NEWTON POPPLEFORD & HARPFORD PARISH COUNCIL
NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2009
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PLAY EQUIPMENT AID? ideas raised so far. The Rural Community
Council of Devon will be on hand to support us
We don’t want to get everyone’s hopes up and to answer questions.
too high, but there is a fair chance that the
Playing Field Foundation could get If you have an issue that you need to discuss
substantial funding towards replacing and concerning the future of the parish and are
upgrading the childrens’ play equipment on unable to attend the Drop-In Session, please
feel free to ring me on 567147 for a chat.
the playing field - a much-needed project!
Alternatively, you can speak to Shân Merritt or
Details cannot be sent out until the end of
October at the earliest, but if successful you
will be called upon to support the Gill Potter
application - please watch the website and N.P.& H. Parish Plan Steering Group
the notice boards! *****
***** SEASONAL ISSUES
VISION FOR THE FUTURE FIRE & FLOOD!
The Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish 1. GARDEN WASTE & BONFIRES
Plan Steering Group recently held its first The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is
meeting with representatives from local upon us! For many people, lack of space
organisations at the Newton Poppleford Village means that it is simply not practical to compost
Hall. The meeting was well attended by 14 all the garden waste, so there are a some
representatives, covering a total of 18 local alternatives:
organisations, and many interesting issues
were raised. 1) Take your garden waste to the Civic
Amenity Sites. Nearest is The Bowd, but the
The representatives will be talking to the one with easier ‘tipping’ is on the way to
members of their organisations about issues of Exmouth (no steps to climb up).
concern in the parish and how they see the
parish moving forward. They will be asking for 2) Use the Otter Rotters collection service.
your ideas and opinions. The representatives You can buy reusable bags (£3.50) and tags
have been invited to a feedback meeting on (£1 each) from Sidford Post Office, Layzells, or
Saturday, 2nd January, 2010. If you belong to a Home Hardware in Sidmouth. Collection is
local group or organisation, then this is your fortnightly on Wednesdays. Register by phoning
chance to talk to your group representative 01404 549055, or 07837 477850.
(most are listed in the Parish Magazine) about
your ideas for the future of the parish. 3) Burn it on a Bonfire.
It is likely that quite a lot of bonfires will be lit in
There will be an Open Drop-In Session at the the coming months (especially on Guy Fawkes
Newton Poppleford Village Hall on Saturday, Night), so here are a few tips:
16th January, 2010 from 10a.m.-4p.m. Anybody
living (or running an organisation) in the parish
is invited to drop in. This will be an interactive DOs and DON’Ts of BONFIRES
session when residents of the parish will have If you decide to have a bonfire, please:
the chance to add their comments to issues and DO
* Ensure only dry material is burnt, quickly “SHAPING THE FUTURE
and in small quantities so minimum smoke is OF CARE TOGETHER”
created. An incinerator makes this much easier.
* Choose your bonfire site carefully, well There has been quite a lot of publicity about this
away from trees, fences and windows. Beware consultation (which started in July). You still
of bonfires on windy days as it can easily get have an opportunity to comment on the
out of control. Have a hose-pipe and buckets of proposals, but the end date is 13th November
water handy just in case. 2009.
* Advise your nearest neighbours before you
light a bonfire so they can be prepared for any This is a very important issue, as the UK has a
minor inconvenience that may arise. growing population of retired people, some of
whom will need additional care and support in
DO NOT the future. Care is expensive, and the care
* Burn damp grass clippings or ‘green’ provided ‘today’ is paid for by those who are
material as this creates thick smoke working ‘today’. With the proportion of younger
* Burn any oily rags, rubber, plastics, damp workers decreasing and of older people
garden waste or other materials which would increasing, paying for care (and ensuring that
inevitably create heavy smoke or toxic fumes. you get the high quality of care that you would
Never add household rubbish or use sump oil to wish for) is something that should concern
set it alight. everyone.
* Light a fire when weather conditions will
cause problems. Smoke hangs in the air on To read the proposals you can look at the
damp, windless days and in evenings around website : www.dh.gov.uk and follow the links
sunset. to read the consultation and comment directly
* Light a bonfire when your neighbours have upon it. Alternatively you can request a printed
washing drying, or are out enjoying their copy of the proposals and then respond in
gardens or have windows wide open. writing.
* Leave bonfires burning overnight. Choose The reference number is 295936. You can
the time of day and weather conditions that will
choose either the ‘easy-read’ version, or the full
cause the least inconvenience to neighbours.
text of the Green Paper. The easy read is 67
* Leave your fire to smoulder for long periods.
pages (sounds a lot but there are picture and
Never leave a fire unattended. Hose it down
much white space, and it’s a bit ‘Noddy’),
until cold before you leave it or smother it with
whereas the full Green Paper runs to a fairly
heavy 136 pages (but goes into much more
The ashes, when cold, can be raked into the
soil as a useful fertiliser. Small pieces of
To get hold of a copy the options are:
charcoal can be included, but larger pieces
should be picked out first.
Letters: FREEPOST RRYL-TJCG-KASL
2. FLOODING –
The Big Care Debate
6 Hercules Road
London SE1 7DU
If your property has a stream or river running
through it or as a border, then you are a riparian
There are some very interesting facts and
owner. As such it is your responsibility to keep
figures in the full version, which could make you
the banks clear of overhanging growth and
think very carefully about the chances of you
debris, as these can be swept away in heavy
needing care, and your own expectations in
rainfall and contribute to flooding problems,
later life .....
blocking culverts and forming dams leading to
water build-up and flood.
ARE YOU CLAIMING THE BENEFITS TO
Help yourself and help your neighbours by
WHICH YOU’RE ENTITLED?
cutting back any overhanging trees or
shrubs, and removing items that can be swept
From chatting to a number of people in the
away to form dams downstream.
parish it seems that many people - especially
some older residents - are not claiming all the
benefits to which they are entitled. These
GOVERMENT CONSULTATION ON
include things like Attendance Allowance, DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S COLUMN
Pension Credit, Council Tax Benefit, and
Housing Benefit. I do hope you have had an opportunity to enjoy
a summer holiday and feel ready to cope with
Attendance Allowance is not means-tested, .... the next six months .... thankfully we can
and is a benefit for people who are 65 years old look forward to Christmas and the new year.
and over who are ill or disabled and need help
with personal care, supervision; or who need EDDC is busy trying to catch up with the
someone watching over them because of provision of affordable housing. The Housing
physical or mental illness or disability. The Minister, John Healy MP, has announced an
allowance is based on the help you need – not investment of over £1 million which now has to
the help you actually get. You don’t have to be matched by EDDC to enable 17 new council
have an ‘attendant’ to care for you. You may homes to be built. On Thursday, 17th
be living alone or with other people. It doesn’t September EDDC held a "Housing Summit"
matter if you receive a lot of help and support, which looked at issues affecting the delivery of
or very little. You don’t have to use the affordable housing in East Devon. The aim was
allowance to buy care or give it to your carer (if to consider innovative ways to increase the
you have one): you can spend it on whatever number of properties available year on year.
you want. The rates are: Lower £47.10 pw; Councillor Jill Elson who chaired the Housing
Higher £70.35 pw. Summit said "Provision of affordable housing is
the Council`s number one priority.
Someone who is awarded Attendance
Allowance and receives Pension Credit, “Local Authorities are concerned that many
Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Benefit people are failing to claim the benefits to which
may get higher amounts of these benefits. they are entitled. Nationally £1.8bn of council
Others may start to be entitled to one or more tax benefit and £2.5bn of pension credits fail to
of these benefits because they have been reach the people entitled to it. There is also only
awarded Attendance Allowance. 20% take-up of working tax credits by childless
low paid workers. Do check with your local
You can get the claim form for Attendance authority or employer if you think you may be
Allowance by ringing the Benefit Enquiry Line entitled." In these particularly difficult economic
on 0800 88 22 00 (free call), or Care Direct on times it is really important that people claim the
0845 1551 007. benefits that they are entitled to."
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit are I have recently attended a Local Government
means-tested benefits administered by local Association conference entitled "The essentials
authorities. You may be able to claim Housing of local government finance for councillors". I
Benefit if you are a tenant or if you are liable to found it to be extremely interesting and
pay rent. You may be able to claim Council Tax beneficial and will leave you with this lovely
Benefit to help with the cost of your Council Tax quote:
bill. It doesn’t matter whether you are a tenant "The complexity and impenetrability of local
or an owner/occupier. There are some common government finance in the minds of many
rules. To receive either HB and CTB you must: members is matched by the complexity and
* have less than £16,000 savings (unless you impenetrability of local government finance in
are over 60 and receive guarantee pension the minds of the local electorate and probably
credit); and most of the local government workforce "
* receive a ‘passporting benefit’ such as
income-based Job Seekers Allowance, income- Ken Potter - EDDC
related Employment & Support Allowance or *****
Income Support ; or
* have a low income (it does not matter
whether you are working or not).
The message is: If you don’t ask, you won’t get
- so PLEASE ASK! Telephone East Devon The Parish Council wishes all of you
District Council on 01395 516551 and ask them
about HB and CTB - they will be pleased to a Very Merry Christmas
help you, and everything is confidential.
and a wonderful 2010
COUNCILLORS AS AT OCTOBER 2009
Name Tel. Address Ward
Maureen Cook 01395 568348 24 Littledown Orchard, Newton Pop EX10 0BQ N Pop
Dave Jefferey 01395 568897 Old Orchard, Burrow EX10 0BP N Pop
George Pearce 01395 568571 25 Turner Close, Newton Pop EX10 0EN N Pop
Enid Prince 01395 567861 4 Oak Tree Villas, Station Road, N Pop EX10 0EP N Pop
Geoff Tenney 01395 568466 Owls Hatch, Exmouth Road, N Pop EX10 0BE N Pop
Bryan Woodley 01395 568667 The Falls, Exeter Road, Newton Pop EX10 0BJ N Pop
David Hodge 01395 567657 48 Lark Rise, Newton Pop EX10 0DH Harpford
Eve Rohl 01395 567822 17 Lark Rise, Newton Pop EX10 0DH Harpford
Derek Simmonds 01395 567751 Westfield, Lower Way, Harpford EX10 0NQ Harpford
Richard Swann 01395 567883 Applegarth, Back Lane, Newton Pop EX10 0EZ Harpford
Chris Cole 01395 567621 Court Barn, Southerton EX11 1SE Venn Ot’ry
County Cllr 01395 442927 12 Cricket Field Court, Cricket Field Lane, Budleigh N/A
Christine Channon Salterton
District Cllr 01395 567147 Bayford Lodge, Exmouth Road, Newton Pop N/A
Clerk to Council 01395 264003 Potters, Lympstone Hill, Exmouth EX8 5AF N/A
Local Police Offcr 08452 777444 (Contact via Sidmouth Police Station) N/A
Website & Newsletter 01404 812733 Venn Ottery Barton, Venn Ottery, EX11 1RZ N/A
Shân Merritt firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Council meets monthly, usually on the first Tuesday of the month, in Newton Poppleford Village Hall at 8.00pm;
there is no meeting in August. All official correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Council.
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