Beginning in December 2019, to provide additional communication and interaction with residents, this page contains the Parish Council notes from the parish clerk published in the “Eagle” village magazine each month. (The December issue also covers January of the following year.)
This page will contain the latest notes together with those for the previous two issues of the “Eagle”.
We were informed by [County] Cllr. Saywell that visits by the mobile library to Yarnscombe have ceased, due to lack of use. Although it is a loss for our community, Yarnscombe has its own small library in the form of the “Book Box”. Once again, we have to thank Cllr. Williams for setting it up in the first place, and over the last couple of weeks it has been given a thorough spring clean. New books have been added and there is a wider choice of books for children and young people. Please make use of it and/or donate books. It is also worth noting that for the less able a service is available whereby books can be ordered and delivered by the Royal Voluntary Service.
At our last meeting, District Cllr. Clarke made councillors aware of grants available via Torridge District Council. Firstly, the Disability Grant (up to £60,000) is means tested and can be used for for building of extensions, if that helps looking after a disabled family member. Also, Devon Care Plus will carry out an assessment, should people feel ramps, stair lifts etc. are necessary for them to stay in their home. Cllr. Clarke is happy to be contacted should anyone have general queries or difficulties in filling in a form. More information can also be found on the Torridge website (torridge.gov.uk).
We would also really like to encourage children and parents alike to keep the Youth Club going. Through a new initiative, Torrington 100, there was the possibility of a substantial grant, but due to low attendance, it seems unlikely that the offer can be taken up.
We hope all of you had a good start to 2020 and managed to avoid the worst of the rain and wind.
Speeding and bad road conditions have been a concern for parishioners for some time now. In October, two of our councillors attended a meeting with a Highways representative to present a parish plan map pinpointing areas in need of urgent repair within the parish. The good news is that our plan tallies with the Devon Highways repair plan. Yarnscombe’s roads should be included in the forthcoming road repair plan, which will concentrate more on drainage than tarmacking.
Recent accidents within the parish had been attributed to excessive speed. As a first step to addressing this issue, the council has contacted the Neighbourhood Highways Officer. We are awaiting a reply, but are hopeful that a speed survey will be carried out.
Our plan for the installation of a night landing site for the Air Ambulance is progressing well. We already have verbal confirmation from the chair of the Village Hall / Social Club Committee with regards to supplying power for the light mast. Councillors also decided to enquire with the contractor the possibility of an independent power supply. Thanks must go to Councillor Williams for providing regular feedback to councillors; he has been in regular contact with an Air Ambulance representative.
As mentioned by the editors in the last edition of the “Eagle”, it is of utmost importance that all of us take care when using our roads, especially at this time of year, when roads become treacherous due to extreme weather conditions.
The parish council is doing all it can to improve the quality of road surfaces. Two of our councillors have met with our Highways Neighbourhood Officer and highlighted the priorities within the parish regarding potholes and general road conditions. The other vital factor when it comes to avoiding accidents is speed, and during our last meeting the possible use of a Community Speed Camera was discussed. We will need to explore this option further with help and advice given by our local PCSO. Also, we cannot go ahead with this option unless it has your support. Please let us know your views by contacting one of our councillors or the clerk.
As the next edition of the “Eagle”, and therefore of this webpage, will be published in 2020, on behalf of Yarnscombe Parish Council we wish all parishioners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Fingers crossed, the weather is kind to us. As ever, our Snow Warden (Cllr. Farr) is on standby.