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.
Save Devon's Mobile Libraries
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:
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
Time is running out to claim free trees!
Time is running out for applications for this years free tree scheme. Packs of 50 native, broadleaved trees are available for free from Devon County Council but applications close on the 27th September. If you are interested in applying click the link below for more information and to apply:
Lydford Forest Consultation
Consultation period ends on 13th October
Forestry England are working on a new forest plan for their land at Lydford, Brentor and Burley Down. The plan will define the long-term vision for the woodland and sets out how management of the land will acheive this over the next ten years.
Forestry England are keen to get as many comments as possible on the draft plan that has been published here https://consult.forestryengland.uk/ to get the am appropriate balance of views and opinions. The plan can be accessed by selecting "Lydford Forest Plan questionnaire" where feedback and comments can be left. The questionnaire will be available until the 13th October.
You can contact Forestry England by emailing them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Cllr Robert Oxborough on his election to represent Mary Tavy ward on WDBC.
You can read the official Declaration of Result below
Parish Cemetery - New bench and new contractor
Over the winter period the Parish Council have been advertising for a new contractor to mow and maintain the Parish Cemetery. It has been difficult to find someone willing to take the work on for a number of reasons but we are hopefully about to conclude negotiations with a local company to carry out the work.
During the annual inspection the Parish Councillors noticed that the bench and noticeboard were in a state of disrepair. Both have been replaced using donations to pay for the new bench and noticeboard. The bench is already in place and the new noticeboard is being manufactured and will soon be in place.
Thanks to Cllr Fraser for her hard work sourcing, ordering and installing the bench and removing the old one.
Don't forget your photo ID when voting
A change in the rules relating to voting now means that you must show photographic ID when voting.
Acceptable forms of identification are:
- Driving Licence
- Blue Badge
- Older Persons Bus Pass
- Defence Identity Card
- Biometric immigration Document
- PASS Card (Identity card bearing
the Proof of Age Standards Scheme
If you do not have any of these documents you can apply for a free Voter ID document. Full details are on the poster and at www.electoralcommission.org.uk
The following press release has been issued by West Devon Borough Council:
West Devon Mayoral Awards Now Open
Issued: 23 January 2023
Nominations are open for the 2023 West Devon Borough Council Mayoral Awards, which recognise deserving people providing valuable contributions to the community.
The Borough Council is looking for outstanding people who deserve public recognition for their unpaid work or contribution. Whether an individual, group or an organisation, the Council wants to hear about them.
The Mayoral Awards have now been running for a fantastic 25 years. They have celebrated the outstanding achievements of a wide range of people who have done something significant to benefit the Borough.
Some past winners have enhanced the reputation of West Devon nationally, while others have contributed hugely to the conservation and protection of the Borough’s beautiful natural environment.
The four categories this year are:
• The West Devon Mayoral Award for Under 18s
• The West Devon Mayoral Award for Over 18s / Organisation
• The Mayor’s Green Award
• Long Service Award
The Long Service Award, which was introduced for the first time last year, recognises those who have worked behind the scenes, contributing to their community over a number of years.
The Green Award covers a wide range of environmental or sustainable areas, such as recycling, improving biodiversity or green transport. If you know someone who is ‘green fingered’ or doing their bit to combat climate change, this award is a great way to celebrate their achievements.
Nominations close on Friday 17 February 2023.
Mayor of West Devon, Cllr Caroline Mott, said: “With life difficult for many it is even more important for us to value and recognise those who strive to make a difference in their communities.
“Please use this opportunity to nominate someone who has made a difference in the Borough so that they may be considered for an award. It is always a joy to read through the nominations even though it is a difficult task to name a final winner.
“All those nominated will receive a certificate to recognise their endeavours with the winners invited to receive their award after the Hub Committee meeting on Tuesday 7 March 2023."
Judges will include the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and two other Councillors. The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony planned for Tuesday 7 March 2023 at the Council Officer, Kilworth park, Tavistock.
If you know someone who you think is deserving of an award, you can complete a nomination form, giving us details of why you think they should receive one.
To access the nomination forms and for more information visit: https://www.westdevon.gov.uk/mayors-awards
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.
Let;s talk Pre-Teens
The South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership have been working with a wide range of partners to produce a toolkit to support parents of pre-teens (9-12 year olds). This has been developed as a result of the resounding success of the Let’s Talk Teenagers programme that has seen 2497 engagements with parents and carers so far. FREE online sessions through the Let’s Talk programme for parents and carers of pre-teens are available this month.
The Let’s Talk program is designed to increase parent and carers knowledge around the key risks whilst giving simple tools and techniques to help them support their child. As a partnership we acknowledge that parenting can be really difficult, especially in such challenging times. We want to get these resources to as many parents as possible and we need your help! We would be really grateful if you could share the information included in this email with all your contacts and communities so we can reach as many parents and carers as possible. From the 2nd of January we will be running a social media campaign through Devon County Council so if you have social media please share the posts.
Tickets are free and available at Let's Talk Pre-Teens.
The topics covered will be as follows:
Tuesday 17th January 2023
- Difficult emotions
- Substance misuse
Tuesday 24th January 2023
- Societal Stereotypes
Tuesday 31st January 2023
- Physical risks
- Safety planning
- Mental health
Cost of Living Special – how and where to find support this winter
West Devon Community and Volunteer Services have produced a factsheet with lots of advice to help during the cost of living crisis. You can read it by clicking the button on the right.
There are several sections:
1. Foodbanks and transport
2. Warm spaces
3. Money, Debt and Benefits Advice
4. Funding for Individuals
5. Funding for Groups
As well as the factsheets there is lots of information on their website, In Touch Tavi, click here to visit this excellent resource.
A public consultation is being held on the draft Devon Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy. This consultation aims to find out your views on the draft strategy and its recommendations.
Click here for more information and to take part: devon.cc/ev-strategy-consultation
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…)
The Growing Communities Fund has just been launched by Devon County Council and is intended to support proactive, effective, measurable, and sustainable actions to enable individuals and communities to build self-reliance and community resilience, reduce food and fuel inequalities and improve mental health and wellbeing and respond to the climate emergency.
A wide range of groups and organisations can apply including ‘host’ organisations. The Growing Communities Fund will provide grant awards of between £500-£1000 and £1000-£3,000 (though we will enter discussions with applicants who have exemplary or innovative projects). The grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 will be reimbursed upon receipt of an end of project report outlining what the funds paid for and the impact and outcomes. (more…)
Millions of people on means-tested benefits are receiving the first of two cost of living instalments totalling £650 from 14 July 2022, as part of a £37 billion government package to help families with cost of living pressures.
The first £326 instalment for qualifying low-income households in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland by their usual payment method continue to the end of the month. For those eligible, the rest will follow in a second instalment in the autumn. (more…)
If you have a household income of less than £30,000 a year, and live in Devon or Torbay, you may be eligible for free energy efficiency improvements to your home worth thousands of pounds.
From this week you can check your eligibility and apply through the Cosy Devon website. (more…)
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.
This website provides a source of information about issues which are of ongoing concern in our village. They first appear on the home page, but require additional space to do them justice and to provide a timeline of how important matters are progressing.
Annual Audit Documents 2022-23
ANNUAL AUDIT DOCUMENTS 2021-2022
Notice of Public Rights
Annual Governance Statement
Expenditure over £100
Annual Internal Audit Report
Register of assets
ANNUAL AUDIT DOCUMENTS 2020-2021
ANNUAL AUDIT DOCUMENTS 2019-2020
ANNUAL AUDIT DOCUMENTS 2018-2019
Notice of exercise of public rights
Annual Governance statement
Expenditure above £100
explanation of variances
Register of Assets
ANNUAL AUDIT DOCUMENTS 2016
Explanation of significant variances
Annual Governance statement
Internal Audit Report
Expenditure above £100
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (c.2)
Notice of date of commencement period
Declaration of status of published accounts
Notice of conclusion of audit