Playing Field and Play Equipment – June Update

In line with current Government Guidance and for safety the play equipment remains out of order in accordance with the scientific and medical advice that the Covid -19 virus can remain on metal surfaces for up to 72 hours.

The Parish Council is taking the opportunity to carry out extensive maintenance and repair works to the play equipment and skatepark. The entrance and footpath has recently been relaid to improve access for residents.

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who has co-operated and complied with the Government social distancing guidelines and who have helped in supporting our neighbours during the crisis.

We are assessing the advice daily and will open the facilities as soon as it is considered and advised it is safe to do so.

Extension to Local Plan Consultation and Temporary Change to the Statement of Community Involvement

The current consultation on Part 1 of the draft Local Plan for Teignbridge (2020-2040) was launched on 23rd March 2020. As a town or parish council, you will have hopefully received a notification from us in March to let you know about this alongside a paper copy of the Draft Local Plan and the Need to Know Guide.


Since the start of the consultation we have been carefully monitoring the situation regarding Covid-19 social distancing restrictions and the effect that this is having on our ability to consult effectively with our communities. So far, we have been very pleased with, and encouraged by, the number of people who have participated in the consultation and wish to thank all of you who have taken the time to get involved to date.


The government recently suggested that councils should update their ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ to expressly set out the different ways in which people are included in consultations, given that face to face meetings during the pandemic are not possible.


As such, we’re updating the Statement that appears on our website and although this will not affect the substance of the consultation, we will extend the consultation to give people the statutory six weeks to comment after this change is made on 1 June.


Instead of closing on 15 June, the consultation, which launched on 23 March, will now run for a total of 16 weeks, closing on 13 July 2020.


The addendum to the Statement of Community Involvement can be viewed here.


Making the Plan available in your local area

Given the ongoing social distancing restrictions and the current closure of public buildings, it is a challenging time to raise awareness of the consultation for those people without access to the internet. As such, we are asking you, as the local leaders of your community, to help us in spreading the word and making the plan available for people in your communities to view.


Viewing the Local Plan

The Local Plan and its associated documents can be viewed at:

Road Closure – A381 just outside of Totnes during week commencing 03/06/2020

Road closure on the A381 just outside of Totnes during the week commencing 03/06/2020. This is to carry out remedial work to the landslip that occurred earlier this year where traffic lights have been put on. The work is expected to finish on Friday 05/06/2020.

The work will safeguard that section of carriageway from further potential landslip debris/falls.

The official diversion route using roads of equivalent category is to take the A385 to Paignton, A380 to Newton Abbot, and rejoin the A381 out of Newton Abbot and vice-versa

COVID-19 – Update

A quick update following today’s partial lifting of some of the Covid 19 lockdown measures which allows us all more freedom to travel for exercise.

The tennis courts are now available and you will see that fencing has been erected to provide a safe route to them via the kissing gate.

The Tennis Club Committee are responsible for bookings and the use of the courts.

However the remainder of the play equipment on all of Ipplepen sites continue to be closed in accordance with the Government Guidelines because current available evidence shows that the Covid 19 virus can remain on metal surfaces for up to 72 hours.

For personal safety and to prevent infection spread the public toilets also remain closed.

The Parish Council will of course open all facilities as changes to the advice from Government is received.

Thank you again for all of your support around the village and for keeping to the social distancing guidelines.


“Following the statement from the Prime Minister on the 23rd March 2020, the Ipplepen Play Areas and Public Toilets are now closed and locked until further notice.

The Parish Council apologises for the inconvenience however the seriousness of the Coronavirus has made this necessary and we would ask that everyone follows the rules laid down by the Government and Public Health England.

Thank you


Need Assistance

Please Remember should you be alone and in need of assistance throughout the current Coronavirus outbreak, The Community Emergency Group may be able to help you.

Please call the Parish Clerk on 01803 813250 or email who will coordinate the groups actions.

The Main Objectives of the Group are to :

Identify the risks to the community and relevant response actions

Provide welfare to those affected by an emergency

Provide key contact details for the Parish Council Emergency Group, Key Community Resources, the Emergency Services and Local Authorities

Identify vulnerable people in the community

Identify resources in the community available to assist during an emergency