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Welcome to the Whitestone Devon website

created by Creative Whitestone and funded by Whitestone Parish Council for the benefit of all. This website is intended to give an insight into day-to-day Whitestone, a little of its history up to the present day and some of the other interests and businesses that are to be found here. 


ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984
TEMPORARY RESTRICTION) (CHURCH LANE, WHITESTONE)

From MONDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2015 for a maximum of 5 days until
TUESDAY 1 DECEMBER 2015 (both dates inclusive)
Between the hours of 09:30 and 15:30
No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads except for access to land or premises on or adjacent to those length of roads.
Roads affected -
CHURCH LANE, WHITESTONE , OPP BRIDGE COTTAGE
The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via - CHURCH LANE - ROAD FROM ST CATHERINES COTTAGE TO TRILLOW CORNER - HALSFORDWOOD LANE - ROAD FROM HIGHER HARE TO BARTON COTTAGES VICE VERSA
This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable to-
REPLACE POLE
For additional information contact:
A PLANT LUX, Telephone: 0370 050 0792
Dated: MONDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2015
David Whitton, Head of Highways, Capital Development and Waste Devon Highways, Devon County Council, Lucombe House, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QD


PROPOSAL TO CHANGE ELECTORAL
BOUNDARY TO LINK
WHITESTONE WITH EXMINSTER

VIEWS OF WHITESTONE PARISH COUNCIL

COPY of letter sent to the Boundary Commission

29th June 2015

The Local Government Boundary Commission
Review Officer (Devon)
14th Floor
Millbank Tower
London
SW1P 4QP

Dear Sirs

Electoral Boundary Review for Devon County Council

I write with reference to the current consultation regarding the proposed draft recommendations for the electoral arrangement as above. Following a review of the draft proposals at a recent meeting of the Parish Council we wish to submit the following comments against the proposed change to move Whitestone Parish from Chudleigh Rural to Exminster and Haldon.

Transport Links
There are currently no transport links between Whitestone Parish and Exminster and Haldon. Geographically there is no practical relationship between Whitestone Parish and Exminster and Haldon. Transport links currently exist between Tedburn St Mary, Cheriton Bishop, Teign Valley and onward to Chudleigh.

Facilities
There are currently no links between Exminster and Haldon and Whitestone Parish. Accessing medical services, education facilities and shops is totally inpractical due to road networks that bisect Exminster, Haldon from Whitestone Parish. The main primary school is based in Tedburn St Mary and secondary schools in Crediton and Exeter. Shops are accessed in Exeter, Crediton, Cheriton Bishop and Tedburn St Mary. This supports the cultural and historic links between Whitestone Parish and east and west facilities.

Common Interests
Social groups have historically linked to the north – east flow from Exeter to Chudleigh. Parent groups, school groups, young farmers all follow this natural flow. There is no evidence that any common interest links with Exminster and Haldon.

Ecclesiastical structures link Whitestone Parish with Tedburn St Mary, Pathfinder Village, Cheriton Bishop or Holcombe Burnell. This has developed important cultural/religious links and support structures that define common village life.

Our District Councillor currently ensures the small Whitestone Parish voice is heard alongside other small parishes with common concerns and issues. However, if the recommendations are adopted these interests would be split between two County divisions. Therefore we are concerned that rural funding and potential grants may be diluted. Difficulties with gaining local school places may also become an issue as Whitestone Parish is separated from its historical and other similar rural parishes.

Identifiable Boundaries
Whitestone Parish is separated from Exminster and Haldon by the M5 running north to south and A30 to Cornwall running east to west thus making Whitestone Parish’s access to Exminster and Haldon totally impractical.

In conclusion we do not believe that the issues Whitestone Parish will face in the future can be realistically reflected in the new recommendations. Exminster’s growth can only be identified as a suburb town on the outskirts of Exeter with the associated issues that will need to be addressed as Exminster continues to grow. As a result the rural issues of Whitestone Parish we believe will not be adequately heard or prioritised.

We believe that the best interest of Whitestone as stated on the Boundary website are most effectively met by continuing its cultural and historical relationship with rural parishes that have similar issues and challenges. Therefore Whitestone Parish with its direct links to Teign Valley, Crediton and Chudleigh should be maintained to address the principals that are indicated on the Boundary Commission website

We believe that a practical alternative is the boundary between Chudleigh and Teign Valley (13) and Exminster and Haldon (20) should run from east to west and not north to south. This would provide a better reflection of the needs of the population, natural topography and identifiable boundaries.

Thank you for giving Whitestone Parish Council the opportunity to contribute to the consultation process. We hope you will carefully consider and take into account local knowledge before reaching your final decision.

Yours faithfully
Signed
Cllr L Hickman
Chair – Whitestone Parish Council



TEIGNBRIDGE
STRATEGY 2016 - 2025


Teignbridge

Teignbridge District Council is working on a 10-year strategy for the district, and is asking residents and businesses to help decide the priority issues. A six-week consultation period got underway on Tuesday 7 July 2015 and will run until Tuesday 18 August 2015.

The Council Strategy will set the tone for how Teignbridge works over the next decade, its vision, goals and how these will be achieved. It's important because it helps target resources and services more effectively to meet local needs and shows how Teignbridge's work benefits local people, businesses and visitors and provides good value for money.

People who live, work and visit Teignbridge can have their say on what issues they consider to be most important so the Strategy can be shaped around their needs.

During the six week consultation residents and other interested parties can have their say online by clicking the arrow below.

Gary Powell Tel: 01626 215895
gary.powell@teignbridge.gov.uk

Devon County News



WHITESTONE PARISH PLAN
QUESTIONNAIRE


Watch this space for details of the analysis of the questionnaire and the publication of the Parish Plan


WHITESTONE SHORT MAT BOWLS
FRIENDLY MATCH WITH BISHOPSTEIGNTON

On the 24th July, we welcomed the Short Mat Bowls Club from Bishopsteignton for a friendly match. Their years of experience shone through with a overall win by 5 points. Match v Bishopsteignton
Friendly match with Bishopsteignton 24th July 2015 at Whitestone

Many congratulations to the Bishopteignton Short Mat Bowling Club for their great win and company. Well done.

THANK YOU LITTER PICKERS

A big ‘ thank you’ to the lucky 13 who turned out for the spring litterpick on Saturday 16th May. As has previously been the case, the sun shone the whole morning and the cool breeze made this a great morning to be outside.
A special thanks must go to Julie Knight who joined us from Tedburn, to Caroline who joined us for the first time and it was great also to see Mike Quinn demonstrating his continuing recovery following his recent transplant.

Litter Pick 2015

Despite the overgrown vegetation, we amassed a large haul of the usual detritus of modern society- bottles, drink cartons, cigarette packets, etc., etc. but the strangest find was a black plastic lace-up bodice which the finder un-sportingly declined to model for us!

Thank you everybody who joined us and Shane from Teignbridge District Council who provided us with the necessary ‘kit’.

I will be organising another Litter Pick in October when the vegetation has died down. Watch this space and please join us if you can.


REPORT A POTHOLE
It is still possible to report any pothole you come across on a Devon Road. Just click on the arrow to be redirected to the Devon County Council page and fill in the details.

Devon County Council has almost tripled its number of pothole repair teams in response to the storm damage to roads across the county.

Over the winter storm period, since 23 December, the County Council has recorded more than 1,300 reports of fallen trees and branches on Devon’s roads, more than 150 embankment slips, and more than 4,000 flooding incidents across the county.

Around 11,500 potholes have also been reported by the public or found by highway inspectors so far in 2014. In response, the number of teams dealing with pothole safety defect repairs has increased from 13 to 34, with an extra 52 staff tackling the problem. The approximate additional cost of the work is around £65,000 a week.

The clear-up of the storm damage is estimated to cost around £3 million to the end of the financial year, but the County Council is yet to finalise a figure for the damage caused by the storms as the road network and structures are still being assessed.

Potholes

Devon County News
Devon County News


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FETE 2015
Fete 2015


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