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.
Mick Garrod, of the Green Park Way Association, has asked us to draw residents' attention to the following planning applications for Approval of details Reserved by Conditions (ARC) submitted by the developer. This represents the final stage of the planning process, where the developer is required to produce evidence that he has responded to and satisfied the conditions imposed by the planning authority on the proposed development and is, in effect, the last opportunity for residents to comment on the proposals.
Planning Application 1788/22/ARC - http://apps.southhams.gov.uk/PlanningSearchMVC/Home/Details/221788
Planning Application 1556/22/ARC - http://apps.southhams.gov.uk/PlanningSearchMVC/Home/Details/221556
Planning Application 4179/21/ARC http://apps.southhams.gov.uk/PlanningSearchMVC/Home/Details/214179
The Coronavirus pandemic has put medical centres, dispensaries and pharmacies under great pressure and led to staff shortages and difficulty in obtaining medicines and essential supplies. Doctors, nurses and other staff have been working tirelessly throughout, giving up weekends and bank holidays to ensure their patients get the best treatment they can offer.
While the majority appreciate and are grateful for these efforts, unfortunately a minority have resorted to abusive and threatening behaviour towards health centre personnel. This has led to staff being frightened and demoralised, eventually reaching the point where some are leaving the profession altogether, putting even more pressure on the staff that remain.
NHS personnel who put their own health at risk to help their patients should get the respect they deserve. There are no circumstances under which they should have to tolerate threats and abuse. Let us do what we can to help that happen.
Please come and join us on Saturday morning 19th February from 10.30 at Chillington village hall for a coffee morning, book sale and a free tree giveaway!
The Chillington Community Association will be offering refreshments and a range of books for sale in the hall. Outside, the Parish Council, in conjunction with Devon Wildlife Trust's Saving Devon's Treescapes project, will be handing out — completely free — locally-grown native tree saplings, complete with stakes and guards, for villagers to plant in their own gardens, or anywhere else where they have the landowner's permission. If you would like a sapling or two and cannot collect on the day then please email firstname.lastname@example.org, who will deliver locally for free.
At the hall there will also be a demonstration of hedge-laying along the boundary hedge to Tanpits Lane — interested volunteers will be invited to lend a hand and learn about this ancient craft from an expert instructor.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Essential flood alleviation works at the junction of Coleridge Lane in Chillington will result in the closure of the A379 between Coleridge Lane and Homestead from Monday 7 February for approximately 10 days. The road will be closed weekdays only.
The published diversion route for through traffic is via Totnes Cross.
Shuttle buses will run either side of the closure per the timetable below.
In addition, an off-peak taxi service will run from Chillington to Kingsbridge, via Stokenham and Torcross, with a subsidized fare of £1 each way. This service must be booked 24 hours in advance – see details below.
SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORT
School transport details have yet to be advised at the time of publication.