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A3123 Mullacott Cross to Lynton Cross

Works are to take place between the 28th June and 6th July inc.  The works will be carried out at night during a temporary road closure (7pm to 7am), with the road reopened during the daytime.
The works have also been extended so there will be a temporary closure between Lynton Cross and Easter Close Cross.  A further diversion route will be in place during this time via A399 Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, B3230 New Barnstaple Rd.
Should you require any further information please contact:
James Millichope – Devon County Council
Tel:  0345 155 1004


Voting safely at this year’s elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in North Devon and Torridge will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at the Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot: in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place (known as a proxy vote).

The deadline to register to vote for the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday 19 April.  The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.

For those who choose to vote in person, safety measures will be implemented to make polling stations safe places to cast your vote on 6 May.

Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering
  • bringing their own pen or pencil
  • cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • keeping a safe distance

Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate.  There will be measures in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.

Judith Dark, Electoral Services Manager at North Devon Council, says: “The elections this year are very important – they’re an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in North Devon.  We’re thinking about these elections now so that, however you choose to cast your vote in May, you can do so safely.  We’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; you can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face masks.  But you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy.”

Tom Vanstone – Senior Electoral and Democratic Services Officer at Torridge says: “Making sure you’re registered to vote is important so you can have your say in this and all future elections.  Being on the electoral register may also help if you want to apply for financial products or even things like a mobile phone contract.  Options for voting have expanded over the years with many people finding the convenience and simplicity of postal voting an appealing alternative to attending a polling station.  Whichever way you decide to vote make sure you don’t miss out and apply before the deadlines stated.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission says: “The choice on how to vote at next May’s elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.  If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply now.  This will make sure your application is processed early and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly.  It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.  You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Residents can visit the FAQ page on the council’s website to find out more about the elections on 6 May 2021. The page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Any residents who have questions can also contact the elections team at elections@northdevon.gov.uk or elections@torridge.gov.uk.


Beware of Census 2021 Scams


Braunton Neighbourhood Police Newsletter April 2021

(Click here for PDF)


West Community Shop Newsletter April 2021

Once again a big thank you to all our customers for your continued support.  Please check out our Facebook page for new products and let us know if there is anything you would like us to stock.  Orders are very welcome and delivery can be arranged within the village.  You can order meat and veg as well as grocery items.  Easter Raffle – tickets are £1 from the Shop.

Your Village Shop – do you want to make a difference?
The Community Shop is run by an elected management committee and the next Annual Members Meeting will be on 7 June.  Would you like to get involved?  To vote at the meeting or become a member of the committee you need to be a shareholder (shares are £1).  Please email the shop for more details or a share application form.

Volunteers
In the shop Volunteers are always needed, but now more so than ever.  We have many shifts that we are having difficulty covering and staff shortages mean we may need to adjust our opening hours.  Please can you help us to avoid this?  Minimum slot of 2 hours. Please call Sue on 864264.

Outside the shop
We are also looking for someone to help us further improve our web site – please get in touch if you can help.

Covid
We are constantly reviewing how we do things in light of the changing Government advice on Covid so please look out for any notices and work with us as we try to keep the Shop safe for customers, staff and volunteers.  We now require all customers to wear a mask in the shop.  If for any reason you don’t feel able to do this we are happy to take any order by phone or email for you.

Community News

Mobile Library in the Square
Every first Thursday of the month 10.50 to 11.20 am, limited to one person at a time with a face mask.

Dog Waste Bins – please use them – thank you!
Located by the school, at the Parish Hall, on the green triangle by the Coronation Tree and on West Down Village Green Field.

The Post Office
Your local cash point at the Parish Hall Monday: 1.15pm – 4.15pm / Wednesday & Friday: 9.15am – 12.15pm.  Services include post & parcels, car tax, banking and cash withdrawal (most banks) and Gift Cards with a value of choice, usable at most stores.  Facemasks must be worn.

Miles Fish and Chips is back!
Every Monday from 5-7pm, starting 18 January.  MSC Certified, freshly prepared and cooked in their mobile unit.

The Crown Inn
Open for takeaway (pre-order preferred).  Friday & Saturday 6pm – 8pm / Sunday 12pm – 2pm.

St Calixtus
Sunday services have resumed at St Calixtus but they are not held every week for the time being.  Check posters and the website for up to date information.  This is being reviewed and it is hoped weekly services will commence soon.  The Easter Sunday service will be by bookings only.  Please let Andy Odell know if you wish to attend – 864427 or Andy.Odell@sky.com.
Plans are now recommencing for the deferred 100th Anniversary of the erection of our war memorial.  Please look out for details soon on the website.  Save the date – Sunday 12th September at 10.30 am.

Gardening Club
Hoping to start again on Thursday, 17th June with a talk at the hall on Fuchsias.  For more information contact Jan Oades on 01271 865554

Parish Council Meetings
Via Zoom until further notice.  Please contact the Clerk or Councillors via www.westdown.org.uk if you have any issues you wish to discuss.

All of the above a subject to change to reflect current Covid restrictions.

Useful links

Pharmacy 2U
You can order prescriptions which are delivered direct to your door at no extra cost, please visit https://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk.

West Down Covid Volunteer Group
Here to help anyone who is shielding or self-isolating.  If you need confidential help with shopping, prescriptions or errands please contact 07795529711 or westdownvolunteergroup@gmail.com.

NHS Volunteer Service
Available to help those who are vulnerable to Covid, especially those over 70 or who are pregnant or have a disability, and are also there if you just need someone to talk to.  Contact 0808 196 3646 or visit www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk.


Live Well in Braunton 

Live Well has been tasked by One Northern Devon, to identify gaps in food provision for families and children with the aim to see how the community sector could step in to help.

The Survey… 
During the current Covid 19 pandemic, it has been recognized by many agencies that not only have peoples’ food habits changed but that food insecurity has become an issue for many people.  In order to gauge the impact of this Live Well in Braunton are working with One Northern Devon and the Devon Community Foundation to engage with the community around the issues being faced in our local area.  From this engagement it is hoped that specific issues may be identified which Live Well in Braunton can then help to address in some small way.

We would love to have your input and would be grateful if you could answer the questions in this short questionnaire.
https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/…/Live-Well-in-Braunton…/


A361 Road Closure for Structural Maintenance from 4th May for 4 weeks

(See details)


Everything you need to know for School on Monday 8th March

(See details)


Devon Libraries

Devon has been placed in National Lockdown, Libraries Unlimited has decided to temporarily close our buildings.  Our Choose & Collect, mobile library and computer services have been suspended until further notice.  Learn more on our Covid-19 updates page.


Devon Domestic Abuse Service

(See poster)


Notice from West Down Parish Council

We have received a great many complaints about

DOG FOULING
(THE OFFENCE OF BEING IN CHARGE OF A DOG AND FAILING TO REMOVE THE FAECES AFTER IT DEFICATES IN A PUBLIC PLACE)

So….
Please watch where your dog ‘goes’ and pick up after it.
If you have more than one dog off lead you can’t expect to watch them all.
All dog owners have an idea of when their dog needs to go. We are just asking you to be responsible for the mess and remove it.

There are 4 dog waste bins around the village –
Parish Hall, School, Community Field and Coronation Triangle

PLEASE USE THEM

We live in a lovely village and it is in everyone’s interest to keep it that way,
so, it is important that we all do our bit.


Urgent appeal for community equipment

If you’ve got any community equipment you no longer need, please can you return it?

We urgently need commodes, walking frames, shower stools, and raised toilet seats, as increased demand during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means these items are in danger of being in short supply.

Please contact Millbrook Care on 0330 124 4491 to arrange a free contactless collection


Selaine Saxby MP Contact Details

Dear Clerk,
I hope you are keeping safe and well at this challenging time.
I write on behalf of Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon to share her contact details and ask if you would mind adding these details to your website and/or community newsletters.
At this time of uncertainty communities are coming together and relying on parish councils and each other more than ever, and Selaine wanted to ensure that if anyone wished to contact her for help, they were able to find the information easily. Parish websites and newsletters are a great source of information and I know are widely distributed, particularly in our villages. In particular, newsletters are important for those who may not be able to access the internet or send emails, much like the posters you were recently sent.
Selaine’s website, which is updated constantly with new information, is: www.selainesaxby.org.uk
Her social media channels are:
• Twitter: @SelaineSaxby
• Instagram: @selaine_saxby_mp
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/SelaineSaxbyMP
She can also be contacted via email at selaine.saxby.mp@parliament.uk and at her office in Barnstaple for urgent cases at 01271 327990.
If you could pass these details on to the editors or administrators of your parish website and/or newsletter I would be very grateful, and if I could be copied in on that email I would also be grateful, so I might have the contact for them as well.
Please excuse the generic nature of this email, I have sent it to every clerk in North Devon.
If you or the editors should have any questions, or want more information, please do not hesitate to get back in touch with me.
Thank you for all your efforts in supporting our communities at this difficult time.
Kind regards,
Oliver John Kerr
Communications & Engagement Manager to Selaine Saxby MP
Member of Parliament for North Devon

Church House, Church Lane, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 1DE
@ oliver.kerr@parliament.uk
01271 327990 | 07514 158914


Parish Council – Ash dieback

Ash die-back is becoming increasingly prevalent and landowners are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure public safety. Dead or diseased trees need to be removed or made safe where they could fall across roads or pathways. Advice and information can be found on
https://www.devon.gov.uk/environment/ash-dieback.


Air Ambulance

West Down has become one of the latest villages to provide a safe landing space for the North Devon Air Ambulance.  Having already experienced the need for casualties to be evacuation using the Air Ambulance, the community came together to ensure that the helicopter could land safely by day and night.

The success of this initiative is a real tribute to the community spirit that exists, with all sections of the community coming together to provide the necessary facilities.

The Trustees of the West Down Village Green Field Association offered the landing site and the Parish Council obtained the necessary planning permission.  Fund raising for the lighting mast was aided by County and District Councillors.  West Down Women’s Institute held a cream tea which raised a substantial amount as well as being a most enjoyable event.  A grateful parishioner, who benefitted from the services of the air ambulance, was among the donors.  A local resident is providing the electricity for the mast and the air ambulance has already completed a test run.

The general Feeling is a hope that it will not be necessary to use the landing site, but it is reassuring for villages in remote locations to know that they are accessible and that aid is within easy reach.


West Down Parish Council

West Down Parish Council wish to make everyone aware that we have a fully operational AED in the village.  This is a Zoll machine and it is sited in the porch at the West Down Community Shop.  It is stored in a plastic box with an alarm on it, but there is no code to access the box and the alarm is for noise purpose only.

                                          

This machine is simple to operate and once open you follow the instructions provided by the machine – with good quality CPR the best possible care is provided to a casualty and chances of survival in a life threatening situation are raised considerably.

If anyone would like further information regarding the machine or you wanted to consider some training, please do not hesitate to contact:

Sue Ayre – 07980 182317