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Due to popular demand this year from the students of Wageningen University, Holland, we are looking to host 42 students in June 2019. Students are aged between 18-20 and already speak excellent English. We match up students to placements across Devon so that they can then undertake social research, conducted on issues facing people in your community. What they discover and find out can be insightful to you as well as to them.
Devon is the most popular of the venues offered to students; it is the welcome and care given by our hosts that has earnt us a reputation as the place to study. What they mainly require from you is bed and board and a little bit of local knowledge and assistance with travel. A modest payment of £350 per student accommodated will be paid to you. Over the years we have built up a pool of regular hosts, but we need to expand this due to the increasing number of students and need for additional locations.
If you or someone you know might be interested in hosting a student from Thursday 13th – Wednesday 26th June this year and wish to find out a little more about this opportunity, then we have attached an information leaflet as well as an expression of interest form. Please read and share the attached information letter and for those who wish to host, just complete the expression of interest form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org .If you would like to have an informal chat with us before returning the form, please call 01392 248919 and speak to Lisa or me.
Devon Communities Together
Local authority precept agreed.
Following today’s Police and Crime Panel the 2019/20 local authority precept for Devon and Cornwall Police has been agreed.
Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “I note the views of the Police and Crime Panel today and their agreement to raise the council tax precept by 41 pence a week for a Band C property.
“While I don’t under estimate the impact of rising costs for our communities, an increase in precept is the only way I can provide a sustainable policing service for the communities of Devon and Cornwall.
“I will now be working closely with the OPCC, emphasising my own priorities as well as those in the Police and Crime Plan.
“We still have some significant funding challenges ahead – financing a changing pension picture, increasing public demand for service and the huge swell of population summer brings to our region being just some of those areas.
“But I will do everything possible to work with the OPCC to maintain, and wherever possible, increase frontline policing across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”
Chief Constable Sawyer added: “Government funding remains a huge personal frustration as my force has for many years, and continues, to fall foul of the Home Office funding formula of police forces.
“The geography and population of Devon and Cornwall means we do not get a fair slice of funding compared to other – often more urban forces.
“Against the most basic national averages, our communities in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly receives 26 pence of government funding per day per head of population compared to an average of 33 pence in other areas.
“If we received the average from government we could potentially invest £40m more into frontline policing – reflecting the enormous challenges of policing our rural, urban and coastal communities.
“I’ve also no doubt that Government funding will not be increasing significantly in the coming years – further austerity is a more realistic assumption. So to simply stand still we have to ask the public for more.
“That cannot be right and I am committed to continuing to lobby Government, with the OPCC, to remedy this long standing discrimination to our force.”
Investing in Kingsbridge
79 Bedroom Hotel to be Built on Council land in Kingsbridge.
Last week South Hams moved a step closer to building a new hotel in Kingsbridge, that could add an extra £3.9m to the local economy per year.
Cllr John Tucker, Leader of South Hams District Council explains: “The plot of land where the hotel would be built is in Rope Walk, behind the leisure centre in Kingsbridge. It is derelict at the moment, but it is the ideal spot for a hotel which is in easy walking distance of the town. We are delighted to have interest in this site in Kingsbridge from a major UK hotel operator, it demonstrates confidence in the Town and will be a boost the whole of the area.”
Executive Councillors at South Hams approved a multi-million pound investment into the project. The project will be subject to planning approval and confirmation of funding at Full Council and it would take approximately two years to be built.
The project hits the key deliverables set out in the Council’s Commercial Property Strategy of supporting regeneration and economic activity. It is an excellent example of the Council investing financially in its area, to the benefit of the District.
This month has seen the relaunch of the 50:100 Club.
Spaces on this are £10 each for ten months’ entry.
Half the money goes in prizes and the other half towards the upkeep of the Hall.
So the more tickets that are sold, the bigger the prizes.
Last year, thanks to the efforts of Rita and Mike Baker and Dane, we managed to sell all 100 spaces.
The first draw will take place in January although. of course, you can buy spaces throughout the year at a pro rata rate.
Spaces can be bought at Holywell Stores or through Rita and Mike (tel. 01548 810792).
Devon & Cornwall Police has a simple message to all drivers this Christmas – don’t risk driving if you’ve had even one drink or have taken drugs.
Inspector Peter Thomas of the Alliance Roads Policing Team, said: “Alcohol and drugs impair many of the functions necessary for safe driving; reaction times and spatial awareness are affected significantly. This may still be the case the morning after, depending on how much alcohol you consumed the night before and when you stopped drinking.
“If police think you are unfit to drive through consumption of alcohol, even if your breath test registers lower than the prescribed limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath you can still be arrested and may be charged with an offence. In short, you do not have to be drunk to be a drink driver. Don’t risk it.
“It’s not just you that’s at risk. You could kill or seriously injure another person. Drink and drug driving destroys people’s lives and those of their families. Avoiding this happening is as simple as planning ahead, leaving the car at home and using a taxi, public transport or designated driver to get home.”
Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, said: “This summer my team spoke to over 5,000 people about all forms of irresponsible road use and drink driving was one of their main issues.
“We know that more people risk drinking and driving over the Christmas period but if you’re thinking of doing that I want to tell you that because we’ve invested more resources in roads policing this year you’re more likely to get caught. The consequences of that for you and the people you love can be devastating.”
Between 1 December 2018 and 1 January 2019 a number of special operations, in addition to vigilant day to day roads policing, have been organised by the now enhanced Alliance Roads Policing team, Alliance Roads Policing Specials and No Excuse team, working with armed response vehicle (ARV) police officers and neighbourhood policing teams and in partnership with Highways England and the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership.
The force will not announce in advance where and when these are happening. These include Operation Tramline which uses an unmarked HGV cab, supplied by Highways England, to provide an unprecedented platform from which to spot offences; Operation Logjam which concentrates on speeding and the “morning after” when the roads are full of morning commuters and increased commercial traffic, and a range of local operations targeting morning after drivers and those who have been out drinking in the evening.
Sergeant Jon-Kerridge-Smith, leading the No Excuse team, said: “We are targeting irresponsible drivers.
“Breath tests will be taken from all drivers involved in collisions, irrespective of whether or not they suspect a drink driving offence. Drivers can also expect to be tested if stopped for an offence.”
Drugwipe sample kits will be used at the roadside on drivers suspected of being unfit to drive through drugs, and provide an instant result.
“Over the past decade, nationally, we’ve significantly reduced the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads and we are passionate about ensuring we continue this downward trend. We will continue to do this through enforcement and education, making drivers think twice before they get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.”
“I don’t want myself, or any of the Alliance roads policing officers, to have to knock on someone’s door this Christmas to break the devastating news that a father, mother, son, daughter or partner is never coming home again.”
If you are concerned about someone drinking and driving and it is going to happen immediately, call 999 or report anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Otherwise email email@example.com
More information, and a range of downloadable posters and leaflets about drink driving can be found on the Devon & Cornwall Police website:www.dc.police.uk/drinkdriving
CONNECTING DEVON & SOMERSET
Dear Parish Clerk,
Just a reminder that our Broadband User Survey closes on Sunday 9 December.
The survey aims to capture people’s broadband needs and compare whether these needs are being met by the service they receive. The survey is open to all residents and businesses within Devon and Somerset and in addition to capturing the impact from the new infrastructure, it will help us identify the broadband needs across our counties and the data will influence our future Digital Strategy.
Our Broadband User Survey asks questions about current available speeds, what homes or businesses can and cannot do with their existing broadband and the levels of satisfaction with their provider. The survey typically takes about five minutes to complete online and can be found at www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/broadband-user-survey.
We are keen for the survey to be completed by as many local residents and businesses as possible so please feel free to share the survey link to help promote it and bring it to the awareness of their local communities.
The December edition of BN for 2018 is available now: >BIGBURY NEWS>DOCUMENTS>CATEGORIES>BIGBURY NEWS