Brixham Town Council

Town Hall, New Road
Brixham
Devon TQ5 8TA
Tel: 01803 859678
info@brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Torbay Council's budget – it’s your business! Have your say

Torbay’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.

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Ageing Well Festival

An 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

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