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Items of Interest & Council News

NOTICE OF ELECTION Police & Crime Commissioner HERE



It takes two minutes to report a problem, please help keep our community beautiful,

be a part of the solution and report issues via these two links:

Potholes, Flooding/Blocked Drains, Faulty signs/beacons/bollards, Overgrown Vegetation, Hazardous or Fallen Treess, Trip Hazards, Broken Manhole Covers, Parking Enforcement, Public Rights of Way, Debris or Obstruction, Ice or Snow on the road, Defective Road Markings or Signs, Structural Damage or Obstructions restricting Water Flow, Damage to Traffic Lights or Signs, Damaged or Missing Roadside Fences or Barriers, Grit Bin Issues

Abandoned Vehicles, Damaged or Full Dog Bin, Damaged or Full Litter Bin, Damaged or Full Recycling Banks, Dead Animals, Dirty Beach,

Fly Tipping, Litter or Dog Mess, Planning Breaches, Stray Dogs AND MORE....


Want to know more about roadworks in the area?  Here's where you find out:

This link gives you access to current and future works, and also has a useful layer for works completed in the last 3 months. You need to click on the blue square near the top to bring up the layers option.  So, if you’re wondering who is causing chaos out there, or who hasn’t cleared up after themselves, this should tell you.


Anthony Mangnall MP  recently launched a survey on his website to gauge local use and perception of the bus services in Totnes and South Devon. The results of this survey will be used to engage with local authorities and service providers, so that we can improve our local transport network following the announcement of the National Bus Strategy.

We encourage as many people as possible to have their say. Community engagement is essential to ensure we get the most out of the National Bus Strategy. 

The link to the survey is here:

Those who would like to respond to the survey but require a paper version can call Anthony’s office on 01803 868378.




UPDATE RE NIGHT CLOSURES: A379 Highway Stabilisation Works - Road Closure (Fancy Cross)

Devon County Council will be undertaking works upon the A379 near the entrance to Edmeston Farm (approx. 3/4 mile west of Modbury) to stabilise the highway embankment.

Works include the installation of large sheet piles and ground anchors.

Works are scheduled to commence on Monday 11th January 2021 for a period of 13 weeks.

Due to restricted working space upon the highway a series of night-time road closures will be required to complete the works.

It is anticipated night-time closures will be in operation for 6 weeks from the 18th January 2021 between the hours of 19:00-06:30.

A signed diversion route will be in place for the duration of the closures.



Devon's treescapes are stunning and crucial habitats for so much wildlife. But they have been in decline for many decades and are now facing a new threat from ash dieback; which is estimated to kill at least 90% of Devon’s ash trees in the coming years. It will affect everyone, but everyone can be part of the solution.


A new initiative called Saving Devon’s Treescapes has started work this year to tackle the problems facing Devon’s treescapes. The project is led by Devon Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as well as other funders.


Saving Devon’s Treescapes aims to provide hope and action in the face of the alarming changes that are already affecting our precious treescapes. The project has secured tremendous support from a wide range of partner organisations. Together with help from local communities, farms and businesses we’ll plant and nurture over 250,000 trees outside of woodlands. The project will enable people to plant free trees, care for and celebrate our treasured treescapes, supporting local action for wildlife and climate change.

A brief summary of what we’re doing at the moment:

  • Setting up a community tree nursery at Meeth nature reserve – there will hopefully be three built across the five years of the project. We’ll be starting to recruit volunteers at the end of August
  • Citizen science project – a web based app to monitor ancient and veteran trees. You will also be able to monitor key specices such as brown hairstreak butterflies to help us understand the health of our treescapes. Hopefully this will be ready by the end of August.
  • Cultural celebration around ash tress with Beaford arts – we’ll be doing walks and talks with storytellers
  • Farm advisory visits with FWAG SW – particular focus on planting, restoring and nurturing hedgerows
  • Hedgerow tree planting – we will need lots of volunteers to help with this
  • Different planting scheme – free tree scheme for individuals to plant one or two trees in their garden, urban edges, fruit routes, small woodlands (around 500 trees)
  • Working with schools to do plantings and possibly set up some small nurseries

Find out more here: and an introductory video to the project on Twitter and Facebook.


Malborough Messenger June & July 2020 online HERE





We would like EVERYONE in Malborough to have

a free face mask – please contact Rachael Hutchings on 01548 288417

or email


We need to know the size (S/M/L), male or female and your address in Malborough so that we can deliver to you.  If the mask is for a child we also need to know the age.


Delivery will be prioritised for anyone who is a health-worker, carer, vulnerable, elderly, or looking after someone who is vulnerable or elderly, key-workers, shop workers, people who need to use public transport etc. 



Wearing a mask does not replace staying at home, social distancing or hand washing.

Please follow the Government Advice




SHDC:  Dog Control Consultation 1st June - 31st July 2020

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) deals with potential anti-social behaviour in an area which could have a harmful effect on the quality of life for those in the local community. It can ban certain things, or need specific things to be done, in this case the control of dogs in public areas.

Dog Control Consultation – Have Your Say

The Council know that most dog owners properly control their dogs and abide by the rules. However, they want to encourage every dog owner throughout the South Hams to be responsible and these Protection Orders help with that.  

PSPOs last for three years before they need to be reviewed and the current orders run out in December this year.  The District Council now need to consult on the next set of Orders for the following three year period.  

The current review affects all existing PSPOs within the District and they want to hear what you think. The Council is also considering introducing new orders within existing PSPO areas, as follows: 

  • Dog walkers must carry dog bags or other container to collect dog waste
  • Restrict amount of dogs that can be walked at to four at a time

The Council have received proposals from communities in the following five areas for changes to their current order: 

  • Courtenay Park in Salcombe.  Currently, Courtenay Park is an area where dogs are to be kept under control at all times.  They are allowed to run free off the lead and dog walkers are expected to pick up after their dogs. 

Proposal: The Council have received a proposal to re-categorise Courtenay Park to an area where dogs must be kept on a lead. 

  • Malborough Playing Fields

Proposal: The Council have received a request to withdraw the PSPO from the Playing Fields, which are owned by the Malborough Village Hall & Playing Fields Association, in favour of the Association applying its own rules for dog walkers.  

  • Specified Beaches. Currently, all of the beaches listed, are closed to dogs between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. from 1 May to 30 September. 
    • Salcombe South Sands
    • Hope Cove (Mouthwell Sands)
    • Challaborough
    • Bigbury
    • Wembury, and
    • Bantham (part of - to include private area also).

Proposal: Dogs to be excluded from the beach between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from 1 July to 31 August. 

The consultation runs from Monday 1 June to Friday 31 July 2020.  Officers can issue fixed penalty notices up to £100.00 for those who don't follow the Orders.  

"If residents live in one of the areas where new proposals have been suggested then we need to know what they think.  Are the changes for the better or worse?  Let us know. 
"Please do tell us what you think by emailing our Environment Protection Team before the consultation ends on Friday 31 July." 

Once the consultation is closed, a decision will be made before any changes start from December 2020.   
 If you would like to share your thoughts about the proposals, please contact the Environmental Protection Team on:

Or by post to:

Environmental Protection Team
South Hams District Council
Follaton House
Plymouth Road
TQ9 5NE                            



Malborough Messenger April & May 2020 online HERE


15th April 2020 SHDC have just released the following:

The Council’s Environmental Health Specialists are now authorised under ‘The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020’:

This is a dual role with Devon County Trading Standards that gives the District Council the power to close businesses that are not permitted to be open (listed in a schedule to the Regulations).

Regulation 5 of the 2020 Regultions does not permit the use of holiday accommodation, which includes rentals, campsites etc. Some exemptions apply – these are mainly for key workers and those that would be made homeless otherwise. Therefore, the Council does have the ability to close businesses if required.

The schedule to the Regulations does not include second homes, so therefore the only sanction that may be taken is by the Police, who enforce the movement restriction part of the same legislation. Where the District Council receives complaints of this nature, they are forwarded to the Police. (Note: Salcombe Town Council have recently released a press release asking for reports of second home occupancy to be directed to 101).

Feedback from the Police is that the extensive communications campaign that was carried out before the Easter holidays was successful in stopping the vast majority of people from travelling. Most holiday booking businesses have stopped taking bookings. Some holiday lets are being used to house key workers and this can cause some confusion. The Police also carried out visible patrols on routes into the South West.

To report concerns about a business that is opening, but should not be, please use




Information from Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service taken from website

Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service

Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service (DDASS) is a charity that offers advice, guidance and support to women, men and children affected by domestic abuse.
Our main aims are to increase safety and improve wellbeing.

For further information please contact our helpline on 0345 155 1074 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or email

We have a helpline, an adult Outreach service, a children support service and currently run a perpetrator programme in Exeter.

Our helpline workers take calls from anyone who wants to contact us for one off advice or who wants to self referral for on-going support. The helpline can help with advice and guidance, safety planning and signposting to other agencies, like solicitors, housing, food banks etc.
Our helpline can also help with agency enquiries.
For anyone who wants on-going support, the helpline will complete the referral process so that an Outreach worker can be allocate.

Our Outreach workers offer one to one support to women and men who are experiencing current domestic abuse. This might be by a partner or ex-partner (same or opposite sex) or family member. We also recognise that children (up to 18 and grown up children) can display abusive behaviour and we offer specific support around those issues. The support might be by phone or face to face.

We can meet with clients in their own home (if safe) or in other community locations, like GP surgeries, children centres, cafe's - anywhere safe and confidential.
We help with safety planning, advice, guidance and explore options that are specific to each person. We can help to get access to protective court orders, advice re safe housing options, give practical support, accompany to agency appointments where needed and liaise with agencies on the client's behalf.

We are in process of setting up a voluntary support service for individuals, who have experienced domestic abuse in the past and who are still affected emotionally by this. Support from this service will mainly be around dealing with the impact of domestic abuse with the aim of improving wellbeing.

Our children's workers offer advice to children who have been affected by witnessing domestic abuse. They can offer one to one support to children from 11 years and support the non abusive parent to address any issues for children up to 11 years old. Generally the children's worker together with the parent, will assess what the best support and way forward is for the family.
Parents can self refer to access the children service.

The perpetrator programme runs over 25 weeks and addresses issues of physical respect, intimacy and sexual respect, emotional respect, domestic abuse and the impact on children and rebuilding trust and respect. It is aimed at men who recognise that their behaviour is abusive and who take responsibility for their behaviour and want to change their ways. We recognise that women can also be abusive, but currently only run a course for men.
Men who are 21 years of age and over can refer to our perpetrator programme by contacting our helpline.




Now more than ever, it is essential that we can identify vulnerable people in our communities. 


We realise that many people have already arranged additional support from friends and neighbours but we are concerned that some people may not have managed this yet.  In order to ensure that everyone has the support they need, we would like to create a list of people who may need additional assistance during this uncertain time, we will match these people up with a volunteer from the Malborough Hello Neighbour initiative so that a support network can be put in place to ensure that everyone has the essential items and help that they need.


The support could be something as simple as a daily phone call to ensure that the person concerned is well.


If you would like to volunteer your support please provide your details to Grace Bibby as per the details on the Hello Neighbour sheet.  If you are looking to obtain support can you please email or telephone me with the following:

  • Name
  • Email and Telephone numbers
  • Address


Telephone:  07704 941150


Please note.  Information re vulnerable people will remain confidential between the Parish Council and the individuals who are matched.  In the event of the support provider having to self-isolate we would provide a second match to the person in need of support to ensure that contact remains continuous.

No lists of vulnerable people will be issued to anyone at any time. 


In addition to the above, please find below some information/links that may be relevant regarding contacting the NHS, local companies offering their services and information such as how to avoid scams:


If you think you may have the virus, NHS 111 has an online Coronavirus Service : Use this service if…

  • you think you might have Coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a high-risk country or area
  • you've been in close contact with someone with Coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.



Link from Marks and Spencer regarding foods you can freeze:


Kingsbridge Age Concern 01548 856650:

We are extending our regular services to support the local elderly community and are now offering a TAKE-AWAY AND HOME DELIVERY SERVICE throughout Kingsbridge and the surrounding areas, as well as operating our normal Monday to Friday drop-in lunches and Saturday morning breakfasts.

If you have elderly parents living in the Kingsbridge area and you are unable to reach them yourself to offer support or deliver food, please get in touch and we can add them to our weekday delivery service list.

Our team of volunteers will deliver a 2-course meal to our customers' doors Monday to Friday between 12pm and 1pm. Freshly made soup and a main course for £6.

Lunches are available to anyone over the age of 55 and Saturday morning breakfasts are open to all.

Tel: 01548 856650 or direct message us for further details


Facebook Link for South Hams Business Covid-19 Action Group – It is for businesses to share information and for individuals to be able to find out about:

- Home deliveries being provided

- Food takeaway services

- Other products and services being provided for those who are isolated or self-isolate.

 - Business collaboration ideas

- Other information to keep local businesses afloat until 'normal times' return.



Don’t fall prey to new scams:

There are also a number of scams being perpetrated, do not give out your financial information to anyone claiming to be from the Bank/Inland Revenue/NHS.  Please see the Citizens Advice page for details about scams and how to avoid them.



The Coronavirus situation is evolving on a daily basis. 

We have formed an internal incident management team and we are in regular contact with our partners in the NHS, Public Health England (PHE) and Devon County Council.

We will continue to provide you with information about our services as and when we update them.  Please keep an eye on official sources of information for specific advice for your council, such as Devon County Council and the Devon Association of Local Councils (DALC) website.

The Councils' approach to the emerging situation is as follows;

  1. We will follow Government and PHE advice
  2. We will take appropriate steps to protect our workforce and the public
  3. We will try to be proactive and keep people informed

The main message at the moment is that it is business as usual but with an emphasis on ensuring sensible precautions such as good hygiene.

Click on the link below for more information on the Government's action plan.


What does this mean for you?

We do not know if the situation will escalate locally, but just like Central Government we are putting plans in place to minimise the impact. 

As a Town or Parish Council, you too may be putting plans in place to protect your community. We have attached some posters that you can use to promote good hygiene.

We also thought that you may find this blog useful, five things you can do to protect yourself and your community.



Learn more about the virus

Watch this short video to learn more about the virus.  Click on the link to be taken to YouTube.


Where can I go for more information?

We are directing concerned people to the official government blogs and web pages. We have attached the latest version of web links to this bulletin.

If the public ask you for information, please direct them to these official sources.  

If you think you may have the virus, NHS 111 has an online Coronavirus Service : Use this service if…

  • you think you might have Coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a high risk country or area
  • you've been in close contact with someone with Coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.



You will be acutely aware of the current situation regarding Coronavirus and the national and local efforts to contain it.

We can all help by making sure we stay abreast of the latest health advice and guidance from Public Health England and sharing relevant updates.

The Dept of Health & Social Care is updating numbers etc from 2pm on a daily basis for the foreseeable future  


Up to date information can always be found via the County Council’s website You can also follow Public Health England's Facebook page or Twitter feed for the latest updates, information and advice.

PHE also advise that if anyone has recently been to one of the affected areas and is feeling unwell, they should phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice straight away rather than go to the doctor or a hospital.

Detailed guidance from PHE and the NHS includes Frequently Asked Questions.

More generally, we can also help by reminding everyone that good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps everyone can take to protect themselves and their family. These include washing hands regularly and thoroughly and covering mouths and noses with a tissue when coughing and disposing of the tissue bin.

Whilst we can expect more cases in the coming days and weeks, the risk to the general public remains low.  The County Council will continue to work with health colleagues and all our partners to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and keep people in Devon safe.

Devon Association of Local Councils

Devon County Council


Flooding information and advice:


If you have suffered a flood you will know how distressing it can be. This section includes information on how to prevent flooding, and where you can get more advice.

Where can I get sandbags from?

Sand and sandbags can be purchased from your local Builders Merchant, DIY store or Garden Centre.

The Environment Agency have produced a guide on how to use sandbags effectively, which you can download  here [390.03KB].

What do the council do to investigate and prevent floods?

Following a flooding incident where a number of properties and businesses are affected, the council will work with the Environment Agency and Devon County Council to investigate the cause of the flooding.

The Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for our area is Devon County Council. They will use this information to produce flood incident reports which feed into the flood risk management strategy. 

For more information about the LLFA and their work, please visit their website.

How can I prevent flooding happening again?

If you have already experienced flooding, or you believe you may be at risk, there are steps you can take to protect your property.

The Association of British Insurers have produced a guide to Resistant and Resilient Repair after a flood, which you can download  here [101KB].

The Know Your Flood Risk Campaign have also produced a document for homeowners, which describes a number of flood protection measures. You can download this document  here [2.72MB].

SHDC No One's at Home

It is Empty Homes Week between Monday 23 and Sunday 29 September. South Hams District Council is calling on residents to help reduce the number of long-term empty homes in the District. 

Empty homes can be a magnet for crime and vandalism and the Council wants to bring vitally needed homes back into use.  They are asking residents to report homes in their area that they know have been left unoccupied for a long period of time. 

The Council currently has 65 homes which have been empty for over two years (source Council Tax base October 2018). All of these homes are paying 150% Council Tax.  There are also 332 houses which have been empty from between one month up to two years, with a further 93 properties uninhabitable due to structural work.

There are many reasons why a house can become empty, from the death or illness of a relative, homes being repossessed by the bank or due to maintenance or value issues.  This is where the Council can help.

Perhaps, you have a home that needs work doing to get it up to scratch?  If so, do you know that you may be able to access a loan through the Council?

If you are a homeowner, a landlord or an empty property owner the Council may be able to offer you a low cost loan from Wessex Loans.

Loans cover essential home repairs (such as installing or upgrading heating systems, roof and structural repairs, replacing old and inefficient windows and doors,  electrical and plumbing repairs or anything other issues deemed essential to keeping you warm, safe and dry in your home).  Repair/refurbish empty properties to enable you to sell or rent the property. 

Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: “It’s really important that empty houses in the District are turned into much needed homes.  We know that it’s hard for some residents to get on the housing ladder and if these empty homes were improved then we can support the owners to get them back up to scratch.  That’s why we’re really pleased to take part in the national Empty Homes Week.

If you live near an empty house, get in touch so we can help you to solve this problem.  I wouldn’t want to live near to an abandoned house because apart from being an eyesore, they attract crime and lower the value of everyone’s properties by as much as 10%. 

“If you own an empty home, there are lots of things we can do to help, such as loans for home improvements but you need to get in touch so we can put the wheels in motion.“ 

If you would like to tell us about an empty home, please visit:

For more information about Wessex Loans visit:

Watch our videos:

Video 1 - How Wessex Loans Work



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