Friday, 21 June 2019 - Environment by Tom Ladds - Kingsbridge reporter [email protected] Just when you thought it was safe to stow the umbrella away and reach for the suntan lotion, think again. The Met Office have issued severe weather warnings for the UK, beginning on Sunday, June 23, right through to June 25. The Met are predicting the severe weather will hit the entire UK, with the South Hams being impacted the heaviest on Sunday, June 23, and Tuesday, June 25. In the statement the Met said: “Further thunderstorms, potentially severe, are likely, bringing a risk of flooding and disruption to travel.“There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.“There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life. “Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations … [Read more...] about Severe weather warnings issued for the South Hams.
0 Post a comment Thursday, 16 May 2019 - Community News by Kristen Bounds - Reporter; Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette [email protected] Five community projects around the South Hams are eligible to win prize grants of up to £5,000 thanks to a community fund put on by a home energy provider. Calor Gas is urging people across the area to get involved in voting for its Calor Rural Community Fund, which helps communities throughout the country gain funding for projects at the heart of their community. The rural community fund offers prizes in excess of £1,000, £2,500 and £5,000 for projects that will improve local life.The projects in the South Hams include a riverside wild swimming and canoeing access to the River Dart at Staverton; a night landing site for the Devon Air Ambulance in Cornworthy; a youth engagement project for the Rattery and Totnes area Youth Club; blackout blinds for Holbeton Village Hall; and improvement works for … [Read more...] about Five South Hams projects up for funding
0 Post a comment Thursday, 16 May 2019 - Local People by Rob Heyland - Trainee Reporter [email protected] Following on from our coverage of the Exercise Tiger commemorations readers have contacted us to share other memories of WWII in the South Hams. George Beable, a retired farmer from Wrangaton, told us: "Shortly before D Day a major ’invasion’ exercise was carried out into the South Hams and my father, who was farming near Ugborough, found the roads jammed with army vehicles and Sherman tanks in the fields.""Each morning my father would cycle to a field adjacent to Kitterford Cross (on the 3121, near the A38, just below Wrangaton) to check his cattle and on the morning of this exercise he found his way barred by a GI on sentry duty on the crossroad. "He trained his gun on my father and told him in no uncertain terms that he had orders that no one should pass through the junction and that he would shoot my father if he attempted to do so."My … [Read more...] about World War Two in the South Hams
South Hams residents have gone to the polls to elect their new councillors. But whatever happens, they will have a new leader of the council, as John Tucker, the Conservative who has led the council since 2007 and been a councillor for West Dart since 1997, was not among the candidates. He is one of nine, of the current 30 councillors, who stepped down prior to the elections. Rufus Gilbert, Bill Hitchings, Michael Hicks, Kathy Cuthbert, Michael Saltern, Ian Blackler, and John Green also stood down, while Robert Vint is also not up for re-election after his nomination was withdrawn. South Hams District Council is currently made up of 24 Conservatives, four Liberal Democrats and two Green Party councillors, with one seat vacant. Live results from the count will update below. … [Read more...] about Live updates as South Hams District Council elections take place
0 Post a comment Friday, 5 April 2019 - Local People by Contributed South Hams District Council has removed bins specifically for dog waste from a nearby beach. Local residents have taken to social media to protest, fearing a dog ban on the National Trust owned beach, South Milton Sands.Debbie Maher posted on social media about the issue, She wrote: “This will be a disaster once we have the holiday season upon us.”Many locals are exasperated by the removal of the bin and some have asked that all dog owners pick up and take waste home with them.The impracticalities of doing so have been pointed out by many people on social media. Chief among which is the unpleasantness of carrying home full bags in the car on warm days.SHDC advised they removed the bin as a result of fly-tipping and side waste where users have left bags of dog waste beside the bin when it is full, assuming it will be collected with the contents.A spokesman from SHDC said: “During the peak … [Read more...] about South Hams District Council disposes of dog waste bins