The Minutes of Bigbury Parish Council’s meeting on 8th January 2020 are available in the DOCUMENTS section of the Parish Council area; sub-category MINUTES.
What is Courier Fraud?
Criminals carry out courier fraud by cold calling the victim, purporting to be a police officer or bank official. The fraudsters will then claim there’s an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation. The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details.
Common techniques used by the fraudsters include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash, purchase an expensive item, or provide their bank cards/details. In all cases, a ‘courier’ will then come and pick up the cash or items, on behalf of the police or bank. They will often come to the victim’s home address.
Courier Fraud is committed by Organised Crime Groups and targets the elderly and vulnerable.
(Avoiding Impersonation Fraud)
The scale of courier fraud in the UK should not be underestimated, as nationally:
•£10.5 million reported loss in just two years
•Over 2,000 reports to Action Fraud in two years
•Two thirds of victims were women over 75
•On average victims lost over £8,000 each
Recently we have had two victims in the North Devon area, suffering a loss of around £10,000 each.
If you or someone you know has been a victim, it can be quite common to not feel able to report it. We urge you to do so in order that we can get a full picture of the offences which will give us the best chance of catching the offenders. Please report on 101. If it is easier for you to email please send information to: email@example.com
If cold callers, withheld numbers and silent calls are an issue for you or someone you know then please see this link for information about call blockers:
THE DATE FOR THE REFERENDUM ON BIGBURY’S NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN HAS BEEN SET FOR THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 2020.
If you value the opportunity to exercise greater control on development within our parish, please go along to the Memorial Hall, StAnn’s Chapel, and vote in favour of accepting the plan.
Issued: 7 January 2020
You can now watch South Hams District Council and South Hams Development Management (DM) Committee make their decisions live on social media.
South Hams District Council has now started streaming all meetings which take place in the Council Chamber at Follaton House to their website, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Openness and Transparency in local government is very important. It enables the public to understand what their politicians do for them and how they make their decisions.
Cllr Nicky Hopwood, Executive Member for Communications said: “We live in a world now where information is delivered to the public on hand held devices as and when they want it. If we are going to reach our residents and they are going to understand the complexities of the decisions we make, and take part in that democratic process, then it is essential that we make our meetings more accessible.”
South Hams District Council has now joined the many councils across the country who have made it possible for the public to watch their democratic process from the comfort of their own homes.
Following an internal trial period, the first meeting to be streamed live on social media, was the Development Management Committee meeting on Wednesday 4 December. The streaming was well received by those who watched it online.
This is also a positive step towards reducing the Council’s carbon footprint. The South Hams covers nearly 900 square km so it’s not always practical for residents, agents and staff of the applications considered that day to drive to Follaton House to view the proceedings.
Where committee meetings are held in other rooms at Follaton House, such as Executive, Overview and Scrutiny, Audit and Licensing committees, the Council is considering options to find a solution to live stream them as well. The effectiveness of the streaming system will then be reviewed again in November this year.
Cllr Nicky Hopwood continued: “We’re delighted that we have started to stream our meetings because it’s crucial that we are transparent about decision making at the Council. Meetings have always been available for the public to attend in person, but now we can open them to a much wider audience to view in their homes or workplace.
“Social media has enormous followers so it’s really important that we broadcast on a number of different platforms to get the biggest audience we can. Even if you don’t have social media, you can still watch from our Join the Conversation webpage on your mobile phone, tablet or computer.”
“We know we still have a way to go to get all of the meetings streamed online and this is down to the cost involved and the logistics of each committee room, but this is in important and very welcome first step.”
January’s streamed committee meetings are Development Management, known as ‘Planning’, on Wednesday 15 January and the Joint Budget Consultation meeting of the DM Committee and Overview and Scrutiny Panel on Thursday, 23 January.
Check the times and dates of all of South Hams District Council’s meetings at www.southhams.gov.uk/Committees
You can view streamed meetings on SHDC’s:
YouTube: South Hams District Council
Check the website and social media for information about future meeting dates.
The Agenda is posted in the DOCUMENTS (Agenda) section of the Parish Council area of this website.
The Minutes of the meeting of 11th December 2019 are available in the DOCUMENTS section of the Parish Council area of this website.
The Aune Conservation Association will be organising its usual New Year clean up along the Tidal Road on Sunday 12th January at 11.30am. Low Water will be around 1300h. Everybody is welcome to join in but please take note of our safety guidelines – ACA-BEACH-CLEANS3.
We usually have one group starting from Timbers car park at AG to work downstream towards the stakes at Milburn Orchard and another starting from the Milburn Orchard car park, working back to AG. Subsequently, a congenial meeting of the two teams in the Fisherman’s Rest would be a good way to start the afternoon.
A vacancy has arisen for the position of Parish Councillor for Bigbury. Please see the formal Notice:-
Intending applicants should note the following:-
1) Applicants have to be eligible – i.e. be on the electoral register in the Parish or in very exceptional circumstances live close to (but outside) the Parish Boundary.
2) Applicants need to be aware of the requirement to attend meetings – and the consequence of not doing so.
This has been a factor in three of the last four changes.
3) Applications need to be submitted in writing to Clerk – firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Applications should include details of any prior experience and personal interests (preferably relevant to the community) BUT most importantly some statements about how they will add value to the Council and by default the Community.
The Clerk will schedule ‘interviews’ for potential candidates ahead of the February PC meeting.