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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 2nd October 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: 14th September 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 Council.


*** IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN ***
THE SAMARITAN’S PURSE

Otherwise known as the SHOEBOX APPEAL OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD, Samaritan’s Purse is a charity devoted to relieving poverty worldwide. Christmas Child operates by giving shoeboxes filled with small items to children who otherwise would receive no presents at all at Christmas. Imagine the joy of finding unexpected goodies -pencils, gloves, a toothbrush, a toy or two as a gift when you have nothing.

The scheme is supported across the country and, last year, thousands of boxes travelled to Eastern Europe with the boxes being checked by volunteers before despatch. Mary Stanbury (01392 811532) collates the boxes for Whitestone and Oldridge and, if you are intending to fill a box and are unsure of how to go about it, please contact her and she will be happy to show you how easy it is. If you have any problem in obtaining a box, Mary has some flat-pack ones available. You can deliver your filled box to Mary no later than 2nd November. Alternatively, as there is a service at St. Catherines on Sunday 1st November, boxes may be delivered there.

Sadly children in many places still go without. You can make a big difference to one of them this Christmas. Boxes for boys are particularly welcome. Visit: https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/ if you are interested in finding out more.

If you wish to fill a box, please select from the following or similar items.
All items should be new.

I’m sure you will understand that you must not include items from any of the following categories:

Mary Stanbury


MILK ON THE MOOVE

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


CONSULTANTS REPORT - LANDFILL

STAWL Landfill Report 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.