Town Council News
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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