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Important letter from DCC regarding the mobile library

Dear valued mobile library customer

We are emailing you on behalf of Devon County Council. Devon County Council is reviewing its library services and the different ways that people use it. That's because the council is facing huge financial challenges, and in order for them to invest more money in services that support vulnerable children and adults, they are having to make considerable savings elsewhere in their budget. The council therefore is proposing to stop running the mobile library service.  We run four mobile libraries on the council’s behalf, three of which are 15 years old and at the end of their serviceable lives, and the fourth is nine years old.  All of our aging vehicles have become increasingly unreliable and expensive to maintain. There are also fewer people now using the mobile library service. Tomorrow, they will be launching a consultation with library customers to get a better understanding about how people will use the library service in future. They will be asking whether you have considered other ways to access library services, such as our Good Neighbours service, Home Library Service, or via our 50 library buildings across Devon.  Or, whether you are familiar with the range of digital books and other materials that are available to all of our library members. The consultation will be online from Friday 31st March //, and you will be able to read more about it on the Council's website. Alternatively, there will be copies of the consultation on each of our four mobile library routes, and in your nearest library. If you have any questions about the consultation, please visit the Have Your Say webpage or contact Devon County Council via or telephone 0345 155 1001.

The Council has made it clear that they will not be making any decision about the proposal until they have had chance to consider all of the responses to their consultation. If you would like to respond to the consultation, we would encourage you to do so directly to Devon County Council. The consultation will close on Friday 26th May.

02/04/2023 21:21:19

Bins out by 6am please!

Residents who live in North Devon will need to put their bins and bags out by 6am on the morning or evening before their collection from now on. 

The new, earlier display time, of 6am rather than 7am, is to enable the crews to have more flexible working hours if and when needed.

Lead Member for Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Netti Pearson says: “We’ve moved the start of our bin rounds forward by an hour so our crews can start their rounds earlier if need be. I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their help and understanding with this, although as many bins go out the night before, most households shouldn’t notice the change.”

Residents are being reminded that they can check when their bin collections are by visiting the council's webpage.

Full information on what goes in your bin, box and bag can be found online.

10/08/2022 22:25:07

Byways in and around the Parish

Please see the attached document regarding recent changes made by Devon County Council to restrictive byways within the Parish.

There is a great resource for finding out about public rights of way (PORW) and public access land on the Devon County Council Website here:

02/04/2022 08:41:13

Updated information for Public Bus Services in Devon

Stagecoach are making changes to several of their commercial services from 23rd January. These are related to ongoing driver issues due to the pandemic and recruitment problems. The expectation is that the reduced timetables will help minimise short-notice cancellations.

The changes are:

Exeter and Crediton

A Alphington – City Centre – Thornpark Rise:  Daytime frequency reduced to every 30 minutes.

E1, E2 Exwick – City Centre:  Daytime frequency reduced to every 30 minutes on each route.

H, H1, H2 St Davids Station – City Centre – Digby:  Some journeys will extend from St Davids Station to Cowley Bridge to replace services 5, 5A, 5B and 5C in Wrefords Lane and West Garth Road, with a 30 minute daytime frequency.

I/J Digby – Countess Wear – City Centre – Whipton – Digby:  Daytime frequency reduced to every 30 minutes on each route.

R/S Rifford Road – City Centre circular:   Daytime frequency reduced to every 40 minutes on each route.

5, 5A, 5B, 5C Exeter – Crediton – North Devon/Chulmleigh/OkehamptonThese services will no longer operate via West Garth Road and Wrefords Lane in Cowley Bridge due to a forthcoming weight limit. A replacement service is provided as part of service H, H1 and H2. In Crediton services 5 and 5C will operate via the Railway Station increasing this section to two buses an hour. Service 5A and 5B will operate via Exeter Road and the A377.

 G – Hamlin Gardens: Country Bus recently surrendered the contract for this service.  Following a tender exercise, Greenslades Coaches will operate the service from Monday 24th January 2022 sticking to the existing timetable.

North Devon

11A/11C Barnstaple – Whiddon Valley: Daytime frequency reduced to every 60 minutes on each route.

21/21A/21C Ilfracombe/Georgeham – Barnstaple – Bideford – Appledore/Westward Ho!: The section of route from Bideford to Appledore and Westward Ho! is reduced to every 60 minutes on each leg.  The section of route from Barnstaple to Braunton West Meadow Road is reduced to every 60 minutes, this being the journey which continues to Georgeham.

155 Exeter – South Molton – Barnstaple: The 1450 journey from South Molton to Barnstaple reverts to operating on Saturdays and during School Holidays. The 1535 journey from South Molton School to Barnstaple is reinstated.

815/821 Appledore/Westward Ho! – Park School & 921 Westward Ho! – Pilton Community College: Minor changes to the time at Barnstaple Bus Station on the morning journeys.

819 Bude – Atlantic Academy: The afternoon journey has revised timings.

903/904 Fremington – Pilton Community College: The afternoon journey has revised timings.

20/01/2022 16:34:49

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