Welcome to the Whitestone Devon websitecreated 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.
BELLA A CAPPELLA
7th November 2015 What a fantastic performance. Every one of the 90 people who attended this show thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Bella a Cappella is a local quartet of female singers comprising Rachel Crane, Jacquie Barnes, Rachel Jermyn and Tina Guthrie.
Their close harmony repertoire included such memorable songs as "Yesterday", "I Say a Little Prayer", "Diamond's are a Girl's Best Friend, "La Cucaracha" and "Deep River". The evening included a filling supper of jacket potato with butter, cheese, ham, salad and bread with coleslaw, chutney and pickled onions. For the sweet course, the choice of crumble was between apple, gooseberry or spicy apple; all with custard or cream. Delicious. The evening interspersed Bella a Cappella singing before and after each course to cleverly break up the entertainment.
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)
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
Cllr L Hickman
Chair – Whitestone Parish Council
WHITESTONE SHORT MAT BOWLS
FRIENDLY MATCH WITH BISHOPSTEIGNTON Another friendly match against the league players of Bishopsteignton took place on Sunday 13th September at their home venue. Their years of experience shone through with Bishopsteignton ending up run-away winners with an overall score of 59 to our 22 after 40 ends.
The good humoured game made for a very pleasant evening despite our difficulty in coping with their thick quality rinks. The half-time refreshments provided by Bishopsteignton were stunning with pork pies, sausage rolls, tomatoes, etc, a-plenty with cakes, pastries and cream teas to finish us off.
We look forward to the return match. Many congratulations to the Bishopteignton Short Mat Bowling Club for their great win and company. Well done.
LITTER PICK ON 10th OCTOBER 2015 The turnout for the autumn litter pick was amazing with enough pickers to cover all the planned routes:
Disturbingly, more ‘fly-tipping’ was evident with finds of laminated flooring, paint tins, rubble and other builder’s rubbish.
Thanks to all the volunteers - a few of whom are pictured below. Thanks also to Teignbridge District Council who provided the loan of yellow jackets, litter grabbers, gloves and refuse sacks.
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
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