£50 water bill bonus on way
THE £50 reduction in household water bills for all South West Water households has been confirmed.
From April 2013 until 2020 all homes in the area will get £50 a year off their bill.
The reduction is because people living in the South West have been paying to finance the £2billion Clean Sweep for coastal bathing waters.
The reduction will be automatically deducted and labelled 'Government Contribution' on bills from 2013/14.
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Residents have say on train plan
RESIDENTS in Kingswear are set to cram into South Hams Council's Follaton House when a retrospective planning application for new steam train offices comes before planners.
Following a hard fought battle with the Dartmouth Steam Train and Riverboat Company, opponents to the £200,000 two-storey Kingswear Signal Box will now have their say on a building which they say was erected without planning consent.
The Kingswear Action on Rail and Riverboat Development residents group believes the work at Kingswear station on the current railway track should have required planning permission even though, as a statutory undertaker, the company always maintained it can build on its own land which is the track between Paignton and Kingswear.
The company said the new building, which looks like the signal box building which was pulled down on site 40 years ago, is part of an expansion plan and now houses its offices in new modern facilities.
But the new facilities have caused a stir in Kingswear because no planning consent or public consultation were required.
Following a series of meetings with South Hams Council's corporate performance and resources scrutiny panel, the company was asked to submit a retrospective planning application for the new building. The planning application will be heard on Wednesday, December 5, at Follaton House, at 10am.
Firefighters free lorry
TOTNES firefighters were called to help after a lorry got wedged into a bollard at Castle Street. The crew removed the bollard in the narrow lane at 10.51am on Tuesday using hydraulic cutting equipment and a power saw. Police reported two bay windows were also damaged in the incident.