Sunday, 26 August 2018

Residents in South Hams urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post

Residents living in South Hams should have received a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address. 
South Hams District Council is asking residents to look out for the form in the post and to make sure that they respond as soon as possible to avoid a reminder being sent. 
The form ensures that South Hams can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
The Electoral Registration Officer at South Hams District Council said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in South Hams. To make sure you are able to have your say at any elections held next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

South Hams Looking to Improve Recycling Services

South Hams District Council is looking at new ways to move forward with their recycling and waste service.
The South Hams enjoys a high recycling rate, however changes in legislation, rising market costs and decreases in the value of recycling material, make it more and more difficult to meet ever-changing needs without a change to our service. 
Many other councils already enjoy a weekly collection of recycling materials from the kerbside. In order to improve our current service we need to increase the number of materials we collect from the kerbside weekly to include glass, textiles, plastic pots, tubs and trays and offer a weekly food waste collection service.
The Council is looking to align its service with our Devon neighbours to make sure we divert as much useful recycling material as possible from incineration. This means, a service will be designed which has the greatest environmental and cost benefits we can operationally achieve, and which is similar in design to that of other councils in the area.
By having a similar recycling and waste system across the county, it will make the service easier for residents if they move between authorities. It also helps us to benefit from economies of scale when selling recycling materials and helps the County Council to provide cost effective disposal routes.
The move to the Devon Aligned Service is likely to be in place by the end of September 2020 to allow time for changes to take place with the least disruption to residents.
A procurement project is also currently underway to look at testing our frontline services for recycling and waste, street and toilet cleaning in the market place.  This means a company could be contracted to deliver these services on behalf of South Hams District Council if they can offer better value for money and a better quality of service can be achieved.  The Council is doing this to improve both the cost and quality of services to householders.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Resurfacing Works to Commence in Totnes Car Parks during September

South Hams District Council has announced a programme of resurfacing works will begin in three busy Totnes car parks in September.
Civic Hall, The Nursery and Heath’s Nursery car parks are all in need of resurfacing work, and this is expected to begin from Monday 9 September.
The works have been carefully planned to ensure that there is minimal disruption to the town centre, and the popular Friday and Saturday market.
Work is expected to begin at Civic Hall Car Park on Monday 10 September, and be completed on Thursday 13 September. The contractors will then move onto the Nursery Car Park, aiming to complete work here by Monday 20 September, before tackling Heath’s Nursery from 20 to 24 September.
Each of the car parks will be closed on the specified dates; however there will only be one car park closed at any one time. Permit holders may use any other car parks during the work, with the exception of the short stay car park at Victoria Street.
The bottle banks from Heath’s Nursery car park will be temporarily moved to Longmarsh Car Park for the duration of the works. Alternative recycling facilities are available at Pavilions and Morrison supermarket.

Please note that with effect from Wednesday October 3rd, the Citizens Advice surgery will be at the Mansion Fore Street on Wednesdays.  9.30...