Some local (and otherwise) news


News courtesy of Kevin Foster

Bid Made For Transport Improvements

The Council has this week submitted a bid for further funding to make improvements on the route from Windy Corner to the new Link Road.

If the £8.6-million bid submitted to the Heart of the South West Local Transport Board is agreed in July, construction could start as early as September 2015. The work on this project is being led by St Marychurch Councillor and Executive Lead for Highways, Cllr Ray Hill.

Improvements suggested in the bid include:

  • Widening the A3022 Brixham Road southbound between Claylands Cross and Yalberton Road, plus from Yalberton Road to Roselands Drive improved to two lanes in each direction.
  • Widening the A380 Kings Ash Hill Road between Churscombe Cross and Spruce Way to two lanes north bound, and also widening between Tweenaway Cross to Waterleat Road.
  • Alterations to Churscombe Cross and Windy Corner junctions.
  • Pedestrian and Cycle improvements completing the Western Corridor cycle route.

The council has already secured £1.05-million of Pinch Point funding from the Department for Transport last year towards improvements along this route

Further details of the latest bid, known as Western Corridor Regeneration Scheme can be found on the Torbay Council website by clicking here

£2 Parking For Easter

The £2 a day parking charge is in place for all the Easter weekend across the car parks owned by Torbay Council.

Remember that the ticket is transferable between all of the Council’s Car Parks so you can have Breakfast in Brixham, a trip to the Beach at Paignton and a night out in Torquay all for only one £2 parking fee.

This £2 all day parking trial comes to an end on 1st May, as normal prices return for the summer season. This includes the £8 daily rate.

The Council will be looking at the impact of the £2 daily rate, which will hopefully make a return for the Winter/Spring 2014-15. In the meantime, residents of Torbay can purchase an Off Peak Permit for £50 a year that allows use of most Council Car Parks (Including short stay) from 3pm till 10am the next morning.

You can find out more about the off peak permit by clicking here.

Congratulations to Coastwatch

There was good news this week for Torbay’s Coastwatch Station on Daddyhole Plain as they were awarded Heritage Lottery Funding.

Their scheme called “On the Lookout” secured a grant towards a two year project to create a visitor centre at the Watchstation on Daddyhole Plain. The money will fund the interpretation fit out, learning materials and provision of access to the watchtower. An accompanying programme of school visits, lectures, talks and volunteer training will also take place.

The Coastwatch service is completely staffed by volunteers and having visited the station to see their work they make a real difference, particularly during the summer season when many unfamiliar with the sea visit our beaches. This grant is great news and many congratulations to all involved.

Colour Rush sign-ups start

Following the success of the first Colour Rush in Aid of Rowcroft Hospice last year, the event will be returning on Saturday 13th September.

This year 1,000 places will be available to take part in the 5k run with twist, which includes a party afterwards. Registration is due to open next week and you can find out more details by visiting the dedicated page on Facebook:



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