A view of Stoke Gabriel Creek

Environment and Culture

The following comments were made on issues around Local Business & Tourism. This is raw data and has not been altered from what was put down on the postits we collected after the 2 consultation days.

  • If the city of Portsmouth can have 20mph speed limit perhaps Stoke Gabriel could consider it. 
  • Who is going to take responsibility for the tatty flower beds. 
  • No more grave like flower beds over the village. Agree X3 
  • Stop putting flower in every available space. 
  • Whole area should be preserved for lovely wildlife we already have. 
  • No street lights to obscure night skies, stars, owls etc 
  • When we came to Stoke Gabriel in 1990 the millpond was drained every year to stop it silting up, why was this stopped? The top end is now very shallow. 
  • Bus to Totnes more frequently. I would like to use public transport more but the children don’t want to go to Paignton. 
  • More public transport to Totnes would be good we could leave the car at home. 
  • Cycle paths into and out of the village please. 
  • Shopping buses to Totnes or bring back ferry. Would use car less. 
  • Rail link helpful. Would cycle ore if possible. Want all space protected. All orchards, spaces, woods about visual character. Recreation in broadest sense. 
  • Would encourage an environmental audit of the village – to see if sustainable energy sources are available – e.g. hydroelectricity – Bellstone in North Devon has got funding for this and also support from Plymouth University as Community Development. 
  • I think it would be very good to have a village scheme to purchase or supply renewable energy systems for homes e.g. solar panels, heat pumps and wind turbines. 
  • I would like all our green areas preserved use brown field for housing whenever we can. 
  • Extension of local conservation areas and inclusion in visitor information. 
  • Hoyle copse is brilliant, congratulations to all involved. 
  • Like to be a community more open to wider opinions and views and not just the minority views of the few key strong personalities in positions of key decision making. 
  • Aim to make Stoke Gabriel self-sufficient and oil independent. 
  • Cycle-path and footpath to Totnes, one that is actually viable – you could break an ankle on the present. 
  • More woodland, more orchard, more local organic horticulture. 
  • Important to maintain at least current bus service to Paignton, good to be able to go to Totnes at least once a week. 
  • Parish woodland is vital for wildlife and managed as such. 
  • The parish orchards are the few remaining characteristics of the village and are vital, the orchards should be managed as orchards – recreational use second. 
  • A big swimming pool. Agree X2 
  • No street lights – use low level energy lights with solar power where necessary. 
  • No over bright security lights. 
  • Rydon acres – no more concrete block planters – remove unsafe sticking up stones, plant trees, position some benches, make a beautiful area again. 
  • Make Stoke Gabriel a viable community that is a vibrant one – cottage and community industry are vital, manage our own resources and requirements, deal with our own waste, grow and make locally, share skills and share land. 
  • Wind turbines to power the village. Love to see them on the hill. Agree X2 
  • Be nice to have some public art e.g. sculptures around the village and in Hoyle Copse. 
  • Protection order on trees. Care of stone walls. No street lights. Protect Area of Natural Beauty, larger conservation area, no to reopening the Wood’s footpath it never was a public footpath. 
  • More pay phones. 
  • Love the wassailing – hope it continues. 
  • Put preservation orders on all prominent trees in the parish. 
  • Please keep an enthusiastic and lively village. 
  • I’d love to have a community tool store for use of all. 
  • It would be great if we had recycling facilities for glass in the village. 
  • Keep outlying areas green. We do not want to be part of Paignton. Agree X2 
  • Better bus service i.e. run at times to suit children coming out of school at Paignton college. 
  • Buses to rail links please. Agree X2 
  • It would be great if we could have a supply of locally produced wood for heating. 
  • Post-office newspapers vital. If it fails can we have a community shop. 
  • Hotel, pubs important, church vital for village life. 
  • Entrance to Rydon acres to be properly landscaped so it can be used. It is an eyesore. 
  • Dredging millpond is becoming vital + pontoon river entry. Agree X1 
  • I’d really like to see the weir/river used to generate electricity for the village. 
  • Enhance and extend the unique village orchards. 
  • Subsidise essential village centre businesses by means of council tax rebate. 
  • Village guide showing all open spaces. Agree X1 
  • Attending to the side by the graveyard. The millpond side does need attention to stop erosion. 
  • Landscaping – encourage minor improvements in keeping with an enlarged rural village’s changing population profile. 
  • Millpond needs to be dredged as is filling up with silt. 
  • Wildlife and conservation – detailed plan needs to be set up. 
  • The work that has been done in Hoyle Copse – how many people are aware that it is a public space, it needs advertising – not just for the few. 
  • It would be great to see this beautiful village further enhanced with art. Like Moretonhampsted e.g. artist designed railings where needed. 3D sculpture, Stoke Gabriel sign on side of a building. There are many artists here but this is not reflected in the environment. 
  • Coastal protection area and areas of natural beauty are sacrosanct. 
  • Planters and displays to be more consulted on so efforts are appreciated by all. 
  • Alternative power sources wind, hydro, solar – individual houses encourage and support homeowners and community projects. 
  • Name and shame people who do not pick up their dog-poo. 
  • Bus services must be kept into Paignton. 
  • What we can do is stop proposals such as 800 houses in Yalberton valley. 
  • Would like to see planting of new native trees. 
  • Plastic bag free village. Agree 3 
  • Riverbank clearance could be village activity rather than just SGBA. Agree X1 
  • This village ceased to be a village in the true sense of the word about 30 years ago, in many ways we are too late it is already spoiled. 
  • Transport to Churston Grammar to be included in the Stagecoach route – 8am and 4pm. Will save lots of cars ploughing the same route every am and pm. 
  • Performing art group needed in the village, amateur dramatics. Agree X3 
  • No street lights. AgreeX2 
  • Public flower beds need to be in keeping with local stone walls. 
  • Keep all recycling facilities out of the village. 
  • Village orchards should remain for wildlife and enjoyment for people of the parish and visitors, they are a national treasure. 
  • Footpaths have been lost over the years + ability to walk through fields i.e. out to Ham and opposite Sharpham. 
  • Why don’t we generate our own electricity with a turbine on the millpond. 
  • Communal apple press in the orchard. 
  • No more graves for plants. Agree X2 
  • Protect Hoyle Copse from any more clearance and please no more recreations added. 
  • No mobile phone masts. 
  • No more flower beds on grass verges. 
  • Millpond needs dredging – must be affecting wildlife. 
  • Open up walking areas – do not allow local landowners to close them down. Agree X1 
  • If you want a village and not a suburb – no more street lights. Agree X1 
  • No to seats in Rydon acres – they would only attract undesirables after dark. 
  • P.O., shops, pubs, schools and carnival are vital for community. 
  • Causeway to be made safer. 
  • No dog fouling on public footpaths. 
  • Maintain public footpaths. 
  • Conservation area extended to include Old Vicarage. 
  • Get rid of the monstrosities at the entrance to Rydon Acres/Long Rydon. And those jagged stones to. AgreeX1. 
  • No more concrete planters. 
  • Collect grass in churchyard and verges after cutting instead of just leaving in brown unsightly clumps. 
  • Water park wanted. Agree X2. Disagree X2 
  • Cut back the hedges in the lanes as they keep getting narrower and narrower. 
  • Don’t stop home developments on buildings in a conservation area so that homes of required size can be created allowing village children to stay. 
  • No wheelie bins that have to be kept on the street. 
  • An environmental programme for the children encouraging them to learn about and become involved in their immediate environment. Walks around the mill pond – bird identification etc. 
  • Keep the causeway clean so its not slippery. Agree X1 
  • Stoke Gabriel in Bloom to plant more in keeping with rural village not Torquay seafront. 
  • Yes to protection of all open spaces. 
  • More public transport – less cars. 
  • Village orchards as open spaces to wildlife. 
  • Better bus services i.e. more frequent. 
  • Rollercoaster (small but fast) or zip-wire around Stoke. Or Ferris wheel. 
  • Open the sluice gate annually to clean mill pond of mud build up – it always used to be done. Agree X1. 
  • Keep footpaths open – walk the bounds. 
  • The trees etc along the millpond need to be cut back etc – I understand there is a tree preservation but it still needs maintenance. 
  • Keep coaches out of the village, local bus only. 
  • No street lighting. 
  • Need to be more protective of the natural beauty and prevent any more concrete block planters being built with regimented lines of plants. Encourage some natural features , plant more trees , more drought resistant plants. Leave the pretty “weed” tumbling from the walls. 
  • Coppicing managed in Hoyle Copse – woodland products.