Further Vacancy for Councillor

BRENTOR PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF VACANCY

There is 1 further vacancy on Brentor Parish Council.

A by-election to fill the vacancies will be held if within 14 days of the date of this Notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Bank Holidays) ten electors from the Parish give notice in writing to the Returning Officer requiring that such an election be held.

The address of the Returning Officer is West Devon Borough Council, Kilworthy Park, Drake Road, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0BZ. A request for an election can also be scanned and emailed to elections@westdevon.gov.uk, but the document must contain “wet ink” signatures.

If no such notice is given, the Parish Council will fill the vacancies through co-option.

For further information please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council.

Dated: 7th May  2024

Signed:          Caroline Oxenham                      Clerk

 

Alvin Diaz – Update

Alvin Diaz

Alvin has now been missing for two days.

The Police have traced Alvin to the bus station in Tavistock where it is believed that he boarded a bus for Plymouth. It is not known at this point where he got off the bus but the working theory is that he has travelled to the city. Alvin has links to the boating community in Plymouth and it is possible that he has visited one of the marinas or boat yards in the area.

Please spread the word about Alvin, his family are desperate to bring him back home.

Update on the search for Brentor resident Alvin Diaz

Update on the search for Brentor resident Alvin Diaz

Update at 20:00 28th March 2024.

Alvin has still not been located. However the Police now believe that he may be in the Plymouth area as it is thought that he boarded a bus for Plymouth after travelling to the bus station in Tavistock on the 118 bus from Brentor. Enquiries are continuing to try and locate Alvin, if anyone has any information that they think may help the Police locate Alvin please call 999 and quote Log 408 of 27th March 24.

There is a Facebook thread about the search: (20+) Brentor, Lydford & Mary Tavy Hub | Facebook

Police search for Brentor resident Alvin Diaz

Concern for missing Brentor man Alvin Diaz

From Devon & Cornwall Police (original article)

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a 72-year-old man who has been reported missing from Brentor in West Devon.

Alvin Diaz was last seen at around 10am this morning [27 March] at his home but has not been seen or heard from since.

Alvin is described as a white man, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He is bald with grey round the sides and grey stubble.

He is believed to be wearing a jacket, navy blue trousers with a blue jumper. He may be wearing a black woolly hat and Merrell trekking shoes. He may also be wearing blue rimmed glasses.

Searches are enquiries are ongoing in the area in efforts to find Alvin but we’re asking for the public to report any sightings or information which may help us.

Anyone who sees Alvin or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 999 quoting log 408 of 27 March.

Stop the Meters – Tavistock Parking – Public Meeting

Stop the Meters – Tavistock Parking – Public Meeting

There is a public meeting at the Bedford Hotel on 28th February 2024 at 6 p.m. to discuss the next steps in the campaign to stop parking charges being imposed in Tavistock. Devon County Council are meeting on the 13th March to decide whether to implement the charges and there is a protest planned at County Hall. For more information visit the campaign website at https://www.tavistockbid.co.uk/stop-the-meters-campaign

Pothole misery

Local pot holes highlighted in local press

Will Walker-Smith is so fed up with the state of the roads in the Parish he sent a picture in to the local paper showing the shocking state of the roads in Liddaton which they published highlighting the issue (again). Residents in Liddaton feel as if DCC have forgotten that they exists as little has been done to remedy the appalling road conditions and drainage/flooding problems there. DCC have been repeatedly informed by residents and BPC (as well as local and county councillors Robert Oxborough and Phillip Sanders) of a number of issues in our parish but little has been done to remedy them. If you would like to report an issue on the roads to DCC the easiest way is through their online reporting tool: Report a problem - Roads and transport (devon.gov.uk) .

Maybe if enough people report issues then something will be done!

Proposed parking charges in Tavistock and Okehampton

Parking charges consultation ends 7th January - be quick!

Devon County Council has announced plans to introduce on street parking charges in Tavistock and Okehampton despite opposition from just about everyone. Not only is there strong opposition to the proposed charges DCC have not provided any evidence to support the benefits that they believe the charges will bring (better air quality, less traffic and better access to premises).

The consultation period ends at the end on the next week (7th January). Please click on the link below to send your thoughts to DCC about what appears to be another cash grab. There is more information on the following sites:

You can send your comments using the form here Parking Charges Response Form and sign the petition here Petition · Stop The Meters! Protect Tavistock Town Centre - Keep Parking Free. · Change.org and another here Petition | Tavistock (visit-tavistock.co.uk)

DCC Roads and Transport reporting tool

DCC roads and transport - report an issue

Devon County Council Roads and Transport have an online tool that allows the reporting of problems with the roads or transport in the County. You can use the service to report issues such as flooding, blocked drains, pot holes or defective signage. The Parish Council have been informed that the quickest way to report an issue, and presumably get it resolved, is to use this service. In an emergency (something that is very likely to present an imminent threat to life or serious injury or serious damage to property) do not use the tool but contact the emergency line on tel:03451551004.

Alvin Diaz

Alvin Diaz - Missing since 10 a.m. 27th March 2024

Update - May 2024

There has been no further information about Alvin placed in the public domain. Should any information be made available then it will be published here as well as social media and other channels.

Update - 22nd April 2024

Police in St Austell have confirmed that Alvin was seen on CCTV alighting from a bus in St Just, Cornwall on the evening of the 27th March 2024. There has been no other sighting of Alvin reported since.

Update - 4th April 2024

From Devon and Cornwall Police:
MISSING | Police have released a new image in the search for missing 72-year-old Alvin Diaz from West Devon.
Alvin was reported missing from his home in Brentor on Wednesday 27 March.
It is now believed that Alvin travelled by train to West Cornwall on 27 March, getting off at Penzance Railway Station. A person, believed to be Alvin, was seen on CCTV at the station.
Alvin is familiar with the Penzance, St Buryan, Mousehole and Marazion areas, as well as the Isles of Scilly from previous visits.
He has not been heard from since his disappearance and we’re appealing for anyone who may have seen Alvin, to please get in touch.
Alvin is described as a white man, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He is bald with grey round the sides and grey stubble.
He is believed to be wearing a jacket, navy blue trousers with a blue jumper. He may be wearing a black woolly hat and Merrell trekking shoes. He may also be wearing blue rimmed glasses.
Searches are enquiries are ongoing in the area in efforts to find Alvin but we’re asking for the public to report any sightings or information which may help us.
Anyone who sees Alvin or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 999 quoting log 408 of 27 March.

Update - 3rd April 2024

Enquiries by the Police have determined that Alvin alighted at Derriford Hospital and went into the hospital. It is then believed that he reboarded a bus and travelled to Plymouth.


Update - 30th March 2024

Despite featuring on the local TV news last night and extensive searches in Plymouth and other areas Alvin has not been found. Alvin's family have produced a flyer with some further information. They are desperate for more information, if you have any information please get in touch.


Update - 29th March 2024

The Police have traced Alvin to the bus station in Tavistock where it is believed that he boarded a bus for Plymouth. It is not known at this point where he got off the bus but the working theory is that he has travelled to the city. Alvin has links to the boating community in Plymouth and it is possible that he has visited one of the marinas or boat yards in the area.

Please spread the word about Alvin, his family are desperate to bring him back home.


Update at 20:00 28th March 2024.

Alvin has still not been located. However the Police now believe that he may be in the Plymouth area as it is thought that he boarded a bus for Plymouth after travelling to the bus station in Tavistock on the 118 bus from Brentor. Enquiries are continuing to try and locate Alvin, if anyone has any information that they think may help the Police locate Alvin please call 999 and quote Log 408 of 27th March 24.

There is a Facebook thread about the search: (20+) Brentor, Lydford & Mary Tavy Hub | Facebook


From Devon & Cornwall Police (original article)

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a 72-year-old man who has been reported missing from Brentor in West Devon.

Alvin Diaz was last seen at around 10am this morning [27 March] at his home but has not been seen or heard from since.

Alvin is described as a white man, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He is bald with grey round the sides and grey stubble.

He is believed to be wearing a jacket, navy blue trousers with a blue jumper. He may be wearing a black woolly hat and Merrell trekking shoes. He may also be wearing blue rimmed glasses.

Searches are enquiries are ongoing in the area in efforts to find Alvin but we’re asking for the public to report any sightings or information which may help us.

Anyone who sees Alvin or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 999 quoting log 408 of 27 March.

Electoral Canvassers

Electoral Canvassers

It is that time of year again when canvassers will be calling on all properties within the council area who are required to, but have not yet returned, a Canvass Form with regard to Electoral Registration. The Canvassers will be trying to make contact with those households who have not supplied information that we have requested under Electoral Registration legislation. 

The canvassers will be carrying ID and will be delivering forms and not taking information at the doorstep, unless it is offered to them.

Stop the closure of the mobile library service

Save Devon's Mobile Libraries

Image: Devon County Council

The campaign to save Devon’s mobile libraries from closure by Devon County Council has now reached more than 4000 online signatures and hundreds more paper signatures, with support from a whole host of celebrities and authors including Stephen Fry and Michael Morpurgo.

To sign the petition online  https://www.change.org/SaveOurMobileLibrary

This petition calls on Devon County Council to keep the mobile library service running in Devon, especially here where we have many very rural and isolated areas which really benefit from its service.

Please sign and share this petition to help save our mobile libraries before the final decision is made by county councillors in the next few weeks.

The campaign to save the mobile library service has attracted national attention and support from Stephen Fry and Michael Rosen:

Authors join online campaign to save ‘vital’ Devon mobile library services

If you would rather sign the petition in person then please visit the Brentor Village Hall on Saturday 2 September during the Summer Fete and Produce Show between 9:30 and 3:00

Drainage maintenance

Brentor Lengthsman

Unfortunately our Parish Lengthsman will be out of action with immediate effect for 8 to 10 weeks due to sudden illness.  Work had only started in the Parish so there are likely to be areas where the drains are not working properly during periods of heavy rainfall, especially now that all the leaves are off the trees.

Should this be causing flooding near you,  I would advise that you call MY DEVON on 0345 1551004 and ask for Highways, this will connect you to the emergency helpline who will be happy to help.

Brentor Car Park charging proposal

A site meeting about the proposed introduction of charges at Brentor Church car park was held on Monday 18th July.  It was attended by Andrew Watson (Estates Officer) and Richard Drysdale (Communities Officer) of Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA), Helen Harris, Rob Harris and Christopher Pancheri from Brentor PCC, Gary Hunt (Chairman of Brentor Parish Council (BCC), Terry Pearce of WDBC and BCC, and two other councillors from Brentor Parish Council, Caroline Mott , and Philip Sanders representing Devon County Council (DCC) and DNPA. Carol and Colin Sergant represented the bell ringers. (more…)

USO Broadband survey

Full Fibre to the Property Broadband has now arrived in Brentor village. Unfortunately only a relatively small proportion of properties in Brentor are able to make use of this facility, the  majority still need alternative methods with poor speed and/or reliability/cost issues.

In order to encourage OpenReach to complete coverage of the whole of Brentor Parish, over the coming weeks, one of your Parish Councillors will be visiting you with a short list of questions about the availability of broadband in your home and what your broadband requirements may be. The information you provide will be collated and used to try to improve the broadband service to all homes in our Parish. OpenReach have already installed a dedicated fibre from Tavistock to Brentor – we are now working to get OpenReach and/or Airband to extend coverage to the whole of Brentor.

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