NOTES FROM THE SHED: FRIDAY JULY 20

IS KNOTWEED NOT AS KNOTTY AS THEY SAY?

Property owners wincing at more talk of Japanese Knotweed around the village might take some comfort in a new report from Leeds University which says the actual damage caused by the plant – as opposed to its effect on house prices – has been much exaggerated.

See http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4262/

THE ROAD TO TAVI

Good letter in today’s Tavistock Times, from David Jowett, will get some applause from this direction, especially after this week …

“Some years ago the so-called ‘gateway’ on the Whitchurch Road was foisted on us, reducing it to a single track for several hundred yards. The reason given was to slow traffic between Whitchurch and Tavistock. This is done effectively by all the parked vehicles.

“Today (July 16) there was an accident on the A386 north of Grenofen, causing this road to be closed for a considerable time. The consequent chaos was totally predictable: tailbacks on Pixon Lane, Anderton Lane and at the ‘gateway’ and buses unable to run at all. When will somebody finally see sense and re-open the only alternative route from Tavistock to Plymouth when the main road is blocked?”

The other question arising is: why is Grenofen an accident blackspot?

The police records might be worth examination but it would take a Freedom Of Information request to get them. Meanwhile, our Grenofen source reckons there is no common factor except people speeding along the straight and then being taken by surprise by a bend. Anyone got anything to add to that?

DEVELOPMENT CANCELLED

Seems the plans for new housing on Fillace Lane, the track alongside Weir Park, have been withdrawn for further thoughts, following some objections from the parish council, which wished for something better looking. More next week.

COMING UP

Tomorrow (Saturday July 21) is Tavistock Carnival Parade. In the afternoon, Clearbrook has a Clearbrook-style fair going on including running races for kids and adults. Sunday afternoon is the South West Equine Protection Fair at Yelverton, 12-5. Country shows of the week are Yealmpton on Weds July 25 and Launceston on Thurs July 26. Early heads-up: Van Morrison at Torquay on Oct 16 and Bristol Hippodrome Oct 22.

AND ONE TO READ LATER

The Shed is headquarters of the Horrabridge Times but also of a blog on universal Shed business such as the repair of old cigarette lighters. Anyone who cares what a Thorens Single Claw is might be interested in this one:

https://hack4hire.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/seeking-the-soul-of-the-clawed-lovely/

allfornow …

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