Press Releases


 23 November 2018

 New Community Work Hub opens in Braunton

 

Braunton Parish Council is delighted to announce that it’s new Community Work Hub in Braunton is now open for business. 

 

Following the closure of the Braunton Police Station in 2016-17 the Parish Council purchased the building for two reasons: -

  • To keep a police presence in Braunton, and
  • provide a Community Work Hub for small start-up businesses, home-based and mobile workers.

 

The police have retained an office within the building, and the remainder of the building has been turned into a community work hub providing four fully furnished modern offices and 6 affordable hot desks from £10 per day. The ‘social hub’ area is a place to meet and greet clients, exchange information and network with like-minded people.  Providing fresh bean coffee this open planned area can be used for relaxation or collaborative working.  Office space hire starts from £54 per week and the hot desks can be booked for half a day at £5 or all day £10. Prices include utilities, business rates and cleaning. 

 

Tracey Lovell the Parish Clerk says, “This is a fantastic facility for Braunton bringing the community and local business sector together. With a growing number of people becoming self-employed the Braunton Work Hub provides affordable professional office space, with no binding contracts or penalties.  Enabling small businesses to invest their time and money into the growth of their business.”

 

The project to create the Braunton Work Hub was funded by Devon Work Hubs and Braunton Parish Council. The Council used local businesses and trades to create and furnish the building. Facilities include: -

  • 50/100 Mbps fibre dedicated broadband.
  • Four modern fully furnished offices
  • 6 flexible hot desks
  • Laser printer, photocopier and scan facilities
  • Sit-stand desks
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Fresh bean coffee
  • Car parking
  • Shower and bike storage

 

Councillor Derrick Spear Chair of Braunton Parish Council says, “In these times of austerity Councils have to adapt. We are fortunate in Braunton to be able to deliver a business model that not only keeps our local policing team in the area but helps our local businesses to progress.”

 

For more information regarding to the Braunton Work Hub or to book facilities please contact Tracey Lovell or Jane Fewings at the Parish Council office on 01271 812131 or email info@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk.

 

Media only – For further information, contact

 

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk

 

 


23 March 2018

Children in Braunton are enjoying playing on new equipment installed by the Parish Council in two of its busy play parks.

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that it has installed 5 new pieces of exciting play equipment in two of its play parks, including a multi-activity play unit, pirate ship and basket swings.

Cllr Derrick Spear, Chair of the Braunton Parish Council, said “I am delighted that we have this excellent new range of equipment for the young people in the village to enjoy.”

Following a consultation with pupils from Caen Primary School, children visiting Chaloners Road Play Park will now be able to enjoy a new basket swing together with a fantastic multi-activity climbing frame (pictured), perfect for developing upper body strength, coordination and balance. This equipment, together with a new duo rocker for toddlers and a new pathway, has being funded by Braunton Parish Council and North Devon Council’s Section 106 fund.

At another popular play park, children at Mowstead play area will have hours of fun on a new basket swing funded by Braunton Parish Council and North Devon Council (Section 106 funding). Also at Mowstead, youngsters will be able to let their imagination run wild and practise their best pirate impressions aboard this fabulous pirate ship with slide (funded by Investing in Devon from Devon County Council and Braunton Parish Council).

Cllr Trish Parsons, Chair of the Parks and Gardens Committee said “We are grateful to North Devon Council and Devon County Council in helping to fund this much needed new play equipment in our community. The children in the village are thrilled to have this wonderful new equipment which will provide them with hours of fun and learning”.

It has been possible for Braunton Parish Council to part fund these projects through revenue from its two car parks.

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk



23 March 2018

 

 

The annual Civic Service, for Braunton Parish Council took place at St Brannock’s Church on Sunday 18 February 2018 its theme was ‘Live Well in Braunton – Connecting the Community’.

As part of Braunton Parish Council’s Civic Service, the Chairman, Councillor Derrick Spear, chose to dedicate the service to the newly formed initiative ‘Live Well in Braunton – connecting our community’.

The aim of this initiative is to link the organisations that are already established in our Community to each other and to the GP surgery building a 'Community Network' to support people living in and around Braunton. Dr. Susanna Hill, Chair of the Live Well in Braunton Committee, gave a presentation at the Civic Service she said “The project will recognise the huge detrimental impact that loneliness and isolation can have on our health and wellbeing and the enormous benefits of having a sense of purpose through helping and being with other people.”

The Live Well in Braunton project is already well supported and has a dedicated committee of 11 members from a cross section of the community all helping to bring this great venture to fruition.

The Chair Councillor Derrick Spear said, “I am delighted to support this fantastic community led initiative by helping to raise its profile by choosing it as the theme for my annual Civic Service. I believe it will provide greater well-being and health benefits to those who live in our community”. The Chair was also pleased to present the Live Well in Braunton Committee with a cheque for the sum of £237.34 which was collected during his Civic Service at St. Brannock’s Church.

The Committee is working on obtaining funding towards appointing a central co-ordinator whose role will be to link people with identified needs to different organisations in the Community. Trish Parsons, a member of the committee, is beginning to map what organisations already exist in the area by producing an ‘Adult Directory’ and is appealing for any information regarding existing activities in the community. Please contact her by telephone 01271 269461 or email trish.parsons@gmail.com

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk

23 March 2018

 

Children in Braunton are enjoying playing on new equipment installed by the Parish Council in two of its busy play parks.

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that it has installed 5 new pieces of exciting play equipment in two of its play parks, including a multi-activity play unit, pirate ship and basket swings.

Cllr Derrick Spear, Chair of the Braunton Parish Council, said “I am delighted that we have this excellent new range of equipment for the young people in the village to enjoy.”

Following a consultation with pupils from Caen Primary School, children visiting Chaloners Road Play Park will now be able to enjoy a new basket swing together with a fantastic multi-activity climbing frame (pictured), perfect for developing upper body strength, coordination and balance. This equipment, together with a new duo rocker for toddlers and a new pathway, has being funded by Braunton Parish Council and North Devon Council’s Section 106 fund.

At another popular play park, children at Mowstead play area will have hours of fun on a new basket swing funded by Braunton Parish Council and North Devon Council (Section 106 funding). Also at Mowstead, youngsters will be able to let their imagination run wild and practise their best pirate impressions aboard this fabulous pirate ship with slide (funded by Investing in Devon from Devon County Council and Braunton Parish Council).

Cllr Trish Parsons, Chair of the Parks and Gardens Committee said “We are grateful to North Devon Council and Devon County Council in helping to fund this much needed new play equipment in our community. The children in the village are thrilled to have this wonderful new equipment which will provide them with hours of fun and learning”.

It has been possible for Braunton Parish Council to part fund these projects through revenue from its two car parks.

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk


27 November 2017

 

UPDATE - HORSEY ISLAND RIVER BANK BREACH

Following the breach of the outer bank at Horsey Island, which caused flooding to the land during the recent high tides, a plan of action has now been agreed to make repairs to outer bank and secure the inner bank.

At the request of the Parish Council the MP Peter Heaton-Jones chaired a meeting of responsible parties and stakeholders held in the Parish Hall last Friday. The purpose of this gathering was to formulate a plan of action to make remedial repairs to the outer bank and protect the inner bank. The Chair of the Parish Council Derrick Spear welcomed this much needed meeting of the key players on Friday. “As such, it provided much greater clarity of who is responsible, not only for Horsey Island, but also the wider issue of who is responsible for our seaward shoreline defences from Crow Point, the Braunton Marshes and the River Caen Estuary.”

The landowner has been granted an emergency works licence by the Environment Agency (EA) and has already begun works to repair the breach in the outer bank. The North Devon Biosphere offered to assist the landowner to try to secure funding to create a regulated tidal exchange to provide further protection from future breaches.

Additionally, the Marsh Drainage Board and Marsh Inspectors are in the process of obtaining quotations to repair the Great Sluice. The EA will advise the Marsh Inspectors regarding making the inner bank fit for purpose and might be able to provide funding towards these works, as there is a potential risk to residential property if the inner bank is breached. The EA have assured us that if the inner bank is breached this will not result in Braunton flooding but it could affect the 3 residential properties within the vicinity.

The Parish Council were very grateful to all those who attended the meeting and have offered to continue to facilitate meetings of the interested parties. It is important that there is an ongoing dialogue and working arrangements to resolve and update the immediate issue of Horsey Island and above all the need for robust sea defences including the Braunton / Velator sea defences. On behalf of the Parish Council, the Chairman thanked the MP and all the representatives for their part in attending this initial meeting.

Media only – For further information, contact

Braunton Parish Council 01271 812131,

info@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk

15 May 2017

 

Bat Viewing Platform Opens to Visitors

People in Braunton can now get closer to nature with the installation of a new bat viewing platform at the Beacon, where greater horseshoe bats can be seen flying past on their way from their roost.

Funding was awarded through the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, North Devon Coast AONB Sustainable Development Fund and the Tarka Country Trust Community Wildlife Fund supported by Marsdens. At the official opening held on the 10 May the Parish Council Chair, Cllr Derrick Spear said ‘The funding provided has allowed us to create a fabulous viewing platform which allows the people of Braunton to get closer to nature. It also helps to enhance what we have on offer at the Beacon Nature Area on West Hill.’

The viewing platform complements the two new Discovery Pen ‘bat trails’ that have been created in Braunton. The trails tell people the story of the greater horseshoe bats and the local area narrated by local Bat Expert Samantha Pickering.

Dave Edgcombe, North Devon AONB, said ‘The Discovery Pens will be available to borrow from the Braunton Countryside Centre and will take you on a tour of the village, encompassing a visit to the viewing platform, which is located on West Hill.

Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project Manager Ruth Testa said: ‘We hope that by providing space for people to see these bats up close in their natural environment it will inspire them to take action to protect them. Funding for the project has been provided by both the National Lottery and the Disney Conservation Fund, and without them we would not be able to help community projects like this one’.

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk


 17 March 2017

 The future of the Chivenor base is not set in stone

 Whilst it appeared to be a done deal the Ministry of Defence (MOD) will now begin a detailed assessment study regarding its intention to relocate the Chivenor base to Plymouth and will report its findings by 2019. The Chairman of Braunton Parish Council Cllr Derrick Spear said “We welcomed the meeting with the Minister of Defence and our local MP which provided us with greater clarity regarding the future of the Chivenor base. Over the next 12 months the MOD will assess the cost to run the Chivenor base against the cost to relocate to Plymouth. This will give us an opportunity to put forward a Master Plan, while not neglecting to put the case for retaining the base, either in total or in parts.”

It has been agreed that all stakeholders will meet regularly to plan the way forward and work with the MOD to mitigate the impact to North Devon and the local economy. The Parish Council understands that closure of the Chivenor base will leave a multi-million pound hole in our local economy but we need to drill down further to see what will be lost and who will be impacted up on the most.
Although we have virtually put the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan to bed there is currently no chapter on the Chivenor base which should be a top priority. An important aspect of the Local Plan is the number of houses that the government want us to build. The uncertainty of Chivenor is a considerable factor with the potential housing that it could provide. We would then be less likely to receive opportunistic planning applications for housing to be built in Braunton and the surrounding area, which is happening at the moment. The future of the Chivenor base will also need to be considered as part of Braunton’s emerging Neighbourhood Plan.

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk

17 February 2017

Parish Council secures funding to provide a Braunton Work Hub

In January, the Parish Council entered into a joint venture with the police by purchasing the Braunton Police Station and providing the local policing team with an ‘neutral cost’ 15 year rental in part of the building. The main objective of this partnership was to retain a police presence in Braunton which has been successfully achieved.

The Council is pleased to announce that it has now secured £19,382 from the Devon County Council Devon Work Hub fund, subject to the signing of a formal funding agreement, to turn the remainder of the premises into a Community Work Hub.

The Braunton Community Work Hub planned service will include: -

  • 4 offices for long-term tenant provision of fixed desk space, filing storage, available weekly/monthly
  • 6 ‘hot desks’ available on a day rate
  • Provision of meeting room
  • WIFI internet access
  • Laser printing facilities
  • Open concept kitchen (social hub/communal area)
  • 24/7 access to the work hub
  • Fully accessible DDA compliant
  • Amenities including lockers showers, W/Cs
  • Cycle storage
  • Possible access to an electronic vehicle charge point

 

The Chair of the Parish Council Property Committee, Cllr Liz Spear said, “I am delighted that the Parish Council has been successful in achieving substantial funding for the Braunton Community Work Hub. A huge considerable amount of consultation and planning has gone into making this successful bid. Congratulations and thanks to all those who helped to bring this about, not least our Parish Clerk, Tracey Lovell”.

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk


 

17 November 2016

Braunton Parish Council fights for the continuation of a military presence at Chivenor.

Following the decision by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to review military bases in the South West, the Parish Council were dismayed to hear that so quickly after the announcement of the review, that the Chivenor base would be closed by 2027. Cllr Derrick Spear, Chairman of the Parish Council, said “This clearly contradicts the government’s promise of 2% GDP towards national defences and security. The proposal to close the Chivenor base seems irrational in the current political and world climate.”

The Parish Council has had a very close relationship with Chivenor, going back to the RAF days. It has given the Freedom of the Village to the 59 Independent Commando Squadron and to the 24 Commando Engineer Regiment. It strongly supports the continuation of Chivenor as a military base, which is currently home to the 24 Commando Royal Engineers Regiment and the Royal Marines Commando Logistics Regiment.

At its full Council meeting on Monday night it agreed to write to the Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP to make it clear that it would fight for the continuation of a military presence at Chivenor, and passed the following resolutions: -

  • We note that the MOD may wish to rationalise its estate from time to time but on what basis have they chosen to close Chivenor? It is modern, flexible and cheap to run (low wage area) compared to many others throughout the UK.
  • It will leave an annual multi-million pound hole in our economy. What impact assessments have the MOD (or Her Majesty’s Government) done about the chosen sites? Cramped barracks in city centres will be easily back filled in their local economies.
  • The eleven year ‘blight’ may allow some thinking about what comes next on the site, but it will be a dark cloud hanging over it. If some of it is going to be housing we need to know as soon as possible, so it can begin to alleviate pressure to allow building elsewhere.
  • We need to know about ownership and whether it will revert in part to owners from whom it may have been requisitioned. In that case they will have their own views and expectations and it may not be quite the ‘public asset’ it is now.

 

Cllr Derrick Spear, said “We are talking to other parishes and the community to help fight our corner for the retention of a military presence at the Chivenor base.”

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk

 8 November 2016

 Flood Improvement Scheme proposed for Caen Street, Braunton

Further to the Parish Council’s announcement in September that Devon County Council would be improving the drainage system in Caen Street. We have now been informed, that in addition to these drainage improvements, the County is considering allocating a further £220k to install a Pumping Station on the Village Green adjacent to the river Caen. Councillor Derrick Spear, Chair of Braunton Parish Council says, “After a considerable period of lobbying and concern following the news that the costs of the original pump proposals had escalated well beyond the funding available, we are nevertheless pleased that the amended proposals will give the owners of the businesses in Caen Street a combined package that will provide safety and security”.

The amended and developed proposals include the modernisation of the drainage system in Caen Street, taking us into the twenty first century. These drainage improvements will significantly increase the capacity to remove surface water from the highway by replacing the existing 150mm diameter drains with 450mm diameter drains. Providing the area with a standard of protection relatable to the 25 year flood event (4% chance of occurring in any one year). In addition to the improved gravity drainage system, there will be a backup pumping system to cope with the storm bursts – periods of extreme downpours of episodic rain. The installation of a sizeable pump arrangement will offer the area a higher standard of protection, initial investigations have shown that Caen Street would have a standard of protection relatable to a 75 year flood event (1.33% chance of occurring in any one year).

Furthermore, the Parish Council have been given assurances, that the general problem of drainage maintenance will receive more funding to deliver a considerably improved system of drainage through the Parish boundaries of Braunton. Councillor Derrick Spear says, “We shall continue to work with parties concerned, not least the Braunton Flood Resilience Team and local volunteers who monitor the state of the drains in our Parish. It is good see that the Environment Agency and others are now facing up to the overall problem of good land management with reference to the issues of run off – in the whole of the Caen River catchment area. In the long term, this is of utmost importance”.

Devon County Council, at its Cabinet meeting being held tomorrow 9 November 2016, will consider a report by the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment, the report can be viewed at http://democracy.devon.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=5058. Following this meeting the Parish Council will be notified whether Braunton has been successful in securing the additional £220k funding needed for the installation of the pumping station.

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk


26 September 2016

Action is needed to improve Braunton’s Air Quality

At a meeting of Braunton Parish Council that took place on 26 September members received a presentation from Andy Cole Service Lead – Environment Protection Officer at North Devon Council (NDC) and Cllr Rodney Cann NDC Portfolio Holder for the Environment, regarding the progress made with the implementation of the Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) for Braunton.

Mr Cole explained that NDC are responsible for monitoring air quality across the district. In Braunton the air quality has been proven to have a slight exceedance and has resulted in NDC declaring an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in Caen Street.

Proposals which included 14 measures to help improve the air quality and traffic issues in the village by creating a 22% reduction in road-created nitrogen oxide were unanimously agreed at the NDC Executive meeting held on 3 May. The Parish Council requested what progress had been made since May regarding the implementation of these 14 proposals.

It is clear from the monitoring carried out by NDC that the poor air quality is traffic related, which is the responsibility of Devon County Council Highways. NDC have recently written to the Head of Highways requesting what plans they have to address or implement the list of measures identified in the AQAP. The Technical Working Group which consists of technical members of staff from North Devon Council - Environmental Health and Housing Services, Planning Policy and Devon County Council - Highways, Transport Planning have not met for some time. Cllr Derrick Spear said that he was “concerned and surprised that meetings of the Technical Group had not already happened, as the County would need to allocate funds in its budget for 2017/18 in order to implement any of the measures identified in the AQAP.” He further expressed his concerns regarding health implications particularly amongst the young and elderly as there is evidence that poor air quality attributes to heart and respiratory diseases, and he is mindful that there is a primary school located within the declared AQMA.

The Parish Council is carrying out its own air quality monitoring in Caen Street outside the London Inn, Caen Primary School and on the Square. Cllr Bunyard stated “the purpose of carrying out our own monitoring is so that we are comparing non bias corrected results, which to date show an increase in NO2 levels in Caen Street compared with North Devon Council’s data collected last August rising from 43.86 ug/m3 to 50.39 ug/m3.”

The government have recognised that it is time for Councils to start taking action to improve air quality and not just write about it. The Parish Council agreed to support NDC by requesting a meeting of the Technical Group to agree on the implementation of the 14 measures identified in AQAP. The AQAP can be viewed at http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/media/377432/final-air-quality-action-plan-2016-published-on-website-august-2016.pdf

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk



13 September 2016

Surface Water Drainage Improvements in Braunton

At a meeting of Braunton Parish Council that took place last night (12 September) the Chairman Councillor Derrick Spear announced that “Following the flash flooding experienced in Braunton on Saturday 3 September the Parish Council have been working very closely with the County Council Flood Risk team who have made some real positive steps in identifying a proposed solution to the surface water flooding experienced in Caen Street. This comes in the form of an improved, upsized gravity drainage system where the existing 150mm diameter drains are being replaced with 450mm diameter drains.”

These drainage improvements will significantly increase the capacity to remove surface water from the highway and the larger drains will help prevent silt building up to such a high percentage. This scheme will look to give the area a standard of protection relatable to the 25 year flood event (4% chance of occurring in any one year). The proposed scheme will cost £150k and will be installed in January 2017 the County’s design partners Jacobs Engineering are busily producing detailed designs.

In addition to the gravity drainage system, Devon County Council are hoping to be able to offer the area a higher standard of protection by installing a pumping station, but their initial investigations have shown that even with a sizeable pump arrangement, Caen Street would still be left with 300 to 400mm of water on the surface of the highway in a 75 year event (1.33% chance of occurring in any one year) and would result in flooding. Another major obstacle is the lack of central government funding that would be available. This is due to the relatively low number of buildings to be protected by the scheme, coupled with the fact that the properties are commercial rather than residential. This means that the amount of money available is a fraction of what it could be. The County are exploring whether it can fund the pumping station and it will know by mid-October whether this would be possible.

If the pumping station is installed annual maintenance costing in the region of £1k a year would be required. The first year would be covered by the installation cost but from 2018/19 the maintenance would need to be covered by a local body, the Parish Council at its meeting last night agreed to take on this responsibility. The Parish Council further agreed to work in partnership with the Council to hold public consultation event(s) to inform the public of what action will be carried out to improve the current drainage system in Caen Street.

The Chairman Derrick Spear says “We will continue to look at the wider flooding issues in Braunton as other areas also experienced flooding on Saturday 3 September, and we will be canvassing the County to increase its existing drainage cleaning and maintenance programme in Braunton.”

A detailed report of the state of the drains in Braunton was presented to the Parish Council by a local resident this will also be forwarded to the relevant officers at the County Council for action.

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk


22 July 2016

 

CHALONERS ROAD PLAY park TO REMAIN OPEN

Braunton Parish Council have received confirmation from the Environment Agency that from the 1 August their contractor will start works to repair the flood defence wall at Caen Primary School.

Following concerns raised by the Council, it is pleased that the Environment Agency no longer intend to use Chaloners Road Play Park to access the wall and that the park will remain open to the public during the summer half term.

The Chairman Cllr Derrick Spear said “we are delighted at the news that the flood defence wall will be repaired soon as it is vital that the Village remains protected from the risk of flooding. The Council has cooperated fully with the Environment Agency to help resolve this matter and will continue to do so until the repairs have been completed”.

If the Environment Agency’s contractor is delayed and works need to continue after the school holidays have ended, it may be necessary to close the play park to provide access to the flood defence wall.

Please check the Council’s website at www.brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk for further updates regarding this matter.


Media only – For further information, contact:
Tracey Lovell, Parish Clerk, 01271 812131,

clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk.

 


12 May 2016

CAEN STREET FLOOD IMPROVEMENTS

Following the ground site investigations on the Village Green Braunton is now a step closer to finalising the design for a scheme to help alleviate flooding in Caen Street.

Braunton Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Derrick Spear says, “I am pleased that we are closer to a preferred scheme being drawn up to improve the flood protection for properties in Caen Street”.

The Council are working closely with Devon County Council Flood Risk team to promote flood improvement works in Caen Street to improve the standard of protection from intense rainfall. Given the topography of the location and the levels of the low spot in relation to the river bed improvements to the drainage in Caen Street would have to be coupled with a pumping arrangement to ‘lift’ the water back into the river where it would then pass downstream away from at risk properties.

Devon County Council have instructed their consultant Jacobs to produce three outline designs for potential flood alleviation options in the area. These include:

1. Improvements to the existing gravity drainage system with a high level overflow.

2. Improvements to the gravity drainage system coupled to a small packaged pump arrangement (95l/s).

3. Improvements to the gravity drainage system coupled to a larger packaged pump arrangement (190l/s).

The next stage will be for the County to carry out a cost estimate for the schemes and present them to the Parish Council and community for feedback.

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk



 10 May 2016

 

Parish council chairman re-elected for second term

Monday night’s annual meeting of Braunton Parish Council saw Cllr Derrick Spear re-elected as chairman.

Cllr Spear says, "I am greatly honoured to have been chosen for a second term and delighted to be back in the post.

"Being chairman is a fantastic opportunity that not many councillors get even once and I am very grateful and flattered to be elected for another year.

His vice chairman will be Brad Bunyard.

The Parish Council this year, awarded £6,000 in grants to local organisations. (Pictured: Dr. Peter Sims, Chair of Braunton Volunteers receiving a grant of £850, awarded by the Parish Council Chair, Cllr Derrick Spear).

Media only – For further information, contact

Tracey Lovell, Clerk to the Council, 01271 812131, clerk@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk


24/02/2015

Community Renewable Energy Project

 Braunton Parish Council has commissioned a study, undertaken by Energy Analysis, to look at the viability of community renewable energy in the Braunton area. The study has been funded by the Rural Community Energy Fund to establish the scope for community renewable energy projects in and around Braunton.  Renewable energy technology includes solar photovoltaic panels, hydro turbines, small scale wind turbines, wood fuel boilers and solar hot water systems for generating electricity and heat.

 North Devon and Torridge currently spend in the order of £300m on energy each year. This spend is lost from the local economy, going to the big six energy companies who supply our electricity and gas. If instead this money was paid to a local energy company, owned by local people, it could be recycled in the local area. The benefit of this additional injection of local spend would be increased due to the economic multiplier effect, meaning a stronger, healthier local economy.

 Locally owned renewable energy projects generate income, because at the moment renewable generation attracts payments for the electricity and heat that they provide. Renewable technology also has the potential to save local organisations and businesses money by reducing their energy bills.

The renewable energy systems can be installed and maintained by local businesses, helping to grow the local economy, safeguarding jobs and incomes.

 Profits from the energy projects go to paying back investors; the idea being to have as many local investors as possible. Any revenue left over can be allocated to a community fund, for use on other local projects, which do not have to be energy related. Cllr Derrick Spear, Chairman of the Parish Council Property Committee says, “the Parish Council has recently invested in two solar panel projects – the Parish Hall and the Recreation Pavilion – saving on energy and creating an income.  The renewable energy project is a great opportunity to build on these two investments.  Working together with the business community and the wider public we can become more sustainable by creating our own renewable energy sources.  It will undoubtedly boost the local economy.”

 Energy Analysis are exploring what community renewable energy projects may be possible in the Braunton area. Is there the possibility for community projects to supply local organisations with cheaper heat and electricity, and benefit the wider community by recycling this spend on energy locally?

 If you would like to find out more about community renewable energy come along on to the public meeting at 5:15pm on the 4th of March at Braunton Parish Hall. The meeting is a chance to ask questions, give us your views and ideas and help us to make the project as successful as possible.

 For further information contact Ben Eardley on 07979 344555 or by email ben@energyanalysis.co.uk or via the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/brauntonce

 

 Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)

RCEF is a £15 million programme, delivered by WRAP and jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.

For more information on RCEF, visit www.wrap.org.uk/renewables

 RCEF Facebook link www.facebook.com/RuralCommunityEnergyFund


WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership to help businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, communities and individals looking for practical advice to improve resources efficiency that delivers both economic and environmental benefits. First established in 2000, WRAP is a registered charity. WRAP works with UK governments and other funders to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resources efficiency.

 Media only – For further information, contact

 Tracey Weaver, Parish Clerk, 01271 812131, tracey@brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk

 


 

COULD YOU BE A FLOOD VOLUNTEER FOR BRAUNTON?

The search is on for flood volunteers in Braunton to help take action in the community, should flooding occur in the future.

Braunton Parish Council welcomes you to attend the launch event for the Community Emergency Plan being held on Saturday 29th March 2014 in the Parish Hall on Chaloners Road from 1:00pm until 4:00pm.  During the afternoon there will be an opportunity to speak with emergency services and flooding agencies and receive a presentation from Patrick Farrelly the Community Emergency Response Team co-ordinator.

 

The launch follows the formal adoption, which took place last month of the Community Emergency Plan.   The Plan was approved following an emergency planning event in the village on Tuesday 21st January, which brought together the police, fire and rescue service, Devon County Council, North Devon Council, Braunton Parish Council and other village representatives.


Braunton Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Elma Blackmore, says: "In 2012, Braunton experienced severe flooding. As a result the CEP has been updated, with input from a number of agencies including Devon County Council, the Environment Agency, the Emergency Services, local volunteers and the council.  This improved plan will help community members and groups know how they can work together to respond quickly to an emergency. It will improve Braunton's resilience by helping it to prepare for, respond to and recover from future emergencies. The Parish Council are grateful to Patrick Farrelly and Ben Byrom for volunteering their time and contributing towards the Community Emergency Plan".

Patrick Farrelly, co-ordinator of the Community Emergency Response Team, says:  "I was very pleased with the outcome of the exercise, which took place back in January. It verified the various actions we would need to take as the threat level escalates. It also identified areas of the plan that still need work, such as recruiting additional volunteer flood wardens to monitor the level of the river."

We are now looking for more flood volunteers to come forward, who would be able to help implement the improved Community Emergency Plan.  If you are interested in becoming a flood volunteer please come along to our launch event on Saturday 29th March 2014 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Parish Hall.

 

To find out more about the role of flood volunteers in Braunton, how you could help, or to offer your services, phone 01271 812131 or email braunton_parish_council@northdevon.gov.uk.

Media only – For further information, contact:
Tracey Weaver, Parish Clerk, 01271 812131,
tracey.weaver@northdevon.gov.uk.

 

 

COULD YOU BE A FLOOD VOLUNTEER FOR BRAUNTON?

The search is on for flood volunteers in Braunton to help take action in the community, should flooding occur in the future.

The recruitment drive follows an emergency planning event in the village on Tuesday 21st January, which brought together the police, fire and rescue service, Devon County Council, North Devon Council, Braunton Parish Council and other village representatives.

As a result of the event, the parish council is now looking for more flood volunteers to come forward, who would be able to help implement the improved Community Emergency Plan.

Braunton Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Elma Blackmore, says: "In 2012, Braunton experienced severe flooding. As a result, the council, with the help of others, has now updated the Community Emergency Plan. As proved last Tuesday at our tabletop event, this improved plan will help community members and groups know how they can work together to respond quickly to an emergency. It will improve Braunton's resilience by helping it to prepare for, respond to and recover from future emergencies."

Patrick Farrelly, co-ordinator of the Community Emergency Response Team, says:  "I was very pleased with the outcome of last week's exercise. It verified the various actions we would need to take as the threat level escalates. It also identified areas of the plan that still need work, such as recruiting additional volunteer flood wardens to monitor the level of the river."

North Devon Council's Executive Member for Emergency Planning, Cllr Yvette Gubb, says: "It's so difficult to predict flooding or the impact it could have on a community. However, Braunton should be congratulated for being proactive and preparing in advance, with plans to recruit more volunteers to help in an emergency."

Inspector Roger Bartlett, from Devon and Cornwall Police, says: "Braunton is an excellent example of all aspects of the community working together as one. As a police force, we depend on local knowledge to help us with scenarios that we face. So I hope this latest drive will encourage more people to get involved, enabling us all to work more efficiently in the future."

Emergency Planning Officer at Devon County Council, Dominic Maxwell-Batten, says: "We are happy to support and advise communities like Braunton on how they can improve their resilience against issues like flooding. The village's recent exercise helped strengthen their emergency plan and identified areas that could be further improved. I hope other communities will also follow suit, so that they too are prepared for any potential flooding."

Dean Hastie from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, says: "With a fire station based in Braunton, our staff are well positioned to assist with any instances of flooding in the village. However, to have more volunteers in the community can only be a good thing, helping us to identify where we are most needed in an emergency."

Simon Tattersall from the local business community says: "Whether businesses rely on flood barriers, sandbags or any other self-help method of keeping water out of their property, the key is awareness - awareness of warnings issued by the Environment Agency, awareness of where sand containers and bags are kept and how best to use them, and awareness of the part everyone in the community can play to mitigate damage. The Community Emergency Plan is one element and it is important that everyone in Braunton should at least have to hand the key numbers to call if necessary."

To find out more about the role of flood volunteers in Braunton, how you could help, or to offer your services, phone 
01271 812131 or email braunton_parish_council@northdevon.gov.uk.

Media only – For further information, contact:
Amy Bingham, Communications Officer, 
01271 388225, amy.bingham@northdevon.gov.uk
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