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New Amenity Group Representative Appointed To South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership Committee
SOUTH HAMS SOCIETY
9 October 2017
The South Devon AONB committee held its latest meeting at Blackpool Sands last week. In a move coordinated by the South Hams Society, a number of local amenity Groups combined together to nominate Geoffrey Osborn to act as their Representative on the Committee.
Previously the Local amenity Groups were represented on the Committee by Bob Harvey who stepped down from the role earlier in the year after many years of loyal service battling to protect the AONB.
Geoffrey is ideally suited to the role and as a retired chartered surveyor, has many years of experience in land management, rural affairs, planning, development in protected landscapes as well as an interest in conservation and wildlife.
After years of excellent work the services of one volunteer, John Simes, have been taken over by two new volunteers Trish Bagley (01548810053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) and Norman Botton (01548810385 or normanbotton@ hotmail.co.uk ).Please contact either of us if you find any problem with the footpaths that cannot be resolved there and then.
We are interested in hearing about any obstructions, overgrowths, fencing and gate/ style issues, poor surfaces, unclear signposting, and anything else you think needs to be addressed.
It would be helpful if you could pinpoint the problem and give its location either by stating the grid reference or give the footpath number: Failing that a description of its location will do. We can then liaise with the relevant landowner and attempt to resolve the issue.
With our thanks
Trish and Norman.
We’re all familiar with the rubbish left on beaches and in our lanes but do you ever consider the effects of light pollution in our beautiful environment?
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If you’d like to help keep the beaches around the estuary free of rubbish, you can come along on Saturday 30th September at 10.00am for a 1 – hour beach clean. The event is being organised by Amanda Keetley from ‘Less Plastic’ in association with ‘Surfers against Sewage’ and is being supported by Venus cafe, who will be providing free tea/coffee for volunteers (please BYO reusable mug!).
Meet on the beach below the free (surfers) car park, at the bottom of Folly Hill at 10.00am. HW will be around 1350. Please come suitably attired and observe our usual safety precautions (see guidelines at http://auneconservation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ACA-BEACH-CLEANS3.pdf). Gloves and bags will be provided.
Here is the link on Amanda’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/319088615222660
I hope to see you there!
If you fancy walking in beautiful surroundings to support Operation Henry, a local pancreatic cancer charity, please click on this link for details – http://www.operationhenry.com/challaborough-challenge/
Increasingly, the responsibility for services that we have all taken for granted is being farmed out to local volunteers. This is part of the ‘localism’ move to let local people take control of local matters but, obviously this move fits in well with the shortage of local government resources (i.e. cash) at District and County level. The latest initative is to farm out repairs to our roads. If you fancy a role as the parish’s Road Warden, please see the guidance notes below about the Road Warden and Self-Help schemes before contacting the parish Clerk or Chairman of the parish council. Contact details are posted under the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP.
As a dog owner and parish councillor, I hope to enlist your help in eliminating a scourge of South Hams’ beaches and footpaths. During a walk on the beach at Bigbury-on-Sea and on Burgh Island this week, I was disgusted at the number of black plastic ‘poo’ bags left lying at the side of the path or tied to bushes by irresponsible dog walkers after their pets had performed. These people obviously leave home with the intention of ‘emptying the dog’ because they are equipped with the necessary collection bags but they seem incapable of disposing of the fruits of their pet’s labours in the appropriate bins if they have to carry the full bags for more than a few metres. In Bigbury-on-Sea these bins are perfectly visible at the top of the main beach access points which beach users have to pass en route from the car parks and footways. The excuse that inadequate signage to dog bins is to blame just does not wash; if in doubt, TAKE IT HOME!
Many dog owners/ walkers do not appear to know that the failure to properly dispose of dog waste in a bin is as great an offence as leaving the mess unattended. As the SHDC website clearly states, ‘Dog Fouling is one of the top anti-social problems nationwide. Dog mess is unsightly, unpleasant & can spread disease, or in extreme cases, cause blindness. If you do not ensure that dog mess is picked up AND properly disposed of (my emphasis) a £80- £1000 Penalty may be payable under the District of South Hams Fouling of Land by Dogs Order 2013.
Come on dog walkers, clean up your dog’s act and help keep our beaches and footpaths ‘fit for purpose’ – ‘Bag It & Bin It’ for all our sakes!