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Welcome to the Whitestone Devon website funded by Whitestone Parish Council for the benefit of all. This website is intended to give an insight into day-to-day Whitestone, a little of its history up to the present day and some of the other interests and businesses that are to be found here.




NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY
For the Parish of WHITESTONE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that a vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the above Parish.

If, within fourteen working days after the date of this notice (i.e. by no later than 18th December 2020) a request to fill this vacancy by election is made in writing to the Proper Officer, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX by TEN electors of the Parish then an election will be held to fill the vacancies, otherwise the Parish Council will take steps to fill the vacancy by co-option.

IMPORTANT: Please be advised that in accordance with the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, if an election is requested to fill these vacancies it will not take place before May 2021.
Signed: P M Vaughan (Clerk to the Council)
Date: 30th November 2020

Notes
Any person wishing to be considered to act as a Parish Councillor must be qualified to hold office. Sections 79-81 of the Local Government Act 1972 contain the relevant provisions regarding the qualification of candidates, as follows:-

To qualify as a candidate and to continue to hold the office of Parish Councillor, a person must be a British or Commonwealth citizen, citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Union and, on the relevant day, must have attained the age of eighteen years.

In addition, the candidate must qualify under at least one of the following conditions:-

• on that day and thereafter s/he continues to be registered as a local government elector for the parish (meaning the whole area of the parish);
• during the whole of the 12 months preceding s/he has occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish;
• during the 12 months preceding their principal or only place of work has been in the parish; or
• during the whole of the 12 months preceding s/he has been resident in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres of it (of its parish boundary). It is also necessary that the candidate should not be disqualified from holding the office of Parish Councillor for any reason set out in Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972.

The person chosen by the Parish Council to fill this vacancy must complete a declaration of acceptance of office and is also required to sign the Code of Conduct adopted by the Parish.


A30 PINE TREE REMOVAL WORK,
Lifton to Exeter outskirts

7 December 2020 to February 2021

Highways England will be carrying out pine removal works along the A30 in Devon. Highways England always aim to work to the programme. However, unforseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes. They’ll keep you updated via advance roadside warning signs, but please also monitor www.trafficengland.com
If you would like further information about this work, please contact Highways England Customer Contact Centre on Tel: 0300 123 5000 (open 24/7) or by email:
info@highwaysengland.co.uk

Why are they carrying out this work?
As part of their commitment to the environment and safety, they’ll shortly begin the final phase of their pine tree removal scheme along the A30 in Devon. They will remove pines in a series of phases between Lifton and Exeter (Alphington roundabout) and, where appropriate, replace with indigenous species including Hazel and Hawthorn. This will improve biodiversity, encourage local flora and fauna to naturally regenerate and enhance the landscape. The native trees will provide enhanced low-level screening upon maturity. Removing pines will also bring safety benefits as they are prone to toppling in high winds

Works
Where possible work will take place during the daytime Monday to Friday. However, for some locations they’ll need to work overnight, 8pm to 6am the following morning, when traffic flows are at their lowest. When working overnight, they’ll endeavour to complete all noisiest works before 11pm and where possible they’ll use tree shears to minimise noise. They anticipate each plot will take an average of 2 – 3 shifts to complete. Please accept their apologies in advance for any inconvenience which may be caused

Traffic management
Most works will be carried out under rolling lane closure and it may be necessary to close some laybys whilst works take place.


PEBBLES FOR THE NHS

Just a note to say, “Thank you very much”. First of all, to the children who so kindly thought of the special idea to paint a pebble for the NHS at the start of the first lockdown in March and place it around the Whitestone sign and then to thank all the other children and adults who took the time to paint so many lovely pebbles to surround the sign. So very kind and meaningful.
THANK YOU, Maria Joll

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DEATH OF A PREVIOUS WHITESTONE RESIDENT

We are sad to tell you of the death on November 8th of Mrs Jean Christopher at her home in Lifton.

She was a prominent member of the parish, particularly known for her flower arranging – winning most of the classes at the Flower Show when we still had one – and her lovely garden at Ramslade. Members of the Gardening Club will remember a visit to her and Vic at Lifton and a magnificent spread of food !

Our condolences to Vic and their daughter, Jenny.


MILK ON THE MOOVE

New Trailer Drop Off Times for Whitestone
Tuesdays 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Saturdays 12.15am - 12.45pm


CONSULTANTS REPORTS - LANDFILL

Landfill Report from Consultant (.pdf) March 2020

Landfill Report from Consultant (.pdf)

Landfill Review from Consultant (.pdf) October 2020

Landfill Review from Consultant (.pdf)


TEIGNBRIDGE PLANNING REVIEW
WHITESTONE PARISH COUNCIL'S RESPONSE

Every five years, Teignbridge review their rules for dealing with planning applications.
Whitestone Parish Council has critically examined this review document and their reply to Teignbridge can be read by clicking the arrow.

12 pages
(*** PDF document ***)

WPC reply
(12 pages)

KEEPING IN TOUCH DURING THE CORONAVIRUS/COVID19 PANDEMIC

A group of residents feel that we need to be aware that there will be people self-isolating in Whitestone who may need support at this difficult time.

Please consider your neighbours and, if they need help, the people listed below will be willing to receive calls and hopefully contact young fit parishioners who can fetch shopping, medication or other tasks if you cannot.

Please be aware of the government guidelines concerning washing hands, wiping shopping and keeping your distance. Coins and bank notes might also carry the virus.
Remember the Tedburn Stores have a mobile shop which calls in at Whitestone on Saturdays at 10.30 am in Crossways and 10.50 am in the centre of the village.
Contact the Tedburn Stores on 01647 61320 or shop@allstock.co.uk

Helping Group
Maria Joll (Tea Party Group) 01392 811501
Kay Norrington (Church Warden) 01392 811428
Liz Watkins (Village Voices) 01392 811285
Tracey Baird (The Royal Oak 01392 272 352
Martin Fairley (Parish Pals) 01392 811977
Tom and Rebecca Oliver (Trillow) 01392 811313
Mary Belt (Parish Councillor) 01392 811374
Angela Paddy (Good Companions
at Pathfinder Village) 01647 61934


DO YOU HAVE A NEW NEIGHBOUR IN WHITESTONE?

If you have a new neighbour, please contact Pam Lee on 01392 811579 or email: pam.lee1071@gmail.com to let her know where they live so that a "Welcome pack" can be delivered personally to their new home.
Pam has been a resident in the Parish for many years and will probably be able to answer most queries they may have.


PORTABLE DEFIBRILLATOR NOW ACCESSIBLE AT ANY TIME

Outdoor Defibrillator at Hall


Whitestone Parish Council have now commissioned the new outdoor defibrillator box which is situated at the entrance to the Parish Hall. This means that the defibrillator (AED) is now accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In the event of witnessing someone having a sudden cardiac arrest or suspected cardiac arrest, phone 999 immediately and request an ambulance. Seconds count - phone 999 FIRST.

Start chest compressions as directed by the Ambulance Service.

If another person is available, they may be able to collect the defibrillator (AED) from outside the Whitestone Parish Hall. They must tell the person on the other end of the 999 phone that there is a nearby defibrillator in Cabinet No: DC0191 at postcode: EX4 2JS. (These details are repeated on the outside of the cabinet). They will then be given the code to unlock the cabinet. No training is necessary to operate the defibrillator as it is fully automatic and 'speaks' to you with all the actions necessary.