Wild About Devon is a new initiative to help communities and Parish and Town Councils take action for wildlife and help tackle the Ecological and Climate Emergencies. We’ve created a 3-minute animation to help summarise the initiative which you can watch on YouTube.
There are lots of inspiring examples of communities taking action for wildlife across Devon (Teignbridge Wildlife Wardens, Life on the Yealm and Moor Meadows to name a few) but no central place to connect them together to share learning, network and inspire others.
Information and expertise currently sits within lots of different organisations, groups and initiatives (Woodland Trust, DWT, Devon Living Churchyards, Devon Birds etc) and it is often hard for us to know where to start when looking for guidance and support. Wild About Devon has been set up by LNP partners to fill this gap and hep us all to create a Nature Recovery Network across Devon.
Staverton Parish Neighbourhood Plan
Creating a new vision for the Future
Steering Group Meeting
Wednesday 23rd June 2021 at 7-30
Members of the public wishing to attend this virtual meeting will require the following information to gain access via the Zoom platform.
Join Zoom Meeting click HERE
Meeting ID: 834 5236 5220
1. Parishioner’s time
2. Apologies for absence
3. Approval of minutes from the last meeting
4. Matters arising
5. Declarations of interest
6. Discussion with Lee Bray and Duncan Smith
7. Finance – Ed.
8. Housing Policies
9. Open Meeting
11. Date and form of next meeting.
“David Attenborough’s Blue Planet highlighted the problems of rubbish and plastic pollution in the oceans.
Closer to home, we picked up this lot in the lanes around Staverton in just over an hour.”
Anna Lunk and Malcolm Baldwin
Connecting Devon and Somerset is pleased to announce the roll out of its new mobile booster scheme, aimed at small businesses and households who currently have poor indoor mobile coverage.
The scheme allows businesses and households to apply for an £800 voucher which can be used to acquire a mobile signal booster from a registered scheme supplier. The booster will in turn help to improve indoor mobile coverage for the premises in question.
Businesses and residents will need to fill in the below form, self-certifying that they cannot receive an indoor mobile signal. Upon application, a voucher code will be emailed to the applicant which can be used with one of the registered scheme suppliers/installers.
It is down to the applicant to research which of the suppliers can install in their area/which one is best to go with for their needs. Getting in touch with the supplier directly to redeem the voucher and have the equipment installed at the premises.
Please find below a service update on the current situation with South Hams’ waste and recycling service from FCC Environment.
On 1st April 2019, FCC Environment began providing all waste, recycling collection and street and toilet cleaning services on behalf of South Hams District Council extending the company’s existing contract with West Devon Borough Council to deliver a range of benefits to residents in both communities.
The waste and recycling service in West Devon, which mirrors the system rolled out in South Hams, has been successfully operating for over 10 years and residents have responded well. The new recycling vehicles now in use in South Hams have been in use in West Devon since March 2018.
The new recycling system which is currently being introduced in South Hams is considered ‘best in class’ by many other local authorities in England, has been carefully designed to maximise the amount of materials collected for recycling. The system also delivers improved quality recyclate which means the materials will go on to be recycled into new products.
Behind the scenes this system has been far from easy to implement in South Hams and FCC acknowledge that there have been service issues for some residents for which we apologise. These teething problems have resulted in some residents experiencing missed collections and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience and difficulties this has caused and continues to cause as we work with the council to rectify.
It should also be noted that the system was designed on the basis of recycling vehicles filling up once a day and being emptied at the end of the working day but due to the home working implications of lock downs through 2020-21 and residents saving recycling for the new system to launch, the vehicles can fill up, up to 2 to 3 times a day, so they need to travel back to the depot and unload each time but we are making our way through the implications of such increased volumes.
We are working hard to collect from residents that have been missed and to collect from the harder to reach properties on our rounds and we are getting there but we would ask residents, particularly those who have had repeated missed collections, to bear with us at this time.
We have been questioned about the vehicles being too large for some areas; the vehicles selected to deliver this service are state of the art recycling vehicles and they are sized to maximise the collection of recycling across the District. We do ask residents to follow council advice to place their recycling bins and boxes in the right places for collection. We appreciate for some that this may mean changes to the way their recycling has been collected previously but we ask for your support on this.
We are asking residents to bear with us in the coming weeks while these multi-faceted issues with this complex recycling scheme are ironed out and we remain confident that, once these hurdles have been overcome, that the service we have been contracted to deliver across South Hams and West Devon will deliver all of the benefits promised at the outset.
– FCC Environment
Issued 28 May 2021
The results of the recent election for Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall are now published.
Alison Hernandez has been returned as police and crime commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for a second term of office.
See here for the full results
Job Opportunity – Advice Session Supervisor, Citizens Advice South Hams
Citizens Advice has been solving life’s problems for over 80 years, supporting local communities with expert free, independent, confidential and impartial advice. At Citizens Advice South Hams 2021 is our year of renewal following Covid-19. Demand for our services is increasing, as is our team of staff and volunteers.
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Advice Session Supervisor to join our small, friendly, and supportive team in managing the advice sessions, supporting and supervising paid and volunteer advisers, and ensuring our advice is delivered at the highest quality across all our channels.
The job includes:
· Managing the practicalities of the advice session and ensuring adequate staffing and resources.
· Monitoring the quality of advice work in accordance with Quality of Advice Audit (QAA)
· Monitoring case records, telephone calls, emails, and webchats of staff and/or volunteers to meet the stipulated standard and service level agreements.
· Identifying and actioning remedial and developmental issues by providing feedback and developing individuals to improve the quality of service.
In addition, you will have:
· Commitment to, and ability to work within, the aims, principles and policies of the Citizens Advice service.
· Recent experience of welfare or related advice work in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
· Proven ability to manage /supervise others, including an ability to motivate staff and volunteers and give feedback objectively and sensitively through regular appraisal activity.
To be successful, we would like you to demonstrate excellent people skills, a flexible approach, an interest in problem solving and possess the ability to work both independently and as part of a team to manage a busy workload. Whilst experience delivering advice in a Citizens Advice environment is preferred, we welcome diversity both in our people and our thinking, we welcome applications from all advice settings from those who desire to serve their community and want to make a difference.
This role will cover two days a week, working from the Citizens Advice South Hams office in Totnes. We offer a range of employee benefits, pension contributions, training and free parking, plus opportunities to continue your professional development.
Please visit our website to see the full job description and download the application form. Please note CVs will not be accepted.
Closing date for applications: Monday 17th May.