On this page you will find a variety of news & information if you click on the headline in the table below it will take you directly to that news item. Please note that any personal opinions are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Council. If you have anything you would like added please contact the Clerk.

Drewsteignton Village News including information on New Choir.It’s time to renew garden waste subscriptions in West Devon
DCC Newsletter (updated 30/04/22)Stagecoach Public Service Bus changes for Exeter WEF 10th April 2022
Police General Updates/Info
including advice on fuel thefts 15/03/22.
Grant available for Young People
News from WDBCBroadband Booster Scheme Available

Drewsteignton Village News

Can you help please?

Fiona Rynn would like to resign her position as defibrillator account administrator and needs someone else to pick up the reins. Currently, the safety checks on the box (located outside the Drewsteignton Post Office) are being carried out by someone else and she simply follows up any queries by the Community Heartbeat Trust who are responsible for the hardware. If anyone is interested in taking on this vital village role, please contact Fiona on 281617 or fiviva@yahoo.com

My name’s Naomi, and I’m working with Documental Theatre company (who are based in Chudleigh) and we are running a creative project for Villages in Action (Devon’s rural arts charity).  Full details are in the flyer attached.

It is set up to be free for community heroes and people who give their time to help the local area flourish. We are reaching out to groups in West Teignbridge and East Dartmoor as there haven’t been as many of these kinds of in-person opportunities offered here recently, and that’s why I’m reaching out to Drewsteignton Parish Council to see if you can help us spread the word.

I’d be really grateful if you could share the attached flyer with local community heroes, volunteers, carers, NHS workers etc who might be interested in getting involved, and perhaps even put it up on a physical noticeboard?

As I say it is free to join in, and there are some expenses to support people who might incur costs by joining in. It should be a lot of fun and there are some great professional artists involved. The sign up period closes in a couple of weeks.

It’s time to renew garden waste subscriptions in West Devon

It’s the time of year again for West Devon residents to renew their garden waste service to make sure that their grass clippings, weeds and pruned garden waste is collected once a fortnight.

An annual subscription to West Devon Borough Council’s Garden Waste Collection Service starts again on 1 April and you are now able to sign up for the service. Each subscription provides four generous reusable sacks, which are collected every fortnight on the same day of the week as your other waste collections.

Cllr Lynn Daniel, West Devon Lead Member for Environment, said: “Not only is our £40 fee for our garden waste service great value for money, it’s so convenient for anyone who likes to look after their garden but is unable to home compost. When you’re tackling jobs like tending to flowerbeds or simply mowing the lawn, being able to put the waste straight into a sack for collection from outside your home is reassuring and makes those tasks feel so much easier.”

All current subscriptions will end on 31March 2022. If you are an existing subscriber then you will need to renew before 1 April 2022 to be able to carry on using the service without interruption.

If you are new to the Garden Waste Service, we will aim to deliver your sacks within ten working days of signing up. You can begin using the service as soon as you receive them.

The annual cost of £40 applies for fortnightly collections, running from 1 April until 31 March each year, excluding the two weeks over the Christmas period when the service is suspended.

For more information and to sign up, visit: www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/7685/Garden-Waste-Service

Devon County Council (DCC) Newsletter.

Use this link to view the newsletter in a separate window.

In this update:

  • Public Health Devon warns of Lyme disease this tick season
  • Trading Standards issue warning as rogue builder complaints hit two a day
  • Naturally Healthy May starts this weekend!
  • Congratulations as Exeter City FC join League One

Stagecoach Public Service Bus changes for Exeter WEF 10th April 2022.

Please find below an extensive list of changes to bus services operated by Stagecoach Devon from their Exeter Depot.  The changes take effect on Sunday 10th April 2022.  Stagecoach inform us that the changes are primarily driven by the difficulties they face in recruiting enough drivers for the Exeter Depot to maintain a reliable network of services.  We understand they are working on a plan to improve the coordination and communications around any disrupted services.

On a more positive note, the list of changes includes details of a range of Exeter Night Buses operating throughout the City on Friday and Saturday nights into the early hours of the morning.  These services will start on Friday 15th April 2022.  Stagecoach will be operating these services with a “ring fenced” crew of drivers which will ensure reliability and not impact on the running of existing services. There will be a full press release towards the end of this month regarding the Exeter Night Bus Services.

Service A (Alphington – Thornpark Rise via City Centre)

  • There are changes to the evening timetable on each day of operation. The frequency will remain every 30 minutes with journeys between Thornpark Rise and Alphington via the City Centre. Journeys between Alphington and Thornpark Rise will be split in the City Centre, with buses running from Alphington to Sidwell Street and High Street to Thornpark Rise. 
  • Saturday morning frequency before 0830 is unchanged, however, some timing changes are made.  0603 Saturday journey from Heavitree will be withdrawn.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes.
  • Devon County Council is subsidising a Friday and Saturday nights bus on this route which will run every 60 minutes between approximately 2400 and 0400.  All journeys will operate as through journeys between Alphington and Thornpark Rise in both directions.

Service B (Exeter – Exminster)

  • Monday to Friday early evening journeys between Bus Station and Matford Park and Ride will be replaced by a 60 minute frequency between Bus Station and Exminster, providing a combined 30 minute frequency with Service 2.
  • Saturday early evening journeys between Bus Station and Matford Park and Ride to be replaced by a 60 minute frequency between Bus Station and Exminster, providing a combined 30 minute frequency with Service 2.
  • 0629 Monday to Friday journey from Bus Station and 0653 Monday to Friday (Service 2B) journey from Matford Park and Ride will be merged into one through journey.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday journeys between Bus Station and Matford Park and Ride to be withdrawn, however, there will continue to be journeys between Bus Station and Exminster every 60 minutes.
  • Monday to Friday and Saturday departure times are amended to provide an even headway with Service 2 over the common section of route.

Service E1/E2 (City Centre – Exwick)

  • Monday to Friday morning school day variations to operate in school holidays, removing the need for timetable variations.
  • Monday to Friday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service, providing a combined 30 minute frequency. 
  • Saturday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service, providing a combined 30 minute frequency. 
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service, providing a combined 30 minute frequency. 
  • Daily evening journeys will terminate at High Street, as opposed to Odeon, however, passengers can remain on the vehicle, which will continue to Sidwell Street as Service A.
  • Devon County Council is subsidising a Friday & Saturday night bus on the E1 which will run every 60 minutes between approximately 2400 and 0400, with the route amended from Sidwell Street to operate via RD&E Hospital.

Service F1/F2 (City Centre – Beacon Heath)

  • Monday to Friday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service.  
  • Saturday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service, between approximately 1030 and 1730.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday early morning journeys before 1000 will not serve Union Road on Service F2.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes on each service.
  • Daily evening journeys will terminate at Odeon, as opposed to Sidwell Street, however, passengers can remain on the vehicle, which will continue to Sidwell Street as Service E1/E2.

Service H/H1/H2 (West Garth Road / Exeter St David’s – RD&E Hospital)

  • Monday to Friday Service H journeys between Exeter St David’s and RD&E Hospital will be withdrawn. 
  • Services H1/H2 will continue to provide a combined 30 minute frequency, with other services also serving RD&E Hospital and Barrack Road. 
  • Monday to Friday morning peak journeys are re-timed.   

Service I (City Centre – Digby)

  • Monday to Friday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Saturday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Devon County Council is subsidising a Friday and Saturday nights bus on this route which will run every 60 minutes between approximately 2400 and 0400.

Service J (City Centre – Digby) 

  • Monday to Friday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Saturday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday evening short working journeys between Whipton and City Centre will be withdrawn, with a 60 minute frequency along the entire route continuing.
  • Devon County Council is subsidising a Friday and Saturday nights bus on this route which will run every 60 minutes between approximately 2400 and 0400.

Service L (City Centre – Pinhoe)

  • Monday to Friday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
  • Saturday evening frequency after 1900 reduced from 30 minutes to every 60 minutes.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday daytime frequency reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes, with journeys between Pinhoe and South Street in the City Centre withdrawn.
  • Devon County Council is subsidising a Friday and Saturday nights bus on this route which will run every 60 minutes between approximately 2400 and 0400.

Service K (City Centre – Whipton – Science Park)

  • Monday to Friday morning school day variations to operate in school holidays to remove the need for timetable variations.
  • Monday to Friday frequency reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes. 
  • Saturday frequency reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes.

Service T (City Centre – Topsham Quay)

  • All evening journeys will be withdrawn, however, the majority of passengers will be able to use Services I/J as alternatives.

Service X (Whipton – Honiton Road Park & Ride)

  • Sunday and Public Holiday journeys are withdrawn.

Service Y (Alphington – Matford Park & Ride via Exwick and City Centre)

  • Sunday and Public Holiday.
  • Monday to Friday and Saturday journeys will start at Broadway, as opposed to Alphington. 

Service Z (Exminster – Matford Park & Ride via Honiton Road Park & Ride)

  • Monday to Friday and Saturday journeys will benefit from additional running time.
  • Sunday and Public Holiday journeys are withdrawn.

Service Red (City Centre – Honiton Road Park & Ride)

  • Sunday and Public Holiday frequency reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes, with the hours curtailed to approximately 0845 until 1830.

Service 2 (Exeter – Newton Abbot via Dawlish)

  • Sunday and Public Holiday short working journeys between Exeter and Dawlish will be withdrawn, making the frequency every 60 minutes between Exeter and Newton Abbot via Dawlish.
  • Services B and 2 will provide a combined 30 minute frequency on Sunday and Public Holidays between Exeter and Exminster.
  • Exeter based vehicles to be transferred to Newton Abbot, with timetable amended accordingly.
  • There are minor changes to the timetable on all days of operation. 

Service 6/6A (Exeter – Bude via Okehampton)

  • Service 6 1100 Monday to Friday and Saturday journey from Bude is re-timed to improve punctuality. 
  • Service 6A 0603 Monday to Friday journey from Bude to Okehampton is advanced to 0558 to allow additional running time and to improve connections. 

Service 9/9A (Exeter – Honiton / Lyme Regis via Sidmouth)

  • Service 9/9A will no longer serve Greendale Vaccination Centre. The Service 56 will provide an alternative with a 2 hour frequency running between Exeter & Exmouth. 
  • A small number of early evening departures from Exeter are withdrawn.

Service 39 (Exeter – Newton Abbot via Bovey Tracey)

  • 1950 Monday to Saturday journey from Newton Abbot to Exeter is withdrawn.
  • 2305 Monday to Saturday journey from Exeter to Newton Abbot is withdrawn.
  • 0015 Monday to Saturday journey from Newton Abbot to Exeter is withdrawn.

Service 95 (Exmouth – Sandy Bay)

  • Service re-instated for the summer season, operating every 30 minutes daily between approximately 0800 and 2200 (every 60 minutes after 1700).
  • There are some minor changes to the timetable to provide additional early evening journeys.
  • There is a minor change to the route, where the TSB Bank bus stop on Victoria Road to avoid congestion issues.  

Service 222 (Dawlish Warren – Teignmouth)

  • Service re-instated for the summer season, operating every 60 minutes daily between approximately 0900 and 1700.
  • There is a minor change to the timetable compared to the 2021 season.

Service X38 (Exeter – Plymouth via Totnes)

  • 1820 Monday to Saturday journey from Exeter to South Brent will be extended through to Plymouth.
  • 1922 Monday to Saturday journey from South Brent to Exeter.

Police General Updates/Info:

Theft of Heating Oil and vehicle fuel. 15/03/2022

Police have started to see an increase of Heating Oil Theft with 4 recently reported in West Devon. This amounts to thousands of pounds at today’s prices and with fuel prices likely to remain high for the foreseeable future this type of crime is likely to continue. 

The content of large full tanks can be worth thousands of pounds to thieves, with no regard whatsoever to the disruption and cost to the Victims. Locks on fuel tanks are being removed or broken, causing yet more cost to residents, farms and estates. Fuel can be stolen from vehicles and storage tanks through siphoning equipment that can vary from the basic tube to more sophisticated arrangements involving pumps and the cutting of fuel lines.

Often prior to a spree of Oil and other thefts particularly around residential areas, there is an increase in door-to-door sales, it’s an easy way for thieves to check out garden layouts and oil tank positions. Please be aware of people selling door to door and call the police if you feel there is anything suspicious.

Measures to consider for vehicles

• Keep vehicles in a secure area, preferably a garage, shed or outbuildings, wherever possible.

• Do not leave keys in or near a vehicle where they can be easily found.

• Consider the use of locking fuel caps.

• Re-fuel vehicles just before the planned journey rather than leaving a vehicle fully fuelled overnight.

• Park vehicles in areas that are well lit so they can be observed easily.

• Arrange for checks of vehicles and premises outside of normal working hours.

• Use secure parking areas or compounds when vehicles are parked overnight, particularly when not parked at their operating base.

• Consider the use of alarms. This could be on the vehicles themselves or for the perimeter of the parking/storage area. Improve lighting and focus on vulnerable areas.

For Storage Tanks

• Fit anti-siphoning devices.

• Install or confirm existing CCTV is fit for purpose and train a camera on tanks and vulnerable vehicles.

• Install cages and/or improve security that surrounds fuel storage tanks.

• Consider using ‘bunded’ fuel tanks if your existing storage facility is not of that type.

• Consider the deployment of fuel dyes.

• Commercial companies could consider fuel cards rather than storing fuel on site.

• Use defensive parking techniques, wherever possible park vehicles against solid objects on the fuel tank side to prevent access.

• Remove portable storage from site (barrel and drums etc) or make them secure.

• Consider installing fuel cap alarms – wireless transmitters can be placed inside the screw cap of the fuel tank. A magnetic switch on the device sets off an alarm if the cap is opened or tampered with.

• More advanced systems can be linked to security lighting or send a text message to the owners or security provider.

• An isolation switch allows authorised access to the tank for refuelling.

• Make sure gates and compounds are locked and secured, consider fitting an anti-attack cover for the lock.

• Agricultural sites should consider portable refuelling systems that can be locked in secure storage areas and not left in fields or stock yards.

• Use appropriate signage at the entrances where security devices are being used. It will act as a deterrent.

Should you witness suspicious activity and you believe that immediate police attendance is required, please dial 999. Any other non-urgent information or intelligence can be passed to police by calling 101 or via email to 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous you can pass any information or intelligence to CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.


What to do if your dog goes missing

It’s important to establish if your dog has been stolen or has got lost. If your dog has gone missing from your garden, it usually won’t wander far. Check with your neighbours and ask them to check their gardens and garages. If you still cannot find your dog, check with the local dog warden, tell the microchip company your dog is missing and call local vets and rescue centres.
If your dog is being stolen and someone has physically taken your dog from you, shout that your dog is being stolen and attract attention. If you can take photos or videos and report it to the police by calling 999. If there are any witnesses nearby, ask for their contact details and report your missing dog to the microchip company. There is more information on our website that will give you more information and places to go for help: dc.police.uk/dogsafety

Which is the best way to contact the Police?

Well that depends on the situation…

Here is a guide provided the the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to help the public decide on the best way to contact the police depending on the situation, of course if it is an emergency then you should dial 999.

Cyber Security update from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.

This is a video interview involving one of Devon and Cornwall Police’s Cyber Protect Team. Amongst other things it touches on Romance, Covid and Delivery Frauds perpetrated on-line and provides guidance for reporting these sorts of matters.  It is well worth 20 mins of your time…

Grant Available for Young People:

The Providence School Charity (established from the sale of Providence School, Throwleigh in 2016) are able to give small grants to young people (under the age of 25) from the parishes of Chagford, Drewsteignton, Gidleigh and Throwleigh to support individuals for educational, sporting and cultural activities.

In light of the disruption to their studies and exams we are particularly keen to receive applications from students in years 10, 11, 12 & 13, especially those who are going to university, college or starting training.

To apply please contact the Clerk to the Charity, gayhill@btinternet.com or 01647 432424 or your local Trustee

Chagford: Gay Hill, Robert Sampson

Drewsteignton: Roger Burridge, Jennifer Mullins

Gidleigh: Alan Roberton

Throwleigh: Jacky Crawford, Ann Warwick Oliver

Applications are ongoing – Please pass on these details to anyone you think may be interested.

News From WDBC:

Committees at West Devon Borough Council.

The following committee positions were confirmed:

Hub Committee

Cllr Neil Jory – Chairman

Cllr Ric Cheadle – Vice Chairman

Audit Committee

Cllr Mike Davies – Chairman

Cllr Kevin Ball – Vice Chairman

Development Management & Licensing Committee

Cllr Julie Yelland – Chairman

Cllr Terry Pearce – Vice Chairman

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Cllr Mandy Ewings – Chairman

Cllr Patrick Kimber – Vice Chairman

Invest to Earn Committee

Cllr Chris Edmonds – Chairman

Standards Committee

Cllr Patrick Kimber – Chairman

Cllr Lucy Wood – Vice Chairman

For more information on new appointments to Council committees, go to: www.westdevon.gov.uk/committees

Broadband Booster Scheme Available.

Mobile Booster Voucher Scheme:

Do you live in a rural community? Do you have poor indoor mobile coverage? If so, then this voucher scheme may be of interest to you. Connecting Devon and Somerset have a scheme, funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s (HotSWLEP) Growth Deal, which allows businesses and households to apply for an £800 voucher which can be used to buy 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 by improving 4G coverage.

It is up to the applicant to research which of the suppliers can install in their area and which one is best to go with for their specific needs. Getting in touch with the supplier directly to redeem the voucher and have the equipment installed at the premises. To find out more from the Connecting Devon and Somerset website and to apply using their application form, please click here.