Some local (etc…) news


News courtesy of Kevin Foster

Pavilion Planning Application

As previously mentioned, a Planning Application has been submitted by the Nicholas James Group for redeveloping the Marina Car Park and Pavilion.

The proposed development envisages creating a new 60 bed hotel with shops, restaurants, cafes, 45 apartments and public realm works. There are a number of strong views around this development, not least the future of Cary Green.

A three week public consultation is due to be held and a future update will include details.  The application is still being validated by the Council’s Planning Officers and the consultation will only start once this process is completed.

Call For Dementia Friends

Torbay’s Public Health Team is supporting Public Health England (PHE) and the Alzheimer’s Society (AS) with the Dementia Friends Campaign that launched this week.

PHE and AS have come together to inspire the Dementia Friends Campaign, which is encouraging people in Torbay to become a Dementia Friend by watching an interactive video online to help increase understanding.

There are currently 665,065 people in England who have dementia and an estimated 21 million people in England have a close friend or family member with dementia.  In Torbay alone, 0.9 per cent of people registered with a GP practice were diagnosed with dementia last year.

One in three over the ages of 65 will develop dementia, which is an incredibly high statistic. People with dementia can live well, and Torbay’s, Norman McNamara, has written a song which is competing to be the theme tune for this Summer’s Fringe Festival. You can find out more about that by clicking here.

The campaign aims to create a network of one million Dementia Friends across England by 2015. For further information on the campaign and how to become a Dementia Friend, please visit


Could You Foster For Torbay?

On Monday Torbay Council will be launching its latest foster care recruitment campaign at the English Riviera Wheel at Princess Gardens, Torquay during foster care fortnight, which runs from Monday 12 until Sunday 25 May.

The focus this year is on getting more people to think about fostering teenagers who need support at a crucial stage in their life. By being placed with the right foster carers, teenagers have the opportunity to continue with their education and have the stability to thrive with a family that can give them the love and support they need.

Torbay Council’s Foster Care Team welcomes enquiries from a wide range of applicants to reflect the diverse needs of children in Torbay. If you feel you could provide a home for one of the many children needing foster parents just click here for more information

The Bay’s Public Health Team Wants Your Views

Torbay’s Public Health Team is asking local residents to have their say and help shape future lifestyle services to meet today’s challenging demands.

They are seeking to consult with residents to ensure that their opinions and views are listened to. They want to ensure that the services are tailored to suit individuals’ needs.

The key lifestyles services provided by the Public Health Team include:
–              Helping people to stop smoking.
–              Improving diet and increasing physical activity
–              Drinking alcohol within recommended limits
–              Improving mental, self-esteem and well being.

Smoking is still the single largest cause of preventable death in England. In the South West, seven people die from smoking related illnesses every day according to figures from the South West Public Health Observatory 2008. Figures produced by Cancer Research UK show that every year 460 children take up the smoking habit across the bay.

Obesity is one of the UK’s biggest public health issues, with the number of adults and children increasing dramatically. Worryingly Torbay has higher rates for adult obesity compared to the national picture. Obesity is associated with a range of health problems including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Giving your views is easy, just go to and complete the survey. You could also win a twilight treat spa package and dinner for two at TLH’s Aztec Spa and Bistro.  The survey closes Wednesday 11 June 2014.

This Week’s Events

Here’s a selection of local events.

Spring Chicken Fayre – Saturday 10th May

The Friends of St Matthias, Babbacombe Road, Torquay will be holding their popular Spring Chicken Fayre tomorrow (Saturday 10th May 2014) from 10:30am till 2:30pm. A range of stalls and refreshments will be on offer.

Goodrington Methodist Church Open Day – Saturday 10th May
Goodrington Methodist Church will be holding their open day tomorrow between 10am and 4pm. A range of activities, Music and crafts will be on offer.

Maesteg Male Voice Choir –  Friday 16th May
The internationally renowned Maesteg Male Voice Choir will be in Torquay next week to perform a charity concert at Central Church.  Tickets are £8 and can be purchased by contacting Barbara on 07773 987670, Philip on 01803 323551 or Rowcroft’s fundraising team on 01803 210846. Refreshments will be available.

You can get a taste of what to expect by clicking here.

Memories and Moments from Afghanistan – Saturday 17th May 2014
Captain Alexander Allan (Ex-Grenadier Guards) will be sharing his photographic journal of a tour in Afghanistan at Torwood Conservative Club on Saturday 17th May 2014 starting at 1pm.



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