Some local (and otherwise) news


News courtesy of Kevin Foster

(MP for Torbay)

Latest News on Torquay Pavilion

The Pavilion is still the subject of much debate and earlier this year it was confirmed that a further plan would be submitted to the Council after a proposal for a large tower block was strongly criticised by Historic England.

There have been various hints given as to the time frame for this new plan to be submitted and suggestions of when it would be available for public comment.

A further plan was considered by the Torbay Design Review Panel last week, ahead of it potentially being submitted to the council next month. If this happens a public consultation period will follow.

You can read the full report on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Rail Strike Set to Hit First Great Western

If travelling by train on Sunday 23rd August or next weekend (Saturday 29th August to Monday 31st August) then check before travelling that your train is running.

The RMT have called another round of strikes on these days over the plans for new trains to be brought into operation on the Great Western Route.

Details of the services that will be running can be found on a dedicated page of the First Great Western website by clicking here.

Penn Inn Flyover Set For Early Opening

If you have driven from the bay to Newton Abbot recently then you will be very much looking forward to the new link road opening and the roadworks finishing.

Last Friday, long delays at Kerswell Gardens meant it took nearly an hour to travel the short distance from the Willows to the Penn Inn Roundabout. Yet there has been some further light at the end of the tunnel this week following the recent announcement that parts of the road will open ahead of schedule.

The builders have indicated the Penn Inn flyover is making progress and will be opened before the main Link Road, although no firm date has been confirmed.

Red Arrows Heading For The Bay

We are hoping for good weather on Wednesday for the highlight of summer in the bay, a display by the Red Arrows.

Last year’s flight was sadly grounded by the weather, but hopefully this year will bring clear skies over the bay. The display is timed for 6pm on Wednesday 26th August 2015 and there are plenty of viewing points across the bay.

It was also revealed this week that plans for a major Air Show could see the annual display relocated to Paignton as part of an event timed to coincide with Armed Forces Day. The details are on the Herald Express website and can be found by clicking here.

Finally, anyone who is a fan of the Avro Vulcan can see what will be the final display in South Devon by the only one still flying at the Dawlish Airshow today. For further details click here.

Spider Times

If you want some tips on deterring spiders from entering your house,  the Herald Express has published a selection of ways to deter them from coming in; you can find them by clicking here.

Pop Up Shop Set to Open

The first four tenants have signed on the dotted line and will move into the Pop Up the High Street shop in Union Street, Torquay, which opens on Saturday 29th August.

Those tenants are the first of many local businesses who can take advantage of what the Pop Up shop offers in a prime Torbay location and include: Mytakeonpretty, hand painted glass products; Fine & Dandy, handmade soft furnishings; TQView, handmade photography on canvas; and Stroppymoo, an innovative money saving device for razor blades.

If you are interested in being the next business to take advantage of this opportunity you can click here to be taken to the website where you can find application guidance and apply online. For more information you can also email or call 07771 974565.  Also you can follow @PopUptheHighSt on Twitter for regular pictures and updates.

Parkfield FM

Torbay’s only young person run radio station will be taking part in a three day live pop up FM radio event to celebrate and showcase the young presenter’s achievements.

The three day live broadcast will be starting on Wednesday 26 August and will be running until the evening of Friday 28 August 2015. The broadcast will be live on 87.9 FM for the three days and will see the young people continue their partnership building by involving young people from other youth groups and schools from across Torbay who have been taught radio skills by the Xtreme Radio young people. The broadcast will include music, information about local events and topics that matter to young people.

The station broadcasts music, issue-based and sports-related programming all aimed at and produced by young people. Parkfield Xtreme Radio presenters also produce Parklife, a slot with features on local events and a listing show funded by the Torbay Youth Cultural Partnership to let young people across the bay know what’s going on for them and help them to respond to and shape local cultural arts events.

You can hear their shows by clicking here.

Business Breakfast

The Torbay Business Forum will be holding its regular breakfast session on Thursday 3rdSeptember and this time the speaker will be Kevin Foster.

He has been asked to talk about the first 100 days of being in Westminster and the priorities he sees for the bay. The format is networking from 7:30am, then a full English Breakfast, followed by his talk and time for questions. The aim is to be finished by 9am to allow people to get off to work.

Tickets are £11.50 and if pre-booked include free parking at the Riviera Centre. Just click here to book. All with an interest in the bay’s economy are welcome to attend.


18th-22nd Aug: Children’s Week, Paignton Green
22-26th Aug: Savoir Fayre Continental Market on Princess Gardens
22nd Aug, 12.30pm-1.30pm: Read to LouLou the dog, Torquay Library, Free to drop-in
22nd-26th August: Torbay Royal Regatta – the 10k run, rowing championships, sailing, fireworks, red arrows and more. Full details can be found here
24th-28th Aug, 10am-2pm: Summer Arts Club for ages 6-12 years, Barton Baptist Church, Happaway Road, Torquay. £3 per child and snacks included
24th Aug, 2pm: Summer Reading Challenge 4-11yr olds, Torquay Library, Free
24th Aug, 9.30pm: Fireworks, set off from Corbyn Head, Torquay (weather permitting)
25th Aug, 7.30pm: Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, Classical Music, St John’s Church, Torquay. Book via Torquay Tourist Info Centre
25th Aug, 2pm: Summer Reading Challenge, 4-11yr olds, Paignton Library, Free
26th Aug 2pm Tea & Cake Party for Great Ormond St Hospital. The Vicarage, Hampton Avenue, Torquay, TQ1 3LA
26th Aug, 6pm: Red Arrows fly across the Bay
29-30th Aug starts at 11am: Torbay Thai Festival, Sea Front, Paignton, Free

Advance Notice: 2nd-3rd Sept – the Britain’s Got Talent team are in Torbay. If you want to showcase your talents then get in contact now via this Web site.


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