Impacts and use of Devon’s bus network

Please see the email below from Chris Burridge-Barney.  If you are able to help, please click on the link for the survey.  Thank you.

I am a Graduate Trainee Transport Planner at Devon County Council, and am being sponsored to undertake a part-time degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering at the University of Southampton. As part of this degree, I am producing a dissertation examining the impacts of Devon’s bus network, including removing barriers to employment, reducing congestion and pollution, and improving physical and mental health (by, for instance, reducing social isolation and providing transport for outdoor leisure trips).

I was therefore wondering if you would be able to circulate a survey I am using to collect data on why people use Devon’s bus network, what they would do if the buses were unavailable, and what impacts buses have on users ( Clearly, bus patronage levels are significantly reduced at present, but I would like respondents to focus on how they have used buses in ‘normal’ (i.e. pre-COVID) times. This is based on the assumption that the recent changes in travel patterns are likely to be temporary in nature, and so pre-COVID passenger data is likely to be a more robust basis for appraising the typical costs and benefits of the services, although I have included a section asking respondents whether they expect to make long-lasting changes to their use of bus services, to test this assumption.

I am also looking to conduct online interviews with bus users, to discuss some of the impacts in greater depth. If you have any contacts who would be interested in taking part in an interview, can you please ask them to send an email to my university email address (, so we can arrange a time and date.

If you would like any additional information regarding my research, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

Chris Burridge-Barney MPhys (Hons)

Graduate Trainee Transport Planner
Planning Transportation & Environment
Devon County Council
01392 383131

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Parish Clerk

Cathy Aubertin is the new Parish Clerk, and started work on 1 June 2020.  She can be contacted by email or phone and details are on the Parish Council contact page.

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Cherry tree removal

Removal of diseased tree

The cherry and conifer tree and at the junction of Stoke Road and Deane Road will be removed between Tuesday 26th May and Thursday 28th May.
The road will be subject to temporary closures, so please be aware of this when travelling through the village.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Stokeinteignhead Parish Council

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Stoke Folk – by Fred Cornes

We have the pleasure of being able to share this wonderful poem, written by Stokeinteignhead Parish Councillor Fred Cornes. The poem was shared by BBC Spotlight last night (15th April) and we hope that it can bring some sunshine to you in these very strange times, just as it has to us!


I’m locked in by Corona’s Key
Life seems so hard but then I see
We have our Shop and volunteers
Without them,all could end in tears
Our Pub is lightening all our days
By opening up for “Take Aways”
So when all around is closing down
In City and in local Town
Our Village life is still a joy
Corona Virus can’t destroy
And as we step beyond our doors
If we stop awhile and pause
To look outside,take in the view
I know I’m lucky,don’t you too?
Fields and hedges all around
The birds are singing, joyous sound
All are doing their very best
To find a mate and build a nest
Horses and Riders trotting by
Buzzards wheeling in the sky
Their mewing call is striking fear
In all small mammals hiding near
Tractors working on the land
Farmers planting crops they’ve planned
Cattle now outside at last
Since the winter storms have passed
But when I was told to stay indoors
And  Corona Virus was the cause
My first reaction was of rage
To be locked in because of age
But on reflection that’s now changed
No longer do I feel deranged
Corona’s helped me really see
The beauty that’s surrounding me
And volunteers you’ve done a lot
To help me enjoy this lovely spot
I’m thankful for each selfless deed
That brings to me the things I need
To live here in my chosen place
It’s  put a smile back on my face
Oh what a joy to live in Stoke
Surrounded by such lovely folk
So many thanks to Shop and Pub
Plus Ed and Graham’s Deane Rd Hub
But the Shop has topped my personal polls
For sending me some toilet rolls.


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Parish Council meetings during the period of self-isolation

Due to government regulations regarding Covid-19, Stokeinteignhead Parish Council will be now meeting using Zoom. This can be downloaded to your device via the appropriate app store. You can also dial in to listen to the meeting using a landline.
All meetings are password protected, and the details can be found on the bottom of agendas which are added to our website, social media pages and the main notice board in the centre of the village.

Rachel Avery

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Parish Clerk Vacancy

Stokeinteignhead is a busy and pro-active council, with 8 parish councillors.

The parish council meets eleven times a year, on the second Tuesday evening of every month, except in August.

Working from home, the Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer is responsible for managing the council’s day to day business, providing advice, and implementing decisions. Applicants will need to be computer literate, able to prepare council agendas and record minutes, be familiar with bookkeeping and financial procedures and be able to correspond with external organisations on behalf of the council.

Working hours are 12 hours per week and salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience and will be in accordance with the NALC and SLCC recommendations.

The council currently holds the General Power of Competence. It would be advantageous for the candidate to hold the Cilca qualification or be willing to achieve this as training can be provided.

Please send CV and covering letter via email below.

For informal discussions about the role please contact the Clerk, Mrs Rachel Avery, on 01626 335813 or email

Closing Date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 24th April 2020


Clerk job description

Person specification

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) ​

We understand that some of residents or visitors to this page may have concerns regarding the recent Coronavirus outbreak.

For up to date information, tailored to Devon, please head to Devon County Council’s website:

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – a message from Devon Association of Local Councils and Devon County Council

Dear Colleagues
You will be acutely aware of the current situation regarding Coronavirus and the national and local efforts to contain it.
We can all help by making sure we stay abreast of the latest health advice and guidance from Public Health England and sharing this with our local residents.
Up to date information can always be found via the County Council’s website
You can also follow Public Health England’s Facebook page or Twitter feed for the latest updates, information and advice.
Unfortunately, yesterday it was confirmed by the Chief Medical Officer that Devon has its first suspected cases of a local resident having contracting Coronavirus (COVID -19) following a trip to Northern Italy.
We understand from Public Health England (PHE) that all close contacts of those infected will be traced and given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact.
PHE also advise that if anyone has recently been to one of the affected areas and is feeling unwell, they should phone the NHS 111 helpline for further advice straight away rather than go to the doctor or a hospital.
Detailed guidance from PHE and the NHS includes Frequently Asked Questions.
More generally, we can also help by reminding everyone that good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps everyone can take to protect themselves and their family. These include washing hands regularly and thoroughly and covering mouths and noses with a tissue when coughing and disposing of the tissue bin.
Whilst we can expect more cases in the coming days and weeks, the risk to the general public remains low. The County Council will continue to work with health colleagues and all our partners to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and keep people in Devon safe.
Devon Association of Local Councils
Devon County Council
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Revised road closure programme – flood alleviation scheme

As you may be aware, the works in Stokeinteignhead have been delayed due to Western Power Distribution having to cancel their element of the work on Stoke Road due to Storm Dennis repair works.
For this reason the revised programme below has been proposed, with the main change being to delay Stoke Road works to coincide with the Easter school break, eliminating any impact on the school.  This programme is yet to be confirmed by the Devon County Council traffic management team, however, initial discussions have not raised any concerns.

Amended dates

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Planned Road Closures

Dear residents

Please note that road closures at Stoke Road, Deane Road and Deane Lane will be in place to undertake work for the flood relief scheme.
Please click here to read the letter from Jacobs and Devon County Council.

Rachel Avery

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