CHAPEL PLAN HOPS ANOTHER HURDLE
Horrabridge Parish Council decided this week to support, with no objections, the Methodist application to refurbish and alter the old chapel on Station Road.
Planning chairman Steve Roche said it was his understanding that churches had considerable leeway under listed building regulations and the application to Dartmoor NPA looked like more or less a formality from here.
Comments to DNPA from the village so far have included one mild objection – to the creation of a Blue Badge reserved parking space on the road outside the chapel and other parking implications which would stop residents using their usual spaces on the road.
Nobody has objected to the glass foyer leading to a new entrance on the downhill front corner, which would be the main external change.
But there is still a week left for comment. See our story last week for details …
BIG DIG EXPLANATION
South West Water had two trucks and teams out overnight Tuesday-Wednesday, for a complicated emergency involving a water main burst on Station Road, at the junction with Graybridge Road.
The repair men had to dig around an 11,000-volt power line and local drains, meaning they could not use an excavator and had to turn the soil into slurry and suck it up with a giant hoover.
Then, in the course of the disturbance, another joint opened on the other side of the road, a little uphill.
Various corners of the village reported low water pressure and neighbours round the scene were kept awake until 4 am.
But yesterday South West Water said the problem was fixed.
Its statement said:
“The burst was reported at around 6.30am on Tuesday 28 October. Seven properties were without water until alternative supplies were in place by 2pm on Tuesday, putting all customers back in supply while the repair was completed.
“The repair is now complete and we are working to remove the temporary water supplies and restore the excavated area as quickly as possible.”
Bonfire and fireworks in Fillace fields tomorrow night – late news flash – CANCELLED ON POLICE ADVICE.
More next week.
TEAM HORRABRIDGE DIGS IN
Team Horrabridge, who have been dispensing emergency household provisions since the start of lockdown, are digging in against continuing need and extending their offer of help to Walkhampton, Sampford Spiney and surrounding rural areas.
Latest poster below …
SAVING THE WORLD, ONE CUPPA AT A TIME
The other Times reported recently on the amount of energy wasted by tea drinkers boiling more water than they need.
Daniel Scharf of Abingdon wrote to say this was only part of the story …
“It can take up to 15 seconds for the automatic cut-off, waiting for the temperature to rise a final few degrees, to a temperature hotter than adequate. If about 50 billion kettles are boiled, this results in the waste of about 1 gigawatt – roughly equivalent to the expected output of the nuclear power station being built at Hinkley Point. More power is wasted when people leave the kettle to boil and then come back and give it another burst. And the waste is doubled if twice the required water is needed.”
AND A TUNE WHICH PASSED THIS WAY IN HAPPIER TIMES
Some while ago, the Leaping Salmon booked The Corn Potato String Band for a one-off stop during a UK tour. Either it didn’t happen or we missed it at the time but we have since caught up on their most excellent playing, led by Aaron Jonah Lewis, “the Mozart of the banjo”.
Hear them on Corn Potato Stomp