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Teignbridge District Council –

Teignbridge District Council would like to hear your views on our draft housing strategy. It sets out what we plan to do to tackle local housing issues.

We want to make sure that we have the right priorities in place to meet your expectations, given our local influence and resources. In addition, we want to hear your views and ideas to make sure we have considered all of the topics that are important to you.

The survey should take around two minutes to complete.

Starts: 17 February 2021
Ends: 24 March 2021

Devon County Council –

South West Water –

Police and Crime Commissioner Annual Report 2019-20

Avian influenza (bird flu)

Poultry and other captive birds

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (PDF, 39.1KB, 6 pages) (AIPZ) has been declared across the whole of England effective from 5pm on 11 November 2020.

All poultry keepers in England (whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions.

If you keep poultry (including gamebirds or pet birds) or other captive birds, you must act now to reduce the risk of disease in your flock by following the relevant biosecurity measures required within the AIPZ.  Your stock needs to be feed and watered under cover to prevent contamination from wild birds.

Good biosecurity improves the overall health and productivity of your flock by helping keep out poultry diseases such as avian influenza and limiting the spread of disease in an outbreak.

All bird gatherings within the AIPZ are prohibited therefore the general licence that had permitted bird gatherings has been revoked.

For more guidance please visit

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77)

Public Health England advises that the risk to the public’s health is very low. Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers

Avian influenza is unconnected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Voluntary registration

You can choose to register fewer than 50 birds, or birds you keep as pets. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) encourages you to register even if you do not have to by law.

By registering,

  • APHA will be able to contact you if there’s a disease outbreak (such as bird flu) in your area
  • you’ll help prevent the spread of disease and protect the national poultry flock


Solar Panels

Devon’s householders have the chance to help the county become net-zero by joining Devon Climate Emergency’s (DCE) solar panel group-buying scheme.

The DCE’s latest project is Solar Together and, with group buying experts iChoosr Ltd, they are offering homeowners the chance to buy high quality solar PV more cheaply than if they were buying alone.   Led by Devon County Council, the scheme is partnered by East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge and Torridge District Councils, West Devon Borough Council, Exeter City Council and Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park Authorities.

Research by the University of Exeter shows that 19 per cent of all Devon’s carbon emissions are created by our homes, with more than half of those by grid-supplied electricity.   Installing solar panels will reduce the amount of grid-supplied electricity needed for things like hot water, with a transfer to more eco-friendly solar energy.

If you are interested, the first step is to register for free at  – by registering, there is no obligation to install panels.   Registered households will then receive a recommendation, specifically tailored to the details they submitted in their registration.

Census 2021

Introduction                                                                                                                                    The Office for National Statistics is working to make Census 2021 the most accessible census yet. Listed below are some of the routes we have developed to ensure everybody can participate.

General Support                                                                                                                     The Contact Centre The contact centre is a vital source of public support. It offers help over the phone, via web chat and SMS text message, and through the ‘Contact Us’ form on our website. Anyone can get in touch with the contact centre to order paper household questionnaires, individual questionnaires, Large Print questionnaires or continuation forms. Call handlers will be trained to answer a wide range of general census queries. The contact centre goes live on 1 March 2021. There will be separate lines for England and Wales, plus a language helpline, text relay and short text numbers (see below for more details).                                                                                                                                        Census Support Centres Census Support Centres will provide face to face help (COVID permitting) for anyone who needs support completing their questionnaire online. They will provide access to the internet and to technology, such as computers and tablets, for those able to complete it independently. They’ll also provide practical support and guidance on the questionnaire for those who need it. Census Support Centres will be conveniently located in places where local people go as part of their daily routines, such as libraries and community centres. Members of the public will be able to use an online postcode lookup tool to find their nearest Census Support Centre.

Language Support                                                                                                          Information about language support will be available on the language pages of our website.                                                                                                                                    Products to inform Members of the public will have access to a range of products to inform in many languages:                                                                                                                   ● Specialist engagement products in 19 languages                                                                         ● Campaigns products in around 30 languages                                                            Language helpline Any member of the public can call the language helpline to ask questions about the census via an interpreter (subject to availability). If interpretation is not immediately available in their language, people can book an appointment to speak to someone at a later time. We’ll provide the contact number for the language helpline (which is the same in England and Wales) once it’s available later in February 2021.       Guidance booklets Guidance booklets will be available in 49 languages in England and 19 languages in Wales. These booklets contain information about what the census is and why it is important. They also translate the questions in the household questionnaire, and the privacy notice. Guidance booklets will be available to download from the language pages on our website or ordered via the contact centre.

Alternative Formats and Guidance                                                                                Paper Questionnaire Paper questionnaires can be obtained by members of the public via the following routes:                                                                                                                        ● calling the contact centre and selecting self-serve. The voice recognition system will ask them to quote a 10-digit number. This can be found on the top right of the initial contact letter they will have received in the post.                                                                                           ● calling the contact centre and speaking to an adviser, who can order them a questionnaire.                                                                                                                                         ● requesting a questionnaire through our online help page.                                                       ● census field officers will also be carrying paper questionnaires during non-response follow-up.                                                                                                                                  Electronic Questionnaire The Electronic Questionnaire is compatible with most assistive technologies. This means that people using supportive software such as screen readers or magnifying technology should find the Electronic Questionnaire compatible with their programme. You can read more about the accessibility of our website by visiting                                                                                          Online Help page The Online Help page on our website covers important topics such as why we ask certain census questions and what they mean. This text should be accessible to anyone with a reading age of 8 or above.                                                                                 Videos with BSL, Audio and Subtitles We have produced accessible videos with BSL, audio and subtitles, working with the Royal Association for Deaf People. These include translations of the pack that people will receive in the post when they are invited to complete the census – the initial contact letter, information leaflet and Privacy Notice – as well as translations of the questions from the online questionnaire and a thank-you video for completing the questionnaire. These will be available once the census is live.             Text Relay People with speech and/or audio impairments can use a text relay prefix when calling our contact centre. Text relay offers text-to-speech and speech-to-text translation services. Simply dial 18001 before the number of the contact centre, which will become available soon.                                                                                                                    Web chat guidance Web chat guidance is available for use online and could be useful for those who prefer to communicate in writing. This will be available once the census is live.                                                                                                                                                      Easy Read An Easy Read information leaflet about the census can be ordered after 1st March 2021.                                                                                                                                   Braille A braille guidance booklet, including information about the census and a braille translation of the household paper questionnaire, can be ordered from the contact centre. This will be available after 1st March 2021.                                                                              Large Print (16pt) A Large Print paper questionnaire pack including a guidance leaflet, Privacy Notice and return envelope can be ordered from the contact centre.  This will be available after 1st March 2021.

National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code

Open consultation until 27th March 2021

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