Community Insight Survey

The Community Insight survey is running until 22nd December and is capturing a snapshot of life in Devon for our diverse communities.

We’re asking people whether they: can get around easily, access green spaces, look after themselves, feel safe, can access community resources and adult learning etc. We’re also asking about their health and wellbeing and social connectivity alongside views on fly tipping/cleanliness, decision making, whether they feel listened to and whether they think council tax should increase.

In order to reach all Devon’s communities, I’d be grateful if you could publicise this in your local areas.

Here is a link to the survey:

Initial results will be available early in the new year and will be shared with partners, including District Councils. Further analysis (age, disability, locality etc) will be available by the Spring.

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica is perennial and spreads through underground stems (rhizomes) and can regrow from small fragments even though it does not set seed. It is very invasive. Digging out is possible, but as rhizomes grow deeply, regrowth usually occurs which needs destroying. This method also creates problems over disposal as Japanese knotweed is classed as ‘controlled waste’ under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This requires disposal at licensed landfill sites. Alternatively, it can be destroyed on site by cutting or digging it repeatedly and burning it when dry. In this way the energy reserves in the remaining underground parts will be gradually exhausted; a process which may, however, take several seasons. Similarly treatment with herbicides will require several repeated applications. On no account should Japanese knotweed be included with normal household waste or put out in green waste collection schemes.

Read the full notice here on the 9 other noxious plants to be aware of

Annual Parish Assembly 2019

AGENDA FOR THE ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, 9 APRIL 2019 AT 7P.M. IN GEORGEHAM VILLAGE HALL.

  1. Apologies.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the last Annual Parish Assembly held on 17/4/18.
  3. Matters Arising from the Minutes of the last Annual Parish Meeting.
  4. Items raised by the public.
  5. Presentation of Reports:
  • Police
  • County Councillor Mrs C Chugg
  • District Councillor Mrs P Barker
  • District Councillor M Wilkinson
  • Councillor J Symonds – Georgeham Parish Council
  • Georgeham Church of England Primary School Governing Body
  • Georgeham Church of England Primary School incorporating Stepping Stones Playgroup
  • Councillor M Harrison – Footpath Warden
  • Councillor R Tucker – Georgeham Relief in Need
  • Councillors Mrs V Meek – Neighbourhood Plan
  • Councillor Mrs T Luxton – Affordable Housing
  • Mrs S Hood – Community Lunches
  • Rose Roberts, Ruda Ranger
  • Mr P Watkins – Croyde Village Hall
  • Mr R Windsor – Croyde Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Miss I Jones – Georgeham Village Hall
  • Mrs J Doweswell – Georgeham Women’s Institute
  • Rev M Newbon – St George’s & St Mary’s Churches
  • Rev D Matthews – Croyde Baptist Church
  • Mrs A Bennett or Chairman – Croyde Area Residents Association
  • Mrs D Austen – Croyde Volleyball Club
  • Mr J Fairhurst – National Trust
  • Financial Report presented by the Clerk

Sue Squire, Parish Clerk
April 2019
sue@suesquire.com
01598 710526

Resources

2019 APA Agenda

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

Love My Beach: Community Litter Picking Putsborough

Community litter picking on Putsborough Beach this winter.

Beach Clean!

Join us on the beach for a bit of fresh air and litter picking!
Escape from the family for a few hours or bring them along to search for plastic (and beachcombe for treasure!).
Free Parking and Beach Cleaners discount available from the cafe.

Saturday 20th January – Putsborough Beach
2pm – 3:30pm

Contact ranger.rose@hotmail.com for more information

OR join the ‘Croyde Comunity Beach Cleaning Group‘ on Facebook

In association with:

 

 

 

Share the poster here:

 

Love My Beach: Community Litter Picking

Community litter picking around Croyde this winter.

Christmas Clean up!

Join us on the beach for a bit of fresh air and litter picking!
Escape from the family for a few hours or bring them along to search for plastic (and beachcombe for treasure!).
Meet on the main slipway/beach road.
Free Parking available in Ruda’s beach car park and hot drinks provided for all volunteers.

Wednesday 27th December – Croyde Beach
2pm – 3:30pm (meet by the beach loos)

Contact ranger.rose@hotmail.com for more information

OR join the ‘Croyde Comunity Beach Cleaning Group‘ on Facebook

In association with:

 

 

 

Print or Share the poster here:

Cold Weather Notice

School closures due to cold weather

With more cold weather expected this week parents are urged to sign up to our school closure email alert.

Once registered you will receive an email if the school has been closed due to winter weather.

To sign up click here, then enter your preferred email address and then click on the drop down, ticking the schools you want information on, then submit.

The service is just one way Devon County Council is keeping the public up to date this winter.

Winter travel

Winter service is an important part of our maintenance work and almost £5 million is spent each year on roads affected by winter weather. This involves salting major roads when there is a risk of ice, clearing snow and reacting to floods and fallen trees.

The Council’s contractor, Skanska has a workforce based at strategic locations to provide an effective response to any problems that may occur.

Despite our efforts, winter weather can still make roads treacherous. With over 90% of all crashes attributed to human error the real key to driving in winter is to drive with due care for the conditions. Never assume a road has been salted.

More information can be found in Travelling in Winter.

To find the latest information and travel advice from Devon County Council click here. For updates on Twitter follow @DevonAlert.

The recycle Devon thank you awards

The Recycle Devon Thank you awards are a chance to nominate Devon’s recycling heroes. Parish residents and communities are being called on to nominate their unsung recycling heroes, whose efforts have helped the county remain one of the greenest in the UK.

The Fifth Recycle Devon Thank You Awards will be held on 16 March 2018. Nominations for the eight categories, including those for schools, businesses, and community groups, can be submitted on the Recycle Devon website from 1 November 2017 to 1 December 2017.

The Thank You Awards are organised by the Recycle Devon team, and were first launched to recognise those people who do that bit extra to help ensure Devon remains clean and green.

At last count 55.7 per cent of the total rubbish collected or taken to recycling centres in Devon that could otherwise have been disposed of, was recycled.

There will be a public vote after shortlisting to nominate ‘Your Overall Recycling Hero’, which will be featured on the Recycle Devon Website. There will be prizes and recognition for all shortlisted nominees.

Do you know someone who makes a real effort to reduce, reuse and recycle? Perhaps a neighbour, friend, someone from a community group, or even a member of your local collection crew or staff from your local recycling centre.

It could also be a local school or college student, teacher, helper or member of the support staff. Please get in touch. If you would like to nominate someone, please fill in the quick nomination form at:

www.recycledevon.org/recycling-heroes – they deserve it!

Chairman of the DASWC, Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee, Councillor Duncan Wood said: “The committee wants to recognise those who have gone beyond the call of duty or perhaps have even come up with new and innovative ways to reduce waste or reuse and repair unwanted items.”

Liz Jarvis, Senior Waste Manager at Devon County Council, said: “Last time we had over 60 nominations and we’re hoping to receive even more this year. It’s such a pleasure to hear about the amazing, inspiring people in Devon and all the hard work they do.”

The categories are:

  • Your Recycling Hero – this could be a friend, family member, neighbour or local champion
  • School Recycling Hero – three categories – child or adult as well as class/group
  • Community Group recycling hero
  • Collection Crew/Operative – recycling, garden, food, or refuse collector
  • Recycling Centre Operative staff
  • Small Business Champion

Nominations need to be in by 1st December. There will be an awards ceremony for all the shortlisted nominations in March which will be hosted by Heart Breakfast Radio DJ’s, Matt and Vic.

For further information or to nominate, please see the www.recycledevon.org website, or post your entry to:
The Recycle Devon Team,
c/o Devon County Council,
Waste Management,
County Hall,
Exeter,
EX2 4QD

Resources to help spread the word:

Recycle Devon is a countywide waste communications campaign which represents a partnership of 10 authorities across Devon including Devon County Council, 8 District Authorities and Torbay Council.

For more information: Visit recycledevon.org
Find us on facebook.com/recycledevon
Follow us on twitter.com/recycledevon
Subscribe to youtube.com/yourrecycledevon
Follow us on pinterest.com/recycledevon
Follow us on instagram.com/recycle.devon

David Beasley – Devon County Council – 01392 382558 – media@devon.gov.ukwww.devonnewscentre.info

Harmful & Noxious Weeds Awareness

Dr Eirene Williams CEnv FCIEEM(Rtd) of Croyde has advised residents of the parish to be more aware of harmful & noxious weeds and plants that present a threat the area and/or become very hard to control.

It’s the ones growing on your land that you need to keep an eye on. While it is not an offence to allow the following ten “harmful weeds” and “invasive non-native plants” to grow on your land, it is necessary to prevent them spreading on to other people’s property or into the wild. Failure to control these species spreading from your land can result in a fine or prosecution.

The full notice with advice on how to deal with them can be found Here

These are the troublemakers:

  1. Common Ragwort Senecio jacobaea
  2. Creeping Thistle Cirsium arvense
  3. Spear Thistle Cirsium vulgare
  4. Broad–leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius
  5. Curled Dock Rumex crispus
  6. Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica
  7. Himalayan Balsam
  8. Rhododendron ponticum
  9. Giant Hogweed Heracleum mantegazzianum
  10. New Zealand Pigmyweed Crassula helmsi