Cllr Valerie Scott has provided the following information:-
Affordable housing scheme at St Ann’s Chapel 2021.07.22
The Minutes of the meeting of 14th July are available on the Parish Council page:- >PARISH COUNCIL>DOCUMENTS>MINUTES>FILE.
The archaeological report on the recent survey of land at StAnn’s Chapel has been posted on the Parish Council page: >DOCUMENTS>CATEGORY>Miscellaneous historical documents>file
This Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI) has been prepared by South West Archaeology Ltd. for a private client (the Client). It has been drawn up in consultation with Devon County Council Historic Environment Team, and details the archaeological mitigation strategy and methodology to be employed for a staged programme of works, commencing with evaluation trenching at Land North-West of Holwell Farm, St. Ann’s Chapel, Devon.
The site lies to the south-west of the crossroads in the centre of St. Ann’s Chapel, in an area noted on the Devon HER as having a number of heritage assets. These include the Grade II Listed Pickwick Inn, which incorporates the remains of the 15th century St. Ann’s Chapel (MDV4872), a Neolithic long barrow (MDV36059), two late Neolithic to early Bronze Age bowl barrows (MDV36060 and MDV16575), and a probable double-ditched rectilinear enclosure (MDV50110).
The site has previously been subject to a heritage appraisal and impact assessment, a geophysical survey and evaluation trenching. The geophysical survey identified a number of anomalies that indicated possible archaeological features. These were interpreted as a possible curvilinear enclosure, a possible rectilinear enclosure, associated linear features and a small number of discrete anomalies. The 2014 evaluation identified archaeological features in all trenches. Finds recovered included thirteen pieces of prehistoric pottery dating to the Bronze Age. The conclusion of the evaluation was that the site has been subject to extensive ploughing, but potentially indicates the presence of an early settlement and funerary activity.
The Aune Conservation Association has responded to safety concerns around increased recreational use of the Avon estuary by visitors and local people during the COVID pandemic. These concerns were expressed and discussed at the last two Avon Estuary Forum online meetings. It is thought highly likely that this increased use will continue for the foreseeable future now that the natural delights of the estuary have become more widely known.
Our response has been two-fold: 1) we continue to provide our usual financial support for the Avon Patrol, in order to offer on-site advice to those using the estuary 2) we have paid to transfer our website to a professional manager and have re-modelled the website to make it easier to view from a smartphone. Associated with this change, we are promoting the distribution and use of a QR code linked to our website to easily access important new safety advice for boat users, wild swimmers and boat users. We are encouraging those responsible for communications around the estuary, anybody involved in the hiring of SUPs and kayaks, and local campsites to display this QR code prominently. The relevant QR code and the tips to which it leads are shown below:-
1. BIOSECURITY CODE
It is vital that highly portable wetsuits, SUPs, canoes and kayaks are checked for contaminants, cleaned and dried before they are put into the waters of the Avon – ‘CHECK – CLEAN – DRY’! Non-native species cannot survive long-term desiccation.
2. GENERAL TIPS
• The entire area below Mean High Water is owned and administered by the Duchy of Cornwall. Much of the area is licensed for various purposes to the Bantham Estate.
• Always be aware of the state of the tide. Water levels can change very quickly as the tide rises.
• Be considerate to landowners and properties that border the water. Most of the estuary runs through PRIVATE land; you could be trespassing.
• Park sensitively wherever you go: do not block roads, do not block gates to fields or access to houses. Remember, large emergency vehicles may need access.
• Do not park along the Tidal Road – vehicles are sometimes submerged!
• Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
3. TIPS for WALKERS
Follow the Countryside Code:-
Protect the natural environment
• Do not wander over the salt marsh or samphire beds; stay on the main track
• No commercial bait digging or commercial gathering of other flora and fauna is allowed.
• Don’t light BBQs or fires
• Keep dogs under effective control. Do not let them chase any birds.
• Dog mess – bag it AND take it away to bin it. Please do not leave bags tied to bushes, etc.
4. TIPS for SWIMMERS
Of particular concern in our estuary is the danger posed to swimmers by recreational boat users.
• Swimmers should make themselves highly visible
• Avoid the waterski zone which is marked by buoys
• Wear a brightly coloured hat and tow a bright float.
BEWARE! Water skiers may operate 1.5 hours either side of high water. Swimmers should stick to the sides of the channel at all times to stay safe.
3. TIPS for SUPs, CANOES and KAYAKS
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
• Check the weather forecast and tide times.
• Do not underestimate the forces of nature; know your limits. The wind and tidal flow in the estuary can be very strong. Paddle into the elements first, to make the trip home easier.
• BEWARE of dangerous currents, variations in water depth and rip tides – especially where the estuary meets the sea.
• Wear the leash or ‘kill cord’ so you don’t lose control of your craft.
• Carry a whistle or phone. If you get into difficulty, stay with your craft as it will keep you afloat and make you easier to find. If help is essential, call the Coastguard on 999.
• Watch out for swimmers; they may be very difficult to see!
• Observe the 8-knot speed limit.
• Please respect the staff operating the Avon Patrol. Follow their advice for your own safety and that of others.
• Keep well clear of all moorings.
• Alcohol and boats are a dangerous mixture!
• Nesting swans are very aggressive – beware!
• NOTE – Fishing is forbidden by law from vessels of any kind in the estuary
END – July 2021
8 July 2021
Following a period of intense activity by South Hams District Council and the introduction of some temporary service changes, the number of collections being missed by the Council’s waste and recycling contractors FCC Environmental has dramatically reduced.
In the last few months, many residents in South Hams have experienced significant disruption to their recycling service, as the contractors tried to roll-out a new kerbside recycling service.
At the peak of the disruption in mid-May, the Council was receiving about 255 reports of collections been missed every day.
The good news is that by the end of last week, that number had dropped to about 64 missed collection reports per day. At the same time, the number of people phoning the contact centre had also reduced by approximately 36%.
Cllr Keith Baldry Executive Member for Recycling and Waste said: “Whilst it is clear from these statistics that there has been an improvement in performance, I think that there are still an unacceptable number of collections being missed.
“Our focus in the last few weeks has been to get everybody a collection on the day that they are meant to have a collection, although it was not the recycling service that we had promised.
“I am pleased the situation has improved but there is still more work to be done.
“The Executive has been very robust with FCC throughout this disruption. They have now requested that FCC continue to deliver more significant and sustained improvements to reduce the number of missed collections further before we consider reinstating the full Devon Aligned kerbside collection service to all residents.”
South Hams District Council will continue to monitor the daily performance of the service. The Executive continue to express to FCC that they must focus on the complex and repeat missed collection issues, as well as key priorities such as those households who need assisted collections.
FCC have committed to producing the next steps of their action plan on July 12th.
This will detail a plan for the systematic review of the existing rounds and a detailed plan to roll-out the Devon Aligned Kerbside Recycling Collection Service to all of the residents in the District.
These plans and any progress on them will be reviewed by Officers and the Lead Member and reported back to Council as soon as possible.