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.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Annual Report 2018

The Annual Report of the Parish Council will be finalised and approved at our meeting next week.Then we will send a copy to every household in the parish.

In the meantime the best way of checking on our progress is to have a look at the 12 month evaluation of the Parish Plan.

This should give you a good idea of where progress has been made and where there is still work to be done.

If you want more information, or if you have any questions to ask or issues to raise then please get in touch - all the contact details you need are on the parish website

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Road Warden at work

Our volunteer Road Warden, Lister Bass, and his team have been hard at work repairing potholes. Many thanks to them.

Don't forget to let us know if you spot any problems on the lanes - flooding, potholes, etc.

Just email Sharon Raggett, our clerk, and she will pass the information on to the right people.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

March Meeting Report

The Parish Council meeting took place last Tuesday and the minutes will be published in due course. 

In the meantime here are the headline points:

  • We have been awarded over £4,000 from the National Grid Community Fund towards the cost of the Kettlwell Conservation Project (see an earlier blog). So we can now crack on with this project.
  • We are in the process of setting up a regular Youth Club in the Village Hall and we have already taken receipt of a new table tennis table, pool table and table football in preparation.
  • We have made representations to the Examination of the Joint Local Plan reinforcing our position that, for reasons of sustainability and lack of further need, no  case can be made for further housing development in the village.
  • We will investigate the costs and benefits of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish and consult with the parish about the idea.

The next meeting on April 10th at 7.30 p.m. is, in fact, the Parish Assembly. This is the occasion on which the Parish Council reports back to the parish on its year’s activities. You will be able to see displays reporting on each aspect of the council’s activities, including the Advisory Groups who are taking the lead in delivering the Parish Plan. 

There will opportunities to ask questions and express your thoughts about parish matters. Your input is very important to keep us on the right track. We hope you will join us.

Richard Haigh

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Parish Council Meeting Next - All welcome

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Tuesday 13th March at 7.30 in the Village Hall.  The agenda is available in the Parish Council section of this web site.

We will be focusing on how we should deal with land and building development issues in  as we will have to make some important decisions as community about how we deal with these matters in the future.
Members of the public are very welcome at all our meetings and so if  you have any particular interest in building development in the village please come along.

The following planning applications will be considered:

Application no 0518/18/HHO – D Affleck – Highfield, Culver Lane – Replacement   and extension to the front porch and replacement and extension of the existing conservatory with associated internal alterations.
 Application no 0149/18/FUL – Mr T Camp – Happy Stay Cattery, Colston Road – Split existing boundary and build a single storey dwelling with external terrace to be accessed through the existing site roadway.
 Application no 0239/18/HHO – Mr & Mrs C Wensley – Bestwell House – Proposed dining hall extension.
The Parish Council is not the planning authority - we are merely consulted. Decisions are made by South Hams District Council and details of each application are available on the SHDC website (see below).

If you have any comments to make about planning applications the Parish Council would like you to communicate them to the two councils.

This can be done fairly easily. You can make any comments on the SHDC website and give your views to the Parish Council by attending our meeting, or communicating through our clerk. For details go the the parish website (see below).

Friday, 2 March 2018

Highways and Drainage Update

The Highways and Drainage Advisory Group meets with our local Devon County Council Highways Officer, Nick Colton, every two months to go over what work needs doing and who will do it.

Potholes and major drainage problems are dealt with by DCC and they are very responsive to any problems reported on their web page.  So please continue to report any problems you see. The link is 

You can access this link on the home page of the Parish website.

Minor problems are dealt with by our Parish volunteer Road Warden, Lister Bass. We now have a supply of materials and equipment to carry out minor repairs and Lister has undertaken all the necessary safety training necessary before anyone can work on the highways. So we all owe Lister a big thank you for taking this on.

You can see the results of our meetings on the Highways and Drainage Advisory Group web page.

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 Satur...