Friday, 25 October 2019

Ashprington proposed Climate & Ecological Emergency Declaration

Ashprington Parish - Declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency

Ashprington Parish Council is considering declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency, in line with declarations made both by Parliament and by increasing numbers of Councils across the UK at all levels.  Initially such a declaration simply provides the impetus for the parish to organise around this theme, seek volunteers to take it forward, discuss what goals to aim for, and to work with other like-minded parishes, such as the Dittisham Sustainability Group, in developing activities to support those goals. For example, the most common stated strategic aim by Councils to date is "to be carbon neutral by 2030".  Ashprington has already in place a number of initiatives to help reduce climate and ecological damage, such as the Ash Meadow composting scheme, new noticeboards and benches made of recycled plastics, cessation of spraying glyphosate on road verges, glass bottle recycling at The Watermans Arms and a Lengthsman to improve road and drainage sustainability.  Across the Parish the ethos at Sharpham, the W.I. jumble events, the conscious efforts of many parishioners to reduce single-use plastics, and those who use a washing line instead of their tumble dryer all helps. The Parish Councillors support this idea of a declaration, but it was felt appropriate to give parishioners a chance to discuss it first, and give feedback to the Parish Council.  Comments may be emailed to or, and  parishioners are encouraged to attend the next Parish Council Meeting at 7.30 p.m. on 7 November to join a discussion.

Many thanks to all those who are already on this vital climate and ecological journey.

Mike Pearey & Emma Cahill
Ashprington Parish Councillors
20 Nov 2019

Monday, 14 January 2019

Car Parking in Ashprington

Last week, a fire engine was unable to pass through Ashprington due to inconsiderate parking in the Village - although the road was not completely blocked, the extra width of the vehicle meant that the emergency vehicle could not get through.

A previous incident just before XMAS resulted in a vehicle partly blocking the road approaching Orchard Close and Hill Close.

Ashprington and Tuckenhay are also both on the established gritting route but if the vehicles cannot get through Ashprington, there is a real possibility that our roads will not be gritted.

If you are visiting the Durant Arms, our Village Hall or anywhere where there are pinch points for traffic in Ashprington, please park responsibly.


Saturday, 8 December 2018

Overly large vehicles on our lanes..........

There are growing concerns about the increase in very large vehicles using our small lanes.  Some of these are conducting business with local farmers, Carpenter Oak or Blackness Marina, some are blindly following SatNav rather than following instructions to use other routes, and some are foreign drivers who do not understand our roadsigns, such as "Unsuitable For HGVs".  We are keen to gather any data we can on large vehicles in the lanes, so if you see such a vehicle please note all the details you can, including photographs if possible.  If you get the opportunity to ask the driver where he is bound, even better!

Please send any details you collect to Cllr Mike Pearey at or phone 732628.  One we have collected a decent amount of data we will discuss what measures might be appropriate to reduce the problem, such as improved signage or asking SatNav companies to highlight the smallness of our roads!

Finally the Parish Council would like to remind anybody ordering things that will be delivered to check that the haulier knows about the limits on our lanes.  This is especially true of online purchases, where it is prudent to phone the retailer to check delivery options.  If the lanes get blocked, even temporarily, we all suffer!

Thanks for your support in this.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Flood protection - Property Level Resilience (PLR) Grant Scheme

Devon County Council is committed to increasing community resilience in Devon and is supported by Defra to deliver property level resilience measures. Working closely with a number of partners, DCC aims to help individual property owners be better equipped with the tools and basic defence measures they need to be able to deal with flooding. As such, a new PLR Grant Scheme has been established to enable home owners to apply for up to £5,000 to carry out a survey of the property, identifying the required resilience measures, and to purchase the recommended measures. Any additional budget requirements will be at the expense of the property owner.

There is limited funding, with an allocation to be made available each year by Defra, Local Levy and DCC. Applications will therefore be prioritised based on the criteria set out in DCCs PLR Policy to ensure those properties with the greatest need will receive the funding. There can be no guarantee of funding for all applications.

For full details see the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy on the Devon County Council website, or contact Sheelah Seeley on the Parish Council.

Ashprington Snow Plan