News Archive for 2020
Office Space for HireOne thing we have learnt from 2020 is that the way we work has changed. With so many people working from home and the effective use of Zoom meetings allowing businesses to keep in touch with employees and customers alike, it's looks like this will be the 'norm' in 2021! Sometimes, however, working from home does have it's problems and this is why 'hot-desking' is becoming so popular. At Brixham Town Council we can offer the perfect solution for anyone looking for a professional office environment, even if its just for a couple of hours a week. With rates starting from £8 per hour we offer a host of benefits including free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities and conference rooms, just in case you need any face to face meetings with your clients whilst being COVID safe. For further details including availability, facilities for hire and costs please call 01803 859678 or email your enquiry to email@example.com.
#2 Minute Litter PickerOur #2minute litter station will be available again in 2021. If you would like to become a 'guardian' and help keep Brixham beautiful, please call 01803 859678 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Torbay Council Business SupportTorbay Council Business support The latest COVID-19 financial support available for businesses in Torbay Torbay Council is asking businesses to check if they qualify for the latest round of Government COVID-19 business grants and if they are eligible to submit applications. If your business had to close in November as part of national restrictions you may be eligible for support. If your business did not have to close, but you were still significantly affected by the November restrictions or the current Tier 2 restrictions, you can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Darren Cowell, said: “The latest grant scheme fundamentally differs as businesses qualify for different levels of support, which is paid from different grants based on the length of time they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I would urge all local businesses to check the criteria to see if they are eligible and, if appropriate, submit an application.” Local Restriction Grant (If your business had to close) To be eligible for the Local Restriction Grant, your business must: • Occupy and be liable for business rates on a property that appeared in the Local Rating list on 4 November 2020. • Have been trading on 4 November 2020. • Have been open as usual on 4 November, and providing in-person services to customers from their premises. • Have been asked to close from 5 November to visiting members of the public for a consecutive period of no less than 28 days as a result of the November National lockdown. Applying for the Grant is quick and easy Apply for the Local Restriction Support Grant Before you apply, make sure you have the following: • Your business rates account number. • A full bank statement, which shows your business or correspondence address and your account details. We'll also need to be able to see evidence of trading on your bank statement, such as credits and debits. • A unique identifier, which can be any of the following: Company Reference Number (CRN); VAT Registration Number; Self-Assessment/Partnership Number; National Insurance Number; Unique Taxpayer Reference; Registered Charity Number. Additional Restrictions Grant (If your business didn’t have to close) If your business did not have to close, but you were still significantly affected by the November restrictions or the current Tier 2 restrictions, you can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). The ARG is designed to support businesses whose trade has been affected by the current restrictions. This includes: • Businesses which have been required to close but that do not have a business rates account. • Businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. • Businesses which were severely impacted by the current national restrictions. Apply for the ARG. Please make sure you read the information carefully to make sure you qualify. Remember it's more important to get the information in accurately than quickly! To submit your application, you will need to have the following to hand: • Your business rates account number, if you have one. • A unique identifier number - this could be a Company Registration number, a Unique Tax Reference Number, Charity number, VAT number or National Insurance number. • Bank statements from September, October and November 2020. These must show evidence of trading (as in credits and debits on the account) for the period before the November National lockdown was introduced. They must show the name of the applicant or business name, and match the sort code and account number on the form. They must also show an address that matches the correspondence address entered. • Evidence of a drop in your trade - you can enter a description of your situation and link it to any documents you upload. • Your net income for November in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and your pre-COVID average yearly turnover. • Your fixed business costs for November. • Details of any other funding you have received. Further information on COVID-19 in Torbay
COVID-19 New RestrictionsWhen the national lockdown ends next week, Devon will be placed in Tier 2 (High Alert) for further information on restrictions, click on the link.
Full Council Meeting - 26.11.20Today’s Full Council started with a one minute silence for the fishermen that were lost and injured following the sinking of the Joanna C. Following the meeting today, we are pleased to announce that Dawn Borthwick, David Blackmore and Dean Hannaby have been co-opted to the Council. We look forward to working with our new Councillors.
Businesses can now apply for lockdown grant funds through Torbay CouncilBusinesses across Torbay can apply now for cash grants to cushion the financial impact of the COVID-19 restrictions. Torbay Council, who are administering the £7 million in grant funds from national Government, has opened up the application form on their website. Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council, said: “We’re urging businesses to take advantage of these ring-fenced funds. Up the end of September we issued nearly £38 million in business support grants. We want to make sure everyone who is eligible applies as quickly as possible.” Darren Cowell, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Businesses that pay business rates and who have been legally required to close can apply to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed). This payment will range from £1,334 to £3,000 for the four week period from 5 November. If we continue in national or local restrictions after 2 December then further payments will be made without the need to re-apply to businesses that are legally required to remain shut. “Businesses who were not required to close may be eligible for an Additional Resources Grant. Payments from this fund are from £934 to £2,100 for the four week period. This is a finite pot, though, so we will prioritise who receives payments based on the level of financial hardship a business is facing.” Steve Reynolds, Chair of Torbay Business Forum, said: “The first round of grants made a real difference to many small businesses in the Bay and we’re encouraging all businesses to apply now to the council for their share of these new pots.” Businesses can apply online on the Torbay Council website: www.torbay.gov.uk/businesses-financial-support. There are other economic support measures in place for businesses. • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as “furlough”, may enable an employer to keep people on payroll when work is not possible or available. • If an employee needs to self-isolate then they may be able to get a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500: this reduces the risk of the virus spreading in a workplace. • Tax reliefs may be available for some businesses, including those whose employees now work from home. • Self-employed people may be eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. Torbay Council is working with TDA to develop an action plan for Torbay’s economic recovery, including plans for when high streets can fully reopen.
BM265 'Joanna C'This weekend our community was rocked with the sad news of the sinking of BM265, the scalloping vessel ‘Joanna C’ off the coast of Newhaven. Brixham Town Council would like to express their thanks to Newhaven and Eastbourne Lifeboats, HM Coastguard and numerous other fishing vessels for all of their efforts over the weekend in the search. Our thoughts are very much with the families and friends at this sad time. This morning the Town Clerk laid sme flowers on behalf of Brixham Town Council
Director of Public for Torbay Council speaks out on rising cases in BrixhamDr Caroline Dimond, Director of Public Health for Torbay Council, speaks out about the rising cases of COVID-19 Brixham, and also explains where these cases are coming from and has a call to action for residents. She said: “I know how much people love Brixham. It’s a fantastic place to live and work and there is a great sense of community and I understand how people in Brixham look out for each other. However, I have an extremely important message to the town as it faces increasing numbers of people with COVID-19. “As of 7 November, there were 102 people in the town with the virus. This has gone up from 55 in the week ending 31 October and 19 from the week before that. This means that the number of cases is 5 times higher than 2 weeks ago. The current rate is 601 / 100,000. I’m more worried about Brixham than other areas in Torbay. That rate of 601/100,000 is the highest in the bay and actually is one of the highest in the South West. Almost 1 in 3 of our new cases come from Brixham. “Our data is showing that these cases are, in the main, being driven by household and general community spread. This is due to people in the community not following the government guidance, not socially distancing and not self-isolating when they have symptoms, if they have COVID-19 or are a contact of someone who has tested positive. “We don’t see any evidence that this is linked to tourists or to people visiting the town. Our data shows it is also not being driven by our schools and young people. The most affected group are those in their 30s, 40s and 50s, working age adults. When we have looked at the patterns of spread the evidence is that these cases are strongly linked to social and sporting events especially in pubs and to household to household spread. “Unfortunately, this spread within the Brixham community is resulting now in cases in workplaces, care homes and schools. We are seeing now also increasing numbers in the older population which is worrying. I am not trying to raise concern but instead I am asking the people of Brixham to take a moment to think if their behaviour could be affecting the people who live in the town they love. “I know Brixham people want to support and care for each other but they currently need to do this at a distance and to think about their social interactions. Even in lockdown, you could spread this further simply by popping in to see someone who is not in your support bubble. “Finally - If you want to help further, consider signing up to be a Covid champion. The role of the champions is to be a trusted source of information within their communities. We will give you training and support you but this is a real way you can help your community. If you are interested, check out the council website at www.torbay.gov.uk/coronavirus” Councillor Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council, said: “We need to look at data around numbers and the rising rates of cases in Torbay and take what Dr Caroline Dimond is saying very seriously. COVID-19 still remains a real threat to the communities of Torbay and we must all play our part in combating this virus so we can try to return to everyday life. “Brixham residents, and residents of Torquay and Paignton, must take heed and follow Government guidance to the letter. The best weapon we have to help us fight this virus is to socially distance and we must do this at every opportunity. We must also continue to wear face coverings where mandated and practice good hand hygiene.” Councillor Jackie Stockman, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “I have lived in Brixham for a long time, so this is a subject very close to my heart. In Brixham, we pride ourselves on our strong community, our lively social groups and the way that we pull together to overcome problems. “So, I would ask that you take our Director of Public Health message very seriously. The data is showing that this issue is a real cause for concern and is being predominantly spread in the community - so we must take immediate action to ensure that we stop the spread. “If you have symptoms, get a test but you must self-isolate before you get the results. I know it can be easy to forget but we must socially distancing at all times, we must not visit people that are not in our support bubbles and we must continue to wear face coverings if required and wash our hands thoroughly. “We all want to get back to normal as soon as possible and have Brixham the friendly thriving community that we all know and love but before that is possible we have to continue to adhere to the Government guidance.” View Dr Caroline Dimond’s video message to the residents of Brixham at https://youtu.be/B2lbm9NpsIQ Key messages 1. Get a test if you have Covid symptoms and keep away from others while you wait for the test results 2. Self-isolate immediately if you test positive, upload your contacts on the track and trace website and if possible advise your contacts to do so while they wait to be contacted 3. Encourage your friends and family to also self-isolate when advised to do so and let people know about the self-isolation payments they can access through the Council 4. Encourage people you know to follow the Hands, Face and Space advice – the most important message is space 5. If you need support or advice, ring the Torbay Community Helpline on 01803 446022, available 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday, and 9:30am-12:30pm Saturdays
Shop LocalShop local and support local businesses For those residents preferring to stay home during Lockdown 2.0, don't forget there are plenty of Brixham businesses supporting the community with their Home Delivery service.
Waste and Recycling updateWaste and Recycling update Thank you to all Torbay residents for your patience as crews from SWISCo continue to work hard to catch up on your recycling collections following recent disruptions. Please leave your recycling outside the front of your house as we catch up on the collections we have not yet been able to complete – although we caught up on a number of rounds last week, there is still a way to go. Additional teams are working to help with the catch up and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please help our crews by separating your recycling into the correct boxes, and remember to make more space by flattening cardboard boxes and squashing plastic bottles down.
Southern Quay RoadTorbay Council has notified the Town Council of a proposal to remove all parking within the Southern Quay Road leading to the Quayside car park and the implementation of a loading ban in this area and New Quay Lane. This will allow for the implementation of a new pavement café licence to be applied for whilst still ensuring the road and access to the quay remains open and is not blocked by parked vehicles or loading/ unloading. (see plan below) This location would also be signed as a Restricted Zone, meaning no road markings would be required in this location, reducing maintenance of road markings and improving the visual aspect of the location. The scheme will be advertised on the 11th November 2020 for 21 days consultation period. The advertisement will be in the Herald Express on the above date and is also available from Torbay Councils website https://www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/parking/tro/brixham-tros/ Please note comments must be submitted to Torbay Council Highways.
Remembrance SundayTaken from In Your Area, Devon Live, the story of Louise Lewis of Brixham and the great way we can all show our respect on Sunday, Louise posted a message on a Brixham community Facebook page, saying: "Could as many boat owners in the bay, including possibly the wonderful cruise ships, all sound three horns at 11am on Sunday followed by two minutes silence then a further three blasts after the silence? "This way everyone in the bay could be reminded to pay their two minutes' respect to those who gave so much for us during all wars. "As parades aren't allowed to go ahead in the current lockdown it could be a way to bring everyone together in a similar way to the clap for NHS." The idea went down a storm in Brixham, and the word quickly spread until it reached the cruise ships themselves, moored in the bay. The Holland America Line, which owns four of the ships in the bay, called it a 'beautiful idea' and the message was relayed to the ships themselves. Now the stage is set for the largest and noisiest Remembrance Sunday ever in Torbay. The message has gone out asking people to stand outside their front doors on Sunday morning to observe the two minutes' silence, and hopefully hear the chorus of ships in the bay. The fishing fleet has also been asked to sound horns at 11am. Louise said: "I'm keeping everything crossed for Sunday. "So far I think we have Holland America Line on board - so to speak - and a lot of the local boats are in. I'm hoping to get out and film it as part of my daily exercise. "I think it's a great way to get the community out on their doorsteps again and to make the guys on the cruise ships feel part of the community even if they are stuck on board. "They are a sight to behold and to hear them mark the start and the end of the two-minute silence would be amazing for everyone. I will certainly miss them when they go. "Please go out on your doorsteps and driveways just before 11am on Sunday to be ready to pay our respects to all those who gave their lives for ours." The Holland America Line ships in the bay today are the Volendam, the Westerdam, the Zaandam and the Nieuw Statendam. They, along with the Arcadia and the Queen Mary 2 in Babbacombe Bay, are at anchor awaiting the end of lockdown and a return to cruising.
Road works affecting Brixham November 2020Road works affecting Brixham November 2020 - Current ROAD WORKS AFFECTING BRIXAHM Week Commencing 09/11/2020 Please see PDF for all the details
News Release - Torbay Council - Car Park Closures***News Release from Torbay Council - Brixham Car Park Closures*** Between Sunday 8th and Wednesday 11th November, two of Brixhams' car parks will be temporarily closed or have limited spaces available to the public in order to accommodate a large film production crew. A cast and crew of up to 150 will be in the area filming a new drama series ‘TAILSPIN’ which has been commissioned by one of the major streaming services. Whilst this is exciting news for Brixham, Torbay Council and the production company are asking the public not to attend the area, and to abide by the proposed new national lockdown restrictions which come into effect on Thursday 5 November which are; • Staying at home • Only leaving home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work • Working from home if you can • Avoiding travel unless essential The majority of the filming will be taking place off-shore between 4pm and 2am, with restricted access to the public at the filming locations. The affected car parks are; • Breakwater (the slipway will remain open for access) • Freshwater (limited spaces, excluding previously reserved spaces and working access to Fish Quay) Brixham Central will remain open as normal. Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, Torbay Council, said; “Hosting such a large production is great news for Brixham and Film Torbay. We know that many people will be interested to see what is going on, but with the proposed introduction of the new national lockdown measures we are urging people not to visit the area whilst filming is taking place. We would like to reassure the community that we have received confirmation from the Department of Culture and British Film Commission that filming activity can proceed under COVID-19 secure restrictions. We are in receipt of a comprehensive risk assessment covering COVID-19 safety including zoning, temperature checks and sanitisation protocols and will continue to liaise with the production company at all times to ensure ongoing compliance”. Businesses located in the filming area, which are permitted to open under the proposed national lockdown restrictions will remain open and be accessible as usual, as will emergency access to the RNLI station. Owing to the filming hours, some temporary lighting will be installed at various positions on high ground around the Marina. Businesses and residents directly affected by the filming have received letters from the production company with full details. As a thank you for any disruption caused over the filming period, the production company will be making a donation to RNLI Torbay Lifeboats.
Remembrance DayRemembrance Sunday - 8th November 2020 Following the announcement of the new lockdown coming into effect Nationally from tomorrow, Brixham Town Council have made the difficult decision to change the planned Remembrance event for Sunday. This will now be a short ceremony attended by just 4 invited dignitaries. Brixham Town Council are asking organisations and residents to please stay away from the memorial at 11am on Sunday. It will not be possible to abide to social distancing guidelines and will contradict the new lockdown rules. We understand that this will upset the many people that traditionally attend the Remembrance service every year but hope you will understand that these are very unusual times we are currently living in. Please be aware that the short service planned is going to be streamed live via our Facebook page or can be watched via the CCTV at Sea-Tang Guest-house as previously advised. The Royal British Legion are actively encouraging you to consider new ways of marking your respect. To find out more, please click on the link below to see how you can show your respects at home. https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance
5th November 2020Remember, remember the 5th of November
Remembrance DayA reminder that the last day to register so that your organisation can attend this years event if tomorrow, 31st October 2020. Please call 01803 859678 or email: email@example.com. If you are not registered you will not be able to attend. Please do not just turn up.
COVID-19 and SWISCo service disruption update.COVID-19 and SWISCo service disruption update Waste and recycling collections expected to return to normal next week After some disruption this week due to a confirmed COVID-19 case within our SWISCo waste and recycling team and a significant number of staff needing to self-isolate, we are pleased to announce that waste and recycling collections are expected to return to normal from Monday 2 November. This week due to a reduced number of staff we have been asking residents to only put out their food and residual non-recyclable (black wheelie bin) waste, and to store recycling in their usual place until it could be collected. From Monday, residents will be able to present all of their waste including all recycling on their normal collection day. As there will be large amounts of recycling to collect, there may be some delays to collections, so we are asking residents to please bear with us and we will catch up as soon as possible. In order to speed up collections, residents are being asked to stack recycling boxes to limit any materials blowing away. Councillor Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council, said: “We apologise to residents for the disruption to services but it is essential that both staff and residents are kept safe so as we previously stated, it has been necessary for a number of SWISCo staff to self-isolate following a confirmed COVID case within the team. “We sincerely hope to be able to have the full service up and running again on Monday 2 November but there may still be some initial delays while we catch up. “I’d like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and well-being wishes over the last week”. Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture for Torbay Council, said: “We appreciate it’s frustrating for residents that we have been unable to collect their recycling this week but we will catch up as soon as possible. “Please try to present your dry recycling in the normal boxes if possible as the crews cannot easily sort through additional plastic bags. Crush plastic bottles by treading on them as this will free up additional volume in your box and flatten all cardboard please. “We would like to reassure our residents that we have robust arrangements in place to protect the public. We have been operating a bubble system to help limit the amount of colleagues that staff come into contact with, promoted good hygiene, social distancing and face covering practices throughout the organisation. All collection crews use inner and outer gloves when collecting waste and touching waste containers. In this situation, a member of staff had social contact outside of these COVID-19 work practices. “We will continue to keep you updated about any impact on services as and when we have more information. Please do not contact the call centre unless your issue is really urgent. Dr Caroline Dimond, Director of Public, said: “COVID-19 infections in Torbay have been rising and this is another reminder that no person or setting is immune from getting this virus. All age groups are affected and we all need to play our part and carefully follow the government’s guidance on how to minimise the risk of spreading it further. “This means social distancing and wearing face coverings where required, limiting social contact and abiding by the rule of 6, and of course continuing to wash your hands regularly. We all need to THINK COVID. If you think that you may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days. If you are feeling unwell, you should self-isolate and call 119 or book a test online.” Currently the Recycling centre is open as normal, as is the Commercial weighbridge at Tor Park Road, Paignton.
COVID-19 Update - SWISCo Waste and Recycling ServicesCOVID-19 – SWISCo Update on Waste and Recycling Collections Following a confirmed case of COVID-19 at SWISCo’s Waste and Recycling Centre, a significant number of staff have been asked to self-isolate which is impacting on the delivery of services. Cllr Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council, said: “Unfortunately, due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the SWISCo workplace setting, we have had to ask a group of staff to self-isolate. This will impact on waste and recycling collections across the Bay. Over the coming week, we will be prioritising the collection of household and food waste. “With this in mind, please continue to put your household refuse (wheeled bins, seagull sacs and black bag waste) and food waste recycling out on the normal day of collection. We will not be able to collect your dry recycling waste this week. All recycling waste can be put out for normal collection next week, when we are aiming to resume our normal waste and recycling collections. “Please bear with us while we work hard to minimise disruption. The situation is still evolving, and we will be providing you with updated information regularly, sharing it on social media, on our website and via the local press.” Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, said: “We would like to reassure our residents that we have robust arrangements in place to protect the public. We have been operating a bubble system to help limit the amount of colleagues that staff come into contact with, promoted good hygiene, social distancing and face covering practices throughout the organisation. All collection crews use inner and outer gloves when collecting waste and touching waste containers. In this situation, a member of staff had social contact outside of these COVID-19 work practices. “We understand the importance of waste and recycling collections to our residents and we are working hard to reduce delays wherever possible. Our call centre is extremely busy at the moment so we are asking that you don’t report a missed collection at this time. We will be providing further updates as soon as we have more information.” Dr Caroline Dimond, Director of Public, said: “COVID-19 infections in Torbay have been rising and this is another reminder that no person or setting is immune from getting this virus. All age groups are affected and we all need to play our part and carefully follow the government’s guidance on how to minimise the risk of spreading it further. “This means social distancing and wearing face coverings where required, limiting social contact and abiding by the rule of 6, and of course continuing to wash your hands regularly. We all need to THINK COVID. If you think that you may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days. If you are feeling unwell, you should self-isolate and call 119 or book a test online.”
Remembrance Day***The deadline for registering your place is this Saturday 31st October*** Normally, this time of year we are planning the Remembrance Service and Parade. However, with the ongoing pandemic, there are no guarantees that restrictions will be relaxed sufficiently to allow for large gatherings. We have been monitoring Government guidelines as well as the Royal British Legion’s recommendation. Whilst The Poppy Appeal will still happen, it will look very different from previous years and will largely be virtual. However, we have had to make the difficult decision, along with many other Towns, to cancel this year’s service and parade. We will not forget our fallen. We will remember them. A small service with limited representatives (by invite only) will take place on Sunday 8th November which will include the Last Post, two minute silence at 11am and the Reveille. To avoid large crowds, we have decided not to apply for a road closure. Therefore, to ensure we can reach as many people as possible, Brixham Town Council will live stream the service on their Facebook site. Anyone that is not on Facebook, but with internet access, will be able to view the event by visiting Sea Tang Guest House’s website and watching their webcam or watch it on YouTube. We strongly recommend that if you normally attend the service that you pay your respects in a different way this year, your safety is paramount. We anticipate that many groups who would normally take part in the parade will still want to lay wreaths and we want to support this as much as possible. Therefore, if you have ordered a wreath and want to lay it at the memorial on Sunday 8th November, please contact the Town Council on 01803 859678 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st October 2020. Brixham Town Council will set up a schedule to facilitate as many groups as possible. You MUST register your group. Please DO NOT just turn up. All groups will be limited to a maximum of two representatives to ensure that we can adhere to any social distancing requirements that may be in place in November.
Torbay Council's budget – it’s your business! Have your sayTorbay’s budget – it’s your business! Have your say We’re launching our 2021/22 budget consultation this week and we want you to have your say. Along with our partners and the wider community, we’re facing one of our most challenging periods in recent years. We’re dealing with the impact of ongoing austerity alongside the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our spending is going up to meet the emergency response costs of the pandemic and we are seeing an increase in demand for council services such as support for the homeless. In addition, the income we receive, which supports the services we deliver, has reduced massively this year and that is set to continue next year. As the pandemic continues, we estimate the virus will cost us around £8million in expenditure and lost income in 2021/22. Rising social care costs, an increase in homelessness and job insecurity both in the Bay and nationally, mean we have to spend more to support the most vulnerable. It’s not all bad news though - we’ve worked hard to make efficiency savings and have made significant steps in our Children’s Services improvement journey. That means outcomes for our children are better and there are financial benefits. We have successfully applied for £750,000 funding to regenerate Torquay town centre as part of the Town Investment Plan and are hoping to attract another £25million for the area. We are also seeking funding to support the regeneration of Paignton town centre. A range of potential savings have already been identified for 2021/22 including: • Up to £84,000 to be saved by going ‘paperless’ (and helping the environment at the same time) • A saving of £100,000 through Children’s Services changing how they interact with children and their families. • Plans to save £600,000, increase recycling from 40 to 50% and reduce our carbon footprint through our Resource and Waste Strategy. • Encouraging customers to sign up for paperless Council Tax billing which would significantly reduce paper and postage costs as well as reducing Torbay’s carbon footprint. The government has put back its national budget to deal with the ongoing COVID crisis so at this stage it is not clear exactly what Torbay’s allocation will be. Leader of Torbay Council, Councillor Steve Darling, said: “These budget proposals are presented in a period of extreme uncertainty resulting from the ongoing impact of COVID-19, in particular how this is being felt in our local economy. It’s difficult to estimate how much income we will receive as a Council to support our services or how much we will need to spend as we continue to respond to the pandemic. Equally, there is uncertainty over the national financial position including the level of funding that will be made available for local authorities in 2021/22. “At the start of the year we said we were facing a challenging financial situation, in common with other local authorities. In March this year, everything changed. COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our communities and I am in awe of the fantastic response across Torbay. We have been working hard with our partners and our communities to help those in most need and we want to continue to work closely together. “Please do take the time to have a look at our budget proposals and tell us what you think – we would also like to hear your suggestions and ideas for further savings.” Councillor Darren Cowell, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “We cannot pretend that the development of these budget proposals has been easy. At this stage, there is still a budget gap which is greater than we would normally want at the start of the consultation period. We have a statutory duty to balance the books by February 2021 and we are doing all we can to do this and deliver a balanced budget for 2021/22. “What we really want now is to hear your views so we can understand how these budget proposals may have an impact on you. We want to know how we can work together to mitigate the impact or find new solutions to help Torbay thrive.” The budget proposals and link to the consultation will be available on our website from Wednesday 21 October www.torbay.gov.uk/budget-202122.
Ageing Well FestivalAn annual festival to celebrate ageing is going online this weekend (Sat October 24th). For the last five years, the Ageing Well Torbay Festival has been held at venues across the Bay, and last year attracted around 1750 people to the Riviera Centre in Torquay. There had been plans to return to the same place on Saturday, October 24th, with a huge range of entertainment and activities representing the very best the Bay has to offer. But when COVID-19 put paid to those plans, the volunteer committee behind the Festival agreed on ambitious plans to put the whole thing online and on Torbay’s community radio station, Riviera FM 107.9, Organisers have recorded more than five hours of video and audio covering everything from baking lessons, to informative talks by Bay historian, Kevin Dixon who takes us on a tour of Torquay’s nightlife down the ages as well as introduces us to some of the many famous writers of the Riviera. There are also performances by Brixham’s very own folk singer, Maggie Duffy who presents Devon – Historical and Hysterical. There are trips down memory lane with both dancer, magician and one-time impresario, Anne George and Vivien Lesley who is also joined by husband Barry to reminisce and perform as Twogetherness. Additionally, in the tradition of the Festival where you are encouraged to try something new, there are bowls lessons from Paignton Bowls Club (check) and an opportunity to try yoga with Victoria Campbell or Tai Chi with Lisa Kay. And no festival would be complete without music and dance with some provided by Anne George and Claire Parker whose moves cater for everyone whether seated or full energy. And the Torbay Rock Choir belt out a variety of popular numbers. Many of the acts have been filmed at the Palace Theatre in Paignton to give them all the feeling of being live and Maureen McAlistar of Jazz Hands which runs the theatre is at the ready to give a behind the scenes tour remembering some of the top names that have appeared there. One of Brixham’s hidden gems also takes centre stage with a video tour of the Brixham Battery Heritage Centre, a defensive look out over the Bay since the 16th Century, with some of the volunteers who bring it to life acting as guides. There is the opportunity to learn to play the piano with Mervyn Gibbs who taught himself in just a few months, or if you would rather listen to the keys being tickled for you then another Mervin Toogood takes to the organ to belt out a few old favourites. “We were determined not to be beaten COVID and felt it was important that we still all came together to celebrate ageing. It is a shame we can’t all be under one roof, but we can still have a great time under lots of different roofs,” said one of the organisers. “We have tried hard to give a flavour of our regular Festival with a bit of everything thrown in. Some of it will be broadcast on the radio but all of it will be on the Ageing Well Torbay website where it will also be available on watch again. “It has been a challenge, but one that everyone rose to and we have learned a lot along the way. So it has been fun and an education! We just need everyone to join us on Saturday,” they added. For a full programme of events throughout the day, head over to www.ageingwelltorbay.com where the Festival will also broadcast live on Saturday, October 24th from 10 am to 3pm or listen in on Riviera FM 107.9. between 11am and 3pm
Test and Trace Self Isolation Support Payment scheme now liveTest and Trace Self Isolation Support Payment scheme now live It is imperative that if you are displaying systems of COVID-19 however mild, or have tested positive you must self-isolate for 10 days. If you are on a low income and are unable to work from home you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support payment if you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. People across England are required by law to self-isolate if they have been asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for COVID-19, or they have been identified as a named contact of someone who has tested positive. The scheme which runs until 31 January 2021 and aims to provide important financial support to people who will lose income during their period of self-isolation. Cllr Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council, said; “These payments are designed to ensure people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts self-isolate for the required period to stop the onward spread of the virus. They are also designed to encourage individuals who are eligible for this payment to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and societal restrictions”. Cllr Darren Cowell, Deputy Leader of Torbay Council, said: “As a local authority, we want to support our residents as much as possible. If you are on a low income and unable to work from home while you have to self-isolate, you may be entitled to a payment of £500. People in the same household can each make an individual application to receive the payment, if they each meet the eligibility criteria”. Payment eligibility Eligibility for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment is restricted to people who: Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus of have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive; Are employed or self-employed; Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and Are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit In addition, Torbay Council will be making £500 discretionary payments to individuals who; Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive; Are employed or self-employed; and Are unable to work from home and will lose income is a result; Are not currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit; and Are on low incomes and will face financial hardship as a result of not being able to work while they are self-isolating For both the Test and Trace Support Payment and discretionary payments, eligible individuals will receive their £500 payment on top of any benefits and Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) that they currently receive. Torbay Council are accepting applications for both payments from people who were told to self-isolate on or after 28 September by NHS Test and Trace and who meet the relevant eligibility criteria. Making an application Applications need to completed online or by calling 01803 207201 if the individual is digitally excluded. The following supporting evidence must also be provided: A notification from NHS Test and Trace asking them to self-isolate; Proof of receipt of one of the qualifying benefits; A bank statement; and Proof of employment, or if self-employed evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that their business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact To apply for a test and trace support payment visit our website, being sure to read the guidance instructions before you start. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Torbay we all need to remember; Hands. Face. Space. Find out more on our website about the measures that apply in our area.
Royal British Legion Poppy AppealRoyal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2020 With the world a different place at the moment and restrictions being tightened all of the time, it's proving challenging for the Royal British Legion to raise much needed funds selling their poppies. This year they have launched an online donation page where you can print off a poppy poster to display in the window of your home and show your support. There is also a blank poppy template you can print off for the children to colour in themselves. So lets get online, make your donation, print off your poster and see how many homes in Brixham we can get displaying the poppy. Once you have yours proudly on display email in a photo to email@example.com, and we will display them all on our social media sites at 11am on Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020. For further information on how to donate and print off your poster please click on the link. https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-in…/ways-to-give/donate
Remembrance DayNormally, this time of year we are planning the Remembrance Service and Parade. However, with the ongoing pandemic, there are no guarantees that restrictions will be relaxed sufficiently to allow for large gatherings. We have been monitoring Government guidelines as well as the Royal British Legion’s recommendation. Whilst The Poppy Appeal will still happen, it will look very different from previous years and will largely be virtual. However, we have had to make the difficult decision, along with many other Towns, to cancel this year’s service and parade. We will not forget our fallen. We will remember them. A small service with limited representatives (by invite only) will take place on Sunday 8th November which will include the Last Post, two minute silence at 11am and the Reveille. To avoid large crowds, we have decided not to apply for a road closure. Therefore, to ensure we can reach as many people as possible, Brixham Town Council will live stream the service on their Facebook site. Anyone that is not on Facebook, but with internet access, will be able to view the event by visiting Sea Tang Guest House’s website and watching their webcam or watch it on YouTube. We strongly recommend that if you normally attend the service that you pay your respects in a different way this year, your safety is paramount. We anticipate that many groups who would normally take part in the parade will still want to lay wreaths and we want to support this as much as possible. Therefore, if you have ordered a wreath and want to lay it at the memorial on Sunday 8th November, please contact the Town Council on 01803 859678 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st October 2020. Brixham Town Council will set up a schedule to facilitate as many groups as possible. You MUST register your group. Please DO NOT just turn up. All groups will be limited to a maximum of two representatives to ensure that we can adhere to any social distancing requirements that may be in place in November.
National Adoption Week 2020 It’s National Adoption Week (12-18 October)National Adoption Week 2020 It’s National Adoption Week (12-18 October) and Adopt South West is appealing for potential adopters to come forward. Research shows that lots of people have considered adoption, or would consider adopting in the future, but only 25% believed they would be eligible to in the South West. People can adopt from a variety of backgrounds, including single parents, people from all religions, people from the LGBTQ+ community and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. The aim of National Adoption Week is to dispel the myths around who is eligible to adopt and highlight that, especially during the COVID pandemic, there are still children out there who are looking for their new family. Councillor Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council, said; “As someone who was adopted as a baby, I fully support this annual campaign. Adoption is one of the most rewarding ways of making a difference to a child, it could transform their life and give them the safe and loving home they need. “There are many misconceptions about adoption but marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, employment status and already having children will certainly not exclude you from adopting. In fact often experience of disability is positively welcomed!” Councillor Cordelia Law, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Torbay Council, said; “The adoption process has changed over the years; it is now simpler and quicker, with lots of help and support along the way. There’s no such thing as the ‘ideal’ or ‘perfect’ adoptive family, love time and commitment are the most important attributes you can have and I’d urge people to find out more”.
#2 Minute Litter PickerWhilst the sun is shining on Brixham 😎 why not pop down and have a go on the #2minute litter station. Don't forget to sanitise your hands before and after, keep socially distanced whilst you are out, and wash your hand as soon as you can. Thank you for helping Keep Brixham Beautiful
Rising COVID-19 cases in Torbay and a call to action for residentsRising COVID-19 cases in Torbay and a call to action for residents Dr Caroline Dimond, Director of Public Health, said: “COVID-19 infections in Torbay have been rising and we are now seeing cases in our schools, care homes and in the hospitality sector. All age groups are affected and we need our residents to carefully follow the government’s guidance on how to minimise the risk of spreading the virus further. “This means wearing face coverings where required, limiting social contact and abiding by the rule of 6, and of course continuing to wash your hands regularly. If you think that you may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days. If you are feeling unwell, you should call 119 or book a test at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. “While I appreciate this information can be worrying, please remember for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.” Leader of Torbay Council, Councillor Steve Darling, said: “It is imperative that we tackle the number of rising cases in Torbay or we may have no choice but to implement tougher measures. We know this year has been challenging but we are all in this together and need to do everything we can to avoid further restrictions that will impact on daily life. “If we act now we can control the spread of the virus, help save lives and get our communities back to doing the things they love.” Rachael Williams, Assistant Director for Education, Learning and Skills, said: “We have been working closely with Public Health England South West and local NHS colleagues to support a number of primary and secondary schools, and South Devon College, following confirmed cases of COVID-19. All settings have been operating COVID-19 mitigations, rigorous handwashing procedures, and practicing social distancing where possible. These measures have helped identify close contacts of confirmed cases. “All educational settings are closely following national guidance and have asked affected children and staff to self-isolate for 14 days. Each setting is providing pupils, parents and staff with guidance on self-isolation, social distancing and hygiene to limit spread.” Joanna Williams, Director of Adult Social Care, said: “As you may be aware, we have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our care homes. Prioritising and protecting our vulnerable people and those who work in the care sector is of paramount importance. “We are dedicated to containing the spread of COVID-19 and are working closely with local Public Health representatives, Torbay Council, Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group to manage all confirmed cases. Our residents and staff continue to be closely monitored and we are continuing with rigorous cleaning regimes and safety processes. Any resident who shows signs of symptoms will be tested as soon as possible and are ongoing testing for residents and staff will continue.”
LengthsmenWe have been receiving some lovely comments and feedback from both residents and visitors about the great work our lengthsmen have been putting in. “First, may I express appreciation of Brian and Mick, the lengthsmen whose helpfulness and general attitudes really are a breath of fresh air and they are deserving of much praise: in atrocious conditions yesterday they greeted us with smiles, and worked their butts off to clear a considerable quantity of (mostly but not wholly bagged) green waste as had been promised. They are a credit to the Council.” “The guys also did an amazing job on Friday morning at Wall Park Allotments clearing all the green waste. Brian & Mikey really did a Stirling job helping my partner Jen (and Ace the Dog) move ALOT of bags and waste from the plot! Very much appreciated chaps 😃” “Thank your team please on an excellent job, in what was horrendous weather👏👏👏👏 ” “We are here on holiday. Yesterday I met Mikey who was checking the steps in Brixham. I mentioned to him that the rails on Overgang Steps were covered in brambles. Today, Mikey and Brian are doing a great job clearing everything. 2 very friendly and professional men, a credit to the Town Council. If you have a reward and recognition scheme I will nominate both of them! Well done.” Following requests we have received on Facebook, here are some photos of their recent efforts in tidying up Overgang Road. A great job we're sure you'll agree 👍
Notice of Casual VacancyNOTICE 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 Siv White. If within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. not later than by 5.00pm on 23 October 2020), 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. 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.
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 Jackie Stockman. If within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. not later than by 5.00pm on 20 October 2020), 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. 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.
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 Mike Morey. If within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. not later than by 5.00pm on 20 October 2020), 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. 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.
App to support cancer patients launches in Torbay and South DevonApp to support cancer patients launches in Torbay and South Devon The MySunrise app is being launched this week to support cancer patients in Torbay and South Devon with all the information they need in at hand on their smart phone. The app has been developed to support cancer patients and their families from diagnosis through their treatment pathway. It has already been active in Cornwall and is now extended to also support thousands of people in Devon, including the use by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. During the pandemic, cancer patients nationwide were left feeling isolated and vulnerable. John McGrane, Consultant Oncologist at Royal Cornwall Hospital, said: “We initially created the app to support patients with the right advice and support at the right time whilst undergoing their cancer treatment. “With the challenges of coronavirus, we are now able to get up-to-date information directly to patients waiting and worrying at home about their treatment, at a very difficult time for them.” The app has made a big difference to the way his team worked with cancer patients in Cornwall. The Peninsula Cancer Alliance has now supported the development of the MySunrise app across other NHS Trusts in the South West, including Torbay and South Devon. John added: “The app is now available to download and judging from the feedback in Cornwall, we hope it will continue to support thousands of cancer patients and their families across the South West.’’ Emma Ridley, a patient involved in the pilot version said: “Using the MySunrise app made me feel less anxious about what to expect and it became a personalised journey. There’s such a lot of information to absorb at the beginning and it can be impossible to take it all in – and even harder to explain it all to my friends and family. “Rather than them going off and doing their own research about my treatment, the app offers more knowledge about what to expect for them too. The app really helped all of us, from understanding treatment and symptoms, to finding where to go and who to contact at my centre.” The app is free to download, providing an up-to-date information and reference tool for patients and their families, to guide and support them through their cancer pathway. This includes: • A range of videos, relevant links, cancer resources and contact information all specific to their own NHS hospital cancer service • Day-to-day information, from which bus to catch to the hospital, through to local support groups and what to expect when attending for treatment • Features to improve the ability of cancer centres to communicate directly with patients - allowing Trusts to keep patients up to date on treatment and how to contact their Cancer Nurse Specialist • COVID-19 advice • Advice on possible side effects of treatment Jonathan Chambers, Lead Consultant for the My Sunrise app at Torbay Hospital, which is run by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Traditionally, we spent a lot of time, energy and money getting information to patients through leaflets and websites. Now, we can keep all information up to date in one place where patients can access it at their own convenience and it directs them to reliable local advice and support.” Often due to information overload at the time of diagnosis, patients can often miss some of the information provided. The app is easy to use and extremely informative to support patients through every step of their pathway, explained Julie Eason, Lead Project Manager for My Sunrise App at Cancer Services in Torbay Hospital. Dr George Brighton, a GP in Devon and Director of Technical Health Ltd, said: “This is a fantastic example of a digital innovation in the Peninsula with cancer centres pulling together to help give patients more control and information about their treatments and where to turn when they need help. “The app allows each Trust to communicate with their cancer patients and helps point them to video consultations, reducing the need for them to leave home to travel into hospital. The ability to give patients current information is a huge benefit, especially in the face of COVID-19 pandemic.” The pilot app was launched in Cornwall with 2,000 cancer patients receiving treatment already using it. With over 10,000 new cancer patients receiving treatment in Devon and Cornwall every year, take-up is expected to extend right across the South West.
Less Waste, More Space: Have your say on Torbay’s Resource and Waste Strategy ConsultationLess Waste, More Space: Have your say on Torbay’s Resource and Waste Strategy Consultation Torbay Council has big plans to reduce its carbon footprint and increase recycling rates from 40% to 50% over the next two to three years – and we need your help. Did you know up to 52% of waste found in Torbay’s residual waste bins could have actually been recycled? Or that 20% of waste in the bins was food waste, which could have been put into your food waste bin? Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture said: “We all know there’s a climate emergency and radical action needs to be taken to reduce our carbon footprint and increase recycling rates. “Neighbouring authorities like Teignbridge (56%) and East Devon (60.5%) have much higher recycling rates and we know that we can and must do better. “We will be developing a program of activities to promote recycling resources across Torbay by educating our communities about the impact of wasted resources and what can be recycled. “In Torbay we are not recycling enough, but there are lots of things currently being put in people’s waste bins that could easily be recycled and we have the data to back this up. Three weekly collections – where appropriate - for non-recyclable household waste along with other measures to encourage people to recycle more should help reduce waste and boost recycling. “Remember, the more you recycle, the more space you will have in your residual waste bin for the non-recyclable stuff. “So please do have your say and let us know what you think about our plans by filling out the survey.” The Council’s Resource and Waste Strategy demonstrates their commitment to becoming a carbon neutral council and working with the local community, as outlined in its Community and Corporate Plan. Key proposals in the strategy Increasing food waste collection rates which are relatively low compared with other areas will be one of the top priorities, while proposals in the consultation will include: • Developing a program of activities to promote recycling resources across Torbay by educating our communities about the impact of wasted resources and what can be recycled. • An opt-in chargeable kerbside Garden waste service – supported by more than 50% of respondents to the budget consultation. • Trial of three weekly residual waste collections – this aims to encourage recycling and will reduce the amount of waste that goes to the energy from waste plant and therefore reduces disposal costs. • Charging for materials at the Household waste recycling centre used in building projects – for example plasterboard, rubble and asbestos – this would bring Torbay in line with Devon which already charges for these items. Mythbusting – what we’re not doing There has already been some misunderstanding about what is being proposed so it is important that we clarify the following points for you: • The trial itself won’t be until next year – what’s happening on Monday 28th September is that the consultation on our Resource and Waste Strategy is going live and this consultation will last for 6 weeks. The 3 weekly trial won’t be until February next year with roll out to appropriate properties later in the year if successful. • Regardless of what happens there will still be weekly recycling and food waste collections from households – so over a 3 week period there would actually be 7 collections – 3x recycling collections, 3x food waste collections, and 1x non-recyclable (residual waste) collections. • It will not be a 'one size fits all' approach – we recognise that there will be some properties that won’t be suitable for 3 weekly residual waste collections – these are likely to be the properties that currently have weekly collections and have seagull proof sacks instead of bins – so these properties, many of which are in town centres, are likely to stay the same. The strategy mentions that we will be working with landlords in some areas to improve recycling facilities etc as well. • Although it will save money, our top priority is helping the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. A survey of bins in Torbay found that up to 52% of stuff that was put in the household/residual waste bins could actually have been recycled – and that up to 20% of content of people’s residual waste bins was actually food waste, which of course can go in the food waste bin. More information • Have your say – Click here to tell us what you think on our online survey https://www.torbay.gov.uk/surveys/wastestrategy/wastestrategy2020.htm • Resource and Waste Strategy – Click here to read the strategy which outlines our plans. https://www.torbay.gov.uk/media/14709/resource-and-waste-management-strategy-draft-for-consultation.pdf • Recycle more – Click here to find out more about recycling and what goes in each bin or box. https://www.torbay.gov.uk/recycling/ • Book a slot at the Recycling Centre – All Recycling Centre visits must now be booked in advance and it’s quicker and easier to book online. Click here to book your slot. https://www.torbay.gov.uk/recycling/recycling-centre/
New partnership with Be the Business to help fuel economic recoveryNew partnership with Be the Business to help fuel economic recovery Be the Business, the Heart of the South West LEP, TDA and Destination Management Organisations across Devon and Somerset announce a new partnership to support hospitality and tourism leaders in rebuilding their business post-lockdown. Be the Business is a government supported, business-led, non-profit organisation set-up to close the UK’s productivity gap. It aims to support every business owner in the country to improve their businesses productivity and competitiveness in response to Covid-19. The partnership aims to help the South West economy get back on its feet by supporting businesses to recover, renew and rebuild. Be the Business will work with local partners to deliver a range of free products to tourism and hospitality businesses across the Heart of the South West area of Devon and Somerset, including: • 1-2-1 business surgery calls with an industry specialist • Peer-to-peer action learning groups: Groups of up to six business leaders can meet online with an executive coach to share experiences, discuss challenges and combine expertise to support one another in rebuilding businesses • Online masterclasses: A series of eight online masterclasses that will discuss the big business strategies that can be applied as small business tactics. Alexander Rushton, Hospitality Programme Manager at Be the Business, said: “The South West is full of ambitious people and businesses and it’s clear that the next six months are key to business recovery. By working with locally driven partners, Be the Business can reach and support every hospitality and tourism business across the South West.” Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Heart of the South West has seen mercifully low cases of COVID-19 but has been amongst the hardest hit areas economically due to its dependence on sectors most affected by lockdown. There are a number of crucial initiatives that the LEP is working on to support businesses across the Heart of the South West, across all sectors, and business are urged to contact our Growth Hub for advice and support to restart, revitalise and grow. “Be the Business is another important programme which further supports our tourism and hospitality businesses. Our joint efforts demonstrate further partnership working in the region to enable business recovery and help build resilience for the future, while protecting jobs. Businesses interested to find out more and to sign up to the programme should visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/hosweoi or email mailto:email@example.com or contact programme lead, Alexander Rushton, on 07887 775003.
Join the conversation in Torbay Council's virtual community conference.Join the conversation in Torbay Council's virtual community conference. We're hosting our second community conference on Wednesday 30 September and you are all invited to book a slot and join the conversation virtually on zoom between 5pm and 7pm. We want to hear from you and your communities about how we can build on the good work which has been taking place over the last year and work better together so we can make a positive difference to the lives of people in the Bay. This event follows a successful conference in September last year when over 120 people from communities across Torbay packed into Parkfield in Paignton. We heard that local individuals and groups wanted us to act differently and as a result we have been making the changes needed to enable us to engage with and empower our local communities. As we are unable to hold an event in a venue this year due to the COVID restrictions, the community conference will be held virtually on zoom so we can continue to engage with as many people as possible. It will also enable more people to take part. Leader of the Council, Steve Darling, said: "During Covid-19 there has been some fantastic work being carried out by individuals and groups across Torbay. It's been heartening to see how many people have stepped forward to help individuals in need in their communities and how organisations have joined forces to provide much needed services. We want to keep this momentum and build on the good work that is being carried out across Torbay. "We want to listen to you, the community that live and work in the Bay, and find ways of working as one to improve the lives of everyone. It's important that we reach across our community and, using the opportunities from the new ways of working which have emerged during the pandemic, engage with people in a different way." Deputy leader, Darren Cowell, said: "We want to be open and transparent about decisions we make as a council and equally about how you can help with the future challenges we face. We want to celebrate the good work that has been taking place across Torbay and to listen to your views on what is working and what could be improved. We also want to find the best ways of working together so local communities can thrive. "This conference provides the perfect opportunity to explore how we do this and I'd encourage you to book your place on the Community Conference on Wednesday 30 September and join the conversation." The virtual event will include a range of information and the opportunity to break off into groups for discussions. It will cover the following: A celebration of Torbay: what has been achieved by the council, its partners and community groups since the last conference, particularly during the COVID-19 lockdown. What the Council has done as a result of the last conference, including the launch of the Engagement and Empowerment Strategy consultation. A session from Local Motion on how organisations and groups in Torbay can obtain future funding Identify what engagement attendees want with the council, what they think would make a difference to people in Torbay and what they would like to offer to make the changes needed. To book your space please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/torbay-virtual-community-conference-tickets-119888769537 We really look forward to meeting with you all. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Council Offices to Re-openBrixham Town Hall Update - Council Offices open to the Public on Monday 14th October 2020 Brixham Town Council is opening the Town Hall in phased intervals to ensure that the building remains a COVID safe environment. The first step was to open the Scala Hall, which was crucial to ensure the Pannier Market and other events could take place. The next phase is to open up the Council offices and some meeting rooms. We have tried to develop a simple approach as follows: • Our offices are a COVID safe environment. In order to keep it that way, you are strongly advised to call on 01803 859678 to book an appointment so that we can monitor numbers entering the building. Our office is open 9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday. • The reception area is restricted to one person at a time, unless you are from the same family. However, this is restricted to a maximum of two people from one family. We understand that this is not always easy, especially if you are coming along with young children. If this is the case, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. • Your name and contact number will be kept for 21 days in order to comply with the NHS Track and Trace. • Face coverings must be worn inside the Town Hall. • Please use the hand sanitiser located at the bottom of the stairs when entering the building. • You can access the Town Council offices via the main stairs or using the new lift. If using the lift, because it takes you to the back door, please ring the bell and take a seat. Someone will be with you as soon as they can. Our larger meeting rooms are available to hire. However, this will be subject to social distancing requirements and any Government guidelines / restrictions current at the time of booking. We look forward to welcoming you back!
Changes to concessionary bus pass scheme from 1st SeptemberChanges to concessionary bus pass scheme from 1st September From Tuesday 1st September 2020, bus travellers who use the National Concessionary Bus Pass scheme will need to travel after 9.30am on weekdays as bus services in Torbay revert back to their normal times, in readiness for the start of the school term and more people returning to work. During the Coronavirus lockdown Torbay Council temporarily lifted all time restrictions, to allow older and disabled bus pass holders to access essential services and to be able to take advantage of early opening arrangements that supermarkets offered during the coronavirus situation. However, now that schools are going back and more people are returning to their workplaces however, it is necessary to revert back to the usual arrangements on weekdays, especially because social distancing measures are still in place. There will still however be unlimited weekend and Bank Holiday Travel for pass holders. Torbay kept this temporary loosening of restrictions going for several months longer than the rest of Devon, which reverted back to usual bus services in June. Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture said: “Temporarily lifting the time restrictions for National Concessionary Bus Pass holders was a necessary adjustment to enable the most vulnerable to access the shops that had specific hours for them. “Now that shops have reverted to previous operating times, and as more and more workers are returning, as well as the schools reopening, the need to continue to maintain social distancing on bus services remains and drastically reduces capacity. Early morning bus capacity now needs to return to the people who are returning to both to work and education.”
Keep ApartKeeping apart keeps us safe
Allotment NewsAllotment News The Annual renewal letter and new Tenancy Agreements for the year Oct 2020/Sept 2021 are being posted out to allotments holders this week. Please note that we cannot accept cash this year but you can pay via BACs or cheque. Full details of payment methods and how to return your signed tenancy are in the renewal invoice. Keep an eye out for the postman.
Tidy FridayIf you would like to come along tomorrow and help Keep Brixham Beautiful, make sure you register your details by emailing; email@example.com, or by calling 01803 859678 Giving up just 1 hour of your time will really make a difference.
Stay ApartWhether you're having a meal or drink out, hitting the shops or heading to the beaches, please limit contact and stay apart from those you don't live with.This helps to protect everyone and keeps Brixham safe.
Broadsands Public ToiletsDue to a broken sewage pumping system, urgent repairs will be needed for the public toilets at Broadsands beach in Paignton, and portaloos are being installed to help on busier days such as weekends. Please click on the link for more details.
Social DistancingTo help remind residents and visitors alike, of the importance of social distancing, the very nice people at Torbay Development Agency have put out lots of these eye-catching stickers in and around Brixham. We're sure they are going to help remind everyone to keep their distance. #HandsFaceSpace
Changes to Pest Control services in TorbayA new charge for pest control service will be introduced in Torbay from 1st September, in line with many other local authority areas. Torbay Council’s Cabinet has approved plans to end the free service and bring in a new charged for service. The decision comes as the Council needs to save millions of pounds with added pressure from COVID-19 which has had an impact on both the council’s income and spend, and the need to protect essential frontline services. Pest control services deal with rat and mice infestations. Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, said: “As is the case with many other local authorities, Torbay is under increasing financial pressure- this was already the case before COVID-19 struck but we know that Torbay Council are forecasting an overall overspend on the revenue budget, at period 2, of £4.8m. We are therefore recommending to remove our free pest control service, which a large number of other councils have already done. “As part of our savings for 2020/21, we are expecting SWISCo to deliver an overall budget reduction of approximately £1.3m. So it is vital that we safeguard essential free services as far as possible while generating income through those services which many other councils already charge for.” At its meeting on Tuesday 11th August, Cabinet agreed for SWISCo Ltd (the new provider for a range of local services) to offer a chargeable pest control service and to provide improved pest control guidance and advice to the public via the Council website.
#HandsFaceSpaceFollowing the 3 simple guidelines will help protect us all 1. Wash your hands regularly 2. Cover your face correctly (nose & mouth) 3. Keep your distance
Shop Local Week 10th - 16th AugustShoppers across the UK have been urged to do their bit and take part in Shop Local Week (10-16 August) to help local businesses rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic. Shop Local Week is part of the government’s Enjoy Summer Safely campaign, encouraging people to get back to the way of life they have missed, while following safety guidelines. From popping into a local family-run bakery for a loaf of bread, or buying a quirky gift from an independent shop, by shopping locally people can help local business owners and local communities get back up and running. To help kick off Shop Local Week, here are eight reasons why customers should visit the high street this week (please click on the link below)
New online booking system for Torbay Recycling CentreNew online booking system for Torbay Recycling Centre Torbay residents will soon be able to book a slot at the Recycling Centre using their smartphone, laptop or tablet. It’s the latest improvement to the service since SWISCo – a new company wholly owned by Torbay Council - took over running a range of frontline services, including waste and recycling services, for Torbay residents on last month. From Thursday 6th August, residents will be able to book slots at the Recycling Centre in Tor Park Road, Paignton online, with a quick and simple booking system. Booking by phone is still available for those without internet access, but this is likely to take longer and queueing may occur, so for those who can, please book online. Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture for Torbay Council, said: “We are always looking at ways we can improve our services for residents and although the booking system is working well for the Recycling Centre, we wanted to offer an online booking service to make it more efficient. “So please - save time by booking online.” As before, you will need to book first and then drive to the Recycling Centre on the date and time you are given, and sessions are ten minutes each. If you book online, you will receive an email confirmation with your unique booking reference. Key workers can book dedicated slots for Saturday mornings – this includes all emergency services, health and care workers local authority staff, utility workers, education staff, food provision or delivery drivers. You can now take a trailer to the Recycling Centre but only for garden waste. Don’t forget, when you’re at the recycling centre: • No more than two people per vehicle • Stay two metres apart where possible • You will need to dispose of your own waste • Please respect our staff and keep your distance • Vans should only bring the same quantity as would fit in a family car. Find out more and book a slot at www.torbay.gov.uk/recycling-centre More information on SWISCo’s services is at www.swisco.co.uk
Eat Out To Help OutHere is the updated 'Eat Out to Help Out' list. Remember the campaign starts on Monday 3rd August until the 31st August. #supportyourcommunity #lovebrixham
Government announces Business Grant Fund Schemes to close on Friday 28 August 2020Government announces Business Grant Fund Schemes to close on Friday 28 August 2020 The Government has announced that all of the business grant fund schemes set up to help businesses through the coronavirus pandemic will be closing shortly, and that payments must be made by Friday 28 August. If for any reason eligible businesses who have not already made an application now is the time to apply, as time is running out. Torbay Council is urgently contacting eligible businesses to encourage them to make applications so they can take advantage of these grant schemes whilst they are still available. If you run or own a business that meets the criteria set out below, please make sure your business has applied. Or, even if you know someone that runs a business locally, please start a conversation with them and check that they have applied. These grants of £10,000 or £25,000 are NOT loans and do not share the same characteristics as a loan, most significantly this means they do not have to be repaid by businesses that are eligible to receive them. The more of these ratepayer grants which are claimed by eligible businesses, the more grant funding that can then be given out through the discretionary fund. This means encouraging eligible businesses to apply, results in even more vital grant funding being unlocked for Torbay which can then be distributed to even more local businesses that weren’t eligible for the ratepayer schemes. Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) scheme There are £10,000 cash grants still available for small businesses that are eligible for small business rate relief. Applications must be made before Friday 28 August. If your business property has a Rateable Value of £15,000 or under & was eligible for Small Business Rates as at 11 March 2020 your business will qualify for a £10,000 grant. Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund (RHLGF) All Retail, Hospitality or Leisure businesses in Torbay with a Rateable Value below £51,000, again have until Friday 28 August to apply for a £10,000 or £25,000 grant. Properties eligible for the grant will be those that are wholly or mainly being used as a hospitality, retail, or leisure venue. These include: • Shop • Restaurant, Café, Bar or Pub • Cinema or Live Music Venue • Estate Agent or Letting Agency • Assembly or Leisure Property - for example, a Bingo Hall, Sports Club, Gym or Spa • Hospitality property - for example, a hotel, a guest house or self-catering accommodation Cllr Darren Cowell, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, Torbay Council, said “We urge all eligible businesses across Torbay to take full advantage of all the financial help and support on offer and encourage businesses to act now to make their application, before the Government close the schemes on Friday 28 August. The Council and TDA have been working hard with business groups to provide support and guidance. We have to date made over £36m of emergency grant payments across the grant schemes and hope to continue to provide much needed financial support to as many businesses in the local economy before these schemes are closed by central Government”. To find out more and to apply for a grant visit the Advice and support for business and tourism page on our website. We cannot stress enough that applications must be made early enough to allow them to be considered and payment made by Friday 28 August.
Community invited to help Torbay Council bid for more funding to improve active travelTorbay Council has been invited by the Department for Transport (DfT) to bid for £221,000 of funding from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund and is asking the community to feedback on which projects to put forward. It follows the recent approval from the same fund of a total of six ‘pop up’ footway and cycle schemes across Torquay, Brixham and Paignton. These schemes have been put in place to improve social distancing in the Bay and aiming to help those who want to walk and cycle more, avoiding overcrowding on public transport. Feedback from the community on which projects to put forward, as well suggestions on other proposals, are now needed by Monday 3 August as the deadline for the council to submit the bid is the 7 August. A list of potential future projects is on the Torbay Council website. Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, said: “We are pleased that we have the chance to bid for additional Department for Transport funding, which will give us the opportunity to build upon the provisions for walking and cycling within the bay, for both commuting and leisure purposes. “This funding will allow us to act in an effort to further embed walking and cycling into residents habits and therefore reap the associated health, air quality and congestion benefits, and contribute towards addressing the climate emergency. “Longer term, we will promote further ambitious infrastructure, guided by a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, but given the timeframes involved in this funding, the focus must be on schemes that we can deliver in the short term. For that reason, we have suggested some possible schemes which we want to share with the public to help us make a decision on what we put in our bid. We also welcome other suggestions from the community.” How you can get involved Because any bid needs to be submitted by Torbay Council no later than 7 August, we are asking for any feedback or new ideas to be submitted before Monday 3 August, either by visiting www.widenmypath.com or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org You can view details of the plans and a full list of potential sites, and find out more on the Torbay Council website - www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/travel/active-travel/pop-up-footpaths/#phase2. Information about how you can be kept up to date with the latest developments on active travel in Torbay and get involved with shaping them can also be found on these pages. Feedback on the ‘pop-up’ trial schemes can be provided through www.sustrans.org.uk/space-to-move/ or by emailing email@example.com.
Face CoveringsWith the change in Government guidelines, make sure you are wearing your face covering correctly.
BRIXHAM TOWN COUNCIL WELCOME TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FOR LOCAL SERVICESBRIXHAM TOWN COUNCIL WELCOME TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FOR LOCAL SERVICES News that Torbay Council are to provide support to Country Bus to retain its number 15 and 16 services in Brixham until 31st March 2021 have been 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 this is only a temporary reprieve and that we need to work 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 Brixham Town Council has been working for some weeks on alternative solutions should Torbay’s efforts have failed to secure the short term future of the local services. “Members and staff have been examining the viability of schemes including community buses or cars and have been seeking dialogue with local partners to see what can be provided in the future”. “The Council welcomes Torbay’s commitment to developing a strategy to support local routes such as ours by the new financial year 2021/22 and stand ready to assist officers and councillors in their efforts”, said Tracy.
Eat Out To Help OutEAT OUT TO HELP OUT Have you registered your business to take part in the 'Eat Out to Help Out' campaign starting in August? If not, click on the link below for full details and how to register . The Town Council are compiling a list of restaurants in Brixham, to help promote who will be joining in and we will publish on our social media and web pages so that residents and visitors alike know where they can enjoy up to £10 off per person for food and non-alcoholic drink, Monday - Wednesday. Send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you have registered, the first list will be published next Friday, 31st July.
Brixham Hero CertificateAnother well deserving recipient of our Brixham Hero Certificate was Fairalls Fruit & Veg. Congratulations and thank you from the residents of Brixham for all you did during the lock-down.
Torbay Council announces Chief Executive departureTorbay Council announces Chief Executive departure Torbay Council has announced that Steve Parrock will be stepping down from his role as Chief Executive of Torbay Council. Given the significant economic challenges post Covid-19 and a shared desire to focus on the economy it has been agreed that Steve will resume his full-time career with TDA from 1 September. Cllr Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council said: “We see regeneration as a key driver for Torbay so having a full time Chief Executive at TDA will provide additional capacity to drive through the recovery phase of Covid-19 and continued delivery of critical projects that are now in the pipeline.” Cllr Darren Cowell, Deputy Leader of Torbay Council said: “Improving our offer to residents and visitors alike and diversifying our economy is something that we know is close to Steve’s heart and something we wish to see achieved in Torbay. Steve now faces fresh challenges at TDA as we move towards some exciting economic regeneration projects. TDA is driving town centre regeneration through the Torquay Town Deal, Future High Streets Fund for Paignton and seeking to enhance the fishing facilities in Brixham. TDA is also providing hundreds of new homes through TDA’s new housing company TorVista Homes Ltd.” Vince Flower, Chairman of the TDA, said: “Steve was instrumental in the creation of TDA in 2011 and we are delighted to welcome Steve back as our full-time CEO. The timing could not be better, given all the exciting developments that we are working on across Torbay. Steve is highly respected across the business and I am sure that his return will be widely welcomed by all. TDA and TorVista Homes Ltd have responsibility for delivering a number of very important and critical projects across Torbay and we are very fortunate to have a leader of Steve’s calibre back full-time during these very exciting, albeit challenging times.” Steve Parrock, Chief Executive of TDA, said: “I would like thank my colleagues at Torbay Council for their unrelenting support over the last seven years and I am very proud of our achievements together. The management team I’ve assembled is very well equipped to tackle the challenges ahead and I am especially looking forward to joining my TDA colleagues full time to wholly focus on the economy, the creation of TorVista Homes and the delivery of TDA’s new Business Plan which is both exciting and immersive.”
Brixham Does Care have lots of masks (face coverings) availableBrixham Does Care have lots of masks (face coverings) available made by volunteers and staff. Very useful especially if you need to use public transport or will be shopping from next Friday. If people require one/some, please message Brixham Does Care via their Facebook page Brixham Does Care or call 01803 857727 - donations appreciated 🙂
Pulic Health England - How to make a face coveringThis is a simple guide to making a face covering. A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. More information on using face coverings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is available. If you would like more detailed information on how to make a face covering please visit the Big Community Sew website
COVID-19 Mobile Testing Centre UpdateCOVID-19 Mobile Testing Centre Update The COVID-19 mobile testing centre will not be in Torquay on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 July* but will be returning on Saturday 18 July, until at least Thursday 23 July. If you are eligible for a test you can go to the mobile testing site at Lymington Road in Torquay, TQ1 4BD, but you will need to book online first. Apply for a coronavirus test You will need to provide photo ID. The eligibility criteria now apply to anyone who may be displaying symptoms. Check if you have coronavirus symptoms. Car park closure - 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. *If you need a test during these dates you will be advised of how to get one via the application process.
From Monday 13th July trailers are allowed at Recycling Centre for garden wasteTrailers now allowed at Recycling Centre for garden waste From Monday 13th July, you will be able to take a trailer to Torbay’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) but only for garden waste. It’s the latest improvement to the service since SWISCo took over responsibility for waste and recycling services earlier this month, and following the easing of some restrictions that were put in place during the COVID-19 shutdown. The Recycling Centre remains a booking only service, and in addition to the general population being able to take trailers of garden waste to a pre-booked appointment Mondays to Fridays, key workers will be able to book a Saturday morning slot when they will be able to take trailers of garden waste as well as general household waste. Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture said: “We are gradually lifting restrictions in a safe and managed way while ensuring staff and visitors at the Recycling Centre are able to maintain social distancing and I know a lot of people will be pleased that they can now book in and bring a trailer of garden waste with them in addition to any other household waste they may have. “Don’t forget as well that if you’re a key worker you can book a dedicated slot on Saturday mornings.” Key workers include all emergency services, health and care workers local authority staff, utility workers, education staff, food provision or delivery drivers. You will still need to book a slot as before. How to book: Step one – Book a time slot by calling 01803 208777. Step two - Drive on to the recycling centre as advised by the member of staff - only two people allowed per car and you must dispose of your own waste. Don’t forget, when you’re at the recycling centre: No more than two people per vehicle Stay two metres apart where possible You will need to dispose of your own waste Please respect our staff and keep your distance Vans should only bring the same quantity as would fit in a family car.
Register your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out SchemeRegister your establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme To find out how to register your restaurant or establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme visit the website below. Eligible businesses can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant. You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020 to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in to claim the money back from the government. There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking. Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer. Registration will close on 31 August.
Tidy FridayWith good weather forecast for Friday, why not come and join our Tidy Friday event on the 10th July. The clean equipment is available to pick up from our self-service station in the car park at the rear of the library between 9 & 11am. Go out for as long as you want but return the equipment and rubbish by 3pm please. Remember to register your details by emailing email@example.com. Together, let's Keep Brixham Beautiful
Furzeham Primary school taking part in the Pride in Brixham campaignFurzeham Primary school have completed a wonderful selection of tributes for a Pride in Brixham campaign to brighten up the quay and marina in the current climate. Children attending the school throughout the pandemic have created colourful butterflies to adorn a huge rainbow mural painted by our staff they have added their comments to individual butterflies about how they felt and messages to our Keyworkers. It will be displayed under the old fish quay. Our children that have been home learning, have created some fabulous tributes using everyday items such as bottles, lids, fabric, shells and pebbles. All of which will be displayed in the Pride of Brixham gardens on the marina in Brixham. Deputy head Claire Thompson said ‘I’m overwhelmed with the response we have had and the quality of the tributes. I’m so proud of our children’ Please enjoy our display from Friday 3rd July Brixham.
Toilets re-open in BrixhamBank Lane, Breakwater Beach and Brixham Harbour toilets are now open in Brixham for more information visit: https://www.torbay.gov.uk/asb-environment-and-nuisance/toilets/
Tor Bay Harbour Authority partnering with Devon & Cornwall Police this summerTor Bay Harbour Authority partnering with Devon & Cornwall Police this summer Tor Bay Harbour Authority are partnering with Devon & Cornwall Police to help promote Sea Safety and assist with enforcement within the bay. Police Officers will be joining members of the Harbour Authority in their boat ‘Oscar 4’ over the summer months as they undertake regular patrols. Together using Harbour Byelaws and police powers the teams will tackle any reports and incidents of unsafe use of craft and anti-social behaviour at sea or on the coastline. In addition they will also be providing sea safety information and advice for people engaged in the various types of waterborne activities that share Tor Bay waters. Cllr, Nicole Amil, Harbour Committee Chair, Torbay Council, said: “This is just one of many multi agency initiatives that Torbay Council are involved in, which are helping to create a safer environment for both residents as visitors to the region”. Harbour staff will also be looking out for and reporting any suspicious activity seen in the ports to the Police and Border Force as part of Operation Kraken. For information staying safe on the water visit: https://www.tor-bay-harbour.co.uk/safety/ Pictured: Simon Pinder, Marine Leisure & Beach Services Manager, Torbay Harbour Authority, Howard Brugge, Sector Inspector for Paignton and Brixham, PS Steve Cayless.
Changes to guidance for those who are shielding in TorbayChanges to guidance for those who are shielding in Torbay From today, thousands of residents in Torbay who have been shielding for the past 12 weeks as they have been identified by the NHS as ‘extremely vulnerable’ will be able to have more freedom. All the residents are being contacted directly by the NHS and for the first time since the lockdown started in March they will be able to meet up with others outdoors, will no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of their household, and will also be able to form ‘support bubbles’ for the first time. Torbay’s Shielding Hub – a joint initiative between Torbay Council, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, and the local voluntary sector, now has more than 6,000 vulnerable people on its database and has been supporting these people with a range of health advice, food parcels and other support. Councillor Jackie Stockman, Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, said: “Those who have been shielding and classed as extremely vulnerable have faced the biggest restrictions on their freedom and have had to make the most sacrifices during this extremely difficult period. “While we are pleased that enough progress has been made to enable this group of people to be able to move into the next phase, it is still very important that everyone remembers to stay safe and follow government guidance, and this is particularly important for those people who have been identified as extremely vulnerable.” The main changes for those shielding from Monday 6 July are: • you may, if you wish, meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing • you no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household • in line with the wider guidance for single adult households (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18) in the general population, you may from this date, if you wish, also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance Find out more on the government website. This is ahead of further changes planned for August, when the current plan is for shielding to be paused. The Torbay Shielding Hub, based at Torquay Town Hall, is a partnership between Torbay Council, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, and the local voluntary sector, to support people who have been designated by the NHS as ‘extremely vulnerable’ and are shielding at home. Since the Shielding Hub launched at the end of March, they have made more than 16,000 calls and have around 6,750 vulnerable people on the database. They have delivered more than 800 food parcels.
Brixham Businesses Open from 4th July 2020A list has now been compiled showing those businesses in Brixham who are able to open from Saturday 4th July.
Get fitter with online help from Facebook Live and NHSGet fitter with online help from Facebook Live and NHS Improve your health and fitness all from the comfort of your own home with the help of our Healthy Lifestyles team online. Free Facebook Live physical activity sessions are starting on Monday 6 July with the guidance of professionals from Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. Everyone is welcome to join in a wide variety of sessions (for example, pilates, chair-based exercise, aerobics, circuits, ‘Mindful Movement’ and much more) and we would love for the people of Torbay and South Devon to join in. These sessions are aimed at people with any level of fitness, but the team particularly want to help those restricted to their own home by the pandemic and to replace our usual face-to-face fitness sessions which are postponed by social distancing restrictions. Elaine Mason, Physical Activity Specialist with the Trust, said: “Facebook Live will give us an opportunity to support people in their own homes. We are particularly wanting to help those who might be shielding at home due to COVID-19, recovering from illness or who are living with a long-term health condition, or they might be new to exercise and want some help to increase their activity levels. “Physical activity can help to improve physical and mental health, wellbeing and quality of life for everyone, but sometimes it can be hard to find the right types of activities to suit individual’s needs.” Anyone can join in with our sessions and each one will provide a description to help people decide if it is suitable for them. If people want to just watch first to see what it is all about then that is fine – but we hope they will join in too. Participants are encouraged to send on-line comments and questions about staying active during these challenging times to the team. The beauty of Facebook live is that people can join from wherever they like (home, outside, anywhere), and no one else taking part needs to see you exercise. There is a wide variety of session types and everyone has the choice to join the live sessions or later recorded sessions. All you need to do to take part in these sessions is to follow the Torbay Healthy Lifestyles FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/TorbayHealthyLifestyles/ and the session calendar and all the information about how to access the sessions is there. For more information, please contact the team via https://www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/healthy-lifestyles/ or by telephoning 0300 456 1006.
Tidy FridayDon't forget to register by emailing your details to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you on Friday.
New name and new era for frontline services in TorbayNew name and new era for frontline services in Torbay Torbay residents will soon have a new provider for a range of frontline services including their local waste, recycling, street scene and grounds maintenance services. After 10 years of TOR2 providing services including refuse collection and recycling for Torbay, these are being brought back in house from July 2020, with Torbay Council establishing a new company wholly owned, which will go by the name of SWISCo. The aim is to provide a new, improved service for the Bay. Staff affected from both TOR2 and the Council have been communicated with throughout the process and kept informed of TUPE and other arrangements. SWISCo’s vision is to improve and sustain where we live and work by transforming service delivery. The new company’s purpose is to deliver safe, reliable and efficient services to enable our communities to thrive. In addition the Council plans to work more closely with local volunteers to help maintain the Bay’s parks and green spaces and empower local people to take more pride in their area. Services SWISCo will provide for residents include: Fortnightly bin collections Recycling collections Street Cleansing Highway maintenance Garage service Bulky and garden waste collections (paid-for service) Grounds maintenance Residents will be able to call the service on 01803 701316. The emergency (out of hours) number is 01803 550405 In addition SWISCo will deliver a range of commercial waste services, including: Trade and commercial waste collections Commercial sharps and clinical collections Commercial waste disposal You can call our Commercial waste service on 01803 701317 . Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture for Torbay Council, said: “Residents will have a new service provider to collect their bins and provide a wide range of other important frontline services – but you don’t need to do anything. “Torbay Council and TOR2 are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition as we move services which have been provided for the past 10 years by TOR2 back into the management of Torbay Council, via our new company SWISCo. “Our aim is to make the service more efficient and enable residents to recycle more of their waste. There will be a new website and a new contact number to make it easier for local residents to report issues and to enable a more efficient response. “We will also be working with local volunteer groups such as Groundwork and Torbay Community Development Trust to help enhance our local parks and green spaces.” A new website – www.swisco.co.uk – will be launched soon but you can find out more about services and report any issues via www.torbay.gov.uk
Happy Birthday The NHSSunday 5th July is the 72nd birthday of the NHS. At 5pm the nation will celebrate and show it's support with a 'Clap For Carers'.
Hospitality Sector ReopeningWith Government guidelines changing within the hospitality sector from the 4th July, Brixham Town Council are compiling a list of local Pubs, Restaurants and B&B's that are safely opening (within COVID-19 guidelines) from Saturday. If you are going to be OPEN FOR BUSINESS let us know by emailing us at email@example.com, by Thursday, and we will add you to our list which is being published on our website and social media pages on Friday.
Next phase of discretionary business grants launches todayNext phase of discretionary business grants launches today From Friday 26 June, Torbay businesses will once again be able to apply for a discretionary business grant. Discretionary business grants are aimed at businesses not eligible under the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund, (which both remain open for applications), who have been adversely affected by Coronavirus. Discretionary grants are designed for small businesses trading on 11 March 2020, and range from £2,500 to £25,000. As this is grant funding, any amount awarded does not need to be repaid back to Torbay Council. Businesses that fall into any of the following categories are encouraged to apply: • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. For example units in industrial parks, sciences parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment. • Regular market traders with fixed building costs such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural rate Relief • Businesses operating in the Visitor Economy (i.e. Tourism & Hospitality) and the supply chain of this industry In order to qualify for a discretionary business grant, businesses will need to evidence that they have suffered a significant fall in income as a result of COVID-19 and have relatively high ongoing fixed-property related costs. Cllr Darren Cowell, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, Torbay Council, said “With the reopening of the visitor economy imminent, the Council and TDA have been working hard with business groups to provide as much support and guidance as possible during the crisis and we urge businesses to take advantage of all the financial help and support available”. Applications for phase 2 of the discretionary business grant fund are being accepted from Friday 26 June to Sunday 19 July, with payments being made directly to businesses from Monday 20 July”. To find out more and to apply visit the Advice and support for businesses page on our website. For advice on reopening your business safely visit GOV.UK
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Tidy FridayWith the sun shining on Brixham 😎, why not register to take part in our 'Tidy Friday' event. All equipment is safely supplied at our self-service station in the car park at the rear of the Town Hall between 9am & 11am. To register please call 01803 859678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you.
Welcome BackSaturday 4th July 2020....
Torbay’s birth registration service to resume from MondayTorbay’s birth registration service to resume from Monday From Monday 22 June, Torbay Council’s Registration Service will be resuming their face-to-face service for birth registrations and Notices of Marriage and Civil Partnership. Owing to COVID-19 all face-to-face registration services were suspended to comply with social distancing guidelines. Due to the large number of birth registrations outstanding, booking priority will be given to babies that are two months old or more. In order to be able to resume the face-to-face service safely, a number of safety precautions have been put in place to protect customers and staff. Appointment times will be lengthened to avoid people gathering in the reception area. Please only attend the office at the time you are given, in some cases you may be asked to wait outside of the building until the time of your appointment. Birth registrations Where possible (if married), only one parent is to attend the birth registration appointment and no other children are permitted to attend the appointment. You will be required to wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser provided on entering the building and at all times will need to follow the guidance of the registrar. It is still possible to make a claim for child benefit or universal credit before the birth has been registered. You will need to contact HMRC directly to make a claim, details can be found on the GOV.UK website. Death registrations Death registration appointments will continue to be conducted by telephone. The registrar will contact the next of kin directly to ascertain the information. Residents are reminded that deaths do need to be registered within five days. If you require Bereavement Support please visit the NHS bereavement website. Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies At this current time, all ceremonies remain suspended. Official advice states that you cannot gather in sufficient numbers for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, regardless of whether your venue has a licensed gazebo or other outdoor structure. These restrictions remain under review and will be eased when it is safe to do so. We understand the frustrations all of our couples must be feeling at the time, but we have to wait for further instruction. We are able to accept new ceremony bookings for ceremonies taking place from 1 November 2020. Citizenship ceremonies Customers would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office, UKVI has extended this period to six months. We are looking into the possibility of conducting ceremonies via video conferencing. A further update will be provided in due course. Cllr Christine Carter, Cabinet Member for Corporate and Community Services, Torbay Council, said “As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we are working towards safely resuming some of our face-to-face services. Anyone using our face-to-face services are asked to follow all of the instructions that have been put in place to protect staff and customers, and to remain patient whilst we adapt to these new ways of working”. To make an appointment, book online via the website: https://www.torbay.gov.uk/registrar, booking priority will be given to babies that are two months old or more.
Torbay Council offering free short term pavement café licences to businessesTorbay Council offering free short term pavement café licences to businesses Many Torbay hospitality businesses have been closed for months, but are busy preparing to safely open from the anticipated date of the 4 July, including outside areas To support hospitality businesses with their recovery plans, Torbay Council are offering free short term consents / temporary licensed lease agreements, to allow them to provide outdoor seating for customers in line with the latest government social distancing guidelines. The agreements will cover any Council or Harbour Land and will be valid until 31 October 2020 to allow businesses to capitalise on the shoulder season that may be experience by the tourism sector. Each application will be treated on its merits, and in most cases consents / licences will be issued within 14 days. Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, Torbay Council, said “We recognise that the next few months are going to be crucial for the hospitality industry, that is why we are committed to doing all we can to help businesses with their recovery plans. All efforts will be made to make decisions on applications as quickly as possible, some of the more complex locations may require additional consideration and in such cases we will aim to complete these applications with 28-days”. Business that are already in receipt of an existing licence and have already paid, a pro-rata credit will be applied to their next bill. Those that have not yet paid, will have their bills adjusted accordingly”. To make an application, business owners are required to complete an online application form, being sure to supply as much information as possible. Businesses who have existing pavement café licences that wish to consider expanding their area to accommodate customers, whilst following social distancing guidelines will be able to follow the same process. No business can operate any trading or provide table or chairs on Council land without a consent or lease agreement / licence in place, so an application must be made. For further advice and support on reopening your businesses safely, and financial support available visit our website.
Torbay Council submits Emergency Active Travel Fund bidTorbay Council submits Emergency Active Travel Fund bid Torbay Council have submitted a bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) to claim funding from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund. This is funding which has been made available to help with the creation of temporary interventions, to create an environment that is safe for both walking and cycling in Torbay area. The Emergency Active Travel funding is designated for temporary or experimental schemes which can be aimed at improving facilities for walking and cycling, and for maintaining social distancing and will assist in helping us avoid overcrowding on public transport systems as we begin to open up further parts of our economy. The funding is part of a total of £225 million, which will be allocated to local authorities and will be released in two Tranches. Our bid is part of the first tranche of £45 million, which is due for release during this summer so work can begin at pace on installing temporary or trial measures for walking and cycling. For more information please read the document below.
Tidy FridayTomorrow sees the first of our 'Tidy Friday' events. If you would like to take part you must register your details and receive a Volunteer Guidance Pack. To register, call 01803 859678 or email, email@example.com. The self-service station, located in the Town Hall car park (behind the library) will be open from 9am till 11am.
Brixham Businesses Now OpenWith more local shops opening each day, please see our updated list. #shoplocal
COVID-19 Mobile Testing Centre TorbayCOVID-19 Mobile Testing Centre The COVID-19 mobile testing centre will be in Torquay until at least Tuesday 23 June. If you are eligible for a test you can go to the mobile testing site at Lymington Road in Torquay, TQ1 4BD, but you will need to book online first. Apply for a coronavirus test You will need to provide photo ID. The eligibility criteria now applies to anyone who maybe displaying symptoms, you can check at the NHS website Car park closure - 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.
Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service is warning residents to be aware of scammersDevon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service is warning residents to be aware of scammers looking to exploit the new NHS Test and Trace service The government system, which launched last week, is designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by quickly testing people with symptoms and either phoning, texting or emailing whoever they have had close contact with to tell them to isolate for 14 days. There are concerns that some people, particularly the vulnerable or elderly, could be susceptible to fake calls or messages from criminals looking to get access to personal information or trick them into handing over money. Rachael Holden, Group Manager for Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service, said: “Unfortunately, even during this difficult time, fraudsters will find ways to take advantage of people. “No one is immune from scams, so we’re encouraging everyone to be vigilant and take steps to protect themselves by knowing what you will and won’t be asked if you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.” Please read the document below to find out what tracers will ask and what they will not ask to help keep us safe.
Keep Brixham Beautiful - Tidy FridayLike many places across the country Brixham is suffering with an increase in litter as lockdown restrictions are eased. Due to Coronavirus the Town Councils scheduled ‘Keep Brixham Beautiful’ community litter picking events have been cancelled until further notice. From the 1st of June following updated guidance from the Government it is now possible to begin litter picking individually or in small groups of 6 (based on current Government Guidance for meeting people outside of your household). The Town Council are adapting ‘Keep Brixham Beautiful’ events and starting ‘Tidy Friday’ so that we can continue to do our bit for the environment in these challenging times. ‘Tidy Fridays’ begin on Friday 19th June and have been launched to enable those in the community who want to continue to do their bit (and hopefully encourage a few more to join in) to be able to safely access litter picking equipment.
Public weighbridge at Tor Park Road to reopenPublic weighbridge at Tor Park Road to reopen From Monday 15th June the public weighbridge at Tor Park Road, Paignton will reopen for commercial customers. The weighbridge had been closed since the lockdown and its reopening follows the reopening of the Recycling Centre last month. A weighbridge is a large set of scales used in the waste industry to weigh vehicles and measure the amount of material they are carrying. The new opening hours for the weighbridge will be Mondays to Fridays from 8.30am to 3pm. Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture for Torbay Council, said: “We are pleased to be able to work with TOR2 to reopen the public weighbridge safely following the shutdown. “Unlike the main Recycling Centre, where you still have to book an appointment first, the public weighbridge does not need to be pre-booked. On arrival though, you will need to inform the site team at the main gate that you wish to use the weighbridge.
Bus QuestionnaireWe are carrying out a Bus Network survey in Brixham to ascertain how many people use a bus, what routes they use and how often. Anyone living in the Brixham area is encouraged to complete this questionnaire, the results of which will be shared with Torbay Council.
Brixham Town Council Supporting Local BusinessesWith the Government guidelines changing and non-essential retailers being able to open from Monday 15th June, as long as they are Covid-19 compliant; we are compiling a list of local businesses that will be open. We continue to encourage residents to shop local as we encouraged them since lock-down to use the businesses offering home delivery. The list will be a great aid for them if they wish to venture into Brixham and be available on our website and social media pages. If you are a local business that will be opening please call 01803 859678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 3pm this Friday and we'll make sure your on the list.
Heart of the South West Growth Hub - guidance for employers and email@example.com Phone: 03456 047 047 The Growth Hub team are working hard to keep you updated on Covid-19 Support for Business and inform you of the latest on Government schemes and other business support to assist with managing through the impacts of the Coronavirus. Here follows links to schemes, advice, guidance and further business support. Guidance for employers and businesses This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on what you need to know, what to do if someone develops symptoms, sick pay, dependant leave and limiting the spread. See Government guidance here Guidance for Employers and Business The Pension Regulator has put together a package of measures and guidance here The Pension Regulator (TPR) See Acas advice for employers and employees here www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus Guidance to help keep workplaces safe The Government has produced guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the pandemic. The 8 guides set out practical steps for working safely during Coronavirus and cover a range of workplace settings. Read the full guidance here Working safely during coronavirus (Covid-19) Join free webinars to find out more about how to make your workplace Covid secure. See BEIS Covid Working Safely Webinars NEW – See the Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership Covid-19 Toolkit to help guide you to restarting your business safely – BBFA Covid-19 Toolkit
Toolkit to help Devon’s businesses reopen launchesToolkit to help businesses reopen launches A toolkit to help Devon businesses to reopen safely has been launched. Better Business For All is a partnership of the region’s local authorities, business groups, regulators and trading standards services, and they have created a resource providing guidance and advice to businesses. It follows the government’s announcement that from June 15 ‘non-essential’ businesses, can reopen. The toolkit provides information and links to help businesses understand what their regulatory and legal responsibilities are and what they have to do to restart their business safely. It provides useful documents including a risk assessment template, action plan, business checklists and safety guides. It will answer questions ranging from ‘can I open?’ right through to how to reopen safely, travel advice for employees and visitors, guidance on personal protective equipment and hygiene. Councillor Christine Carter, Cabinet Member for Corporate and Community Services, Torbay Council, said “Councils, businesses groups, government and regulators are working together to help businesses get back on their feet and help kick-start the economy. “This excellent resource provides businesses with information on what they need to do before they can reopen, where they can get help and how to protect their employees and customers. It is a crucial step towards reopening Devon's economy.” You can access the toolkit here. For further trading standards information please go to Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards website. For the latest Covid-19 support and guidance for businesses, and information on Government schemes, please visit the Growth Hub website.
BTC Allotment Newsletter - June 2020The latest edition of the Brixham Town Council Allotment Newsletter is now available. If you would like to be added to our waiting list for an allotment please call 01803 859678 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Torbay mobile testing centre - extended dateMobile Testing Centre – extended date The COVID-19 mobile testing centre will be in Torquay until at least Thursday11 June. If you are eligible for a test you can go to the mobile testing site at Lymington Road in Torquay, TQ1 4BD, but you will need to book online first. Apply for a coronavirus test You will need to provide photo ID. The eligibility criteria now applies to anyone who maybe displaying symptoms, you can check at the NHS website Car park closure - 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.
Changes to parking enforcement - Starting Monday 8th June 2020Changes to parking enforcement and free parking for NHS staff and volunteers scheme As lockdown measures continue to be relaxed, we have seen a marked increase of vehicular traffic on our highways as people start to return to work and school. The restrictions around limited waiting and residential parking bays were eased as part of our response to coronavirus, but from Monday 8 June all parking restrictions in Torbay will once again be enforced. Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Culture, Torbay Council said “As more and more people start to return to work or carry out the school run, our roads are once again becoming busier and busier. In light of this, we will again start to proactively enforce parking restrictions and ask vehicular road users to adhere to the parking signs displayed to prevent being issued with a ticket”. NHS workers and volunteers will continue to get free parking in council operated parking areas, providing the required official paperwork is clearly displayed on vehicle dashboards. This scheme only applies if these workers are on duty, and only to those working or volunteering within health and social care – it does not apply to all key workers. Further information on this scheme can be found on our website. Anyone using parking facilities across Torbay are reminded to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines, and where possible ensure you are two metres away from anyone outside of your household. For more information on staying safe outside your home visit the GOV.UK website.
Brixham Stronger Together, invite you to host a ( socially distanced) Coffee Morning on Tuesday 9thBrixham Stronger Together, a partnership of community organisations and groups in Brixham, invite you to host a ( socially distanced) Coffee Morning on Tuesday 9th June, on your doorstep, garden or in your street, to show support for Family Carers and Friends. To find out more about the support available for Family carers please visit the Torbay Carers Website: https://www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/carers-service/ or call 01803 666620 Take photos of your coffee morning and share them to @YES Brixham Remember to shop locally for your coffee and cake!
Stay safe and respect Torbay’s coastlineHM Coastguard in Torbay has seen a 100% increase in incidents over the last two weeks compared with previous years, with people finding themselves in difficulty in the sea and around the coastline of Torbay. Jon Kendray, Senior Coastal Operations Officer said: “Very high numbers of people are taking to our beaches and coastline. Emergencies have included swimmers, paddleboarders and kayakers in difficulty, tombstoning accidents, falls from height and broken down vessels. “Now more than ever, people need to respect the sea and our coastline to ensure the safety of themselves and their families. Regardless of how well you think you know the coastline, or how experienced you are in your chosen sport, the sea can still catch you out. Before heading to the coast, check the weather and tide times and familiarise yourself with safety advice. “Personal responsibility needs to be taken at all times. Your choices can put you, your friends and family at risk as well as our frontline responders and emergency service partners who are working round-the-clock to keep you safe. If you are visiting the beaches or coastline of Torbay have fun but please stay safe.” Cllr Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council, said: “Restrictions are being eased a little and it is good to be able to go out and enjoy our beautiful Bay but we have to be extra cautious when out and about on our coastline. I have recently been sea kayaking and have noticed a surge in people on the water. However, not everyone is following our safety messages and some people are taking unnecessary and dangerous risks, which has sadly led to a high number of serious incidents. “There have also been reports of anti-social behaviour in our communities and I would urge people to use our coastline and public open spaces sensibly and show respect to those around them at all times. We must also remember coronavirus has not gone away and we need to continue to follow the rules. Government guidelines around social distancing should continue to be observed by everyone.” Cllr Nicole Amil, Chairman of Tor Bay Harbour Committee, said: “Our harbours and coastline are significant attractions to residents and visitors to the Bay. However, it is imperative that people follow the safety advice provided by the HM Coastguard and organisations such as the RNLI and other key volunteer groups. “By following safety guidance, we are not putting additional pressure on our frontline responders and emergency service partners. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all of these organisations for their dedication and hard work, they help to keep all of us safe and our coastline a safe place to visit.” Remember that if you do get into trouble or see someone who is in danger, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Press release: Changes to booking system at Torbay Recycling Centre releaseChanges to booking system at Torbay Recycling Centre Some additional changes are being made to the way Torbay Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) will operate, after its recent reopening following the lockdown. Appointments will still need to be pre-booked as before, but Torbay Council, working together with TOR2 who provide the service, is streamlining the system and cutting out a middle stage. From Monday 1 June, you will still need to phone to book a time slot but you will be able to drive straight to the HWRC in Tor Park Road, Paignton at your allotted time rather than having to wait at Quay West Car Park as was previously the case. If you turn up without a pre-booked appointment you will be turned away, so it is essential to book. It is currently a Monday to Friday service. Social distancing will still need to be maintained at all times at the HWRC for both the safety of the operational staff and the residents who wish to make a visit.
More Lights but less Drama for Brixham This ChristmasA press release has been issued today regarding the "Lanterns, Lights & 'Luminations" event scheduled for 28th November 2020.
Virtual Brixham In Bloom CompetitionThe 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 reducedThe 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 DeliveriesThe latest list of local businesses who are providing home deliveries and takeaway services for the residents of Brixham is attached.
Limited number of public toilets to re-open in TorbayTorbay 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.
New discretionary grants launched today for Torbay businessesNew 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.
Staying Safe Outside Your HomeWith 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
Notice of Casual VacancyClick on the link to see the notice
Virtual Brixham In Bloom CompetitionOne 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.
Shoalstone Pool ClosureUnfortunately, 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 closedWith 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.
UK Chief Medical Officers on an update to coronavirus symptoms: 18 March 2020UK 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.
Dogs On Beaches - A ReminderDogs 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.
Update from Torbay Council for beach and harbour usersUpdate 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 CompetitionWith 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 email@example.com Images will be shared on our social media sites and the winner revealed on the 1st June 2020.
WHERE TO GET SUPPORT FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTHIt 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:
Self Employed: Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support SchemeIf 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.
Government launch new Bounce Back Loans todayBritain’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
Allotment Newsletter May EditionHere 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.
Be Proud Support BrixhamRemember 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 DeliveriesHere is the latest list of local businesses offering home delivery. There are now 49 offering this much needed service.
VE Day 75th AnniversaryCelebrate on May 8th with a 'Stay at Home' party
NHS press release: Parents are assured child will be safe at hospital during pandemicParents 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 BrixhamTorbay 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/
New Bounce Back Loan Scheme announced for small businesses across UKNew 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/
Torbay Council Press Release - COVID-19 Key Worker Testing Facilities - book a test todayCOVID-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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 DeliveriesThe 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 email@example.com.
Brixham Food BanksBrixham 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-19Torre 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 BrixhamVirgin 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
Community Help & SupportThe 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.
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.
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.
Government launches new coronavirus business support finder toolA 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
Brixham Home DeliveriesHere is the most up to date list of local businesses still supplying residents with those all important home deliveries.
For Sale by Informal Tender - Heritage K6 Telephone BoxBrixham Town Council adopted three Heritage K6 telephone boxes from BT. They are in a poor condition and need a lot of TLC to be brought up to their former glory. At the Full Council meeting in 2019 the councillors agreed to the following propositions; Telephone Box 1 – North Boundary Road opposite Pillar shops. This is to be sold and the proceeds to go towards the costs of refurbishing Telephone Boxes 2 & 3. Telephone Box 2 – Great Rea Road/junction with Higher Ranscombe Road. This is to be refurbished and re-sited at Shoalstone Pool. Shoalstone Pool propose to use it as an information point to link the area between Berry Head & Brixham Town Centre. Telephone Box 3 – Rea Barn Road/junction with Edinburgh Road. It is proposed to refurbish and change to house a defib for the community. Therefore, we are offering for sale by informal tender the K6 Telephone Box in North Boundary Road. 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.
Brixham Food BankBrixham 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 AppealToday 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) crisisChanges to Registrar and Registration Services Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis
Latest news from Torbay and South DevonManaging 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 DeliveriesUpdated 7th April 2020
Torbay Council Press Release - Call Centre available over the bank holidayTorbay 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).
Brixham Home DeliveriesThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brixham Town Council - no visitors this EasterPlease 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 ordersPlease see latest press release for accommodation providers regarding closure orders
Brixham Food BankPlease 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 EditionThe April Newsletter is now available. Due to the current circumstances relating to the Covid-19 virus, the newsletters will not be put on the notice boards at the allotment sites this month.
Road works affecting BrixhamROAD WORKS AFFECTING BRIXHAM - Week Commencing 06/04/2020
Allotment News - Covid-19 (Coronavirus) UpdateThe water has now been turned on at Wall Park, Drew Street, Penn Lane & Dixons. When visiting your allotment please consider the Governments advise with regards to 'Social Distancing' and the latest update from the National Allotment Society is attached.
Latest Home Delivery ListWe have now completed the latest list of local businesses happy to supply the residents of Brixham. Should you need the list emailing please call 01803 859678 or email email@example.com
Brixham Home DeliveriesThe latest list has now been completed. We have had a couple of businesses come off the list as they are unable to continue to provide the service but we now stand at 47 local companies happy to provide this valuable service whilst we all endure these difficult times. Remember, if you would like the list emailed directly to you please call 01803 859678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brixham Food BankWith immediate effect, the Food Bank will only be open on Fridays. This will continue up until Easter and the situation will then be reviewed. Access to the Food Bank is via the rear gate that the Town Hall that leads to the Car Park. The staff are making every effort to provide this vital service to the best of their ability and require your help complying the Government guidelines with regards social distancing when queuing and receiving your food. Thank you.
Allotment News - Covid-19 (Coronavirus) UpdateAs you are aware the situation has changed regarding how much time we are to spend outside and where we are allowed to visit. The allotments are all currently open and will remain so until we are advised otherwise. Travel to and from the allotments is permitted if due precautions are taken. Visiting the site constitutes your daily exercise set out by the government.However, any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site. We ask that all tenants visiting the site also bear the following in mind; **Please keep your distance from other tenants to help limit the spread of the virus. Follow current government guidelines about social distancing. **Do not share tools or any other equipment with another plot holder. **Be careful after touching site gates, locks or other communal assets. Disinfect your hands after each use. **The use of the sites if for allotment tenants only. No groups are allowed on site and only family members that live with the tenant can enter the site if the tenant is also present. **Do not use the water troughs to wash hands or equipment to sterilise them. The water is for watering purposes only. Be careful not to contaminate the troughs with any soap or other chemicals. **Please stay on your plot at all times and do not enter another plot under any circumstances. For further useful information from The National Allotment Society please click on the link below.
Update on Environmental Services from Torbay CounciPress release from Torbay Council regarding an update on Environmental Services.
Important information about bus services in TorbayPress release from Torbay Council regarding changes to bus services in Torbay due Covid-19
PR- Coronavirus - Temporary suspension of roadworks in TorbayPress release from Torbay Council regarding temporary suspension of roadworks in Torbay. This will affect a lot of planned road works in Brixham.
Show your appreciation for the NHS tonightTo thank the NHS workers who are working tirelessly throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the UK, Thursday 26 March will see a #ClapForOurCarers event dedicated to them. The Clap For Our Carers campaign will see people across the UK applaud NHS workers from the doorsteps, balconies or windows of their homes, in order to say thank you for all of their hard work.
Food Bank - Donations UpdateWe have been receiving calls from residents wanting to make monetary donations but because of self-isolation do not wish to leave their home. The good news is the food bank have now supplied us with their bank details so payments can be made through online/internet banking. If you would like to make a donation in this way, please call on 01803 859678 or email at email@example.com.
Residents warned to be vigilant against COVID-19 scamsLatest press release from Trading Standards and Torbay Council
Brixham Pirate Festival UpdateConsidering the updated government statement and as a response to the rapidly developing COVID-19 coronavirus situation we would like to make the following statement. It is with a heavy heart and great regret that the Brixham Pirate Committee must announce that the Festival will not now be going ahead on the 2nd,3rd & 4th May 2020. The committee have been closely following the government advice regarding the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) and, like everyone in the UK, are eager to adhere to whichever stipulations are put in place to ensure we limit the spread, and reduce the number of people impacted by this disease both locally and from further afield. The Brixham Prate Festival attracts thousands of people from all over the country and overseas. Listening to advice from the government which predicts the peak of the outbreak is likely to be in May we feel it would be irresponsible of us to do anything other than to cancel this event. With the recent government advice to avoid mass gatherings, this is, we feel, the best course of action. As for the 2021 festival it will return next year on 1st 2nd & 3rd May 2021. We will be contacting all of our musicians, re-enactors and Sponsors who helped for the 2020 festival, to ask them to agree to return with us next year. We appreciate that this will be of little comfort to our sponsors and traders who will have lost revenue this year. We all know that this is a rapidly evolving situation and we believe that understanding & kindness should be at the core of all our decision making right now. Guidance from the UK Government is to follow the regular updates and public health guidance being issued by the NHS, including specific advice to call NHS 111 if you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus. Daily updates are being issued here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public The Brixham Pirate Committee
Town Hall Closure - A message from the Town ClerkDear All We have taken the difficult decision to close our offices completely. We will be working from home so emails will be monitored and responded. Our telephone line has been diverted. However, this is now operating from a mobile phone, so we can only provide a limited service for telephone enquiries. We would like to remind everyone that we are following the Government’s guidance on social distancing and therefore all Council meetings have been cancelled between now and 30th April 2020. This will be kept under review on a regular basis. The Town Council is following advice from the National Association of Local Councils and therefore non-urgent decisions will be postponed and urgent decisions will be decided by email with Town Councillors. Any associated paperwork in respect of urgent decisions will be published on our website in the usual manner. We wish you all a safe passage through this turbulent time and highly recommend that you all follow the Government’s advice on social distancing and self-isolation. If we all work together, we can get through this. Tracy Hallett Town Clerk
Brixham Home DeliveriesThe latest list of local businesses has now been updated with over 40 companies now happy to deliver to Brixham residents. If you would like the list emailed, please let us know by calling 01803 859678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Brixham Home DeliveryThe list of local businesses offering home delivery is growing with 37 companies now onboard. Please click on the link to see the full list. If you would like us to email the list please call on 01803 859678.
Shoalstone PoolAs we are all aware, coronavirus advice is evolving daily, and the situation is moving very quickly. Following the updated guidance from the Government, the difficult decision has been made that it will not be appropriate to open Shoalstone pool in May. This is a huge disappointment, but we will continue to follow Government advice as the situation develops. If at a later date it is possible to open the pool, we will make the appropriate announcements. However, we have to be mindful that this might not happen this year. Due to the restrictions on the usual pool cleaning and general health and safety maintenance, we are working with representatives of our community to find a suitable solution to secure the pool from access during this period of closure. In the meantime, we would like to say thank you to everyone that has support the pool and reassure you that Shoalstone Pool CIC will continue to work behind the scenes to ensure the pool has a future. Brixham Town Council & Shoalstone Pool CIC
Brixham Food BankBrixham Food Bank Update From Monday 23rd March 2020 the food bank will be open on Monday & Fridays only, from 2pm til 4pm. To gain access please use the gate at the rear of the Town Hall (car park entrance). In these difficult times and the ongoing struggle to get food in the shops and supermarkets, the Food Bank are still in desperate need of donations. You can drop off to them directly during their opening times or to the Town Council office between 9am-3pm, Monday to Friday.
Brixham Home DeliveriesWe are now up to 27 local businesses offering a home delivery service. If you would prefer the list to be emailed to you please call 01803 859678
Brixham Businesses Offering Home DeliveryThe attached list shows local businesses happy to provide a home delivery service to the residents of Brixham. We will be regularly updating the list as more businesses come on-board. Keep an ey on our social media for regular updates.
Brixham Town Council Committee MeetingDue to the ongoing developments with the COVID-19 Virus and advice from Public Health England, all non-essential forthcoming Committee Meetings have been cancelled as follows; Planning & Regeneration Committee - 30th March 2020 Town Hall Committee - 3rd April 2020 Finance & General Purposes Committee - 8th April 2020 Evaluation Committee - 23rd April 2020
Brixham businesses who offer a home delivery serviceIf you need to shop and can’t get out there are many local Brixham businesses who offer a home delivery service, please give them a call and see if they can help you. Support local businesses/local businesses supporting Brixham We will update this list as other businesses contact us.
Keep Brixham Beautiful - Saturday 21st MarchUnfortunately due to the ongoing development and concerns surrounding the Covid-19 Virus, the Keep Brixham Beautiful in conjunction with the Great British Spring Clean, has been postponed.
Keep Brixham BeautifulThe next Keep Brixham Beautiful litter picking event is Saturday, 21st March 2020. We would love as many volunteers as possible to come along and help make this important event a success. If you are not on our register of volunteers please get in contact. The focus is our Town Centre, Harbour and Breakwater. All equipment is provided and when you return you will be rewarded with a drinks voucher. Children (as long as accompanied by a responsible adult) and dogs are welcome! For further information please call 01803 859678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Consultation Events6th & 7th March 2020, 10am - 1pm in the Scala Hall
Allotment Notice BoardsWhilst the sun was shining yesterday, we were out and about inspecting all the allotment sites. The notice boards have been updated with the March edition of your Newsletter plus you'll find all you need to know on our new Do's & Don't leaflets.
Road works for week commencing 2nd March 2020 BrixhamSee the attached pdf for road works in Brixham next week or clink on the link to find out more about planned road works across Torbay https://www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/roadworks/roadworks-list/
Torbay Climate Action SurveyTorbay Climate Action want to get the views of as many residents across the Bay as they can about climate change. To that end they have created a survey which can be found at this link www.torbayclimateaction.uk
For Sale by Informal Tender - Heritage K6 Telephone BoxBrixham Town Council adopted three Heritage K6 telephone boxes from BT. They are in a poor condition and need a lot of TLC to be brought up to their former glory. At the Full Council meeting in 2019 the councillors agreed to the following propositions; Telephone Box 1 – North Boundary Road opposite Pillar shops. This is to be sold and the proceeds to go towards the costs of refurbishing Telephone Boxes 2 & 3. Telephone Box 2 – Great Rea Road/junction with Higher Ranscombe Road. This is to be refurbished and re-sited at Shoalstone Pool. Shoalstone Pool propose to use it as an information point to link the area between Berry Head & Brixham Town Centre. Telephone Box 3 – Rea Barn Road/junction with Edinburgh Road. It is proposed to refurbish and change to house a defib for the community. Therefore, we are offering for sale by informal tender the K6 Telephone Box in North Boundary Road, in the first instance to local residents only (proof of residency must be evidenced). The successful bidders offer will be subject to the terms and conditions of the tender document. If after the closing date no offer is received or accepted, the telephone box will be offered to all prospective buyers, locally, nationally and globally. Full terms and conditions apply and the Informal Tender Document is available from Brixham Town Council Office & Brixham Library.
Annual Parish MeetingThe Annual Parish Meeting is taking place on the 26th March 2020 at 7pm in the Town Hall. This is a public event and residents / electorate of the Brixham Parish are invited to put forward items to be considered for the meeting agenda. Agenda items should be about celebrating local activities and debating current issues in the community. If you are involved in a community group and would like to talk about the work you are doing within Brixham, please put forward your item to be considered. Items for the agenda must be received no later than 18th March 2020
Roadworks on A3022We are aware that the traffic lights are still up, even after assurances from Wales & West Utilities that they were going down last night. We have rang the company first thing this morning for an update and they confirm that due to the scale of the works they needed to keep the traffic lights up yesterday. They have confirmed with the Regional Manager in the area, and the lights and works will be gone by 4pm today.
Brixham Town Council GrantsAt last nights Full Council Meeting, Brixham Town Council were very pleased to award the following grants; Brixham Pirate Festival - £5000 Time & Tide Bell - £3700 Councillor David Giles handed out the cheques to the happy recipients.
A3022 RoadworksWe contacted Wales & West Utilities about the roadworks on the A3022 and they have confirmed the site will been cleared as of close of play tomorrow and the traffic lights will be removed by the end of today, so hopefully this should help make the traffic move more easier.
Volunteers NeededThe Community Consultation event regarding the proposed Town Hall Regeneration is being held on Friday 6th March & Saturday 7th March. Both events start at 10am and finish at 1pm. Throughout this time free refreshments including tea/coffee & cakes, will be given to the visitors to the Scala Hall. If you are able to give up a bit of spare time to come and help in serving these refreshments it would be greatly appreciated. Please email email@example.com or call 01803 859678 to get onto our volunteers list, we've already got 2 of our councillors on board 😀
Virgin Media Works UpdateYou may be aware of the current works Virgin Media have been undertaking across Torbay, most recently in Goodrington and previously Torquay. Next on the list is Brixham and work will start soon. Virgin Media are currently working on the ‘Trunk Route’ that will bring the fibre system to Brixham before starting the civils work within the town. This work will be starting within the next 4 weeks. Virgin Media say they will look to engage throughout, if you have any questions or concerns and they will hopefully try and make this process as smooth as possible. There will be disruption as there would be with any major civils work although they have plans and process in place to help reduce this as much as possible.
Resurfacing work in BrixhamResurfacing work will take place from 9 March there will be resurfacing work at Kingswear Road in Brixham (from Gattery Lane to Hill Head), for four days with the road closed to traffic. There will be a diversion along Dartmouth Road, New Road, Monksbridge, Knick Knack Lane, ending at Milton Street (with the other direction diverted along the same roads but in reverse). More work is planned in March for Brixham the exact dates for this is yet to be confirmed. You can keep up to date with Torbay's roadworks on their website https://www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/roadworks/roadworks-list/
Stagecoach South West Route Consultation 2020Are you a resident that is going to be affected by the latest planned changes by Stagecoach? If so click on the attached link where you can download the full consultation document and get advise on how you can respond.
Civic Award Nominations & Outstanding Sports Achievement AwardThe Civic Award is for an individual or Community Group who has, in the course of the year and through their activities, furthered the welfare and / or improved the quality of life of Brixham people. The Outstanding Sports Achievement Award will be presented to an individual or a team who has gained a significant success or excelled in terms of sporting achievement bringing credit to Brixham. For more information, you can download the application form and criteria from the Town Council website or call into the office for a hard copy. The deadline for nominations is 1st March 2020.
New Allotment Plot PostsOur lengthsmen are continuing their hard work and now the allotments at Penn Lane, Drew Street & Wall Park have their new plot number posts up. I think you'll agree they look great
Allotment Notice Boards are complete!The allotment notice boards are now complete and we have our first notices up 😀. In place there are some useful contact numbers, our February Newsletter with some great tips, plus details of how you can take part in our Town Hall Regeneration Project Survey, we welcome your thoughts, opinions, ideas and comments. If there are any allotment holders who wish to contribute towards the newsletter or have a public information notice that will benefit other allotment holders, please email; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01803 859678.
Town Hall Regeneration Project Public ConsultationBRIXHAM TOWN HALL REGENERATION YOUR TOWN HALL, YOUR SAY…. The Town Hall Community consultation is taking place now, ending 23rd March 2020. We want to hear from you. It’s Your Town Hall, Your Say! Visit the Town Council website to access the online survey, or visit the Offices to collect a hard copy and freepost envelope. Public events for your diary: Brixham Town Council in partnership with Devon Communities Together will be holding Public Consultation events in the Scala Hall on Friday 6th March and Saturday 7th March 2020 between 10am – 1pm. Please come along to find out more about the regeneration of our Town Hall. Please note: this is a change of date from the announcement in the January 2020 Brixham Signal
Brixham Town Hall Regeneration ProjectUnderstandably there are some residents concerned about the speculation surrounding the redevelopment of the Town Hall. Brixham Town Council wants to assure you that whatever you are hearing is speculation and the purpose of the Community Engagement Survey is for you to have your say and to help us ensure this vital community building becomes what the residents of Brixham want it to be. The consultation, in partnership with the independent community development charity, Devon Communities Together runs until the 23rd March 2020 and we would encourage everyone to complete the surveys either in paper form, available at our offices or the library or online using the following links;
Allotment Notice Boards Are Up!With our lengthsmen working hard throughout this cold and wet January we have the first 2 boards up at Penn Lane and Drew Street allotments, with Wall Park following shortly. The final touches are being applied and shortly we will be putting up our February Allotment Newsletter plus any other important news and updates.
Brixham Town Hall Regeneration Project - Community Engagement SurveyYour Town Hall, Your Say... We now have a supply of the Community Engagement and the Brixham Housing Surveys available in our office. Come along between 9am - 3pm, Monday to Friday and pick one up.
Lantern, Lights & 'Lumingations TenderLanterns, Lights &'Luminations for 2020 - 2022 is out for tender. If you are interested in bidding for the tender please download the document below.
Christmas Lights TenderChristmas Lights tender is now out for 2020 - 2022. If you are interested please download the document for more information.
Wall Park AllotmentsWith the prolonged wet weather we have been experiencing, the lengthsmen have asked that allotment holders for Wall Park please do not drive on the grass area between the allotments as the ground is too soft. Also, if possible, minimise vehicle use in the car park and for the timebeing use the football ground parking please. Thank you.
News Release - Brixham Town Council 2020/21 Budget UpdateBrixham Town Council have set their budget for 2020/21 following a period of consultation and demonstrated their continued support for key organisations in the community.
#2 Minute Litter PickerGreat News! We have ordered our first litter picking station which is due for delivery in early February. We hope that our residents can enjoy helping keep Brixham clean and tidy by using this great facility. More details to follow.
Lost Mobile PhoneDuring our Keep Brixham Beautiful event on Saturday one of our volunteers found a mobile phone in the Copythorne Road area, If you have lost a phone or know someone who has, please call 01803 859678.
Civic Award Nominations & Outstanding Sports Achievement AwardThe Civic Award is for an individual or Community Group who has, in the course of the year and through their activities, furthered the welfare and / or improved the quality of life of Brixham people. The Outstanding Sports Achievement Award will be presented to an individual or a team who has gained a significant success or excelled in terms of sporting achievement bringing credit to Brixham. For more information, you can download the application form and criteria from the Town Council website or call into the office for a hard copy. The deadline for nominations is 1st February 2020.
Vacant Allotments for ResidentsWe still have a couple of allotment plots available at our Wall Park site. Averaging 130 sq metres and costing between £29 and £34 per annum, an allotment is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, grown your own produce, stay fit and meet like-minded people. If you are a resident of Brixham and don't already have an allotment please call us on 01803 859678 or email on email@example.com
Keep Brixham BeautifulFantastic turn out for the Keep Brixham Beautiful event on Saturday morning. Over 20 people braved the cold wind and helped clear an enormous amount of litter from the streets in the Furzeham area. Huge thank you to the local businesses who rewarded volunteers with a complimentary drink; Oats Healthy Living Store, Costa Coffee, The Berry Head Hotel, Liberty's and Flour Flower. Keep Brixham Beautiful is also supported by TOR2 but the real hero's are the people volunteering and helping to keep our little part of the world special.
Brixham Town Council Gardening Assistance SchemeNew Brixham Town Council Gardening Assistance Scheme - launch of the pilot will start in April, register your interest now. Brixham Town Council have announced that they will be launching a pilot Gardening Assistance Scheme for the elderly and disabled in April 2020. The scheme will be an extension of the Lengthsman programme and is aimed at providing rudimentary gardening assistance for disabled persons or elderly residents who are over the age of 70 and do not have an able bodied person living on their premises or access to any other similar scheme that may be provided by a Landlord. Assistance will be available at a rate of £10 for the first hour with an additional £5 per hour for any additional work, with a minimum of one to a maximum of 10 hours per annum for each household that registers with Brixham Town Council for any work to be carried out. Presenting the project Chair of the Community Services Committee, Councillor Paul Addison, told a recent Full Council meeting that the pilot scheme seeks to build on the success of the Lengthsman programme. “The public have embraced the role that the Lengthsman has played in keeping reported areas of the community well managed by performing such tasks as grass cutting and hedge cutting and has been hugely popular”, said Paul. “Assisted Gardening Schemes are very popular in many parts of the country and the Council believes that adding this work to the Lengthsman programme is a logical addition to the range of services being provided and we are confident that those who are eligible will take the opportunity to sign up to have work done at their properties”, he added. A registration form can be found in the Brixham Signal or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have one sent to you or collect at the office.
Keep Brixham BeautifulJust a reminder that Keep Brixham Beautiful is holding a litter picking event next Saturday, 11th January 2020. We would love as many volunteers as possible to come along and help make this important event a success. If you are not on our register of volunteers please get in contact. We meet at Furzeham Primary School, Higher Furzeham Road at 10am. All equipment is provided and when you return you will be rewarded with a drinks voucher. Children (as long as accompanied by a responsible adult) and dogs are welcome! The weather is forecast to be dry 😄 For further information please call 01803 859678 or email email@example.com.