Notes for The “ Eagle”

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”.

February 2020

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.


  1. Proposed extension and alterations
    Crossbury, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, EX31 3LY, Ref. No. 1/1186/2019/FUH
  2. Installation of 26 solar panels on the roof with associated works
    St Andrew’s Church, Yarnscombe Barnstaple, EX31 3LW, Ref. No. 1/1037/2019/FUL

December 2019 / January 2020

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.


  1. Conversion of redundant agricultural building to residential use
    Shortridge, Yarnscombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3LJ; Ref. No. 1/0773/2019/FUL. Received: 19 August 2019; Validated: 19 August 2019; Status: Application Permitted.