Buckland Monachorum Parish CouncilCoat of Arms of Sir Francis Drake - courtesy of Buckland Abbey Coat of Arms of Sir Francis Drake - courtesy of Buckland Abbey

current parish news & information

Contact details for your Parish Council: Please contact the Parish Clerk (Mrs Debbie Ashton), 36 Marythorne Road, Bere Alston, Yelverton Tel: 01822 841648 E-mail: clerk@bmpc.info  (Mon to Thurs only, 11am to 3pm - answer machine for calls outside these hours or if Clerk unavailable)
 
 
 
 
LOVE YOUR PARISH? Could you be a Parish Councillor?
 Following the resignation of Cllr Jonathan Smart, there is a Casual Vacancy on Buckland Monachorum Parish Council. The Parish Council consists of 12 Councillors who all live locally and volunteer their time to support
their community.
 
You don’t need any special qualifications to be a local Councillor (although there is a qualifying criteria) but you do need to able to commit to a few hours every month - whether it's attending Council meetings, reading
Council papers on community matters or catching up with local residents.
 
So if you have a passion and enthusiasm for your community then why not find out more. The Parish Council does offer a varied and very rewarding opportunity to be a voice of your community, and to see and have
a real involvement in how your parish is managed and evolved. For more information and for details on how to apply, please contact the Parish Clerk on clerk@bmpc.info or
01822 841648 (Mon to Thurs only, 11am to 3pm - leave a message if outside of these hours or if Clerk unavailable). OR CLICK HERE FOR AN INFORMATION PACK 
 
 
 

 

 
 
VERY EXCITING NEWS......The Parish Council has recently successful in securing grants totalling £18,000 for community projects.....
Nearly £8000 has been awarded from Natural England's 'Paths 4 Communities' scheme for an upgrade of a section of footpath by the cemetery in Buckland Monachorum village (click here to read more)....
 
AND a recent application by the Parish Council for a grant to replace play equipment in the Buckland Play Park to the National Lottery's 'Awards for All' scheme has resulted in £10,000 being granted. This will allow the Parish Council to replace equipment that has come to the end of its useful life. The Parish Council plans to start work when the better weather comes in spring 2014 and have it completed before summer 2014.

The Awards For All scheme is aimed at relatively small projects which will benefit local communities.  It is simple to apply for a grant and decisions are usually made within 6 weeks. So if you have a good idea, have a go!
 
No such thing as the dog poo fairy!! Dog fouling is a horrible perennial anti-social nuisance across the UK and, sadly, the parish doesn't escape this problem. The majority of dog owners are responsible but there is still a persistant minority of offending dog owners making the areas where you live, walk and play unpleasant and this includes leaving or chucking bagged poo in our lovely rural parish. Keep Britain Tidy as part of its 'Love Where You Live' ethos has a campaign called 'No Such as the Dog Poo
Fairy'. The Parish has several stickers (limited supply unfortunately) if parishioners would like any or you can order some yourself free of charge (and free P&P) from Keep Britain Tidy (click here to go to website). You can also report dog fouling to West Devon Borough Council Environmental Health (tel. 01822 813600 or online www.westdevon.gov.uk under Services  > Transport and Streets  > Street Cleaning). You will need to give the date, time, exact location, details of the dog and its owner (type of dog, colour, size and description of owner) and, if known, name and address of the owner. Depending on the details you provide, an Officer will investigate.
 

Land and Home Owners urged to keep their greenery under control…

Uncut hedgerows, garden trees, shrubs and plants from last year are going to be soon burgeoning rapidly and we have heard of a few concerns from members of public in the parish regarding overgrown shrubs and hedges which are actually encroaching on public walkways, pavements and roads.

 

Every householder and landowner has that duty of care to prevent overgrowth of their hedges onto pavements etc. Therefore, could we ask you all to be aware of any overgrowing hedges that may restrict pedestrians and road users and to keep walkways and roads clear.

 

Overgrown hedges and borders could pose a variety of problems for pedestrians especially those with mobility difficulties, which we are sure you all want to avoid. We send our plea to you and hope you will help - PLEASE GET THOSE GREEN-FINGERS GOING TO KEEP YOUR HEDGES TRIMMED!! Huge thanks in advance on behalf of all the community.

 
YELVERTON AND DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY. The Society meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Meavy Village Hall commencing 7.30pm. Outdoor events are held from June - August inclusive. Annual membership, single £4.00 and family £7.00.
 
TASS NEEDS YOU

Tass is looking to recruit volunteer drivers in outlying areas as a result of the expansion of TASS's transport services. If yu can spare a couple of hours a week or month they would like to hear from you. TASS has been developing a volunteer car service to help people access hospital, Doctor, chiropody and dentist appointments, or help people to visit a loved one in hospital. Drivers are also needed for the minibuses.  If you are able to volunteer some of your time please contact Kevin on 01822 617525.

YELVERTON BRIDGE CLUB WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS.

Welcomes new members - beginners or experienced players.

You are invited to come along as a guest to meet the members and play a Rubber of Bridge.

Wednesday afternoons from 1.45 to 4.45pm.

Contact Sally Morgan (Chairwoman) 01822 853252 or Sylvia Mcintosh (Secretary) 01822 855523

Proposed Part-Night Lighting Policy in the Parish

The Parish Council has received information on the Devon County Council street lighting policy to cut carbon and save money. A scheme will be introduced in the Parish as part of a countywide programme, which has entered the second year of a three to five year programme to introduce part-night lighting across the county. The County Council is also working with Devon and Cornwall Police on the programme to ensure that considerations of crime, disorder and road safety in residential areas are taken into account during the decision-making process.

1.  Phased part-night lighting in residential areas. This will mean some streetlights that were previously on all-night long will now be lit between dusk and 12:30am and again from 5:30am until dawn.

2.  Main road lighting and areas of high night time activity, such as town centres, will remain lit all night, but consideration will be given to dimming lighting where possible.

Devon County Council is currently responsible for nearly 75,000 streetlights, costing £2.2million in electricity and producing nearly 20,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.  It is estimated that part-night lighting could save up to 4,000 tonnes of CO2 and reduce the present energy bill by £450,000. These emissions savings would go a long way to meet both the national and local emissions reduction targets.

 

If you wish to find out more log on to www.devon.gov.uk/streetlighting, or contact your Devon County Councillor Mr Phil Sanders on 01822 612265, or the Parish Council on 01822 859260. 

BUCKLAND FOOD GROWERS (BFG).

Recently formed by residents interested in producing fresh produce. The vision of the group is to create accessible open green spaces where members of the community come together to grow - and rear - their own food. If you are interested in finding out more about Home Grown and Community Owned, please contact Jon Cummins 859255, email johathan@jcummins.orangehome.co.uk. or Lucy Wood 854332, email lucyjwood@googlemail.com.

YELVERTON CINEMA - ST PAUL'S CHURCH HALL (Doors open 7pm tickets £4.00).

The Cinema opened on 21st November 2009.  The cinema is run by a group of volunteers, and is proving very popular. There are still opportunities to help with refreshments, setting out chairs, selling tickets on the door, and projection - please telephone 610917 if you would like to volunteer. Films are shown twice a month on a Saturday evening starting at 7pm, ticket price £4.00. There is also a classic matinee film once a month on a Tuesday starting at 3pm, ticket price £3.00, and a children's cinema once a month on a Saturday morning starting at 10.45am, ticket price £2.00.  For details of films and dates check your local parish magazine, and local notice boards or the web site www.yelvertoncinema.co.uk.  Difficulty with transport to the cinema? Contact Yelvercare on 07775 695864.

Buckland Monachorum Village Hall.

Mr Jim Knight is the Chairman of the Hall Committee, the Treasurer is John Pearce and the Secretary is Norman Cooke.  The booking Secretary is Shirley Dunstan on 855258.

Monthly Village Market is held in the Hall on the second Saturday of the month. Local crafts, cakes, vegetables and exhibitions by local artists are regular features.

MILTON COMBE VILLAGE HALL - EVENTS
THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH. LOCAL MARKET - Sell or buy local produce and goods.  Light lunches, coffees, teas and cakes available.

Remember: you can book the hall for your party or gathering. Very reasonable rates compared with others.
Recycling: Plastic bottles, dud batteries, low energy light bulbs and fluorescent tubes can now be placed in the relevant containers at the Hall for recycling.              

CONTACT VAL STEWART ON 854865

BUCKLAND MONACHORUM VILLAGE HALL - DROP IN
Every Tuesday 10.30am to 1.30pm. Delivered by Tavistock Area Support Services (TASS) for people over 55years. There are a range of activities also organised by TASS in the area.  Contact Andy, Lauren or Val at The Anchorage Centre, Tavistock, telephone 01822 616958 for more information.

PEG - Parish Energy Group.

The twin problems of the rising cost of fuel and the need to conserve our energy consumption has led the Parish Council to set up the Parish Energy Group. The aim is to raise awareness throughout the Parish and bring together those who are already embarked on schemes to save energy with those who would like to know more. If you wish to find out more contact Ric at peg-bmpc@hotmail.co.uk

PLANNING FOR AN EMERGENCY Devon County Council and the Local Resilience Forum have issued a  booklet providing advice on how to prepare for an emergency such as a major flood.  You can find out more by logging on to www.dcisprepared.org.uk

WATCH OUT FOR TELEPHONE SCAMS   Don't be taken in by telephone callers claiming to be from Visa or Master card. They will tell you there is an unusual purchase on your card and ask you for your card details.  Do not provide any information to them.  Call your credit card supplier direct for verification.

TAVISTOCK RING AND RIDE  01822 618028. Rurally isolated and have inadequate public transport?  Do you have a temporary or permanent disablity?  Tavistock Ring and Ride provide a minibus service from your front door to town and return. The buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts. Ring the co-ordinator at least a day prior to travel to book your seat.  There is also a Passenger Club that arranges regular half and full day trips.

CHILDREN'S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST. For information on fundraising events log on to www.chsw.org.uk

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

DCC Highways - Roads and Transport. 0845 155 1004.

Recycling and Waste - 0845 155 1010

General Enquiries about DCC Council Services - 0845 155 1015.

WDBC Tavistock 01822 813600.

DNPA Bovey Tracey 01626 832093

YOUTH CLUB - UP4IT  St Paul's Hall and Rectory, Yelverton, Tuesdays 6.15pm to 7.30pm during Term Time. For 8-11 year olds. Subs per term £5.

COFFEE MATES  At Briar Tor, Yelverton on Mondays 10.30am -12.30pm. Every Monday except the 2nd of the month.

Weekly raffle prize. In partnership with Tavistock Support Services.

On the 2nd Monday of each month is The Yelverton Link Coffee Morning at the Holy Cross Church Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

YELVERCARE Telephone 07775 695864 Monday to Friday 10am - 1pm.  Services available include doctor, dentist, and hospital visits. Reading, visiting, dog walking, help in the home and garden.  If you are considering becoming a volunteer please contact Linda Anderson on 855912.

WHAT WDBC HAS DONE OR CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR PARISH

West Devon Borough Council has set up a new web page containing information on the investment it has made in individual Parishes.

See http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/doc.asp?doc=11526&cat=1024.

FLOOD INFORMATION (The Environment Agency).

Register now for a free Floodline Warnings Direct Service.

Floodline Warnings Direct is a free service that gives you advance warning of flooding in your area by telephone, mobile, fax or pager.

Register by phone - Call Floodline 0845 988 1188, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

LOCAL COMMUNITY POLICE SERVICE

Force enquiry centre number is 08452 777 444. Tavistock Police Station number is 813832. Your current community policemen are PC Graham Calendar and PC Dave Pickles.

Information available from Buckland Monachorum Parish Council under the Model Publication Scheme

Information to be published

How the information can be obtained

Class1 - Who we are and what we do

 

 

                            

 

Web site.

www.bmpc.info

 

Hard copy from

The Clerk. clerk@bmpc.info

Tel: 01822 859260

Who’s who on the Council and its Committees

Web site.

The Clerk.

 

Contact details for Parish Clerk and Council members.

 

 

Web site.

Hard copy of list available from the Clerk.

 

Location of main Council office and accessibility details

Web site.

Contact the Clerk.

Contact local Members.

Class 2 – What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, contracts and Annual Audit. Current and previous financial year.

Hard copy from the Clerk.

 

View by appointment with the Clerk.

Annual return form and report by auditor

Hard copy from the Clerk.

Finalised budget

Hard copy from the Clerk.

 

Precept

Hard copy from the Clerk.

 

Financial Standing Orders and Regulations

Hard copy from the Clerk.

 

Grants given or received

List available from the Clerk.

 

List of current contracts awarded and value of contract

List available from the Clerk.

 

Members’ expenses

List available from the Clerk.

 

Class 3 – What our priorities are and our plans.

Information on current and planned projects.

 

See Minutes on web site.

Contact the Clerk.

Contact local Members.

Annual Parish Meeting minutes. (Current and previous year as a minimum)

Hard copy from the Clerk.

View by appointment with the Clerk.

 

Class 4 – How we make decisions

Details of current decisions are recorded in the Minutes.  Details of procedures are in the Standing Orders.

 

View by appointment with the Clerk.

Hard copy from the Clerk.

Timetable of meetings. (Main Council and Planning).

See web site.

Hard copy from the Clerk.

Details from Clerk or Members.

 

 

Agendas of meetings

Displayed on parish notice boards, and web site.

Hard copy from the Clerk.

View by appointment with the Clerk.

Minutes of meetings (as above) – nb this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting.

As above

Reports presented to council meetings - nb this will exclude information that is properly regarded as private to the meeting.

View by appointment with the Clerk.

Responses to consultation papers

 View by appointment with Clerk.

Responses to planning applications

Hard copy from the Clerk.

View on web site.

View by appointment with the Clerk.

Class 5 – Our policies and procedures

Current information. Code of Conduct.

 

Standing Orders can be seen by appointment with the Clerk. Other policy documents by appointment with the Clerk.

 

Class 6 – Lists and Registers

 

Currently maintained lists and registers.  Register of Members’ Interests.  Register of Common Land. Register of authorised Memorial Masons.

 

 

Contact the Clerk.

 

 

 

 

 

Class 7 – The services we offer

 

 

Allotments - Agreements and policies

By appointment with the Clerk.

Burial grounds and closed churchyards.  Fees and Rules and Regulations.

Web site.

Contact the Clerk.

Research of old burial records.

Contact the Clerk.

Parks, playing fields and recreational facilities. Bus shelters, seating, litter bins, memorials.

A list is available by contacting the Clerk.

Newsletter – Miscellany – half-yearly publication.  Past & current copies.

Contact the Clerk or Ric Cheadle on 854710.

 

 

Contact details:  The Clerk, Skelbrook House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton. PL20 7NL. 

Tel: 01822 859260.

Email: clerk@bmpc.info.

 

SCHEDULE OF CHARGES

 

TYPE OF CHARGE

DESCRIPTION

CHARGE

Disbursement cost

Photocopying

 £1p per A4 sheet (black & white)

 

Research

For parishioners first half hour free thereafter flat fee of £10.  For non-parishioners a charge of £10 will be made.

 

 

 

 

Postage

Actual cost of Royal Mail standard 2nd class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coat of Arms of Sir Francis Drake - courtesy of Buckland Abbey