Refuelling points for electric cars are among the ideas Horrabridge Council and the sports club are considering for the new pavilion and parking facilities proposed in Fillace Park.

The notion was mentioned at this week’s meeting, when Cllr Paul Beard proposed spending of probably some thousands on a hold-the-fort resurfacing of the existing carpark, which he said was virtually unuseable in wet weather.

Cllr Steve Roche said any work done would be liable to be dug up again in the course of building work if the new pavilion gets built. It would include the laying of outside cabling for electric car charging points for example.

It was decided to give councillors a month to inspect the site for themselves and discuss it again at the January meeting.

Steve Roche said later that the charging bays were still just a thought being explored but there might well be people willing to pay for the facility.

The possibility is mentioned in the council’s nice submission to Dartmoor Planning, which includes history of the site and some rough initial sketches of the proposed building – search for application number 0541/19



The council agreed to ask for a three percent increase in their bill to the village for local spending, which is collected by West Devon Council as part of council tax. Cllr Eric Hemsil said the increase amounted to £1.40 a household a year.

It was hard not to spend more, he said, in a world which had now made it impossible to wind the church clock using a ladder – scaffolding required instead.

As well as the precept on the rates the council will also be asking for a little more for use of the village hall and quite a bit more for spaces in the cemetery. Cllr Hemsil said the council had the power to levy a charge on every interment for grounds maintenance but had never used it. It was agreed to try to collect about £75 per plot in future, as one-off extra charge to undertakers on top of plot and headstone fees.



The cemetery is running out of space and the council agreed to commission a new path into the unused ground so diggers and coffin trolleys can get into it when they need to, in about five years time.

Quotes being sought for that and for tarmac repairs to the footpath alongside the Fillace Park beck. Talks in progress about council chipping in to help raise £8,000 for the youth club to build a garden.

£200 set aside for tools and gloves for the handyman. Cllr Andy Moorhead said not to stint on the gloves – he had seen a lot of bad Stanley knife injuries. Another £150 was set aside to pay a contractor to take away a pile of bonfire material which did not get burned on Bonfire Night. Could mean no bonfire allowed next year, the organisers were warned.



Cllr Beard said Devon Highways had taken a look at the broken drainage system which has flooded Greenaway Close lately and had agreed to some repairs.

Cllr Roche said the dispute between Barton Park Estates  and Dartmoor National Park over development of Magpie Park had gone to appeal and the government’s Planning Inspectorate was calling for views. Cllr Roche thought the council should take the opportunity to protest at loopholes in planning law which allowed caravan sites to become permanent bungalow villages. All councillors voted in agreement.

December 21 is deadline for submissions to the inquiry.

To do it online, click HERE

and click “Search For A Case – Current Service” and search for case number 3217988.

* Next parish council is Jan 14.



Devon Police this week put out a strange appeal for witnesses to an unspecified “incident”, at 7.30 in the morning last Friday, in Crapstone.

On Tuesday this week, the police’s neighbourhood alert service sent round a message saying:

“ON Friday 06/12/19 at 07:30 hrs an incident took place on the main road through the village near to Crapstone Garage.
If you feel that you may have witnessed something or saw any person or vehicle acting suspiciously we would like to hear from you.
If you have any Information please call 101 or e-mail us on the 101 e-mail link via the Devon and Cornwall Police website, quoting crime reference number CR/109528/19.Thank you.

Er, what was that again?

Devon Live, the online news service run by Reach Newspapers, reported: “The allegation has been recorded as operating equipment beneath clothing of another without consent, contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 2003.”

The police are not denying this but won’t say what sort of persons and vehicles they are talking about. So far that’s all we know. Did we ever mention the newsdesk number is 854054?



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