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Issued: 11 June 2020
A plea to visitors to take litter home, has come from Devon councils following huge quantities of litter fly tipped on the region’s beaches and countryside.
Across Devon, councils are experiencing high levels of litter left abandoned around waste bins. The advice to picnickers who have been flocking to beaches and open spaces to enjoy the recent spell of sunny weather is, if the bins have already filled up, take your litter home to recycle.
Despite regular daily collections of waste bins across the length and breadth of the county, councils are simply overwhelmed with the huge quantities of full bags of picnic waste which is being abandoned, some of it never having been attempted to put into bins.
Rubbish left around bins, which is classified as fly tipping, causes the likelihood of rubbish being blown into the sea causing pollution of the region’s beautiful coastlines, harm to marine life and an increase in vermin and seagulls who scavenge for leftovers.
When residents and visitors are meeting friends and family outdoors due to the current lockdown measures in place, the message from councils is very clear: if the bins are full, take your rubbish home.
Respect your environment
Respect your local community
Don’t expect others to clean up your mess where you’ve abandoned it
Don’t be a Covidiot
Cllr Keith Baldry South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “We know that most of our residents and visitors care about the South Hams and its beautiful environment and they join us in their anger over the actions of some people following the relaxation of the Covid lockdown. Be under no illusion, this is not just a South Hams issue, it’s happening nationwide and we need to stop it now before it gets too late.
“We know it is our responsibility to empty the bins regularly, which we do. But it is up to everyone to play their part and take responsibility for their own actions too. It is simply unbelievable that normally rational people think it is okay to abandon their rubbish in public spaces simply because the bin may be full. They wouldn’t leave their rubbish on a pavement if the bin was empty, so why leave it just because a bin has filled up?
“If you can manage to carry a bag of picnic food and drink to the beach, the park or countryside, and the bins have become overfull, then please use that same bag to carry the rubbish back home for recycling.
“Please do let us know if a bin is full by reporting it online and we will get there as quickly as possible to empty it. I would also strongly urge you to report incidents of fly tipping to us.”
The Councils’ Enforcement Officers are out and about patrolling the region and will be issuing on the spot fines of £100 to those caught littering.
For further information on reporting fly tipping or a full bin, please visit: www.southhams.gov.uk/reportit
Innovative domestic abuse and sexual violence programme launches in Devon and Torbay
IRIS programme rolls out across Devon and Torbay
A national programme to help GPs identify patients experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence and refer them to specialist support services is being rolled out across Devon and Torbay.
Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) is a successful general-practice based domestic abuse and sexual violence training and referral programme developed and coordinated by the social enterprise, IRISi.
It’s the first of its kind in the area and will see domestic abuse and sexual violence specialists work in partnership with local clinical leads to co-deliver training and support in up to 50 general practices across Devon and Torbay. Read the full story here – https://www.devonnewscentre.info/innovative-domestic-abuse-and-sexual-violence-programme-launches-in-devon-and-torbay/
Devon Communities Together
First Aid, Health and Wellbeing Training
at the Devon Community Learning Academy
These excellent courses will ensure that your organisation is fully up to speed with first aid, health, safety and wellbeing issues that your colleagues and clients could face …
15th, 19th November or 11th December – Level 3 RQF Emergency First Aid at Work
What to expect: This one-day course is excellent for anyone who wishes to learn emergency first aid life saving skills.
Location and prices: Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth Exeter from 09:15 – 16:15. To book and for further information about pricing, please contact Amplio Training direct on the link below.
21st November – Seated Vitality Chair Based Exercise Train the Trainer
What to expect: Age UK Devon offers a comprehensive Seated Vitality Training Package for staff, volunteers and individuals who wish to engage with and support groups of people, or individuals, with compromised mobility to engage in chair based exercises.
Location and prices: Devon Communities Together, Exeter from 09:00 – 16:00. £86.83
29th November – Safeguarding Adults
What to expect: Legislation such as the Care Act 2014 means you need to understand and develop your workforce in order to prevent abuse and to recognise and respond effectively. This course is suitable for organisations, groups and community centres that have a duty of care in protecting adults who are at risk of harm or abuse.
Location and prices: Devon Communities Together, Exeter, from 09:15 – 12:30. £49.10 for members of Devon Communities Together, £59.88 for Charities, Community Groups or Parish and Town Councils that are not members of Devon Community Together or £76 for Private Sector organisations and Statutory Local Authorities
29th November – Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
What to expect: The course includes the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) – a set of checks that aims to make sure that any care that restricts a person’s liberty is both appropriate and in their best interests. People working in social care must have an awareness of and be able to implement this act in their daily practice.
Location and prices: Devon Communities Together, Exeter, from 13:00 – 16:00. £49.10 for members of Devon Communities Together, £59.88 for Charities, Community Groups or Parish and Town Councils that are not members of Devon Community Together or £76.00 for Private Sector organisations and Statutory Local Authorities.
Various dates – Fire Warden and Fire Extinguisher Training
What to expect: Devon Communities Together is working in partnership with Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue, which is a provider of first-class fire warden and fire extinguisher training with all courses being delivered by 2 serving fire fighters.
Location and prices: This bespoke course can be held at a choice of Devon locations. Price is dependent on specific requirements.
If you have any questions about these courses please contact us on 01392 248919 or email email@example.com
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