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Footpath Maintenance

A footpath is a public highway and as such is maintainable at public expense. Paths cannot be blocked up or in any way obstructed by the landowner and where trees are growing over the path the landowner must keep them trimmed. The maintenance of the path surface however is the responsibility of the highway authority which in this parish is Devon County Council. The parish council have entered into an agreement with the County council under a scheme known as P3 to carry out the maintenance on behalf of the County.

The footpaths are walked every year by the parish councillors and any problems are reported to the P3 representatives who then arrange for maintenance work to be undertaken.

A number of our footpaths do become rather overgrown especially during the summer period so this year we have arranged for them to be strimmed in May and September. This will become an annual arrangement with the contractor.

Footpath 6 which links Buckland Monachorum village to the Garden House and in daily use is becoming difficult to use because of spring water running down the path and cows from the field walking on the wet path. Agreement is being sought from the landowner to fence the footpath and divert the spring water and hopefully the improvement work which is being paid for under the P3 scheme will be completed this year.

If you find a footpath that is impassable or in any way obstructed please contact the clerk who will pass on the information to the P3 reps.

However before you do please note the following:

  • Footpaths and bridle ways crossing fields can be ploughed if it is unavoidable but a minimum width of 1 metre (2m for bridleways) must be made
  • vailable within 14 days and the line of the path should be clearly marked. A footpath or bridleway on the edge of a field should not be ploughed.
  • Crops are not allowed to grow on a right of way except grass being grown for silage or hay.
  • The landowner is responsible for ensuring hedges or trees do not overgrow onto a right of way causing an obstruction.
  • A dairy bull is not allowed in a field crossed by a right of way, whilst a beef bull is allowed but must be accompanied by cows or heifers.
  • Any electric fence across a footpath must have an insulating handle to allow you to pass safely. Electric fences are not allowed to cross bridle ways.
  • All footpaths within the Dartmoor National Park are the responsibility of the park authority and are not maintained under the P3 scheme or Devon County Council.

News

(18th April) DEFIBRILLATORS NOW INSTALLED

Both defibrillators have now been installed outside Milton Combe and Clearbrook Village Halls.  The Parish Council is currently looking into the possibility of providing free training to the community.  Watch this space for news.

(9th April 2018) ANNOUNCEMENT: ANNUAL PARISH MEETING FOR PARISHIONERS: WEDNESDAY, 18TH APRIL AT 7.30PM AT CLEARBROOK VILLAGE HALL

The Parish Council is holding its Annual Parish Meeting at Clearbrook Village Hall on Wednesday 18th April at 7.30pm.  The meeting is for Parishioners to come and have their say about what they want for the parish and to voice any concerns they may have. At the meeting there will be representatives from West Devon Borough Council to give information on Recycling, Locality Matters and the Joint Local Plan. See poster here.

(9th April 2018) NEW DEFIBRILLATORS ANNOUNCED FOR MILTON COMBE AND CLEARBROOK

We are pleased to announce that the parish council has been awarded grant funding from the Town and Parish (TAP) fund, administered by West Devon Borough Council to provide two new defibrillators outside the main entrances to Milton Combe and Clearbrook Village Halls.  The PC has funded the installation of two heated cabinets for the defibrillators to be stored in.  The cabinets were installed last week and the defibrillators will be placed in the cabinets later this week.  We are also in the process of orgainising training in the use of the units for anyone who wishes to know how to use them safely and effectively.

There are also two other defibrillators installed in the parish, their locations are:

The Drake Manor Inn at Buckland Monachorum and;

Outside the Doctors Surgery at Yelverton

 (7th April 2018)  GRANT FUNDING SECURED BY PARISH COUNCIL FOR DEVELOPMENT OF WETLAND NATURE RESERVE

The Parish Council has received grant funding to help establish a wetland nature reserve in part of Crapstone Field.  The funding has been pledged by the Town and Parish Fund (TAP) administered by West Devon Borough Council, at the March 2018 Southern Links meeting.  Cllr Sue Woollacott who is spearheading the project said that she is 'so excited to have been given the money which will kick start the project, the grant money along with £500.00 funding provided by Buckland Monachorum Parish Council will be able to provide new bat and bird boxes as well as paying for some conservation works to help establish the reserve'.  The Parish Council recently approved a 5-year management plan for the wetland nature reserve with expert advice from Devon Wildlife rust and Plymouth Environment Action (PEA).

 

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Buckland Monachorum Parish Council - Parish Clerk: Kelly Johns Office Hours: 10:00 to 12:00 Tuesday to Thursday - Tel: 01822 615893 email: clerk@bmpc.info

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