2018 Citizen’s Award:
This award was introduced by the Town Council in 2012 as a way of recognising and saying thank you to those people who have contributed to the community of Chudleigh. There were six nominations for the award:-
Malcolm Grose: Nominated for his work as an Ambulance Service first responder. Also for his work as a lifeguard at the community pool.
Carol Ramsay: For her work as a volunteer and treasurer with Volunteering in Health
Wendy Bishop: For her work in organising events to raise money for charity.
Carl Gill: Nominated for his general good work within the community.
Alan Brunton: Nominated for his work over many years with the local History Group and leading a team of volunteers who clear overgrown vegetation in various parts of the town. Also for his work for the Royal British Legion in organising the annual Poppy Appeal.
Carole Smart: Nominated for her work in establishing Chudleigh Film Society. She has also been a key member of Chudfest and the Twinning Association. More recently she has established a very successful weekly luncheon club.
All of the nominations were of high merit and the adjudicating panel found it difficult to select an overall winner. However, they finally decided that the award should be presented Carole Smart. She will be presented with her award at the council meeting on 14 May.
The previous winners of the award are:-
2012: Alan Brunton
2013: Sue Metcalfe
2014: Jillian Wood and Joan Prowse
2015: Stewart Sapp and Mike Moyse
2016: Alan and Annie Holman
2017: Christopher Evans and Lizzie Cornish
Although the Town Council is not responsible for the upkeep of the local road network probably the most common complaints we receive are regarding potholes and blocked drains. I think we are all aware that the Highways team at Devon County Council are fighting a losing battle due to their lack of adequate funding. You may find it interesting to know the operating policies that the Highways team now follow:-
A pothole is defined as a hole exceeding 40mm in depth and is greater than 300mm in any horizontal direction. This will be repaired within:
Major Roads - A and B class county roads in general (not motorways nor trunk
A pothole will be repaired on a permanent basis unless more permanent larger
repairs are already scheduled in the road maintenance programme within the
following 6 months. In the latter case, an intermediate repair can be completed.
For a permanent repair, the hole will be stabilised by cutting back the edges to
sound material to form a regular shape. The existing surface course will be disc cut to a minimum of 35mm. For deeper holes, the lower layers may be removed by jack hammer or milling machine. All loose material will be removed and the base of the hole cleaned. A bitumen bond coat will be applied to the edges and base. The 6mm hot material is to be hand laid in layers not exceeding 40 mm thick and compacted using a mechanical or approved hand rammer. The repair shall be finished level with the adjacent surface and when completed, the
filled area and adjacent pavement shall be swept and cleared of all detritus and loose material.
An intermediate repair is as above but the edges of the hole will not be stabilised by cutting back to sound material.
Minor Roads - C class and unclassified roads.
Potholes shall be repaired on an intermediate repair basis using 6mm hot laid
On the lowest category of rural road, i.e. roads that service only one or a few properties, the pothole may be repaired by the intermediate process above, or using a proprietary emulsion binder and 6mm chippings. In the latter case, the edges of the hole will again not be stabilized by cutting back to sound material but all loose material will be removed and the base of the hole cleaned before filling.
Drains & gullies
The County Council has a cyclic programme for drain and gullies maintenance with urban drains and gullies (The definition of urban is within a 30mph limit) being cleared every three years and those in rural areas being cleared annually. The urban drains and gullies in Chudleigh were last cleared in May 2017 and will not be routinely done again until 2020.
However, the County Council will take reactive action with blocked drains that are causing a safety issue. The criteria they use is that there is an area of standing water present 24 hours after rainfall has ceased.
At the end of the day nobody is expecting members of the public to measure potholes or time the length of time that water takes to drain away. If you feel a highways defect is dangerous then do report it. The easiest way to do that is through the Devon County Council website. Their reporting mapping system allows you to see whether the fault has already been reported. It also allows you to mark precisely where the problem is which makes life easier for the highways engineers.
The Teignbridge Local Plan:
Back in 2014 the District Council adopted a local plan, “Plan Teignbridge 2013-2033”, which sets out policies, proposals and actions designed to meet the social, environmental and economic challenges facing the district. The plan also allocated sites which would be suitable for housing and employment developments. The District Council is now looking to consult with residents to ensure that the plan is still up to date. The consultation will run from 21 May to 16 July. In order to reach as many people as possible the District Council is running a series of roadshows. There will be an event at Chudleigh Town Hall, in the rest centre, on Thursday 21 June. It runs from 11am to 9pm so there is no excuse for claiming that you can’t come due to work commitments! Anyway, what better way to celebrate the summer solstice.
The Teignbridge Plan is available from local libraries and is also on the District Council’s website where you can submit your comments by means of an online questionnaire.
Chudleigh Wild works hand in hand with the Town Council to improve the environment of Chudleigh. Readers may find their annual report for 2017/18 of interest.
Report for 2017-2018
We are a group of local residents who want to share and enthuse others with their passion for wildlife!
Our aims are to: -
Share knowledge on the wonderful wildlife in the Parish of Chudleigh.
Raise awareness through events & activities that involve and motivate the community.
Encourage positive action by local residents to attract & sustain more wildlife in the town and Parish of Chudleigh.
Work together and with others to conserve existing wildlife and enhance our local habitats, features and species populations.
Record what we have, holding and sharing our wildlife records with others.
Advise groups and individuals on biodiversity
Be environmentally and socially aware and responsible in what we do
1.Completed an insect friendly bat garden on rock road with feature bench.
2.Held nature walks and talks in association with CADAS
3.Put Swift boxes on the back of the Town hall and the Globe Hotel, to extend nesting places.
4.Removed grass from verges to increase variety of plants, until asked to stop by the Town Council.
5.Planted two small oak saplings from the twin oaks and a donated Hornbeam at Bridgelands bridge
6.Continued planting native bulbs and insect friendly plants in verges and public areas..
7.Held another successful Bat evening at the Bat field, netting a Greater horseshoe bat
8.Hosted a bat recorder for Greater Horseshoe Bat project (GHBP)
9.Taken part in PhD project on the habits of Greater Horseshoe bats
10.GHB project held teaching sessions to support staff at the primary school.
11.Had a presence at Chudfest summer fete, featuring pond dipping and simple flower identification
12.Have had a strong input in the neighbourhood development plan.
1.Continue working with the school
2.Encourage the Town Council to support Chudleigh as a biodiverse town.
3.Continue planting native, insect friendly species in public spaces.
4.Organise more nature walks and talks.
5.Co-operate with other organisations eg CADAS in beautifying the town.
6.Comment on planning issues that affect the natural environment.
7.Take over orchid counting at crammers cross
8.Develop a significant tree mapping project with the community
9.Start to look at Unconfirmed Sites of Wildlife Interest for further classification.
10.Support the start of a community allotment.
11.Increase our web presence through support of the web page on CTC website and develop facebook page.