January 2021

RYDA Newsletter 01/2021

Welcome to the 1st edition of your newsletter for 2021, and welcome to our new members. If you have any items of news for your newsletter please send it to rydamembers@yahoo.co.uk.

The RYDA are looking for a new secretary to take notes during meetings provide minutes and prepare agendas.

While the virus is with us these meetings are held via zoom, but are normally held around a table with a glass of wine. Meetings are usually alternate months.

If you are interested please contact our chairman Alan Lomax at  al@lomcroft.plus.com

Planning during Covid

Despite the impact of Covid-19 on South Hams District Council (SHDC), all planning applications are still being processed. However there have been changes to the procedure:

  1. The Development Management Committee meetings are now held via Zoom, they are also live streamed on YouTube. You can watch the live and past proceedings on the Engagement Portal.
  2. If you wish to participate you will need toemail democratic.services@swdevon.gov.uk (for the attention of Janice Young) or phone 01803 861105. The procedure can be found at DMC Procedure

This temporary procedure places even more importance on the role of our District Councillors:

Cllr Keith Baldry Cllr.Keith.Baldry@southhams.gov.uk 01752 881402

Cllr Dan Thomas Cllr.Dan.Thomas@southhams.gov.uk 07917 877706

How you can play an important part in planning.

The Parish Council is the statutory authority with responsibility for representing the views of the entire local community regarding planning applications. However, the RYDA can play an important part by having an independent voice with which we can represent our members.

You will be familiar that we use our Newsletters to draw your attention to any planning application that we think might be controversial or raise significant planning issues. For these we will always give you the application reference number so that you can look at the full application online by at http://apps.southhams.gov.uk/PlanningSearchMVC/.

We ask for your comments and use these to inform our decision whether we wish to comment to SHDC on the application and, if so, how. We do therefore find your responses to be very important.

However, if we do comment to SHDC it only counts as a single comment no matter how many responses we have had from you and been incorporated into our response.

It is therefore ESSENTIAL that you comment directly to SHDC if you feel particularly strongly about an application, whether you support it or object to it. We would also encourage you to copy your comments to both ourselves and the Parish Council so that they can be properly taken into account in those responses.

Finally, it is probably worth being reminded what are valid comments as SHDC can only take material planning considerations into account. 

The following list is not exhaustive but it gives an idea of the sort of things that would be classed as a material planning consideration:

  • Car parking provision
  • Design, including appearance, layout, scale, density and materials
  • Highway safety issues and/or traffic generation
  • Impact on important trees
  • Impact on the character or appearance of a Conservation Area or Listed Building
  • Local drainage or flooding issues
  • Planning policies and guidance
  • Loss of important open spaces or community facilities
  • Noise disturbance, smells, obtrusive lighting or other impacts on amenity
  • Over-dominance, overshadowing and loss of light
  • Proposed landscaping
  • The planning history of the site

Comments that are not material planning considerations will not be taken into account no matter how strongly they are felt. Examples of what is not considered to be a material planning consideration could be:

  • Loss of value to your property
  • Loss of a view
  • Boundary and neighbour disputes
  • Impact on private drainage systems
  • Inappropriate or personal comments
  • Breach of covenant

Dog fouling is not only deeply unpleasant, it is dangerous. Whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.

While most dog owners are caring, responsible individuals, there are still some people who do not clean up after their pets. 

Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be fined up to £1,000.

The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.

The Dog Warden  comes under services provided by South Hams District Council  Report It - South Hams District Council

There has been a spate of complaints on Face book recently about Dogs.

One person even had an unleashed dog running round using their back garden as a toilet!

But we have had renewed requests for assistance from some of those 24 people we have helped so far who now find themselves lacking income again, and most importantly, we have helped the Newton Ferrers village school purchase 9 additional new tablets so that all local children can learn properly while the school is shut (except for the offspring of key workers).

Our Fund is now down to less than £1,000 so we do really need to raise another £5,000 to keep us going until April or May 2021 when the vaccination programme should have rolled out to all those over 50 and the crisis will hopefully come to an end. We intend to close the Fund down at that time. Both the Revelstoke Trust and Yealm Community Energy have most kindly agreed to contribute again to the Fund which will really get us on our way to our new target of £27,000 in total.

Our villages have shown great community spirit so far and I hope we can have one further effort to raise what is required to help those in need.

Please call 873351 for the Bank details if you do not have them already.

Andrew Beveridge 

The N & N Coronavirus Emergency Fund – Notice no 10

Since the last newsletter, a new lockdown has been imposed and the pandemic situation in Newton and Noss has taken a turn for the worse with several people known to your committee infected if not in hospital.

We would like to thank most sincerely those original donors who have given us fresh donations since early December.

This has brought our total monies raised to nearly £22,000.

Now we are in yet another lockdown it is lovely to see people once again volunteering to help those who are vulnerable. Thank you.

As we adjust again to staying at home more, and minimising our contacts outside of the home, it's important that we remember to take care of our minds as well as our bodies. 

It's perfectly normal to feel anxious or worried right now, whether that's about our own health or that of family members or friends.  If you live alone, you may be feeling an even greater sense of isolation or loneliness.   

Staying at home is difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing so.

Every Mind Matters has some helpful information online to support us through this time, whether that's regarding concerns you may have about your finances, or ensuring that you or others have the supplies or support you need, or staying connected with others. 

There is also more free stuff for you to try on our facebook page (undated daily), which include:


  • Four FREE Immunity-Boosting*Qi Gong Video Classes You Can Do In Your Living Room
  • A painting course which will equip you with the essential painting skills needed to take you from beginner to accomplished artist 4 weeks free
  • COMPLETELY FREE Martial Arts After School Club ONLINE Teaching and having fun with some martial arts inspired drills, life skills and high energy workouts for the kids. There is NO CATCH this will be FREE and no sales. JUST to help out parents and to give kids a sense of normality while helping them with some core skills. Live streamed to your living room Mondays and Wednesdays 4.30pm
  • Free Colouring Download : We Can Do Hard Things.

         Start 2021 with a new creative project - Open to entries from Monday 4 January to Friday           19 March 2021 Choose from a range of different creative arts - Art, Poetry, Real Stories                and Solo Musical Performance. Enter with people at the same level as you - Competition            is for over 65s only, with separate categories for beginners and for more experienced                amateurs

  • See the Northern Lights, Live stream Thursday January 22 @ 00.00UTC
  • Sense Sign School class, learn some basic sign language in A 5 day challenge
  • Wembury Local History Society are hosting a FREE Zoom talk on Thursday January 21st at 7:30pm. David Pinder will be presenting "Before the mains came - Wembury's water supplies in the 1920's". Just send an email to wemburyhistory@gmail.com and they will send you an acknowledgement email, plus a few days before the talk, a second email with a link to join the meeting.


Also available are reduced cost opera, concerts and ballet all listed on The RYDA Facebook page


Starting on Monday 11 January, each week day on CBBC will see a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and much loved titles such as Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.

BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.

You are never too old to learn new skills or brush up old ones!

You can always RECORD the episodes to view at a later date/time.

  • Virtual Tours. Free online virtual tours of The Bohemian and Cultural District of Santiago & The Amphitheatre of El Jem

          They're also heading to Budapest, Berlin, Lisbon, and Moscow to name but a few

  • Ordnance Survey launched a brilliant thing last year, and they've updated it this week.  It's a guide to getting outside safely during coronavirus, and right now, during lockdown.  The outdoors is still open, and we’re all being encouraged to get outside and stay local for our physical and mental health. Just type in the location you're interested in, (eg Devon) and then choose what outdoor activity you're interested in, (eg walking), and it gives you the latest advice for walking in Devon - what's permitted, what's not, and helpful suggestions along the way. We also have local walks suggested on your web site Footpaths | ryda.org.uk

The libraries have reintroduced their Select and Collect service at Plympton,&  Plymstock, You can still use their online reservation service to reserve specific titles for collection at all of these libraries.

Brookings Down Wood & Eastern Hill Wood

Winter Update



We were able to start our Autumn work programme on the 26th Sept taking into account Covid 19 requirements particularly in relation to social distancing and Covid 19 safe practice in the use of gloves and handling of tools.

Of the 6 working party dates in our calendar 2 needed to be cancelled due to Covid 19 Lockdown and a further session cancelled because of bad weather. Nevertheless we have been able to conclude our bramble clearing in a section of EHW along with tree planting and other maintenance in both woods. An enormous thanks to our dedicated band of volunteers who help achieve these tasks.


On the subject of tree planting, we have now planted in excess of 50 young saplings to replace lost trees and to add new stock. We feel that both woods are currently near to capacity in terms of density and variety of trees. However we face ongoing challenges in relation to our tree stock due to future weather/storm damage and also Ash Dieback and other diseases.

From time to time we have had generous donations of trees as part of our replanting programme however based on our current assessment of the woods density, we would be very interested to hear from people wishing to donate a tree to do so through a financial donation via our “Plant a Tree” scheme, which will enable us to purchase saplings and trees as future needs arise. If this is of interest to you please feel free to contact Paul Francombe (thefrancombes@btinternet.com) or Val Lomax (val@lomcroft.plus.com)

We now take a break from working in the woods but resume in 2021 when Covid 19 restrictions allow.

The Parish Council are sorry to announce that our Clerk , Mrs Shona McDonough , has decided to step down.

Shona has been dedicated to serving the Council and the whole community for many years now, during this time there have been many changes to manage, not least N3P, asset transfers from SHDC and the recent pandemic. Throughout all of this the skill, patience and tact Shona has displayed has been hugely appreciated by the Council. We will miss Shona’s guidance and calm advice and wish her the very best for the future.


Philip Parry-Smith

Chairman N&N PC

Vacancy for Part-time Parish Clerk


Newton & Noss Parish Council


The post is part-time ‘Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer’, approx. 23 hours per week, mainly working from home. Working hours are flexible but the post holder must be able to attend the monthly evening council meetings. Salary, terms and conditions are in accordance with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Councils (SALC);  The pay scale (LC2 SCP 24 - 26) is subject to experience and qualifications; starting level £14.90 up to £15.83 per hour. There is no requirement for the post holder to live within the parish.


Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring the parish council conducts its business lawfully
  • Administering the council’s financial affairs and keeping proper records
  • Attending all council meetings (the 2ndThurs evening of each month, exc. August)
  • Ensuring that meeting papers are promptly prepared
  • Managing communications with other councils and other organisations
  • Managing communications between councillors, members of the public & circulation of correspondence received
  • Managing contracts with suppliers


Applicants should have good IT skills, be experienced in the management of accounts, have good communication skills and proven organisational and administrative skills. If you are new to the role of Parish Clerk, training and an ‘Introduction to Local Council Administration’ will be arranged with the support of our current Parish Clerk and the Society of Local Council Clerks.


Closing date for applications is 7th Feb.  The position is available from mid’ March 2021. 

Newton & Noss Parish Council is an Equal Opportunities employer.


For a full Job Description and Application Form please contact the Chairman,

Philip Parry- Smith:  philipparrysmith@gmail.com