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The Agenda for the AGM of Bigbury Parish Council and that for the regular PC meeting which will follow immediately afterwards have been posted in the DOCUMENTS section of the Parish council page: >PARISH COUNCIL>DOCUMENTS>AGENDAS>SELECT FILE
N.B. These meetings will take place, as pre-pandemic, in the memorial Hall, StAnn’s Chapel. COVID restrictions will be in place for logging attendance, social distancing, hand-washing, etc.
6 April 2021
South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils invite local hospitality businesses to apply for outdoor seating licences so they can start trading as quickly as possible.
The current Government guidance states that hospitality businesses can use outdoor seating areas to re-open no earlier than 12 April 2021.
South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council know that many local businesses do not have their own space to be able to re-open under these social distancing guidelines.
To help get our hospitality businesses back up and running as quickly as possible and to give them a boost this summer, they can now apply for a temporary licence to use nearby Council-owned land or the pavement.
Businesses have two different routes to apply.
To find out more about using land that is considered the adopted highway, (such as the pavement, an adopted road or footpath), follow this link:
South Hams: www.southhams.gov.uk/pavementlicence
West Devon: www.westdevon.gov.uk/pavementlicence
To find out about using Council-owned land, (such as market places etc.), that is not considered the adopted highway, follow this link:
South Hams: www.southhams.gov.uk/useourland
West Devon: www.westdevon.gov.uk/useourland
Last year, many businesses took the opportunity to set up tables and chairs on council-owned land or pavements so they could safely serve customers. This included The Kings Arms, using Whitestrand in Salcombe, The Bull Inn, using The Rotherfold in Totnes, and Taylors Restaurant, using Bank Square in Tavistock.
The application process is straightforward and the Councils aim to determine them within 10 working days for pavement licences or five working days for applications to use Council-owned land. The licences for using Council-owned land will run until 31 October 2021 inclusive. Pavement licences will run until 30 September 2021. Both will be offered for one season only as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the responsibility of the business to comply with the requirements of the licences, which includes time limits and disposing of litter correctly.
The scheme is intended to help local hospitality businesses with existing business premises. It is not intended for new or mobile businesses. Where there is more demand for outside seating than space available, adjacent businesses will be given priority.
To find potential locations for outdoor seating in towns across the South Hams, and to apply: https://southhams.gov.uk/article/7040/South-Hams-Available-Land
To find potential locations for outdoor seating in towns across West Devon, and to apply: https://westdevon.gov.uk/article/7041/West-Devon-Available-Land
Issued: 7 April 2021
From beauty salons and book shops to campsites and village halls, many local businesses could get a cash boost of up to £18,000. South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils open applications for the Government’s new Restart Grant on 8 April to give practical financial support as our high streets prepare to reopen safely.
The Government’s Restart Grant is a one-off payment for businesses that mainly offer in-person services to the general public and have been impacted by lockdown closures. It is available in two strands.
Non-essential retail businesses, such as gift stores or florists, are in Strand One and could receive a one-off grant up to £6,000 to help them to reopen safely from April 12 2021.
Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses, covering everything from animal groomers to pubs and B&Bs, are covered by Strand Two. These business could receive up to £18,000 as they may open later under the plans laid out in the Government’s roadmap or may be more restricted.
How much is the grant worth?
The amount eligible businesses will receive depends on their rateable value.
For non-essential retail businesses, the following thresholds apply:
Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.
For hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gyms, the following thresholds apply:
Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.
Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.
Who is eligible?
To qualify for a grant, your business must:
Be registered for Business Rates and have premises on the Council’s rating list on 1 April 2021
Be trading on 1 April 2021 (carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover)
Not be in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice.
How to apply
To apply, go to the Councils’ websites to fill in a simple form:
In the South Hams: www.southhams.gov.uk/businesscovid19
In West Devon: www.westdevon.gov.uk/covid19business
To keep the process quick and easy for you, and to make sure you are paid the grant as soon as possible, please have the following information ready to share, including:
Your original application number; this is your five digit reference number beginning RP/*****
Number of employees
A short description of your current business activity
Your business type and the main service you provide
The date your business was established
Your Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code – you can find this on the ONS website: https://onsdigital.github.io/dp-classification-tools/standard-industrial-classification/ONS_SIC_hierarchy_view.html
Your contact and bank details, including a copy of your most recent bank statement as proof of trading
When will the payment be made?
Grants will be paid direct to the account registered. If all the correct information is submitted, the team aim to make payments within three weeks of the initial application.
Please be aware that the Restart Grant is taxable income and will need to be included in the tax return of your business.
The Restart Grant replaces the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and is being paid alongside ongoing ARG grants. If your business is not eligible for a Restart Grant, please complete the updated ARG Grant form which is available from 8 April 2021 here:
South Hams: www.southhams.gov.uk/article/7387/Additional-Restrictions-Grant
West Devon: www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/7387/Additional-Restrictions-Grant
To stay up-to-date on business news and information, please sign up for the Councils’ newsletter at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKSWDEVON/subscriber/new
South Hams and West Devon are planning for a bumper spring and summer tourism season this year, as many people choose a staycation.
With outdoor leisure now open, the Councils are asking residents and day trippers to comply with three simple requests:
Please respect the places you visit
Protect each other by following social distancing
And enjoy experiencing our District and Borough
On 29 March the travel restrictions that were put in place to halt the spread of COVID-19 were lifted. Local residents are now able to travel for exercise and day trips.
While the government’s guidance still states that there should be no overnight stays until 12 April, there will be a lot of people locally who will want to get out, breathe some lovely fresh air and take their exercise in our countryside and at our beaches.
Residents can also now use local tennis courts, multi-sport games areas, football pitches and skate parks.
The Council’s Locality Officers, who you might see around this spring and summer, would like you to help them keep our lovely spaces pleasant and safe for everyone.
They have said: “We cannot wait to welcome visitors back to South Hams and West Devon, and we will be in our towns and beauty spots to ensure they are safe and welcoming spaces for visitors to enjoy.
“Our job is to be on the ground to spot any issues and to report them back to the councils. We are also here to support with guidance and advice. This year there will be more of us on the ground to keep our lovely spaces looking great.
“However, to keep our towns clean and safe can we ask you to also do your bit too. Please RESPECT the places you visit. Please take your litter home, if the bins are full please do not leave the litter beside the bins, park sensibly when we are busy and be mindful of local residents.
“Please also remember that we are still in a pandemic and much of the tourism industry is still closed for business. Until 12 April, you may not be able to get lunch or find activities to do in your chosen location, so why not try something different, pack a picnic, plan a long walk or visit one of our outdoor sports areas instead of visiting the well-known spots.
“We think that it is also important that we PROTECT each other and continue to follow the social distancing rules. The rules are in the process of being relaxed, along with the Government’s roadmap to recovery, so it is important that while we are all really excited to get back to some normality and enjoy outside activities, that we do not forget the risks and do not do things before the roadmap allows.
“Thirdly we want you to enjoy South Hams and West Devon, and everything that it has to offer, so please help us to keep our lovely communities, villages, beaches, countryside and towns looking at their very best for everyone to enjoy.”