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The Parish Council provides grants to local organisations. These are normally groups that are run by or for the people of Buckland Brewer or organisations that can demonstrate that local residents benefit from their services. Grant applications are normally invited in August/September for consideration at the October parish council meeting. Applicants will be asked to submit a short explanation of what they intend to use the grant for, how much they need and their other fund-raising activities. They will also be asked to supply a set of the last two years' audited accounts.

For more information or to apply for a grant, please contact the Parish Clerk by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the contact page.

Here is a list of some of the organisations that have benefited from parish council grants in recent years;

  • Buckland Brewer Village Hall - electricity and other running expenses and oven for new community hall
  • Buckland Brewer Playing Field Association - contributions towards maintenance costs
  • Lemon Jelly Youth Drop-in Centre - running costs
  • Torridge Volunteer Cars - contribution towards start-up, running costs and part-time administrator
  • Buckland Brewer Bowls Club - replacement scoreboard and new mat roller
  • The Church of St Mary and St Benedict - graveyard maintenance
  • North Devon Records Office - running expenses
  • Buckland Brewer Skittles Club - contribution towards constructing new skittle alley
  • Buckland Brewer Night-Time Flying Helipad Fund - contribution towards lighting tower and associated equipment
  • Citizens Advice - running expenses

The Councillor who acts as Snow Warden for the parish is George Heywood. He maintains a stock of salt and decides when and where it should be used. We will use this page to let you know about any special arrangements during periods of bad weather or other emergencies.

Avian Flu Advice   

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease of birds. The H5N8 strain of the disease has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK. A number of measures are in place to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.

Public Health England advises that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for UK consumers.

DEFRA have made a sudden change to the Protection Regulation as follows;-

Updated measures to protect poultry against Avian Flu

All poultry in England to be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April following the latest evidence on the risk posed by wild birds.

All poultry in England are to be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April 2017 following updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has announced.

The requirement to keep poultry in Higher Risk Areas of England housed or completely enclosed in netting, introduced to minimise the risk of them catching avian flu from wild birds, will be lifted. However, all keepers in England will continue to be required to comply with strict biosecurity measures.

A ban on poultry gatherings also remains in force until further notice.

The decision to lift the additional requirements in the Higher Risk Areas is based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice, which concludes that the level of risk to poultry in these areas has now reduced to the same level as that across the rest of England. This is because of changes in the wild bird population: the majority of over-wintering migratory birds have now left the UK, and resident wild waterfowl are at their lowest levels and entering the breeding season when they become less likely to move long distances to forage for food.

The risk of poultry becoming infected from H5N8 remains heightened and countries across Europe continue to experience outbreaks and observe cases in wild birds. Defra is stepping up surveillance of wild birds across the UK to inform our risk assessments.

All poultry keepers must continue to take steps to reduce the risk to their birds, including minimising movement in and out of bird enclosures, cleaning footwear, keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy and feeding birds indoors.

Download a copy of DEFRAs advice leaflet here or follow this link to DEFRAs webpage.

This is a list of planning applications currently under consideration by Torridge District Council. It includes those at the initial stage for 'pending consideration', or those awaiting a committee decision. The list will also contain any applications that have been returned as they are at appeal.

 

 

potholes

Potholes, flooding, hazardous trees, faulty street lights and similar issues are the responsibility of Devon County Council. The best way to report issues like this is to use Devon Highways' Report A Problem page. An interactive map will let you pinpoint exactly where the problems are and you can even add photographs to help identify the locations and how bad the problems are.

 

 

The Parish Council owns about 20 acres of land, most of which was conveyed to it by Lord Clinton in 1910. The fields are available for agricultural use only on farm business tenancies. 

Part of Blackhorse Fields is used as allotments. The Council manages 18 plots, 6 of which are half-sized plots. They are available to rent to parishioners at £15.00 per year for a full plot or £10.00 for a half-plot, plus deposits.

Plot 2 will become available in the near future so please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interest in that one.

Click here if you would like to download a copy of the allotment terms and conditions.

Please click here to see details about the bird flu alert issued on 18th January 2018.

Allotment Holders' Meetings: The latest meeting was held on Monday 20th February, at Buckland Brewer School. These meetings are held every so often and give allotment holders an opportunity to meet some of the councillors and share any concerns.

Allotment's Sub-Committee: At its meeting on 11th October 2017, the Parish Council established an Allotment's Sub-Committee, which comprises Councillors Elisa Hurley, Andrew Hewitt, and Trevor Mills, and one allotment holder, Chris Kaminski. The first meeting of the sub-committee was held on 26th October 2017. The minutes can be downloaded here. There will be 3 meetings a year in future.

The next allotments inspection will be on Saturday 17th February 2018. The next meeting of the sub-committee is scheduled for 1st March 2018.

Latest News

Saving Money & It's all Free!

Are you struggling with fuel and water bills?
Or do you simply want to see how you can make some savings?
Free Energy Clinic, Thursday 22nd March. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. , Methodist Chapel Schoolroom, Buckland Brewer. Free refreshments too.
OPEN TO ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE!
Simply call 01271 599361 to book your “slot” (or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)and bring along some recent energy bills.
A Parish Council sponsored event.
What’s not to like?!
For full details see poster under What’s On/Events.

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See a Pothole?? Street light out??

Many still believe that telling their parish councillor resolves this. In a way, it might, but your parish councillor will only act as "the middle man" doing what you can do yourself, and possibly delaying the outcome as they may not act immediately.

Parish Council is an advisory body, and maintenance of roads and street lighting do not come within their remit. Devon County Council is directly responsible for these matters.You can report bad roads and potholes online very easily from this website - go to "Essentials/Other Council Services & Domestic Waste" and follow the links.You don't need map and grid references, just an idea on an interactive map of where you are talking about. This has been tested a number of times and it works!

For those that prefer to speak to a person, call 0345 155 1015 for roads and 0800 197 6763 for street lights.

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WE WANT SERVICES! - how is the money found

Your Parish Council recently set its budget for the next 12 months. So, how does what happens in Westminster affect everyday life here in Buckland Brewer ?- because, ignore it as much as you may try, it does.
In the attached article you will get a little insight into the increasing financial (and potentially physical) demands made of your parish council (all volunteers, no expenses paid), how they plan ahead and look for financial opportunities to secure what some consider to be a right and assume happens automatically, why parish council sets your precept as it does (you may have contacts in other parishes who don’t pay the same), and the reason for the gentle increase of our housing stock and population.The downward cascade of any (ever-decreasing) grants and allowances from central government is dictated primarily by numbers of people.
When you open your annual bill from Torridge will you think this is value for money? – click here to read an informative article by Patrick Blosse, Parish Clerk.

You may think that peoples personal and individual needs are an unacceptable expense, or you may feel they are an investment in our community. A thought for the future - there are parish and district council elections in May 2019 – if you want to be part of this, want to try and influence things a bit, or serve your community, then this will be your chance to get involved.

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