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Nominations now being sought for Salcombe's Citizen Of The Year Award.
As in recent years town council are seeking nominations for Salcombe residents who may be willing to go the extra mile for their community.
It could be a regular charity fund raiser, a volunteer carer, or someone who puts others before themselves on a regular basis. If you believe someone should receive recognition for what they do now could be the right time to nominate them. Please contact Gill Claydon, the Salcombe Town Council clerk, for more information.
RA3 - Batson Cross The Story So Far........
INITIAL DESIGNS ARE COMING!
You will be able to see how the emerging designs pick up on all the main comments that people have made in our consultation to date – your comments, your issues.
- The main display will be up (and comments sheets available) at the Salcombe Library until the 5th April.
- Most of the material, and a comments sheet, will be on the website www.batsoncross.com until 8th April
Any queries to email@example.com or email Salcombe Town Council Clerk Gill Claydon at firstname.lastname@example.org - You can also contact Jeff Bishop and Katie Lea, Consultation Managers for Bloor Homes, by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
SALCOMBE AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - YOUR TOWN YOUR SAY !!
For full information and for the latest information go to http://www.salcombeplan.org/
A woodland management plan has been formulated by South Hams District tree officer for the popular recreational open space at the top of town known locally as 'The Berry'. The main objectives are to apply professional expertise to maintain the woodland as an important landscape feature by diversifying the age structure and species of trees found there. It is also intended to enhance and maintain the conservation value of the woodland. Tree safety is also recognised as an important element to the plan and the need for a sympathetic approach to some of the older species of tree will be necessary. The whole 2.7 hectare area maintenance is the responsibility of the town council and this work is seen as a pro-active decision that will greatly benefit everyone in the future.
Finally, with a view to the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) for Salcombe, town council are pleased to announce that the website dedicated to all aspects of this important public engagement exercise is now live and can be visited at www.salcombeplan.org. Contrary to some misguided opinions, this is not merely a forum. Much work has gone into explaining the background of the NP and there is a blog facility available for everyone to make their comments. We are now more enthusiastic than ever to encourage people to come forward and get involved with the NP steering group, or maybe you have skills in other areas like researching, poster creation or you may feel drawn to a particular topic heading that you would like to contribute to. This engagement will ultimately take the plan forward and benefit the whole town with improvements on many levels. Should you wish to get involved further please give the Salcombe Town Clerk Gill Claydon a call on 01548 842282 or email to email@example.com
What a month! Whatever happened to flaming June? With more rain than anyone would care to see, but the wonderful Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations remained mercifully dry, with much happening in the town for the main Jubilee weekend and extended bank holiday, Salcombe has been blessed with many visitors who arrived to take-in a no-holds-barred celebrations.
This was topped-off with a spectacular firework display and lighting of the beacon as part of the National beacon lighting to mark this historic occasion.
The climax to the firework display can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HITVDkiDGN0
Many photographs have been taken and some are available to be enjoyed in our Picture Gallery, but what is most important is the town thoroughly enjoyed the Jubilee and a big thanks to all who participated in organising the many events that have taken place.
It has been a hectic few weeks with the run-up to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and during that time some major improvements have been implemented at the children's play area site on St Dunstan's Road. In partnership with South Hams District Council, Salcombe Town Council held a public consultation to seek out what improvements were needed. Following a total refit and landscaping programme, excited children were allowed to try out the new equipment on the 2nd May, the play area has been an instant success, with further works to be carried out with the installation of a perimeter dog-proof fence, two further access gates, and some benches to enable people to sit and enjoy the fantastic views. The official opening date will be 10 a.m. 26th May
The annual town meeting will take place on Monday 21st May at 7 p.m. at Salcombe school and will incorporate the start of what will become The Neighbourhood Plan, under the heading “Your Town, Your Say”. All interested parties are invited and are urged to come forward and be part of the formulation of the plan that, when adopted, becomes the template for a number of strategic policies and future sustainable development within the town. This is a golden opportunity to have your input into future policies that affect Salcombe. Community steering groups will help generate the plan, with professional and Town Council advice and financial support. The Town Council look forward to meeting all Salcombe residents who wish to have input into this very important document. Refreshments will be provided.
The Salcombe Swimming Pool officially opens on the 26th May at 2 p.m.with a Jubilee celebration theme and BBQ, everyone is invited to come along and take a dip.
Your Town Your Say
Salcombe Town Council is taking the lead and pledging £10,000 together with the £20,000 being made available by the Department for Communities & Local Government, to formulate a Neighbourhood Plan for the town.
The Neighbourhood Plan is a feature of the new National Planning Policy Framework which, on the 27th March 2012, stated "Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and deliver the sustainable development they need.”
The power to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan has been given to parish & town councils. Through neighbourhood planning, they can create additional local planning policies, that if accepted could determine decisions on planning applications (and also grant planning permission through Neighbourhood Development Orders for specific developments).
Neighbourhood Plans must generally conform with the strategic policies of the Local Plan. To facilitate this, local planning authorities have been asked to set out clearly their strategic policies for the area and to ensure that an up-to-date Local Plan is in place as quickly as possible.
Neighbourhood Plans should not promote less development than set out in the Local Plan but should focus on those matters most pertinent to the neighbourhood. They should interpret and add detail to the strategic policies to shape and direct sustainable development in their area.
Salcombe Town Council has identified an urgent need for affordable housing, especially for rental property requirements. Business development also needs considering together with any other facilities that may become worthy of consideration during this process.
A vital part of the formulation of the Neighbourhood Plan is community involvement from day one and throughout the process. Community steering groups will actually generate the plan, with professional and Town Council advice and financial support, ensuring that Salcombe's new planning policy document is positive and meaningful and will assist in shaping the town for the future.
Salcombe Town Council to Publicly Discuss Relocating their Park & Ride
Salcombe's Park and Ride is an integral part of the recently identified new-housing development site at Batson Cross, this is part of the Development Plan Document for the area and known as RA3.
Plans are afoot to progress the housing development site which contains a mix of open market development and affordable housing. Part of the RA3 land is privately owned and part of it is owned by Salcombe Town Council and operates as the park & ride area currently in use.
A public consultation meeting is to be held by the town council at Salcombe School on Monday March 19th between 5 and 8pm to discuss with the community the viability and options available for moving the park & ride area to a new location close to the existing field.
This is viewed as a positive opportunity for the town as not only do the potential new locations offer more space, but the existing field can then accommodate a much needed extension to the cemetery.
By moving the park & ride field to a new location, it will mean that the required housing density can be more spread within the overall RA3 development area.
The town has also traditionally suffered from seasonal traffic-overload and to be able to park more cars in a new facility, together with also being able to accommodate boat trailers, the overall traffic and trailer parking burden to the town could be significantly reduced.
Everybody is encouraged to attend the meeting as it is considered vital to seek as much input into making this decision as possible.
Plans of the existing sites and the relocation proposals will be available to view and the more feedback received will assist the council prior to making their final decision.
Many Salcombe residents are mourning the loss of Ray Warren, one of the most friendly, helpful and well-liked members of our community. Ray was also a former citizen of the year. Salcombe Town Council wish to extend their heartfelt sympathy to Ray's family.
A vacancy for a councilor has arisen for Salcombe Town Council. Notices had been issued and, and as no election was necessary, should anyone feel committed to joining a dedicated team with a common aim of working together to improve the town and contribute to managing town council obligations, you are invited to put your name forward for consideration. If you are not sure of what is involved why not attend a council meeting, people are most welcome to witness the decision-making process. Meetings are held the second and last Wednesday of each month. Agendas for meetings are available here.
A Diamond Jubilee working party has been formed and plans are already underway for a memorable period of celebration of our Queen's reign. Between 2nd and 5th June there will be many events happening. Already planned are a flower festival taking place at the Church, the London Thames Pageant can be seen on the newly installed big screen at Cliff House and there will be a spectacular firework display. The town will definitely have a carnival atmosphere and a full program of events will be published shortly.
There will be no musical experience required of members of the newly formed 'Snow patrol'. In a far less glamorous role than playing at music venues, several town councilors have volunteered to manage the town's response to any major snow that may come our way. Local authority have funded supply of rock-salt to be distributed to key areas so that people can access destinations for vital supplies etc. Primarily this is to ensure that non-main road footpath areas are treated in the hope that it makes for a safer journey on foot.
Further efforts are being made in the education of visitors and holiday home owners to not place plastic refuse sacks outside property. Such practice leads to flocks of seagulls ripping open the bags and the contents are then strewn all over the roads. This is an ongoing problem, especially during high season. Notices are being prepared to fully inform and educate people of the alternative methods that need to be used for proper household waste disposal.
Public Consultation Report
Salcombe Town Council hosted a public consultation meeting on Monday 8th February to present the latest proposals for the play area at St Dunstan's Road, the recreational area planned for Ember Road and the retaining wall replacement bordering Shadycombe Cemetery and Shadycombe Road, which requires the removal of some of the holm oak trees causing the problem.
There was an encouraging attendance with the vast majority voicing support for the plans presented.
People fully understood the necessity to remove the holm oak trees that are essentially causing the cemetery retaining wall to fail and it was generally considered a pro-active measure being taken by the town council. Tree planting will take place to compensate for the removal of these trees.
The long-awaited plans for a recreation area at Ember Road was well received with the majority of people agreeing it would be a "Fantastic recreation area for everyone" and another stating "Love the idea of a wild flower meadow. Brilliant". There were three options displayed with a variety of play equipment for children. There was an over-riding desire for a young family play area with natural wood style play equipment to suit. Extra lighting was considered essential and this will be followed-up by Salcombe Town Council. The encouragement of ball games there were thought to be ill-conceived due to the close proximity of houses and the main road into Salcombe. A wide age-group-friendly area with bench seating and young play would compliment the much-used cycle path perfectly.
There was also a positive reaction to the new equipment planned for St Dunstan's Road play area. The area extension into the edge of woodland adjacent to the play area was enthusiastically received, especially with the introduction of a low-level zip-wire. There were concerns voiced from a couple of people over the height of the wire, which is only 50cm over a new 250mm deep wood chip base. Also concerns were raised should the new facility encourage more noise and older children playing there. But with extra monitoring and close attention to how the new area is used should help control these problems. Also the encouragement of responsible play and the requirement of adults being in attendance should keep these concerns to a minimum.
On the whole the evening was very positive and the opinions that have arisen from the exercise is exactly why these meeting take place. It enables the town council to consider both the positive and negative points raised and this will hopefully pave the way to a much improved future for the town's facilities.
The planned Onslow Road to Raleigh Road footpath renovation is now completed and open for use with a significantly wider footpath being achieved.
The contract has been completed by local company and Devon County Council approved contractor 'Devonshires' with photographs available here http://www.devongroundmaintenance.co.uk/news/index.php.
There has also been a central handrail installed to assist people using the path, making it a much safer pathway than before.
The project has been co-funded by Devon County Council footpaths and Salcombe Town Council.
Highlights of 2011
12th July 2011 - Reproduced by kind permission of Scot Baston http://www.facebook.com/ScotBastonPhotography http://www.zooming-feet.com/
Salcombe was most proud to welcome and host a Royal visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall on Monday 11th July 2011.
With Salcombe Harbour and estuary being part of the Duchy Of Cornwall Estate, the visit primarily observed the many facets of the estuary, which is managed by the Salcombe Harbour Authority and South Hams District Council. The Royal couple also took time to meet with some of the people who contribute to the town and the emergency services.
The Duke and Duchess spent nearly two hours viewing the town and meeting many of the businesses and people.
See some of the images from the day by clicking here.
The Salcombe Town Council welcome you to our website. The site is designed to both inform and encourage interaction between the Council and our community. It contains important and useful information about our Town and Council, information about the Town Plan, as well as Council agendas, minutes and news about the town. Salcombe has a large percentage of Partial Residents this site will enable those householders to keep up to date on current issues, through the various features embedded in the site.
Please take time to browse through our Website, and remember that the Town Council Meetings are open to all.Meetings are held at Cliff House in the Library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.
Our Town Clerk Gill Claydon is available at Cliff House for any enquiries from 10.00 to 12.00 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. (Except on Council Meeting days when office hours are 2.00 til 4.00pm.)
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