Magazine report


October Parish Magazine

The September meetings started early, with the Amenity Trust Meeting.  This discussed progress at the Playing field – over the last year, the wooden activity frame has been repaired and a new assault net/climbing wall installed.  Over the next year, the shelter roof and wooden steps will be repaired, and the tennis net and post replaced.  Funding for the repairs has been received from the WI, and a grant application has been submitted to the Diptford Community Trust.

All this would not be possible without the Playing Field Group, which maintains the playing field for the benefit of the community.  The Group is always looking for volunteers – if you are able to help, please contact Mike Cox on

County Councillor Richard Hosking reported progress on the protection of bridges in the Parish: The scheme is still being prepared for Gara Bridge, and weight restriction signage on the South Brent to Avonwick and California Cross the Morleigh Roads would be considered where there were safety issues.  Existing weight restriction signage would be more effective it they were cleaned, and the Parish Council may apply for Locality funding to carry out the work.

Planning Applications – only one, for a rear extension and extended pitch roof over garage and utility at 5 Church Park Close, Diptford, which received support

Highway maintenance under the Council’s Community Lengthsman Scheme will be undertaken over the next few months, and the Parish Council is compiling a list of work to be undertaken.  If you know of any drains to be cleared or any other highway work, please contact the Clerk

Grant funding of £100 has been paid to Diptford PCC towards the production of this magazine.  Thank you to Val Haddy, Sue Franklin and all those involved in the publication of the invaluable community facility.

The One Council consultation continues until the 8th October.  Details of the proposed merger between South Hams and West Devon District Councils will have been delivered to every household, and you can find out more information and have your say at

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th October, by which time your new Parish Clerk, Zoe Oldman will be in place – I wish her every success in her new job.  Agenda and Minutes are displayed on the noticeboard and website,