Town Council News
Community Governance Review
As you may know Torbay Council are considering the creation of Town Councils across the rest of Torbay.
Across the country Town Councils play a big part in promoting real community engagement and effective government at the most local level. They are protecting local services that matter to the local community, and Torbay Council want to know your thoughts on how working together can protect local services, services that they will not be able to provide in the future.
Torbay Council will be running a consultation for six weeks, from Monday 2 September 2019, and during this time they will be sharing lots of information with you. They will be doing this in a number of ways, including social media posts, your questions answered in their Torbay Questions (TQs) Facebook Live Panels and roadshows in each town.
All of this information is to help you explore and understand what Town Councils really means for you and your community. To take part in the consultation, please visit their website.
Windy Corner UpdateGood morning, On Monday 9th September Torbay Council will be returning to Windy Corner junction to complete/improve the highway street lighting associated with the recent junction improvement scheme. The works will take place over a three week period and unfortunately there are likely to be some delays – please make allowances for these delays when planning any journey through these works. The proposed traffic management for these works are as follows: - Phase 1 - w/c 9th September for 5 days (off peak hours only) Brixham bound lane of Dartmouth Road (the new road) will be closed with traffic diverted onto the existing Paignton seafront bound lane. Bascombe Road closed with a diversion signed through Bridge Road. Off peak hours only, between 09:30 and 15:30. This will effectively return the main road layout to how is was before the recent improvement works were completed. Phase 2 – w/c 16th September for 5 days (off peak hours only) Paignton bound lane closures. One of the two Paignton bound lanes will be closed. Off peak hours only, between 09:30 and 15:30. Phase 3 – w/c 30th September (nights) Works on the main junction. Temporary traffic lights. Evening/overnight works commencing at 19:30. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
BRIXHAM TOWN COUNCIL DECLARES A CLIMATE EMERGENCYMembers of Brixham Town Council have declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to work with partners in Torbay to support UK and International strategies to combat Global Warming. At their recent council meeting members unanimously passed a comprehensive resolution that declared a climate emergency, pledging to call upon Torbay Council to do the same, call on Westminster to provide powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible, agreed to work with partners in Torbay, the county and region to deliver the goal through all relevant strategies and plans and asked Torbay Council to develop an Action Plan for the Bay within 6 months. Town Clerk Tracy Hallett says that members acknowledged that they have a responsibility to the community of Brixham, the wider community of Torbay and beyond to play a part in tackling the most fundamental issue of our time, the future of the planet. “All agreed that action is needed now and pledged that Brixham Town Council will do its bit to help to achieve local solutions, and called upon Torbay Council to ensure that the Action Plan includes measures that promotes community, public, business and other Council partnerships, and outlines how they will achieve adequate staff time and resources to undertake the necessary actions to achieve the target”, said Tracy. “Brixham Town Council will be setting up a Climate and Environment Working Group early in the autumn whose terms of reference will include the requirement to put forward practical ideas for implementation in our own community”, she added.
Brixham Councillors unanimously reject all proposed cuts to Fire ServiceBrixham Council recently voted unanimously to strongly reject all the options for proposed fire service cuts which would extend the time 9,800 people in Torbay would have to wait for a fire engine. Such a delay would also put lives at risk by exceeding the optimum time limit needed by medical staff to administer care. Chris Balcombe, Torbay Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and representative and Vice Chair FBU Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, told Brixham Councillors at the last Full Council meeting: “Firefighters condemn the proposals put forward by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service as dangerous, unnecessary and misleading.” He went on to explain that the cuts proposed will close several fire stations and remove some second and third fire engines, replacing them with “six-day crewed roving fire engines”. These and other cuts aim to achieve £8.2million savings, of which £5.4million would be from one-off savings from the sale of fire stations. Also, after earlier cuts, Torbay fire service had been running within and below budget, making any further cuts unnecessary. He added, “more than £38m of public money is locked in reserves. We urge the service to look again at what, if any savings are required. “The consultation paper is overbearing and asks the public to make decisions that they are not best placed to make, whilst giving them no option to vote to unlock some of the reserves to protect vital front-line resources and personnel. “If these cuts are realised, over 600,000 people across Devon and Somerset will wait longer for the arrival of a fire appliance. In Torbay alone more than 9,800 people will wait more than 10 minutes for a fire appliance to arrive at night,” he said. “Slower response times will lead to increased damage to properties; greater risk to firefighters attempting to deal with incidents with insufficient crew numbers and equipment; and loss of lives due to longer time frames to perform rescues from all types of emergencies.” (See FBU charts.) He reminded councillors that the figures quoted were for response to fires, whereas much of the brigade’s work was at traffic accidents, rescues from water and cliffs, for example. Brixham Councillors were shocked that such seemingly unnecessary cuts were being proposed and unanimously approved Councillor Mike Morey’s proposal: “That this Council having considered the current consultation being run by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service feels that the options proposed do not provide sufficient detail for the improvements claimed, particularly information on how the on-call system would be improved, how extra prevention and protection will be achieved, or how much would actually be re-invested into the service.” “It fails to recognise the excellent work firefighters already do to prevent injuries, building damage and environmental damage, and to respond to all types of incidents.” “This Council feels that the data given in the consultation is flawed and has an unachievable expectation, in that there is an assumption made that after the cuts, all assets will be available at all times, giving the false impression that the risk of fire deaths will reduce if the proposals are agreed, whereas statistically it is likely that the risk would increase.” “The revised attendance times make no reference to properties that may be disadvantaged by the proposed changes.” “It should also be noted that if the proposals were to be adopted, around a third of the residents of Devon and Somerset, over 600,000 people, will see a slower response from the Fire and Rescue Service. The quality standards of our excellent fire service will be negatively compromised by the impact of these proposals on the recruitment and retention of quality fire fighters which detrimentally impacts on the ability to meet the fire services optimum response times to ensure safer communities, and the ability to meet recommended optimum medical times to save lives.” “As such this Council calls upon Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service authority members to reject in full the options proposed.” Councillor Morey stated at the meeting: “When I was out with firefighters collecting signatures a couple of weeks ago in Fore Street, Brixham, the response was incredible. I did not have one person refuse to sign.” “After all my years campaigning on various issues I have never known a response like it.” “After all the major fires we have seen in Torbay recently, it is total madness to cut fire cover even further. These proposals are dangerous and potentially disastrous.”
Brixham commemorates D Day
On Thursday, 6 June 2019, the Town was well represented at the D Day Parade and Service organised by Brixham Future. It was wonderful to see so many people turn out to pay their respects to all those who have served and are serving and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings.
The Town Council would like to thank Brixham Future for organising this wonderful event, Vanity Cakes for donating a spectacular Spitfire shaped cake for the formal reception, and all those who attended, participated and supported the event. The Town Council was pleased to be able to award a grant to pay for the reception and lay a formal wreath in commemoration.
Keep Brixham Beautiful
Brixham Town Council are holding a series of community litter picking events throughout the year to help keep Brixham Beautiful.
The first event took place on Saturday 6th April and coincided with The Great British Spring Clean 23rd March to 23rd April 2019. The event took place in the Summercombe with Furzeham ward.
Dates for your diary:
Saturday 6th April 2019
Saturday 18th May 2019
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Saturday 21st September 2019
Saturday 11th January 2020
Litter picking equipment will be provided (pickers, gloves, bags and Hi visibility vests)
To register your attendance please contact the Town Council Office on 01803 859678 or email@example.com
For further information please click here for the Volunteers Guidance Pack
Civic Award 2019
The Community Service Committee recently considered nominations for the Annual Civic Award.
The person they selected has spent much of his working life to the benefit of the Brixham Community. As a local coastal pilot, his invaluable skills and knowledge benefitted both the fishing and shipping community in Brixham and in the bay. He was an ambassador for Brixham in this capacity and was widely respected by his peers and the merchant navy fraternity at a local, national and international level.
Since his retirement he has continued to encourage and support Brixham life through his regular newspaper column in the weekly Herald Express and until recent times in the Brixham News.
The proposer and seconder state this person “has a feel for the Brixham community, expressing the concerns, fears and doubts of the community at large. He has the ear of those in authority and is always willing to express the general focus of opinion to enable our local community to be heard.”
Brixham Town Council today has pleasure in awarding this year’s annual civic award to Captain Bob Curtis.
At the meeting of 16 May 2019, the Town Council awarded grants to the following organisations:
Brixham Future was awarded £1,000 which will cover the buffet at the D Day Reception.
Brixham Junior Sailing Club was awarded £3,600 to enable them to purchase six sets of sails for their youth training dinghies.
Brixham Town Band was awarded £1,000 to enable them to refurbish their trailer, which is fundamental in transporting seating, PA speakers and heavy instruments, and for the refurbishment of some of their more expensive and larger instruments.
Torbay Ward Councillor Elections
Below are the statement of persons nominated for the Election of Councillors for wards of Torbay Council.
Furzeham with Summercombe
Notice of Election, Notice of Referendum and Information Statement
Brixham Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan Information Statement
BRIXHAM TOWN COUNCIL WELCOME TORBAY COUNCIL DECISION TO FORM WASTE AND RECYCLING COMPANY
Members of Brixham Town Council have cautiously welcomed Torbay Council’s recent decision to dispense with the services of waste company TOR2 at the end of their contract in July 2020 and replace them with a wholly owned subsidiary.
Pledging to work constructively with the Unitary Authority the council urged Torbay to include the introduction of Solar Powered Bins throughout Torbay as part of the authority’s Transformation Project when the new company is operable.
Speaking on the resolution Councillors commented that Brixham Town Council were cautious in their support at this stage because Torbay Council had not covered themselves in glory with their oversight of TOR2 in recent years.
“We should do all that we can in Brixham to assist Torbay Council as they prepare to make a significant change to the way that waste and recycling issues are managed in the future and demonstrate once again that we are a constructive partner for progress”, said Town Clerk, Tracy Hallett.
“The opportunity to introduce environmentally friendly Solar Powered Bins around the Bay should be at the core of the new company’s strategy under the auspices of Torbay Council’s Transformation Project. We can think of no better way for the company to make a big statement of intent from the outset”, she added
Civic Award Nominations 2019Nominations are welcomed for the Civic Award 2019. Any individual or community group is able to be nominated for this award. We are looking for nominations of people or community groups that have enhanced and improved the wellbeing and welfare of Brixham residents lives. Whether this is as a long standing volunteer of a charity or through exceptional voluntary work in the community. We encourage as many of you as possible to nominate those in the community that enrich the lives of others in Brixham through the work that they undertake. The deadline for nominations to be submitted is 30th April 2019. Further details including award scheme criteria required and a nomination form are available on the below link. http://www.brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk/data/uploads/1604.pdf
Support for Community Priorities to Continue in 2019/20 Budget
Brixham Town Council has set their budget for 2019/20 and demonstrated their continued support for key organisations in the community.
The precept will increase 9.65% compared to 2018/19 and represents a weekly rise of 9p per household based on a Band D property.
Brixham Town Council take over temporary management of Brixham Pannier MarketBrixham Town Council are to take over the management of the town's Pannier Market while they consider the best way forward for it to have a successful future.