The Minutes of the PC meeting of 14th September, subject to approval at the next PC meeting in October, are posted in the DOCUMENTS section of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP.
As a direct result of SHDC’s Village Housing Initiative which aims to create sustainable (i.e. they should not compromise the future) rural communities , in accord with the Taylor Report (2008), 9 potential sites were originally offered to the Parish Council for consideration, since revised to 10 sites*. The approximate locations of the potential sites at St Ann’s Chapel (5 red pins, 1 green pin) and Bigbury on Sea (4 yellow pins) can be viewed here in two separate images – hint: two, separate, single clicks on the images will enlarge the picture to full size, eventually. The sites will be publicised at the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 14 th September (see EVENTS). Future public meetings and publications in Bigbury News will provide ample opportunity for community input to the site selection process but, als0, see below.
* At the Parish Council meeting of 14th september, Andrew Davies confirmed that he will be offering a third site, nearer to the road and adjacent to his barn, as marked (green pin) on the revised photograph, below. This now makes a new total of 10 potential sites for consideration.
To express your views about these sites, please join the discussion FORUM on Affordable Housing on the BIGBURY PARISH COUNCIL page of this website. However, at the PC meeting of 14th september, it was agreed that the approximate location of the 10 sites would be shown on maps to be published in Bigbury News along with a voting form for parishioners to list their preferences in priority order (see Minutes of PC meetings in DOCUMENTS in the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP on this website).
The Taylor Report on the need to create affordable housing in the countryside was commissioned by the last government and published on 23rd July 2008; it forms an interesting backdrop to the current debate in Bigbury. The document can be found in the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP by scrolling down to the DOCUMENT section where you can search according to several criteria.
The agenda for the meeting is included in the document file of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP. Find GROUP and scroll down the page to DOCUMENTS. Search under Agenda for PC meetings CATEGORY. You can also click on the LATEST NEWS item for Bigbury Parish Council GROUP.
Huge congratulations are due to the team of people – led by Alan Kildjian and David Gay – involved in organising the fund-raising, purchase and installation of not one but THREE cardiac defibrillators for the parish of Bigbury with such efficiency!
These 3 instruments have been set up in the main population centres of the parish at St Ann’s Chapel, Bigbury Village and Bigbury on Sea for use in the event of anybody suffering heart failure.
The South West Ambulance Service will maintain the defibrillators, replacing pads and batteries as necessary, and will train First Responders and other interested people in their use.
There will be an evening of instruction for all interested parishioners on September 7th 2011 at 7 pm in the Memorial Hall.
Many parishioners will be very pleased to learn that, according to a letter to Parish Council Chairman Terry Edgcombe, dated 3rd August 2011, and pasted on the counter in Holywell Stores, Mr John Stevens has recently completed his purchase of the Pickwick Inn and wishes to proceed with its development to form a ‘gastro’ pub with an accompanying name change back to the Old Chapel Inn, in accord with SHDC’s planning approval.
I’m sure we all look forward to a speedy improvement in the appearance of the derelict building that currently greets visitors and residents as they enter the parish via this important route alongside the pub.
A secondary benefit will be the release of monies to support affordable housing within the South Hams under a Planning Obligation controlled by a so-called Section 106 agreement.
The Bigbury Fun Run Awards will be presented on Sunday 24 July 2011 – 3pm in the The Royal Oak, Bigbury
All are welcome to attend!
Although S E marsh is not within the parish of Bigbury, many in our community enjoy the River Avon and its surroundings. Those individuals may be interested to know that the freshwater grazing marsh at South Efford (a recognised Biodiversity Action Plan habitat) is now being converted into a saltmarsh by the Environment Agency, following the opening of the new tidal gate which has been designed to flush most of the area with sea water on a twice daily basis. The opening ceremony took place on Friday 8th July and featured briefly on BBC TV’s Spotlight.
The entire project has cost in the region of £300,000 we are told and the new salt marsh will take several years to develop. Meanwhile, look forward to a sea of mud! Many local people were opposed to the idea from the outset but, if nothing else, it will be very interesting to monitor the experiment. The Devon Wildlife Trust will be managing the new nature reserve on behalf of the Environment Agency.
You can find out more about the project and view some photographs of the ceremony at http://www.auneconservation.org.uk