The following three files decribe the AONB events for the months of August, september and October. Just click on the link.
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South Hams District Council is looking at new ways to move forward with their recycling and waste service.
The South Hams has enjoyed a high recycling rate for some years and is currently second in the Devon ratings, however changes in legislation, rising market costs and decreases in the value of recycling material, make it more and more difficult to meet ever-changing needs without a change to our service.
Many other councils already enjoy a weekly collection of recycling materials from the kerbside. In order to improve our current service we need to increase the number of materials we collect from the kerbside weekly to include glass, textiles, plastic pots, tubs and trays and offer a weekly food waste collection service.
The Council is looking to align its service with our Devon neighbours to make sure we divert as much useful recycling material as possible from incineration. This means, a service will be designed which has the greatest environmental and cost benefits we can operationally achieve, and which is similar in design to that of other councils in the area.
By having a similar recycling and waste system across the county, it will make the service easier for residents if they move between authorities. It also helps us to benefit from economies of scale when selling recycling materials and helps the County Council to provide cost effective disposal routes.
The move to the Devon Aligned Service is likely to be in place by the end of September 2020 to allow time for changes to take place with the least disruption to residents.
A procurement project is also currently underway to look at testing our frontline services for recycling and waste, street and toilet cleaning in the market place. This means a company could be contracted to deliver these services on behalf of South Hams District Council if they can offer better value for money and a better quality of service can be achieved. The Council is doing this to improve both the cost and quality of services to householders.
Cllr Rufus Gilbert, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said: “We are working really hard under very difficult economic circumstance to deliver a quality service which is cost effective and environmentally friendly. By looking at the potential benefits of outsourcing our services and aligning to the Devon waste and recycling service, we will be addressing both of these targets.
“It is a really exciting time and it’s important to us that we get it right for our residents.”
Salcombe Harbour Authority is advising those taking to the water this summer on how to stay safe on boats.
Following a serious, but rare, incident at the weekend involving youngsters on the water, and in a bid to encourage locals and visitors to keep safe while having fun in the harbour, the Harbour Master is sharing key boat safety information.
The campaign aims to remind boat users to wear a ‘kill cord’. This red cord has a quick-release fastening at one end and a clip at the other. The quick-release fastening is attached to the boat’s instrument panel and the other end is attached securely to the driver; making sure that the outboard engine cuts out if the driver falls overboard.
This is especially important to avoid another ‘Padstow’ type incident where a family suffered fatalities and life changing injuries when they were thrown from their boat and collided with it, while it was out of control in a high speed turn.
Salcombe Harbour Master, Cameron Sims-Stirling, said: “We want everyone to enjoy everything the harbour has to offer and to do that, we call on boat owners to take sensible precautions before taking to the water.”
If you are planning on driving small pleasure boats this summer, there are no set requirements for safety equipment, however, it is important that you are properly equipped before going on the water.
Have a safe day out by remembering to use:
life jackets which fit
stay within the speed limit – 6 knots (kts) in the estuary
don’t mix alcohol and boating
All equipment should be checked regularly for damage to make sure it is fit for purpose. It is also important that lifejackets come in different sizes, so make sure you have one which fits you properly.
South Hams District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, Cllr Rufus Gilbert, said: “It is important that this safety message is heard far and wide by both our residents and our visitors. We hope that accidents can easily be avoided if these simple measures are followed.”
Come to the Extraordinary Parish Council meeting at 7.00pm on 25th July in the Memorial Hall to find out more (the full Agenda is listed separately)
Telent Gigaclear Work
Under the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) broadband program, Telent have orders to connect circa 12,000 homes and businesses will benefit from access to a new ultrafast full fibre network built by Gigaclear direct to each property.
We are planning to shortly start a community build program of works within your Parish. We would like to provide the Parish representatives with the opportunity to review this build and provide any further detail you may require. We are also happy, as required to attend any of your Parish meeting to present the build plan and answer any quires you may have. If you would like to take up this offer please contact the telent Project Manager as detail below.
We are planning to carry out works in the following community imminently –
Current planned start and finish dates for this complete community area are –
Start – 01/08/18
Finish – 22/10/18
Please find below the Traffic Management Plans for this community area. This overview plan shows the planned trench rout and the traffic management we will be using to complete. These dates for the Proposed Build are subject to change depending on progress rates and other commitment. However, these details are our current plans. For up to date detail build notices please refer to Roadworks.Org
The work will involve road closures and diversion but we are aiming to maintain access for all residents and attempting to minimise disruption.
All residents and businesses will be contacted directly by letter and visits to the property if we plan to directly impact on your access or street.
Our Build Representative are as follows –
Name – Wyn Morgan
Telephone Number – 07967783438
Project Manager are as follows –
Name – Jody Walker
Email – Jody.Walker@telent.com
In May this year the Councillors from South Hams District Council approved a high level corporate strategy to guide how they deliver council services over the next five years. Against a backdrop of reduced funding from central government, they wanted to set a realistic overarching vision of what they would like to achieve in the District.
Now they want to share these high level themes with the public, and for the public to share their thoughts on what they think the council should prioritise under each of them.
Leader of South Hams District Council, Cllr John Tucker, explains: “Earlier in the year councillors got together to discuss and agree how we could have a positive impact on the lives of our residents by providing good value and easy to use services. So we set ourselves six key themes to help us categorise that work: Council, Homes, Communities, Enterprise, Environment and Wellbeing.
“Now we would like to hear from you, our residents and businesses, under each of our carefully considered themes, what do you think we should prioritise?”
Starting during Democracy Week for eight weeks South Hams District Council is asking residents and businesses to complete a short Survey. Once complete the Council will share its findings and use them to guide how they plan to deliver services over the next five years.
Cllr Tucker continued: “There is no better time than Democracy week to launch this survey. We are really keen to build strong bonds with our communities and our residents. Good, meaningful engagement is the future for us and we would encourage all of our residents to spare just five minutes of their time to tell us what they think.
As one of this year’s inaugural Democracy week slogan says “every voice matters” and we want to hear yours.
“Regardless of who we are or where we are from, we must work together to make sure that every member of society has an equal chance to take part in our democracy and to have their say.” The Cabinet Office #talkdemocracy
To find our more visit our new engagement portal: Join The Conversation
Access the survey: Corporate Strategy – Have Your Say
Please help us to keep your river and estuary as you would like them by buying a lotto ticket (or two!). Click on the following link for details:-
NEWSFLASH: The October Challenge is open for entries!
This October we are challenging you to give back to the Path and join our final push towards raising £40,000 on the trail’s 40th birthday in 2018. All you have to do is get out on the Path during October and raise whatever you can – whether that’s £4, £40 or £400. Come to one of our exciting hosted hikes, or head to the Path in your own time to raise funds for its future.
Check out the busy programme of hosted hikes we have planned for you and register on our website at https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/:
Stories of St Agnes, History & Legends Walk
Join local historian Roger Radcliffe and National Trust lead ranger Steve Sudworth for an atmospheric stroll taking in the sights, sounds and stories of this beguiling stretch of Cornish coast. Set to the beautiful backdrop of the open ocean, this unique walk will excite the imagination as you are treated to stories of folklore, mining, shipwrecks and intriguing local characters in a two-hour exploration from St Agnes to Porthtowan, finishing as the sun sets.
Flaming Torchlit Trail – Dorset, Night Walk
This is a very special circular walk around Langdon Hill and then climbing to the top of Golden Cap, before returning to your start point. Carry your own flaming torch and see the Cap in a whole different light, enjoying the panoramic moonlit views across Lyme Bay. There is a steep climb and steps on the path to the top of beautiful Golden Cap, the very highest point on the south coast of England.
Start the Path, 10 Mile Hike
Always wanted to tick off the first leg off the Path? Here is your chance to walk the iconic first 10 miles with us leading the way! Leave the pavements of Minehead and head across the Holnicote estate through woodland, along steep cliff tops, farm tracks and up and down beautiful wooded combes with bracken, gorse and bubbling streams, landscapes that inspired some of our most famous romantic poets from Wordsworth to Coleridge. There is a lot to look out for, as the Exmoor coast provides a rich habitat for many beautiful and rare species of flora and fauna, including red deer.
Fowey Foraging Walk, With Wild Food Expert
Join foraging expert Stuart Woodman, who many of you will recognise from BBC2’s Back to the Land with Kate Humble, for a walk along the Cornish coast near Fowey and learn about the wild edible plants growing along the Path at this time of year, including ideas and suggestions for culinary and medicinal uses. A unique opportunity to add a new dimension to your appreciation and understanding of the nature of the Coast Path, beyond the marvellous sea-views!
Stories of Salcombe, History & Legends Walk
From shipwrecks and look outs, to Bronze Age farming, and the Civil war, there are lots of characters and tales to discover on this walk from the mouth of the Salcombe Estuary, around the South West Coast Path to Gara Rock. Your expert guide from the South Devon AONB will bring the walk to life for explorers of all ages! From Gara Rock your stunning route heads back down through Rickham to Mill Bay.
Torbay Wildlife Watch, Family Nature Walk
Living Coasts’ Learning Coordinator, Tom James will introduce the local wildlife to lookout for and record on your species-spotting card during this walk around one of Torbay’s limestone plateaux. You will travel through an area once cultivated by Victorian gardeners, but now preserved as a wildlife conservation area, rich in rare plants and with its own colony of horseshoe bats. Children will love the dramatic outlook over the cliffs and the adventure playground feel of the route. For added excitement, there will be a family-friendly activity at the midway point, Daddyhole Plain!
Flaming Torchlit Trail – Devon, Night Walk
Join this magical evening flaming torch lit walk around Coleton Fishacre and Froward Point. Carry your own flaming torch and navigate along this beautiful stretch of Coast Path, viewing it in a whole different light. The walk will take in the WWII gun battery at Froward Point and the stunning garden at Coleton Fishacre, before returning you to your start point, which weather permitting will provide panoramic moonlit views of Torbay South Devon and Dartmoor.
Finish the Path, 10 Mile Hike
We start at the dramatic Durlston Castle for the last 10 miles of the Path. High, level cliff walking between St Aldhelm’s Head and Durlston Head is followed by easy walking along Swanage promenade. As you walk through open grassland and woodland around Studland, keep a look out for bottle-nose dolphins and take time to enjoy spectacular views of the chalk stacks of Old Harry. Three miles of sandy beaches running all the way to South Haven Point offer plenty of opportunities to take in the view across Poole Bay. Just before Sandbanks the famous SWCP steel sculpture marks the end of your route.
October Time Trial, Trail Running Challenge
This October, the Plymouth Coastal Runners are bringing back their infamous month-long Time Trail for the South West Coast Path Challenge! Like last year, there are four distances: 6.5km, 10.0km, 16.0km or ‘The Triple’ (all three consecutively, a total of 33km!). Participants have the whole of the month (1st-31st October) to run the routes as many times as they want, with their fastest time for each segment being recorded on the final leader board. Will you top the board this year?
We hope to see you at one of these events – make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!
Remember if you can’t make any of these, you can still get involved by hosting your own Coast Path fundraiser. Bring on October!
Thanks so much for supporting the Path,
The South West Coast Path Association