The Agenda may be found in the DOCUMENTS section of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP
Getting our local priorities right
People in the South Hams are being asked what local priorities they think the District Council should be focusing on in future.
Residents who give their views will get the chance to enter a prize draw to win a luxury hamper.
Currently, South Hams District Council has four key priority areas: community life, economy, environment and homes.
They are reviewed every year to make sure they are still the right goals, and that the council is focusing its work on the areas that will improve the quality of life for local people.
Residents are being asked to complete a Local Priorities Questionnaire where they can list which aspects of the council’s work are most important to them.
One lucky person who completes the online questionnaire will be picked at random to win a hamper of local food worth £50.
The District Council is working with its neighbour West Devon Borough Council and other organisations including Devon & Cornwall Police and Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to identify local priorities and deliver action plans that work towards them.
To complete the questionnaire go to the council’s website www.southhams.gov.uk
For more information call Sarah Brown on 01803 861234.
CLEAR Advantages to being prepared for an emergency
A new video and leaflet to help people prepare for an emergency is being launched this week as part of a campaign by the Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Resilience Forum (LRF). The LRF are encouraging people to take a few simple steps to ensure they are better prepared should an emergency occur.
Both the video and the leaflet encourage you to stay safe and have a CLEAR plan by following five easy steps:.
• Check the radio, television, social media or internet for weather warnings and news that might warn you that an emergency situation is likely to occur.
• Keep a List of important numbers and details (like insurance policy numbers and prescriptions) to hand.
• Have an Emergency Bag prepared with items that would help you
• Know how and when to Act, should the worst happen,
• This will all help you to Recover better once the emergency has passed.
The video can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/LRFclr13. The leaflet can be viewed in the Documents section of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP (LRF_CLEARplan_leaflet.pdf).
The affects of the recent floods have reminded us all of the benefits that taking a few simple steps in advance can have, like keeping important documents in a box up off of the floor, and the leaflet includes more helpful advice along these lines. But the campaign is not limited to helping those who could be affected by flooding. The advice applies to a variety of emergency situation that could cause people to either be confined to their homes or kept out of them for a number of days.
The campaign is being supported with a competition for anyone living in Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly under the age of 18. Based on the steps in the leaflet and video they are being asked to share their ideas on how to encourage people to prepare for an emergency using photographs or short films. Schools throughout the counties are being written to about the competition and details on how to enter are available on the LRF website along with the prizes. Please encourage schools or youth groups in your parish to get involved.
The LRF brings together experts from the Emergency Services, Local Government and the Health Services, amongst others, to ensure plans are in place to respond to major emergencies, to save lives, contain danger, protect the public and to minimise the effects so we can all return to normality as soon as possible. This campaign reflects the role we all have as individuals to ensure we are as prepared as we can be for an emergency.
For more information on this campaign or the work of the LRF please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would also be interested to hear any feedback from your members on the leaflet and video and about anything you do to promote emergency preparedness in your community.
Dominic Maxwell-Batten AEPS
Emergency Planning Officer
Devon County Council
THE LATEST EMERGENCY PLANNING LEAFLET IS INCLUDED IN THE ‘BIGBURY PARISH COUNCIL’ GROUP, ‘DOCUMENTS’ SECTION
You may have read the book or seen the film ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ which tells an entertaining story about an almost impossible task of introducing salmon into an inhospitable, waterless environment. Whilst discussing this film recently, I was disappointed by the lack of awareness about the measures currently being taken by the Aune Conservation Association and others to improve the stocks of game and other fish in the Avon, which to some extent mimic the efforts of the Yemeni sheikh in the film. I thought it time to set the record straight!
In the past, the Avon has been an excellent river for licensed salmon and sea trout fishing (historical data is provided in the FISHING section of the ECOLOGY page on our ACA website – http://auneconservation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/RIVER-AVON-FISH-CATCHES.pdf ). However, in 2011 the Environment Agency (EA) invited the public to help improve the river as a habitat for fish (in order to meet EU Water Framework Directive objectives by 2015). As a direct result, the ACA convened a group of interested organisations, the Devon Avon Water Quality Group or DAG, to pool knowledge and resources. After several meetings, these organisations agreed Terms of Reference and a set of objectives based upon the Salmon Action Plan (Avon & Erme) which was drawn up by the EA in 2003 but never enacted. At about the same time, funds became available from DEFRA’s new Catchment Restoration Fund and the Westcounty Rivers Trust, a member organisation of DAG, managed to secure almost £700,000 to improve the water quality of South Hams rivers via the so-called The South Hams Rivers Improvement Project (SHRImP). SHRImP will be addressing the DAG objectives over the next few years and progress will be reported via the DAG & SHRImP section of the ‘ECOLOGY’ page on our website (http://auneconservation.org.uk/?page_id=1821 ) where you can find more details about DAG membership, the group’s Terms of Reference and its objectives.
It is our hope that the population levels of sentinel fish species – eel, salmon and trout – which are excellent indicators of the overall health of a river will be restored to a state of abundance or to such a level that the river and its tributaries are achieving their full ecological carrying capacity. The challenges are many but we are certain that the South Hams offers a far more welcoming environment for fish than the Yemen!
The Agenda for the PC meeting of 11th July 2012 is available in the DOCUMENTS section of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP
Numbers were down a bit from last year but the 2012 Fun Run was still an excellent afternoon’s entertainment and fund-raising event for local causes.
Click on the link below to bring up the relevant results file for the 2012 Bigbury Fun Run :-
Fun Run 2012 Results – then click again on the file logo to see the table of runners and their times.
Some entrants weren’t too bothered about their times but made an excellent splash of colour! This lot was caught pausing for refreshments in Ringmore by Mike Wynne-Powell. Do you recognise anybody?