Notices and News

Notice of Annual Parish Council Meeting & Annual Parish Meeting

Annual Parish Council Meeting 

Wednesday 15 May 2019, at 7.30 pm,

Location: Reading Rooms

Representatives from Verto Homes will be present at 7.30 pm to answer any queries in connection with the Church Hill Development

 

Annual Parish Meeting 

Tuesday 21 May 2019, at 7.30 pm

Location: HOLBETON VILLAGE HALL

AGENDA

1. Welcome
2. Apologies
3. To confirm and sign the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting 2018
4. Chairman’s Annual Report
5. Annual Police Report
6. County and District Councillors’ Annual Reports
7. Reports from Parish Organisations
8. Questions from Parishioners

Notice of Poll – Newton & Yealmpton Ward

A poll for the election of District Councillors for Newton & Yealmpton Ward will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019, between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm.

Full information on the number of councillors and candidates can be found here.

 

RETURN OF RESULT OF UNCONTESTED ELECTION

Election of Parish Councillors for Holbeton Parish Council on Thursday 2 May 2019

I, Sophie Hosking, being the Returning Officer at this Election of Parish Councillors report that the latest time for delivery of notices of withdrawal of candidature, namely Wednesday 3 April 2019, having passed, the persons whose names appear below stood validly nominated and were duly elected without a contest.

  • ACKROYD, Carol
  • BAUMER, Harry
  • FLOWER, Christopher Anthony
  • FULLER, Julie Lily Victoria
  • HOLLETT, Andrew Robert Arthur
  • KNIGHT, Debbie
  • PENGELLY Jim
  • REECE, Michael John
  • SHERRELL, John Howard Richard
  • TIMLIN BROWN, Trudie

Please note that the persons elected in these circumstances do not take up office until four days after the day of the election.

Sophie Hosking,
Returning Officer
South Hams District Council

Election of Parish and District Councillors

Notice of Parish and District Elections - Thursday 2nd May

On Thursday the 2nd of May there will be a poll to elect Parish and districted councillors. There are ten seats on the parish council and two seats on South Hams District council being contested. Anyone interested in standing for either the Parish Council or SHDC are invited to submit nominations. Formal notice of the election can be found here, Parish Council, SHDC. The key milestones are as follows;

  • Start of Nomination Process 10:00 am Thursday 21 March 2019
  • Deadline for Receipt of Nominations 4:00 pm Wednesday 3 April 2019
  • Withdrawal of Candidate 4:00 pm Wednesday 3 April 2019
  • Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated 4:00 pm Thursday 4 April 2019
  • Day of Poll 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2019

Nominations for Holbeton Parish Council

Those interested in standing for the Holbeton Parish Council Elections should read the information below, complete the nomination papers and submit them by the required date;

Timetable of Election
Holbeton Nomination Paper Pack
Holbeton PC Candidate Guide
Holbeton PC Nomination Papers
Holbeton PC Campaigners Code of Conduct
Police Guidance on Election Offences
Candidate Expense Information

Registering for a Vote

The key dates for registration to vote, to vote by post, to apply for a proxy vote or an emergency proxy vote are as follows;

  • Last Date for Registration Friday 12 April 2019
  • Deadline for Receipt of Postal Vote Applications 5:00 pm Monday 15 April 2019
  • Deadline for Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 pm Wednesday 24 April 2019
  • Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2019
  • Day of Poll 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 2 May 2019

 

Roadworks – HOLBETON SCHOOL TO GIBB COTTAGES, – NEW DATES

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL has given notice that the between Holbeton to Gibb Cottages will be closed between Monday the 25th March to Wednesday 27th of March  Friday 29th March and Monday 1st April (NEW DATES DUE TO POSTPONED WORKS).

Full details can be found here.

Waste and Recycling Holiday Dates

Smart Meters – what’s it all about?

If your electricity supplier told you they were going to replace your meter with a new one that contained the technology to directly communicate your meter reading, so that the meter no longer had to be physically read, you probably wouldn’t give it a second thought. So, what’s all the fuss about Smart Meters?

Big Picture

The ‘big picture’ is that Government wants to drive the more efficient use of energy and, if electricity and gas suppliers have real-time measures of how much is being consumed, generation, extraction and importation can be managed more effectively. By ensuring that every home and small business have the new meters by 2020; adding a display that enables the consumer to see how much energy they are using and therefore take steps to reduce their usage, then everything is wonderful.

However:

The first version of a smart meter would only work to the provider who supplied it and could not be ‘switched’, as we are all encouraged to do.

A mobile phone signal is needed – not good in parts of Devon, or through granite and cob walls.

Not compatible with domestic green sources of power.

Minor glitches not managed well and exaggerated in the press.

Some consumers were led into endangering their welfare, by cutting use in response to the display unit readings.

We are creatures of habit and the expected savings, that would have offset the cost of the programme, have not been realised.

Not all suppliers were geared up to install meters. Some will install “on-demand”, whilst with others, you will have to wait until they are ready.

Some small suppliers have gone out of business, having installed meters.

The roll-out is running a long way behind schedule and over cost.

The National Audit Office is not impressed.

A brighter future?

The second generation meters are now being installed and these go through an intermediary that can facilitate changes of a supplier.

“Other issues are being addressed.”

What works?

With real-time metering there is no need for estimated bills and payment plans can be set more accurately.

If you have a second generation meter, switching suppliers can be accommodated.

If you struggle to read a meter, then they are a good idea.

You might change your habits and save some money.

There isn’t a charge (but we all pay in the end).

You don’t have to have an in-home display unit.

The installation process is usually quick and efficient.

They’re fun if you are a ‘techy’ person.

The government have backed-off of compulsory installation, but our view is that in the end the government and the industry will get it somewhere near right, systems will improve and really there is nothing to fear. In fact, if estimated bills or reading a meter is a problem for you, then it’s worth a call to your supplier to see if you can get a second generation meter; otherwise, wait until your supplier gets in touch.

Some quick tips on ‘Switching’.

If you really don’t want to leave your present supplier, then at least make sure you are on their best available tariff.

If you use a comparison web site, make sure that you select the all-providers option otherwise, you will be directed to companies that they have a financial relationship with.

Beware of exit fees on fixed term agreements and more particularly, check what tariff you are being offered when the period ends.

Using an agent to manage your switching is paying someone to do something you can easily do yourself.

There are a number of charitable organisations that will help you compare and switch if you need help.

If there is a significant change in your levels of use e.g. more or fewer people in the house, installation of a green energy source, change of heating system etc., then it’s wise to monitor your use for a while and then use the data to compare again.

A number of providers have gone out of business; don’t worry – the ‘safety-net’ arrangements work and don’t cause too much inconvenience.

 

Martin Rich

 

 

Community Projects Advisor

www.devoncommunities.org.uk

Community banking for the South West

Councils agree to support the creation of a local bank to support the local economy

Both South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councillors have pledged their support for the creation of a local financial institution, a local bank for local people.

The new venture, which is yet to be named, would be the first ever high street bank dedicated to Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset (Subject to regulatory approvals).

The bank, known for now as South West Mutual, would be owned by its members and would pursue only what is in the customers’ best interests. Unlike national financial institutions, the Mutual would not engage in financial speculation, or pay huge bonuses to staff for selling financial products.

Cllr John Tucker, Leader of South Hams  District Council, explains why the Council is supporting this initiative: “I am really interested by this proposal and the benefits it could offer our communities.  We all know that the local branches are being lost at an astonishing rate, making it more difficult for older and more vulnerable people and trading businesses to access their finance or seek support.  The South Hams has lost 13 bank branches since 2015, leaving major towns such as Dartmouth without any banks at all. We understand that banks have to move with the times and more business is done online, but who will support our high streets and market towns in the future?”

“We also know that our SME businesses can find it difficult to get funding.  This proposal would see a new kind of banking institution, one that is not tied to the costly overheads of the National banks, who can use the latest technology because it is starting from scratch.  We welcome the commitment of South West Mutual to be a permanent presence in the region and to serve our residents and businesses by building a branch network.”

Cllr Philip Sanders, Leader of West Devon Borough Council said: “Councils do not want to get into the business of banking but it is our business to support a thriving economy in West Devon.

We recognise that South West Mutual’s mission to serve our residents and smaller businesses and its commitment to financial inclusion are closely aligned with West Devon Borough Council’s own objectives and strategy and so we are delighted to be able to support them in the early stages of their application for a banking licence.”

Both Councils agree that this is one way that they can use some of the money generated from the Business Rates pilot to support the local economy without using money that has come from Council Tax Payers.

Each council will invest £50,000 to help support the formation of the new entity.  The proposal is not without risk, but without the funding, the proposed benefits to the local economy may never be realised.

South Hams and West Devon are the two first local authorities in the area to pledge their support, leading the way for others who have also expressed an interest in this venture.  More information can be found at: https://southwestmutual.co.uk/

SH Refuse Collection Dates

SHDC Suicide Prevention Initiative

It’s Safe to Talk – Suicide Intervention Briefings for Workers in South and West Devon

The first in a series of Suicide Intervention Briefings has been held at South Hams District Council.

The briefings are part of an initiative from the Community Safety Partnership (CSP), which includes South Hams and Teignbridge District Councils and West Devon Borough Councils, and are being held in conjunction with Public Health Devon and Action to Prevent Suicide.

Suicide is a global issue, and takes someone’s life every 40 seconds. In the UK it’s the biggest killer of young people and men under 50, and it’s estimated that two-thirds of people who take their own life do not approach their GP or health professional.

The Community Safety Partnership is working to reduce the number of suicides in their area, by helping people recognise and support those at risk.

To date over 300 people from a wide range of agencies have signed up to attend the briefings, where they will be given information on the realities of suicide and how simple conversations can made a huge difference in people’s lives.  Those attending will receive information from organisations such as Samaritans, Devon Partnership Trust, Pete’s Dragons, Papyrus, Grass Roots.

Cllr Tom Holway, Chairman of South Hams District Council and its representative on the CSP, said: “It’s a sobering thought that the majority of deaths for men under the age of 50 is not disease or accident, but suicide. That means the majority of deaths are preventable. Many of our staff, from the contact centre to the housing advice team, come into contact with vulnerable people each day, and I hope that this training will give them the ability to recognise the signs of someone at risk of suicide, and intervene to prevent more tragic deaths.”

Cllr Robin Musgrave, CSP Representative for West Devon, said: “I’m very grateful to the CSP and Action to Prevent Suicide for delivering this training for our staff and others in the public sector. We share their vision for a world free from suicide, and we’re committed to helping reduce the stigma and raise awareness of this issue.”

Cllr Sylvia Russell, Teignbridge District Council’s executive portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “The figures on suicide are staggering and saddening. I hope this training helps our staff, many of which deal with vulnerable people on a daily basis, identify and intervene where they see someone in crisis.”

Two sessions were held at South Hams District Council on Tuesday 27 November, with a further two sessions planned at West Devon Borough Council on Thursday 29 November. The Teignbridge sessions will be held on Friday 7 December and Thursday 17 January at their offices in Newton Abbot.

For more information about Action to Prevent Suicide, including training courses offered by them, please visit https://actiontopreventsuicide.org