NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
MINUTES FROM THE MOST RECENT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - 8th September 2021
RECENT POP-UP STREET SURGERY IN CHITTLEHAMPTON WITH NORTH DEVON'S MP
On Wednesday 18th August North Devon's MP Selaine Saxby held a pop-up street surgery outside The Bell Inn at Chittlehampton. This provided parishioners with an opportunity to speak to her in person about matters of concern to them.
Selaine says: "It was great to be in Chittlehampton recently to speak to some residents about planning, highways and broadband issues. There has been some good news on one of these fronts, where I have liaised with Openreach to get Umberleigh Academy’s broadband upgraded and I know the community is now also working on a Community Fibre Partnership. Cllr Jenkins was able to join me and discussed some of the work he had been doing with the village. Separately, we also had some good news from County Councillor, Paul Henderson, that the A377 is finally receiving some of the long overdue treatment it so desperately needs. Next time I am doing a surgery in Chittlehampton I will make sure that it is when The Bell Inn is open, the one thing missing from my most enjoyable visit was coffee!"
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984
As much as the Parish Council would love to renew the whole of the play equipment and the surfacing of the play area the costs are so great that we feel even with grants the chances of managing to achieve this are more or less impossible. However we are endeavouring to resolve the difficulties with the existing equipment. One of the main problems is complying with the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act 1995) part of the Equality Act 2010 which raises many issues with the whole area within the fencing and the access from the village hall car park. We are seeking advice on how to resolve these as much as we need to so that the area can re-open and then replace items as the finance becomes available. Again we apologise for any inconvenience caused but our main priority is the safety of the children.
Did you realise that you can also report potholes that you find yourself? This can be done via the following Devon County Council website:
Alternatively you can just Google "Devon potholes" and follow the first suggested link.
You can then report the pothole by clicking on its location on an interactive map. There is even an opportunity to upload a photograph of the pothole to show how bad it is and help identify the one you are reporting.
However, not all potholes qualify for a repair. In order to be repaired a pothole must:
1. be over 40mm deep
2. be wider than 300mm
3. have a vertical rather than a shallow edge.
Once you have registered your pothole, DCC aim to have it investigated within 3 days. If the investigation confirms that it qualifies for repair, it will be added to their list of repair work to be undertaken.
Air Ambulance Landing Lights.
The Parish Council jointly with Devon Air Ambulance have installed lighting on the playing field behind the village hall to enable the air ambulance to land during the hours of darkness. They are now flying until 2 O'Clock in the morning and this is likely to be extended even further. The lights are turned on by mobile telephone signal should a landing be required. Due to the remoteness of the village this could be life saving or in case of a serious incident could be used to take patients to a distant specialist hospital. The funding for this project has come from money given to the air ambulance by the UK Treasury from the LIBOR Bank Fines, council grants from Councillor Richard Edgell, Councillor Walter White and a very kind donation from Grenville Buckingham. Just to prove it was money well spent, the site was used in earnest less than two months after being completed and commissioned on the evening of Sunday 17th. March to take a patient to a specialist burns unit.
See pictures below.