Heart of the South Hams, Devon

Items of Interest & Council News


The Environment Agency have recently updated the information re requirements for licenses to abstract water.  Find out more HERE



Devon County Council are  currently leading the way in the county with positive actions to encourage tree owners to take responsibility for their ash trees and to have them inspected by a qualified arborist  where they present a risk to the Highway network.

DCC have produced a general information leaflet (attached)  which they are distributing to householders around the County and have also created a highly informative website about the disease and who is responsible for infected trees. This can be viewed at  

If  you have concerns that Ash trees  within your parish that grow alongside highways, byways, bridleways or footpath may be infected by Ash Dieback, these trees need to be reported to Devon County Council highways via their website at  

If  tree owners require assistance in finding a suitably qualified and insured arborist, information is available via the following link:  

Furthermore if trees suspected of being infected are located within a Conservation Area or are subject to a Tree Preservation Order, an arborist should be able to advise whether the tree owner should apply for recommended works by the normal 6 or 8 week process or under a 5-day notice for emergency works to dead trees or trees which pose an immediate threat to persons or property.   In either scenario, the tree owners or their appointed agent are responsible for following the required procedures for works to protected trees. 

Further information on the tree works application procedure is available here: or



We're seeing more victims of Cyber Crime – this link is for a booklet which you may find helpful:  Cyber Crime 

Don't become a victim of SCAMS - we're seeing more vulnerable people targeted, find out more at 

this site includes information re free sessions and an online learning facility that will help prevent you from being a victim. 


Malborough Neighbourhood Plan; At the referendum held on 27th February 2019 you voted to APPROVE the MNP.  

Here are the final documents for the Malborough Neighbourhood Plan:

  • Malborough Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2034 HERE
  • Basic Conditions Statement HERE
  • Plan Appendices HERE
  • Consultation Statement HERE
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report HERE
  • Principle Residence Addendum HERE
  • SEA Environmental Report HERE
  • SEA Scoping Report HERE
  • SEA Addendum HERE

Full information including the examiners report can be found HERE