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10 March 2023

Latest News from West Devon Borough Council

West Devon celebrates its community stars

Mayoral Award winners 2023


The Mayor of West Devon has highlighted the "outstanding selfless work" of those within the community at the Council's 2023 Mayoral Awards.

Among those to win awards are a squadron leader with more than 50 years' service, a local volunteer dedicated to conservation, a community organisation who are doing amazing work to support local families and three young shining stars who are going above and beyond within the community.

Mayor, Cllr Caroline Mott, presented the awards to the recipients on Tuesday 7 March 2023.

Read more including a full list of nominations here.

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Are you ready for the upcoming elections in May?

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1. Register to vote!

You need to register by 11:59pm on Monday 17 April

2. Are you voting by post or in-person?

To apply for a postal vote, click here. You must apply by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.

Remember, you will not need to provide photo ID to vote by post.

3. If voting in person, remember to bring your photo ID! 

This could be your passport, driving license or blue badge but there are lots of documents that are accepted. Find out more about what photo ID is suitable on our website.

If you don't have photo ID you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, which is a free voter ID document. Apply by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April!

If you know someone who does not have access to a computer and needs extra support, they can contact our elections team on 01822 813604, to book an appointment to help complete their application for Voter ID online or at our offices.

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We're hiring!

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We are currently recruiting for polling staff at the forthcoming Local Elections on 4 May 2023!

We are looking to fill the following roles:

  • Presiding Officers - Pay £348
  • Poll Clerks – Pay £230

You will need to be available from 6.30am to 10.00pm on the day.

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Planning a Street Party in West Devon?

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If you are planning to host a street party to mark the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty The Queen Consort, Devon County Council is inviting communities to apply for a free street party licence.

Please apply using their online basic street party application to close off your street, this is available on their website.

The cut-off date is 26 March 2023.

If you want to sell alcohol, have regulated entertainment or late night refreshments and don't hold a premises licence or club premises certificate, you can apply for a Temporary Event Notices (TEN). This gives you temporary permission to carry out these licensable activities. Please ensure you apply early. For more information and to apply visit:

See below for guidance on how to organise a street party.

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Community Delighted at Partnership Tree Planting Works



Planting of over 70 new large trees has been completed with a big team effort at three green spaces across Tavistock.

The scheme was made possible by funding from the Forestry Commission and their Urban Tree Challenge Fund matched by contributions from West Devon Borough Council and Tavistock Town Council.

The funds covered the cost of the large standard trees, as well as cages to protect them. It also includes follow up watering for the first few years to establish them properly, even more important after recent hot and dry summers.

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GetSet Adapt Business support

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GetSet Adapt is hosting the following FREE events to support businesses across Devon, helping them to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and to build back better. 

All events are being held at Leonardo Hotel, Exeter.

Funded by Devon County Council, GetSet Adapt Devon are bringing high quality, professional resources to you.

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It’s A Win-Win When You Play SeaMoor Lotto

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Sign up and support a good cause today and not only will you be in with the chance of winning weekly cash prizes of up to £25,000, but if you enter before 25 March, you will be in with the chance of winning a trip to Center Parcs, all for just £1 a week!

A sporty break? A relaxing weekend in the forest? Quality family time? Whatever a holiday means to you, you could be making the most of springtime at Center Parcs - and supporting a good cause too!

SeaMoor Lotto is a lottery for the people, by the people. It’s a fun way to help good causes without giving up precious time.

Tickets are just £1 in the weekly draw, and you can choose exactly which good cause you would like your money to go to. More of your money goes to your chosen cause than with any other major lottery – you can see the exact breakdown, where every penny goes, on our website.

Unlike larger lotteries, the majority of your ticket purchase comes back into the community AND the odds of winning a prize are much better, at an amazing 50:1. It really is a win-win: even if you don’t win a cash prize you can be content in knowing that you are making a real difference!

Since its launch the SeaMoor Lotto has raised thousands of pounds for small charities -so why not join in? Visit our website to see which good causes you can support, and buy a ticket today:

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Energy Saving tips

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The Government is saving households £1,300 on their energy bills this winter through the Energy Price Guarantee and Energy Bill Support Scheme.

There are lots of things you can do at home, from easy no cost actions to bigger investments, that could save you hundreds more.

It all adds up.

Here are some ways you can reduce your energy bills:

  • Turning your combi boiler flow temperature down to 60°C could save you up to £100 a year
  • Turning down radiators in rooms you aren’t using or use less could save you up to £70 a year
  • Turning appliances off at the socket could save you up to £70 a year 
  • Washing clothes at a lower temperature could save you up to £40 a year

You can also find help on our Support Directory.

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Job Vacancies



Are you looking for a flexible role in a supportive and open culture? Join the Council! We have a number of exciting roles available for the right person.

Click the button below to see our current vacancies.

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