Parish Council Projects

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Our Community Plan identified that the Lutton playpark needed lots of TLC!   Rather than tidy it up, we decided to go the whole hog and go for a complete redesign using ideas from local children.  The new design has cost around £26000 including all the groundworks and new equipment.  We had to do a lot of fundraising because the Parish Council doesn't have this sort of money in the bank.  Funding came from Devon County Council (S106 money); Dartmoor National Park, National Lottery, South Hams District Council and the Parish Council.

Most of the work has been completed, with just a few snags to iron out before it opens which we hope will be very soon.  We hope the children have a lot of fun using it.

 Lutton Playpark  
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Sadly we have had to temporarily close the Cornwood Playpark.  Several pieces of equipment have been declared unsafe during a recent inspection.  We taped off the condemned equipment but because the tape was removed several times we decided the only way to keep children safe was to close the playpark for now.  We have arranged for the unsafe equipment to be removed and once that is done, it will be re-opened.

The exciting bit is that we are looking at options to buy new equipment for the playpark.  We are collecting people's views on the different options which you can see on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cornwoodandlutton or in the village hall.  Play equipment is very expensive so we will need to do a lot of fundraising to buy the favourite option.  This starts with the Easter Big Breakfast on Saturday 16 April.

 Cornwood Playpark  
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 Heathfield Permissive Path
Temporarily Closed 
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A couple of years back, DAA was seeking official sites for night landing.  Once a helicopter has landed at the site, the team has to reach the person needing assistance on foot so DAA wanted a site closer to the moor than the current nearest site which is in Ivybridge.  During the day the helicopters can land pretty much anywhere, but at night they need a designated zone with specific lighting that they trigger via GPS on approach. 

 

DAA approved the cricket club as a suitable site and we have raised the funds to pay for the special lighting column required through donations from our community - thank you everyone!  The lighting column is now in place and our community night landing site is now operational.  We hope we never have to use it - but it's there is we need it.

Devon Air Ambulance 
Night Landing Site  
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Following a suggestion from a local resident, the PC were asked to considered ‘brightening up’ the two bus shelters in Lutton, particularly as they now have well-maintained hanging baskets.  An informal door-to-door survey of houses adjacent to the two shelters showed considerable enthusiasm for the project. Residents were in favour of painting the shelters a sympathetic colour in the first instance with the possibility of further enhancement at a future date.

 

Intrepid volunteers have managed to clear the ivy from the bus shelters which revealed that roof repairs will be needed to the Yondertown shelter roof before painting.

 

Paint has been donated and we now await the necessary repairs before getting going with brushes and rollers. 

Lutton Bus Shelters
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We have signed up to support the Woodland Trust ‘Action for Insects' and this project will make better use of the outdoor space by the public toilets.   The sunny garden was very neglected but with the help of volunteers, it is now planted with RHS recommended bee and butterfly friendly plants, climbers and shrubs to provide habitat for our native pollinators. 

 

 It was a lot of work to take up some of the paving, dig out all the old roots and prepare the soil but it was worth it.  We'd like to thank the Cornwood Show who kindly donated £200 towards the new plants 

 Butterfly Garden 

We are very lucky to have a permissive path that connects Cornwood village to the Community Orchard and Heathfield.  The field that the path runs through has a very boggy area where a stream runs through it which makes it impassable for much of the year.  We have been working to improve the accessbility:

  • Volunteers have dredged one of the feeder streams

  • Dartmoor National Park has kindly built a new bridge over the stream and provided self closing gates

  • Volunteers have built a boardwalk over the most boggy bit to connect up with the bridge and have removed the stiles

We want to extend the boardwalk further but will need to raise £500 to pay for the materials.  We are applying for grants for the funding so fingers crossed we can get the money before winter comes!

Sadly, this path has been temporarily closed due to off-lead dogs disturbing the sheep.  We will try to re-open it in the future once a solution has been found with the land owner and farmer.

 

We are lucky to have a permissive path that connects Cornwood village to the Community Orchard and Heathfield.  The field that the path runs through has a very boggy area where a stream runs through which makes it impassable for much of the year.  We have been working to improve the accessibility:

  • Volunteers have dredged one of the feeder streams

  • Dartmoor National Park has kindly built a new bridge over the stream and provided self closing gates

  • Volunteers have built a boardwalk over the most boggy bit to connect up with the bridge and have removed the stiles

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Yealm Estuary to Moor (YEM) is a community-based initiative to create a Wildlife Corridor for land and water along the River Yealm from estuary to moor, by restoring and joining fragmented habitats, by-passing physical obstructions, and reducing pollution and invasive species where possible.  

Initiated by Yealm Community Energy (YCE), in response to the Paris Agreement at COP21, the UN Climate Change Conferences (COP26 is in November 2021, Glasgow) and the State of Nature Reports, showing a serious decline in biodiversity both in the UK and world-wide.  Although community based, it will be directed by professional ecologists in a Catchment Partnership structure and led by the South West Rivers Trust.

Within the project , we are responsible for the stretch of land and water from Blachford Viaduct to top of Dendles Wood 

Yealm to Moor