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24 March 2023

Latest News from West Devon Borough Council

Election Reminders

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Voter ID

You have probably seen in the news that photo ID is now required at polling stations.

This could be your passport, driving licence 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 any of these documents, don’t think your ID looks like you or are worried about using your ID due to the gender marker, you should apply for a Voter Authority Certificate as soon as possible.

The application process and ID you will receive is free and can be done online through the Government’s website. Alternatively, you can do a paper application via the post through your local council.

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.

Remember, you can also vote by post where photo ID is not required

Key Dates

  • Register to vote by 11.59 p.m. on Monday 17 April,
  • Apply for postal vote by 5 p.m. on Tuesday 18 April,
  • Apply for Voter Authority Certificate by Tuesday 25 April.

Election Restrictions Now In Place To Help Ensure Fair Election

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West Devon Borough Council has now entered what’s called the ‘pre-election period’, which will last until after the local elections on 4 May.

During this time, we will be taking extra care not to publish any information or comment that could appear to be designed to affect public support for a political party or candidate.

In the coming weeks, we will only publish factual information, avoiding issues which could become part of an election campaign.

No councillor or candidate will appear in any of our communications and anything we share from central government or other public bodies will be balanced, informative and objective.

Have you heard about the Government’s new Emergency Alerts System?

Emergency Alerts

Emergency Alerts is a new UK government service that will warn you if there is danger to life nearby. In an emergency, your mobile phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe.

A UK-wide alerts test will take place in the early evening of 23 April 2023, which will see people receive a test message on their mobile phones.   

 Your mobile phone or tablet may:

  • Make a loud siren-like sound, even if it’s set on silent.
  • Vibrate
  • Read out the alert.

The sound and vibration will last for about ten seconds.

  • Alerts will only ever come from the government or emergency services, and they will issue a warning, the details of the area impacted, and instructions about how best to respond.
  • Emergency Alerts will be used very rarely – only being sent where there is an immediate risk to people’s lives – so you may not receive an alert for months, or even years.
  • Alerts are secure, free to receive, and one-way. They do not reveal anyone’s location or collect personal data.
  • If you don’t have a mobile phone and in the event of an emergency, you will be informed via other channels such as TV and radio.

For more information visit 

Planning a Coronation Street Party? Apply now!

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The cut-off date for street party applications is Sunday 26 March.

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 the county council's online basic street party application to close off your street on their website.

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 Notice (TEN).

This gives you temporary permission to carry out these licensable activities. Please ensure you apply early.

For more information and to apply visit: You must give a minimum of five working days' notice.

The Big Help Out

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Roll up your sleeves and volunteer in your area on Monday 8 May to celebrate the King's Coronation! This is a great opportunity to reflect on the legacy of His Majesty's service and showcase the impact of volunteering within communities.

There are thousands of activities planned by local community groups and charities on the day. No matter what you enjoy, there will be something for you to get involved in, from lending a hand to improve Sampford Courtenay Village Green, to helping the Ramblers keep our public footpaths in action.

Visit the Big Help Out website and download the app to find out how you can lend a hand within West Devon this May. This is a great way to get involved in your local community and meet like-minded people!

Does your organisation have volunteering opportunities available? Register with The Big Help Out to be matched with willing local volunteers.

Support for Local Football Clubs with Rising Energy Costs

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A new funding programme has been launched to help grassroots football clubs with rising energy costs.

The Energy Support Programme has a total of £6 million to help small football clubs save money on their energy bills and reduce their impact on the environment by putting in place energy saving measures.

The fund will award a grant of 75% of costs (up to £25,000) on energy-saving measures for clubhouses. All eligible football clubs, charities and community organisations operating affiliated football on their sites can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Energy Fund.

The deadline to submit an EOI is 13 April.

Find out more here.