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South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council are calling out to all community groups, charities, and good causes in the area who might be interested in being part of a new council run Lottery initiative.
The SeaMoor Lotto is a new venture which is being led by the councils to provide a way for local good causes to raise funds.
60% of all money raised will go towards local good causes, 20% of ticket sales will be put towards prizes and 20% will go towards the running costs.
Now the councils want to hear from any interested parties, so that they can be invited to a launch event in May and find out how to sign up to become part of the SeaMoor Lotto.
Cllr Neil Jory, West Devon Borough Council’s Hub Lead Member for the Lottery explains: “This is a win win situation. The local charities and groups who sign up to be part of the lottery will be able to raise money for their own projects; we will be able to support local good causes with the proceeds of the lottery and the members of the public who buy tickets stand a chance of winning a monetary prize of up to £25k”
Cllr Keith Wingate, South Hams Executive Portfolio Holder for Business Development added: “Local authority run lotteries are working very well for many other communities around the country. We are working with Gatherwell, the company who manage lottery initiatives nationwide and will provide the know-how. Their mission is to help good causes raise money, their first project was a schools lottery, helping schools across the UK deal with increasing austerity pressures, now they help a wide range of local causes from local community centres to Age UK. With their support and guidance we are in safe hands and will be delivering a lottery service for our community and charity sector that will benefit everybody.”
Lottery tickets will only be sold via the internet and tickets will cost £1 each per draw. When a player buys a ticket they will opt to support a specific good cause or contribute to the community fund – the latter will be administered by the Council.
The draw will take place every Saturday evening at 8:00p.m and as with other lotteries the more numbers matched the bigger the prize.
South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council expect to launch the SeaMoor lotto to the public in this summer.
So if you are a charity, community organisation, or a good cause based in the South Hams or West Devon and you would be interested to find out how to get involved please email email@example.com stating your cause and your contact details. We will add you to our information list and invite you to the launch event for good causes.
Valerie Scott, Chair of Bigbury’s Neighbourhood Planning Group, has asked that her letter to Matt Jones (SHDC, Planning Officer), on the topic of the proposed demolition of Warren Cottage and Bay View Cafe, be made publicly available – as follows. Valerie’s diligence sets a fine example of the standards that we ought to be able to expect from all Development Management staff working for our District Council.
Date: 20 March 2018 at 16:54:46 GMT
I have just looked at the Council’s application website and the ability to comment on line in respect of the new information provided by the applicants seems to be unavailable although I have been advised that further comments can be made. I am therefore sending my further comments to you by email and would advise you that the Bigbury Parish Council have also commissioned a report from JFA Ecology which will be sent to you early next week.
The further comments which I have relate to all three applications 0430/18/PAD, 0406/18/PAD and 0470/18/PAA and in particular to the letter sent by Ashfords dated 27 February 2018 and the Southwest Knotweed Report dated 21 February 2015.
As you will see I am still concerned about the proposed demolition of these buildings prior to the eradication of the Japanese Knotweed. This latest report does not provide any further evidence about the likely extent of Japanese knotweed on the site and without this knowledge demolition should not be allowed. I am particularly surprised that Southwest Knotweed refer only to the Acorn Ecology Report dated August 2015 with no reference to the Environet October 2015 Report which showed the extent of Japanese knotweed to be considerably more extensive. The lack of any reference to this report is also of concern as it is possible that the landowner has not advised Southwest Knotweed of the existence of this later and more detailed report. The applicants have also not submitted or referred to the Environet Report in their earlier submissions and failed to address the issues raised in this report despite the repeated references which have been made to it in our representations.
Please could you place these further representations on your website and ensure that access to the comments box on the application website is made available for other people to be able to make representations. Please acknowledge receipt.
Following the recent press release about Community Housing, please see the following link to our poster advertising the survey:- Housing survey poster_final
Vicky Croughan │ Communications Specialist – BA(Hons), PGCE
South Hams District Council │ West Devon Borough Council
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Due to the severe weather there may be some disruption to our refuse and recycling collections today, we are asking residents to please leave your refuse or recycling out as usual and we will endeavour to collect it if it safe to do so.
If we are unable to collect it, we will do our best to collect any missed refuse or recycling before the end of the working week. However if we do not manage this we will run an extra collection service on Saturday. At this stage, we do not expect any collections between Tuesday and Friday to be disrupted.
Thank you for your co-operation. Our web site and social media will be updated regularly local information.
Lesley Crocker l Lead Specialist Communications and Media
South Hams District Council l West Devon Borough Council
Tel: 01803 861321 / 07966773398
South Hams District Council is asking people who are looking for affordable or more suitable accommodation to complete a short questionnaire helping them to understand the housing need within the local area.
Many people report that they cannot afford to buy, or rent, a home in the place where they have a personal connection. This could be the place where they grew up, or perhaps where their extended family live, or even where they work, due to the high cost of housing. In the South Hams, it is not uncommon for average house prices in some communities to be up to 15 times average incomes and it is recognised that the lack of suitable homes for local families has had a major impact on the energy and sustainability of local communities. This is where the Community Housing Strategy can help.
The Community Housing Strategy, awarded South Hams District Council £1.88m to help meet the housing needs of local residents looking to buy, or rent, homes costing in the region of £150,000 – £200,000.
The Council would like to invite residents who cannot find affordable or appropriate housing within their local village or town, to complete a short questionnaire telling them about the housing need in their area. This survey will help the Council to understand which communities are interested in buying or renting community housing, which could then be targeted for future project development.
South Hams District Council will use these survey results to target key need areas and actively support community housing groups, both financially and with development resources, to progress the development of high quality homes. This process will involve a further, and more comprehensive full housing needs survey, discussions with local Parish Councils and community groups to discuss suitable site selection, before projects can be designed and implemented. These homes will then be available to residents with local connections, where the cost of market housing is currently beyond their reach.
South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Customer First, Cllr Hilary Bastone, said:“I am absolutely delighted that this government funding will help us to address the housing needs of our local residents. We have known for a long time that lower incomes in Devon stop many families from living in their local communities, forcing them to move away from friends and family, in order to afford suitable housing.
“This first step survey will inform us of where the problem areas are and we can then concentrate on working with local community groups to identify where we can support local housing projects to get off the ground.
“I encourage residents who are not on the housing ladder to take five minutes to complete the survey letting us know exactly where the issues are locally so we can use the money to target the areas of greatest need.”
Supporting the development of this strategy is the Devon Rural Housing Partnership, who said: “The Devon Rural Housing Partnership is pleased to be working with South Hams District Council on this high level housing survey. It is important that we identify where appropriate housing is needed in order to prioritise resources on the right communities.”
The survey is now open until Saturday 31 March at 5 p.m. To share your views on local housing needs, please complete this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.
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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Council Committed to Protection of Community Assets
A planning appeal challenging South Hams District Council’s decision to refuse permission for the redevelopment of the Bay View Café in Bigbury, has been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.
Plans to build four new luxury homes in place of the café and the adjoining Warren Cottage were refused by the council on 11 October 2016. The application was refused on the grounds that the café should be kept as it is an important community facility and a tourist asset. Warren Cottage and the café are landmark buildings and have a degree of heritage interest in the village.
When the council refuses planning permission, the applicant has the right to challenge that decision at an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. The Planning Inspectorate is a Government Body with individual inspectors who are appointed by the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. This appeal was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate on 19 January 2018. South Hams District Council are very pleased with the result, which upholds the council’s decision.
Issues relating to the status of the cafe as an Asset of Community Value, and the potential demolition of buildings* under Permitted Development, are entirely separate to the planning appeal and are ongoing. In some cases, Permitted Development will still allow developers to demolish buildings, but this is ultimately beyond the control of the council.
Cllr Hilary Bastone, South Hams District Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Customer First, said: “This is a great result for the council and an important decision which highlights our commitment to protecting Tourist and Community Assets through the planning process. This decision will help us in safeguarding facilities, not just in Bigbury but across the South Hams coast.”
*EDITOR’S NOTE: The application to demolish the cafe/ Warren Cottage was recently refused on the basis that inadequate information about the process was provided – see this website for more. The appeal by the developer against the Asset of Community Value designation will be heard by a tribunal in April/May.