Notices and News

SHDC – Council Prepares for New Recycling Service

PLEASE NOTE: CHANGES BEGIN FROM 5 OCTOBER  - THIS MAY INCLUDE A CHANGE OF COLLECTION DAY - CHECK YOUR COLLECTION DAY ONLINE

14 September 2020

In Spring 2021, South Hams District Council will be introducing an all new ‘Super Recycler’ service, so that every household can recycle more.

The planned changes will add glass and a wider range of plastics to the list of items collected at the kerbside.

In preparation for the new service, a full review of the collection rounds has taken place and new routes will come in to effect from 5 October 2020. From this date, it is possible that crews will  collect at a different time of the day for every household so it’s important that all waste is out by 7 a.m. For about two thirds of residents, actual collection days will change.

Reviewing the days and weeks we collect recycling and waste is a common part of delivering the service.  These reviews are needed periodically to take account of new properties, and this round review is long overdue in South Hams.

With the incoming new service, now is the perfect time to implement a full review of the rounds. This will ensure that the rounds have been amended to take into account the changes that are needed for the new service to work effectively in 2021.

The new recycling service was originally planned to come into effect in September 2020 but has been delayed due to the impact of lockdown on vital supply chains and preparations.

Residents in the South Hams are already very good at recycling all of the items currently collected. With the introduction of the new service, South Hams District Council wants to help residents become Super Recyclers and recycle even more every single week.

Recycling more and throwing away less reduces the impact on the environment because less energy is used producing new materials and we can make the best use of our resources.

In 2019, South Hams District Council joined many other councils and Central Government, in declaring a climate change and biodiversity emergency.  While tackling the global issues seems an overwhelming task, recycling is one of the easiest way for every household to do their bit.

The new service will introduce a new weekly separate food waste collection and weekly recycling collection. It will allow residents to recycling glass and plastic packaging, such as yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat trays and fruit punnets, at the kerbside. Garden waste and refuse collections will remain fortnightly.

All properties impacted by the day changes will receive a letter this week, 14 – 18 September, informing them of their new collection day. If residents have not received a letter and want to check if they have been affected they can use the ‘find my collection day’ feature on our website, www.southhams.gov.uk/recyclingwaste. Households not affected by the day change may notice that the time of day their collection is completed may change. Residents are reminded that collections can happen any time after 7 a.m. on their collection day.

Cllr Keith Baldry, South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “We are delighted to be bringing this improved service to our residents in Spring 2021.  Many of them have been telling us that they want to recycle more materials, because they know how important recycling is.

“The collection route changes are a necessary step in the preparation for the new service. Residents may experience low levels of disruption while our hard working collection crews adjust to the new routes. If missed collections do occur they can be reported on our website the following day.”

Cllr Baldry added: “While we’ve unfortunately had to delay the new service until 2021, we hope the delay will mean that we have more time to talk to more people about the new service as lockdown restrictions ease.”

Residents will receive further information on the new service through their door in early 2021.

Collection calendars issued with council tax statements in March finish in September. This was in preparation for the original new service date. A downloadable copy of the calendar for the rest of 20/21 is available at www.southhams.gov.uk/recyclingwaste.

SHDC – Solar Panel group-buying scheme will save you money and help save the planet

 

Devon’s householders have the chance to help the county become net-zero by joining Devon Climate Emergency’s (DCE) solar panel group-buying scheme.

DCE is made up of Devon’s principle public and private sector organisations, and they have joined forces to draw up a Carbon Plan, the county’s roadmap to carbon neutrality.

The DCE’s latest project is Solar Together and, with group buying experts iChoosr Ltd, they are offering homeowners the chance to buy high quality solar PV more cheaply than if they were buying alone.

Led by Devon County Council, the scheme is partnered by 10 of Devon’s planning authorities, who are all members of DCE’s Response Group (DCERG).

The scheme’s partners are East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge and Torridge District Councils, West Devon Borough Council, Exeter City Council and Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park Authorities.

Solar Together is one of the ways the DCE is helping local people take a positive step to reduce their own carbon footprints.

Research by the University of Exeter shows that 19 per cent of all Devon’s carbon emissions are created by our homes, with more than half of those by grid-supplied electricity.  Installing solar panels will reduce the amount of grid-supplied electricity needed for things like hot water, with a transfer to more eco-friendly solar energy.

This scheme follows four similar projects run across the country last year which promise to deliver over 1,300 installations, saving an estimated 28,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from being produced.

If you are interested, the first step is to register for free www.solartogether.co.uk/devon/home – by registering, there is no obligation to install panels.

A ‘reverse’ auction involving pre-vetted suppliers will then take place this autumn and the winning bid will be the most cost-effective one for registered residents to then consider.

Registered households will then receive a recommendation, specifically tailored to the details they submitted in their registration.

If they accept the recommendation, the specifics of their installation will be confirmed with a technical survey and then a date can be set for installation.

Dr Phil Norrey, Chairman of the DCERG, said: “The DCE is committed to ensuring that Devon is net-zero by 2050 at the very latest.

“To achieve this, changes will have to be made at all levels, by everyone and every organisation.

“We will all have to take responsibility for our own carbon footprints, work together as a community and make the most of the opportunities that new technologies offer in areas including generating electricity sustainably.

“Solar Together brings together these three key elements, and by investing in a solar PV system, you will be part of the solution and will own your own solar ‘power plant’ which will continue to help reduce emissions and save you money for at least the next two decades.

“I would encourage any of our residents interested in cutting their energy bills and contributing to tackling climate change to register.”

Leader for South Hams District Council’s, Cllr Judy Pearce, said: "As part of the partnership, we're committed to finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We would encourage South Hams residents to sign up and see how collectively we can get a good deal for solar panel installation which will also go some way to reducing the District's carbon footprint. It's a win-win situation."

To register, go to: www.solartogether.co.uk/devon/home.

SHDC – A Helping Hand for Cold Homes

Eligible residents, who are living without gas heating, are being offered the opportunity to benefit from free gas central heating of home heating from South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils.

The funding for District and Borough residents was gained last year from the Warm Home Fund and it is still available. We would really like to see eligible residents applying as soon as possible.

Further funding from the Councils is used, along with SSE Energy Solution’s ECO fund, who are project managing the scheme.  Wales and West gas network will contribute by connecting properties to the gas network.

The Councils are targeting residents of households who are struggling to pay heating bills and living in a cold home without a gas supply.  The aim is to provide central heating for up to 232 homes.

The project is part of the wider council target of reducing the area’s carbon emissions by replacing old inefficient heating systems.

South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, said: “We are really keen that as many residents as possible take up this important scheme in the South Hams so they can benefit from warmer houses. There are too many homes which have out of date heating which can no longer cope.

“If you think you’re eligible for this scheme, or you know someone who is, please get in touch as soon as possible while this money is still available to us.”

The Councils will provide the boilers and central gas heating systems, which will improve both heating and energy efficiency.  This is an important step in reducing the areas carbon footprint in inefficient homes.

Applications are welcome from both owner occupiers and also from the private rental sector, who do not have any central heating system (there is a £500 charge for landlords). Eligibility is dependent on the heating within the home and close to gas network. Homeowners must be under the housing income threshold of £35,000 p.a.

Local community energy groups Tamar Energy Community and South Dartmoor Energy Community Energy, will be able to give advice to households on energy suppliers and energy efficiency.

Please be aware that the Council will not cold call at homes offering these types of home improvement opportunities. If you are in any doubt, please contact the Council for further information.

www.southhams.gov.uk/ReduceFuelBills

Holbeton Parish Council – Broadband Access Grant Scheme

The government is funding a voucher scheme to enable households and businesses in rural areas to access high speed broadband connections. The vouchers are £1500 for households and £3500 for businesses. The voucher is not handed over to individuals - instead, you will have to contact a broadband supplier in your area to handle the subsidy, and two or more residents in a "group scheme" are needed to qualify. There is more information on the following government website https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/

This includes a postcode checker which then gives you a list of suppliers for this area if you are eligible. Cllr Andrew Hollett andrew.hollett@btinternet.com  has kindly offered to compile a list of those interested and put them in touch with each other. You may need to change your provider if they are not listed.

Holbeton Parish Council. Covid 19 Update. 17/08.

Devon County Council have updated their Coronavirus website and it now includes links to all the relevant data for Devon in an accessible format. The following advice/information is taken from that site.

Devon, so far, is doing well to keep the number of confirmed cases low, even after there’s been easing of lockdown restrictions. That’s largely due to residents, and visitors, sticking to the guidance. There is no sign of any impact from the relaxation of lockdown or increased visitor numbers.

"To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • keep washing your hands regularly
  • wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • stay at least a metre, or better still two, away from people not in your household."

We're still posting the latest national, regional and local updates and developments, but recently we've included links to the available data.

"The data is publicly available from different sources, but we've pulled it together into the one place to give Devon residents and visitors to the county access to the latest information.

Devon County Council is also actively recruiting people to work in the Adult Care sector, particularly people aged 16 - 25 years who would be interested in making it their long term career choice. Details are available on the following link.

https://www.proudtocaredevon.org.uk/careers/

SHDC – Don’t Lose Your Chance to Vote in 2021

Don’t lose your voice - residents in the South Hams urged to look out for their voter registration details from South Hams District Council.

Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

With elections taking place in the South Hams in May 2021, including the postponed Police and Crime Commissioner Election this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

The annual canvass ensures that South Hams District Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. They would then be able take part in any future elections.

Steve Mullineaux, Deputy Chief Executive at South Hams District Council, said:

“It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from us, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in South Hams. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections, simply follow the instructions from your local authority.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”

“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from South Hams and check the details. Research by the Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said:“It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.

“There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter.”

Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at South Hams District Council via the website www.southhams.gov.uk/annual-canvass

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Rogue Tree Surgeons operating in the South Hams

South Hams District Council has received reports of potential rogue traders operating in our area, specifically targeting vulnerable and elderly residents unable to carry out their own tree works.

Several members of the public and their families contacted South Hams Trees team recently, after they were cold-called by traders claiming to be tree surgeons. The traders offered to do garden and tree works for cash, and also advised residents they could legally carry out works to protected trees and provide a certificate to submit to the Council to avoid prosecution.

No such certificate exists – any works to a tree subject to a Tree Preservation Order or in a conservation area require permission beforehand from the Council.

Unauthorised works to protected trees can be punished in some cases by an unlimited fine and a criminal conviction, so homeowners could potentially find themselves in trouble for unauthorised works.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 affords protection to species nesting in trees and it is a criminal offence to disturb them. This can be reported to the police via 999 if the works are in action (contractors are still on-site) or via 101 or the police website if the works have been completed at https://www.police.uk/pu/contact-the-police/report-a-crime-incident/.

Cllr Keith Baldry, Executive Member for the Environment, said: “Unfortunately there are always people who will say anything to anyone to try and extort money from homeowners, and this is another example.

“Always be very wary of anyone who appears on your doorstep offering to do work.

“Remember that anyone who claims to be a qualified, insured tree surgeon will be perfectly happy to provide evidence of their qualifications and their insurance. They also won’t rush you into a decision, or ask for payment in cash without a proper invoice.”

There is lots of information on the South Hams website about protected trees and how residents can apply legally to work on their trees if required. If you are the owner of a protected tree and want more information, please visit https://www.southhams.gov.uk/trees.

If a tree is dangerous or dead, there is a process for requesting emergency works. Always seek advice from a qualified arborist (tree surgeon). The Council recommends using the Arboricultural Association website to find a qualified, insured tree surgeon if you need one. Visit www.trees.org.uk for more information where you will find a useful checklist including insurance requirements and details on the necessary qualifications.

Cllr Baldry continued, “As usual, these people will have no scruples in targeting vulnerable residents and taking advantage of trusting souls in our community. Please watch out for your families and neighbours. If you have any concerns, please contact the Police on 101 or online for advice.”

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