Notice of Election: Election of Parish Councillors

Georgeham Parish Council – The Last 4 Years.

With the life of the Parish Council, and term of office of Councillors, coming to an end 4 days after the Parish Council Elections on 2 May, a new Council will come into force until 2023.

Some people have never been to a Parish Council meeting, some come occasionally, some when there is a Planning Application they wish to make representations on – for or against, and some attend every meeting.

A Parish Council is the third tier of Local Government and a statutory consultee to the Local Authority, and in Georgeham’s case, North Devon Council, on Planning Applications.

Over the last 4 years, Councillors have considered and commented on 364 Planning Applications.

Although some may think a Parish Council is ineffective, it is a known fact that District Councils value the opinion of a Parish Council, especially for its local knowledge.

Far from being a lot of hot air, unmotivated and outdated, Parish Councils play an important role in the life of a community. That is evident from the number of phone calls and emails I and Councillors receive from parishioners. The Parish Council is the first ‘go to’ place when there is a problem or advice needed.

As I have said in past Annual Parish Meeting Reports, Councillors do a tremendous amount of work voluntarily, much of it unseen, but if it wasn’t done, then it certainly would be noticed.

Looking back over the Minutes for the last four years, this is a snapshot of what the Councillors of Georgeham Parish Council have been involved with for the benefit of the Parish and its parishioners:

Current Projects:

  • New bus shelter at Croyde bridge
  • Refurbishment of Lodge in Georgeham Playing Field
  • Newberry Road pedestrian safety
  • Financial support for Croyde Village Hall’s footpath project
  • Housing Need Survey we are about to deliver to explore options for local affordable
  • Housing options for the Parish

Completed / Ongoing Projects:

  • New play area in Croyde (as well as ‘patching up’ the now removed equipment over the years)
  • Logistics for a new Lodge at Georgeham Playing Field, disposing of the metal shipping containers Paid for materials to create the Crib on the Green
  • New volleyball net
  • New seats in Croyde play park
  • New fence in Croyde play park
  • Ladybird springer at Georgeham Play Park
  • Electric Charging Station in Georgeham car park
  • Defibrillator at Georgeham
  • Handrail at Newberry Hill
  • Speed monitoring system in conjunction with Croyde Area Residents Association
  • Windbreak fence to volleyball court
  • Hedge cutting
  • Provided signage at key locations
  • Skateboard park mesh netting, surface, groundworks and construction of skatepark when the original was no longer useable
  • Arranged for tree surgery in St George’s Churchyard, Cemetery and Croyde Play Park
  • Footpath works
  • Re-tarmaced paths at the Cemetery
  • Litter bins
  • Dog waste bins in new areas, and payment for removal of waste of 14 bins on a weekly basis in the Winter and twice weekly in the Summer
  • Grass cutting of areas previously attended to by DCC
  • Contributed to dredging of the Crydda
  • Security patrols of Croyde Play Park during the Summer months
  • Additional grave spaces (Plots D and E) at Georgeham Cemetery
  • Support for the North Devon Record Office to enable items to be kept in North Devon (since 2016 and ongoing)
  • Annual oiling of benches donated by people to the memory of loved ones
  • Donation to the Primary School to mark its 150 th anniversary for a specific item to be purchased to present to a child each year for the outstanding work they have done
  • Fought hard against the live music events at Croyde View Camping and Sky Bar at Down End being concerned for the safety of those attending the events and the comfort of close neighbours
  • Supported the Neighbourhood Plan and numerous other projects

Georgeham is fortunate to have such a willing, proactive and dedicated group of Councillors who go out of their way to make sure the very best is achieved for the Parish.

Sue Squire
Parish Clerk
March 2019

Information on the Election Process can be viewed here:

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Parish Housing Needs Survey – Coming soon.

Are there people in Georgeham Parish unable to rent or buy a home?
Have people had to move away from the parish to find an affordable home?

The Parish Council needs to update the information on housing need in Georgeham Parish as well as canvassing the opinions of local residents.

The best way to identify the exact requirements is to carry out a Parish Housing Needs Survey.

In Georgeham Parish we will soon be posting a survey form to every home in the parish.

It is really important that as many households as possible complete and return the form so that the Parish Council can be given as comprehensive picture as possible of housing need. The figures obtained will help them to plan for the future and ensure that the correct number and size of homes are built in the parish for local people.

The survey is being administered by the Rural Housing Enabler at Devon Communities Together, which is an independent organisation. They will process the information and all personal details will remain confidential. No individual will be able to be identified from the survey report.

If you know someone who has moved from Georgeham Parish because they cannot afford accommodation then they can also complete the form. Extra forms can be obtained from Janice Alexander at Devon Communities Together on 01392 248919 Ext 7122 or email janice@devoncommunities.org.uk Anyone needing any help with the form should also contact Janice for assistance.

If you believe you are in need of affordable housing, you should register with Devon Home Choice at www.devonhomechoice.com

Drop-in Event

Georgeham Parish Council would like to invite local people who need affordable housing to come and discuss their requirements with the local Rural Housing Enabler. A representative from Devon Home Choice will also be present to explain the registration process for affordable housing.

Date 16th April 2019
Croyde Village Hall: Time 10:00am – 2.00pm
Georgeham Village Hall: Time 2:30pm —7:00pm

Drop-in event poster.pdf – Download

Resources

HousingSurveyPoster.pdf – Download

Neighbourhood Plan Progress Report February 2019

Georgeham Parish Council
Lead Officer: Verlie Meek

Three members of the Steering Group have continued to meet approximately monthly, drawing on contributions from members of the Group, and the Parish Council (Councillor Tina Luxton concerning Housing, and Councillor Mike Harrison concerning Maps), and on the expertise of Dr Eirene Williams (Landscape). There has been ongoing consultation with Elizabeth Dee from North Devon District Planning Office.

In November 2018, the Draft Plan was distributed for a Pre-Submission Consultation. This is a formal 6-week process during which a wide range of Consultees are invited to comment on the draft plan. The Consultees not only include residents of the Parish, but many other bodies, both local and national, ranging from The National Trust, The Marine Conservation Organisation, Telecom Companies and neighbouring Parish Councils, as well as interested local organisations such as businesses and community groups.

At the time of writing the Georgeham Plan, the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan was not formally adopted; and North Devon District Council had not yet provided detailed guidance on how to approach Neighbourhood Planning in a small rural parish such as ours.

As a result of the Consultation process, we received valuable feedback, and have begun to implement some amendments to the plan. We needed to produce map references to highlight significant views in the parish and reference the text more closely with the Appendices.
As a result of the feedback we received, we have restructured the document to provide greater clarity and vision, without losing the content to which so many people have contributed.

We are required to produce a Consultation Statement detailing how people and organisations have contributed to the Plan, and how issues and concerns have been considered and addressed. Finally, before the formal submission of the document we must produce a ‘Basic
Conditions’ Statement to show how the Plan conforms to National Planning Policy, how it contributes to achieving sustainable development; how it conforms with strategic policies in the Local Development Plan, and how it is compatible with EU obligations, including human rights requirements.

We intend to complete this work before seeking further advice from Elizabeth Dee. Depending on her advice, we hope to be ready to submit the Plan to The inspector at Easter

Download Doc Here

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Proposed Newberry Road Pedestrian Access Improvement Scheme Report

Report on Public Consultation

A Public Consultation was carried out during November 2018 [see Nov article here] into proposals to improve pedestrian access along Newberry Road between the junction with Longland Lane and the steps to the village car park.

The improvements are in four sections and people were asked to express their support or opposition to the proposals for each section.
In addition, people were asked four questions about themselves: whether they currently walk down Newberry Road, whether they have impaired mobility, how many children they represent and which of the new footpaths they would use.

Respondents were invited to add further comments.

Click here to see the report

Georgeham Playing Field – New Community Pavilion

On behalf of Georgeham Parish Council.

Preparatory work at Georgeham playing field is underway for the removal of the two metal storage containers and the installation of a new Community Pavilion incorporating changing facilities, showers, toilets and a hopefully a small kitchen. There will be some disruption for the next week as the playing field will be closed from Monday for a few days.

The Parish Council is indebted to Park Dean Holidays who have very kindly given us a lodge to install that we can adapt to our needs in the fullness of time.

Thank you.

Valuation of land at Croyde Play Park

Red Book Valuation in connection with land at Croyde Play Park

Georgeham Parish Council is proposing to dispose of some land at Croyde Play Park which has been the subject of a Red Book Valuation.

The Parish Council gives notice that a decision will be made at the January Parish Council Meeting on Thursday, 31 January 2019 as to whether to proceed with an Open Tender procedure.

Comments from members of the public are invited during this consultation period and should be either:

emailed to the Parish Clerk on sue@suesquire.com or posted to the address below:

Sue Squire
Parish Clerk
Georgeham Parish Council
Haxlea
2 Threeways
Bratton Fleming
Barnstaple
EX31 4TG

Comments received after 31 January 2019 will not be taken into account.

If the decision to proceed is made, the Parish Council will appoint Underwood Wright to assist with the matter.

A map showing the area in question accompanies this notice below (click to view and download):

Crydda Community Neighbourhood Plan

In October 2015, Georgeham Parish Council decided to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish. The Council applied to North Devon District Council for permission to progress the Plan. This was agreed and the Parish Council became the registered lead body. Initially a sub-committee of six was set up, but it was agreed to involve as many people as possible in the process. Open Meetings have been held; surveys conducted, and written submissions from individuals and groups have been incorporated into the document you can read here today.

It has taken a long time to reach this point at which we are now asking all residents of the Parish what they think of the work so far. This is a Consultation Document. In due course it will go to the District Authority and the Inspector, and there will be a final Referendum.

Consultation deadline date extended to 31/12/18

Please make your thoughts known at this stage so that amendments can be considered before the final formal processes are conducted.
Please click the 2018 doc below to read and return all comments to: georgehamparishcouncil@gmail.com

About Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning, introduced through the Localism Act 2011, enables communities to play a much stronger role in developing a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shaping the area in which they live and work.

Once a Neighbourhood Plan has been approved and agreed by a community referendum, it sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority. Future decisions on new development proposals and planning applications are made using both the Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan.

Background

Initially, a sub-committee of six was set up, but it was agreed to involve as many people as possible from the community, especially younger representatives, in the process. This group met at intervals throughout the process. Many more joined, offering help to deliver questionnaires and most importantly, spreading information about the Plan.
To avoid confusion about the extent of Georgeham Parish – which includes the village of Croyde as well as Georgeham – it was decided to refer to the parish as The Crydda Community, named after the stream which runs through the parish.

Community Involvement

Much thought was given to promoting the project and involving as many people as possible. A website and a Facebook page were set up. In April 2016 an announcement and questionnaire were published in The Crydda parish magazine which is delivered to all residents.
Two further drop-in meetings were held in October. The first, in Croyde on 6 October, focused mainly on housing. Graham Townsend, Lead Planning Delivery Officer from North Devon Council, was guest speaker. The second, in Georgeham, was directed at local business, leisure and tourism. David Edgecombe, Projects Officer from North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, was guest speaker. More than 20 people attended each meeting but it was decided to hold a second meeting for businesses, on 26 October.

In November 2016, Croyde Area Residents Association (CARA) conducted its own survey, because it’s members felt that Croyde has issues requiring specific solutions. Responses echoed those of the parish council questionnaires. A summary of the CARA survey can be found in Appendix V and the results of a Croyde property survey, also conducted by the residents association, in Appendix VI.

On 31 January 2017, a meeting was held involving Graham Townsend and members of the original group, as well as members of CARA, to review our proposed Plan and its recommendations, prior to submission to North Devon Council for independent review to ensure that proper legal process has been followed and that the plan conforms with strategic local policy.

The read the 2017 draught doc of the Neighbourhood Plan please click to view the full 25 page document here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All enquiries and questions about the plan can be raised at our next monthly meeting or emailed in to: georgehamparishcouncil@gmail.com

Proposed Newberry Road Pedestrian Access Improvement Scheme

A working group of local residents supported by the Parish Council and Georgeham School have come together to promote a scheme to improve pedestrian access along Newberry Road between Longland Lane and the steps to the village car park.

This length of road includes the very narrow single track section adjacent the village playing field where the road is bounded by high banks and there is no pedestrian footway.

The Parish Council is conducting a consultation during November and residents living along Newberry Road, Glebefield, David’s Hill and Longland Lane will receive a leaflet and questionnaire to be completed and returned to Georgeham Stores (or any Parish Councillor) by 30th November. To see the leaflet follow this link.

Anyone else in the Parish is also welcome to comment and further copies of the leaflet and questionnaire can be obtained from Georgeham Stores.

For more information please contact the Parish Council.

THE RED BOX PROJECT

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

The red box project provides free period products to young people in need in schools. This is a community enabled project so we need everyone to get involved

WHAT’S THE ISSUE

It can be hard to believe that in this day and age people cannot afford period products. But this is true, and it is happening every day. Research by Plan International UK found that:

  • 137,700 girls in the UK have missed school because of period poverty
  • 1 in 10 girls have been UNABLE TO AFFORD sanitary wear
  • 1 in 7 girls have struggled to afford sanitary wear
  • If you had to choose between buying sanitary wear or eating

Which would you choose? And how about this….

  • 48% of girls in the UK are embarrassed by their periods Only 1 in 5 girls feel comfortable discussing it with their teacher
  • 71% of girls admitted they have felt embarassed buying sanitary products
  • 49% of girls have missed an entire day of school because of their period
  • of which 59% have made up an excuse instead.

Whether it’s period poverty, not being able to ask at home, or just being caught short, we want to have their backs and let them keep their dignity

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • Donate period products
  • Set up a donation point (at home/business/centre)
  • Donate funds to our cause
  • Volunteer as a local Red Box ambassador (set up donation points/spread awareness/deliver/help collect boxes)
  • Set up an event to raise money & awareness
  • Run a stall for us
  • Help with packing up boxes

GET IN TOUCH

Visit our Facebook Page: facebook.com/redboxprojectnorthdevon
Email us at: redboxprojectnorthdevon@gmail.com
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Tour of Britain Stage 2 – Georgeham and Croyde

Tour of Britain Stage 2: Including Georgeham & Croyde

After a year’s absence the OVO Energy Tour of Britain returns to the South West of England on Stage Two, which also represented the race’s 10th visit to Devon in the past 12 years. Day two of this year’s race departs from the UK’s newest town – Cranbrook and finishes in Barnstaple, which last welcomed the race back in 2012

Please see below the details regarding the times the race will be passing through Georgeham & Croyde on Monday 3 Sept including advance notice of road closures and disruptions to traffic.

Approximate Timings

  • 14:42: The advance escort managing the race and rolling road closures should arrive in Georgeham & Croyde
  • 14:57-15:22: (depending on their average speed) the race should arrive in Georgeham & Croyde. This should then take a maximum of 5-10 minutes to pass through.

We recommend people watching the race should try and be at the road side between 30mins and 1hr before the race is due to pass.

The Full Stage Route

Advance warning signs

Advance warning signs on A-frames will be placed on the key approach roads to Georgeham & Croyde from 20th August (2 weeks in advance of the race). These will display – ‘Delays likely’ 13:45 to 16:00 (see attached) and should help raise awareness of the event locally.

Clearways through Georgeham & Croyde

To ensure the safe passage of the race it has been necessary to implement a clearway (no waiting or parking) as the race passes through Georgeham & Croyde. The length of clearway is indicated in the plans that can view viewed below:

The clearway will run from 09:30 until 16:00 with signage about the clearway going up at the same time as the advance warning signs, 2 weeks in advance of the event. Signs will be mounted to lamp columns or posts on highly visible yellow signs. A recovery vehicle will travel approximately 2hrs ahead of the race to remove any vehicles that are parked illegally within the clearway.

Volunteers Needed

We would very much value the support of any volunteers in advance with any door knocking to residents/businesses or sharing via social media through local groups that may exist. This should be to remind people to park elsewhere and to reschedule things like deliveries, particularly avoiding the afternoon of the race when we will be more actively policing the clearway.

On the day itself it would also be helpful if volunteers could be asked to keep an eye on the clearway and remind motorists/residents to keep the route clear. This would be of particular assistance after midday so we can be made aware of any issues.

For all people interested in volunteering please contact the Devon Tour of Britain Project Manager below:

Zsolt Schuller
tourofbritain-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
07980 015173

 

 

 

Resources

Timetables, maps, programs, race manuals and more can all be found here: https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-two/