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This is to Inform you that all Village Hall Activities in our Parish are cancelled until further notice - due to Covid-19.

Shaugh Prior parish Meetings during Pandemic

All Meetings of the Parish Council held on the first Wednesday of the Month at 7:30pm will be temporarily held via Zoom On-Line.We will inform you on this page when we are able to hold another Parish Meeting in the Village Halls.If you have any queries or have any issues you would like the Parish Councillors to take up, please contact the Parish Clerk.

The next meeting of the Shaugh Prior Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 7th October via Zoom.
If you wish to join a meeting please contact the Parish Clerk Mr Scott Smy, giving 24 hrs notice.

Parish Defibrillators:

There are three Parish Defibrillators for medical emergencies.Each village has one installed and they are checked and monitored regularly by our Parish Councillors. Wotter - on the wall outside the Surgery in Wotter Village.  (Next to the old Methodist Hall)Shaugh - on the wall of the Parish Hall Lee Moor - on the wall of the Parish Hall.

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Shaugh Prior Parish Council Covid-19 latest advice

SHDC are undergoing a review of waste rounds which has meant most households have seen a change to their waste collection times, days or even weeks.  The new rounds will help reduce mileage and therefore save on fuel use and will also enable us to change to a better recycling service in the new year. Starting early next year, they will be introducing improvements such as  weekly collections of recycling, including items like glass and plastic pots and trays.
As most households have been affected by the round changes, there has inevitably been an increase in the number of missed bins reported. This note is to share the measures in place to minimise any disruption for residents.
There are limited amount of crews put out to retrieve missed bins, due to the size of the fleet and legislative restrictions on driver hours. However, they have shunt vehicles in place to haul waste to tipping sites which allow crews to continue actual collections from households for as long as possible. They receive reports from the contractor on any areas that were missed each day due to vehicle breakdowns etc. and these are prioritised the following day. There are accompanying messages on SHDC website and put out social media to keep residents informed.  Crews are out in the evenings and weekends wherever possible.
Some of the changes may not seem logical at present, but they are constantly reviewing the rounds and may make small adjustments here and there to make them more streamlined. Where access to properties is difficult, they use different vehicles to those deployed on the main rounds and this accounts for why waste in some areas is collected on two different days.
Whenever a missed bin is reported to they aim to get back to collect within 3 working days.

"However, at present we ask residents to bear with us and keep waste out as we can’t say exactly when returns will take place. We are prioritising missed black sack/grey bin collections over recycling sacks and brown bins and ask residents to keep waste out as we could return at any time, including weekends"

Proposed use of quarry waste for secondary aggregate and restoration of Tip T2 Lee Moor Quarry Complex.

This concerns the details of a planning application that will shortly be submitted to Devon County Council (DCC), for an area of Lee Moor Quarry complex known as Tip T2.   The proposed scheme will involve the progressive removal and thus restoration of the formerly tipped quarry waste and the material will be used for a range of secondary aggregate products.

The proposed scheme, which is in the final design stage, should be offered for general public consultation and comment.  Any issues of concern that are raised can then be carefully considered and possibly taken into account and mitigated for, in the final scheme to be submitted to DCC.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it has been agreed with the planning officer that the consultation should be undertaken on a virtual basis.  Therefore, a website has been created called, where an outline of the scheme and the assessments that have been undertaken to date can be reviewed.  The website offers the opportunity for private comments via the 'contact' webpage.  The website will go 'live' on Wednesday 7th October and will remain open for comments for a period of 4 weeks.

It is appreciated that some parishioners may not have internet access.  Therefore, more than one comment will be accepted using the web page, from an individual who may be action on behalf of another person.  On such occasions, they should also proved the name and address of the person they are acting for.

Please share the above with our Community.

From Bright & Associates, Landscape and environmental consultants

Covid-19 Related Information:

Vulnerable People
Certain groups of people are at increased risk of severe disease from coronavirus (COVID-19) including all people aged 70 or over. Such individuals are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if they do go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Guidelines
The government has published new advice and guidance to support people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
If you are in this group you will previously have received a letter.
The government will only reintroduce formal shielding advice in the very worst affected local areas and for a limited period of time.

You will received a letter to tell you if you are advised to shield, but unless that happens, you don't need to.
However, sensible measures should be taken to reduce exposure to the virus.
Please read the following link for further guidance.

Access to testing in Devon

“Testing resources in the main are keeping up with demand in Devon, and I ask anyone who is showing symptoms – the high temperature, new and continuous cough, or change in their sense of taste or smell – to self-isolate immediately and book a test.”

you should book a test via the NHS website  or call 119 to if you have problems using the internet."If you are unable to book a slot, you can email for advice on what to do.

The rule of six

New rules come into force on Monday (14 September). People will not be able to meet socially with others from other households in groups of more than six people.That applies indoors and outdoors, including in people's own homes.Rules around social distancing and the use of face coverings still apply too.There will be penalties for breaching the new rule. The police will have powers to enforce, and fines of £100 could be issued. Fines will keep doubling for further breaches, to a maximum of £3,200.There are exemptions. COVID-19 secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total, but then groups of up to six people at those venues mustn't mix or form larger groups.If your household or bubble already has more than six people, that's fine. You can still gather because you're from the same household or bubble.Education (schools, colleges, universities etc) and workplaces are unaffected.  Weddings and funeral groups can also be larger, up to 30 people.Some organised team sports will still be able to carry on.There's more detail about those exceptions on the government's websiteYou can also find out more about COVID-19 secure guidelines for venues.

NHS Test and Trace

As part of the government's coordinated response to Coronavirus, NHT Test and Trace has developed the new NHS COVID-19 app.

it is now available for download to all residents of England and Wales.  We strongly recommnd that everyone over the age of 16 downloads and uses it.

Download the ‘NHS COVID-19’ app from the App Store or Google Play.

There is more information at

The app will help you to understand and manage your personal risk and reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
The more people who use it, the more effective it will be.

Shaugh Prior Parish Council Covid test

Public Health England has written about how vitally important self-isolating is to stop coronavirus from spreading in our community, particularly to people who could become very sick if they catch the virus. 

You must self-isolate:

  • if you have symptoms and are waiting for a test
  • if your test is positive
  • if you’re notified by NHS Test and Trace or the new NHS COVID-19 app that you’ve been in close contact with a confirmed case.

Shaugh Prior Parish Council Covid-19 latest advice

Students travelling on Public Transport from 1 September 2020

At the time of writing social distancing measures are still in place on public transport, which will affect capacity on some services. We are working with colleagues in schools and colleges and bus and rail operators to identify any bus services which may be affected by capacity issues.

In these instances, we will put on additional services, not open to the general public, to coincide with school start and finish times. Please remember that it is a legal requirement that anyone aged 11 and over wears a face covering when travelling on public transport, unless exempt.

Think twice
        Shaugh Prior Parish Council Covid poster



Parish Coronavirus Support Group
With Shielding having come to an end, some of our vulnerable residents may be feeling concerned and anxious about going out and about.Our Support Volunteers are still able to help and support those who are alone, sick, and vulnerable, and will continue to do so as required.Essential shopping errands, prescriptions and medications can still be taken care of if required.  so don’t panic! Those who have been shielding may need continued reassurance as they become as independent again as possible.  These residents have been asked to speak to their volunteer who will put necessary arrangements in place.
Although National free food parcels will stop, the Supermarket priority delivery slots will remain.
We also want to reassure you that our Village Teams will be ready should a second wave of Covid-19 hit us.  With measures already in place we are there to help protect residents and support the most vulnerable.However with Devon being one of the lowest ranking ares of the country for coronavirus cases,  let us hope this wont happen.

Local Co-ordinators are:
Shaugh Prior
Tim Thomas – Mobile No 07580 032515
David/Lea Milford – Home No 01752 839751
Cllr Mrs Vanessa Tyler – Home No 01752 839424
Jackie Fisher-Green  --. Mobile 07890 174577
Lee Moor
Viv Chater – Home No 01752 839401
Nicola Friendship – Mobile No 07702 045969

Scott Smy
Parish Clerk for Shaugh Prior Parish Council


Report It : Can I remind residents that if you have issues relating to dog fouling, noise nuisance, missed bin collections, pot holes etc you can report it direct to SHDC direct through their ‘Report It’ facility on their website. You can report things as they occur without waiting for the next Parish Council meeting. Similarly, Parish Councillors can do this on behalf of residents by using the same portal.

Parish Mobile Library - back on the Road from 13th July

The Mobile Library Service resumed Service on 13th July.Calling at White Thorn, and Lee Moor
Here is the Local Time-Table....till end of 2020.

Fridays:  Oct 2nd     Oct 30     Nov 27

 Village Stop Arrive
 Shaugh Prior
 White Thorn
 10:20 10:50
 Lee Moor
 Lee Moor Centre
 11:05 11:35
 Bickleigh Church 12:00 12:45

If you have any queries on the service, just ring Rachel Gee,Development ManagerLibraries Unlimited  07976 584707


The Post Office is once again operating out of the Moorland Hotel every Monday morning from 10:00 - 12:15pm

Free Courses
Skills Toolkit:

The Government has added a further four courses to The Skills Toolkit, which allows people to access free, high quality online courses in digital and numeracy whilst at home.

The new free courses are an introductory course from Microsoft on using Microsoft Outlook, an introduction to bookkeeping from the Open University and an introduction to finance from independent training provider Corndel, plus an advanced course on how computer networks operate from the Open University in collaboration with Cisco.

The Skills Toolkit is available to everyone and has a range of courses from introductory to more advanced levels. These are skills that are sought after for many types of jobs, with 82% of job vacancies requiring digital skills.

Explore free on-line courses

The Shaugh Prior Community Fund
This fund has been established to provide funding and support within the Parish.It is now available to Individuals who are facing Hardship and need that extra help.If you know anyone who could take advantage of this Fund please make the Parish Clerk aware
Pease email the Parish Clerk for further information and an Application

The Newnham Solar Fund continuing to offer grants to Shaugh Prior groups and individuals. If any group is particularly effected by the current situation then they can apply for a grant on one of the forms which can be downloaded from the web link below:
If anyone wishes to discuss whether they might be eligible please ask them to contact Katie at or please contact Cllr Sue Burkill who will be happy to help.


'Over the last few years we have visited hundreds of householders to help them keep warm and healthy at home. We decided early on in Covid-19 that we were not prepared to endanger vulnerable people and stopped delivering face to face advice.

However, we are still able to provide almost entirely the same level of advice over the phone or by email.
Many more people may find themselves struggling to meet household bills or struggling to deal with unforeseen expenses and so the South Dartmoor Community Energy - Hardship Fund may be relevant to them'.

If you know anyone who needs our help, please encourage them to contact us on 0800 112 3044 or
and quote the Hardship Fund".

Or contact the Shaugh Prior Parish Clerk, or any Shaugh Parish Councillor who will give guidance on how to apply for the Hardship Fund

Devon County Council
Local Bus Services Update from 15 July 2020

With so much disruption to normal bus services there will not be a published timetable book.  For the time being there will only be an on-line version.
The links to the latest versions are here.  Most services are now operating normally, but any exceptions to this are indicated:

N.B.  The temporary pre-0930 free travel concession for National Bus pass-holders is being withdrawn.  This will help ensure capacity for workers during peak hours.

Online Plym Links Magazine
Plym Links Magazine have produced an online Links magazine for May encompassing Oke, Moor, Tavy and Plym Links as we are unable to publish printed versions at the moment. Their intention is to do another digital magazine for June and then hopefully go back to print after that...if Covid-19 allowsSo click on the link..belowIts a great read

Shaugh Prior Community Hall
As from 17th March, Shaugh Prior Community Hall has closed until further notice. This is Following advice from Devon County Council and SPPC, on dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic. The safe-keeping of all the Hall users is paramount at this time and apologies for any inconvenience caused.   The Committee would like to thank you for your on-going support, and looks forward to opening the doors when it is safe to do so, when it  will be business as usual. 

Shaugh Prior Parish Council Meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic:

We will inform you on this page when we are able to hold another Parish Meeting.
If you have any queries or have any issues you would like the Parish Councillors to take up, please contact them or the Parish Clerk:

Parish Defibrillators:

There are three Parish Defibrillators for medical emergencies. Each village has one installed and they are checked and monitored regularly by our Parish Councillors.
Wotter - on the wall outside the Surgery in Wotter Village.  (Next to the old Methodist Hall) Shaugh - on the wall of the Parish Hall,  Lee Moor - on the wall of the Parish Hall.

Help by joining the Climate Emergency Group

Devon County Council and South Hams District Council have declared a climate emergency and many local parishes are doing the same. Now it is the turn for the villages in Shaugh Prior Parish to join in.

A group has been formed which involves people who are interested in helping plan local activities which will help address the climate emergency.  Several ideas for community projects have been discussed, including Tree Planting, Hydro scheme at Shaugh Bridge, Links to Public Transport with Plymouth/Tavistock/Yelverton, Influencing Planning decisions on Dartmoor and South Hams, Design & Implement a community carbon baseline,  working to reduce waste and plastic use, and Biodiversity initiatives - wild flowers and bee friendly environments. Etc. etc.

We are looking for more people to join from all three villages and the outlying farms. It would be great to involve lots of young people of all ages.

so if you are interested please let one or both of us know by contacting us by email4

Sue Burkill Vanessa

Find out about your own carbon footprint Devon County Council website South Hams website  

If you would consider becoming a Parish Councillor, please see information below.
Shaugh Prior Parish Council - NOTICE...apply to become a Parish Councillor
Please note, that Applications for the role of Parish Councillor in the Parish of Shaugh Prior are detailed below. The Parish would particularly welcome applications from people living in Lee Moor, due to the recent loss from the Council of both Councillor Small and Mc.Iver.   A good balance of representation of all three villages is important to the Council, so please give this your consideration......
57 Priory Close,  Ivybridge,  Devon.  PL21 9JG  01752 698305
Parish News -
A new Bench dedicated to the service of two long-serving Parish Councillors has been put in placed at Lee Moor. By doing so, The Parish Council have marked the many years of service by John Mc Iver and John Small, both of whom did not seek re-election at the last Paris elections in May 2019.  It is placed in the Lee Moor Play Area.

Help shape the future of Dartmoor National Park
The draft National Park Management Plan is a plan for anyone that cares about Dartmoor. The National Park Authority is seeking your views on the draft Management Plan, to ensure Dartmoor continues to be protected and enhanced in the future.
The Plan is a bold and ambitious partnership plan, that will be delivered by a range of partners and local communities across the National Park. It had been written and developed over the last 18 months, and identifies the main issues, priorities, opportunities and challenges facing Dartmoor today. It encourages everyone to work together to protect and enhance Dartmoor’s special quality, for the benefit of all.
The plan covers seven main themes: Climate Change, Nature and Natural Beauty, Cultural Heritage, Farming and Forestry, Future Generations, Visitor Management and Communities and Business. The Plan aims to be bold, ambitious and clear on these themes, to help shape a future vision for Dartmoor.
We want everyone, regardless of age or background, to get involved with the draft Plan. We want to check that it reflects your ideas and aspirations for how we will work collectively for Dartmoor’s future. We encourage you to submit your views online, via the Management Plan Review Page on the National Park website. The period of submitting your views will end on 20th April.
Submit your views t
The draft Dartmoor Management Plan can also be viewed on the Management Plan Review page, with hard copies available at Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Parke headquarters, Haytor and Princetown Visitors Centres and local libraries. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at
'We look forward to hearing your views!'

Reducing Isolation in older people across South Hams Community Companions
The new project known as Community Companions is focused on recruiting volunteers to provide companion support to the most isolated withing their communities.  The Royal Voluntary Service provides all the support and training for the volunteers to facilitate such activity.
Please look at the attached information, and join the project of the support network and help our most isolated residents.  Below is the link...

Download the Community Companions Information

The Neighbourhood Policing team is consists of:

WARNING - Cold-calling tree surgeons targeting vulnerable residents in our Area
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 SHDC/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 are being approached by such contractors, please 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 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 SHDC or 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 links:
oSouth Hams: Devon:·Guidance on how to find a suitably qualified, fully insured tree surgeon is available from the Arboricultural Association via (specifically 

PS 15352  Ryan Canning (standing in for Sgt Rob Wilson who is away for 9 months).
Beat Managers:  PC Charlotte Mathers 11704 and PC Martin Perry 15860

PCSO Andy Potter 30540
PCSO Diana Summers 30318
PCSO Judith Serpell 30478

to report a non urgent crime visit or the contact section of Devon and Cornwall Police website for more options – You can complete an online crime report which is a quick and convenient alternative to calling 101. If you need information relating to a crime or have any other query please email, alternatively you can call 101.

In an emergency always call 999.
Will 999 calls be answered?
Answering calls to the 999 number is a priority and we are making sure that we have additional resilience through training student officers to support our call handlers.  Please continue to dial 999 in all emergency situations.
What is the best way to contact the police at this busy time for non-emergencies?
If possible we would ask that you use the following options before dialling 101 at this busy time.
·  Click before you call – go online at
·  Check if you can find the answer yourself on AskNed
·  Use the online crime reporting form
·  Webchat live with the 101 service (link to this facility at bottom right of Devon and Cornwall Police homepage)
·  Email the 101 service at
·  Calling 101 phone line
If you do need to call 101 about a non emergency, please be aware that it may take longer than normal to answer your call.  Perhaps consider calling at a quieter time of the day, like late evening if it is not time critical.
I have intelligence about a crime – who should I contact?
Please continue to contact the police on the details listed above.  If it is an emergency call 999 or for non emergencies use the online contact options where possible.  
You can also report crime and intelligence anonymously via Crimestoppers either by calling 0800 555111 or by using their online reporting system at
Report an injured or dead animal
Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society: 07873 587561

Please continue to contact the police on the details listed above.  If it is an emergency call 999 or for non emergencies use the online contact options where possible. 

You can also report crime and intelligence anonymously via Crimestoppers either by calling 0800 555111 or by using their online reporting system at

(Directdial: 07525617850Email: Diana Summers

Fraud Advice ·Requests to move money: A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by. ·Clicking on links/files: Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text Personal information: ·Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
Police ( Direct dial: 07595 011193) 
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