The Parish Council are going ahead with installing lighting on a column behind the village hall to enable the air ambulance to land on the playing field at night. At the moment they fly until midnight but in the near future this will be extended until 2:00am. The planning application has now been passed and the works to install the lighting are due to commence on 21st. January. Most of the money needed has been raised, but additional fund raising may be required.
Dog fouling on the playing field and around the village has become a serious problem, it is an act of pure laziness and completely unacceptable. Dog mess is a serious health risk to children and anyone using the area, it can cause blindness, disease and can even be fatal. This is the sort of action that is not expected in a close knit community such as Chittlehampton, where we should be looking after other peoples interests. Therefore the Parish Council is now working closely with the North Devon District Council dog warden Mr. Alan Kyle to alleviate this problem. Signage is being erected in certain areas warning that anyone who does not pick up their dog’s mess is likely to be prosecuted and could face a fine of up to £1,000. We need your help in this, especially dog owners, if you see someone not clearing up behind their dog please report it to myself on 01769 540886, Karen Wylde on
01769 540715 or to any member of the Parish Council, this will then be passed on to the dog warden for further action, to assist the council we will require a statement of evidence in order to take any action.
The Parish Council has signed up for the Devon County Council snow warden scheme, under this scheme we are supplied with 5 tons of salt which is stored in a secure location and it’s distribution is strictly controlled. This will not have any effect on the existing salt bins which will still be serviced by the county council. We have also purchased a number of snow shovels which have been placed in various locations, including the pub and the shop, these are for the use of whoever may need to use them. Although the distribution of the salt is restricted, anyone that is in desperate need of salt or are in need of help should contact the number listed below, but please remember that resources are limited and everyone helping is a volunteer. If we should have bad weather anyone that is willing to help should again contact the number below, but please be warned that this could be at your own risk.