The Minutes of Bigbury Parish Council’s meeting on 8th January 2020 are available in the DOCUMENTS section of the Parish Council area; sub-category MINUTES.
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THE DATE FOR THE REFERENDUM ON BIGBURY’S NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN HAS BEEN SET FOR THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 2020.
If you value the opportunity to exercise greater control on development within our parish, please go along to the Memorial Hall, StAnn’s Chapel, and vote in favour of accepting the plan.
The Minutes of the meeting of 11th December 2019 are available in the DOCUMENTS section of the Parish Council area of this website.
A vacancy has arisen for the position of Parish Councillor for Bigbury. Please see the formal Notice:-
Intending applicants should note the following:-
1) Applicants have to be eligible – i.e. be on the electoral register in the Parish or in very exceptional circumstances live close to (but outside) the Parish Boundary.
2) Applicants need to be aware of the requirement to attend meetings – and the consequence of not doing so.
This has been a factor in three of the last four changes.
3) Applications need to be submitted in writing to Clerk – email@example.com
4) Applications should include details of any prior experience and personal interests (preferably relevant to the community) BUT most importantly some statements about how they will add value to the Council and by default the Community.
The Clerk will schedule ‘interviews’ for potential candidates ahead of the February PC meeting.
As most people are aware Connecting Devon and Somerset cancelled the Gigaclear contract in September 2019 and are about to embark on a re-tendering exercise.
The Connecting Devon and Somerset website has more detail of the reasons for this decision and the status of the overall plan as they see it today..
Gigaclear have advised our Clerk today that a significant amount of installation work has been completed across Bigbury Parish, including the installation of cabinets. Gigaclear are keen to get some financial return for their efforts and investment and as such are currently preparing a plan as how they can connect people, should individuals choose Gigaclear as their provider of choice.
Gigaclear advise the detail of this plan should be available within the next 2-3 months and when complete, it is their intention to mail drop every resident with a copy setting out the status of the infrastructure project and options open to residents to connect.
The Agenda is available in the DOCUMENTS section of the Parish Council area of this website.
7 million tonnes of food waste each year in the UK.
1/4 of the waste in our bin lorries, is food waste that could have been recycled.
End the horror this Hallowe’en and recycle your pumpkin.
As if Hallowe’en wasn’t scary enough. Just think of all that food waste that could have been recycled.
This year you could make a huge difference to the amount of food waste produced in the South Hams, with one simple change: when you’re finished with your pumpkin, either home compost it or put it in your brown bin.
Any kind of food waste can be placed in your brown bin, whether cooked or uncooked, and the material goes to make soil conditioner for use in farms around the UK. You can wrap your food waste in biodegradable food waste bags, or in newspaper if you prefer.
Cllr Keith Baldry, South Ham’s District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “The real horror at Hallowe’en is the tragic waste of so many pumpkins, which could have been recycled into soil conditioner to grow more for next year. Around the South Hams we still see approximately a quarter of food waste placed in the grey bin, so by putting your pumpkin in the brown bin this year, you could make a real difference.”
And if you’re wondering what to do with the inside of your pumpkins? Well, why not make some delicious pumpkin soup, pie or curry? The possibilities are endless – just search pumpkin on www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes
Don’t let your pumpkin become another Hallowe’en horror – recycle for the South Hams!
At a recent ‘Water Resilience Summit”, organised by the Westcountry Rivers Trust, there was concern expressed about the impact of climate change on the future availability of water for domestic use. Wildly fluctuating temperatures and rainfall patterns mean that water supply may become much more unpredictable and problematic. Water companies can control supplies through management of supply (quantity & quality) and delivery (improving infrastructure, reducing leaks, better treatment methods) but demand is largely in the hands of consumers. Changing demographics and socio-economic trends have meant that the national UK average for an individual’s daily water consumption is 140 litres/day (l/d). Denmark’s equivalent is only 88l/d. The UK target is 50 l/d!
What can you to to help meet this ambitious target to ensure that supplies do not run short? The answer’s are obvious: don’t use the bath or, alternatively, share the bath water with a friend; don’t flush the lavatory every time you use it – if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down; don’t run the tap when brushing your teeth; use a rain water butt to store water for the garden instead of using tap water; generally, be far more water conservation conscious and pass the message on to others.
By the use of relatively small measures, everybody can help to secure a water resilient future for our children and grandchildren.