Posts in category Bigbury Parish Council
Representations on behalf of Bigbury Parish Council to SHDC, concerning recent applications for demolition of Warren Cottage and Bay View Cafe
Valerie Scott, Chair of the Neighbourhood Planning Group, writes:-
I have been asked by the Chairman of Bigbury Parish Council to send to you the representations of Bigbury Parish Council to the above applications. The Parish Clerk is abroad at the moment and may not be in a position to send these to you until he returns.
I will be putting similar objections on behalf of the Bigbury Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group directly on to the on the websites.
The applications are in three separate parts, covering Warren Cottage, Bigbury Bay Cafe and the two buildings combined. Following the same pattern, the PC’s representations are as follows;-
Furthermore, I will try to prepare an article explaining the position for parishioners to enable them to write in letters of objection. Although there are very limited reasons that SHDC can give to refuse these applications ie relating to method of demolition and satisfactory restoration of the site I believe the presence of Japanese knotweed would be a reason to prevent any demolition until it has been fully eradicated or satisfactorily treated. The fencing to be left around the site following demolition is wholly unnecessary. It is not specified in the Method Report or shown on the post demolition plans. In fact the post demolition plans show specifically state that the existing vegetation and boundaries are to be retained. It is only in the letter from Ashfords Solicitors that the proposal to retain the fencing is mentioned. This is also wholly unacceptable as the fencing could be left in place for many months if not years as there is no planning approval in place for the redevelopment of this site.
There is no reason why people should not object to the principle of losing a heritage asset and an asset of community value (ACV). The site will retain its ACV status even if the Bay Café is demolished and the lawful use of the site remains as part residential/part Class A3 (café/restaurant).
SHDC has now received a detailed application for the demolition of Bay Cafe as per the following link:-
A general discussion of the application is likely to be added to the relevant item on the PC Agenda for 14th February.
The email communication set out below refers to the proposed installation of a new mast at Thurlestone Down which would offer many within the Bigbury Parish, particularly those living in Bigbury on Sea, a better Broadband signal. There will be an individual charge for those who wish to be able to use the signal. The cost is not yet known and depends on the number of users. However you can register interest without commitment by placing your details on the Bush Broadband website which is:
or telephone 0757 656 4242.
Both Thurlestone and Bigbury Parish Councils have agreed in principle to pay towards the cost of the installation of this mast and we are not expecting the cost for individual users to be particularly high. The map shown on the following link shows the likely coverage – Thurlestone NW Broadband. If you are in or close to the green area it would certainly be beneficial for you to at least register an interest.
We have been advised that registration will be on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.
The coverage map does not take account of trees which will block a radio signal from the transmitter. However, those who would be able to obtain a clear line of sight to this proposed mast should be able to receive over 10mbps of Broadband.
As stated above registering interest is without commitment so is probably worth doing if your current Broadband speeds are poor.
NB Our contact at Bush Broadband is:
0771 432 0272
“faster than the bush telegraph”
Reg.Office Linnacombe, Sourton EX20 4HX
Reg.Co.No.05119872 VAT No.264 3015 29
Bigbury Parish Council has been told that SHDC’s Licensing Department has received an application from the Venus Company Ltd to vary the premises licence for Venus Café, Lower Car Park, The Warren, Bigbury on Sea, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4AZ.
The application is to:
Include the sale of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises, Monday to Sunday between the hours of 16:00 and 18:30 (currently 11:00 to 16:00 and 18:30 to 22:30) and;
to remove the condition that alcohol must be sold as ancillary to food.
This item will be included for discussion on the Agenda of the Parish Council meeting on 14th February. Any interested parties should attend to make their views known.
The road through Easton will be closed between 0800-1600,12th-16th February to establish a new electricity supply to Long Easton. The precise timing of the closure is uncertain but it is unlikely to last throughout the stated closure period, according to Western Power Distribution.
See notice- WPD
Steve Radford of Parkdean’s Challaborough site has issued the following warning about possible interference to some parishioners’ TV signals, with apologies for late notice:
‘Due to recent storm damage we need to replace the digital receiver and mast on the headland at Challaborough. We were hoping to complete the changeover in a day but due to the complex digital arrangements and the need to replace the whole set up, the the changeover will take approximately 10 days. We intend to start works on Tuesday 30th January. Once the works have been completed we will inform the local Parish councils and it is likely that affected residents will need to re tune their TV’s’.
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
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