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Coronavirus Information

Dunsford Village Shop remains open to serve your community

As the Covid 19 Crisis continues we are changing our opening times.

From Monday 8th June Dunsford Village Stores will be open:

Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday (our usual long days) 8am to 4pm

And  Wed, Sat, and Sunday (our usual short days) will remain open 9am to 1pm

Thank you to all our customers for your ongoing support at this uncertain time, hopefully we will all be back to normal soon.

If you are self isolating please phone the shop on 01647 252330 between 9 and 2pm each day and we will do our best to deliver what you need. If you don’t get an answer straight away please keep trying as we are very busy but don’t want to leave anybody out.

 

 

Government's guidance on staying at home and away from others (as of 23 MARCH 2020, downloadable pdf):

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874742/Full_guidance_on_staying_at_home_and_away_from_others__1_.pdf

 

Government's Coronavirus homepage: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

NHS 111 Online: https://111.nhs.uk/

 

 

 

This page is available for anyone who wishes to advertise any village events or update any useful information about our community.  Send any text or pictures to Karen Morris: dunsfordshop@gmail.com.  I will update the website as soon as possible.

 

 

Consultation on the Dartmoor National Park Management Plan is now open. The 5 year Management Plan is the strategic plan for the National Park – a Plan for all who care about Dartmoor and its future. Although the National Park Authority has prime responsibility for the preparation of the Management Plan, the Plan also needs to actively engage and gain the support of all key stake holders who will assist in its delivery. As such, we are keen to seek the views of all those who live and work on Dartmoor alongside those of our partner organisations and other stakeholders.

For the sake of clarity, this is different to the more recent Local Plan consultation which is focused on Development Management within the National Park. Inevitably, however, the two plans are linked, with the Local Plan playing an important role in supporting some of the outcomes of the Management Plan.

The draft plan can be viewed on our website and is accompanied by an online questionnaire for feedback.

The consultation on the draft Management Plan will run from 10th February to 20th April 2020.

 

Devon Work Hubs project: up to £20,000 may be available to create a shared work space.

My name is Tom Satterly and I work in the Economy, Enterprise and Skills team at Devon County Council and manage the Devon Work Hubs project.

I am contacting you specifically to inform you of a grant funding opportunity coming up under this scheme in the Spring that could benefit the small businesses of your area.  With a total pot of approximately £100,000, the new round of Devon Work Hubs funding, aims to extend the network by supporting the creation of a new work hubs in areas without current provision.  Applicants will have the opportunity to bid for a capital grant for up to 50% of eligible costs, capped at £20,000 per hub. This is run as a 2-stage competitive process therefore funding is not guaranteed for all applications.

What is a work hub?

  • A work hub is designed to provide ‘an office when needed’ for home-based workers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, mobile workers and freelancers.
  • A high quality, creative workspace to use flexibly, by the day / week / month, alongside professional office space.
  • Offers facilities to support the daily running of a business such as; desks, superfast broadband, printer, meeting rooms and good coffee!

Benefits to your local business community

  • Provides a space for the local business community to meet, network and collaborate allowing them to grow.
  • An alternative to home working.
  • Affordable and flexibly priced.
  • Professional work space to use flexibly, as and when required, with no long-term commitment.

I would appreciate if you could share this information with anyone who might be interested in applying for this funding.  I will notify you again in due course when the scheme is official launched and open for expressions of interest.

If you are interested in learning more about this initiative please contact Tom Satterly at Thomas.Satterly@devon.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

January 2020 update: Investigation into the provision of affordable housing

Dunsford Parish Council are investigating the provision of more affordable housing in the village.  The parish council are keen to state that at this stage we are purely gathering information.  Our community will make the final decision about whether to go ahead with such a project.

Stage 1 - Assess the need for affordable housing:  In early 2019, Devon Communities Together contacted all households in the parish and asked them to complete a survey regarding their housing situation and their housing needs.  Devon Communities Together's report on Dunsford's Housing Needs Survey is available to download at: http://bit.ly/2O27O41.  The survey highlighted a need for ten affordable rental properties in the village. 

Stage 2 - Consider potential plots of land: The parish council are working with Dartmoor National Park Authority and Teignbridge District Council to consider potential sites around the village.  Discussions with the planning authorities and landowners are ongoing.  Dartmoor National Park's last Land Availability (LAA) was conducted in 2017 and can be downloaded here (under the Dunsford and Christow sub-heading on the left): https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/living-and-working/planning/planning-policy/background-evidence/land-availability-assessment-shlaa

Stage 3 - Project viability: If there are landowners who are agreeable to such a potential development then the parish council will conduct a basic consideration of the viability of each site.  Overcoming some challenges such as flood-risk mitigation may make some sites financially unviable.

Stage 4 - Parish consultation: If any sites look potentially viable after considering Stages 2 and 3, then the parish council will work with planning authorities and organisations like Devon Communities Together to prepare a public consultation.  This consultation will probably be initially formed of a public meeting to discuss the idea of providing more affordable housing, the potential sites, the strengths and weaknesses of each site and the financial viability of such a project, including where the funding stream(s) will come from.  We expect that this would be a community event held in the village hall.  Feedback received at that public meeting will determine the next stages of the project.

 

Roadworks warning

Where: B3212 from Farrants Hill to Perridge Cross, Longdown (the section by the Culver estate)

From: Monday 2nd to Friday 6th December 2019 (both dates inclusive)

Arranged by: Devon County Council (via Skanska)

More information:

https://portal.one.network/downloads/tm/191112-ttro1932743-on-site-notice_9c3baf77c8.pdf

 

 

Recycle Devon Thank You Awards 2020

The Recycle Devon Thank You Awards recognise people who make a real effort to reduce, reuse or recycle waste.  Devon residents and communities are once again being called on to nominate their unsung recycling heroes, whose efforts have helped the county remain one of the greenest in the UK.  They could be a friend, neighbour, child, community group, small business, recycling collector or staff at your local recycling centre. Entries must be made by 29th November 2019.

The categories are:  

Your Recycling Hero – this could be a friend, family member, neighbour or local champion
School Recycling Hero –– child
School Recycling Hero - adult
School Recycling Hero - class/group
Community Group recycling hero
Collection Crew/Operative - recycling, garden, food, or refuse collector
Recycling Centre Operative staff
Small Business Champion

https://www.recycledevon.org/recycling-heroes

https://www.facebook.com/RecycleDevon/

@RecycleDevon

 

 

Dartmoor Local Plan: First Draft Consultation

The local plan guides future development in the National Park and is the starting point when we make decisions on planning applications. A lot has changed since we adopted our current local plan and we are currently going through the process of reviewing it.

Following three years of evidence gathering and extensive public consultation, we are now consulting on the final draft Dartmoor Local Plan (Regulation 19). The consultation runs from 16 September - 1 November 2019.

You can view the Local Plan at dartmoor.gov.uk/localplanreview or at libraries, Parish Councils and visitor centres across Dartmoor. You can also come and chat with us about the Local Plan and how it might affect you at our public drop-in events:

  • Buckfastleigh - Town Hall.  19 September 4pm - 7pm
  • Horrabridge - Village Hall.  24 September 4pm - 7pm
  • Chagford - Endecott House.  26 September 4pm - 7pm
  • South Brent - Old School Community Centre.  1 October 4pm - 7pm

You can download a copy from DNPA here: https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/1708579/Local-plan-reg19-for-web-CC2019.pdf

 

A hard copy of the Dartmoor Local Plan: First Draft is available to read at the Dunsford Post Office.

 

 

 

 

Moor Otters Artists' Trail, Dartmoor 2020

Moor Otters 2020 leaflet - Business Opportunities

You may have already seen or heard the good news!  During the summer of 2020 the Moor Otters are making a return to Dartmoor National Park and surrounding areas.  We have already started talking to artists about their creations and the excitement among them is already building. 

We have not set out or agreed where the actual trails will be situated just yet, this will develop over time.  The reason for this introductory email is to ask if your area (or a suitable location within your area) would be interested in being considered to host one of the superb Moor Otters during the summer season of 2020.   

The 2017 Moor Otters were a major hit for the thousands of Otter Spotters who visited Dartmoor and surrounding areas (DNPA estimate an additional 100,000 visitors were drawn into the region by the Moor Otters). 

We are looking to build on the success and positive news stories that the returning Moor Otters will no doubt bring. As well as creating happy fond memories for everybody there are also practical and positive outcomes from the last project, such as increasing footfall of visitors across the moor and raising £60k for 3 key conservation and education projects on Dartmoor.  At the same time as entertaining local communities and visitors from around the UK and indeed international visitors. We want to surpass the overall income figure from 2017 and with more sponsors and supporters on board we believe we can do this.  We are looking to get all the Moor Otters sponsored and hosted for the fee structure set out in the attached document.  

There will be opportunities for companies that do not have a suitable location to host an Otter to have their logo positioned on a piece of their choice.  At the end of the project all proceeds raised from the event will be ploughed back into important Dartmoor based conservation and educational projects.    

The attached information brochure indicates the different levels of support and benefits associated with each category.  It would be fantastic if you would consider embracing the initiative by putting yourselves forward or identifying a potential location that could be a potential sponsor or host for one of the Moor Otters.   

By being part of this interactive project you will play an important role in bringing colour, fun, smiles and enjoyment to Dartmoor National Park and gateway towns and creating an unforgettable atmosphere during the summer of 2020 and at the same time contributing to important conservation and educational projects.

If you have any questions or queries relating to any part of the new Moor Otters project please do not hesitate to contact me by return email or by phone as per below

 

 

The ‘Plug-In’ Revolution: Teignbridge is working towards a clean air future

More and more people in the UK are thinking about, or participating in, a ‘cleaner and greener’ lifestyle. The demand for cleaner travel is increasing, and Teignbridge District Council is taking action to support this growing initiative and reduce carbon emissions.

Our vision

We are committed to tackling climate change, reducing congestion and improving air quality.  We will support local residents, businesses and visitors to our area who wish to use Electric Vehicles (EVs) or other Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) by the following actions.

What we’re going to do

We’ve looked at the practical ways in which we can help our residents, our businesses and other stakeholders to prepare for cleaner ways of travelling, working and transporting. We’re introducing a new policy* which includes six pledges for action:

1.     Requiring all future residential development proposals (with off street parking) to be “electric ready” to accommodate EV charging.

2.     To install four EV charging points in council car parks in / or close to the Councils local Air Quality Management Areas for Newton Abbot and Teignmouth.

3.      To submit an application for workplace grant aid to install EV charging points where there is off street parking designated for staff at Forde House council offices, the Forde Road Vehicle Fleet Depot & offices, and Leisure Centres.

4.     To review our vehicle fleet contract in 2021, to replace parts of the fleet with lower emission vehicles unless it is completely unfeasible.

5.     Unless it is completely unfeasible, to provide EV charging points for public use in council carparks to augment and link-in with the wider strategic charging network, especially in the more remote yet popular locations and destinations.

6.     Within the taxi licencing process develop a replacement policy that progressively lowers emission limit requirements for fossil fuelled cars and eventual replacement with Ultra Low Emission Vehicles.

Are we on the right track? We’d like your views

We think this is a good start, but are we heading in the right direction?

We’d like your views – please share them with us by emailing: envc@teignbridge.gov.uk and please state which of the 6 actions you’re referring to. All your views will be taken into account when making future decisions about eco-driving.

Deadline for response is 18 October 2019

You can go to   www.teignbridge.gov.uk/pluginrevolution   if you want to view the whole document EV charging Infrastructure and Ultra-low Emission Vehicles Policy

Any personal information you share with us will be kept secure and not used for any other purpose. See our data policy at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/privacy. See our climate change emergency declaration at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/climateemergency

 

 

Teignbridge's Review of Polling Distrcit and Polling Places.  Further information available here: https://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/electoral-services/polling-district-and-places-review-2019/

 

Teignbridge residents satisfaction survey

 

Quick satisfaction survey – The council would like to know how satisfied you are with the way we run things. You can complete your answers online at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/liveconsultations

Free draw

Anyone who responds to our survey online will be entered into a free draw for a month’s leisure membership at any one of our leisure centres; choose from swim, gym, fitness classes, and lots more… even Shaldon18 hole golf course

Deadline for responses is Friday 27 September 2019

 

We are not looking for a Parish or Town Council corporate response , just individual opinions .

If you would be kind enough to forward the link around your Councillors and ask them to make a personal response via the

web link, your help would be much appreciated.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Reporting rural crime

Devon and Cornwall police have appointed Martin Beck and Chris Collins as Rural Affairs constables.  Their priorities include theft of plant, machinery, vehicles and fuel, livestock and equine crime, fly tipping and poaching.
To assist the police:
- Sign up to the Devon and Cornwall Alert system at: https://alerts.dc.police.uk/
- Report anything suspicious to your local police or Rural CrimeStoppers on 0800 7830 137 or at https://forms.theiline.co.uk/ruralcrimereportingline

 

Dunsford Parish Plan – Connectivity working group.

Follow-up Broadband survey May/June 2019

The survey was conducted over the period from early May to early June 2019. It was publicised in the Parish magazine, via the Parish Clerk to the councillors, via the Head of Dunsford School (15 surveys), via Susie Ursell (15 surveys)  to Revive coffee morning, via notices at the shop (25 surveys) and via the website.  The survey asked for them to be returned to Dunsford shop. There were 6 questions and all multiple choice so the time to complete should have been no more than 5 – 10 minutes. Disappointingly by the end of the first week of June we had only received  11 responses. Of those 7 people offered to answer some additional questions but only 5 people supplied the follow up answers they were asked for.

The details of the survey answers and the additional responses are given in Annex 1.

What did we learn?

Perhaps put simply the one learning point is that the question of Broadband service and speed is not a subject which residents are currently much exercised about, otherwise it might be hard to explain why there are so few responses!

Clearly with such a small sample the data doesn’t bear a great deal of analysis but we can see that for the 5 named providers there are some points of interest

  • BT
    • 5 of the sample are with BT.
    • 2 respondents expressed themselves satisfied and 3 stated they were either Not really satisfied or Thinking of leaving.  4 provided information concerning the speed 3 are receiving 1- 10Mbps and one  10-  30Mbps
    • There is further information concerning BT arising from two of those who now use Cloud Wireless that they moved from BT due to connectivity and/or speed issues.
    • Those who said they are Not Really satisfied had been with BT for over 10 years, the respondent thinking of leaving had only been with BT for about 1 year and it seems clear from other answers that this service has been found to be unreliable.
    • Only 2 of the respondents gave information about costs and they are both receiving their Broadband service as part of a package e.g. including tv, phone - the monthly cost is more than £50.
  • Cloud Wireless
    • 3 of the sample are with Cloud Wireless. 2 of those are Satisfied and one is Not really satisfied. Two provided information concerning speeds at 30 – 100 Mbps.
    • All 3 have been with Cloud Wireless for 2 years or less, which is understandable as the service has not been available for long in Dunsford.
    • Two provided approximate cost information at £25-£50 per month.
    • Two had previously been with BT and moved due to a combination of connectivity and slow speeds. One commented that BT required you to have a landline which was not required by Cloud Wireless.
  • Other Providers
    • There were single responses for three other providers, namely United Utility, Post Office and Sky. Two of the three receive broadband as part of a package deal.
    • In each case the Respondent is either Satisfied or Very Satisfied.

Full broadband survey results are below and can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/2XUvh9z

 

 

 

The survey link (clickable): www.teignbridge.gov.uk/liveconsultations

 

The Dunsford Singers

The Dunsford Singers have a new website and need more Tenors & perhaps Bass singers.  Please have a look at their new site and get in touch with them if you would like to get involved: www.dunsfordsingers.co.uk

 

How to find Crime reports for your area

Please could you let People Know “HOW TO FIND OUT ABOUT CRIME IN THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD”.

For example:  TYPE into Google (or your preferred Search Engine)    POLICE.UK    (all in lower case)  a new page will come up with a “Red box” (Find your neighbourhood) in the top left hand corer…. Click on it.    A new box will come up in the top right hand corner for you to put your desired Post code… For Example EX6 8FF and this will give you a map with Locations of what has happened in the area that has been requested.  It is not up to the minute Figures and is approximately 2 months behind.

I hope this helps as researching through all the logs and crime figures recorded is a time consuming job.

TEL: 999 IN AN EMERGENCY & 101 for Non- Emergency.

Chudleigh Police Office, Market way, Chudleigh, TQ13 OHL.

Regards PCSO 30425 Carl Thomas

 

Dunsford's Bus Service: The survey results are in (September 2018)

The Parish Plan working group has been looking at another of its target issues – ensuring we are valuing and using the current bus service. It was agreed that a useful starting point would be a survey of locals – bus-users and non-users. This suggestion gained support from the Principal Transport Co-ordinating Officer at Devon County Council (who subsidise the service) who kindly provided a briefing on how the support from the Council was provided, gave some input into the framing of the questions and expressed a wish to see the results of the survey. The contract for the service (for 8 years) runs until May 2019 and so will be being tendered again shortly.

Survey – the process

The survey is at Appendix A (available in the full report, which is available to download at the end of this article). It was publicised in the Parish magazine (for September) having been trailed as coming in an earlier article including the Devon County Council briefing and on the Parish Council noticeboards. A copy of the survey was made available together with the full Devon County Council article on the website and a supply of the surveys was made available in Dunsford Stores from the beginning September until Saturday 29 th September. Suzanne Cosgrave spent Monday 24 th September on the bus making 6 journeys during the day and encouraging passengers to complete the survey. The passenger response to being asked was on the whole helpful and those who enquired about the purpose of the survey were very supportive. The hoped-for benefit of handing out surveys on the bus materialised i.e. several school/college/uni students completed the survey so too did a number of people who use the bus for work.

Survey – the sample
57 surveys were completed, the completed surveys are anonymous and have nothing which identifies the person who completed each one and so no personal data issues arise. The full details of the responses is at Appendix B but in summary:-

- The sample of 57 is broadly distributed including users, 50 and non- users 7.
- The ages of those responding were 38 in the 16-64 age range and 19 of 65+.
- 24 out of the 57 respondents held a National Bus Pass entitling them to free travel (5 of those who held such a pass were in the 16-64 age range)
- 39 out of 57 were Dunsford residents

The survey documents have been passed to Dunsford Parish Clerk for safe-keeping.

What did we learn?
Some high-level observations:

- There is a considerable number of the respondents who are bus users in the 16-64 age group: it is not as seems to be thought by some non-bus users a service simply used by the elderly with a National Bus pass.

- The desired enhancement most often referred to is the extension of the bus service to provide a later i.e. evening service to enable people in Dunsford (and Moretonhampstead) to take part in the social activities available in Exeter. This was mentioned by 17 out of the 57 respondents. This again was not solely an older generation point, those attending school/college/uni feel they are unable to participate fully in the activities available for them as there is no easy (affordable) way to get home afterwards. There was a particular comment about the wish to see reintroduced the previously available 18:30 service into Exeter.

- One suggestion involved a “seasonal special” service to take people in to Exeter (and return) during the period of the Christmas market – to see the Christmas lights, visit the market and do late night Christmas shopping.

- This seems to be a very interesting and possibly viable (perhaps even at short notice for Christmas 2018) suggestion that would both engender a sense of community at Christmas and enable a test of how much use an evening service might get. Could it perhaps could be assisted by the Parish Council financially under its general powers of enhancing “wellbeing” in the community? Or using Acorn minibuses?

- What wasn’t raised –
o there were no explicit adverse comments on the level of the fares except that the request for a combined family/parent and child fare was an implicit reference to the costs.
o However, it was noticeable that the three fare-specific questions asked demonstrated a low level of knowledge about the good value special fares available even among quite regular bus users – only 8 knew of the three fares quoted and only 15 knew of 2 or 3 of the fares quoted.
o There were a few comments made about the lack of a Sunday service.

 What actions would address issues raised?
Not every suggestion/request is reflected here – the full details are provided in the comments section of the full survey data. What are identified are those that seem to be important, relevant to the Parish Council and (perhaps) quite simple to tackle in the short term by the Parish Council and/or Countrybus. The issues of an hourly service, a timetabled later/evening bus service, and wheelchair access are issues that would probably require the service contracted by Devon County Council to be significantly amended and hopefully when preparing the next tender this will be informed by those aspects of residents’ feedback.

- Better publicity about fares generally and the good value multi-trip tickets and National Bus fare top-up. Could these be displayed with the bus timetable and in the village store in Dunsford?

- Better signage relating to where the bus stops. Perhaps a map indicating where the recognised stops are within the village.

- Provide more information about hailing a bus outside of the town/city.

- Undertake a trial run of a Christmas special service to provide an evening shopping, see the market and the lights and return.

- When it is standing room only could the bus driver request those better able to stand to give up their seats?

- Would the bus company consider offering an enhancement to the current fare structure with a parent and child or family rate, perhaps at weekends or school holidays. This would seem a good idea not only for the car-less but also to encourage parents away from car use.

The one very clear complaint raised posed a very important question, What are passengers to do when the last service (most particularly the 18:15 from Exeter) is cancelled? There is no obvious quick answer to this but the cost to a passenger is very substantial if they need to resort to a taxi – the current (Apple taxi) fare to Dunsford is around £24. Perhaps Devon County Council would think to address this in their next tender document?

What should the Parish Council do next?
The survey has engaged a considerable number of Dunsford residents. This survey generated many more responses than we had for the mobile phone and  broadband survey which must itself reflect how strongly locals feel about, and how they value the service. It is anecdotal evidence but there have been numerous occasions in the last month when people have commented on the survey when in the village store. The results should be given publicity as the mobile phone survey was. The recommendations are that the survey report is made available on the website, a short piece submitted to the parish magazine and the results shared in full with Devon County Council and Countrybus and perhaps be made available to Moretonhampstead Town Council who may wish to follow-up on some aspects themselves.

Thanks
The Parish Plan working group would like to record their thanks for the help and information from Devon County Council (John Richardson-Dawes) and Countrybus (Neil Romig) . Countrybus met the cost of the bus journeys. Our thanks also to Cllr Karen Morris and Alison Saunders in the Dunsford village stores who were so active in encouraging the completion of surveys in the shop. Suzanne Cosgrave, Cllr Hannah Phipps and Martin Sharland
September 2018

 

The full report, including diagrams and Appendices is available here: http://bit.ly/2RLabJ4

The full results: http://bit.ly/2NTwhWh

The full comments: http://bit.ly/2AmOsAn

 

 

 

 

Dunsford Parish Plan update regarding the Connectivity working group's progress

The Connectivity working group has turned its attention to another of its objectives - the  359 bus service. The residents feedback was that the bus service is much appreciated by those who use it and  it would be a huge loss if were discontinued. The sub-group wants to ensure there is no risk we may lose it so want to publicise it more widely – we need to “love it” or we may lose it. We have met the official at Devon County Council so we can understand more about how the subsidies to bus services work and what  the residents and users of the bus could be doing to ensure the message come through loud and clear that it is a valued and a crucial service for the residents of Dunsford. John Richardson-Dawes is the Principal Transport Co-ordinating Officer at Devon County Council and has kindly provided the brief summary below to help with our wider understanding

About eighty per cent of bus services run ‘commercially.’ This means bus companies providing services according to what’s financially viable. There is no formal local authority control over these services and no public subsidy, apart from a small grant from government in Westminster which originally refunded the duty on fuel.

Not surprisingly, most ‘commercial’ bus services are in towns and cities and on main roads between large towns. In rural areas bus services are rarely profitable. Legislation recognizes this by allowing county councils to buy in services which would otherwise not be provided. They do this by going out to tender for services they want to see provided. Contracts are then let to whichever bus company offers the best value arrangement for running the service in question.

This is how your local bus - the 359 - comes about. Since no bus company is willing or able to keep this going ‘commercially,’ Devon County Council, having gone out to tender, has a contract with Country Bus. The contract lasts for eight years - the maximum allowable - and was last tendered in April 2011. This means a new contract will soon be tendered for to take effect from May 2019. The County Council sets the timetable, route and fares, not the bus company.

For a rural county, Devon has a good bus network. In spite of budget cuts caused by reductions in government funding to local authorities, Devon has remained committed to keeping services like the 359 because it is recognized that they are vital to the life of our communities. The 359 accounts for about 41,500 passenger trips a year (a passenger trip is a one-way journey, these being recorded every time someone boards the bus). This figure is very important because Devon evaluates its subsidy commitment in terms of how much a services costs for every passenger trip. The lower the subsidy per passenger trip, the better the chances of the service being unaffected by any pressures on expenditure.

The 359 consists of one vehicle and driver running back and forth, fitting in as many journeys as possible - allowing for some recovery time and the driver’s breaks. It briefly needs a second vehicle and driver to run the last bus (at 1815) from Exeter. It’s therefore a cost-effective operation and there are no plans right now to cut it! However, new customers are always welcomed.

Country Bus have just upgraded their ticket machines, which enables them to be part of the County Council’s real time information system. This system tracks buses and supplies predicted actual times of arrival, aimed at being useful when there are traffic delays. The information can either be seen on a limited number of displays in the street, or on-line http://www.devonrti.com/ or look for the Devon Bus Tracker app in the App Store. It’s hoped that contactless payment will be available at some time in the future. As for the bus itself, Devon achieved almost 100% coverage of low-floor accessible buses long before the law required it. These modern buses are far easier to board for people with disabilities, parents with buggies or passengers with heavy shopping or luggage.

Unfortunately, even with subsidy, many rural routes can’t sustain services in the evening and on Sundays because there aren’t enough passengers at these times. Bus the 359 offers a choice of travel times on six days a week. The timetable appears in the County Council’s Teignbridge Area Timetable Book, in the on-line e-book - http://www.devonbustimetables.info/teignbridge_new/files/assets/basic-html/index.html#Cover

or see the journey planner on Traveline - http://www.travelinesw.com/                                                                                                                                                              

The sub-group are meeting with the management of Countrybus and will be talking to them about how to give the fares greater publicity, what we can do in terms of surveys of bus users and non-users to help understand residents’ views.  So look out for notices in a future Parish magazine and in the Post Office.

Suzanne Cosgrave, Hannah Phipps and Martin Sharland

 

Recycling advice from Devon County Council

What do you do with lids, tops and caps? If you find yourself asking “Are they recyclable?”,“Which bin do they go in?” and “Am I doing it right?” then read on.  These common questions now have a simple answer – YES! They are all recyclable! Simplygive the  bottle or jar a rinse, squash plastic bottles, put the top back on and recycle as you normally would – even if it’s a metal lid on a glass jar.

Many people still remember the early days of recycling when plastic lids caused a problem due to being a different kind of plastic or being heavily dyed. Thankfully, technology has
improved over the years and we no longer have this problem. Hurrah! In fact, the recycling industry preference is now for lids to remain attached to bottles and jars.  Lids and caps are small and light, so attaching them to larger items keeps them contained during the collection and sorting process and prevents them from jamming machinery. It also helps keep plastic bottles squashed, so reduces volume and creates more space in your recycling bin, bag or box and on the recycling collection vehicle. All in all, keeping your top on gets a big thumbs up all round and helps maintain Devon’s 55.7% recycling rate.

So, what happens to plastic bottles with lids? Plastics are shredded, cleaned and passed through a Sink-Float tank which separates different types of plastic by density. HDPE plastic, such as lids and caps, will float whereas PET plastic, such as bottles, will sink. So simple, but very effective! The different plastics are then sold on to manufacturers who turn the plastic shreds into new products, such as garden furniture, fencing, polyester clothing and even new bottles.

And glass jars? Similarly to plastic, glass is crushed and cleaned before it passes through a process to remove any plastic or metal lids and collars. Plastic and metal is recycled into new products and glass is recycled into new bottles and jars.

 

PAST EVENTS

 

The Chagford Singers Spring Concert
Faure’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass
24th March at 7.30pm
St Michael’s Church, Chagford
Conductor Tim Pithers
Accompanist Shaun Brown
£10 on the door or Sally’s newsagents
www.thechagfordsingers.co.uk

 

For anyone who is interested in what they are doing at the top of six mile hill while the road was closed, here are some photos sent to me by one of my shop customers.

 

Dusnford 2017 Pantomine: "Beauty and the Beast", written and directed by Ilona Lapka.

Dates for Pantomime this year are Saturday 7th January to Saturday 14th January 2017.

The evening performances will start at 7.45 and on each of the Saturdays there will also be a Matinee performance starting at 2.30.

The story is based on the original  1740 French fairytale with a hint of the modern Disney and more than a pinch of the writers own imagination!

Tickets will be available from 1st December priced at £5 and £6 from our Box office
01647 252924

 

Birthday Party for the Queen, 23rd April 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended a very successful Birthday Party for the Queen. It was enjoyed by over 70 people on saturday 23rd April. And a big thank you to all those who helped to plan it and worked hard on the day to make it all happen.

Everyone was very generous with donations and the raffle and we made £100 profit on the day. Please let Karen know in the shop if you have any ideas for what to spend it on. Two ideas are to start the fund for the defibrulator or towards planting for the village centre.

90th Birthday Party For the Queen

Dunsford Village Hall

Saturday 23rd April 2.30pm