Dunkeswell Parish Council 2020-06-30T11:03:30+01:00


Please find below Dunkeswell & Sheldon News – July & August 2020

JulyAugust2020 (1) – amended Please click here view the Magazine

Dunkeswell Abbey Interpretation Board..

https://heritageartspeople.uk/dunkeswell-interpretation-boards/.    please click the link to access the information

Discover Dunkeswell Abbey…


Notice of Public Right of Inspection…


Dunkeswell Parish Council Meeting….


Please find below Dunkeswell & Sheldon News – June 2020

June2020 Please click here to view the Magazine


Dunkeswell Parish Council Meeting…

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Please find below the Dunkeswell & Sheldon News – May

May2020 Please click here to view the Magazine


Dunkeswell Parish Council Meeting…

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Dunkeswell & Sheldon Parish News online!!!!!

APRIL20 mag please click here

Council Business…

Following Government guidelines during the Coronavirus outbreak, Dunkeswell Parish Council has cancelled all the Council Meetings for April & May, this may, at some point, be extended.  This also includes the Annual Parish Meeting at the Throgmorton Hall which will next be held in May 2021.

The Annual report will still be produced (Mid May) and will be available here on the website, in the Parish Magazine and if required a hard copy can be arranged.  Please email clerk@dunkeswell.net or call 01404 892757.

Council Business continues relatively normally (the exception being meetings).  The Councillors and the Clerk are available as normal and contact numbers can be found on the website.

If the council convene a meeting. they are required to make decisions remotely using video conferencing.  The meeting & agenda will be advertised here on the website and noticeboards (if possible)and on the EDDC website. As is normal, members of the community and press are welcome to attend.  Minutes of the meeting will be produced.

The meetings will be shortened to 40 minutes and will only cover essential business & decisions. If you wish to attend any advertised meeting you will need to download the appropriate App & request a link from the clerk to attend. The Council currently intend to use Zoom for conferencing, however this may change.

The Council would like to say a big thank you to everyone continuing to work, providing shopping deliveries, prescriptions and other essentials & those that have volunteered to help support those in isolation during this time in Dunkeswell and the surrounding areas.

Stay safe! Stay in!


Coronavirus Help & Support in Dunkeswell – Update 24th March

Flyers are being delivered and should be with you shortly.  We are doing our best not to miss any areas, If you have not received a flyer in the next couple of days please let us know, this may be because we have not yet been able to get to you or we’ve overlooked this area.  Please contact Kay Smith 01404 892757 or clerk@dunkeswell.net and a flyer will be sent you. either by email, post or maybe pidgeon post!  Alternatively the flyer is attached below and can be printed off.

200318- COVID 19 Flier- Dunkeswell – Print Document


Help & support in Dunkeswell……

We are currently delivering informational flyers, as quickly as we can to as many homes in Dunkeswell as we can reach.  If you are able to offer help with delivering the flyers or are willing and able to be a point of contact for assistance in your road, street, lane or rural area with delivery of shopping, medical prescriptions, collecting post or a phone call to those in isolation.

Please contact Kay Smith 01404 892757, clerk@dunkeswell.net or the Blackdown Support Group d-ccg.bsgadmin@nhs.net 01823 681 036.  We would love to hear from you!

The flyers will also be delivered in the next edition of the Parish Magazine.

In the meantime, if you require help or assistance please contact Kay Smith 01404 892757 or the Blackdown Support Group 01823 681 036

Below is advice for people who are self-isolating from the Blackdown Support Group…

BSG Guidelines and Safeguarding Advice for self-isolation – CLICK HERE TO PRINT

If you are unable to print this information yourself and would like a copy please contact clerk@dunkeswell.net



Dunkeswell advert – CLICK HERE for printable version



Please find below information on how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus


Who’s responsibility is it???

Some useful information from Highways about who is responsible for verges, ditches & overgrown vegetation on the roadside….

Drainage Responsibilites

A larger Diagram is available by clicking the link above (Drainage Responsibilities)

In addition to the diagram above please use the links below for more information

https://www.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/factsheet/roads-and-farmers/   for Roads and Farmers Fact sheet

https://www.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/maintaining-roads/trees-and-vegetation/overgrown-vegetation/ for over grown vegetation

We hope you find this useful


Dunkeswell Rovers Football Club…

Saturday saw Dunkeswell Rovers officially opening the pitch and playing their first game at home, the weather held out for the first half!

Thanks from the Club and the Parish Council went to everyone who has helped to see this through to fruition.

Congratulations to Dunkeswell Rovers on the opening of the club and pitch.


Air Ambulance Night Landing Site…

Good news!  The Night Landing is now operational!

The Parish Council would like take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped to make this happen, it’s taken a while,  but we have ended up with a valuable new service for the whole community, in the event of an emergency situation.  The Parish Council would like to thank Toby Russell & the Air Ambulance Trust for all his/their help and assistance in making this happen.



Are you registered to vote in the General Election?

Deadline to register is Tuesday 26 November

With a General Election approaching on Thursday 12 December, East Devon residents are being reminded to ensure they are registered to vote in this important poll.

In order to vote, residents must be on the electoral register and East Devon District Council is urging residents not currently registered at their address to make sure that they register in time.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 26 November and you can register online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote – It takes just five minutes. You will need your date of birth and National Insurance number to hand.

If you want to check if you are registered to vote or you would like to register by completing a paper form, then please contact the East Devon Electoral Services Helpline on 01395 571529 or email: electoralservices@eastdevon.gov.uk

Poll cards will be sent out in mid-November and if you don’t receive one you may not be on the electoral register so please contact us to check.

Mark Williams, Acting Returning Officer for the East Devon constituency, said: “If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. It takes just a few minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.”

If you’re away on polling day or unable to vote in person, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November. The last day to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December. To request a postal or proxy vote please contact Electoral Services on 01395 571529 or email electoralservices@eastdevon.gov.uk

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Blackborough Woods – Dog Walkers Beware!

There have been multiple reports of cars being broken into & windscreens/windows smashed at Blackborough Woods over the last few weeks.  When you leave your car please ensure valuables are well hidden or better still don’t take and leave them in your cars.  if you see anything suspicious please report this.


Thinking about planting a Tree?

British Tree Poster

If you are considering planting a Tree you can help protect our Woodlands, Native Wildlife and Tree stock by purchasing a British grown sapling.

Most diseases & Non Native species we are seeing in our current tree stocks are brought in with imported saplings.

When you are buying a sapling please ensure that it is from British Root Stock, if the vendor cannot confirm this, please buy elsewhere!

If you would like any help or advice please contact the Tree Warden via clerk@dunkeswell.net


East Devon DC are reviewing Dog Controls.

The council is required to review its dog controls every 3 years. The controls are contained within Public Spaces Protection Orders and these can be read in full on the council website: https://eastdevon.gov.uk/media/2142102/dog-control-pspo-signed-order-with-maps-june-2017_part-01.pdf

Essentially the controls require dog owners to pick up after their dogs wherever they are, to keep their dogs on a lead on roads and pavements and to comply with specific dog on lead and dog ban areas. The review is an opportunity for communities to suggest changes –either to request different controls or to remove some that currently exist. If you wish to suggest changes you must provide supporting information to the Parish Council in the first instance before Monday December 2nd 2019.  Please click on the Maps and the document attached below for information….

PSPO control of dogs


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The #DevonCarbonPlan process has been launched – this is your opportunity to submit your ideas: https://www.devonclimateemergency.org.uk/

A top team of environmental experts, charged with ensuring that Devon reduces carbon emissions as quickly as possible, is calling on residents to submit their ideas on how to do it.

The Net-Zero Task Force has been appointed by the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group – made up of Devon’s councils, emergency services and business groups – to deliver the Devon Carbon Plan.

The Carbon Plan will lay out in stark terms what every resident, organisation and business has to do to reduce emissions and safeguard the planet for the next generation.



Halloween is approaching, an exciting time for most people.  For some people, who don’t wish to be disturbed this can be a difficult time, if you see this poster, please don’t knock, but move on to another property displaying carved pumpkins.  Lets make sure everyone has a Happy Halloween!

For those who do not wish to be disturbed a printable poster is attached for display.


Changes to the Planning Meeting..

To view the the changes please click on the link below

Planning Meeting changes


We would like to welcome John Sipple onto the Parish Council.

John was Co-opted at the July meeting, filling the vacancy left in the Local Elections.

John was previously a Parish Councillor in Cressing near Braintree and was on the committee of the Village Hall in the 1970’s,  before moving to Devon in 1979 with his Family.

He ran his own Hackney Carriage & Driving Instruction businesses for many years and used the experience gained from these roles, in the years leading up to retirement to move into Tutoring & Verifying the NVQ and Btec Qualifications to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Trades.

Now retired, John would like to “give a little back” and is looking forward to serving as a councillor and helping to plan, influence and make a difference in Dunkeswell.

The Parish Council offer a warm welcome to John and look forward to working him.


Was officially ‘made’ in December 2017, it exists to guide and inform the planning process as a supplement to the EDDC Local Plan in our parish. See the Neighbourhood Planning page for the whole process and the final plan.

Thank you for taking the time to USE YOUR VOICE & HAVE YOUR SAY!

On 28 January 2016 East Devon District Council adopted the East Devon Local Plan. The Adopted Plan will form part of the Development Plan for East Devon and provides the basis for decisions on spatial planning within the District up to 2031 (or until superseded). Reference copies of:

  • · the Local Plan;
  • · the Local Plan Adoption Statement (this statement);
  • · the Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement; and
  • · the Sustainability Appraisal Report

are available for inspection on the Council’s web site at:http://eastdevon.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/emerging-plans-and-policies/the-new-local-plan/local-plan-adoption/Paper copies of the above are available for inspection during normal opening hours at the main office of – East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL. Paper copies of the plan (black and white text book and colour maps booklet) can also be purchased at a cost of £5 plus £2.50 postage and packaging. And we will be sending paper copies free of charge to town and parish Councils in East Devon.

For more information please contact the Planning Policy team on 01395 571533, or at the above address or email localplan@eastdevon.gov.uk.Any person aggrieved by the adoption of the Local Plan may make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Any such application mus

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