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Plans announced to expand successful Work Hubs for growing businesses


Posted on: 8 May 2018

Devon County Council is announcing the next phase of expansion to a network of business work spaces, which is helping to boost the county’s productivity.

Around 20 percent of Devon workers are working from home, some of them small businesses that started from spare rooms and kitchen tables, and many are looking to move into larger office accommodation.

Work hubs are the answer, providing flexible term office space, equipped with facilities that modern businesses need. And Devon County Council wants there to be more of them.

Those in Totnes, Tavistock and Barnstaple, and associate hubs in Exeter, East Budleigh and Torquay, are seeing steady throughput as start-up firms, coming to them with fewer than a handful of staff, are outgrowing work hub accommodation as they take on more employees and require larger work premises.

They’re run by local business people, and can be a more attractive proposition for people looking for short term and inexpensive office space.

Devon County Council plans to expand the work hub network further with hubs in possibly three more towns. Businesses and entrepreneurs can apply for grants of up to £20,000 per hub, to help the council develop the hubs. Free support for businesses with the application is available.


Virtual parking with an online portal that you can manage.

From now on any resident who lives in South Ham or West Devon who pays for parking permits, would like to apply for parking permits, or who would like to change their parking permit, can do so online.

Cllr Robert Sampson, Lead Member for Commercial Services at West Devon Borough Council, said: “Gone are the days when parking permits were bits of paper that you stick in your windscreen. Following the introduction of virtual permits we wanted to make it even easier for our residents to manage their permits themselves. We are aware that many households have multiple permits for different reasons, for work, for home, for their sibling or visitors. This new permit portal gives all our residents the power to manage all their permits from the comfort of their own home, on a mobile phone, tablet or home PC at any time of the day they wish.”

Both authorities have been encouraging residents to manage their contact with the Council through the internet for some time now. This has seen the number of online transactions jump by 140% in the last 12 months.

Cllr Rufus Gilbert, Executive Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services at South Hams District Council said: “We all live in a 24/7 society now, where we expect to be able to interact with companies and do business with companies at our own convenience. By introducing this new portal we are not only giving our residents the ability to do exactly that, but we are also saving them valuable taxpayers money. If simple transactions can be can be carried out online by customers, our officers have more availability to concentrate on the more complex issues. I think everyone can agree, the more streamlined and efficient the Council can be the better this is for the Taxpayer.”

Anyone wanting help to register for their parking permit is welcome to come to reception at one of the Council Officers for help. Or visit www.southhams.gov.uk/permits and www.westdevon.gov.uk/permits to sign up today.

Loddiswell Parish Council have been successful in the application for help to fund the new school play equipment through the reinvestment funding program. The Parish Council have been awarded £7,000 and will match the funding to give the school £14,000.

The Parish Clerk has moved.

Please send any correspondence via email to:

loddiswellparishclerk@gmail.com or via post to:

3 Park Cottages, Bigbury, Kingsbridge, TQ74AW. Telephone: 07859047187

Loddiswell Parish Council are now paying for maintenance around the village to improve its appearance. So far the main road through the village has been cleared and has made a huge difference. The Parish Council are paying for 20 hours per month, although there may be more hours to begin with as there is a lot to do! 

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 still a Post Office, Mini Supermarket, Nursery 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.[9]  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