A view of Stoke Gabriel Creek

Farming

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. 

  • Great to have local farms, needs to be encouraged in some way 
  • Farming in all aspects is part of the heritage of the village and also its attraction to visitors and residents and to be encouraged and supported 
  • Farming is essential otherwise S/Gabriel becomes a satellite of Torbay 
  • Encourage the farming which is left 
  • Farmers have a difficult job and it must be remembered that every piece of farmland is a piece of someone's business. Respect the farmer and they will share the resources 
  • Farming is vital to our village 
  • Encourage farmers (not more camp sites) 
  • Could local produce be sold in local shops? 
  • Maybe some scheme to help cider production by renting/loaning press to small apple tree owners to make cider. Or somewhere for us to donate our apples in return for some juice/cider! 
  • Village could provide more support to local cider + cider related things. Ie a press in the orchard 
  • Here Here (to point 33), what produce is produced locally! 
  • Local market would be excellent 
  • I agree (to point 43) 
  • Local produce locally available 
  • Local growing for the local community (community enterprise) 
  • Local wood 
  • Local market to sell locally grown produce 
  • Try to get local food into local shops (+ reduce food miles in the process) 
  • Would love to be able to buy some of our food direct from the farms or gardens in Stoke Gabriel - perhaps some sort of scheme could be set up 
  • Try to help farmers etc by buying local produce where possible. 
  • Occasional farmers market 
  • Extend and support the cider/apple juice cottage industry 
  • I agree (with point 85) 
  • Provide allotments for local residents 
  • More village allotments 
  • Yes lots more (to point 70) 
  • No more use of farming land for camping/caravaning/holiday/second home chalets 
  • I agree (to point 29) 
  • I agree (to point 29) 
  • Sad to see farms have dissapeared from our village - please no more caravan parks 
  • No more caravan parks 
  • I feel that farming land should not be the same as caravan land. Diversification by all means buut caravan parks with sellable accomodation - this is not farming. 
  • Commercial Alley' Totnes road commercial parking should be restricted. Large lorries with operating liceances should have commercial premises 
  • Parking near corners particularly in Aish road by lorries and vans will one day cause an accident by obstructing view on corners 
  • Stoke Gabriel hotel development should be reduced, and walls retained where possible (signed) 
  • Strongly believe we need to beg the hotel not to develop land. Up to now the hotel hasn't really tried to get locals in more - surely this would increase business. 
  • I agree (to point 26) 
  • Any permission to knock down part of the wall at Gabriel Court should be rescended 
  • Stop too much building ie Gabriel Court Plans. 
  • Gabriel Court. Don't lose walled garden 
  • Some lowering of the Gabriel Court high wall could enable the garden to be better seen. The garden is a community asset and should not be allowed to degenerate as it is currently. 
  • Vital to retain Post Office as a social service to the community (both young and old) - (signed) 
  • Post Office is an essential service to the village for young and old + in betweens 
  • Post Office vital for life of village 
  • Post Office is a need not a luxury 
  • Fight to keep Post Office and local amenities. 
  • Must keep Post Office 
  • Post Office is a must. 
  • Keep the orchards especially Yard to be retained - part of the village history and beauty 
  • Maintain Yarde orchard as important part of the village 
  • Yes please (to point 15) 
  • Yarde orchard should be retained as it is is an integral part of the village 
  • Yarde Orchard, is an integral feature to be preserved at (almost) any cost (signed) 
  • I agree (to point 20) 
  • So do I (agree to point 20), would be a fantastic community space 
  • Yarde Orchard is vital for the appearance + character of the village 
  • I agree (to point 35) 
  • I agree (to point 35) 
  • Yarde Orchard should be preserved as an open space 
  • Local orchards for apples + other fruit 
  • I agree for maintenance of orchard 
  • Support your, I, only remaining dairy farmer 
  • Whilst locally born people respect private areas, many newcomers do not seem to 
  • Keep to footpaths leaving gates open.Obey the countryside code if you know it. Protect wildlife. Follow code on birds nesting time 
  • If we all support the shops we have & attend the large variety of functions available we could stay a proper community 
  • Needs more farmers to look after animals. Like Phil Collins. 
  • I agree (to point 8) 
  • You need more farmers like Phil Collings 
  • I agree (to point 10) 
  • I agree with point about irresponsible dog owners - be great if we could improve this 
  • What farmers? The only thing left is horses 
  • Support the planting of apple trees in surrounding area 
  • Local composting of waste 
  • Local generation of energy (not necessarily growing biofuels but recycling local waste, perhaps including sewage) 
  • Local skill training for agriculture + food production 
  • Feel very dissapointed at closure of riverside 'permissive' footpath. Would like to see it restored + incorporated into a long distance River Dart Walkway 
  • Agree 100% (to point 53) 
  • Possibly extend conservation areas 
  • We havn't got a farming community anymore 
  • Do not let anymore open farmland be built on - especially plans to build lots of houses in field behind Pound Field. 
  • Keep hedges cut, pay for it if necessary 
  • A community greenhouse would be good 
  • Please can farmers try to control bracken on their land as it is invading hedgerows as a result, from which is it difficult to eradicate. 
  • Countryide should be brought to the fore more often 
  • (could not read) - 'vote for Farming, Post Office?'