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WINNERS OF MID DEVON DRAWING COMPETITION NAMED

News release from Mid Devon District Council

Mid Devon District Council recently ran a competition asking children of primary-school age to enter a drawing which showed what the Council collects as part of its kerbside blue food caddy collection and/or its subscription-based garden waste collection. The competition was held following the arrival of the Council’s new collection vehicles which are an essential part of keeping food and garden waste separate when collected.  This saves the taxpayer money when the organic material is composted and creates a better grade of compost and fertiliser.

The judges were looking for drawings that gave a positive message to inspire people to recycle their food and garden waste. Food waste that is not put out in the blue caddies is sent to landfill and doesn’t break down harmlessly. As it rots it releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

67 amazing entries from children attending primary schools in Tiverton, Uffculme, Kentisbeare and Crediton were sent in. Out of those entries 6 lucky winners were announced at a presentation held at Phoenix House on Tuesday 5 June. Leader of the Council, Councillor Clive Eginton, greeted the children and welcomed all to the presentation.  Councillor Eginton said: “Judging the competition proved to be really challenging for myself and Councillor Radford. We saw some very artistic and beautifully coloured drawings.  It was fantastic to see the children had really thought about recycling and the benefits of composting food and garden waste.”

The winners were presented with a certificate by Councillor Ray Radford, Chairman of the Environment Policy and Development Group, who said, “I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the competition. We had a difficult time choosing the winners but feel we made the right decision; we have six wonderful drawings that really capture the essence of the competition and the winners should be very proud of themselves.”

The photo features, left to right: Felicity Jones, Councillor Eginton, the winners – Emily, Connie, May, Finley, Ruby and Victoria and Councillor Radford.  Each of the winners will have one of the new vehicles named after them and their artwork will be displayed on the body of the vehicle. After the presentation the children were invited to sit in the lorry and chat with Recycling Officer Felicity Jones.

TIVERTON MUSEUM ACQUIRES RARE POW NEWSPAPER

Staff at Tiverton Museum were intrigued to see a newspaper from Tiverton’s Prisoner of War camp come up for auction recently. The camp was located close to the site that Petroc and the High School occupy today. The weekly newspaper ‘Die Eule’ – or ‘The Owl’ – dates from September 1946 and features stories and articles, puzzles, jokes and reports of a football match between Tiverton and Silverton. Most of the paper is in German apart from a section about learning English. There was another camp near Cruwys Morchard which housed Italian prisoners of war. With a donation from a supporter, the museum was able to purchase the newspaper.

Pippa Griffith, Director of Tiverton Museum, says, “We are absolutely delighted to have acquired this very rare item; we didn’t even know that the camp had produced a newspaper. We hold very little in the museum about the camp, just a couple of photographs so this is an important acquisition for this part of Tiverton’s history. We would love to hear from anyone who has photographs of the camp or of any people who stayed there, or even more copies of this newspaper!

“We know that prisoners of war were driven out to local farms to help out, especially at busy times such as potato harvesting. We would also love to hear from anyone who knows about prisoners of war who stayed on and made Mid Devon their home, perhaps marrying a local woman.”

PHOTO: The Salvation Army band playing to prisoners of war. There are more photos on our Instagram feed: @exmoormagazine

RECYCLE FOR MID DEVON: PRIMARY SCHOOL DRAWING COMPETITION

Winning entries will have a lorry named after them with their artwork displayed on the vehicle.

Mid Devon District Council is running another exciting competition for all Mid Devon primary school children. They would like children of primary school age to enter a drawing which shows what Mid Devon District Council collects as part of its kerbside blue food caddy collection and/or its subscription-based garden waste collection.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Clive Eginton, said: “We have six new lorries that need names and some lovely artwork. All the lorries have a split body where food and garden waste is collected and stored separately. The drawings should give a positive message to inspire people to recycle their food and garden waste. Food waste sent to landfill doesn’t harmlessly breakdown and as it rots it releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Food waste collected from your blue caddy is processed into energy and fertiliser. Garden waste is made into compost which is excellent to mix with soil to grow fruit and vegetables.”

The drawings need to be A4 in size and landscape, using paint, crayon, chalk or any other type of drawing material, but not photographs, sorry. They can be done in school or at home but schools may wish to submit more than one entry. However, only one entry per pupil will be accepted and  the decision of the judges will be final.

Other than these rules, pupils can use their imagination, so let the creative juices flow! Good luck!!

The competition entry closing date is midnight on Tuesday 8 May 2018 and winning pupils will be notified by Friday 18 May 2018.

All entries must be posted or delivered to:

Mid Devon District Council
Street Scene Services – Recycling Competition
Phoenix House
Phoenix Lane
Tiverton
Devon
EX16 6PP

See the website for full terms and conditions: www.middevon.gov.uk/media/345268/recycling-drawing-comp-2018-tcs.pdf

ROTARY CLUB GIFTS 50 TREES FOR TIVERTON

Tiverton Rotary Club has gifted 50 tree saplings to the Council in support of the Rotary Tree Challenge.

The Rotary Tree Challenge is a nationwide challenge encouraging each Rotary member to plant at least one tree to help save the environment in time for this year’s Earth Day on 22 April 2018.  With over 47,000 members in Great Britain and Ireland, the potential number of trees planted would be equivalent to a forest the size of 100 football pitches!

To initiate the challenge, 6 trees were planted during a joint ceremony on Thursday 22 March as part of a wider planting programme in and around Tiverton.  The ceremony took place along the old railway line near Manley Bridge.  In attendance were Rotary members Sue Godfrey (organiser), Tricia Collier and Les Rendell along with the Council’s Leader Clive Eginton,  Darren Beer and Mick Jelliman  from the Grounds Maintenance team.

Further potential sites are being planned and agreed by the Council to enhance existing woodland and open spaces, including Elmore Football Club, Market Walk, West Exe and along the BMX track.

The tree saplings include a mixture of species, including beech, oak and hornbeam  and were supplied by the I Dig Trees planting scheme (a collaboration between OVO Energy and The Conservation Volunteers).  Once all 50 of the trees have been planted, the Council will maintain and accept responsibility for them throughout their life.

Rotary member and organiser Sue Godfrey said: “We are delighted that Mid Devon District Council welcomed the offer of trees by the Rotary Club of Tiverton. We all need to get involved in caring for our environment. This not only benefits wildlife but also enhances the quality of life for all of us in the Tiverton area.”

Clive Eginton said: “I’d like to thank the Rotary Club of Tiverton for this magnanimous gesture; it really is fantastic that they’ve donated 50 trees of 5 different varieties and I hope that the people of Tiverton and the surrounding areas will enjoy these trees for many decades to come.”

The environmental benefits of this campaign will replenish forests and ensure habitats for wildlife are restored. The challenge is also a great way to involve communities, with activities varying from extending and under-planting existing woods to enhancing parks and open spaces.

If you would like to get involved in the Rotary Tree Challenge, grab your wellies and make contact with your local Rotary Club using the Rotary Club finder. Alternatively, check the Rotary tree-planting schemes and take part without getting your hands dirty.

SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT TO UNLOCK MID DEVON’S GROWTH

Millions of pounds of investment into infrastructure in Mid Devon was announced at the end of last week.

Mid Devon District Council applied to the Government in September 2017 to receive money as part of its Housing Infrastructure Fund. The fund was set up to allow investment in physical infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges, the absence of which is holding back housebuilding.

On Thursday 1 February the Council learned it was successful with its bids for both Tiverton and Cullompton, unlocking the growth potential for both towns.

Cullompton will receive £10 million to undertake short-term improvements to Junction 28 of the M5 motorway, in advance of a proposed longer-term junction upgrade. The funding will deliver improvement works to increase capacity at the junction by creating an additional lane on the approach to the junction from Cullompton, to provide two lanes in each direction on the motorway bridge, the construction of new footbridges and full signalisation of the motorway junction.

The second pot of money will see £8.2 million of funding to implement the second phase of the new A361 junction to serve the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension. Contractors for Devon County Council are currently on site implementing the southern side slip roads as part of phase one. Phase two of the junction will complete the full junction through the provision of an overbridge and north side slip roads, giving a full-movement, grade-separated junction.

Councillor Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning, Economy and Regeneration, said, “This is fantastic news for Mid Devon and demonstrates the Government’s support for Mid Devon in providing infrastructure ahead of growth.”

Commenting on the success, Council Leader Clive Eginton said, “This shows not only the quality of our own bids, but, with success being repeated across the Greater Exeter area, also demonstrates the value in working at scale to show combined impact and grab the attention of Government.”

You can view the release and diagrams here.

IMPROVEMENTS AT EXE VALLEY LEISURE CENTRE & LORDS MEADOW

Since December last year, Mid Devon District Council has invested £45,000 in the swimming pool changing facilities at Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Tiverton and Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in Crediton. Investment includes new flooring, application of vinyl to all lockers, changing cubicles and toilets to give a bright and fresh feel to the area, and upgrades to the vanity area.  Also, new lock mechanisms have been installed to the lockers in readiness for the release of the new £1 coin in March.

As of 19 January, Exe Valley Leisure Centre has introduced a ‘No Shoes’ policy in the swimming pool changing rooms and the same change is expected at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in February.  When visiting the swimming facilities at the leisure centres, customers, staff and contractors will be required to remove all outdoor footwear or use the blue overshoes provided.  Alternatively, customers will be able to purchase flip flops from reception.

Mid Devon District Council is committed to investing in its facilities for the benefit of all visitors. With an average of 22,000 visitors a month to their swimming pools, outdoor footwear brings a large amount of dirt and contamination into the changing areas and toilets.  As customer feedback rates housekeeping standards as one of the most important factors when visiting the facilities, the introduction of the new policy will improve the customer experience; excelling in the day to day standards and enhancing the overall experience.

Councillor Colin Slade, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said, “This is a positive and exciting move forward for the leisure centres and a welcome improvement to the customer experience when using the swimming pool facilities. I hope our customers will agree with and embrace our new policy.”

With the flexible timetable of early morning, late night and weekend swimming, Mid Devon Leisure is ready to welcome everyone to their pools, regardless of swimming ability or age. For further details please visit their website www.middevonleisure.com, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.