Some local (and otherwise) news


News courtesy of Kevin Foster

Royal British Legion Parade

A parade, which is due to take place in Torquay this afternoon, could cause some traffic congestion between 3.30 and 5.00pm.

The National British Legion conference is being held at the RICC 15 – 18 May. On Saturday 17 they are carrying out a parade, lead by the Rifles, which will leave the RICC at 4.00pm.

The route is from the RICC left onto Chestnut Drive, left onto Belgrave Road across the junction and onto Torbay Road towards the pavilion, around the roundabout and will halt at the Cenotaph to lay a wreath. The parade will then return to the RICC via the same route.

Advanced notification signs have been out on the route and Tor2 will manage the parade on the day by carrying out a rolling road closure to try to reduce any congestion.

Exhibition on Torquay Masterplans

Masterplans that consider how Torquay Town Centre and Edginswell (Torquay Gateway) should grow and develop over the next 20 years and beyond are being prepared.

The Council has now arranged a public exhibition and consultation event over three days from Wednesday 21 May to Friday 23 May at Torquay Library, which is open from 9.30am to 6pm on Wednesday and Friday and 9.30am to 1pm on Thursday.

The public exhibitions will share the initial developing ideas and concepts. It is emphasised that these are initial ideas and there are no finalised plans for the areas yet. There will also be an opportunity to see plans which are being put together by the Council for a new, additional railway station at Edginswell.

From Wednesday 21st May, you can also see the emerging Masterplanning work on the Council’s website at and submit comments online. Comments made at the exhibition and online will help inform the final masterplans which will be completed this summer.

Beach Huts Back At Meadfoot

The Council will be placing temporary beach huts at Meadfoot Beach in time for Spring Bank Holiday weekend of 24 May.

Tenants have been written to, inviting them to pick up keys for their brand new temporary huts on Saturday 24 May. The huts will be available for use during the summer season until 28 September 2014 when they will be removed in time for the construction works to restart on the major redevelopment work.

In the meantime, the contractor dealing with the storm damage has assured the council that piling work is progressing on time and the promenade will be largely complete by the middle of May. Through these works, the storm damage to the promenade has been repaired, strengthened, stabilised and made ready to take the extra weight of the new chalets.  The site will soon be cleared and made safe allowing the promenade to be used for the summer season.

The Council’s interim plan is to install sufficient new wooden beach huts to enable tenants to be located as close as possible to their original position, with some of the new huts at promenade level.

How Do You Get to The Doctor?

If you use Public Transport to get the doctor or our hospital then you might wish to take part in a survey being run by Healthwatch Devon and Torbay Council.

The aim is to find out how people use public transport to access medical services and see if improvements can be made.

The anonymous survey is online now, visit by 26 May.  You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following  #transporttohealth.

Roads Set For Resurfacing

The Council has confirmed that some road resurfacing work that will be taking place shortly.

The roads to be resurfaced are:


Lichfield Avenue Torquay (Cul De Sacs each end) June 2nd to June 6th

Dairy Hill Torquay July 3rd to July 4th

Cadewell Lane Torquay (Newton Road to Cadewell Park) August 11th to August 29th


Lancaster Drive Paignton ( Junction Roselands Drive) June 24th

Grange Road Paignton ( Knapp park to Private Golf centre Drive) June 25th to June 26th

Elmbank Road Paignton June 27th to June 30th

Polsham Park Paignton June 30th to July 3rd


Milton Street Brixham ( Elizabeth Ave to Milton Park) June 10th to June 13th

Summer Lane Brixham (Various sections) June 13th to June 16th

Southdown Hill Brixham (Top narrow section) June 17th to June 19th

Follafiled Park Brixham June 20th to June 24th

The works will be carried out by the Council’s “surfacing partner” Glendinning Contracting. All directly affected properties and business will be informed in writing prior to the works, in addition to pre warning signs that will be placed out.

There will be further work to come which will hopefully be part of the Council’s Autumn programme.

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