They hope to hold a History Exhibition to include original items, photographs and documents from the time in November 2014 and would like as many people as possible to be involved in preparing for this exhibition and other events surrounding it.
Following the presentation by the Dartmoor National Park Authority at the Parish Council meeting on 24th February, where an assessment of the nine sites proposed by landowners for affordable housing was presented, the Parish Council is organising two events for parishioners to find out more and make their views known.
The first event will take place on 17 March at the Village Hall, an open session where where parishioners can drop in at any time between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. Information will be provided on the proposed sites, the relevant policies against which the sites were assessed, the type of housing which may be provided, the need for affordable housing in Brentor and who would be eligible for such housing. The next steps in the process of finding the most appropriate site will also be explained. Officers from DNPA, West Devon Borough Council and the Community Council of Devon as well as Parish Councillors will be available to discuss any issues and answer questions.
The Parish Council is currently sorting out a date for the second event, a formal meeting with a question and answer format. The date will be publicised in the April edition of Brentor News and on this website.
Contact Tim Beavon – Chair, Brentor Parish Council – tel 810564
Brentor Parish Council require a home-based part-time Parish Clerk, working 20 hours per month. Salary £8.63 per hour plus expenses.Good administrative, organising, IT, literacy and numeracy skills essential. A knowledge of local councils is desirable although training will be given.
Contact Kathy Palfrey on 01822 610050 or email@example.com for application details and job information. Closing date: 7th March 2014.
The village of North Brentor has been identified by Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNP) as a rural settlement where the provision of a small number of affordable houses to meet an identified local need could be permitted. Suitable sites will be within or adjoining the settlement and well related to the existing buildings.
The following links are for documents which relate to the topic of affordable housing in Brentor. Click on them to go to the relevant website and document:
Brentor Housing Needs Survey Report, February 2011, produced by the Community Council for Devon on behalf of the Devon Rural Housing Partnership
General information about affordable housing on the Dartmoor National Park website
Dartmoor National Park Development Plan on the Dartmoor National Park website
Dartmoor National Park Draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), relating to Affordable Housing in Dartmoor National Park, from the Dartmoor National Park website
Brentor Affordable Housing Sites assessment produced by the Dartmoor National Park Authority
Brentor Affordable Housing Sites shortlist produced by the Dartmoor National Park Authority
INCA Welcomes Broadband Funding & Launches Superfast Notspot Registration Scheme
The Independent Networks Co-operative Association has launched a registration scheme for people who want to access better broadband but can’t get it. Announced on the BBC Radio 4 You and Yours programme, the scheme encourages individuals, businesses and communities register their notspot information at www.inca.coop.
The information collected will be made available to alternative broadband providers looking for opportunities to serve areas that are left out of BT’s superfast broad band roll out plans.
Earlier this week the government announced the distribution of an additional £250m central funding amongst local authorities. Councils are expected to find matching funds making a pot of £500m to extend superfast broadband coverage. Alternative providers delivering fibre, wireless or satellite broadband are well placed to fill in many of the gaps, often more cost-effectively than BT.
David Cullen, INCA’s chair and a director of ITS Technology Group said, “Further government funding to extend superfast broadband into the hardest to reach areas is very welcome. There are many companies and community projects eager to get involved and help deliver a truly world class digital infrastructure for the whole of the UK. The Notspot Registration Scheme will identify pockets of pent up demand, helping private sector providers and local councils direct their efforts to best effect.”
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the local broadband survey over the last year or so. The results can be seen by clicking on the link below – please note that these are the combined results for Brentor, Mary Tavy and Peter Tavy, all served by the Mary Tavy telephone exchange. The speed results are for Brentor only and show that 88% of broadband users in the parish get less than 2 mbs download speed and 89% achieve less than 0.49 mbs upload speed. The government’s target of 90% of broadband users having 2 mbs download speed is clearly not the case in our parish!
Click here for the Broadband survey results
The Parish Council has been in touch with our local MP concerning the plans for improving our broadband speed. Councillor Drury met with our MP on behalf of Brentor Parish and has received two copy responses as a result of his discussions:
1) From Devon County Council to our MP – click on this link to see the letter DCC letter to MP
2) An e-mail from BT to our MP. Click on this link to see this e-mail – BT response
It would seem that the best way forward will be for us all to register our interest in this issue and keep all parties involved fully aware of our desire for a better broadband connection! Why not follow BT’s own advice……………..register interest with the project team and keep in touch with them for any further updates. The web link below has more information:
You can still check your broadband speed by clicking here. (Just click the button marked ‘Start Speed Test’ below the two dials).
The village show organizers have reluctantly decided not to run the Brentor Village Show this year. Several members of the group have been involved with the show for the past 8 years and would really like a break!
It has been a difficult decision to make as the team knows how much the show is enjoyed and has become an eagerly anticipated part of the village calendar.
However, perhaps another team will come forward to take over or will consider running an alternative event this summer.
Should another group be willing to pick up the reins the present team is very happy to pass on the relevant paper work but they really feel that for this year, at least, they need to recharge their batteries.
Sue Stephens 860374, Judy Baxter 810375, Janet Albrighton 860445,
Sarah Walker-Smith 860165, Sue Rhodes 810403