Town Council News
Allotment Newsletter April EditionThe April Newsletter is now available. Due to the current circumstances relating to the Covid-19 virus, the newsletters will not be put on the notice boards at the allotment sites this month.
Road works affecting BrixhamROAD WORKS AFFECTING BRIXHAM - Week Commencing 06/04/2020
Allotment News - Covid-19 (Coronavirus) UpdateThe water has now been turned on at Wall Park, Drew Street, Penn Lane & Dixons. When visiting your allotment please consider the Governments advise with regards to 'Social Distancing' and the latest update from the National Allotment Society is attached.
Latest Home Delivery ListWe have now completed the latest list of local businesses happy to supply the residents of Brixham. Should you need the list emailing please call 01803 859678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brixham Home DeliveriesThe latest list has now been completed. We have had a couple of businesses come off the list as they are unable to continue to provide the service but we now stand at 47 local companies happy to provide this valuable service whilst we all endure these difficult times. Remember, if you would like the list emailed directly to you please call 01803 859678 or email email@example.com.
Brixham Food BankWith immediate effect, the Food Bank will only be open on Fridays. This will continue up until Easter and the situation will then be reviewed. Access to the Food Bank is via the rear gate that the Town Hall that leads to the Car Park. The staff are making every effort to provide this vital service to the best of their ability and require your help complying the Government guidelines with regards social distancing when queuing and receiving your food. Thank you.
Allotment News - Covid-19 (Coronavirus) UpdateAs you are aware the situation has changed regarding how much time we are to spend outside and where we are allowed to visit. The allotments are all currently open and will remain so until we are advised otherwise. Travel to and from the allotments is permitted if due precautions are taken. Visiting the site constitutes your daily exercise set out by the government.However, any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site. We ask that all tenants visiting the site also bear the following in mind; **Please keep your distance from other tenants to help limit the spread of the virus. Follow current government guidelines about social distancing. **Do not share tools or any other equipment with another plot holder. **Be careful after touching site gates, locks or other communal assets. Disinfect your hands after each use. **The use of the sites if for allotment tenants only. No groups are allowed on site and only family members that live with the tenant can enter the site if the tenant is also present. **Do not use the water troughs to wash hands or equipment to sterilise them. The water is for watering purposes only. Be careful not to contaminate the troughs with any soap or other chemicals. **Please stay on your plot at all times and do not enter another plot under any circumstances. For further useful information from The National Allotment Society please click on the link below.
Update on Environmental Services from Torbay CounciPress release from Torbay Council regarding an update on Environmental Services.
Important information about bus services in TorbayPress release from Torbay Council regarding changes to bus services in Torbay due Covid-19
PR- Coronavirus - Temporary suspension of roadworks in TorbayPress release from Torbay Council regarding temporary suspension of roadworks in Torbay. This will affect a lot of planned road works in Brixham.
Show your appreciation for the NHS tonightTo thank the NHS workers who are working tirelessly throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the UK, Thursday 26 March will see a #ClapForOurCarers event dedicated to them. The Clap For Our Carers campaign will see people across the UK applaud NHS workers from the doorsteps, balconies or windows of their homes, in order to say thank you for all of their hard work.
Food Bank - Donations UpdateWe have been receiving calls from residents wanting to make monetary donations but because of self-isolation do not wish to leave their home. The good news is the food bank have now supplied us with their bank details so payments can be made through online/internet banking. If you would like to make a donation in this way, please call on 01803 859678 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents warned to be vigilant against COVID-19 scamsLatest press release from Trading Standards and Torbay Council
Brixham Pirate Festival UpdateConsidering the updated government statement and as a response to the rapidly developing COVID-19 coronavirus situation we would like to make the following statement. It is with a heavy heart and great regret that the Brixham Pirate Committee must announce that the Festival will not now be going ahead on the 2nd,3rd & 4th May 2020. The committee have been closely following the government advice regarding the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) and, like everyone in the UK, are eager to adhere to whichever stipulations are put in place to ensure we limit the spread, and reduce the number of people impacted by this disease both locally and from further afield. The Brixham Prate Festival attracts thousands of people from all over the country and overseas. Listening to advice from the government which predicts the peak of the outbreak is likely to be in May we feel it would be irresponsible of us to do anything other than to cancel this event. With the recent government advice to avoid mass gatherings, this is, we feel, the best course of action. As for the 2021 festival it will return next year on 1st 2nd & 3rd May 2021. We will be contacting all of our musicians, re-enactors and Sponsors who helped for the 2020 festival, to ask them to agree to return with us next year. We appreciate that this will be of little comfort to our sponsors and traders who will have lost revenue this year. We all know that this is a rapidly evolving situation and we believe that understanding & kindness should be at the core of all our decision making right now. Guidance from the UK Government is to follow the regular updates and public health guidance being issued by the NHS, including specific advice to call NHS 111 if you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus. Daily updates are being issued here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public The Brixham Pirate Committee
Town Hall Closure - A message from the Town ClerkDear All We have taken the difficult decision to close our offices completely. We will be working from home so emails will be monitored and responded. Our telephone line has been diverted. However, this is now operating from a mobile phone, so we can only provide a limited service for telephone enquiries. We would like to remind everyone that we are following the Government’s guidance on social distancing and therefore all Council meetings have been cancelled between now and 30th April 2020. This will be kept under review on a regular basis. The Town Council is following advice from the National Association of Local Councils and therefore non-urgent decisions will be postponed and urgent decisions will be decided by email with Town Councillors. Any associated paperwork in respect of urgent decisions will be published on our website in the usual manner. We wish you all a safe passage through this turbulent time and highly recommend that you all follow the Government’s advice on social distancing and self-isolation. If we all work together, we can get through this. Tracy Hallett Town Clerk
Brixham Home DeliveriesThe latest list of local businesses has now been updated with over 40 companies now happy to deliver to Brixham residents. If you would like the list emailed, please let us know by calling 01803 859678 or email@example.com.
Torbay Council extend free travel for bus pass holders.Free travel extended for Torbay bus pass holders Bus pass holders in the Torbay area can now use their bus pass for free travel on local services at any time of day. Bus passes are normally not valid until 9:30am on weekdays but, in association with the bus operators, we are temporarily lifting all time restrictions. This means older and disabled bus pass holders can access essential services and also take advantage of early opening arrangements shops may be offering during the coronavirus situation. There is greater capacity on the network at these times, allowing pass holders to exercise social distancing measures on buses with fewer passengers. Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, Councillor Mike Morey, said: “We are committed to helping people to protect themselves and this is one way that we can make it a little easier for elderly or disabled residents during this challenging time. This measure will enable bus pass holders to access essential services and facilities at times when it may be easier to carry out social distancing and reduce the risk of infection. “I’d like to thank bus operators for working with us and enabling this to happen for the benefit of our residents.” Any passengers experiencing issues or problems using their bus pass should call 01803 207766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brixham Home DeliveryThe list of local businesses offering home delivery is growing with 37 companies now onboard. Please click on the link to see the full list. If you would like us to email the list please call on 01803 859678.
Shoalstone PoolAs we are all aware, coronavirus advice is evolving daily, and the situation is moving very quickly. Following the updated guidance from the Government, the difficult decision has been made that it will not be appropriate to open Shoalstone pool in May. This is a huge disappointment, but we will continue to follow Government advice as the situation develops. If at a later date it is possible to open the pool, we will make the appropriate announcements. However, we have to be mindful that this might not happen this year. Due to the restrictions on the usual pool cleaning and general health and safety maintenance, we are working with representatives of our community to find a suitable solution to secure the pool from access during this period of closure. In the meantime, we would like to say thank you to everyone that has support the pool and reassure you that Shoalstone Pool CIC will continue to work behind the scenes to ensure the pool has a future. Brixham Town Council & Shoalstone Pool CIC
Brixham Food BankBrixham Food Bank Update From Monday 23rd March 2020 the food bank will be open on Monday & Fridays only, from 2pm til 4pm. To gain access please use the gate at the rear of the Town Hall (car park entrance). In these difficult times and the ongoing struggle to get food in the shops and supermarkets, the Food Bank are still in desperate need of donations. You can drop off to them directly during their opening times or to the Town Council office between 9am-3pm, Monday to Friday.
Brixham Home DeliveriesWe are now up to 27 local businesses offering a home delivery service. If you would prefer the list to be emailed to you please call 01803 859678
Brixham Businesses Offering Home DeliveryThe attached list shows local businesses happy to provide a home delivery service to the residents of Brixham. We will be regularly updating the list as more businesses come on-board. Keep an ey on our social media for regular updates.
Brixham Town Council Committee MeetingDue to the ongoing developments with the COVID-19 Virus and advice from Public Health England, all non-essential forthcoming Committee Meetings have been cancelled as follows; Planning & Regeneration Committee - 30th March 2020 Town Hall Committee - 3rd April 2020 Finance & General Purposes Committee - 8th April 2020 Evaluation Committee - 23rd April 2020
Brixham businesses who offer a home delivery serviceIf you need to shop and can’t get out there are many local Brixham businesses who offer a home delivery service, please give them a call and see if they can help you. Support local businesses/local businesses supporting Brixham We will update this list as other businesses contact us.
Keep Brixham Beautiful - Saturday 21st MarchUnfortunately due to the ongoing development and concerns surrounding the Covid-19 Virus, the Keep Brixham Beautiful in conjunction with the Great British Spring Clean, has been postponed.
Keep Brixham BeautifulThe next Keep Brixham Beautiful litter picking event is Saturday, 21st March 2020. We would love as many volunteers as possible to come along and help make this important event a success. If you are not on our register of volunteers please get in contact. The focus is our Town Centre, Harbour and Breakwater. All equipment is provided and when you return you will be rewarded with a drinks voucher. Children (as long as accompanied by a responsible adult) and dogs are welcome! For further information please call 01803 859678 or email email@example.com.
Community Consultation Events6th & 7th March 2020, 10am - 1pm in the Scala Hall
Allotment Notice BoardsWhilst the sun was shining yesterday, we were out and about inspecting all the allotment sites. The notice boards have been updated with the March edition of your Newsletter plus you'll find all you need to know on our new Do's & Don't leaflets.
Road works for week commencing 2nd March 2020 BrixhamSee the attached pdf for road works in Brixham next week or clink on the link to find out more about planned road works across Torbay https://www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/roadworks/roadworks-list/
Torbay Climate Action SurveyTorbay Climate Action want to get the views of as many residents across the Bay as they can about climate change. To that end they have created a survey which can be found at this link www.torbayclimateaction.uk
For Sale by Informal Tender - Heritage K6 Telephone BoxBrixham Town Council adopted three Heritage K6 telephone boxes from BT. They are in a poor condition and need a lot of TLC to be brought up to their former glory. At the Full Council meeting in 2019 the councillors agreed to the following propositions; Telephone Box 1 – North Boundary Road opposite Pillar shops. This is to be sold and the proceeds to go towards the costs of refurbishing Telephone Boxes 2 & 3. Telephone Box 2 – Great Rea Road/junction with Higher Ranscombe Road. This is to be refurbished and re-sited at Shoalstone Pool. Shoalstone Pool propose to use it as an information point to link the area between Berry Head & Brixham Town Centre. Telephone Box 3 – Rea Barn Road/junction with Edinburgh Road. It is proposed to refurbish and change to house a defib for the community. Therefore, we are offering for sale by informal tender the K6 Telephone Box in North Boundary Road, in the first instance to local residents only (proof of residency must be evidenced). The successful bidders offer will be subject to the terms and conditions of the tender document. If after the closing date no offer is received or accepted, the telephone box will be offered to all prospective buyers, locally, nationally and globally. Full terms and conditions apply and the Informal Tender Document is available from Brixham Town Council Office & Brixham Library.
Annual Parish MeetingThe Annual Parish Meeting is taking place on the 26th March 2020 at 7pm in the Town Hall. This is a public event and residents / electorate of the Brixham Parish are invited to put forward items to be considered for the meeting agenda. Agenda items should be about celebrating local activities and debating current issues in the community. If you are involved in a community group and would like to talk about the work you are doing within Brixham, please put forward your item to be considered. Items for the agenda must be received no later than 18th March 2020
Roadworks on A3022We are aware that the traffic lights are still up, even after assurances from Wales & West Utilities that they were going down last night. We have rang the company first thing this morning for an update and they confirm that due to the scale of the works they needed to keep the traffic lights up yesterday. They have confirmed with the Regional Manager in the area, and the lights and works will be gone by 4pm today.
Brixham Town Council GrantsAt last nights Full Council Meeting, Brixham Town Council were very pleased to award the following grants; Brixham Pirate Festival - £5000 Time & Tide Bell - £3700 Councillor David Giles handed out the cheques to the happy recipients.
A3022 RoadworksWe contacted Wales & West Utilities about the roadworks on the A3022 and they have confirmed the site will been cleared as of close of play tomorrow and the traffic lights will be removed by the end of today, so hopefully this should help make the traffic move more easier.
Volunteers NeededThe Community Consultation event regarding the proposed Town Hall Regeneration is being held on Friday 6th March & Saturday 7th March. Both events start at 10am and finish at 1pm. Throughout this time free refreshments including tea/coffee & cakes, will be given to the visitors to the Scala Hall. If you are able to give up a bit of spare time to come and help in serving these refreshments it would be greatly appreciated. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01803 859678 to get onto our volunteers list, we've already got 2 of our councillors on board 😀
Virgin Media Works UpdateYou may be aware of the current works Virgin Media have been undertaking across Torbay, most recently in Goodrington and previously Torquay. Next on the list is Brixham and work will start soon. Virgin Media are currently working on the ‘Trunk Route’ that will bring the fibre system to Brixham before starting the civils work within the town. This work will be starting within the next 4 weeks. Virgin Media say they will look to engage throughout, if you have any questions or concerns and they will hopefully try and make this process as smooth as possible. There will be disruption as there would be with any major civils work although they have plans and process in place to help reduce this as much as possible.
Resurfacing work in BrixhamResurfacing work will take place from 9 March there will be resurfacing work at Kingswear Road in Brixham (from Gattery Lane to Hill Head), for four days with the road closed to traffic. There will be a diversion along Dartmouth Road, New Road, Monksbridge, Knick Knack Lane, ending at Milton Street (with the other direction diverted along the same roads but in reverse). More work is planned in March for Brixham the exact dates for this is yet to be confirmed. You can keep up to date with Torbay's roadworks on their website https://www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/roadworks/roadworks-list/
Stagecoach South West Route Consultation 2020Are you a resident that is going to be affected by the latest planned changes by Stagecoach? If so click on the attached link where you can download the full consultation document and get advise on how you can respond.
Civic Award Nominations & Outstanding Sports Achievement AwardThe Civic Award is for an individual or Community Group who has, in the course of the year and through their activities, furthered the welfare and / or improved the quality of life of Brixham people. The Outstanding Sports Achievement Award will be presented to an individual or a team who has gained a significant success or excelled in terms of sporting achievement bringing credit to Brixham. For more information, you can download the application form and criteria from the Town Council website or call into the office for a hard copy. The deadline for nominations is 1st March 2020.
New Allotment Plot PostsOur lengthsmen are continuing their hard work and now the allotments at Penn Lane, Drew Street & Wall Park have their new plot number posts up. I think you'll agree they look great
Allotment Notice Boards are complete!The allotment notice boards are now complete and we have our first notices up 😀. In place there are some useful contact numbers, our February Newsletter with some great tips, plus details of how you can take part in our Town Hall Regeneration Project Survey, we welcome your thoughts, opinions, ideas and comments. If there are any allotment holders who wish to contribute towards the newsletter or have a public information notice that will benefit other allotment holders, please email; email@example.com or call 01803 859678.
Town Hall Regeneration Project Public ConsultationBRIXHAM TOWN HALL REGENERATION YOUR TOWN HALL, YOUR SAY…. The Town Hall Community consultation is taking place now, ending 23rd March 2020. We want to hear from you. It’s Your Town Hall, Your Say! Visit the Town Council website to access the online survey, or visit the Offices to collect a hard copy and freepost envelope. Public events for your diary: Brixham Town Council in partnership with Devon Communities Together will be holding Public Consultation events in the Scala Hall on Friday 6th March and Saturday 7th March 2020 between 10am – 1pm. Please come along to find out more about the regeneration of our Town Hall. Please note: this is a change of date from the announcement in the January 2020 Brixham Signal
Brixham Town Hall Regeneration ProjectUnderstandably there are some residents concerned about the speculation surrounding the redevelopment of the Town Hall. Brixham Town Council wants to assure you that whatever you are hearing is speculation and the purpose of the Community Engagement Survey is for you to have your say and to help us ensure this vital community building becomes what the residents of Brixham want it to be. The consultation, in partnership with the independent community development charity, Devon Communities Together runs until the 23rd March 2020 and we would encourage everyone to complete the surveys either in paper form, available at our offices or the library or online using the following links;
Allotment Notice Boards Are Up!With our lengthsmen working hard throughout this cold and wet January we have the first 2 boards up at Penn Lane and Drew Street allotments, with Wall Park following shortly. The final touches are being applied and shortly we will be putting up our February Allotment Newsletter plus any other important news and updates.
Brixham Town Hall Regeneration Project - Community Engagement SurveyYour Town Hall, Your Say... We now have a supply of the Community Engagement and the Brixham Housing Surveys available in our office. Come along between 9am - 3pm, Monday to Friday and pick one up.
Lantern, Lights & 'Lumingations TenderLanterns, Lights &'Luminations for 2020 - 2022 is out for tender. If you are interested in bidding for the tender please download the document below.
Christmas Lights TenderChristmas Lights tender is now out for 2020 - 2022. If you are interested please download the document for more information.
Wall Park AllotmentsWith the prolonged wet weather we have been experiencing, the lengthsmen have asked that allotment holders for Wall Park please do not drive on the grass area between the allotments as the ground is too soft. Also, if possible, minimise vehicle use in the car park and for the timebeing use the football ground parking please. Thank you.
News Release - Brixham Town Council 2020/21 Budget UpdateBrixham Town Council have set their budget for 2020/21 following a period of consultation and demonstrated their continued support for key organisations in the community.
#2 Minute Litter PickerGreat News! We have ordered our first litter picking station which is due for delivery in early February. We hope that our residents can enjoy helping keep Brixham clean and tidy by using this great facility. More details to follow.
Lost Mobile PhoneDuring our Keep Brixham Beautiful event on Saturday one of our volunteers found a mobile phone in the Copythorne Road area, If you have lost a phone or know someone who has, please call 01803 859678.
Civic Award Nominations & Outstanding Sports Achievement AwardThe Civic Award is for an individual or Community Group who has, in the course of the year and through their activities, furthered the welfare and / or improved the quality of life of Brixham people. The Outstanding Sports Achievement Award will be presented to an individual or a team who has gained a significant success or excelled in terms of sporting achievement bringing credit to Brixham. For more information, you can download the application form and criteria from the Town Council website or call into the office for a hard copy. The deadline for nominations is 1st February 2020.
Vacant Allotments for ResidentsWe still have a couple of allotment plots available at our Wall Park site. Averaging 130 sq metres and costing between £29 and £34 per annum, an allotment is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, grown your own produce, stay fit and meet like-minded people. If you are a resident of Brixham and don't already have an allotment please call us on 01803 859678 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep Brixham BeautifulFantastic turn out for the Keep Brixham Beautiful event on Saturday morning. Over 20 people braved the cold wind and helped clear an enormous amount of litter from the streets in the Furzeham area. Huge thank you to the local businesses who rewarded volunteers with a complimentary drink; Oats Healthy Living Store, Costa Coffee, The Berry Head Hotel, Liberty's and Flour Flower. Keep Brixham Beautiful is also supported by TOR2 but the real hero's are the people volunteering and helping to keep our little part of the world special.
Brixham Town Council Gardening Assistance SchemeNew Brixham Town Council Gardening Assistance Scheme - launch of the pilot will start in April, register your interest now. Brixham Town Council have announced that they will be launching a pilot Gardening Assistance Scheme for the elderly and disabled in April 2020. The scheme will be an extension of the Lengthsman programme and is aimed at providing rudimentary gardening assistance for disabled persons or elderly residents who are over the age of 70 and do not have an able bodied person living on their premises or access to any other similar scheme that may be provided by a Landlord. Assistance will be available at a rate of £10 for the first hour with an additional £5 per hour for any additional work, with a minimum of one to a maximum of 10 hours per annum for each household that registers with Brixham Town Council for any work to be carried out. Presenting the project Chair of the Community Services Committee, Councillor Paul Addison, told a recent Full Council meeting that the pilot scheme seeks to build on the success of the Lengthsman programme. “The public have embraced the role that the Lengthsman has played in keeping reported areas of the community well managed by performing such tasks as grass cutting and hedge cutting and has been hugely popular”, said Paul. “Assisted Gardening Schemes are very popular in many parts of the country and the Council believes that adding this work to the Lengthsman programme is a logical addition to the range of services being provided and we are confident that those who are eligible will take the opportunity to sign up to have work done at their properties”, he added. A registration form can be found in the Brixham Signal or email email@example.com to have one sent to you or collect at the office.
Keep Brixham BeautifulJust a reminder that Keep Brixham Beautiful is holding a litter picking event next Saturday, 11th January 2020. We would love as many volunteers as possible to come along and help make this important event a success. If you are not on our register of volunteers please get in contact. We meet at Furzeham Primary School, Higher Furzeham Road at 10am. All equipment is provided and when you return you will be rewarded with a drinks voucher. Children (as long as accompanied by a responsible adult) and dogs are welcome! The weather is forecast to be dry 😄 For further information please call 01803 859678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.