The Parish of Stokenham, bounded by the black line on the map, covers the whole of the southern half of Start Bay, from Slapton Sands to Start Point and on to Lannacombe Beach. It encompasses the villages of Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, Kellaton, Kernborough, Dunstone, Beeson and Chillington, as well as Stokenham itself, covers an area of some 20.6 square kilometres, and has a population of approximately 2,000.
The seven larger settlements and many smaller hamlets and farms are connected by miles of narrow country lanes, byways, bridleways and footpaths. The main arterial route in and out of the parish is the A379, which runs north to Dartmouth and west to Kingsbridge. This route is serviced by the First Western National Bus Company, with connections available to Plymouth (change for Derriford Hospital), Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes (our nearest main line railway station) and Exeter. The parish also enjoys the service of The Coleridge Bus, a community bus providing weekly runs from outlying areas to Kingsbridge. There are airports at Plymouth and Exeter.
Acorn Property Group have informed the Parish Council that their pre-application meeting with SHDC Planning will take place at the end of August. Following the recent public meeting their postbag has been bulging with feedback from local residents and they are now investigating ways of incorporating some of the suggestions received in the development plans, which are due to be presented to the community in September. Please make sure you have your say and keep those emails coming: write to Duncan Powell, email@example.com.
Thanks to the support of the Parish Council, Church Warden John Baverstock, Local Church Group, land owners and the hard work of Cllr Rogers, the path between Helmers Meadow and Orchard Way is now open allowing for safe access between the estates and the park. This allows residents of Chillington to get to the park and doctors' surgery without needing to go onto the road.
Stokenham Evening WI will hold a Cream Tea in Stokenham Parish Hall on Wednesday 16th August to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the WI, which falls on that day. This event is open to all, costs £3.50, and will run from 3 - 4.30pm. Displays of work undertaken by the various groups in SEWI will be on show. Please come and help us celebrate! Tel 01548 580511 for more details.
At the recent public meeting to discuss the proposed development behind Green Park Way in Chillington, Duncan Powell, planning director at Acorn Property Group, invited members of the audience to send him their suggestions for features they think should be included in the designs to alleviate or avoid the problems foreseen in the meeting, e.g. drainage, traffic management, overlooking of neighbouring properties, mix of affordable and open-market homes, etc.
All points of view are welcome, both positive and negative. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stokenham Parish Council will host a public meeting on Tuesday 14 July at 19:00 in the main hall at Stokenham Primary School to hear representatives from Acorn Properties present their outline proposals to develop the land behind Green Park Way, Chillington. Everyone is welcome to attend and put their views to the developers.