there will be a huge increase in cardboard packaging, all of which can thankfully be recycled.
“We know that our residents are already super recyclers. To help everyone do their bit for Climate Change, we ask residents to choose their festive food and gifts carefully to reduce any impact on the environment. This could be as simple as looking to recycle the smaller items like the mince pie aluminium trays, all the way up to large bicycle cardboard boxes.
“We can’t recycle most wrapping paper and residents can be creative and choose to wrap gifts in fabric or brown paper which can be recycled. There are some wonderful examples in local shops and online of how to do this in an attractive way with great craft and gift ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Nobody wants to throw wrapping paper into the waste bin, so a little extra preparation in advance will go a long way to help reduce the vast amount of waste we throw away every Christmas.
“Visit Recycle Devon and WRAP online who have tips and advice, so let us all do our bit to save the planet for future generations of people and wildlife.”

300,000 tonnes of card is used across the UK during the festive season in households alone. When laid side by side, that would cover the return distance between London and Lapland an astounding 100 times!

The Borough Council has produced a handy guide to Christmas, so recycling information is ready at hand when you need it.


You can also find a range of information online from Recycle Devon:

COVID-19 Advice

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

Local Covid-19 advice can be found on the Devon County Council Website: 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.

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:







New service on DCC Website for Gully Cleaning

Members of the public can now check when a gully was last “inspected” which is usually when it was last cleaned.

There are some conditions to it though:

  • last inspected does not mean last cleaned, for example, they might not have been able to clean it because the cover was stuck.
  • It will usually not show you if a drain has been jet cleaned since it was last inspected.


Click “our interactive map” zoom in to a location, wait for the blue dots to load which seems to take a while, click on the blue dot and it will give you some info on when it was last inspected and its frequency of clean.

Grant available for Young People

The Providence School Charity (established from the sale of Providence School, Throwleigh in 2016) are able to give small grants to young people (under the age of 25) from the parishes of Chagford, Drewsteignton, Gidleigh and Throwleigh to support individuals for educational, sporting and cultural activities.

In light of the disruption to their studies and exams we are particularly keen to receive applications from students in years 10, 11, 12 & 13, especially those who are going to university, college or starting training.

To apply please contact the Clerk to the Charity, gayhill@btinternet.com or 01647 432424 or your local Trustee

Chagford: Gay Hill, Robert Sampson

Drewsteignton: Roger Burridge, Jennifer Mullins

Gidleigh: Alan Roberton

Throwleigh: Jacky Crawford, Ann Warwick Oliver

While applications are ongoing the trustees are next meeting on 26th August so please apply before midnight Tuesday 25th August to be considered in this round.

Please pass on these details to anyone you think may be interested.

Collection dates over Christmas

Collection dates for recycling, refuse etc...

Wd Christmas Ad Collections  Parish Ad

Free school meals holiday voucher scheme

Devon County Council has arrangements in place to provide supermarket vouchers to nearly 15,000 children across Devon who currently receive free school meals, to help their families buy groceries over the Christmas holidays.

Each child eligible for free school meals will receive a £30 supermarket voucher (£15 per week for the 2-week school Christmas holiday) that can be used at Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, M&S Food or Waitrose.
The vouchers are issued individually per child, so families with more than one child entitled to free school meals will receive a voucher for each one.
We have partnered with an organisation called Black Hawk Network to help us issue these vouchers as quickly as possible via their ‘Select’ website because they have many years’ experience of managing voucher schemes like this and are working with several other local authorities too.
The vouchers are electronic and will be emailed to families. Arrangements are in place for families who cannot access the internet or who cannot get to one of the six major supermarkets.
The scheme is a way of providing funds to ensure that families of primary and secondary age pupils who are eligible for free school meals during term time are able to purchase food over the holidays to replace the meals their child would have had at school.
DCC will provide vouchers for all children attending schools within the Devon Council administrative area, irrespective of where they live. If a child lives within Devon but attends school in a neighbouring authority (for example Plymouth or Torbay), the school they attend will make arrangements to support them. Eligible children in pre-school and young people in sixth form colleges will also receive the vouchers. Colleges within Devon are developing their own schemes funded by Devon County Council to provide free meal vouchers during holidays for eligible families. Please contact your college if you have enquiries about their arrangements or eligibility.
If a child already receives free school meals, they will automatically qualify for the holiday vouchers scheme. They don’t need to apply again. Parents and carers of children currently receiving free school meals will be sent letters and emails during the week commencing Monday 7 December with information about how to access their vouchers. If a parent or carer does not receive a letter or email, and their child is eligible to receive free school meals, they should get in touch with our free school meals team (freeschoolmeals@devon.gov.uk or 0345 155 1019) as soon as possible
If you think a child may now be eligible for free school meals due to a recent change in their family’s circumstances, please help us ensure they can access this holiday voucher support over Christmas by encouraging them to apply online via our website as soon as possible. This is the quickest and easiest way for their eligibility to be assessed and they will get an instant decision. Alternatively, they can call the education helpline on 0345 155 1019. To ensure that they receive the free school meals holiday vouchers for this Christmas period, they must apply by Friday 18 December 2020.
More detailed information about the free school meals holiday voucher scheme is available on the Devon County Council website.
DCC recognise that for many families who may be experiencing severe financial hardship, free school meals alone will not be addressing wider issues, and we have therefore provided funding to District Councils, Childrens Centres and Early Help teams over the winter who may be able offer additional support to families during this time.

Test & Trace Payments

If you are required by law to self-isolate because you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID- 19, and you are on a low income, you may be supported through a payment of £500, which would be administered by your local Council.

For people who are facing hardship because they have been contacted by NHS Track and Trace and are required to self-isolate for 14 days, the Government has launched a grant to support scheme.

If you are working, and on a low income, and are unable to work from home, you may be eligible to claim the grant worth £500.

Cllr Tony Leech, West Devon Borough Council’s Lead Member for health and wellbeing said: “These grants will help support people most at risk of financial hardship and provide a degree of security for those needing to self-isolate. There are a range of other measures that the Council may be able to offer households who are finding things difficult, so if you are experiencing difficulties, please make contact with us.

You can apply for the Test and Trace Support Payment of £500, if you meet the following criteria:

• You are over 16 and have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace on or after 28 September 2020.

• You are employed or self-employed.

• You cannot work from home and will lose income as a result.

• You are currently receiving at least one of the following benefits:

• Universal Credit,

• Working Tax Credit,

• Income-based Employment and Support Allowance,

• Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance,

• Income Support,

• Housing Benefit and/or

• Pension Credit.

If you fail to comply with the Test and Trace isolation rules – not self-isolating following a positive test result for COVID-19, or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and instructed to self-isolate because you are a contact of someone who has had a positive test result – you could face a fine. If you test positive for COVID-19, it will also be an offence to knowingly provide false information about your close contacts to NHS Test and Trace. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fine of up to £10,000.

If you are facing financial hardship, please get in touch with your local council who may be able to help or signpost you in the direction of an organisation who can support you. You can find your local Councillor through the Council’s website:

West Devon www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/3703/Town-Parish-Councils

You can find out more information on the Councils webpages:

West Devon www.westdevon.gov.uk/test-and-trace-payments

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 p.brennan@drewsteigntonparish.co.uk

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 Via the Clerk

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 DRAFT minutes 14th December 2020

Adobe Acrobat document Parish Post December 2020

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Regular Meeting Dates

Monday 15th February 2021

Monday 15th March 2021

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.