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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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