next meeting Wednesday 27 November 6pm, Club Room, Parish Hall - all welcome to attend
At the initial meeting to assess interest in the formation of a Community Land trust for Newton St Cyres. A number of questions were asked and answered and interested parishioners were asked to provide their contact details. A further meeting will now be held to try and form a steering committee to take this exciting project forward. If you were unable to attend but would like to be involved in the next stage please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details. OR just turn up to this meeting.
Please see the November 2019 Newton Wonder for Report of the initial meeting or click here
Progress on Road Safety in Newton St Cyres
A follow up road safety meeting arranged by Ward Councillor Graeme Barnell was held in the village hall on October 8th, the meeting was attended by the Parish Council, County Councillor Margaret Squires and three senior DCC Highways managers led by as Jamie Hulland, Transportation Strategy & Road Safety Manager.
The meeting first discussed the proposed cycle route from Crediton to Exeter (recently been added to the Greater Exeter Transport Strategy) and how it may work together with our local Boniface Trail Group.
However, the main item on the agenda was the presentation by highways of their comprehensive report on the three (now four) options for the installation of a pedestrian controlled puffin crossing in the centre of the village. The busy A377 running through the middle of Newton St Cyres presented a large number of challenges to Jacobs, the engineers commissioned by Highways to produce this report for our village. The report is attached. A very constructive and positive meeting came to a satisfactory outcome, DCC HIghways are now willing to move forward with the installation of a Pedestrian Controlled Puffin crossing in the Centre of Newton St Cyres as per option d) which it will now submit for a safety audit.
This progress has to be tempered with the fact we are all aware that money is extremely tight and that the project is yet to pass a detailed safety audit before being fully costed and placed onto the Highways 20-21 Capital Project program. So it maybe some time before the pedestrian crossing is actually installed. It is nevertheless extremely good news and after all these years it is a pleasant change to be able to publicly thank all involved, especially Highways and Jacobs for their hard work to date.
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Road safety on the A377
A group has been formed to examine the safety issues along the A377 to include the input and views of the county council, Mid Devon district council and the parish council.
The meetings of the A377 Road safety Group will be attended by Cllrs Margaret Squires (DCC) and Roger Cashmore (Parish council) as well as Cllr Graeme Barnell (MDDC).
The next meeting will be in early October. The aim of the group is to work with officers of the County Council to address the range of road safety issues along the A377 including road crossings and pathways. Your feedback and comments are most welcome.
Below are the notes of the first meeting.
A377 Road Safety meeting 3rd September Tiverton Depot Attended Cllr Margaret Squires (DCC), Cllr Roger Cashmore (Newton St Cyres PC) , Cllr Graeme Barnell (MDDC) Jamie Hulland Transport Strategy and Road Safety Manager (DCC) , Tom Vaughan Neighbourhood Highways Manager (DCC) Purpose of the meeting MS explained that she has very concerned for some time about the different road safety issues along the A377 and wants to ensure that these are addressed, particularly the matter of the road crossing in the centre of Newton St Cyres (NSC). RC wanted to focus discussion today on getting progress on the issue of the NSC Road Crossing. GB agreed that the priority must be the NSC Road Crossing but also pointed out that there are several other places along the A377 where crossing the road is hazardous and difficult. These include Smallbrook, Tytheing and Half Moon. There are also communities where pedestrian road users have no footpaths, and either must walk on overgrown slippery grass verges or on the road itself. GB is looking for a joint A377 Road Safety Plan that includes all the work that needs doing to a indicative timetable. NSC Road Crossing RC presented his proposed third option for the NSC crossing. JH thought it had potentially had merit. ACTION:- JH agreed to arrange for RC’s proposal to be the subject of a Safety Audit. He agreed to report back to our next meeting in October Boniface Cycle Trail GB also raised the issue of the Crediton to Exeter Cycle path and asked that we consider ways of supporting the existing project to achieve improved project management and faster progress. JH confirmed that there is current no money identified for cycle ways that are not associated with major developments. However the Crediton to Exeter cycleway is considered important enough to have been included in the Devon wide Cycle and Multi-use Pathway Strategy. He also confirmed that Will Pratt is liaising with Boniface Trustees about inclusion in the work in the Exeter Transport Strategy The meeting agreed that the Boniface Trustees have taken on a complex and onerous project and should be offered project help to support concurrent work on several workstreams including planning, construction, costing, fundraising etc. ACTION:- JH will ask an experienced project manager in his team Anjumn Kanani to contact the Trustees and offer her help. Next Meeting 8th October 2.30pm Venue TBC
From Cllr. Graeme Barnell (MDDC)
Third option for crossing in the centre of the village.
Cllr Roger Cashmore shared the lack of enthusiasm for either of the proposals for establishing a light controlled crossing in the middle of the village and has come up with a third option to be considered in the consultation process.
At the road safety group meeting on 3rd Sept. Jamie Hulland Transport Strategy and Road Safety Manager (DCC) agreed to arrange for the proposal to be the subject of a Safety Audit. He agreed to report back to the next meeting in October.
The main benefit of option c) is that retains the same siting for the proposed toucan pedestrian crossing while enforcing one way access into and from Godolphin close around the existing bus stop island. This option retains the existing road, layout and, apart from possible additional signage and road marking, requires no major additional road engineering to the cost of installing the pedestrian crossing.
Option c) has now been added to the Parish Council web site (https://bit.ly/30y2mKj). You are most welcome to make any comments on this new option in writing to the Parish Clerk ( email@example.com ) You will also be pleased to know that DCC highways have agreed to conduct a full safety audit in the village in the near future.
The proposed third option is shown below.
SAFETY FOR PEDESTRIANS in Newton St Cyres
There are two plans to make the road safer in the village. First, It is being suggested that Newton will be the first village in the county to be equipped with average speed cameras. Where these have been deployed in Cornwall there has been a really significant reduction in the speed of vehicles. We have all seen that the average speed cameras on motorways are really effective. They will, apparently be clearly signed and drivers will have no way of escaping them. Lets hope that this makes the A377 safer for everyone.
It may well be that by controlling the speed of the traffic there is no need for the second plan.
The second plan is for a traffic light controlled crossing for pedestrians in the centre of the village. The original plans for two alternatives first suggested were available for all to see at the Parish Meeting on 4th. April. The third alternative has been suggested by Cllr Roger Cashmore and is shown above. All three plans are available on the Parish Council website by clicking here.
It is important to note that these are preliminary plans and there will be a long period of consultation. If you would like to make your views known then you can do so via the Parish Council or by using the message tool below. If you do this we will publish your views on this website.
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Mid Devon Council responds to recent coverage concerning plastic waste
Mid Devon residents will no doubt have seen the recently aired BBC’s War on Plastic documentary and understandably, will be upset about the unethical recycling practices the programme uncovered. In response, the Council wishes to assure its residents that the processing of Mid Devon recycling is conducted legally, responsibly and ethically after collection, as explained in the following FAQs: Is my recycling being sent to developing countries? No. You can rest assured that your recycling is not being sent to countries such as Malaysia, or any other developing countries. Is my recycling really being recycled? I’ve heard it goes to landfill? All the recycling you put out for us to collect at the kerbside is genuinely recycled - and mostly here in the UK - into new glass bottles, car parts, aeroplane components, cardboard and more. A small percentage is reprocessed in Europe, again legally, responsibly and ethically. A small amount of materials are rejected due to contamination from food waste. Rejected items, along with black sack waste, are sent to an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) based in Exeter, where it’s incinerated and converted into household electricity. We’ve had a zero-to-landfill policy for almost two years and we’re proud to confirm that none of the waste we collect ends up in landfill. Can I visit the ERF and see for myself? Yes you can. You can visit the ERF in Exeter to see how your non-recyclable waste is converted into household energy. Visit Viridor - Exeter ERF to book a free tour. How can you be sure where my recycling ends up? We have a very clear understanding of where you’re recycling goes, where and how it’s reprocessed and what it’s turned into. Why is quality important? The quality of the recyclable materials we collect directly influences its value on the market. Where do you send my recycling? We use up to seven different contractors at a time, depending on the price we can get from the market. We’re unable to name the contractors due to commercial sensitivity. Legally we have to declare to central government where the materials are sent for processing to ensure that they’re recycled lawfully. Why is the quality of recycling collected in Mid Devon higher than many other areas of the UK? One reason we have such high quality recyclable materials to trade is that we only collect items which have a market value. We could choose to collect a wider range of materials through your kerbside collections, however, we can’t be sure of a long term market to reprocess these materials ethically and responsibly. We have made a conscious decision to prioritise ethical reprocessing. Another reason is that we have you, our residents, to thank for the high quality of our recyclables. We ask that tins, plastics, cardboard, paper and glass are separated before being put out for collection, rather than mixed in, see Recycling guidance for how to sort your recycling box(es). While the one-recycling bin system operated by some urban authorities may seem more convenient, it’s actually more harmful to our environment as it results in lower recycling rates due to cross-contamination from other materials. We hope this reassures you that here in Mid Devon, we can be confident and proud that the materials we send for recycling are being reprocessed legally, responsibly and ethically. We hope to increase our recycling rate to 75-85% by encouraging more residents to recycle their waste using their black and green recycling boxes. Our recycling rate for 2018/19 reached just over 53%, see Mid Devon’s recycling rate on the up another year running. I have more questions, who can I speak to? We have a dedicated Street Scene team who can answer your questions. They also provide talks and take questions from community groups. Telephone via Customer services on 01884 255255 to enquire.
Third Prize again in 2019
The competition for the best Station Garden on the Tarka Line was judged earlier than usual this year. Generally the judging takes place towards the end of July. This year, however at the request of two stations the judging took place on the 27th June. It will revert to the more normal time of mid to late July next year. Apparently neither of the two stations took first or second place which were taken by Copplestone with 193 points, Chapelton with 190 point with Newton St Cyres and Umberleigh both getting 166 points.
Unfortunately the garden was not at its best. The cold start to the year meaning that early judging was definitely not in our favour. The front cover has pictures from Chris Southcott of the garden at the middle of July. What a pretty sight it is with the flowers, herbs and vegetables all making a contribution to the display.
Tom Clague said;"With a sterling effort from Liz in getting the plants and producing a very good display plus the team work from Friends of NSC Station in watering and weeding we did well." Liz Ouldridge said; "I’m not unhappy with third place as we were not really ready in time for the judging. But the garden looks really nice now and that is reward enough and it is a real asset to the village. Perhaps next year we should try to cram more things onto the platform as I think we were harshly judged in some categories if you take the whole garden into account."
No. 37 in September 2019 Newton Wonder Clue: Building new houses on this site
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