Monday, 17 December 2018

Fibre Broadband Connection for Rattery

The Parish Council has now received very good news from Openreach.  

They have confirmed their intention to extend their fibre network to premises in Rattery.  This should mean much better Broadband speeds for everyone connected via the Buckfastleigh exchange – the majority of households in Rattery.

Although detailed plans are still being developed, the likelihood is that the work should be carried out in early 2019.  We have been promised regular updates as plans progress and we will keep you informed.

This good news is very welcome given the recent disappointment regarding delays to Gigaclear’s plans to bring a fibre network to Rattery and represents a triumph of persistent lobbying by the Business and Telecoms Advisory Group led by Michael Jack. Well done to them.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Electricity Supply to Rattery: An update from Western Power

We recently asked Western Power Distribution for an update on the situation in Rattery.
Here are their Area Manager's answers to our questions.

Is Rattery particularly vulnerable in any way?
Rattery is now in fact more secure than it was in the past because previously the network feeding the village was a spur arrangement but it is now part of a ring. In that we laid an interconnecting cable between the line to Rattery and a line from Buckfastleigh. Connecting at Pennywell Farm in 2013. This gives the network the capability to be fed from either direction in case of a fault at any time. This interconnector can be operated by remote control from our control room saving the need to rely on staff physically visiting site.
We also renewed the poles and lines to the surrounding area at Parklands Farm in 2014. As part of our ongoing maintenance program which for information is that we inspect and change the poles every 7 years. Cut the tree’s within proximity every 5 years and inspect the line by helicopter every 2 years.

Are there any issues affecting the reliability of power supply in the Parish?
None that I am aware of at present. We did experience back in the end of October a pole that failed in service we believe due to a previous lightning strike near Parklands Nursery. These things do happen from time to time due to the majority of the circuit being constructed in overhead line which is exposed to the elements and wild life.

Do we experience more or fewer power cuts than other areas ?
 Reliabilty has definitely improved over the last 10 years and most definitely due to the work we have carried out. You have no more cuts than any other rural overhead network.

What should we do in the event of a power cut ?
Please let us know as soon as possible by calling 105. We don’t always know your power has been cut in localised incidents.
The system in your locality on the high voltage network works on an auto-reclosing set up. In that if the line is struck by lightning or hit by a falling tree it will immediately cut off and wait for 10 seconds and then try to switch back on in the hope that the problem was only transient.
Before this system the line would cut off and stay off while local staff members travelled  to site to investigate and isolate the problem and in the majority of cases the problem had since passed.
 If you have a series of these short interruptions this possibly means there is a more persistent problem  and staff will be called by our control room to attend. We aim to restore supplies to 85% of customers within the first hour.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Maintaining Hedgerows along the Highway

The Parish Council has produced a guide to the maintenance of hedgerows bordering the highway. As you probably know landowners have a responsibility to keep the the highway and footpaths clear of overhanging hedges and trees. 

The guide explains the legal requirements and includes links to websites with useful information.

You can read it on the Parish Website 

or pick up a printed copy from the Village Hall or from any  parish councillor.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Preparing for Winter Storms and Dealing with Floods

If you have any problems with flooding help is available.

South Hams District Council holds a supply of sandbags and householders can usually collect up to six of these from the depot in Babbage Road, Totnes.
Telephone: 01803 861234 

Rattery Parish Council has, in addition, purchased filled sandbags which can be made available for parishioners to protect their property from flooding. If you need them simply get in touch with any of the parish councillors. 

We are in constant liaison with the Highways Authority, Devon County Council, about maintaining good  drainage so if you have a problem or encounter  flooding on the roads please let the Parish Council know and, ideally, also report highways flooding on the DCC website – the link is on the roads section of the parish website.

Contact details for the Parish Council are on the parish website.

If you have already experience flooding, or you believe you may be at risk, there are steps you can take to protect your property. Further information is available by following the link below. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Website Changes

You may have noticed some changes to the structure of the parish website and, in particular, to the Parish Council and Parish Plan sections.

We are in the process of simplifying these pages to make sure parishioners can find the information they need more easily,  and editing them to make sure that the information on them is up to date.

The process will take a week or so but by the end we hope that the Parish Website is even more informative than before.

If you have any ideas about these matters please get in touch - contact details are on the website.

Best wishes,
Richard Haigh
Chairman, Rattery P.C.

Monday, 17 September 2018

New footpath opening at last

We are pleased to announce that the new footpath is ready to be opened. The official opening ceremony will take place at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday October 6th. Everyone is welcome to come along and walk the path for the first time - and there will be tea, coffee and cakes!

All this is happening a little later in the year than we hoped. Bureaucratic delays by the Charity Commission have created problems for us -  principally in delaying our access to funds needed to get some of the necessary work done. But all these issues are now thankfully resolved and we can get the footpath into use.

There is still work to be done in terms of conservation work, erecting permanent signage and displays, and possibly setting up new dog-litter bins but none of that stops our using the footpath.

The project has been managed by the Rattery Environment Group, which is a new charity set up to promote the "betterment of the local environment and leisure facilities" in the parish. They secured a grant from the National Grid Community Fund which enabled it all to happen.

So with the kind permission of the landowners, Dartington Hall, Devon and Cornwall Housing and Mr and Mrs Martin, we have a new permissive footpath in the heart of the village.

Do come along on the 6th October to help us celebrate a great new facility for the parish.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Update on Kettlewell Project

You may have seen that the new fencing has now been completed and gates installed but the new footpath is not yet opened as work has still to be done.

We have to clear the path of docks and seed it with grass and we have still to lay hardcore on the section of path by  Cummings Pond Lane. We will be putting in a seat in the top corner of the field near the existing public footpath and installing signage and a dog waste bin. 

So there is still a lot to be done but progress is being made.

Fibre Broadband Connection for Rattery

The Parish Council has now received very good news from Openreach.    They have confirmed their intention to extend their fibre netw...