July 2020

RYDA Newsletter


Welcome to (potentially) the last “Lockdown” newsletter. We hope we have kept you up to date with events, and freebies and kept you entertained. We will now drop to a monthly edition.

However, do not forget, the Lock down has been eased to kick start the economy, not because the virus has gone away. Take care, stay safe.


Thinking of easing the “lockdown” and re-opening pubs, this came to mind………

South Hams have been made aware of a Council Tax scam.

If you receive a telephone call from this number 02038598697, please hang up and do not share any personal details.

As a Council they do call their residents if further information is required when updating an account. However, as the household occupier you will be aware of the change we are discussing.

If you are ever in doubt please end the call and contact our customer service contact centre to confirm authentication.

South Hams District Council has been informed by BT that the telephone box on Pillory Hill.has been identified for proposed removal on the basis of low usage.

South Hams District Council has therefore been asked to consult with you regarding the possible removal of the BT phone box. It would be helpful if the Parish Council could please be copied in on any responses to the consultation by Wednesday 15 July. Please submit your comments to South Hams District Council - dm@swdevon.gov.uk.

Cellars Bay seagrass meadow   

Peter Brown has been asked by the AONB Estuaries Officer if we can get a group of volunteers together to monitor this very important ecological site in our estuary - "We are looking for volunteers that would be able to help with a baseline monitoring survey of the boating use of the waters above and around the Cellars Bay seagrass meadow please. The ReMedies project is looking at how to improve the situation here over the next three years through informing people about the seagrass, encouraging behavioural change and replanting a certain area. You can see more about the project here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/life-recreation-remedies-project


Basically we don’t know if any damage might be caused to the meadow by anchoring boats, and don’t even know how busy the area gets. The monitoring will take place between mid July and mid September.

It would require a rota of volulnteersfor a few minutes several times a day, one hour a day, one day a week You would need to log the time and date and number of boat movements occurring during that time. A photographic record would be useful.


If you could let me know asap if you are interested, I will get Liz Cole from Plymouth City Council to arrange a meeting and briefing about what is required. petermbrownfrcs@btinternet.com

Ivybridge Ring & Ride have resumed the Monday shopping trip to Morrisons.

You need to book. Tel 01752 690 444

Sadly all of this seasons Open Gardens for St Luke's Hospice have been cancelled. Over the years the support from the communities of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo has been amazing. The organisers have put together this short video to showcase some of the beautiful private gardens that have opened to raise funds in the past.



Ivybridge Mobile Library will be returning to serve customers from the 13th July.

Here is a link to the mobile library timetable

An information sheet can be viewed by following the link below.

Download PDF Attachment (Ivybridge Mobile Choose and Collect Flyer.pdf)

“Car parking in key areas of our villages is becoming increasingly difficult particularly near our waterside access points most notably Yealm Steps as well as near our CO-OP, Post Office, butcher, pubs etc.

The car parking challenge will only become more difficult as the number of nearby housing developments gather pace (the former Yealm Hotel, Parsonage Road, Collaton, Sherford etc). One modest way of mitigating the issue would be to make the use of bicycles (& ebikes) easier by providing safe and secure cycle racks in key areas of our villages. This is consistent with the current trend, encouraged by the government apparently with some funding available, of making more use of bicycles.

For this proposal to build up steam it would be helpful if those in support submitted a brief email to our Parish Council via the Parish Clerk.“  newtonnossclerk@aol.com

Would you like to be more proactive in helping to combat fly tipping in our Parish?


Please record and report any suspicious activities involving vehicles, which could possibly be connected to fly tipping.

It would helpful if any appropriate information you have could be passed to the Local Authority email address:


Or reported on the following link:


THE GIGACLEAR EXPERIENCE                     


We thought you may be interested to see the unsolicited reports about the installation of Gigaclear from two of our members.  In the interests of balance, we should add that we have picked up a couple of verbal comments from other people that have been slightly less enthusiastic.

Simon Julien 

Rod Carter 

Family fun: Make a mini wormery

This project is a fun way to learn how worms help turn plant waste into soil. Introduce children to recycling and encourage them to see how popular and familiar garden wildlife live.


Imagine you were born in 1900.

  • When you're 14, World War I begins and ends when you're 18 with 22 million dead.
  • Soon after a global pandemic, the Spanish Flu, appears, killing 50 million people. And you're alive and 20 years old.
  • When you're 29 you survive the global economic crisis that started with the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange, causing inflation, unemployment and famine.
  • When you're 33 years old the Nazis come to power.
  • When you're 39, World War II begins and ends when you're 45 years old with a 60 million dead. In the Holocaust 6 million Jews die.
  • When you're 52, the Korean War begins.
    When you're 64, the Vietnam War begins and ends when you're 75.
  • A child born in 1985 thinks his grandparents have no idea how difficult life is, but they have survived several wars and catastrophes.

Today we have all the comforts in a new world, amid a new pandemic. But we complain because we need to wear masks.

We complain because we must stay confined to our homes where we have food, electricity, running water, wifi, even Netflix!

None of that existed back in the day. But humanity survived those circumstances and never lost their joy of living.

A small change in our perspective can generate miracles. We should be thankful that we are alive. We should do everything we need to do to protect and help each other.




There are two items of interest this month:

Rosemont, 42 Yealm Road, conversion into 5 in no. self-contained flats.

Planning Application Ref: 1721/20/PIP (to see the full application click on the link)

This is an application for “Permission in principle”. The permission in principle consent route is an alternative way of obtaining planning permission for housing-led development which separates the consideration of matters of principle for proposed development from the technical detail of the development. The permission in principle consent route has 2 stages: the first stage (or permission in principle stage) establishes whether a site is suitable in-principle and the second (‘technical details consent’) stage is when the detailed development proposals are assessed. The permission in principle route normally applies to “Major” developments of 10 dwellings or more, so it may be considered not to apply in this case.

RYDA and N&NPC have previously objected to an earlier application for this conversion (the application was subsequently withdrawn), on grounds of inadequate parking provision. As the Planning Authority cannot impose planning conditions within an approval for “permission in principle”, if this application is approved then the parking arrangements would need to be addressed within the subsequent technical application.

Although it will be good to see Rosemont move forward to a new purpose, our view remains the proposals will increase the parking demand on the street; the site only provides four or five off street parking spaces. With five 2 and 3 bedroom flats that there will be a need for 10 off street parking spaces, therefore additional parking provision should be sought.


Woodville, Pillory Hill. This is a revised scheme to demolish and replace the existing bungalow with a three-bedroom house which includes a guest suite and double garage.

Planning Application Ref: 1624/20/FUL

This site has been the subject of a long history of planning applications. The most recent full application was 1025/19/FUL for a “glass box” which was refused in May last year.

This proposal is substantially the same as the previously approved, more conventional design (37/0735/15/F as amended by 4062/17/FUL, which is now time expired), but the building has been moved into the site by about 1 to 0.5 metre thus allowing a garage and guest suite to be included.

Unlike the earlier approved, but time expired version, this application will need to meet the requirements of the Newton & Noss Neighbourhood Plan and the Joint Local Plan. This will require issues such as the impact on local character and potential overdevelopment on a relatively small site to be considered.

Access along Pillory Hill will be of particular concern during the construction and a Construction Management Plan (CMP) is provided in the application. This states that excavation material will be removed by small dumper to a nearby farm where it can be collected by a larger lorry. Deliveries will be coordinated to minimise disruption and the main contractor will inform all residents of the arrangements and schedules for deliveries on Pillory Hill.