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Home Scheme To Cut Bills and Carbon Is Still Available
18 January 2022
A £900,000 scheme to reduce home energy consumption in the South Hams is underway. The first installations of measures including air source heating systems and external insulation are now being carried out through South Hams District Council’s Green Home Grant. Further funding to help home owners improve the energy efficiency of their home is still available, however time is limited and funding is likely to stop in April.
90 eligible homeowners across the District are having the energy- and money-saving work carried out over the next few months. Insulation, such as solid/single wall external insulation, is one of the measures being installed as well as fitting air source heat pump central heating systems (a kind of renewable energy technology that takes the warmth from the air outside, even when it’s freezing and uses it to heat the home). As well as being better for the planet, it’s estimated that using an air source heat pump could cut as much as £900 a year from energy bills. External wall insulation also brings significant energy bill savings, up to an estimated £415 a year.
The cost of the eco-friendly work is fully-covered after the Council obtained funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). To make it easier for local people to access the money and reduce their carbon footprint, the team at the Council has taken control to oversee the whole process, from the initial application to connecting homeowners with contractors. As well as letting people know about the grant in the media and on social media, the Council team also wrote to everyone living in suitable properties with an EPC rating of E or below.
Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Leisure Health and Wellbeing said:
“We’re committed to doing everything we can to help our residents to reduce their carbon footprint and save money whilst staying warm. We know that not everyone enjoys filling out forms and we were concerned that local people could miss out on this great opportunity. That’s why we decided we would take the lead and take steps to make sure the maximum number of local people can benefit from this scheme.”
How do air source heating systems work?
Air source heat pumps use the same type of technology that keeps your fridge cold. A liquid refrigerant that has a very low boiling point is pumped on a loop between two heat exchangers. This refrigerant takes on heat energy from the outside ambient air temperature and turns into a gas as it warms up. This gas is then compressed back into a liquid, which increases its temperature further. The warm refrigerant then goes through a heat exchanger, which transfers the warmth to a separate body of water for circulating round the central heating system. During the final stage the liquid refrigerant goes through an expansion valve reducing the pressure and temperature and the cycle repeats. As heat pumps transfer heat rather than produce it, their efficiency can be greater than 300%.
Who is eligible for the grant?
To be eligible for the Green Homes Grant, you must meet the criteria below:
• Owner Occupier (sorry this scheme is not open to housing association tenants)
• EPC of E or below (please speak to us if you do not know or not have one)
• Be on either means tested benefit or a net household income of less £30,000 a year (this is after household expenses such as mortgage, Council tax, utility bills)
Further funding to help home owners improve the energy efficiency of their home is still available, however time is limited and funding will stop in April. If you think you may be eligible for a grant and are interested in finding out more, please contact email@example.com complete the webform at https://www.southhams.gov.uk/ReduceFuelBills or call 01803 641234.
LPC has resumed face to face meetings. They are held on the first Tuesday of the month in the congregational hall at 7.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting, can you please notify the clerk at the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can ensure everyones safety and keep an eye on numbers.
LPC would like to welcome Matthew Cross and Lara Webber to the team and sadly say goodbye to Cllr Hemmins and Cllr Sweet, who have done outstanding work for the council and community for many years.
Vacancy for 1 Councillor in the Parish of Loddiswell.
Qualifications to be a Councillor
A person is qualified to be elected and to be a councillor if they are a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen and on the relevant day (that is, the day of nomination or election) they are 18 or over. In addition, the person must meet at least one of the following criteria
- on the relevant day and thereafter they continue to be on the electoral register for the parish, or
- during the whole of the twelve months before that day they have owned or tenanted land or premises in the parish, or
- during the whole of the twelve months before that day their principal or only place of work has been in the parish, or
- during the whole of the twelve months before that day they have resided in the parish or within three miles of it. Except for qualification (1), these qualifications then continue for the full term of office, until the next ordinary elections. Certain people are disqualified from standing, and these include paid officers (including the Clerks) of the council, bankrupts and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment.
Parish Council meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm and last no longer than 2.5 hours, subject to the agenda.
Parish councils are responsible for managing their own budgets. They are financed through the precept, an amount of money calculated as an estimate for the coming financial year and collected as part of your Council Tax. This money is used to improve facilities and services for local people.
If you are interested in the position, please email your application to: email@example.com
All applications will be considered and voted on by a full council. Many thanks.
Please send any correspondence or queries via email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to:
3 Park Cottages, Bigbury, Kingsbridge, TQ74AW. Telephone: 07859047187
Wild flowering in Loddiswell:
For those of you who may have concerns about the verges becoming overgrown you might be reassured by looking at an online presentation by Plantlife.
The Plantlife website also has some very useful information: https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk
The most relevant to us, however, is this very helpful guidance from Devon County Council
Life on the Verge Guidance Document August 2019.pdf (sharepoint.com)
We will be following the step by step instructions they give to ensure that the appropriate permissions are sought and procedures followed on any new projects in the village.
Loddiswell is a parish and village in the South Hams district of Devon, England. It lies on the west side of the River Avon or Aune and is three miles NNW from Kingsbridge. There is evidence of occupation going back to Roman times. The villages most famous son and benefactor was Richard Peek who retired here after being one of the Sheriffs of London. The name Loddiswell is a corruption of Saint Loda's well, named after one of the many saints that occurred all over the westcountry, especially in Cornwall.
On the road from the A38 down to Kingsbridge, it stands on the hills above the Avon Valley. The population was 608 in 1801 650 in 1901. Loddiswell has a beautiful Church. The parish church of St. Michael's and All Angels, is of the 14th century, enlarged in the 15th century; its font is Norman. The source of the village's medieval prosperity was wool. Woolston House, the manor house of Staunton manor, is a 17th-century house built near the foundations of an earlier structure; rebuilt in the 18th century, it passed from the Wise/Wyse family to the Weymouth and Allin families. There is a busy pub (The Loddiswell Inn) with good food and Avon Mill Garden Centre which offers stylish accessories for your home, fab food for your larder, a Ladies Boutique, delicious food in the cafe, amazing art and of course, beautiful plants for your garden!
Drop by the South Devon Chilli Farm which sells lots of delicious creations using their home grown chillies in the shop and cafe. The village has lots of walking opportunities in the vicinity such as a walk following the River Avon, the old railway walk and up to Blackdown rings. Great Western railway’s Kingsbridge branch line arrived in 1893 with a stop at Loddiswell station. It was said that Loddiswell was a "brisk walk away" as in fact the station was closer to the less well known and smaller village of Woodleigh. The railway station continued through the steam age but by 1961 it was an unmanned halt and in 1963 it closed for ever. Today the remains of the track is used as a walking route. Plus another exploring the Blackdown Rings, an iron-age fort which was developed 1,000 years later in about 1086 as a Norman motte and bailey - There is evidence at the northern end of this parish that Blackdown hill was used by the Romans. Loddiswell is a middling village with a a curious history of small scale, including a copper mine and a yellow ochre manufactory.
Modern Loddiswell is well served for a small village. There is a Mini Supermarket, which provides Post Office services on certain days, a Pre School and Primary School and a bus service that takes you into the neighbouring town of Kingsbridge. Near the village is Fosse Copse a 1.88 hectares (4.65 acres) woodland on the west facing slope of the Avon Valley owned and managed by the Woodland Trust. rounding Avon Valley and woodland offers fabulous walking and glorious Devon countryside for you to explore. A great spot for bluebells and wild garlic in the spring and a cool retreat in the summer. Magical on a frosty winter's morning