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Dear Avon Estuary Forum participant or interested follower,
I am writing to invite you to take part in the project presented at the last AEF meeting (see notes – AEF March 2019 – SHORT).
What is this project about?
The criteria of ‘Natural Beauty’ underpin designation of the protected landscapes that cover 25% of England. Recent legislation (and guidance such as the 25 Year Plan for the Environment) increasingly focusses on ‘Enhancing Natural Beauty’.
But what will ‘Enhancing Natural Beauty’ mean in your area? Can you tell any ‘Future Stories’ of enhancement that you would wish for local places that are valuable to you?
What are the advantages of taking part?
You may find the project interesting and enjoy answering questions about your local landscape,
Once the study is finished it is hoped that your ‘future stories’ could help understanding of our connection to our local environment, which would be useful to the organisations and partnerships that protect and enhance it,
It might be possible to draw findings into a local exhibition, article, or online output.
What will you have to do if you agree to take part?
You will be asked to take part in one or more interviews, sometimes set in a location that you know and value. You will engage in discussion either alone or in groups and I will ask permission to record this interview.
Who: Anyone actively involved in living or working in or near the Avon Estuary
What: Interviews of at least an hour
Where: At a place of your choice, maybe even partly outdoors in the Estuary
When: Over the next few months: June – August
Please contact me to arrange an interview or ask questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to talking to you,
Postgraduate Researcher, Architecture
School of Art, Design and Architecture
Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision near Kingsbridge on Sunday [9 June] in which a man died. Emergency services were called at 5.50am after a blue Rover 25 overturned on the A381 near to Piers Cottage. The driver and sole occupant, a 30-year-old Kingsbridge man, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The road was closed for six-and-a-half hours while a specialist examination of the scene was carried out.
Police are asking for any witnesses to the collision or anyone with information to contact them via email@example.com or by phone on 101, quoting log number 0210 of 09/06/19.
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim’s non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing iTunes gift cards.
If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim’s address or, in some cases, deportation.
Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact with the victim.
In genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a later date.
If HMRC contact you via telephone they will quote the reference number on the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and will NOT demand immediate payment.
It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.
What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
Legitimate organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re likely the target of a scam
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud
What you need to know
Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official
The suspect will say either:
There has been fraudulent activity at the victims’ bank and the staff at the bank are involved, the victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation
A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victims’ assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police
The victims’ card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect, the victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police
What you need to do
Your bank or the police will never:
Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of ‘161’ to receive confirmation of the individual’s bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud
A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the goods the same day Often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication
Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password
Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping
Ask you to transfer money out of your account
Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books
You are receiving this message because you are registered On Devon and Cornwall Alert.
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NB This is a MAJOR diversion due to road closure
MONDAY 24 JUNE 2019
for a maximum of 5 days
Anticipated Finish MONDAY 24 JUNE 2019
Between the hours of 09:30 and 13:30
Committee Decisions – May
At the Development Management Committee in May, councillors debated 6 applications. Here is the one for StAnn’s Chapel:-
Address: Land at Holwell Farm, St Ann’s Chapel, TQ7 4AP
Proposal: Residential development to provide 13 dwellings with associated access, car parking, public open space and landscaping
The incoming new council at South Hams, reflects on the previous year and the challenges they now face.
Yesterday, Cllr Judy Pearce, the new Leader of South Hams District Council, presented the Council’s Annual report to the new Council. From the report, Cllr Pearce highlighted the many achievements from the last 12 months, including the new recycling, waste and cleansing contract, which will save the council £3 million.
She told the new Council, that they have also established an encouragingly positive relationship with the Homes and Communities Agency, which the new Council can build on over the coming years.
Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council said: “Members will appreciate that what is reported in the annual report took place under the last administration, and that it was written before the new Council has had an opportunity to set out the direction that the Council will take. However, there are some things that will remain unchanged and this gives us a good starting position.
“We know that while we have manged to set a balanced budget this year, we do have a forecast budget gap of £470,000 that will have to be filled. We managed to close the budget gap last year, but now we face the challenge again this year.
“We will continue to pursue the recommendations of the Peer Review, where we will continue to strive for a ‘right first time’ approach to customer service, and we also know that we want to work closer with our Town and Parish Councils; engaging, informing and listening to them on a more regular basis.”
Cllr Pearce concluded: “All this rests on running a lean and efficient Council, where finance, governance and good communications, both internal and external, are key. I am keen to foster better and more collaborative relationships between officers and Members at all levels.
“We are all trying to achieve the same goals, and if we all put our shoulder to the same wheel, it will undoubtedly turn more smoothly for the benefit of the whole District and our residents. I hope this will be reflected in next year’s annual report.”
The Annual report states that last year, the Council:
• Set a balanced budget of £8.83m
• Collected 2.7m tonnes of household waste
• Inspected 2,100 play parks
• Completed 2,433 planning applications
• Carried out 486 food inspections
• Awarded £253,000 in Community Grant Funding
• Supported 92 events
• Carried out 567 planning enforcement investigations
• Helped to deliver 69 affordable homes
• Picked up 53 fly tips
• Awarded £540,600 in Disabled Facilities Grants
• Collected 171 abandoned vehicles
• Prevented 520 households becoming homeless
The full Annual Report can be viewed here: https://www.southhams.gov.uk/article/5347/Council-Performance-and-Strategy