News, Announcements & Forthcoming Events
Cotleigh Fete 2020 are just organising a Walking Treasure Hunt, to enter download the question sheet and start walking!
You can find a downloadable and printable question sheet here: treasure-hunt-2020-questions.pdf (24 downloads)
We have had an offer of help, that if anyone wants horse feed, chicken feed, cat and dog food, small animal feed or wild bird seed, then if they contact Parrs Farm Country store in Exeter, telephone 01392 430750. You would have to pay over the phone, but then Lewis can deliver the goods to your home in the Cotleigh area.
During this uncertain time please do keep an eye on your neighbours, offer to get shopping or prescriptions if you are going to town for those that are self-isolating or socially distancing themselves. The Kings Arms, Stockland and The Sidmouth Arms, Upottery are offering a takeaway service and selling essentials such as eggs, milk, toilet rolls etc. If anyone needs support or help with anything please do contact Nigel & Sharon Young 01404 831300, Chris & Tessa Henley 01404 831028, Martyn & Gillian Broom 01404 831498, Sarah and John Lilley 01404831813 or Kerry Kennell on 01404861129.
At the last Parish Council meeting, a further complaint of dog mess not being cleaned up was reported.
Can anyone walking their dog around the village or green, please clean up after their dog, and dispose in their own household waste bin. Please also remember to keep dogs under control and on a lead on any road
Present trustees of the Northampton Trust are due to retire at the end of 2018. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please contact Pam Lane tel. 01404 43339
This plant may look pretty, but the damage Himalayan Balsam causes is severe, both in terms of the direct out-competing of native species, but also due to the fact it grows as an obligate annual in our climate, which means the river banks which it infests are completely bare when it dies back come winter so then have nothing to consolidate them and wash out with winter flooding, so filling the downstream areas with sediment. (Quote from Blackdown Hills ANOB wildlife office)
Although Landowners do not have to remove the plant from their own property, Landowners do have an obligation not to let this invasive plant spread to other Landowners properties and there are now powers that Councils have under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, that have recently been used to compel owners to control this invasive weed species.
landowners also have a legal responsibility to control the species under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 – which states ‘it is an offence to plant or cause to grow’ the species in the wild.
So what can you do about this problem?
Himalayan Balsam is actually relatively easy to eradicate:
Pulling it up two years in a row before it flowers is normally sufficient.
Please therefore inspect your property, especially if you are by a stream and start the eradication process as soon as you can.
If you are receiving spam/nuisance calls to your phone, you can report these calls to the Information Commissioner’s Office at web address ico.org.uk
It won’t necessarily stop the calls straight away but hopefully they will track down the companies making these calls, fine them and stop the calls.
The Blackdowns Road Action Group (BRAG) officially launched in September, to focus mounting local and national opposition to Devon County Council’s proposals to build a new road through the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
There are only 38 AONB throughout England and Wales, and we are all lucky enough to be living within one of the best. AONBs are created under the same legislation as the National Parks, The Blackdown Hills AONB is a nationally protected landscape at level 5. This has the highest protection like a national park.
We recognise that improvements need to be made to address safety issues but believe these could be achieved far more sympathetically.
Now the Devon County Council Consultation has ended, that doesn’t mean we can stop putting our views forward. We would urge that all Cotliegh residents and their friends and family sign the electronic petition in the link provided. https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/please-rethink-the-a30-road-scheme
BRAG formed from a small group of local people. We are primarily looking for support from those who have media, web design or legal experience. Anyone wishing to join or offer support in any way should email:email@example.com
As everyone is aware, there is more and more potholes in the road network, if you can report a pothole to the highways, they are supposed to respond, the more people that report the same one, hopefully the greater priority they give it, so here is the link
Service dates and times
have been meeting for over 15 years on Thursday evenings. There are 12 members and they play occasional local matches and although thriving would always welcome more members.
Please contact Len and Pam Spiller if you would like to book the village hall. Telephone: 01404 861396