Town Council News

More Lights but less Drama for Brixham This Christmas

A press release has been issued today regarding the "Lanterns, Lights & 'Luminations" event scheduled for 28th November 2020.

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Virtual Brixham In Bloom Competition

Virtual Brixham In Bloom Competition

The entries keep coming in. Remember the deadline to get your entry in is the 31st May, judging will then take place and the Winners announced in June.
The Torbay Community Coronavirus Helpline hours have reduced

The Torbay Community Coronavirus Helpline hours have reduced

The Torbay Community Coronavirus Helpline hours are to be reduced as calls for help during the crisis begin to reduce. As from today helpline will be reducing its opening hours and all calls will will now be handled on the 01803 446022 number (then you dial 1 for Paignton & Torquay or 2 for Brixham/BDC) The new hours will now be 10:00 - 18:00 Monday to Friday and on Saturdays only from 09:30 - 12:30.

Brixham Home Deliveries

The latest list of local businesses who are providing home deliveries and takeaway services for the residents of Brixham is attached.

Brixham Home Delivery

Limited number of public toilets to re-open in Torbay

Torbay Council press release. Following extensive conversations with our contractor Healthmatic, we will be re-opening a limited number of public toilets across Torbay from today (Friday 22 May). Site Specific Risk Assessments have been completed, which have identified a number of units that can safely re-open. 1 toilet at Brixham Breakwater (Unisex DDA ONLY Pay on entry) 1 toilet at Brixham Harbour (Unisex DDA ONLY Pay on entry) 1 toilet at Bank Lane, Brixham (Unisex DDA ONLY Pay on entry) 1 toilet at Goodrington Central (Unisex DDA ONLY Pay on entry) 1 toilet at Goodrington North (Unisex DDA ONLY Free) 1 toilet at Preston North (Unisex DDA ONLY Free) 1 toilet at Corbyn Head (Unisex DDA ONLY Free) 1 toilet at Torre Abbey Meadows (Unisex DDA ONLY Free) 1 toilet at Torquay Seafront Complex (Unisex DDA ONLY Pay on entry) Additional cleaning regimes and frequencies will be in place, and users will be asked to adhere to the guidance on display with regards to social distancing and hygiene, both before and after using the facilities. To minimise the risk to the public, only single occupancy cubicles will be available for use to avoid users gathering in communal areas. In addition, cash payments have been disabled with only contactless payments being accepted. Units will be closed when cleaning is being carried out, and appropriate signage will be in place to notify users of this. We ask that users remain patient when cleaning is taking place, we will not tolerate abusive or offensive behavior towards cleaning operatives. For the full details please see the attached document.

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New discretionary grants launched today for Torbay businesses

New grants launched for Torbay businesses Torbay Council is pleased to announce a new raft of grants available to small businesses across Torbay. Discretionary grants are the latest set of financial measures from the Government aimed at businesses not eligible under the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund (though a wide range of small businesses will also be able to apply for these, not just those in leisure or hospitality industry). The online process for the first set of applications opens on Thursday 21st May 2020 at 8am. As there are limited funds applications will initially be open until 7th June 2020. The new grants are designed for small businesses trading on 11th March 2020. The grants range from £1,000 – 25,000 per business.

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Staying Safe Outside Your Home

With the recent changes to the lock-down restrictions, the Government have published some useful guidelines to help everyone stay safe whilst outside of their home. To see the full list please click on the link

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Notice of Casual Vacancy

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Notice of Casual Vacancy

Virtual Brixham In Bloom Competition

One day into our virtual competition and the entries have started to come in and they look great. Remember the 4 categories you can enter are; 1. Front garden, 2. Rear garden, 3. Window box/ Patio container, 4. Allotment. We look forward to receiving your entries and showing off your hard work on our social media pages.

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Shoalstone Pool Closure

Shoalstone Pool Closure

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus) the pool is closed and will be for the foreseeable future. Fencing has been erected as a safety measure.

Press release from Torbay Council: Public toilets across Torbay to remain closed

With the UK government announcing the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions, it is still important to be aware that the risk of infection increases the closer you are to another person with the virus. Taking this information into account, Torbay Council has taken the decision that public toilets across Torbay, including disabled toilets, will remain closed for now while we work with our contractor, Healthmatic, to determine a safe way to reopen some of these facilities. For the full press release see below.

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UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to coronavirus symptoms: 18 March 2020

UK Chief Medical Officers: update to coronavirus symptoms: 18 March 2020 From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia. Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

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Dogs On Beaches - A Reminder

Dogs are not allowed on certain beaches from 1st May to 30th September each year. During this time period dogs must also be kept on a lead on promenades adjacent to the beaches where dogs are not allowed. At all times, if your dog is excitable or doesn’t respond well to your commands, it should be kept on a lead regardless of whether it is on a beach or a promenade. Check the lists below to see where and when you can exercise your dog.

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Update from Torbay Council for beach and harbour users

Update from Torbay Council for beach and harbour users

Update for harbour and beach users From Wednesday 13 May the government has announced there will be a partial lifting of some COVID-19 (Coronavirus) lockdown restrictions, and Torbay Council and Tor Bay Harbour Authority want to help clarify what harbour and beach users can and can’t do, based on the latest national guidance. You can sunbathe or picnic on a beach, and take part in most water sports but please follow the latest government safety guidelines. The usual seasonal restrictions will apply to dog walkers though with some beaches open and others where the dog ban remains in place. Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture said: “It’s really important that users of the harbour and our beaches are aware of the latest government safety guidelines and we want to help keep everyone safe so please do respect the social distancing in particular.” Councillor Nicole Amil, Chair of the Harbour Committee, said: “Although there are some areas where we are still seeking clarification from the government, for the first time in six weeks, people will be able to access their boats, and families from the same household will be able to spend time together on beaches and in their beach huts. “I would however, remind people to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and ensure they stay at least two metres apart from other people when they are in public places around the Bay, for example on the beach, at the harbour, or on a pontoon.” Harbour users The government has announced that all forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft are allowed. Members of the same household can now spend time on their boats. The bridge and cill will be operated (tide permitting) between 9am and 5pm from Wednesday 13 May and 7am to 9pm from Monday 18 May. Harbour offices remain closed to the public, however customers who need to top up electrical cards or collect fobs can arrange by telephone to do so by appointment during the times stated above. Toilets and other facilities remain closed for the time being, but we will be reviewing this in the near future. Please maintain a two metre distance at all times when walking on pontoons and do not go onto other vessels when spending time on your boat. Beach and beach hut users The new guidelines will allow members of the same household to spend time together on the beaches and/or in their beach huts so long as social distancing (at least two metres apart) can be maintained. The Beach team will be putting out the remaining huts, bins, flagpoles and signage as quickly as possible, much of this will occur during early mornings to minimise disruption and contact with others and we ask that you stay clear of these activities for your own health and safety. You can go to a beach to sunbathe or have a picnic with members of your household, as long as you maintain social distance of at least two metres from others on the beach. Please remember that all of our public toilets currently remain closed, however we will be reviewing this in the near future. Seasonal restrictions will still apply to walking dogs on beaches as these are bye-laws and the usual enforcement measures such as dog wardens will be in place, however there are a number of other beaches in Torbay where you can walk your dogs – you can find out more on the Torbay Council website: https://www.torbay.gov.uk/news/pr8018/ You can go swimming in the sea as part of daily exercise provided that social distancing guidelines are observed – advice against using public indoor and outdoor pools remains in place. Additionally, Swim England have said that only competent and experienced open water swimmers should use this form of exercise. You can find out more on their website: https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/coronavirus-faqs-answered/ To stay safe, you must take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors, and keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times.  Please note: Regardless of these other new allowances, please remember that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is reminded they should remain isolated at home according to Government advice. The latest guidance on spending time outdoors is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-on-spending-time-outdoors?utm_source=f3fc1c2a-9679-494b-9830-6451ea9e84de&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate For the most up to date national guidance and information on Coronavirus, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Virtual Brixham In Bloom Competition

With the Covid-19 lockdown looking like it’s here to stay for a while yet, Brixham Town Council are launching a Virtual Brixham In Bloom Competition. A great way to show off all of your hard work and to share some positive inspiration while we are all keeping safe at home… you might even get recognised as one of Brixham’s most green-fingered residents! The competition will run from Monday 18th May until Sunday 31st May. To take part send your photos to info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk Images will be shared on our social media sites and the winner revealed on the 1st June 2020.

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WHERE TO GET SUPPORT FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

It can sometimes be hard knowing who and where to go for help if you’re struggling with your mental health. Support is available for you, even if services seem busy at the moment because of coronavirus. You are important and you will not be wasting anyone's time. Here are some options to help you find the right kind of support:

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Self Employed: Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.

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Government launch new Bounce Back Loans today

Britain’s small businesses will be able to apply for quick and easy-to access loans of up to £50,000 from today – with the cash expected to land within days. For more information follow the link https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-bounce-back-loans-to-launch-today?utm_source=c985eecc-0ba1-4c89-9b64-575df515d4a0&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

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Allotment Newsletter May Edition

Here is the May issue of the Allotment Newsletter. Due to COVID-19 and the current restrictions we won't be able to put this edition in the allotment notice boards this month.

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Be Proud Support Brixham

Be Proud Support Brixham

Remember all the local small businesses that you’ve asked for years and years to donate and sponsor your sports clubs, school events, organisations etc? They’re calling in a favour. Answer the call.

Brixham Home Deliveries

Here is the latest list of local businesses offering home delivery. There are now 49 offering this much needed service.

Brixham Home Delivery

VE Day 75th Anniversary

Celebrate on May 8th with a 'Stay at Home' party

VE Day 75th Anniversary

NHS press release: Parents are assured child will be safe at hospital during pandemic

NHS press release: Parents are assured child will be safe at hospital during pandemic

Parents assured children will be safe at hospital during pandemic Parents are being urged to continue taking their unwell children to hospital during the pandemic amid concerns some are worried they might be risking them being infected by coronavirus. Paediatric staff at hospitals across Devon have noticed parents are not taking children to hospital because they are following social distancing guidance and sometimes attending later than advised and only when their child’s illness has worsened. Parents of unwell children and those with children living with complex underlying health conditions can be assured that major changes have been made to hospitals to avoid the risk of infection. Doctor Jonny Graham, the Lead Children’s doctor at Torbay Hospital, said: “It is always worrying when your child is unwell, particularly if they need to be seen in hospital. Coming to hospital is a scary thought. Even more so during the Covid pandemic. “We know some parents have changed their minds about bringing their child to hospital at the last minute, only to return later when their child is more unwell. “We have made huge changes to the emergency and children’s departments at Torbay Hospital so we can continue to assess children and families in a safe way. “If you or a health professional feels your child needs hospital assessment, or if you think your child is unwell, we are always happy to see you.” • If you’re a parent with a seriously unwell child, we want you to know that the NHS is here for you. • Children still get sick and we want you to connect with us when this happens • If you have to go to A&E there will be special arrangements in place to protect you and your child from the risk of infection. • You know your child better than anyone else, and if you think your child is unwell or deteriorating you must seek medical help and not delay presentation. Doctors will want to make sure that your child is treated before their condition deteriorates.

Road works affecting Brixham

Torbay Council have sent out the latest edition of forthcoming road works affecting Brixham. Please see below for details, for more information go to https://www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/roadworks/

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New Bounce Back Loan Scheme announced for small businesses across UK

New Bounce Back Loan Scheme announced for small businesses across UK Torbay businesses are being encouraged to find out about additional financial support that has just been announced by the government, including new 100% government guaranteed loans. From 4th May the new Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer will allow small and medium businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and businesses will be able to apply online through a short and simple form. Although administered by banks, Torbay Council wants to ensure local small businesses make use of any support that can help them get back on their feet. Businesses can apply for a loan if they:  Are based in the UK.  have been negatively affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)  were not 'undertaking in difficulty' on 31 December 2019. Swithin Long, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Tourism at Torbay Council said: “The Bounce Back Loan scheme will be a lifeline for those businesses who do not fall into the grant funded criteria, but who need cash flow quickly to avoid getting into financial difficulties. The loan scheme adds to a package of Government grants, tax deferrals and the job retention scheme which are helping to support hundreds of small businesses across Torbay.” Firms will be able to access these loans through a network of accredited lenders. The Government will work with lenders to ensure loans delivered through the scheme are advanced as quickly as possible, and agree a low standardised level of interest for the remaining period of the loan. It will run alongside the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS). Review the full range of financial support packages for businesses on offer locally at www.torbay.gov.uk/financial-support-for-businesses/

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Torbay Council Press Release - COVID-19 Key Worker Testing Facilities - book a test today

Torbay Council Press Release - COVID-19 Key Worker Testing Facilities - book a test today

COVID-19 Keyworker Testing Facility – book a test today The key testing site in Torquay is now in place and there are some slots available today for keyworkers in the Bay. If you are a key worker, and you or anyone in your household is displaying COVID symptoms (please check here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/) and would like to be tested, please can you email commissioning@torbay.gov.uk and provide the following details: Name, mobile number and who you work for and you will be contacted regarding an appointment. The facility is based at the coach station car park in Lymington Road, Torquay, TQ1 4BD, and you will have to provide photo ID. Car park closure – polite reminder In order for testing to take place the coach station car park is closed to cars and pedestrians and we would ask people for their understanding while the temporary facility is in place.

Brixham Home Deliveries

The latest list of local firms supporting the community with home deliveries is now available. If you would prefer to have the list emailed please call 01803 859678 or email info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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Brixham Food Banks

Brixham Food Banks – you can go directly to the Food Banks Brixham has two food banks that are available to the people of Brixham if they need them. Brixham food bank will be open on Monday & Fridays, from 2pm til 4pm. To gain access please use the gate at the rear of the Town Hall (car park entrance). The Food Bank are still in desperate need of donations. You can drop off to them directly during their opening times. YES! Food Bank you can call them on 01083 851414 they can deliver food parcels if you are unable to go out.
Torre Abbey engages young people in art during COVID-19

Torre Abbey engages young people in art during COVID-19

Torre Abbey engages young people in art during COVID-19 Lots of us have been adapting to new ways of working throughout the COVID-19 (coronavirus) lockdown, and our team at Torre Abbey are no different. The Abbey may currently be closed to visitors, but the team have been exploring new ways of inspiring young people to get them involved in art through online exhibitions and competitions. Back in February Torre Abbey teamed up with Artizan Gallery, to host a ‘Young Artizans Exhibition’ for Key Stage 1 & 2 students from Torbay and Devon. Students were asked to submit their artwork, which was due to be on display in Torre Abbey’s Spanish Barn over the weekend of 28 and 29 March. Sadly, the exhibition had to be cancelled, and rather than disappoint the young people who had submitted works the exhibition was moved online. Many of the young people who submitted works had taken inspiration from our naturally inspiring English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark, in particular its sea life. The online ‘Young Artizan Exhibition’ is open for entries until Thursday 30 April. To find out more and view the work submitted so far, visit Torre Abbey’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/torreabbey/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10163941162570455 At the start of the year, the Royal Photographic Society South West Branch held their biennial exhibition at the Abbey. The exhibition featured over 50 stunning images from local talented photographers. In conjunction with this exhibition, a ‘Young People’s Photography’ competition was launched. Owing to COVID-19 the remit of the competition had to change to reflect UK government guidance, with young people now being asked to use their camera to ‘provide a window into their world’ from their home. Young photographers are now encouraged to take fun, emotional or inspiring pictures that show how they and their families (and even their pets) are adapting to and make the most of lockdown life. The photography competition is open for entries until Monday 31 August to anyone under the age of 18. All entries will be judged by the Royal Photographic Society South West branch and a member of the Torre Abbey team. The best pictures will be displayed in a virtual gallery during lockdown, and at Torre Abbey later in the year. The overall winner will receive a Family Member to Torre Abbey and a selection of prizes from the Royal Photographic Society. Full entry terms and conditions can be found on Torre Abbey’s website https://www.torre-abbey.org.uk/whats-on/lockdown-young-peoples-photography-competition-2020/ Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Culture for Torbay Council, said “We are living through extraordinary times, and although our freedom of movement is currently limited, our freedom of expression isn’t. It is wonderful that the team at Torre Abbey are continuing to engage with young people through art, by coming up with new ways to get them involved from their homes. The photography competition from homes is an innovative idea that any young person can get involved in. Expensive photography equipment is not required, photos can be taken on any device and can be in colour, black and white or feature special effects”.

Road works affecting Brixham

Virgin Media road works in Brixham information supplied by Torbay Council for more information on planned road works in Torbay go to https://www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/roadworks/ King Street 30.04.20 – 14.05.20 contact 07789277451 Great Rea Road 05.05.20 – 21.05.20 contact 07789277451 Dashpers 07.05.20 – 12.05.20 contact 03330005952

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Community Help & Support

The voluntary groups of Brixham have come together to share where you can access community support. For up to date information on where you can access help and support in Brixham please click on the link.

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Brixham Town Council hold first virtual meeting and creates a Coronavius Social Emergency Fund

Brixham Town Councillors have unanimously voted to create a Coronavirus Social Emergency Fund by releasing all grant monies in the Council’s 2020/21 budget.

Speaking after the Council had held its first ever Virtual Meeting, Town Clerk Tracy Hallett said that Councillors were anxious to provide the maximum support that was possible from its limited budget.

“By pooling the grant support listed under various headings in this year’s budget the Council is now in a position to make a total of £26,500 available to organisations and groups that are supporting the most vulnerable members of our community, if needed”, she said.

“We have set up a streamlined grant application form specifically for the purpose in order to speed up the process of releasing funding quickly to meet the needs of the moment in a crisis situation”, she added.

A new Brixham Partnership was recently set up expressly for the purpose of providing maximum support to the most needy or isolated members of the community and comprises a number of groups working together collaboratively to ensure speedy and effective delivery.

“Members of the Council are unanimous in their support for the groups and organisations who are offering these services and recognise the importance of providing whatever help it can at this unprecedented moment in the town’s history”, said Tracy.

 

Coronavirus Social Emergency Fund

Brixham Town Council hold first virtual meeting and creates a Coronavius Social Emergency Fund

Brixham Town Councillors have unanimously voted to create a Coronavirus Social Emergency Fund by releasing all grant monies in the Council’s 2020/21 budget.

Speaking after the Council had held its first ever Virtual Meeting, Town Clerk Tracy Hallett said that Councillors were anxious to provide the maximum support that was possible from its limited budget.

“By pooling the grant support listed under various headings in this year’s budget the Council is now in a position to make a total of £26,500 available to organisations and groups that are supporting the most vulnerable members of our community, if needed”, she said.

“We have set up a streamlined grant application form specifically for the purpose in order to speed up the process of releasing funding quickly to meet the needs of the moment in a crisis situation”, she added.

A new Brixham Partnership was recently set up expressly for the purpose of providing maximum support to the most needy or isolated members of the community and comprises a number of groups working together collaboratively to ensure speedy and effective delivery.

“Members of the Council are unanimous in their support for the groups and organisations who are offering these services and recognise the importance of providing whatever help it can at this unprecedented moment in the town’s history”, said Tracy.

 

Coronavirus Social Emergency Fund

Government launches new coronavirus business support finder tool

A new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. A simple questionnaire which takes under a minute to complete will signpost to the relevant government financial support. The new business support finder tool can be found at https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder. More details on support for businesses can be found on the coronavirus business support hub https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=52690430-8716-4605-a92f-5c4f43b9c00e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

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Brixham Home Deliveries

Here is the most up to date list of local businesses still supplying residents with those all important home deliveries.

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For Sale by Informal Tender - Heritage K6 Telephone Box

Brixham 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. The successful bidders offer will be subject to the terms and conditions of the tender document. Full terms and conditions apply and the Informal Tender Document is available from Brixham Town Council website only.

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Brixham Food Bank

Brixham Food Bank Update Residents are asking what the food bank may be running low prior to making a donation. We have spoken with the volunteers today and the following items would be greatly appreciated; Tinned vegetables and soups Tinned fruit, custard or rice puddings Tinned meals (meat stuff like meatballs, frankfurters, stews, macaroni cheese, chicken in sauce, also tuna, salmon, sardines etc in tins). Packet: pasta meals, rice meals, custard, jelly, soups, pot noodles, cereals. Basics: long life milk, sugar, tea and coffee If you are able to make a donation please visit the food bank via the rear gate at the back of the Town Hall on Mondays or Fridays, 2-4pm. Alternatively, if these days are not convenient, you can visit Brixham Does Care at the Friends Centre, Brixham Hospital, Greenswood Road, TQ5 9HN, where they will accept the donation and deliver to the food bank for you.
Brixham Battery Heritage Group Appeal

Brixham Battery Heritage Group Appeal

Today when out for our daily exercise we found some our Battery buildings sprayed. The Brixham Heritage Group works hard to keep this heritage site in good condition and take school groups around on tours (in normal times ) so we were disheartened to see all this damage. How they found the time to do this when we are in lock down is a mystery as its not a five minute paint job? It took time and moving between buildings . Sadly its not a case of just re-painting, some of the brickwork is the original and is to be kept in that form. So please if anyone knows or sees people doing this please tell us via our web page or Facebook or phone and leave a message for the Police. Not only are they damaging property but are not keeping to the lockdown rules . Brixham Battery Heritage Group.

Changes to Registrar and Registration Services - due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis

Changes to Registrar and Registration Services Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis

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Latest news from Torbay and South Devon

Managing the COVID-19 outbreak There’s a lot of work going on across the Trust to ensure we are well prepared for any increase in COVID-19 patients. We have already put some of these plans in place and we wanted to share with you what we are doing and reassure you that we have thorough plans in place to ensure we can provide good care for our patients whilst supporting our staff to stay safe. As part of this we have cancelled all non-urgent planned appointments so that we can focus on our emergency response services. All appointments are being clinically review by the appropriate specialist. Following the clinical review, unless an appointment is essential, it may be replaced with a non-face to face appointment such as a telephone or video consultation or it may be re-arranged for a later date. This means if anyone havs an appointment booked over the coming weeks they should not attend unless advised otherwise by the Trust. If the appointment is deemed to be essential we will contact the patient – people do not need to contact us. We have moved some of our departments and services at Torbay Hospital around, so that we can safely treat people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 symptoms away from anyone being treated for other conditions. We have expanded capacity in our emergency department and ICU and are working with Mount Stuart Hospital for urgent surgery and are also using Newton Abbot Hospital as a non COVID-19 (‘green’) hospital. Over the weekend we moved two of our wards to Newton Abbot Hospital as part of this plan. Visiting arrangements To reduce the risk to patients, staff and any visitors and maintain the Government’s direction of social isolation we are not accepting visitors to our hospitals, except in the following circumstances: • One parent/guardian visiting their child (under the age of 18) • A patient receiving end of life care • Specific reasons of safety (dementia or learning disability where anxiety would be increased significantly) • Mothers who are expecting in the Birthing Unit, one birth partner will be permitted only when in labour Even under these circumstances, visitors should not come to the hospital if they have a new, persistent cough or high temperature of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher. Additionally, if visitors live with someone who has symptoms, they should stay at home for 14 days starting from the day the first person in the household developed symptoms and should not visit.

Brixham Home Deliveries

Updated 7th April 2020

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Torbay Council Press Release - Call Centre available over the bank holiday

Torbay Council Call Centre available over the bank holiday weekend Torbay Council’s Call Centre will be available over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend for anyone who needs support with council services. The call centre is available on weekdays from 9am to 5pm and will also be available on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Easter Monday from 9am to 1pm. It will also be available every weekend throughout April from 9am to 1pm. The call centre can be contacted on 01803 207201 and will be available to provide advice and support to local residents on all services including housing, council tax, Registrar services and business rates, and can also advise on changes to local services as a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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Brixham Home Deliveries

The updated list of local businesses offering a home delivery service is now available. If you would like the list emailed please call 01803 859678 or email on info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Brixham Town Council - no visitors this Easter

Please do not come and visit Brixham this Easter and during COVID-19. We will be very happy to welcome you all when this is over. STAY AT HOME PROTECT THE NHS SAVE LIVES

Call for all Torbay accommodation providers to follow closure orders

Please see latest press release for accommodation providers regarding closure orders

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Brixham Food Bank

Please be aware that the food bank is now open on Mondays & Fridays, 2pm until 4pm. This WILL include the 10th April (Good Friday) and the 13th April (Bank Holiday Monday). Donations are always needed and gratefully received.

Allotment Newsletter April Edition

The 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.

April Newsletter

Road works affecting Brixham

ROAD WORKS AFFECTING BRIXHAM - Week Commencing 06/04/2020

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Allotment News - Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

The 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.

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Latest Home Delivery List

We 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 info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Brixham Home Delivery

Brixham Home Deliveries

The 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 info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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Brixham Food Bank

With 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) Update

As 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.

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Update on Environmental Services from Torbay Counci

Press release from Torbay Council regarding an update on Environmental Services.

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Important information about bus services in Torbay

Press release from Torbay Council regarding changes to bus services in Torbay due Covid-19

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PR- Coronavirus - Temporary suspension of roadworks in Torbay

Press release from Torbay Council regarding temporary suspension of roadworks in Torbay. This will affect a lot of planned road works in Brixham.

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Show your appreciation for the NHS tonight

Show your appreciation for the NHS tonight

To 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 Update

We 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 info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.

Residents warned to be vigilant against COVID-19 scams

Latest press release from Trading Standards and Torbay Council

Brixham Pirate Festival Update

Considering 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 Clerk

Dear 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 Deliveries

The 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 info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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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 buspass@torbay.gov.uk

Brixham Home Delivery

The 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.

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Shoalstone Pool

As 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 Bank

Brixham 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 Deliveries

We 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

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Brixham Businesses Offering Home Delivery

Brixham Businesses Offering Home Delivery

The 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 Meeting

Due 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 service

If 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.

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Keep Brixham Beautiful - Saturday 21st March

Unfortunately 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 Beautiful

The 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 info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.
Community Consultation Events

Community Consultation Events

6th & 7th March 2020, 10am - 1pm in the Scala Hall
Allotment Notice Boards

Allotment Notice Boards

Whilst 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 Brixham

See 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/

Roadworks Report Brixham

Torbay Climate Action Survey

Torbay 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

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For Sale by Informal Tender - Heritage K6 Telephone Box

Brixham 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.

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Annual Parish Meeting

The 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 A3022

We 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 Grants

Brixham Town Council Grants

At 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 Roadworks

We 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 Needed

The 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 info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01803 859678 to get onto our volunteers list, we've already got 2 of our councillors on board 😀

Virgin Media Works Update

You 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 Brixham

Resurfacing 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 2020

Are 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.

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Civic Award Nominations & Outstanding Sports Achievement Award

The 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.

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New Allotment Plot Posts

New Allotment Plot Posts

Our 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!

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; info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01803 859678.

Town Hall Regeneration Project Public Consultation

BRIXHAM 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 Project

Understandably 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;

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Allotment Notice Boards Are Up!

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 Survey

Brixham Town Hall Regeneration Project - Community Engagement Survey

Your 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 Tender

Lanterns, Lights &'Luminations for 2020 - 2022 is out for tender. If you are interested in bidding for the tender please download the document below.

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Christmas Lights Tender

Christmas Lights tender is now out for 2020 - 2022. If you are interested please download the document for more information.

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Wall Park Allotments

With 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 Update

Brixham 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.

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#2 Minute Litter Picker

#2 Minute Litter Picker

Great 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 Phone

During 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 Award

The 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.

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Vacant Allotments for Residents

Vacant Allotments for Residents

We 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 info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Keep Brixham Beautiful

Fantastic 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 Scheme

New 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 info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk to have one sent to you or collect at the office.

Keep Brixham Beautiful

Just 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 info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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