Notices and News

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.

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.

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

Cllr Trudie  Timlin Brown   Tel  830683

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

Di Baumer  830274

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.

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

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

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 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


More information can be found here


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

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service – Announce 12 week consultation on provision of services

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have agreed a 12 week consultation period and are very interested in hearing local citizens and stakeholders views on these proposed changes for a new service delivery operating model. Under the new proposals, the Service would seek to move underused resources from where the risk is low and invest more into work to reach the most vulnerable members of society and help keep them safe. This includes proposed closures of a number of fire stations where risk and activity is low and the removal of fire engines that are underused.

There are several reasons why change is needed. Lifestyles and geographical profiles of both Devon and Somerset have changed dramatically since many of the fire stations were built.

The service will be holding public drop-in exhibitions in the localities that are affected by the proposals and other locations across Devon and Somerset throughout July and August.

For more information around the consultation, proposals and to take part in the consultation online please follow the link

DS2019- Consultation venue list poster



Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

1. Date of announcement 24 May 2019

2. Each year the smaller authority prepares an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR). The AGAR has been published with this notice. It will not be reviewed by the appointed auditor, since the smaller authority has certified itself as exempt from the appointed auditor’s review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the AGAR, the accounting records for the financial year to which it relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

Teresa Drew – Parish Clerk
Telephone – 01752 893691

commencing on Monday 17 June 2019 and ending on Friday 26 July 2019

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

• The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
• The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is only subject to review by the appointed auditor if questions or objections raised under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 lead to the involvement of the auditor. The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD

5. This announcement is made by Teresa Drew – Parish Clerk RFO

Citizens Advice South Hams is looking for new Trustees

Each year Citizens Advice South Hams helps thousands of local people with the problems they are facing.  The local charity is a member of the national Citizens Advice service and its charitable mission is give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem. As a national organisation the service celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

There are 285 local Citizens Advice charities in England and Wales that run independently of each other and who come together to campaign on social policy issues when clients voices need to be heard.  Recent campaigns are around Universal Credit; bailiffs acting unlawfully; private rental accommodation being unfit to live in as well as a scams awareness.

The local South Hams charity has 60 volunteers and 6 trustees.  The role of a trustee is a voluntary one and anyone joining the team would work with the other trustees to guide and support the charity’s development and future direction.  Current trustees outlined their reasons for volunteering which included, wanting to “Keep my ‘professional-self’ alive as I move into retirement”, “To contribute to my local community,” and, “To find out what’s going on, and really get involved in something local.”

Janie Moor CEO of Citizens Advice South Hams said “We are a small independent, charity that offers free, independent and impartial advice to anyone who asks.  We help thousands of local residents each year, on the phone, face to face and via email, often with multiple problems.   Because of our national links we have strength in bringing about change with decision makers both regionally and nationally.

We would like to talk to anyone of any age who feels they have something to offer, either in terms of experience or skills and wants to be part of what we do. They don’t have to be captains of industry, they may come from the voluntary sector or someone we have previously helped who now wants to give back to the community they live in.  The best trustee boards are diverse in both their experience and backgrounds”.

More information can be found on

Anyone interested should initially contact Janie on to arrange an informal chat.

Scammers – Stop, Report and Talk

72% of the population have been targeted by scammers in the last 2 years

That’s the estimate coming from Citizens Advice, they’re telling everyone to become scam aware and to “stop, report and talk” in their 2019 campaign.

The charity reports that scams and fraud seem to have become part of our daily lives. The data underlines this, a recent Citizens Advice report found that almost three quarters of people surveyed had been targeted by a scam in the previous two years, with 37% targeted 5 or more times.

Citizens Advice wants everyone to become scam aware. Figures collected by their offices in England and Wales suggest that 7 out of 10 people targeted by a scam don’t tell anyone about it, possibly because they are ashamed. Anyone can be the victim of a scam, the age group reporting the most incidences are between 40 – 60, whilst those most detrimentally affected are over 70.

To stop the scammers awareness needs to be raised and victims encouraged to take action. So the message is stop and recognise a scam, report it and talk about it with family, friends and neighbours so they can avoid further scams and protect themselves”.

Click for information on common types of scams.

Anyone who thinks they have been scammed can get help and report it to –
The Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or online at . Citizens Advice can also report problems to Trading Standards who are responsible for protecting consumers and the community against rogue and unfair traders.

Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime. (If debit cards, online banking or cheques are involved in the scam the consumer’s first step should be to contact their bank or credit card company. If the scam is a pension transfer, they need to contact the provider immediately, along with the Pensions Advisory Service).