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

Meeting Dates CANCELLED

In light of recent government advice ALL Parish Council meetings and the Annual Parish Meeting are CANCELLED until further notice.

Changes to Community Transport Services

Information received regarding Local Community Transport services:

Scheme

Community Transport Services

Additional Services being offered

Okehampton CTG

Staff working from home.R&R continuing whilst there are still requests. 4 passengers today, 1 tomorrow. Car scheme continuing with handful of drivers for people with severe conditions who have to attend hospital regularly

We have not really received any calls for help to date, we have rung those regulars who we thought might need assistance and signposted them to our local support group which seems to be working really well. Have referred anxious clients to CVS Wellbeing Co-ordinator. Many more cancellations coming in for health appointments

Newton Abbot CTA

Limited staff working from home. Some off sick (non- C-19). Need to update on Mon 30th R&R - 2 passengers booked for Tues. No car scheme drivers. 1 living aids driver/fitter continuing. 2 Paid drivers for S22 routes seem to be continuing for time being

Trying to help with weekly phone calls to vulnerable passengers and shopping deliveries. Our drivers are on standby for hospital trips and the hospital discharge, but they could be delivering the food parcels for these people or those on the vulnerable list,

Tavistock Ring & Ride

Ran R&R until Tues 24th. One passenger only. Now ceased the service. Driver is self-isolating. Relief driver is over 70.

Contacting vulnerable passengers and referring to other services if necessary

Tiverton & Crediton

Limited staff in office, mainly working from home. Vol drivers mostly no longer driving but phoning passengers instead for reassurance and to see if there's anything they need. Office is then ringing passengers who need shopping and collecting/dropping on the bus. Also helping individuals to complete vulnerable form on GOV website.

We are working closely with two local food producers and Tesco's and Marks and Spencer's. only 36% of these people would be eligible for the government system although I have signed up at least 10 members already.

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.

Recycling Centres CLOSED: Latest information regarding DCC recycling centres and Covid 19 can be found at: https://www.devonnewscentre.info/devons-recycling-centres-closed-until-further-notice/

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.

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.

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 children Tom and Ciaran. Peter was recently appointed Chief Executive of Hospiscare, a local charity that delivers end-of-life care to terminally ill patients across Exeter, Mid and East Devon. 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 Minutes 24th February 2020 Extra-ordinary Meeting

Adobe Acrobat document Parish Post April 2020

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Regular Meeting Dates

Monday 20th April 2020
Council Meeting - CANCELLED

Monday 18th May 2020
Annual Parish Council Meeting - CANCELLED

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 will be on 20th April at Drewsteignton Church Rooms (village hall) at 8pm.

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.