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Refurbishment of Village Bench

You may have noticed that the bench at the top of Whitsoncross lane was refurbished earlier this year. This was arranged by the Conservation Society and funded mainly with a grant from the Plymouth Octopus Project (POP), for which we are extremely grateful, with a small top-up coming from Conservation Society funds.

After obtaining multiple quotes, the job was carried out by local firm, Patton Developments who were extremely competitive in their quote and were very accommodating when carrying out the work. The end result was a significant improvement to the appearance and amenity of this bench.



We are currently looking into a replacement of the Bench next to the Copleston Oak at the East of
the Church and further details will be shared as this project develops.

Telephone Box – updated article

An original red telephone box is an increasingly rare but welcome site in a rural setting and we are lucky to have retained ours in the village. After being threatened with removal at the turn of the millennium, the conservation society quickly liaised with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and fast-tracked a statutory listing of the structure, which means that British Telecom (BT) were prevented from removing it. The listing also places an obligation on BT to maintain the phone box. After reports of it looking dilapidated, the conservation society liaised with BT to request they repaint it. Additionally, the phone inside was not working and so this was reported as a fault.

BT’s initial response was that it would be put on the list for redecoration but that it was likely not to be carried out until 2023. We were therefore delighted to see that they managed to fit it into their schedule for this year and, as the before and after results below demonstrate, this has made a significant improvement to the appearance of this asset to the village.

We are also pleased to see that the phone itself is now working again. Please note that the phone does not accept cash but can still be used to make reverse charge calls or with the aid of any number of calling cards available that use a toll-free access number.

Some before and after pictures:

Noteworthy Buildings

The Conservation Society are currently compiling a list of noteworthy buildings in the village. You may receive a visit from one of our members in the near future – any historical information on your property will be gratefully received!

Local election results 2022

Local election results

Plymouth City Council elections took place on Thursday 5 May 2022 and votes were counted overnight.

Overall turnout was down on last year at 31.6%.


Turnout: 35.09%

Andy LuggerConservative1,153YES
Benjamin John DavyTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition61 
Fi SmartGreen155 
Daniella Georgia MarleyLabour1140 
Emily Rose QuickIndependent626 

Bat Survey

Bat Detectors were placed at three locations around the village to record bat activity, and classify by breed.

The detectors respond to the high frequency calls each bat makes, and because each breed has a distinctive call are able to work out which species has been detected.

More information and results below:

Local election results 2021

Local election results

Plymouth City Council elections took place on Thursday 6 May 2021 and votes were counted on Friday 7 May.

Overall turnout was 35.93%.


Turnout: 35.09%

Richard Audubon BingleyConservative1,750YES
Benjamin John DavyTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition20 
Sonia-Maria HoskingIndependent305 
Brian Richard LewisGreen133 
Katie McManusLiberal Democrat105 
Liz NicollsLabour984 
Emily Rose QuickIndependent273 

A new Chairman for the Conservation Society

The Conservation Society now has a new Chairman, Dennis Silverwood. Dennis has been a committee member for some years and was a key player with our outgoing chairman in representing the views of the village at last year’s public enquiry into housing development in Allern Lane. We welcome him to his new role. The committee express their grateful thanks to our outgoing Chairman Robert Plumb who has done stalwart work for the village on your behalf.

The Plymouth Plan Part 2

This document presented by Plymouth City Council sets out a vision for the future development in the city over the next 20 years. It is wide ranging covering housing, employment and transport. You are urged to refer to it as it will affect all residents in one way or another. Go to

A New Bus Shelter

has replaced the old and disgraceful one surrounded by weeds and unkempt overgrowth at the bottom of Fore Street. The growth has been removed and a very nice tarmac surface is now in place making waiting for the bus a pleasant experience.

This improvement was carried out at the instigation of your Conservation Society

Allern Lane Housing Application – Result of Public Enquiry 17th OCTOBER 2017

The application for house building by Taylor Wimpey was examined by a public hearing and the inspector has ruled in favour of development.

The planning application is:-

    Full application No. 0668/17/FUL to build 65 houses.

       The link is

 Special thanks to Robert Plumb and Dennis Silverwood for their tremendous amount of work  and time they have put into leading up to the enquiry and attending to present our case.

 You can read a report on this public examination in the September 2 Newsletter No.34, the  October Newsletter No.35 and December’s Newsletter No. 36 found on the drop down menu  under The Conservation Society  page on this web site.

 Taylor Wimpey have agreed to provide 50% affordable housing and this means that, in their  terms, the  project is marginally non-viable (less than £2M gross profit) but they are  prepared to ‘swallow the loss’!!