In this issue: we reveal that the target for the number of new dwellings required to be built in the South Hams between 2014 and 2034 as set in the Joint Local Plan has already been exceeded; we show how our rivers are literally swimming in **it; we explain why the Loddiswell Old School Field pre-app is open to challenge; we tell the story of the 1983 campaign to save the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge; we look at the work being done to improve the health of the River Yealm; and we report on the East Portlemouth Sycamores being saved!

In this issue: we calculate we have been concreting over enough of our countryside to add another new Malborough every year; report on and include our response to the government’s Planning Policy consultation on reforms being proposed to national planning policy; express our concerns on the latest proposals for the development of Baltic Wharf; announce the beginning of our series of ‘Crabshell Conversations’; make a plea to ‘Let Loddiswell breathe!’; go with the flow at the Rivers Assembly; introduce the ‘Candidate Questionnaire’ sent to all those standing in the forthcoming South Hams District Council elections; and report on the recent activities of our planning Team.

In this issue: we report on a forthcoming meeting with SHDC officers to raise issues surrounding tree protection, separately noting the threat to trees in East Portlemouth; we reiterate our concerns about the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill, commenting upon its progress through Parliament; we tell how members of the Development Management Committee were able to go against officer recommendation and refuse an application on the basis it conflicted with the Kingsbridge Neighbourhood Plan; we pay tribute to long standing member and Society stalwart Val Mercer but mourn the loss of Pippa Woods; and we include a detailed examination of our polluted waters, explaining who is doing what and who is trying to do something about it.