The Parish of Stokenham, bounded by the black line on the map, covers the whole of the southern half of Start Bay, from Slapton Sands to Start Point and on to Lannacombe Beach. It encompasses the villages of Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, Kellaton, Kernborough, Dunstone, Beeson and Chillington, as well as Stokenham itself, covers an area of some 20.6 square kilometres, and has a population of approximately 2,000.
The seven larger settlements and many smaller hamlets and farms are connected by miles of narrow country lanes, byways, bridleways and footpaths. The main arterial route in and out of the parish is the A379, which runs north to Dartmouth and west to Kingsbridge. This route is serviced by the First Western National Bus Company, with connections available to Plymouth (change for Derriford Hospital), Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes (our nearest main line railway station) and Exeter. The parish also enjoys the service of The Coleridge Bus, a community bus providing weekly runs from outlying areas to Kingsbridge. There are airports at Plymouth and Exeter.
Every year Stokenham Parish Council holds a community meeting at which representatives from various local organisations are invited to speak, so everyone can see and hear for themselves what a vibrant and varied selection of community groups we are lucky enough to have amongst us. This year's meeting will be held on Tuesday 10 May, at 7p.m. in Stokenham Parish Hall, Kiln Lane. Piers Spence, Chair of Stokenham Parish Council, will give a summary of the year's activities on the Council. County and District Councillors are also invited to speak, and all will try to answer any questions relating to the parish. A representative from the police usually attends, time permitting, and over the years we have also had various guest speakers presenting on a range of topics.
This year we want to do something different. In addition to the routine business and council housekeeping that must be gone through, we hope to get your thoughts and comments on how we might improve public recreational facilities and amenities in and around the parish over the coming years. Although further reductions in central government support for local councils means that money is always in short supply, from time to time funding does become available from one source or another. With your assistance we would like to create a plan to help guide the parish council on how best to spend any monies that might come our way, to the good of the entire parish. Areas that might benefit from attention include parks and public gardens, nature reserves, orchards, footpaths, sports facilities, play equipment, allotments, even cemeteries, and perhaps other ideas relating to the use of open spaces for recreational purposes that you feel should be considered.
At the meeting we will provide boards with lists, ideas, pictures and information for you to consider and comment on, either by talking to a parish councillor on the night, or by writing down your ideas. Please do come along so we can have the widest possible input into the plan at this stage. If you cannot attend please take the time to think about the parish and send us your ideas by post or email.
Clerk to Stokenham Parish Council
Acorn Property Group have informed the Parish Council that their pre-application meeting with SHDC Planning will take place at the end of August. Following the recent public meeting their postbag has been bulging with feedback from local residents and they are now investigating ways of incorporating some of the suggestions received in the development plans, which are due to be presented to the community in September. Please make sure you have your say and keep those emails coming: write to Duncan Powell, email@example.com.
Thanks to the support of the Parish Council, Church Warden John Baverstock, Local Church Group, land owners and the hard work of Cllr Rogers, the path between Helmers Meadow and Orchard Way is now open allowing for safe access between the estates and the park. This allows residents of Chillington to get to the park and doctors' surgery without needing to go onto the road.