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Village Defibrillator Locations


Shaugh Prior Defibrillator is on the outside wall of the Shaugh Village Hall

Wotter Defibrillator is in the Red Telephone Box in Wotter Village.  (Near the Bus shelter)

Lee Moor Defibrillator is on the outside wall of the Lee Moor Village Hall.



Shaugh Prior Parish Council Meetings

The next meeting will be held at Lee Mill Public Hall  on Wednesday 5th October 2022 @ 7:30pm.

If you have any queries or have any issues you would like the Parish Councillors to take up, please contact the Parish Clerk. scott.smy@shaughpriorparish.gov.uk


Community Issues



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.




GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS IN THE SOUTH HAMS

South Hams District Council has agreed that residents wanting to have garden waste collections should be charged £49 per year from spring 2023, with the current service to end on 31 October.


Against the backdrop of rising costs and continued national driver shortages, the Full Council came to the decision yesterday (22 September) to cease the existing service and launch a paid subscription service next spring.


The Council has been looking at every option to ensure that the core waste and recycling collection service can remain as smooth as possible when it comes back in-house on 3 October.


As well as easing financial pressures, ceasing the garden waste collection service from 31 October will also ease pressure on the core waste and recycling collections, helping to keep those as stable as possible in the early months of the transition. The Council will empty all brown bins on their last collection day in October.


For many years the Council had been able to provide the garden waste service without charging a subscription fee but doing so from spring 2023 will bring them in line with most other districts in Devon, who already charge for garden waste collections. Plymouth City Council recently took the decision to end their garden waste collections early this year to ease their own budget pressures.

What does this mean for residents?

The garden waste collection service as it exists now will cease on 31 October.

In the coming days, residents will be sent a letter with further information, including how to sign up to the new paid subscription service, once it is available.

For those who decide to not sign up for the service, they can take their garden waste to all three recycling centres in the South Hams. Full details, including opening hours, are available online here: www.devon.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/centre


Alternatively, people can find out more on home composting possibilities here: www.recycledevon.org/in-the-garden/how-to-compost

We want to hear from you on the waste and recycling service

Ahead of the South Hams' waste and recycling service  coming back in-house to be run by the Council again from 3 October, we want to hear from Towns and Parishes about problems that residents have experienced in your areas.



Help us to help your area

We understand that the challenges with our waste service began when the new rounds were introduced.

We're looking at all of the service data that FCC have provided, but understand that residents, Councillors, Towns and Parishes will be pivotal in helping us to improve the service; many residents have already dutifully reported to us when they have had missed collections and we are asking them to continue doing so on our website here.

However, if you as a town or parish council are aware of specific waste and recycling collection problems in your area ahead of the service coming in-house, we'd appreciate hearing from you.

  • Are there particular streets, estates or areas that have had recurring problems with collections?
  • Do you know of residents who have assisted collections and have had problems?
  • Are there other issues affecting the service?
  • We haven't had as much feedback as we would have liked after our initial email, so please do get in touch.

Please let us know by dropping us an email to wastefeedback@swdevon.gov.uk  


Stagecoach changes to Local Bus Services.

Stagecoach have announced significant changes to local bus services from Sunday 30th October 2022  There is an array of changes from timetable and route reductions, through to no longer operating some services.

Outline details of the service changes, and where Devon County Council has been successful in replacing services, can be found on our Travel Devon web page:

 Changes to Bus Services in Devon from 30th October 2022 - Travel Devon   

The following web page sets out how local bus services are operated and managed:

Bus services in Devon - Travel Devon.




Get Ready to Plant a Tree for the Parish

Funding for free trees secured: get ready for planting

A grant to support a tree planting project in the local area has been awarded to Shaugh Prior Parish Council from the South Hams District Council Climate Change and Biodiversity Locality Fund.

The £850 funding package will go towards supplying native tree species to parish residents for planting in private gardens, fields or hedges, starting this November. Where required, tree guards and stakes can be supplied. Volunteers will also be offering help to people who need assistance with planting.

The tree planting project is being implemented by members of the Shaugh Prior Community Climate & Biodiversity Emergency Group. Everyone is welcome to get involved.

Look out for ‘tree stalls’ at local events this autumn and winter.

The project kicks off at Shaugh Prior Apple Pressing Day and Country Market on Saturday 1 October at Shaugh Prior Village Hall, where people will be able to sign up for a free tree. From 10:30 till lunchtime.

Tree planting is a highly positive and rewarding activity that people can take towards supporting nature, helping to offset carbon emissions, and improving their own wellbeing.

If you’d like to ‘book a tree’, support with planting or host a tree stall at your event, please contact lidia.pearce@hotmail.co.uk or 07870 649081.

 





Citizens Advice  - Citizens Advice needs you!

Do you want to gain skills to go back into work, need a career change, or have some spare time and would like to make a difference?

 Citizens Advice South Hams urgently need people to help as either telephone assessors or client support volunteers. Full training is provided with either role, through a mixture of classroom learning, home learning and on-the-job training. 

To join the team email reception@southhamscab.org.uk or visit southhamscab.org.uk/get-involved.

below is the Link for further information:

Download further Volunteer information







Better Broadband - From South Hams District Council


Latest Broadband News from Devon County Council - March 2022

“Please find attached the latest broadband programme update from Connecting Devon & Somerset:


This briefing features news about the progress of roll-out contracts with Airband and Openreach, and the impact of storm disruption.

Plus the growing success of the Mobile Boost Scheme funded by the Heart of the South West LEP and the latest figures for gigabit vouchers issued in Devon.

click below...

Broadband Programme



Broadband Poster South Hams D.C.

Please register your interest at www.southhams.gov.uk/community-broadband





Community response to the climate emergency?

Background Information regarding the feasibility of a Wind Turbine project at Lee Moor can be found by using the following link:

Claypits Communication Update



Climate Action


Devon Energy Link

Devon Energy Collective CIC (DEC) is a not for profit community interest company set up by a network of community energy enterprises across Devon to help Devon transition to net zero by helping communities to respond to the climate emergency.


CLIMATE EMERGENCY

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 email

Sue Burkill sue.burkill@shaughpriorparish.gov.uk or Vanessa Tyler  vanessa777.vt@gogglemail.com

Find out about your own carbon footprinthttps://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/ Devon County Council website https://www.devon.gov.uk/energyandclimatechange/ South Hams websitehttps://www.southhams.gov.uk/article/5525/South-Hams-Declares-Climate-Change-and-Biodiversity-Emergency- 





RURAL AFFAIRS - FUEL SAFETY MEASURES


Fuel Safety Measures


Ivybridge Mobile Library :  Village Stops and Times

Dates: Calling on Fridays:

Jan 21.   Feb 18.  Mar 18.  Apr. 8   May 13.  June 10.   July 8.   Oct 28.   Aug 5.  Nov 25.  Sep 2 & 30th.

Village:

Shaugh Prior @ White Thorn    Arrive: 10:20   Depart: 10:50

Lee Moor   Arrive 11:05   Depart: 11:35






Woolwell to the George Road Improvements - Cllr Barrie Spencer.

Although the consultation period has gone, your comments and view will still be taken into account

Please respond and take advantage of getting your points across to Plymouth City Council


"As you are probably aware there has been much discussion in Plymouth about an improvement to the ‘Woolwell to the George’ road (A386).  This is one of the most congested roads in Plymouth and is renown for delays, traffic jams and the frustration of around 30,000 motor vehicle movements PER DAY!

 Plymouth has long discussed the upgrade and this is inextricably linked to the Barwood development of 2,000 homes in the western edge of my Ward.  The JLP has clearly identified the area as development land so I feel that it is not a question of if the development proceeds rather when.  With that in mind the my Woolwell Ward colleague and myself sought a meeting last week with the decision makers in Plymouth once we became aware of some consultation that they were carrying out.  The major problem was that they were only consulting within the Plymouth boundaries and Woolwell itself.  By their own admission they had failed to consider any wider consultation.

 The thrust of our meeting with PCC was this failure to consult on such a wide reaching subject; one that has such a critical impact on so many in the area.  The whole project will have implications to Shaugh Prior, Wotter, Lee Moor etc as well as Cornwood, Lutton and beyond.  It also has an effect on Tavistock, Crapstone, Buckland Monochorum and just about anywhere in the Plymouth Travel to Work Area.  It is clear that had this meeting not taken place there would have been no wider discussion.

 The traffic numbers mentioned in the literature are 30,000 vehicles per day.  This is going to increase substantially when the Barwood development is carried out.

 Now is your Parish’s chance to get involved.  I would even say that it is vital that you do so.  This is clearly important to us all.

 As a direct result of our intervention PCC have set up an email address for you to use.  The idea is that you can express your views, questions, concerns etc directly to PCC  and we have been assured that they will respond.  You can feedback using the methods indicated in the leaflets or you can communicate directly using:

transportprojects@plymouth.gov.uk

 It would be a great shame if we did not take maximum advantage of this opportunity especially since it has taken some considerable effort to secure the line of communication". 



Dartmoor National Park Authority - Planning


Due to a higher than normal volume of applications and business requests as people begin now to make home  improvements driven by the peak in the housing market, many simple inquiries can be answered on our FAQ page.

"If you have any questions please do look there first, and please encourage others to do the same. If you still need to contact us please be aware that mornings are normally our busiest time. You may find it easier to call us after the lunch period. We of course are keen to maintain communications with you around applications in your area, and appreciate your patience".










Shaugh Prior Village Hall


The Village Hall at Shaugh Prior now has its own new Website.

https://www.shaughpriorhall.co.uk

You can see what the hall can offer, check out the Gallery, view the Calendar, and make a booking.


The Village Hall is open for bookings as usual.   Everyone is welcome to join the Coffee Mornings held on the first Saturday in the month.  it is a great opportunity to meet up with friends and neighbours.

The Silver Threads lunches on the first Friday in the month have resumed.  Please find who to contact in the list of organisations section of this website.

Coffee Mornings are held on the first Saturday of the month.  Everyone welcome.  10:30 - 12:00 midday.




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 - in the red Telephone Kiosk near new Bus Shelter in middle of village.

Shaugh Prior - on the wall of the Village Hall.

Lee Moor - on the wall of the Village Hall.

To Access Defibrillators

The Defibs in the three villages carry the access code on the front.  Enter this to take the defib to the patient.

You can ask a helper to fetch the Defibrillator.

If you know how to administer CPR, attend to the patient until the helper has returned with the Defibrillator.

When the Defibrillator arrives, open it and switch it on.  It will give very clear instructions on how to use it.

At no time leave the patient unattended until the emergency services arrive.





Plant a tree in 2021!

People in the parish are being urged to join thousands around the UK and plant a tree in 2021.

The community is hoping to kick start a local tree planting initiative with a new online survey aimed at identifying areas suitable for tree planting and individuals interested in getting involved.

“Planting a tree is an extremely positive move to fight climate change, improve biodiversity and soil quality and enhance the beauty of the countryside,” said Nick Wassell, Chairman, Shaugh Prior Parish Council.

“In 2021, we’re looking to work with the local community to plant more trees for the benefit of our area and our planet.

“The survey is a starting point, allowing us to determine which areas of land in the parish might be suitable for tree planting, whether that’s someone’s garden, field or a public space.

“Once we have this information, we’ll be looking to identify funding and partner organisations to help us increase the number of trees in the locality.”

Tree planting was one of the key initiatives identified by the Shaugh Prior Climate Emergency Group, which was formed in early 2020 to plan local activities to help address the climate emergency.

Complete the survey

As a first step, anyone wishing to get involved with tree planting in the parish is asked to complete the online survey at bit.ly/ShaughPriorTreePlantingSurvey






Please keep me informed

Devon County Council

Help available to pay for basic household essentials

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to put a huge financial strain on some people. Employment situations are changing rapidly and for some their income now no longer covers what they need, or they have lost their jobs completely.

Help is available. If you, or someone you know, is worrying about money and how to pay for basic household essentials, please apply for extra assistance through funding that we have made available via your district council's hardship fund.

To find out more about what support is available in Devon, including how to access local financial support, where to find foodbanks and community larders, free meals during the school holidays and what to do if you’re on a low income and need to self-isolate,  please visit our website.

We are continuing to work with district councils to ensure hardship support is available to vulnerable children and families in Devon this winter. And this week we pledged extra funding to ensure no child goes hungry.

 You can read the full story on our news centre. 



Please keep me informed







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 Form.scott.smy@shaughpriorparish.gov.uk



The Newnham Solar Fund

..is 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 admin@newnhamsolarfund.com or please contact Cllr Sue Burkill who will be happy to help.

 


Hardship Fund


'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 info@sdce.org.uk

and quote the Hardship Fund".


Or contact the Shaugh Prior Parish Clerk, scott.smy@sky.com or any Shaugh Parish Councillor who will give guidance on how to apply for the Hardship Fund






CLIMATE EMERGENCY
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 sue.burkill@shaughpriorparish.gov.uk Vanessa Tyler

Find out about your own carbon footprinthttps://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/ Devon County Council website https://www.devon.gov.uk/energyandclimatechange/ South Hams websitehttps://www.southhams.gov.uk/article/5525/South-Hams-Declares-Climate-Change-and-Biodiversity-Emergency- 






South Hams District Council

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







Neighbourhood Watch

The Neighbourhood Policing team is consists of:

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 www.dc.police.uk/reportcrime or the contact section of Devon and Cornwall Police website for more options – www.dc.police.uk/contact. 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 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk, 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 devon-cornwall.police.uk/
·  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 101@dc.police.uk
·  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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
 
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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org


(Directdial: 07525617850

Email: diana.summers@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.co.uk

Ivybridge@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk


PCSO30318 Diana Summers

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