Town Council News
Congratulations to Mary Thompson (pictured with the Chairperson, Paul Addison) who at last night's Full Council Meeting was presented with the Brixham Town Council Civic Award in recognition of her years of hard work making Brixham look beautiful.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2021 - PARADE & SERVICE
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2021 - PARADE & SERVICE
Subject to Government restrictions / guidelines the Remembrance Day events should be going ahead as 'normal' on Sunday 14th November. If you wish to attend, please register your group/organisation by emailing your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Brixham Branch of the Royal British Legion for further information
Continue to monitor our website and social media pages for updates.
*LET'S CELEBRATE BRIXHAM!* 23rd OCTOBER 2021*
We are having a party for your Town Hall’s 135th Birthday!
The party will be free for residents and visitors to attend and hope to have the Scala Hall full of displays from as many Community & Charity groups and local independent retailers as we can fit in.
We really hope you can come along, enjoy the party and help CELEBRATE EVERYTHING BRIXHAM!
The event will run from 10am until 2pm and as well as being able to see all the displays and stands in the Scala Hall, there will be tours of the Town Hall and all the facilities it has to offer including the Brixham Theatre. Light refreshments will be served in the Function Room where you will also have the opportunity to meet some of the your Councillors and local MP, Anthony Mangnall.
If you would like your Buisness / Community Group / Charity / Sports Club / Youth Service to be considered for a stall in the Scala Hall for the birthday party please email email@example.com. We are limited on space so please let us know as soon as possible.
NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCYBrixham Town Council Ward: Furzeham with Summercombe Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a casual vacancy exists in the office of councillor for the Furzeham with Summercombe ward of Brixham Town Council due to the resignation of David Giles. If within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. not later than 5.00pm on 18 October 2021), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Anne-Marie Bond, Torbay Council, Town Hall, Torquay, TQ1 3DR by TEN electors for the said parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise, the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCYBrixham Town Council Ward: St Peter’s with St Mary’s Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a casual vacancy exists in the office of councillor for the St Peter’s with St Mary’s ward of Brixham Town Council due to the resignation of Eleanor Hoggart. If within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. not later than 5.00pm on 18 October 2021), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Anne-Marie Bond, Torbay Council, Town Hall, Torquay, TQ1 3DR by TEN electors for the said parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise, the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
*BRIXHAM TOWN HALL - 135th Birthday Party*Calling Brixhams' independent retailers.... On Saturday 23rd October from 10am until 2pm we will be having a party for all residents and visitors to celebrate everything 'BRIXHAM'! We have a number of groups/charities/organisations attending but would like to have some independent Brixham based retailers in the Scala Hall showing/selling their products. We are offering the stands free of charge and have a limited number available. If you would like to register your business to attend the party please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Budget / Precept Consultation 2022/23Your views are always important to Brixham Town Council and so we welcome your input once again by asking you to forward any comments or suggestions by 31st October 2021. You can do this by: contacting the Town Council on 01803 859678 writing to Brixham Town Council, Town Hall, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA e-mail:- email@example.com commenting on the Council’s social media pages - Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
Remembrance Sunday 2021 - Parade & ServiceREMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2021 - PARADE & SERVICE Subject to Government restrictions / guidelines the Remembrance Day events should be going ahead as 'normal' on Sunday 14th November. If you wish to attend, please register your group/organisation by emailing your details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Brixham Branch of the Royal British Legion for further information; Continue to monitor our website and social media pages for updates.
INGLEWOOD UPDATEBrixham Town Council have received an update from Deeley Freed Estates Limited in respect of the Inglewood development. "The attachment is intended as a way in which the developer can keep the local community up to date on the progress of the development. As the note sets out, early archaeological investigations and ecological mitigation works will shortly be starting on the site. Deeley Freed Estates intend to provide updates to the local community in a similar manner to the attached document periodically" Keep checking our Social Media pages and website for details.
NOTICE OF COUNCILLOR VACANCYFollowing the resignation from Councillor Dawn Borthwick, due to work commitments, the Town Council has a Councillor Vacancy NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY Brixham Town Council Ward: St Peter’s with St Mary’s Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a casual vacancy exists in the office of councillor for the St Peter’s with St Mary’s ward of Brixham Town Council due to the resignation of Dawn Borthwick. If within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. not later than 5.00pm on 30 September 2021), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Anne-Marie Bond, Torbay Council, Town Hall, Torquay, TQ1 3DR by TEN electors for the said parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise, the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
CONGRATULATIONS!At last nights meeting of Brixham Town Council, Thelma Evans received a Civic Award from our Chairperson Cllr Paul Addison for her service over the last sixty years to the Town. Well done Thelma!
Facilities For HireFor further information or to arrange a visit of the facilities available, call 01803 859678 or email; email@example.com
Inglewood Update, August 2021
Deeley Freed Estates Limited in respect of the Inglewood development have provided Brixham Town Council with the attached update on the Inglewood development which is intended as a way in which the developer can keep the local community up to date on the progress of the development
VACCINATION CENTREWe are very pleased and proud to announce that Brixham Town Hall has been chosen as the new Vaccination Centre in Brixham. Day Lewis Pharmacy will continue to deliver their service from next week. If you need to book in for your COVID-19 vaccine, please do not call our office but book via the NBS Booking Service.
**Litter Picking Superstar**This is Toby and he is 6 years old. For the last 2 mornings along with his Mum he has visited the Town Hall to get his picker and bag from our #2minutelitterstation and has spent his time picking up litter in his very cool sunglasses 😎 On behalf of the residents and visitors, Brixham Town Council would like to thank Toby for giving up his holiday time and making a difference to ensure Brixham stays beautiful 👏👏👏 #superstar #keepbrixhambeautiful #learnfromthekids #dontdroplitter #useabin
Vacancy - Facilities Service Operative ApprenticeshipIf you are interested in applying for the above apprenticeship please click on the link below for more information including details of how to apply.
Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that covers no drinking in certain areas of Torbay has been in place for several years. In February 2021 we carried out a consultation on amending the PSPO and it now states that alcohol can be drunk but responsibly. The PSPO covers designated streets, green spaces and beaches across all three towns. The amendments to this PSPO were approved and came into force on 1 May 2021, remaining in place for three years, to 30 April 2024. The PSPO states that if someone is drinking and their behaviour is deemed as inappropriate, day or night, and results in anti-social behaviour, nuisance or disorder then an authorised person can inform them of the PSPO and ask them to stop drinking. If they refuse to stop, dispose of their alcohol or hand over any containers of alcohol (sealed or unsealed) they will be served with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £100. An Authorised Officer is a Police officer, an employee, agent or contractor of the Council or another person who is authorised in writing by the Council. Our consultation also highlighted that as well as covering the three main town centre areas of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham with this PSPO it was felt something similar was needed to cover the Babbacombe Downs area as well. This Order is now also in place and new signage in all the locations is up to make everyone aware that these areas of the PSPO can be enforced. To report anti-social behaviour please call 01803 208025 or complete the online form on the Torbay Council website The map shows the Alcohol Restriction Area in Brixham
BRIXHAM SIGNAL - OCTOBER 2021 EDITIONEach quarter the Brixham Signal newsletter is delivered directly to over 10,000 addresses in the TQ5 area and work has already started on the next edition. If you would like to send in an article, for consideration, on behalf of your organisation/group or if you're a local business that would like to submit an advert please be advised the deadline for submission is 1st September 2021. If you haven't advertised before and want more information on prices and availability please call 01803 859678 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The July edition is still available to read via our website or by clicking on the link;
Fred Bates - Brixhams' Oldest Man Celebrates 105th BirthdayYesterday saw Fred Bates, Brixhams' Oldest Man celebrate his 105th Birthday with many thanks going to Brixham Future CIC for organising his birthday party in the Scala Hall. Fred enjoyed a family lunch occasion in the Birdcage with friends, fellow British Legion Members and people who have helped him over the years. He also enjoyed the Town reception ,the giant Birthday Cake, Singalong and seeing townsfolk who came to wish him well. Our Chairperson, Councillor Paul Addison was honoured to be at the party.
***NEWS RELEASE***BRIXHAM TOWN COUNCIL CREATES NEW TASK AND FINISH GROUP TO OVERSEE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Brixham Town Council has voted to create a Task and Finish Group to oversee aspects of the Brixham Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan and is inviting members of the public to join in the work to protect our green spaces and develop new ideas for the future. The group will make recommendations to BTC’s Planning and Regeneration Committee on planning applications across our community, including the villages of Churston, Galmpton and Broadsands, consider how the plan can be updated, and investigate ideas within the plan for projects that will enhance our communities. Speaking after the recent Full Council meeting, Planning and Regeneration Chairperson, Councillor David Blackmore thanked the now disbanded Neighbourhood Forum for the exceptional work that they have done over many years, developing and steering the Neighbourhood Plan to its adoption following a referendum in May 2019. “Brixham Town Council wants to ensure that the villages within it remain properly represented in its deliberations about all aspects of the Neighbourhood Plan, and have concluded that the Task and Finish Group, as well as being in line with the policy of the Council, is the best framework in which this can be achieved”, said Councillor Blackmore. “The Council intends to build on its long standing good relationship with the residents of the villages, and get to work refreshing the plan”, he added.. “We are inviting members of the public in Brixham, Churston, Galmpton and Broadsands to contact the Council if they wish to volunteer to represent their communities on the Task and Finish Group, either by telephoning 859678, or writing to email@example.com”.
Brixham Town Council & Committee MeetingsAll Council meetings are open to the public and have been accessible during the pandemic via Zoom up to and including our Full Council meeting last week. However, with the easing of restrictions, Brixham Town Council is legally obliged to enable members of the public to attend our meetings in person. Torbay is seeing a high level of COVID cases and the Council has a duty to protect its Staff, Councillors and members of the public as well as ensure that the Council can continue to operate. Therefore, should anyone wish to attend a meeting in person, they will need to register at least two days prior to the meeting by contacting the Council offices. We will continue to use Zoom and members of the pubic are encouraged to join the Council meetings in this manner and the Zoom meeting link can be found on the agendas. In order to protect our staff, Councillors and those that wish to attend the meeting in person, the use of face coverings, hand sanitiser and track and trace will remain as a must when visiting the Town Hall.
EXCITING NEWS!Brixham Town Council has resolved to employ a Facilities Services Operative Apprentice. The Council is currently making the necessary arrangements prior to advertising the position. If you are interested in an Apprenticeship or know someone who is, keep an eye on our social media and website for further details on how to apply.
Keep Brixham Beautiful - Community Litter Pick 12th June 2021
With a promising forecast for the weather tomorrow, what better way to enjoy the sunshine than joining in with our litter picking event. Meeting outside Furzeham Primary School, our Lengthsmen have all the equipment you need including gloves, litter pickers and bags. If you can come along and give up just an hour or so of your time it would be greatly appreciated.
If you haven't registered and received your Volunteer Guidance Pack please call 01803 859678 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dogs Left In Cars
Dogs Die In Hot Cars
Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.
Many people still believe that it's ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they're parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's still a very dangerous situation for the dog.
A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm. When it's 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.
Meet the new Chairperson of Brixham Town CouncilPaul Addison has been a Town Councillor for the Furzeham with Summercombe Ward since the start of Brixham Town Council 14 years ago. He has ran his own businesses since 1968 and moved to Brixham and opened his own hardware store in 1987. He was a Special Constable for 34 years, 12 years with the Thames Valley Police and 22 years with Devon & Cornwall Constabulary based in Brixham as the Sergeant running a team of up to 15 Special Constables. He is a member of the Royal British Legion, currently President of the Brixham branch. He has been involved with many organisations over the years from being part of the Berkshire Association of Youth Clubs, a member of the Community Partnership, the Town Plan, Brixham Future, Town emergency Plan as well as one of the trustees who helped to keep Shoalstone Pool open when Torbay Council withdrew support. He is an avid reader with a keen interest in Numismatics and amateur radio. He is keen to keep Brixhams Heritage alive and to make the town a clean and safe place to live, work or visit.
Meet the new Vice-Chairperson of Brixham Town CouncilEleanor Hoggart has been one of the Town Councillors for the St Peters with St Mary’s ward since May 2019. She was a senior local government lawyer for over 30 years, with roles as lead solicitor for a number of Councils, culminating in being Assistant Practice Director for the innovative shared legal service for Lincolnshire Authorities prior to taking early retirement in October 2014, following which she began consultancy work for local authorities keen to examine their options for, among other things, shared services and how to create a resilient legal team in an age of austerity. Eleanor was national lead on Monitoring Officer and Governance issues for ‘Lawyers in Local Government’ for a number of years, in which role she regularly spoke at conferences and other events, also participating in the Review of Regulators being undertaken by the Parliamentary Committee on Standards in Public life, as well as the review of the common law offence of ‘misconduct in public office’ being undertaken by the Law Commission. She was also a member of the Law Society’s In-House Committee. She was introduced to Brixham, as so many people are, on holiday and, since 2016 she has been enjoying life in this beautiful community – particularly indulging her love of live music, live theatre and live rugby. In 2017 she was one of the group set up to help save Brixham Theatre from closure & subsequently became a Trustee of the new Brixham Theatre Charitable Organisation until 2019
Keep Brixham Beautiful - Community Litter PickKEEP BRIXHAM BEAUTIFUL - COMMUNITY LITTER PICK We have organised a community litter-pick event for Saturday 12th June 2021, meeting outside Furzeham Primary School in Higher Furzeham Road at 10.00am and the event runs until 1pm. Our lengthsmen will be handing out sanitised equipment including litter pickers, bags and gloves. If you would like to volunteer you must register your details with our office before the event so you can be sent the Volunteer Guidance Pack. To register please call 01803 859678 or email: email@example.com. If you turn up on the day without registering we unfortunately won't be able to let you take part. #litterpicking #volunteer #keepbrixhambeautiful #takepart #communityspirit #havefun #beproudofwhereyoulive
Free To A Good Home**FREE TO A GOOD HOME(S)** Following an upgrade to the lighting system in the Scala Hall, we have 15 x 6ft fluorescent tube light bulbs that are in good working order and free to anyone who could use them. If you could put these tubes to good use please call 01803 859678 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brixham Signal - July 2021 EditionThe deadline for submitting advertisements and articles for consideration is the 1st June. If you are considering placing an advertisement and would like further information on availability and prices please email; email@example.com. The Brixham Signal is delivered directly to over 10,000 homes in the TQ5 area every January, April, July & October.
Visiting BrixhamIf you are considering a visit to Brixham either on holiday or on a day trip, please remember to adhere to the Government guidelines and restrictions.
Brixham In Bloom - Love Your Brixham Garden Competition 2021Organised by the Brixham In Bloom Group LOVE YOUR BRIXHAM GARDEN COMPETITION 2021 We realise some people may have been disappointed that we could not run our competition in 2020 and have noticed that for a great many residents their garden as been lavished with attention and much appreciated during lockdown periods so now is the time to show off all your hard work and enter the Love your Brixham Garden 2021 competition. Show everyone how much love you give to yours. Hanging baskets, troughs, gardens large or gardens small, we would love to see them all. The competition is open to everyone and will be judged in the first week in August, with the results being announced in late August. We may have to run a Virtual competition if restrictions are not completely lifted and hope you will bear with us so a contact phone number is essential please. Entry forms can be found on page 2 of April's Brixham Signal. Entry is £1 for a private residence and £5 for a Commercial Entry. Entry forms need to be submitted by 1st July 2020. If you have any queries or require more details please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07968 091187.
Bus Back Better - National Bus Strategy for EnglandIn September 2019, the government set out how it would launch a revolution in bus services – delivering a better deal for bus users and committing to publishing a National Bus Strategy. In February 2020, the Prime Minister announced that bus services across the country would be transformed with simpler fares, thousands of new buses, improved routes and higher frequencies. This national strategy sets out the vision and opportunity to deliver better bus services for passengers across England, through ambitious and far-reaching reform of how services are planned and delivered. Alongside the strategy, we have launched a consultation on when to end the sale of new diesel buses to drive forward the decarbonisation of public transport. The Department for Transport is also awarding English local authorities funding for 17 successful proposals under the rural mobility fund to trial on-demand bus services in their areas.
Devon & Cornwall Police Community Speed WatchDevon & Cornwall Police are currently looking for volunteers to start a community speed watch in Brixham. Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles, using speed detection devices. All volunteers receive appropriate training and are supported by the neighbourhood policing team. Speedwatch activity is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life in the community. If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers please follow the link below to register your interest. More information about Community Speedwatch can also be found on the page below.
PANNIER MARKET NOT TO RE-OPEN FOLLOWING “PAINFUL” COUNCIL DECISIONBrixham’s Pannier Market is to remain closed following a decision by Brixham Town Council’s Town Hall Committee to reject recommendations to offer the Market Manager a 6 month licence to occupy and a partial payment holiday. Members discussed the long history of the market and the heroic efforts by Market Managers over the years to provide a viable and sustainable experience for local residents and visitors. “This is a really sad day for us all as it is really painful to think of such an historic market having to come to an end”, said Councillor Steve Leech. “But the sad fact is that markets all across the country are in retreat and the Council feels that it has a duty of care to stall holders not to put them in the position of continuously making losses in an enterprise that stubbornly refuses to yield positive results” he added. Councillor David Giles commented that over many years there have been several Managers who have tried to make a go of the Pannier Market, and more than one had run into difficulties while trying to do so. “Councillors understand they are making a major decision that affects everyone in the community who have used or regularly supported the market in the past, but after years of struggling members have come to the conclusion that the Council are not doing either the Market Manager or the small number of stall holders any favours by continuously propping it up”, said David.
Brixham place story - you are invited to join a virtual workshop or complete an online surveyTorbay’s Strategic Partnership (known as Torbay Together which is a partnership of public, private and voluntary sector organisations in Torbay) are working to develop a place story and marketing approach for Torbay and the towns of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. This will help us market the area to attract inward investment, create jobs and support existing business in the area. You are invited to ‘have your say’ on the development of a place story and marketing approach for Brixham by joining a virtual workshop or by completing an online survey. Workshops: The two virtual workshops are taking place via the Zoom platform on the following date: • Thursday 25th March, 6.00 – 7.30pm • Tuesday 30th March, 9.30 – 11.00am To register to attend one of the workshops (you only need to attend one), please use the Eventbrite link. Once you have registered, further information will follow ahead of the session. Online survey: To access the online survey, please use the SurveyMonkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Brixhamonlinesurvey The closing date to complete the survey is Friday 2nd April.
Torbay children and young people successfully return to educationThis week our local children and young people successfully return to schools and further education settings across the Bay. Councillor Cordelia Law, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “The council has worked closely with educational settings throughout the pandemic to help support continued educational needs and provide Covid-safe learning environments for all of our children and young people. “This week has seen a return to learning and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all head teachers and principals and staff who have worked tirelessly to get our children and young people back into the classroom. They have gone above and beyond to ensure that the transition has gone smoothly. I would also like to thank parents and carers for their support, we have seen very few absences across all settings. Attendance is crucial if we are to give our children and young people the best educational chances, it is also important for social interaction and wellbeing.” All primary schools were fully opened from Monday and all children were expected to attend. Secondary schools and further education settings are being staggered as testing has to be undertaken. Asymptomatic testing is vital because staff, students and pupils without symptoms could be carrying the virus and may spread it to others. By having robust testing procedures in place it will help helps secondary schools and colleges to operate as safely as possible. Mark Eager, Principal of Brixham College, said: “By the end of today, the majority of our students will have had their second Covid-19 test. This is due to the proficiency and professionalism of the in-house testing team made up of our science technicians and admin support staff - it's been an all hands to the pump exercise. It has also been a real example to our students on what can be achieved with a positive mind set and can-do attitude. “The return to schooling on Monday, continuing through the rest of this week, has been smooth. Students and staff are taking it in their stride. Support from parents and the wider community has been outstanding throughout this chapter in our college history but particularly in terms of return to school. From a staff perspective, it has been great to see the manner in which students have been welcomed and feedback to me has been extremely positive around 'life returning' to the corridors and classrooms. “Personally, from my perspective I am very proud of both students and staff's resilience, enterprise, and the sense of humour they have maintained to get through this challenging time together. It is fantastic to feel we are making a positive step forward in a much needed return to normality.” Tracey Cleverly, Interim Chief Executive of the Learning Academy Partnership, said: “We have been delighted to welcome our pupils back into schools, and support many of the measures put in place, including staff testing and wider use of face masks by staff, to keep our school communities safe. We are fully committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment which allows our pupils to thrive in their learning. “There has been a fantastic buzz across all of the schools in the Trust. Teachers have been planning and preparing their face-to-face teaching and there were huge smiles in every school as we welcomed back our communities. The Learning Academy Partnership are committed to empowering excellence in all our pupils. This will have been a challenging time for many of our families, so we are committed to delivering our full education offer alongside individual support that some pupils might need, while also ensuring all our children feel comfortable and happy returning to face to face teaching and adjusting to being back within their bubbles.” Stewart Biddles, CEO Riviera Education Trust, said: “It has been fantastic to see our children (and their parents) bounding back to school this week. Across our Trust and indeed across all of Torbay, education staff have worked hard to ensure that our schools are safe places to work and learn and our parents and communities have fully supported the protective measures in place to enable all children to be back at school. “Teachers, parents and children have gone to great efforts over the past months to ensure that our children continued to learn, and that their learning was enjoyable, inspirational and useful, but there is no substitute for in-school, face to face learning and all that goes with it. We are delighted to see our children rekindling their friendships, enjoying playtimes and spreading childhood joy across our communities once more. “There have undoubtedly been hard times faced by many over the past year, but we are looking forward to brighter days and cannot wait to re-engage with residential activities, school trips and summer fairs, to name but a few. We would like to thank all of the parents, staff, schools and businesses, and the Local Authority, that we work with for their continued support which has helped to make this return to school such a positive experience.” Kelly Sooben, Vice Principal, People and Resources, South Devon College, said: “The testing facility at the College has run exceptionally smoothly since the start of the week. We recruited 50 new members of staff that are dedicated to the running of this facility, 40 of which are needed on each day for it to run. “We’re pleased to report that on Monday 8 March, the day of reopening, we saw just under 1000 students tested. Even better, none of those students tested positive which meant they were able to get back to enjoying College life again. “The facility is a great development of our already existing smaller scale testing centre that we put in place for students that needed to be on-site during the lockdown that begun in January 2021. With 15 swabbing bays, we now have capacity to complete 180 tests an hour, equivalent to over 1000 a day. We are testing students three times and giving guidance before we issue them with home testing kits to complete future tests regularly from home too. “As some of our staff have highlighted, the whole experience has been very positive. Huge credit is due for our students that have taken the whole process in their stride, but this would not be possible without our dedicated staff. It is very much a collective effort, and everyone is more motivated than ever with an end in sight. It’s truly inspiring to see and the College are proud of everyone involved.”
BRIXHAM TOWN COUNCIL WELCOME LATEST TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FOR LOCAL BUS SERVICESNews that Torbay Council are to provide support to Country Bus to retain its numbers 15 and 16 services in Brixham until 31st March 2022 have been broadly welcomed by Brixham Town Council. In a statement released immediately after Torbay’s announcement Councillor David Giles said that both Councillors and Officers at the Unitary Authority deserve great credit for their achievement in a very challenging financial environment exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 situation. “Residents in Brixham should be pleased that our local members at Torbay have worked tirelessly to secure this result, supported by Brixham Town Council and other partners”, he said. “But we also have to recognise that as before this is only a temporary reprieve and that we need to continue working with Torbay to find long term sustainable answers to our local transport needs that ensure that our most vulnerable residents can stay connected to their Town Centre and beyond”, he added. Town Clerk Tracy Hallett said that a working party that includes Brixham Town Councillors and several partners have been working for many months towards finding an alternative solution and will continue their work while the threat of cuts remain, however far in the future they may be at this point. “Members and staff have been conducting research, meeting with Torbay Council’s consultants and officers to discuss our local needs, lobbying Anthony Mangnall MP, who has shared our concerns with the Bus Minister, and examining some local schemes so that when and if the losses materialise we will be in a position to act quickly”, said Tracy. “The Council welcomes Torbay’s commitment to developing a strategy to support local routes such as ours and we will continue to assist officers and councillors in their efforts”, she added.
Notice of Casual Vacancy
Brixham Town Council Ward: St Peter’s with St Mary’s Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a casual vacancy exists in the office of councillor for the St Peter’s with St Mary’s ward of Brixham Town Council due to the resignation of Ian Carr. IMPORTANT: Please be advised that in accordance with the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, if an election is requested to fill this vacancy it will not take place before May 2021
Brixham Town Council
Ward: St Peter’s with St Mary’s
Notice is hereby given
pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a casual vacancy exists in the office of councillor for the St Peter’s with St Mary’s ward of Brixham Town Council due to the resignation of Ian Carr.
IMPORTANT: Please be advised that in accordance with the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, if an election is requested to fill this vacancy it will not take place before May 2021
BRIXHAM TOWN COUNCIL TIGHTENS ITS BELT IN 2021/22 BUDGET AND PRECEPT ANNOUNCEMENTBrixham’s hard pressed community will be relieved to discover they will not be hit with a significant increase in the precept being levied by the Town Council for 2021/22. At its Full Council meeting on 18th February members unanimously agreed to an addition of just 0.15% above the 2020/21 rate after many weeks of discussions how the authority could keep any increase to an absolute minimum. The Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, Councillor Paul Addison, told the Council that in order to recommend such a small increase members had examined every possible avenue. “Over many months BTC developed a limited Coronavirus Recovery Plan that is consistent with the relatively small amounts of capital that are available, and members agreed that this should all come together in one pot to be spent on projects that are of benefit to the whole community”, said Councillor Addison. “As a result the Grants budget has been considerably cut and recipients in past years will only be considered in 21/22 if they can present a strong case for funding, coupled with details of exactly how any support will be spent and up to date financial information”, he added. “To ensure fairness across the board, and in recognition that the Town Hall Regeneration Project is not a priority for the community at the moment, the Council has also decided not to provide any funding in the budget for 21/22 in order to be consistent with the removal of automatic support for other organisations”. “We believe that the budget we have agreed is in the best interests of all of the community at this most difficult and unprecedented time in its history”.
COVID-19 - Spring 2021The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time. England is still in a national lockdown. You must stay at home, leaving only where permitted by law, and follow the rules in this guidance. From 8th MARCH, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing: *you will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This means you can sit down for a drink or picnic. You must continue to maintain social distance from those outside your household. This is in addition to outdoor exercise, which is already permitted *pupils and students in all schools and Further Education settings will be able to return to face-to-face education *wraparound childcare can reopen and other children’s activities can restart for all children where it is needed to enable parents to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group. Vulnerable children can attend childcare and other children’s activities in all circumstances *students on practical Higher Education courses at English universities who have not already returned and would be unable to complete their courses if they did not return to take part in practical teaching, access specialist facilities or complete assessments will be able to return *there will continue to be restrictions on international travel. Holidays will not be a permitted reason to travel *those seeking to leave the UK must complete an outbound declaration of travel form ahead of departure *the rules on visiting care homes will change to allow regular indoor visits for a single named visitor No further significant changes will be made on 8 March and restrictions requiring you to stay at home will remain in place. Later changes, including from 29th March, are set out in the roadmap. The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are advised not to attend work, school or education until 31 March.
Torbay Council has officially appointed a new Director of Public Health for TorbayDr Lincoln Sargeant was previously the Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire County Council and is replacing Torbay’s current Director of Public Health, Dr Caroline Dimond, who is retiring this month. Lincoln joined North Yorkshire County Council in 2012 and was instrumental in establishing and leading the Public Health services and functions in England’s largest county by area, since the transfer of responsibilities from the NHS to Local Government in April 2013. As well as developing and improving North Yorkshire’s Healthy Child and Sexual Health and Substance Misuse services, he also played an important role in creating, funding and supporting programmes such as Stronger Communities, Living Well (social prescribing), Discoveries on your Doorstep (physical activity), Falls Prevention and Adult Weight Management. More recently, he worked to provide Public Health leadership and expertise in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously a consultant in Public Health Medicine with NHS Cambridgeshire, his portfolio included health protection, social inclusion, mental health, and epidemiology with the University of Cambridge, where he was a Recognised Clinical Teacher at the medical school. Lincoln is a medical graduate of University of West Indies and holds postgraduate degrees from University of Cambridge in Epidemiology and Public Health. Lincoln said of his new appointment: “I am delighted to be appointed to this role and to be able to help tackle some of the challenges that our communities face, particularly those that have arisen since the COVID-19 pandemic. Colleagues across the Council, the wider health sector and the voluntary sector are already working hard to meet these challenges and I am committed to doing all I can to support these efforts.” Anne-Marie Bond, Interim Chief Executive of Torbay Council, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Lincoln to Torbay. He comes with a wealth of Public Health experience and will be a great asset. This is a crucial time for COVID-19 as the vaccination and testing programmes gain momentum, so it is great to have Lincoln on board. In addition, his previous portfolios mirror many of our local public health programmes and initiatives, so I am confident that he can build on the great work that is already taking place. “I would also like to say thank you to Dr Caroline Dimond for everything she has achieved during her time at Torbay Council. Caroline came to us in 2015 and since then has worked on many different projects and initiatives. Her expertise and dedication has enormously benefited the local authority and the communities of Torbay. This has been extremely evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, where Caroline’s expertise and leadership has helped to navigate Torbay through this unprecedented time. On behalf of everyone at Torbay Council, I wish her well in her retirement.” Councillor Jackie Stockman, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “I look forward to working with our new Director of Public Health, Lincoln Sargeant, and know he already has a grasp of the issues we face in Torbay. It is often good to have a fresh pair of eyes which can lead to innovative ways of making a difference to the lives of those most in need. I would also like to wish our retiring Director of Public Health Caroline Dimond all the best for her future, she has been truly inspirational to work with and has also put the residents of the Bay at the heart of every action and decision she has made.”
Census - March 2021On Thursday 18th February 2021 a meeting of Brixham Town Council will be held virtually via ZOOM. The meeting will begin at 2pm and will start with a presentation about the forthcoming Census from Liza Oxford the Census Engagement Manager for Devon. If you would like to watch this informative presentation please email email@example.com and we will supply the necessary link and password. Also, Liza has informed the Council that she is happy to answer any questions residents might have about the Census. If you have a question that you would like Liza to answer at the meeting please send in your email by no later than Tuesday 16th February.
Torbay News ReleaseEnglish Riviera Airshow postponed for second year With a heavy heart Torbay Council has decided not to go ahead with the English Riviera Airshow in 2021. At last night’s informal Cabinet meeting, Members gave guidance to Officers that given the number of unknowns relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the uncertainty over the roadmap out of the current lockdown it would not be viable to plan and host a large scale event. This is the second year in a row the Council has had to postpone the event, which draws in crowds of over 165,000 along the English Riviera coastline and contributes more than £7m to the local economy. The two day event which started in 2016 had become firmly established as one of the key UK airshows, thanks to back-to-back appearances from world-class air display teams. Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, said; “We were always hopeful that we would be able to host an airshow in 2021, but with cases of COVID-19 still high and the uncertainty around when life will return to some sort of normality the right decision is to postpone the event for a further year. The health and safety of residents and visitors is paramount, and it is imperative that we follow all government guidance”. Cllr Nicole Amil, English Riviera Airshow Steering Group Lead, said; “Postponing the airshow which is one of Torbay’s flagship events was not an easy decision to come to, as we know so many have come to love the annual event. We will commence planning for the English Riviera Airshow 2022 shortly, which we hope will coincide with the Queens Platinum (70th) Jubilee celebrations”.
Torbay Council is asking local residents for their views on transport plans for the Bay.Have your say on Transport plans for Torbay Torbay Council is asking local residents for their views on transport plans for the Bay. The comprehensive plans cover everything from addressing climate change to helping people to keep active, healthy and to thrive. You can have your say on public transport, cycle lanes, scooters, cars and ferries, as well as any ideas you may have to support Torbay Council’s ongoing commitment to the Devon Climate Emergency. Members of the public are being asked to complete an online survey which asks questions which will inform three key strategic transport projects for the Bay: • Local Transport Action Plan (2021-2026) - A new 5 year plan which includes a range of key transport projects to improve access for all transport users in a variety of ways to be delivered over 5 years. • Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) - A more detailed walking and cycling plan which is the first of its kind for Torbay and includes short, medium and long term priorities for improvement, in response to evidence. • Active Travel Fund schemes (Phase 2) - Funding has been provided to deliver a number of active travel interventions – while some consultation was done on this before, there will be further engagement with residents before the projects are delivered. An immediate opportunity to deliver a small number of active travel interventions as agreed to and in response to the Government’s Active Travel Fund. Leader of Torbay Council Steve Darling said: “With plans for a new train station at Edginswell and new national funding opportunities coming up for innovative transport solutions for Torbay to help more people walk and cycle, there has never been a better time to have your say and help shape local transport strategy. “We are absolutely committed to working with the local community to address climate change, while also helping people to keep active and ensure local transport is as efficient as can be. “We know how essential getting more active can be for our wellbeing, especially during these difficult times – whether this is walking or cycling – so as well as being important to protect the environment, we want residents to tell us what we can do to help people become more active and improve their health.” Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture for Torbay Council said: “Please do take the time to give us your views – this will help us set the priorities for our local transport over the next few years. “The Council has re-orientated its transport delivery priorities for more sustainable and active travel. This is particularly in response to the Council’s corporate priorities in relation to healthy communities, tackling climate change as well as responding to the public.” To find out more and complete the survey click here www.torbay.gov.uk/consultations The consultation closes on Sunday 14 March 2021.
Office Space for HireBrixham Town Hall - Office Space For Hire The 'Baker Room' is available to hire immediately and at very competitive rates. Benefits of hire include Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities and a COVID safe environment. The Town Hall is centrally located in Brixham a short walk from numerous public car parks and the Bus Station. If you are interested in hiring the 'Baker Room' or would like more details about availability and costs please call 01803 859678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vaccination Fact CheckThe NHS has warned people to be vigilant about fake invitations to have the coronavirus vaccination, sent by scammers. The scam email includes a link to "register" for the vaccine, but no registration for the real vaccination is required. The fake site also asks for bank details either to verify identification or to make a payment. The NHS says it would never ask for bank details, and the vaccine is free.
News Release - Torbay CouncilTesting, Testing, One, Two, Three Ways of Testing in Torbay Due to the rapidly rising infection rates both nationally and locally, and the new strains of the virus making it spread a lot quicker than before, more testing measures are being introduced in Torbay to protect the community. The Department of Health and Social Care opened a new testing site on 14 January in the car park of Torbay Leisure Centre in Paignton. This is now the main testing site for Torbay, and is situated to be easily accessible. The existing mobile testing unit at Lymington Road in Torquay is still available on selected dates until at least 28 January, and updates will be provided on any service changes. Also, home testing kits are also now available for up to four people in a household. Appointments at the testing sites are available every day for people with symptoms and those who have been asked to get tested by a medical professional. The symptoms of COVID are one or more of the following: • a fever or high temperature • a new, continuous cough • a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste. Anyone with these symptoms should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. They will be sent a home testing kit on request, or given an appointment at one of the local testing centres. Parking is available on both sites and instructions on driving or walking to the centre will be provided when registering for a test. Those being tested are required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practicing good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre. Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them trace their contacts. This will help to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission. Torbay Council Leader, Steve Darling said: “We welcome the new Local Testing Site in Torbay, which is in addition to the Mobile Testing Unit and Home Testing, giving Torbay residents three ways to get tested and thereby help contain the virus. “I urge anyone with COVID symptoms to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace if you are contacted, to protect others and stop the spread of the virus.” Torbay Council Deputy Leader, Darren Cowell said “We’re pleased to be support the Department of Health and Social Care by hosting the new Local Testing Site at Torbay Leisure Centre, which is open every day between 8am and 8pm. “If we can contain this virus, we can work together towards getting back to a more normal way of life in Torbay.”
New Festoon LightsThe Town Council has been working in partnership with several businesses along the Harbour to install additional festoon lighting around the historic Old Fish Market. Huge thanks must go to the businesses who sponsored the lights for 2021 and the Harbour Authority for their assistance. Liberty’s The Bay Coffee Company Quay 57 The Harbour Diner
Office Space for HireThe Baker Room, set within Brixham Town Hall, is a refurbished office space available for immediate hire. Benefits include tea/coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi and is a COVID-19 safe environment. For further details including hire cost please call 01803 859678
Brixham Town Council Community Transport QuestionnaireThe Country Bus services 15 and 16 are at threat of ceasing on 31st March 2021, Brixham Town Council and others are working to try and retain the services. We are also exploring other options should the loss of the services be confirmed in the near future. The Council therefore welcomes some further input from our community at this time on some key questions. If you are able to help us please either complete the online questionnaire below or you can complete the paper copy in the Brixham Signal. Also we are asking if people would be interested in becoming a volunteer driver to support a scheme, if your answer to this is yes, please contact us directly on 01803 859678 or email@example.com
Brixham Town Council Budget ConsultationBrixham Town Council 2021/22 Budget Consultation Brixham Town Council's Budget and Precept Consultation for the financial year 2021/22 is presented for your participation during an unprecedented period in the history of our community. The backdrop for this year's discussion is the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic that has devastated our daily lives and has caused our businesses, organisations and groups much financial hardship, forcing a re-assessment of core aims and objectives. The same applies to Brixham Town Council, where the members are currently examining all aspects of the organisation's finances in order to bring forward a budget that works for the community and helps us all to move forward together whatever the future may hold for our town. KEEPING IN TOUCH You will find more information on our budget, Strategic plan and services we provide on our website. All Town Council agendas and minutes are public and meetings are open to members of the public, who are entitled to ask questions at the start of the meeting. RESPONDING TO THE CONSULTATION We welcome your comments in this consultation, and the Town Council will consider and vote on its final budget in February 2021. The closing date is 31st January 2021. This consultation is also available in hard copy and will be printed in the Brixham Signal in the January 2021 issue.
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