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Buckland Monachorum Parish Council

The parish of Buckland Monachorum is located between Plymouth and Tavistock about 10 miles north of Plymouth city centre and on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park within the Borough of West Devon. The parish has five villages within its boundaries, Yelverton, Clearbrook, Crapstone, Milton Combe and of course Buckland Monachorum. Part of the parish falls within the National Park and the rest of it is within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Parish has many notable features such as Buckland Abbey the home of Sir Francis Drake now owned by the National Trust, the Garden House, and an old wartime airfield at 'Harrowbeer' Yelverton.

The parish council was formed just over 100 years ago and has 12 members. The Council meet on the third Tuesday in every month except August when there is no meeting and in December when it is brought forward a week. The council also regularly meet to consider planning applications. Normally this is every fortnight but depends if any applications have been received. The dates and locations of all meeting are published on this site and on all parish notice boards.

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Crapstone Playpark Co-op Community Fund.  

Crapstone needs a new playpark  

Buckland Monachorum Parish council would like to create an all-weather naturally themed play area using recycled plastic equipment including a safer and dryer surface for use throughout the year.

The play area has been designed by “Green scheme” a well-known local company that specializes in the use of recycled plastic.

The parish council feels this would be a better alternative to wood as 

Crapstone field is a very wet area, we already have the “Crapstone Wetland Meadow” in the field with a recycled plastic information board and it looks good.

The role of the parish council is to represent the interest of the whole community and we are seeking to improve the Crapstone field to encouraging residents out into the beautiful area we live.

We have a price of £50,000 to raise, and the start off point has been our local Co-op, we were lucky enough to be picked for their “community funding” award. To support us with the Co-op if you are a member just sign in, scroll down and tick our box, if you are not a member sign up and tick our box. Every time you shop and scan your membership card, we gain a share of the profit and every little will help.

By showing local participation and support, this will enable further funding to be applied for

If you would like to help with fund raising events or you would like some more information, please contact the clerk.

 

General Election the Notice of Election can be downloaded here - Notice of election 

 

(May 2019) NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN CONSULTATION

The Neighbourhood plan is out for consulation click here to learn more.

  

 

( Feb 2019) NEED TO SPEND A PENNY?

You may have seen recent articles about the decision by West Devon Borough Council to stop financially supporting public toilets. WDBC funding has been considerably reduced over the last couple of years and they cannot afford to keep paying for their upkeep. Recognising how important public toilets are, parish councils were offered the opportunity to take over the running of the facilities, and Buckland Monachorum Parish Council has agreed to take on the toilets at Yelverton but not those at Bedford Bridge. The final details are to be agreed but we anticipate the transfer will happen in April 2019.

 

CRAPSTONE WETLAND MEADOW - "THE OLD BOGGY BIT"

That "old boggy bit” in the corner of the recreation field in Crapstone is turning into a very special place. With the increasing urbanisation of our landscape it becomes more important than ever to conserve our natural areas such as this small pocket of wet grassland.The field is owned and managed by Buckland Monachorum parish council who in January 2018 gave a small committee, made up of three parish councillors and a few local residents the ½ acre plot “the boggy bit” to create a conservation area. Our first job was to get Tavistock task force out to clear some of the brambles and rushes so we could get an idea as to what we were going to do.Devon Wildlife had been down and had suggested a plan of action and our local well-known landscape gardeners had been and suggested a selection of trees, shrubs and flowers that would look good and increase the biodiversity of the area. With the help of local residents, we planted trees a shrub and some water loving plants, some of which had been donated to the conservation area. As we were fast running out of funds, we applied and got funding from Devon County council and the Tamer valley AONB, with a stall (books and toys) at Buckland village hall coffee morning plus the June fair, we were then able to buy a hedgehog home and a couple of bird boxes and our “big buy” which is an information board supplied and fitted by our local company “Green Scheme” who specialise in recycled plastic products, it will tell you all about our “boggy bit”. Volunteers are always welcomed. The wild life on our doorstep is amazing and so varied, we hope this year we will have even more to share with everyone.  

 

(18th April) DEFIBRILLATORS NOW INSTALLED

Both defibrillators have now been installed outside Milton Combe and Clearbrook Village Halls.  The Parish Council is currently looking into the possibility of providing free training to the community.  Watch this space for news.

 

(9th April 2018) NEW DEFIBRILLATORS ANNOUNCED FOR MILTON COMBE AND CLEARBROOK

We are pleased to announce that the parish council has been awarded grant funding from the Town and Parish (TAP) fund, administered by West Devon Borough Council to provide two new defibrillators outside the main entrances to Milton Combe and Clearbrook Village Halls.  The PC has funded the installation of two heated cabinets for the defibrillators to be stored in.  The cabinets were installed last week and the defibrillators will be placed in the cabinets later this week.  We are also in the process of orgainising training in the use of the units for anyone who wishes to know how to use them safely and effectively.

There are also two other defibrillators installed in the parish, their locations are:

The Drake Manor Inn at Buckland Monachorum and;

Outside the Doctors Surgery at Yelverton

 

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Buckland Monachorum Parish Council - Parish Clerk: Katharine Griffiths Office Hours: 10:00 to 12:00 Tuesday to Thursday - Tel: 01822 855889 email: [email protected]