Case Study

Library Community Pilots

Thirteen libraries across Devon have been chosen to take part in a pioneering new partnership project to test how they can support their local libraries and expand the services they provide.

Devon County Council is working with the dedicated community groups to help shape the new organisation and try out new ways of involving local people so they can have more say on how their library is run.

Read a short summary of each project and how they are getting on.

More case studies - Taking on a building or open space, Volunteering

Road wardens, Plymtree volunteers

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Exe Bridges subway

Local graffiti artists have given the subway at Exe Bridges in Exeter a colourful facelift. Read more >

Clearing a footway in Sidmouth

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Jet washing a sign in Bideford

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Information about the applications for the Highway Maintenance Community Enhancement Fund (HMCEF) that were approved in 2016/17. Read more >

Snow Warden

To find out more about being a Snow Warden watch this short film about Peter Smerdon, Rattery’s snow warden Read more >

Pothole filling trials

In response to demand to fill potholes, Devon Highways Materials Laboratory identified a product, that would provide a robust fix. Read more >

Parish Lengthsman

Highway Self Help scheme gives town and parish councils and community self-help groups the opportunity to do small maintenance tasks. Read more >

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Parishes signed up to the Snow Warden Scheme are free to decide how they use their free salt in their area Read more >

Tavistock subway gets a new mural painting Read more >

Developing a central space for co-use and a prominent ‘shop counter’. Read more >

Upton Pyne self help - sign cleaning

The Parish of Upton Pyne are actively carrying out self help works to keep their area looking good. Read more >

Tackling flooding with self help funds

The parish of Colyton is active in trying to address their own ongoing drainage and flooding issues. Read more >