Bigbury Bay Golf Club Ltd Registered No. 6929632 Vat No. 236 1893 93
As you may know, I was asked by our Chairman to continue to maintain the relationship with our landlord since the Bantham Estate was purchased by Nicholas Johnston. Stephen and I have been steadily working toward replacing the highly restrictive lease that would otherwise remain in place until 2030 and includes some very challenging financial obligations.
We are delighted to advise you that Nicholas Johnston has agreed to the basic principles of a joint long term strategy that will help secure the future of our Club. I have explained some key elements below and ask you to please share these as widely as possible to ensure all members and especially potential members understand this positive development.
1) Nicholas Johnston continues to express his great appreciation that our Golf Club is an important part of his Estate. He has again confirmed that he has no desire to use the course for any other reasons. He specifically has no intention to use the course to extend the pheasant shoot, or for building purposes or any activity that would interfere with golf in any way. His ambition is for the Club to remain a prosperous Member owned and run asset, as we are now.
2) We are actively working with the Estate on the details of our joint strategy which includes an entirely new long term lease. We have a shared intention to complete this work over the next few months.
3) We have the Estates assurance that providing the strategy is successfully delivered, all outstanding deferred rent payments will be cancelled.
4) As an interim gesture of his commitment to the Club, Nicholas has also agreed to an additional reduction in our rent payments. This is a generous offer and underpins his support for the Club and the local community, and his ambition for Bigbury Golf Club to remain a vibrant business.
5) The Estate have agreed that a permanent Air Ambulance Landing Site will be created between the carpark and practice bunker. This again demonstrates the Estates view of our Club as an important community asset that they wish to support.
The financial generosity offered to the Club as part of the strategy will need to be balanced by the successful development of a limited and contained residential scheme on the Estate, but outside the Golf Course boundary. The Estate will be progressing this scheme over the next 12 months.
We will be releasing a press announcement jointly with the Estate, building on these key points.
In recent months many of us have been greatly troubled to hear of all sorts of ridiculous rumours circulating about the relationship between our landlord and the Club, none of which have been constructive. We hope that this very clear and positive statement will squash these rumours and demonstrate to all those interested that we continue to build a solid future. Please do your best to immediately correct any negative and unfounded discussion which can only damage our Club.
Richard Adcock and Stephen Price
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Here's a short video about the Bay View Cafe and the struggle to keep it – as the story stands now. Of course things are likely to change and we could just have a pile of rubble in a few months time if the developers get their way so object to the applications to demolish the cafe.
Posted by Johnny Morris on Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Deciding which services to protect and which ones to change
It’s that time of year again when local authorities, Town and Parish Councils and the emergency services set their budget for the next financial year.
As they look ahead they will be deciding how they can continue to deliver essential front line services, which services they could cut and if they need to collect more money from residents through council tax.
On Thursday 1 February, South Hams District Council will be laying out how it plans to spend its budget next year, and it looks like councillors will have to make some tough decisions.
Cllr John Tucker, Leader of South Hams District Council said: “As we have been saying for a number of years now, the amount of money that we get from central government to pay for services has been reducing. It is therefore inevitable that we are proposing to increase Council Tax by the maximum that we are allowed to increase it by and that is £5 a year on a band D property.
“A number of the proposals that we have put forward to deal with the budget gap in recent months have failed to gain support and we are now in a position where we are going to have to cut some of our non-statutory services in order to protect the statutory front line services. Even some of the frontline services such as recycling and waste may need to change in order for us to balance the books.”
Statutory services in the South Hams (these are services that the council has to provide) include recycling and waste, licencing, planning, environmental health, looking after the homeless, administering benefits and collecting Council Tax and Business Rates.
Non-statutory Services in the South Hams (these are services which the council currently provides, but is not required to provide by law) include public toilets, garden waste collection, grant funding and lifeguarding.
Cllr Tucker continued: “The changes to the non-statutory services which we are considering include closing public toilets, installing pay on entry or giving them to local communities to run, reducing partnership grants and reducing the amount of lifeguarding we provide on private beaches.
“In addition to this if we stop accepting cash and cheques at our offices, we can make an instant saving. Another way for us to change how we operate is to increase charges for some of the services we provide or increase the amount of property we own and rent it out. Providing beach huts is one way other councils have generated an income.”
All of these proposals will be discussed at the next meeting of the South Hams District Council’s Executive on Thursday 1st February, before being taken to full council for approval on 22 February.
Cllr Tucker concluded: “We do not like having to make cuts and increase fees, but there is only so much money in our budget. We will continue to bring forward proposals to help us generate an income, but our objective right now is to balance the budget for next year and continue to provide a good level of service to the public.”
Balancing the budget is an ongoing task for South Hams District Council every year, and they are encouraging residents who have questions, are concerned or who would like to be part of the ongoing discussions with the Council about the future of the services, to speak to their District Councillor, join a District Council focus group and join the conversation.
For more information see www.southhams.gov.uk/news. The full budget papers can be seen at http://mg.swdevon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=149&MId=497&Ver=4
Please be aware that telephone calls to and from the Council may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.
Following a local incident involving a potentially hazardous bonfire emitting noxious fumes and causing distress to neighbours, it may be worth pointing out that in the event of an environmental hazard the Environment Agency has a 24/7 hotline on 0800 80 70 60. They will log any incident, investigate and follow it up with personal feedback.
Whether its commercial and potentially hazardous bonfires or water pollution, they are there to help.
Valerie Scott (Chairperson of Bigbury’s Neighbourhood Planning Group) writes – I enclose an article (Article re Planning Appeal St Ann’s Chapel ) about the planning appeal which has just been made in respect of the proposed development of 8 dwellings at St Ann’s Chapel. This application was firmly opposed by the Parish Council and the community and it is important that people should be aware that they can now make representations to the Planning Inspectorate. I also attach a plan of the proposed development ( StAnn’s Chapel Layout plan ).
The Parish Council, which owns the lay-by, wishes to make this unusual community asset a more attractive site for both locals and holidaymakers. They seek the views of the local community to ensure the concept and design meet the expectations of residents.
See link for details and photograph:- Lay-by
A local resident has reported that there is Palm Oil washed up on the beach at Ayrmer Cove.
If so, no doubt it will also be along our immediate coast line.
Please stay alert and remember if your dog eats this it could prove fatal!