Dartmouth and Kingswear Society



Annual Report for 2021/22

This last year has been fraught for us as a Society and for many in our community. Our inability to meet for our Annual General Meetings in 2020 and 2021 has meant we have been unable to provide Members with an opportunity to seek comments from your Committee as to our activity in leading the D and K. Now we have our opportunity. Our Annual Report for 2020-21 was sent to members for reference. This was our effort a year ago to keep you informed after the first lockdown. It will now serve a purpose as a reminder.

In discussion with the Charities Commission we were granted permission to delay our AGMs for 2020 and 2021 and to hold a formal face to face AGM on 22 March 2022. The agenda is attached. We now submit to you our Annual Report for 2021-22 together with the Annual Accounts for 2021 which were sent to members. It is good to note that your Society achieved small surpluses in both 2020 and 2021 and remains financially strong.

Our Officers and Committee members

There are no changes proposed to the present Officers and Committee members.Once again I want to thank them all for their contributions over the recent past.

Events

It is unfortunate that COVID and lockdowns have impacted us all severely. Our sole recent public event was the excellent drinks party at Little Dartmouth in December 2021. We greatly enjoyed the hospitality of Sally and Edward Benthall and the views of those attending were extremely positive. Our next event is our AGM at 5pm on 22 March 2022 at the Flavel. It will be followed by a talk by Mark Lobb under the heading “A Fisherman’s tale”. Wine will be served. We are investigating a suitable event for late June 2022 which is attractive and financially acceptable.

Recent initiatives by your Committee

We have continued to hold our regular monthly meetings at which we focus substantially on reviews of planning applications. Our main concern is to consider our responses to planning applications in our area and, where necessary, make clear our objections. We seek to determine whether applications are in keeping with the local character or design and that the applications enhance and/or benefit local heritage.

Conservation Areas and the South Devon AONB.

Much of our effort over recent months has been on considering what we believe are the requirements for input to the Dartmouth Neighbourhood Plan and to the Amenities Committee which operates as part of the South Devon AONB Partnership Committee. It is with great pleasure that we can report that the Dartmouth Neighbourhood Plan (DNP), to which the D and K contributed substantially, has been approved by Dartmouth Town Council and submitted to South Hams District Council (SHDC). Substantial input from and consultation with the Dartmouth Community is properly reflected in the Plan and its proposals for future planning needs. The next phase of the DNP process is now in the hands of SHDC before being submitted to an Independent examiner. The full DNP and its related documents and evidence can be seen on the Plan website at https://dartmouthplan.org

Members’ involvement

Contributions and involvement from our Members are always welcomed. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Committee with your thoughts.

Subscriptions for 2022 due annually on 1 January

Members should be pleased to note that the rates for 2022 have not changed and remain at £7 for an individual and £12 for two people living at the same address.

Robert Brooke D & K Chairman
March 2022