Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 11th November

Recently the play park at Icy Park has undergone a complete makeover thanks to SHDC . The equipment has had a complete overhaul and a splendid new paint job, the once untidy and unkempt look has gone and the new look park really does look the part, which must be a joy for the local youngsters. The equipment is suitable for youngsters up to 12years and is proving popular with all of our parish’s young people. 

The Parish Council met last week, and among the topics discussed was the future provision of electric charging points for vehicles. With everyone having to opt for electric cars in the not too distant future, the council has been exploring its options and possible sites for this new form of fueling our cars. Timbers car park was discussed as a possible site and a couple of sites in Icy Park too, as well as considering sites in the proposed new car park in the future. Inquiries are to be made as to costs and provision of services. Some cars locally have their own charging points on private driveways.            

The condition of the roads around our parish was also discussed with Devon County councillor Rufus Gilbert, determined to find a solution to this dangerous situation. The road at Bantham Cross and part of the A379 were flooded completely during the recent bad weather for over a week, and a solution really must be found. The flooding is particularly dangerous at night, and causes damage to the road surface and leaves debris in the road; my own car was recently damaged by a submerged object, and it’s not cheap to get cars repaired. I’m sure we will all look forward to any improvements! The road at Chantry is particularly bad with areas of subsidence, and the surface of the road has been badly damaged due to water ingress. Please drive with care until repairs can be made. Some of the areas described here have been a problem for 3 years and in some cases longer. The footpaths were also discussed as some of them need attention, some haven’t been clipped back for some time making walking difficult, also some debris from cutting hedges was left on the ground, still making walking difficult!!                                                                                                                                                                 

Our W.I ladies are having an open meeting tonight (Thursday) in the village hall at 7.30pm. The speaker is local resident John Ashton, wildlife expert and artist/photograher. John has spoken for the ladies before and brings his own brand of humour and fun to the proceedings as he talks about the beautiful wildfowl on our river. Anyone can come to this meeting as guests, and a £3 fee is payable on the door. Refreshments will be available and there will be a question and answer session to round off the evening.                                                                                                                                                                   

This Sunday November 14th is Remembrance Sunday, and a gathering at the War Memorial will start the service at 10.45am. The names of the fallen will be read by a British Leigon representative, and local organisations will lay their wreaths. The congregation will then move inside the church for the rest of the service. The church will be open from 10am for those unable to stand outside. Refreshments will be served after the service.

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