Town Council News

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS IN BRIXHAM - 1st - 5th June 2022

All events are Free and open to all unless stated otherwise above. There are many more stalls, activities, displays and more for people to enjoy. For full details of all events taking place on the Jubilee weekend and for ticket information please click on the link

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CHAIRPERSON & VICE-CHAIRPERSON 2022/23

At the Annual meeting of the Town Council on Wednesday 11th May, Members voted for the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for 2022/23. Congratulations to the new Chairperson of Brixham Town Council, Councillor Richard Haddock and Vice Chairperson Councillor Jill Regan.
Walk In Vaccination Centre

Walk In Vaccination Centre

The next walk in vaccination clinic is being held on the 10th May from 11am - 5pm. No need to book just turn up.

First households will start to get £150 Council Tax rebate

The first Council Tax rebate payments to eligible households will begin next week. Households who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit will start to receive their automatic £150 payment from 9 May, with thousands of payments being made each day next week. Non-Direct Debit payers will be able to apply to receive their £150 payment, or request for this to be credited to their 2022/23 Council Tax bill. These applications will be phased to manage demand and will be open from 9 May. The £150 non-repayable government rebate is to help with the rising energy bills. It is for eligible households in Council Tax bands A-D. Councillor Darren Cowell, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “We know residents will be keen to receive their rebate and our staff have been working tirelessly on getting the payments up and running. There were some government delays in delivery of the new software. “It has taken a few weeks for this new software to be installed and tested as the standard Council Tax systems aren’t typically designed to make payments on this scale.” Councillor Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council, said: “We hope this rebate will go some way towards improving residents’ circumstances over the coming months. “It would have been a lot easier to send a £150 cheque to those households that do not pay by Direct Debit, but the government does not allow councils to do this.” Payment and Application timescale Direct Debit payers Following a test payment run on 4 May, the roll out of payments will be as follows for Direct Debit payers: • Band A – 9 May – 3,500 households • Band B – 10 May – 7,000 households • Band C – 11 May – 8,700 households • Band D – 12 May – 6,100 households (including Band E disabled band reduction) Non-Direct Debit payers There will be a staggered application process based on the Council Tax band of the property. Applications will be opened on the following dates for non-Direct Debit payers: • Band A – 9 May – 7,000 households • Band B – 6 June – 7,000 households • Band C – 4 July – 4,600 households • Band D – 25 July – 2,000 households (including Band E disabled band reduction) More information about the application process is available on Torbay Council’s dedicated web page

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Fore Street Display

Fore Street Display

Our new Summer Display has been installed in Fore Street today, with the decorations providing a vibrant welcome for residents and visitors to Brixham! The 2D and 3D decorations are made from recyclable and biodegradable biomaterials, using a process that reduces waste at the manufacturing stage and allows total recyclability at the end of its life. In a couple of weeks our flower displays will be delivered also 😍

Brixham Annual Parish Meeting

The next Annual Parish Meeting is on Wednesday 27th April 2022 starting at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the Function Room of the Town Hall. If you would like to attend the meeting please contact the Council Offices on 01803 859678 at least 48 hours before.

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Upton Manor Farm Update

***UPTON MANOR FARM - NEWS RELEASE FROM TORBAY COUNCIL*** Below is a news release sent out by Torbay Council this afternoon. Brixham Town Council are currently pursuing Torbay Council for a rescheduled meeting in Brixham. Please continue to monitor our website and social media pages. The Planning application for Upton Manor Farm will not be considered at an extraordinary Planning Committee on 25 April 2022 at the Berry Head Hotel, Brixham as the applicant has requested an extension of time to allow for further supporting information to be submitted. Once this information has been received the Local Planning Authority will need to consider this information and decide if any further consultation is required before the application can be determined. A Planning Committee will be scheduled in due course with the date to be confirmed.
Queen's Green Canopy

Queen's Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.
Today our Vice-Chairperson, Councillor Richard Haddock was joined by the Town Clerk, Mrs Tracy Hallett and the Deputy Town Clerk, Ross Green for the planting of a Hawthorn tree on a previously disused plot at the Dixons Land Allotment site. The Hawthorn was chosen as the flowers will attract bees and insects and the berries are enjoyed by the birds in the Autumn/Winter.
A bench and plaque will also be put on the plot in time for the Jubilee celebrations in June.
For more information about the QGC click on the link

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WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS!

We are currently in the process of updating our website and as such are looking to freshen up our 'Gallery'. That's where you come in...we need your photos of your favourites places in Brixham. You don't need to be a professional photographer with a super expensive camera! We want your best pictures which you have probably taken on your phone.
We would like up to date photos and are looking for a diverse range that capture the beauty of Brixham so when people visit our website they can just see how wonderful this place is we call home
Please email your photos to info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk and the best will be proudly displayed on our new website and social media pages.

Climate & Environment

In June 2019 Brixham Town Council declared a climate emergency and pledged to work with partners in Torbay to support strategies to combat global warming. The Town Council recognises it has a key role and opportunity to work with the community and partners to tackle causes and effects of climate change in Brixham.

What changes would you like to see in your community to fight climate change?

Brixham Town Council wants to hear from you about new and innovative sustainability ideas that can shape our action points. We're particularly keen on suggestions that involve collaboration with our community and businesses in Brixham. 

The questions we have put together aim to build a better understanding of your thoughts and views on climate change. This is not Brixham Town Council's final word on the climate crisis. The action plan will act as a guide and will be adapted as time goes on.

Closing date - 8th April 2022

 

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LOVE YOUR BRIXHAM GARDEN COMPETITION 2022

LOVE YOUR BRIXHAM GARDEN COMPETITION 2022

Organised by the Brixham in Bloom group
Have you started gardening when stuck at home in Lock Down?
Now’s your chance to build skills and get ideas from other gardeners
Whether you have a garden, allotment, patio pots or are rewilding areas of Brixham you can join us this year for a fun ‘no pressure’ event .
Help us maintain GOLD
Take part & ‘snap’ your pot or plot as it grows ready for judging in Late June.
Categories: Hanging basket/container/window box, private garden, vegetable garden or allotment and commercial
The judges will be looking for Variety and Colour, Overall Design, Year-round interest and Environmental impact (e.g. composting, peat free, rainwater harvesting, encouraging bugs and wildlife, rewilding)
Entry Fee £1 private residence, £5 commercial entry. Closing date for entry forms is April 30th.
Collect and return your form with entry fee (Cash Only) to Flour Flower in Middle Street or to the offices of Brixham Town Council, Town Hall, New Road. If you require more details call 07968 091187 or email: brixhaminbloom@gmail.com
NB: The judges will arrange a mutually convenient time to visit you in late June with notification of awards issued in late August.
A celebration event will then take place in the last week in October where certificates will be presented.
NB: By entering this competition you agree we can use your name and photos for publicity purposes
BRIXHAM PENINSULA NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

BRIXHAM PENINSULA NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

The next meeting of the BPNP Task & Finish Group is being held via ZOOM on Friday 1st April 2022 at 11.00am. This meeting is an opportunity for the Brixham Community to share their ideas and have their voices heard.
If you would like to attend the meeting please register by emailing your details to info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk. Once registered the meeting link will be emailed to you.
The meeting agenda will be available shortly and can be found on the Council website
 
Support for the Ukraine

Support for the Ukraine

On Wednesday 9th March, prior to commencing our Full Council meeting, Brixham Town Council held a minute of reflection to show solidarity and support to Ukraine. Members have asked the Clerk to investigate how the Town Council can support Ukrainian families if they are resettled in Brixham, which was considered a preferable option than donating money to a central fund. Prior to the Government’s announcement one thought was to sponsor a family. However, we are also looking at alternative options too such as what support we can provide to help resettled Ukrainians integrate and feel welcome in our community. With the wonderful mix of community groups and support within Brixham and the wider Torbay, we are sure a suitable support network can be put in place.
In the meantime, we have just received delivery of two Ukrainian flags. One will be raised at the Town Hall and the other, working in partnership with the Harbour Authority, will be raised at the Harbour.
Indoor Market / Table Top Sale

Indoor Market / Table Top Sale

Following the success of the Spring event on Saturday and how well it was received by both the stall holders and visiting public, Brixham Town Council have decided to hold an indoor market / table top sale, monthly for a trial period. The events will be held in the Scala Hall and will be open to the public from 10am until 2pm.
* Saturday 16th April
* Saturday 7th May
* Saturday 11th June
If you would like to reserve a table (£10 each - maximum 2 tables per seller) for 1, 2 or all 3 markets please call 01803 859678 or email: info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk
**SPRING INDOOR MARKET / TABLETOP SALE**

**SPRING INDOOR MARKET / TABLETOP SALE**

Just 1 day to go! �� and our Lengthsmen are busy laying out the stalls for all our sellers.
Tomorrow the Scala Hall will be full with 21 stalls offering a variety of goodies including;
* Pet provisions
* Jewellery
* Arts & Crafts
* Books
* Hand Made Cards
* Pottery / China
* Hand crafted ornaments
* Toys
* Clothes
* Plus many more
There are even a couple of second-hand stalls so why not come down to the Scala Hall at Brixham Town Hall between 10am - 2pm and grab yourself a bargain.
The cafe will be open, so once you've enjoyed your shop come and have a well-earned hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate and why not treat yourself to a hot sausage roll, toasted teacake or a toasted buttered crumpet or 2!��
The weather is looking great for tomorrow ������ so there's no excuse not to pop down and support your local traders. We look forward to seeing you.

BRIXHAM TOWN COUNCIL SETS ITS BUDGET AND PRECEPT

At its Full Council meeting on 9th February members unanimously agreed its budget and precept for 2022/23.  After many weeks of discussions on how the Council could keep any increase to an absolute minimum the approved precept resulted in an annual precept of £61.37, based on a Band D property, which represented an increase of £3.28.

 

Presenting the proposals to members Finance and General Purposes Committee Chair, Councillor David Blackmore said that the Council had worked tirelessly to keep the precept increase as low as possible which included the movement of funds from its reserves to achieve a balanced budget and precept.

 

“The last couple of years has been a challenging time for the Council to set the budget but the Council will remain adaptable and continue to operate its services and support to the community”, said Councillor Blackmore

 

The 2022/23 budget allows for the Council to enhance its services to the community, this includes a budget of £50,000 for community projects.  To achieve this, the Council will develop a strategy to highlight the importance of its commitment to the community.

*SPRING TABLE TOP SALE*

The countdown has begun with just 5 days to go until our Indoor Market takes place in the Scala Hall. We have a great mixture of 20 stalls confirmed and the cafe will be open serving hot drinks and food. The doors are open from 10am until 2pm and we can't wait to see you there.
Unfortunately one of the stall holders has had to withdraw today so that means we have 1 spare table for hire. The tables are 6ft x 3ft and the cost is £10.00. Please call our office on 01803 859678 or email: info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk if you would like to come along and sell your goodies.
 

Brixham Banking Hub

Brixham Banking Hub - what banking services do you want?

Brixham is one of 5 communities across the UK to receive a ‘Banking Hub’ following the success of the ‘Community Access to Cash Pilot’ scheme. 
 
Banking Hubs are a dedicated banking space open to customers of all the major banks and will have a counter offering basic cash services to all customers (including withdrawals, deposits and bill payments). More complex enquiries will be dealt with by a representative from the major banks who each visit once a week as part of the Community Banker Service.

Access to Cash Action Group are keen to ensure the new Hub best meets the needs of Brixham. With this aim, they would be very grateful if you could complete this short survey to provide them with crucial insights into current needs and behaviours of the people and businesses across the community.

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Playing In The Streets

Playing In The Streets

Tonic Creatives would like to invite you along to Playing in the Streets, a series of events aimed at welcoming people back to our high streets. Three events will be taking place (one in each of the towns of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay) packed with free fun and entertainment for all of the family. 

Town Square & Fore Street, Brixham: Thursday 24th February 

The events have been commissioned by the TDA and Torbay Council and funded by the ERDF Welcome Back Fund.*   

You are welcome along to any of the events and at anytime between 11am and 3pm. There will be a welcome tent where you can meet one of the team who will explain what we have planned. 

 A variety of local organisations will be involved in each of the three events, offering everything from live music to mini-guided walks and art activities to street challenges and games. There will even be the opportunity to take part in a circus skills workshop, where people can test their balance on slack lines, tightropes or walk tall on stilts.  Elfic will also be on hand with his comedy juggling show, featuring high unicycling, ladder balancing, magic and more.    


Participants will be able to pick up a quiz booklet from the welcome tent and take part in a street treasure hunt and win a prize. The booklets will also include special offers in several of the shops along the route, to inspire people to support their local highstreets.  

We do hope you can pop along to one of the events – they promise to be a lot of fun.

**Brixham Town Council Meeting Update**

At last night’s meeting, residents from the Campaign group “Save Upton Manor Farm” asked Brixham Town Council to support their appeal to encourage Torbay Council to hold their Planning Committee meeting in Brixham.
We were pleased to advised them that we had already started these discussions with Torbay Council and are actively encouraging them to hold their meeting in Brixham with various suitable venues suggested.
FACILITIES FOR HIRE - BRIXHAM TOWN HALL

FACILITIES FOR HIRE - BRIXHAM TOWN HALL

To find out more information about the facilities for hire, costs and availability please call 01803 859678 or email: info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk. or click on the link;

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*TORBAY COUNCIL NEWS UPDATE*

Book your bulky waste collection online
In the latest improvement to SWISCo frontline waste and recycling services residents are now able to book a slot for bulky waste collections online using their smartphone, laptop, or tablet.
Using the new quick and simple online booking system residents can organise a bulky waste collection from SWISCo, for a small fee, to dispose of unwanted large items.
For those who do not have access to the internet, phone booking is still available, but queuing may occur, so for those who can – please book online.
Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture for Torbay Council, said: “We are always looking for ways to improve the services available to residents, and although the current phone system is working well, we wanted to offer an online booking system to make it more efficient, freeing the call centre staff to take more calls relating to kerbside collections.
So please – save time by booking online”
Book your collection online by visiting our bulky waste page. Here you find all the details on prices, what items can be collected and when SWISCo can collect.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNING BRIXHAM ARTIST FOR NEW TRIBUTE TO AGATHA CHRISTIE

Local artist Elisabeth Hadley has been chosen by the public to create and install a permanent tribute to one of Torbay’s most famous daughters, Dame Agatha Christie.
The public vote which ran between 14 December 2021 and 16 January 2022, saw Elisabeth receive 55% of the total votes.
Elisabeth, who is a sculptor, based in Brixham will now begin to bring her proposal to life.
The new bronze tribute will show the ‘Queen of Crime’ who has many connections to Torbay, sitting on a bench, thoughtfully contemplating her next great work, or otherwise admiring the surroundings she was so passionate about.
A total of five artists were shortlisted following a public call out in September 2021.
Commissioned as part of Torbay Council’s £2.2million Strand regeneration works after successfully securing £21.9million from the Towns Fund to improve and enhance Torquay’s town centre. The works which are anticipated to commence in the spring will see several improvements to the public space including minimising traffic on the Strand, increased and enhanced pedestrian areas, a new public transport hub and space for events and food festivals.
Elisabeth’s creation is due to be unveiled later in the year.
Cllr Swithin Long, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing for Torbay Council, said; “Enhancing and celebrating Torquay’s and Torbay’s cultural heritage is a key aspect of our regeneration plans. Agatha Christie is well known around the world, with many people visiting Torbay each year to learn about what inspired her work. The new sculpture will capture that essence perfectly and really complement the new look Strand.”
Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, for Torbay Council, said; “It is fantastic that the public has chosen a local artist to create this specially commissioned piece of artwork. Linking together a local artist and a world-famous writer to celebrate Torbay’s ever growing cultural offer is really quite special. I’d like to thank all of the artists for their submissions and offer my congratulations to Elisabeth.”
Elisabeth Hadley said; “I am thrilled to have been chosen by the public to sculpt Dame Agatha Christie with her little dog ‘Peter’ and I am really looking forward to getting started on the sculpture. It is wonderful that so many people loved my design and wanted to give me their vote.”
Learn more about this project and Elisabeth Hadley on Torbay Council’s website

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Council Grant Award Update

Brixham Town Council is committed to supporting and strengthening the community groups which help to make a positive difference to Brixham as a place to live and work.  Full details of the Council’s grant policy and application form, can be found by clicking on the link.

 

Following the F&GP Committee meeting last week, we are delighted to be supporting the following:

 

  • South Devon Players have been awarded £1,000 from the Council’s grant budget to support the cost of rehearsal space at the Theatre
  • Brixham Pirate Festival have been awarded £5,000 from the Council’s community recovery budget to support their recovery from COVID to hold a 2022 festival
  • Shoalstone Seawater Pool have awarded £13,000 to enable them to carry out essential repairs on the sea facing interior pool wall prior to opening for the 2022 season

 

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You can now pre-book Recycling Centre appointments again

From today (Monday 24th January) Torbay residents will once again be able to pre-book appointments at the Recycling Centre for tomorrow (Tuesday 25th January) onwards.

While Torbay Council’s website was temporarily down the usual booking system was postponed and people were advised to just visit, but the online booking system that was introduced in 2020 is now back up and running. Torbay Council apologises for any inconvenience while the website was down.

You can find out more on the Torbay Council website here: https://www.torbay.gov.uk/recycling/recycling-centre/ 

Book a slot at the Recycling Centre

You can book a slot at the Recycling Centre in Tor Park Road, Paignton, on the Torbay Council website here: https://www.torbay.gov.uk/recycling/recycling-centre/  

Household waste and recycling collections

Crews are still working hard to catch up on waste and recycling collections following a number of staff having to isolate recently due to COVID-19. If yours has not been collected yet, please continue to leave it outside your home at your usual collection point.

You can find out what goes in each bin or box or seagull sack on the Torbay Council website here: https://www.torbay.gov.uk/recycling/what-goes-in-my-bin/

SCALA HALL KITCHEN HIRE

SCALA HALL KITCHEN HIRE

On Saturday 26th February between 10am & 2pm we will be hosting a Spring Indoor Table Top Sale. We are at almost capacity with varied and interesting stalls and as it will be Half-Term we would expect a good attendance from residents and visitors alike.
To compliment the market we are offering the Scala Hall kitchen for hire, this will include an indoor cafe seating area for up to 18 customers. The kitchen offers the ability to create hot and cold food and hot drinks. Equipment available is limited but includes toasters, microwaves and hot water urn (be advised there is ability to deep fry).
If you would like to hire the kitchen for the event please contact our office on 01803 859678 or email: info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk for further details including cost. The successful hirer must hold their own Public Liability Insurance and the basic Food Hygiene Certificate as a minimum.
 
Recycled Shredded Paper

Recycled Shredded Paper

As you can imagine we shred a good deal of confidential documents at the Council offices, but we don't want it to go to waste! If you have chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters or any other pets that could do with some recycled bedding then please get in touch and we will explain how you can collect a bag
*CIVIC AWARD WINNER*

*CIVIC AWARD WINNER*

At last night's meeting of Brixham Council our Chairperson, Councillor Paul Addison, presented the Civic Award to the very deserving Megan Hart in recognition of her hard work and dedication to the community of Brixham over the years. Many congratulations Megan
Pop Up Vaccination Clinic

Pop Up Vaccination Clinic

The first Brixham pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics takes place this Saturday 15th January at the Scala Hall in Market Street, Brixham, TQ5 8TA from 11am to 5pm. No need to book, just turn up. Over 16s only.

Torbay responds to call for mass vaccination drive

GP practices, health and care workers and volunteers have risen magnificently to the challenge to vaccinate the population of Torbay against COVID-19. 

Staff at the clinics at the Riviera International Centre (RIC) have vaccinated phenomenal numbers.

In the coming weeks there will be more people ready for their booster dose, or people who have missed their first or second dose. 

To ensure vaccinations are available to all who are eligible, Torbay Council and Devon Clinical Commissioning Group are planning a further series of pop-up vaccination clinics across the Bay.

These clinics will complement the ongoing appointment and walk-in sessions at the RIC.

Dates planned include weekdays and Saturdays.

 

They run from 11am to 5pm:

 

  • Friday 7 January: Acorn Centre, Lummaton Cross, Torquay, TQ2 8ET

 

  • Thursday 13 January: Abbey Hall, Abbey Road, Torquay, TQ2 5SP

 

  • Saturday 15 January: Scala Hall, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA

 

  • Wednesday 19 January: Abbey Hall, Abbey Road, Torquay, TQ2 5SP

 

  • Friday 21 January: Acorn Centre, Lummaton Cross, Torquay, TQ2 8ET

 

  • Saturday 29 January: Scala Hall, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA

 

  • Friday 11 February: Abbey Hall, Abbey Road, Torquay, TQ2 5SP

 

  • Saturday 12 February: Scala Hall, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA

 

The sessions are open to over 16s only. Children aged 12-15 years old can use the National Booking Service to make an appointment at the RIC if they have not received one in school.

 

Please check our vaccine page and social media pages for more details about the pop-ups and walk-in sessions at the RIC. Dates for Paignton pop-ups are due to be confirmed soon.

Councillor Jackie Stockman, Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to work with the Devon CCG to hold further pop-up clinics. The ones we ran in the autumn were hugely successful. It’s important that we’re able to offer these in venues close to areas where people live and work.

 

“We need to make it as easy as possible for everyone to access a vaccination clinic – whether it’s for a first, second or booster shot. Vaccines remain the strongest defence in our fight against COVID-19 and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet had theirs to attend one of these pop-ups.”

 

Torbay GP Dr Manny Austin, Lead GP for the vaccination service at the RIC, said: “I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet had their first, second or booster dose to come along to see us at the Riviera International Centre or to one of the pop-up clinics. Make it your new year’s resolution to have the vaccine, so you don’t start 2022 with COVID-19.”

Concerned you may lose your home?

This time of year can pile on the pressure to already stretched finances, even more so after a further year of uncertainties brought about by COVID-19.

You may have lost your job or have had your working hours reduced or found yourself out of work for a long period due to temporary business closures.

If you are struggling to pay your rent or mortgage or have found yourself having to live with families or friends, whatever you’re your personal situation is, there is help and support available.

Asking for help is not always easy and may mean uneasy conversations, but the sooner you can ask for help, the better it is. Asking for help is the first step to taking control.

Councillor Christine Carter, Cabinet Member for Corporate and Community Services for Torbay Council said: “Asking for help is not always easy particularly when it involves talking about financial difficulties and/or personal issues.

In Torbay, there are people and organisations available to provide specialist advice and support on these matters and can ensure you get the help you need. No one should feel helpless or alone when having to deal with these sorts of issues and getting help sooner rather than later is always better.”

Torbay Council’s website has lots of information that can help you get the support you need.

For further information, visit: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/worried-you-might-lose-your-home/ or you can call 01803 208025.

Spring Indoor Market Event

Spring Indoor Market Event

*SPRING INDOOR TABLE TOP SALE*
Following the success of our Winter Table Top Sale in November we are holding a Spring indoor market on Saturday 26th February 2022, from 10am until 2pm in the Scala Hall.
A table (measuring 6ft x 3ft) will cost £10 with a maximum of 2 tables per seller. If you are a local trader, charity, community group or individual who has items to sell and would like to reserve a table or 2, then please call 01803 859678 or email: info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.
There will be a maximum of 30 tables at the event to ensure safety and payment must be made prior to the market taking place to secure your place. We have already taken reservations so don't delay.