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THE COUNTY OF DEVON (TEMPORARY RESTRICTION) (HALSFORDWOOD LANE,
REPORT A POTHOLE
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
GREEN ROOM IMPROVEMENTS
After the TLC weekend in the Green Room when a complete paint job was carried out, the improvements to the Parish Hall Green Room continue with the addition of some furniture to make it a more comfortable environment for casual gatherings and small meetings.
HUGE HAUL FOR LITTER PICKERS
Twenty adults, including a visitor from Hampshire, ably assisted by three children, collected a veritable mountain of rubbish in the first litter pick of 2014.
The weather as is usual for these events (but not guaranteed!) was just right; cool and sunny.
The Government's National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012) states that:
"Effective enforcement is important as a means of maintaining public confidence in the planning system. Enforcement action is discretionary, and local planning authorities should act proportionately in responding to suspected breaches of planning control. Local planning authorities should consider publishing a local enforcement plan to manage enforcement proactively, in a way that is appropriate to their area. This should set out how they will monitor the implementation of planning permissions, investigate alleged cases of unauthorised development and take action where it is appropriate to do so."
In response to this guidance a document was drafted and a public consultation took place, this closed on 3 May 2013. A total of 10 Consultation responses were received. There were 6 responses from Parish/Town Councils, 3 from members of the public and 1 from the Council's Tree Officer.
The Planning Enforcement and Planning Advice Note can be viewed by following this link:Teignbridge Enforcement and Advice
CUBAN BEACH PARTY
To celebrate six months of Cuban music in the Parish Hall, an informal Cuban Beach Party was held on 20th December 2013.
Everything was there − cuban food, cuban cocktails, cuban beachwear − all interlaced with a great cuban rhythm.
Thank goodness the hall heating worked!
SHORT MAT BOWLS
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