Notices and News

Parish Council – Coronavirus (Covid 19) – Post 4.

Some of this is a duplication of previous posts which is to ensure the relevant previous information remains easily accessible.

The government advice on isolating yourself and family if you show symptoms and advice on isolating/shielding is on the link below. 

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The link below is the the government advice site for employees with information about entitlements etc. This is clearly evolving quickly but the site should be updated frequently.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

If you believe that you might need support from the community  please contact Cllr Andrew Hollett, details below. If you have neighbours or friends who may not be accessing this site but you feel they may benefit please ask them to contact Andrew or give permission for you to do so.

If you are willing to be a Community Volunteer to help with the above or be willing to make regular phone contact to someone to ease the isolation please contact Cllr Trudie Timlin Brown also details below.

Cllr Andrew Hollett. Tel. 830361       andrew.hollett@btinternet.com

Cllr Trudie  Timlin Brown   Tel  830683  bathebrown@aol.com

It may be useful to gather some names of volunteers willing to dog walk and this may suit dog friendly teens and others, please contact Trudie.

As mentioned in our previous post we are aware that the level of media coverage can make this situation feel overwhelming and frightening leading to anxiety in people. If you are concerned or don't understand some of the terms in the media or advice sites Clr Baumer (Retired Consultant) and Di Baumer ( Retired Public Health Nurse) have kindly offered to give telephone or email advice. They can be contacted as detailed below. This is NOT an alternative to receiving individual advice from your GP or Specialist Medical Care Team. It is part of our broader community response.

Dr H. Baumer  830274 harry@luson.plus.com

Di Baumer  830274   dianaebaumer@googlemail.com

Many people will have stocked up on staples but be finding fresh produce more difficult. Holbeton Village Stores already delivers milk and will be happy to deliver vegetable boxes/bags. Please discuss with Jack Purkis. 830246 or holbetonvillagestores@outlook.com

If you plan on using supermarket deliveries it may be prudent to arrange an account now if you do not already have one. Ocado for example is only delivering to existing customers and not accepting new customers at present.

Prescription Collection Service. 

We have some noble volunteers who have agreed to collect prescriptions from those who are isolating or are unable to for other reasons. Cllr Baumer has kindly agreed to support this service.

Bel Dixon 07803608418. roughbel@hotmail.com and Laura Kirkland  07815917519 laws072@hotmail.com will collect from Yealm Medical Centre 

Sue Collins (Flatman) will collect from Modbury H.C. 830406 suecollins@yahoo.com

They are willing to be contacted for out of hours emergency prescriptions.

For those who have a laptop or mobile phone they can be an invaluable way of maintaining contact with family and friends, locally, nationally or internationally. Many of us have them but are unsure of how to use these features to for example make video calls so we can chat for example with grandchildren. Jack Purkis has kindly offered to help anyone who would like to set up a What's app group on an android mobile phone. Pete Stevens can assist with setting up Skype on laptops, and What's App/Facetime on phones (Tel 830780 petestevens150@gmail.com. Andrew Hollett can also offer help in this area if needed. There is also advice/tutorials on you tube that are easy to follow.

Otter Garden Centre charges £8. for home delivery and takes telephone orders. 01752 405422. There is no reason why those isolating can't get out in the garden if you are lucky enough to have one. I remain optimistic that spring is about to appear and it is worth supporting our local businesses so they are still there when we emerge from our enforced hibernation!

In the interest of keeping fit and healthy Helen Norris suggests the following:

Beginners Pilates Workout with Kim Saha on You Tube.

Yoga with Adrienne on You Tube.

If you have a Smart TV you should be able to access them on there which from experience is much easier to follow than from a phone!

Even if isolating we are lucky to live somewhere where we can walk and run without bumping into people. If you want to take up running or as I call it shuffling try the wonderful NHS Couch to 5k app link below.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/

By the time you have finished isolation could be over  and you can join Holbeton Harriers! I am sure existing Couch 2 5k'ers will be happy to offer support.

For those who are missing exercising their vocal cords have a look at sofa singers link below. Even in dark times there are chinks of light with people doing wonderful things.

https://www.thesofasingers.net/

Jack Purkis is interested in fundraising to provide outside equipment such as goalposts on the sports field for the young ( and not so young )  people ,if you are interested please contact him directly.

If you have other suggestions for activities (that I can print!) please share with me via email carolackroyd@tiscali.co.uk 

We have been liaising with Ivybridge Food Bank about providing support for those in need. Food banks are really struggling as people prioritise themselves. If you are able to donate food  locally it will be much appreciated. Financial donations can be made online to the Trussell Trust.

Many thanks to all the people who have volunteered, it is much appreciated . We are in this for the long haul and you will be needed. Can I also thank my fellow councillors for all they are doing.

C L Ackroyd

SHDC Consultation Reveals Ivybridge Town Supports an Aldi

Issued: 6 March 2020

South Hams District Council’s consultation on whether an Aldi supermarket is wanted by the people of Ivybridge has now closed, with results showing that over two thirds (69%) of residents support the new supermarket proposals.

The consultation, which ended on 19 February, had a robust response from residents with 66% of respondents telling the Council that they felt a new supermarket would improve footfall into the town centre.

The Council listened carefully to previous public feedback where residents clearly said that they didn’t want a drive through or pub included in the proposals.  As such, the consultation was based on a smaller scheme which concentrates on key priorities to boost the town’s growth.

There was strong support from survey respondents for a short stay car park with a whopping 87% in favour of changing from the current long stay.  Residents also felt that they would increase their visits to the town centre if they were able to get an hour and a half of free parking to allow them to access the town’s shops and businesses more easily.  While 57% responded to say they would support out of centre parking for the 6% of people who work in the town.

The results revealed that most shoppers drive to do their main, or top up, shop during the day, suggesting there would be a marked improvement to the economy of the town by those who would take advantage of the free parking opportunities.

Respondents also felt that by improving shopping choice, it would drive down the cost of food shopping and would encourage people to shop locally within the town, rather than outside of it.

The Council feel that these results demonstrate that residents, and those living outside of the town, recognise the benefits of supporting regeneration and economic activity within Ivybridge’s town centre.

The Council’s next step is to consider the business plan and make a decision to proceed or not.

In Kingsbridge’s consultation, which also closed recently, there was a mix of ideas for the future of the Rope Walk and the District Council will now take time to review the results.  Both sets of results will be published as soon as the final analysis is complete.

Cllr Hilary Bastone, Deputy Leader for South Hams District Council, said: 
"We are really pleased with feedback from both of these consultations.  There was a really robust response from residents which is exactly what we were hoping for and Ivybridge in particular, were very clear about what they want to see in their town.

“Having such solid support from the Ivybridge community to our revised plans shows that we’re now on the right path and it is very heartening.  These proposals will be a substantial financial investment from the District Council and we’re determined to get it right.“

The data is currently being analysed and the full results will be made available on the Council’s consultation website www.engagement.southhams.gov.uk  on Friday 20 March.

SHDC Backs Local Electricity Bill

Issued: 03/03/2020

South Hams District Council (SHDC) have wholeheartedly agreed to back the Local Electricity Energy Bill which is soon to be re-introduced in Parliament.

The Bill hopes to solve the problem of local renewable energy producers who are unable to sell the energy they have generated to local people due to the huge set up and running costs involved.

If the Bill is passed by Government, it would create a right to local supply.  This means it would make the cost of selling locally generated clean energy comparable to the scale of the operation.  These cheaper costs for community energy groups means that they can supply their energy in their local village or town, rather than back to the National Grid.

The District Council, who is determined to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable electricity as part of its Climate Change and Biodiversity Emergency, unanimously backed the motion brought to Full Council by Cllr Chown, and seconded by Cllr Jonathan Hawkins.

SHDC joins a growing number of over 120 local councils and authorities who have backed the Bill, which is also supported by both the South Hams MP’s - Sir Gary Streeter and Anthony Mangnall.

If the Bill was to become law it would pave the way for local authorities to set up their own energy companies.  This would improve the Council’s carbon footprint and that of their communities. Money gained from such a scheme could then be ploughed back into things like energy efficiency schemes and other local services and facilities.

South Hams District Council’s Ward Councillor for Wembury and Brixton, Cllr Matthew Chown, said: ““Many areas of the South Hams are fortunate enough to have community energy groups within them. They are often created by a small number of incredibly passionate and dedicated volunteers.  One of my local energy groups, Yealm Community Energy, have been involved in the creation of two solar farms which produce enough renewable energy to power all of the homes within its five local parishes, but under the current system, this energy gets sold back to the central grid.

“However, if this Bill was passed in Parliament it would help these local groups to achieve their vision of supplying the generated energy back to the local area, helping us to achieve our carbon reduction goals and also bringing multiple benefits to the local community. I am sure that this kind of micro generation and distribution is an important part of the renewable landscape as we move towards our carbon zero targets.”

South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Keith Baldry, said:  “We have got to support national policy change to help improve our environment and to reduce our carbon footprint.  If we all lobby our local MPs to get this Local Electricity Energy Bill passed as a law, it will have a huge impact on the South Hams by cutting out utility companies and allowing communities to become registered suppliers.

“It can only be a good thing with local energy companies creating self-sufficient renewable energy which will benefit all of us.  The people of South Hams would get to take more ownership of who provides their electricity, so it’s a win-win scenario.”

More information on ‘Power for People’ who are responsible for creating the Local Electricity Bill, can be found: www.powerforpeople.org.uk/the-local-electricity-bill/   

PARISH COUNCIL – CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) INFORMATION – POST 3

The government advice on isolating yourself and family if you show symptoms has been updated today (Monday 16/03) as has advice on isolation/shielding for over 70's and those with underlying health problems.

The link to this advice is - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you believe that you might need support from the community at some point with collecting medication, food etc. please contact Cllr Andrew Hollett, details below. If you have neighbours or friends who may not be accessing this site but you feel they may benefit please ask them to contact Andrew or give permission for you to do so.

If you are willing to be a Community Volunteer to help with the above or be willing to make regular phone contact to someone to ease the isolation please contact Cllr Trudie Timlin Brown also details below.

Cllr Andrew Hollett. Tel. 830361       andrew.hollett@btinternet.com

Cllr Trudie  Timlin Brown   Tel  830683  bathebrown@aol.com

As mentioned in our previous post we are aware that the level of media coverage can make this situation feel overwhelming and frightening leading to anxiety in people. If you are concerned or don't understand some of the terms in the media or advice sites Clr Baumer (Retired Consultant) and Di Baumer ( Retired Public Health Nurse) have kindly offered to give telephone or email advice. They can be contacted as detailed below. This is NOT an alternative to receiving individual advice from your GP or Specialist Medical Care Team. It is part of our broader community response.

Dr H. Baumer  830274  harry@luson.plus.com

Di Baumer  830274   dianaebaumer@googlemail.com

Many people will have stocked up on staples but be finding fresh produce more difficult. Holbeton Village Stores already delivers milk and will be happy to deliver vegetable boxes/bags. Please discuss with Jack Purkis. 830246 or holbetonvillagestores@outlook.com

If you plan on using supermarket deliveries it may be prudent to arrange an account now if you do not already have one. Ocado for example is only delivering to existing customers and not accepting new customers at present.

For those who have a laptop or mobile phone they can be an invaluable way of maintaining contact with family and friends, locally, nationally or internationally. Many of us have them but are unsure of how to use these features to for example make video calls so we can chat for example with grandchildren. Jack Purkis has kindly offered to help anyone who would like to set up a What's app group on an android mobile phone. Pete Stevens (Tel 830780 petestevens150@gmail.com) and Lance Howarth (Tel 07990 512720 Lance.g.howarth@gmail.com) can assist with setting up Skype, What's App and Facetime on laptops and phones. Andrew Hollett can also offer help in this area if needed. There is also advice/tutorials on you tube that are easy to follow.

C L Ackroyd

Parish Council – Coronavirus (Covid 19) information – Post 2

As many of you will be aware the government updated its advice regarding coronavirus on Thursday. The updated advice is available by following the link below.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The updated advice is that you should stay at home if you have a high temperature  or/and have a new continuous cough. In this situation you do not need to contact your GP or NHS 111. This is to relieve the pressure on these services  so they can concentrate on the most vulnerable and seriously ill people. You must  contact these services if you are struggling to cope at home or you still have symptoms after 7 days.

The advice on how to manage staying at home is available by following the link below.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

If anyone is staying at home and needs support in collecting shopping or medication please contact the Parish Councillors named below.

Cllr Andrew Hollett. Tel. 830361       andrew.hollett@btinternet.com

Cllr Trudie  Timlin Brown   Tel  830683  bathebrown@aol.com

We are aware that the level of media coverage can make this situation feel overwhelming and frightening leading to anxiety in people. If you are concerned or don't understand some of the terms in the media or advice sites Clr Baumer (Retired Consultant) and Di Baumer ( Retired Public Health Nurse) have kindly offered to give telephone or email advice. They can be contacted as detailed below. This is NOT an alternative to receiving individual advice from your GP or Specialist Medical Care Team. It is part of our broader community response.

Dr H. Baumer  830274 harry@luson.plus.com

Di Baumer  830274 dianaebaumer@googlemail.com

C L Ackroyd

Parish Council. Coronavirus (Covid 19) information – Post 1

Message from the Parish Council

Although Holbeton can often feel remote we are very likely to be affected by this virus. This may mean people who are vulnerable needing to self isolate or people actually becoming unwell. As a community the council is sure we will all attempt to support each other. Please be aware of neighbours who are vulnerable and may need assistance even if it is only a phone call to check all is well. There is a lot of misinformation available online and in some parts of the media. Please take advice from official sites. We attach links below to the NHS advice for all and a link to HSE advice for businesses.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm

For those who have been or will be advised to self isolate the current advice is available at the link below.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Holbeton Village Stores have offered to take orders by telephone or email ( for those affected) and make deliveries -probably in the evenings.

They can be contacted on 830246 or holbetonvillagestores@outlook.com

C L Ackroyd

Superfast broadband public consultation launched

A public consultation has been launched by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) ahead of undertaking a fresh procurement to find contractors to provide superfast broadband.

CDS, which is responsible for rolling out broadband across the two counties, is establishing the remaining area where there are no current or credible future plans to deliver Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure capable of download speeds of at least 30Mbps.

To establish the existing coverage of broadband infrastructure in the programme area as well as that planned for the next three years, CDS carried out an Open Market Review (OMR) earlier this year. This included commercial coverage by existing and prospective broadband providers as well as coverage procured through CDS contracts.

This has helped CDS to establish the area where intervention is to be proposed, avoiding areas where commercial investment is planned as public investment in broadband can only take place in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure and where none is planned in the next three years. Comments on these proposals are now invited.

Consultation responses need to be submitted by Tuesday 10 December to enquiries@connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk. or in writing to OMR consultation, Economy Team, AB2 Lucombe House, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QD.

The consultation will enable broadband providers to review the mapping to ensure it correctly represents the information provided by them. Full details on the OMR process and how to respond are available at https://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-2019-omr-public-consultation/

 

More information can be found here

PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION – 12 DECEMBER 2019 – PUBLICATION OF NOTICE OF ELECTION

A general election is due to take place on 12 December 2019 for residents in Plymouth to elect Members of Parliament for the Plymouth Moor View, Plymouth Sutton and Devonport and South West Devon constituencies. Formal notice of the election will be made on the 11th November by Plymouth City Council. Information on how to register, postal and proxy voting can be found at the Plymouth City Council website – here.

 

Notice of Election 2019 SWD

Archives