Council plants 100 trees at Glebefield

Georgeham Parish Council declared a climate emergency in September 2019. Taking action on this has been held up during the Covid crisis but in September 2020 the council decided to create small community woodland areas on land in its ownership.

The first step was taken at the end of February when a small team of councillors and residents planted 100 native trees on an area of the Glebefield in Georgeham. As the photo shows these trees are now flourishing having survived the dry April weather and recent storms.

There is a mown path through the trees but the rest of the area has been left to encourage more wildflowers and grasses to grow and create a wildlife rich habitat.

While the council is planning further tree planting for the coming winter it owns only a small area of land in the parish so it hopes that this initiative will encourage other people in the parish to plant trees. It is encouraging to note that already at least three landowners have embarked on major tree planting schemes in the parish.

The Parish Council is keen to keep track of new areas of woodland planting and offer advice and support to anyone who wants to start planting trees. To let the council know about your tree planting plans or to seek advice please contact Councillor Jon Gething by email at jongething@mac.com or by phone at 07976 320445.

Neighbourhood Plan 2021-2031

Have your say

Georgeham Parish Council is launching a public consultation on its draft Neighbourhood Plan. We want to ensure that the contents of the Plan reflect what the local community wants.

This is your opportunity to shape and guide the future of the parish and to ensure that any future development is sensitive to the area’s character and identity, whilst providing for the needs of generations to come.

The consultation runs from Monday 1 February 2021 until Monday 5 April 2021. Copies of the Plan and supporting documents are available to view and download below:

Please email your comments to the Parish Clerk at sue@suesquire.com by Monday 5 April 2021. Or you can submit written comments in the special collection boxes at Croyde and Georgeham post offices.

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Vacancy on the Council

There is a vacancy on the Council

APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FROM PARISHIONERS WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR CO-OPTION ON TO THE PARISH COUNCIL.

Please send a letter or email of application to the Clerk by Thursday, 31 December 2020.

Please don’t hand your letter to a Councillor as that would preclude them from the voting process.

Fortnightly meetings are currently being held by Zoom and when restrictions are lifted, will be held every two weeks in Georgeham Village Hall.

The co-option will take place at the Parish Council Meeting on Thursday, 7 January 2021 at 6pm.

Mrs Sue Squire
Parish Clerk, Georgeham Parish Council
Haxlea, 2 Threeways
Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple
EX31 4TG. 01598 710526.
sue@suesquire.com

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Avian influenza (bird flu): Latest situation

New housing measures will come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on 14 December.

The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK.

Government Chief Veterinary Officers are encouraging bird keepers to use the next 11 days to prepare for new housing measures, including taking steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and where necessary put up additional housing.

Whether you keep just a few birds as pets or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
  • thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
  • keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds

Register your birds

We encourage all keepers to register their birds with us so we can contact you quickly if there is a disease outbreak in your area and you need to take action.
If you have more than 50 birds, you are legally required to register your flock within one month of their arrival at your premises. If you have less than 50 birds, including pet birds, you are still strongly encouraged to register.

Find out how to register your birds.

Poultry and captive bird keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 (option 7), and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301. Keepers should familiarise themselves with our avian flu advice.

Public Health England advise the risk to public health from the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of bird flu is very low.

The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that due to the resignation of Cllr Pat Barker, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 10 December 2020 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place on Thurday 6th May, 2021.

Dated 20 November, 2020

Ken Miles
Acting Returning Officer
Lynton House
Commercial Road
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 1DG

Further information on what is required of a councillor and the work involved can be found in this related article HERE

Protect against Cold Calling

Statistics show that older people are a target of conmen and fraudulent traders.

Cold calling is not illegal. However, any trader that ignores a sticker or notice on your door stating that you do not wish to receive cold calls may be committing a criminal offence.

As a home care provider since 1980 we have decided to try and help prevent, where we can, an older person becoming a victim. Please see below a door sticker which may be of interest to an older person you know.

These are free of charge and you can request them using this email: info@ablecommunitycare.com

Best wishes – Angela pp Able Community Care.

Neighbourhood Plan Redraft

The Georgeham Neighbourhood Plan has been redrafted and is currently awaiting a ‘health check’ with a Consultant Planning Advisor to ensure that all the legal requirements have been met. The District Council have offered us this service and they are seeking quotations for the work; unfortunately the officers dealing with this have been delayed by circumstances beyond their control.

As soon as we are able we will publish the Draft Plan for a formal Consultation process.

Those who have worked on the Plan and the many who have contributed to it share the frustrations associated with this delay.