News / Notices
Message from WDBC re Cold Calling Tree Surgeons
We have been made aware of cold-calling, potentially uninsured contractors claiming to be tree surgeons operating in the districts, targeting vulnerable (particularly elderly) residents and claiming to be fully qualified, fully insured tree surgeons, offering to do tree and garden works for cash. They are stating they can carry out works to protected trees legally and provide residents with a certificate to submit to us to avoid prosecution. No such certificate exists and this is not the case. An application to /WDBC in some form is required prior to carrying out works to any trees subject to a TPO or in a Conservation Area.
If you hear of any residents being approached by such contractors, please encourage them to take as many contact details for the contractors as possible along with vehicle registration numbers and descriptions of the individuals (if safe to do so) and report them to the police on 101 or via their website at https://www.police.uk/101/.
Please also observe the following important points:
- Prior to agreeing to any tree works, residents should check the contractor’s insurance certificate and qualifications – anyone who has gone through the training and paid the necessary insurance premiums will be proud to share the information with prospective clients. A checklist for choosing a tree surgeon is available here
- If the trees are protected by a TPO or in a Conservation Area, residents will need to be in receipt of written consent from the WDBC Tree Officer in a decision notice or occasionally email prior to carrying out works to such trees to avoid potential investigation which may lead to prosecution. Resident’s responsibilities in relation to ‘Protected Trees’ are outlined via the following link:
- Guidance on how to find a suitably qualified, fully insured tree surgeon is available from the Arboricultural Association via www.trees.org.uk (specifically https://www.trees.org.uk/Help-Advice/Public/Choose-your-Tree-Surgeon).
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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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Borough Council Election Results
At the Borough Council Elections on May 2nd, Cllr Paul Ridgers was elected as the Borough Councillor for Drewsteignton.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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