Some local (and otherwise) news


News courtesy of Kevin Foster

(MP for Torbay)


Airshow Road Closures

The Torbay Airshow is only a week away and a number of residents have got in touch about the restrictions on roads following information signs appearing across Paignton and Preston.

The restrictions will apply on Friday 10th (Evening) , Saturday 11th and Sunday 12thJune with a large number of streets covered, not just the ones on Paignton Seafront itself that are usually closed during events. The restrictions stretch up to Goodrington and cover streets like Osney Crescent as well.

The airshow website has a page dedicated to the traffic restrictions and if you live near Paignton Sea front or the Town Centre do check it. You can find it by clicking here.

Bear in mind these restrictions if you are planning a journey that would take you through the affected area next weekend. If you need to make an essential journey through Paignton next weekend it is probably better to head for the Ring Road\Brixham Road if possible.

Train services will be running to Paignton Station as normal, but are likely to be congested at peak times during the show. If you need to make an essential journey by train from the bay next weekend it is advisable to book in advance.

Finally I have had some queries about the programme for the show. It went on sale today with it costing £3 to download from the official website. The Red Arrows website lists that their display is scheduled for 15:30 on Sunday 12th June.

Last Chance to Register for The Referendum

The deadline to register is Tuesday 7th June and it is easy to do on-line by clicking here.

If you are going to be away on Referendum Day or for any other reason unable to vote in person you still have time to apply for a postal vote. Yet do bear in mind that Electoral Services at Torbay Council must receive your completed application form by 5pm on Tuesday 8th June. That said it is easy to download the form from the Council Website by clicking here.

Referendum Information Hub

The best source of impartial research and analysis is perhaps the House of Commons Library that produces detailed briefing notes for MPs on issues being discussed. They are required to be politically neutral and work for parliament, so are not bound to support any Government line. The Library has helpfully set up an online information hub containing all its most relevant briefing documents on the Referendum which you can find by clicking here.

Finally, over the last two nights Sky News hosted two discussions on the Referendum with one featuring the Prime Minister and the other Michael Gove. You can find them both by following these links:

David Cameron – Remain
Michael Gove – Leave

Torbay’s Local Plan Published

This week Torbay Council formally set out its plan to deliver at least 5,500 new jobs and 8,900 new homes by 2030 with the publication of Torbay’s new Local Plan.

The publication of the Local Plan is a landmark moment and outlines how Torbay aims to secure economic recovery and encourage growth in the Bay now, and over the next 15 years. The Plan will provide the basis for decisions on planning applications within Torbay.

Cllr Mark King, the Council’s Executive Lead for Housing, Planning, Transport and Waste, has said that: “The publication of the Torbay Local Plan comes at a time of significant interest from investors who are keen to tap-in to the Bay’s potential. This has been heralded by the opening of the South Devon Highway and its huge potential as a beacon for growth and increased prosperity in the area.”

You can read the details of the local plan on the Council’s website by clicking here.

Colour Rush Places Available

If you fancy a run with a difference in aid of a good cause then Rowcroft’s Colour Rush is for you.

It is a fun mix of a relatively short run and a lot of powder paint throwing. You can find yourself being turned into a colourful rainbow by the end of it.

Tickets for this year’s event on Paignton Beach are available and if you fancy doing the rush, which takes place on Saturday 17th September, then just click here to find out more.

New Fiver On The Way To Your Wallet

A new bank note that is set to bring a whole new meaning to the idea of “paying with plastic” will soon be finding its way into your wallet or purse.

The final design of the new £5 was unveiled this year and unlike current bank notes, which are made of cotton paper, it will be made of a thin plastic inside. This means it is far more likely to survive a trip through the washing machine, but also allows additional security measures to be incorporated. You can read more and see images of the new note on the BBC website by clicking here.

The new note is expected to enter circulation in September and with 329m £5 notes in circulation it is expected to take a year to fully replace the current note.

Torbay’s Own Soap Opera?

The Torbay Tourism Association has recently made a new promotional video for the bay.

The theme is Torbay having its own soap, “Only Made In Torbay”. You can watch the videos on Youtube by clicking here.

Ice Cream Fine Leaves Bitter Taste

Many of us have had the experience of seeing our ice cream, chips, pasty or anything else edible grabbed by the bay’s most skilled muggers, our local seagulls.

Descending rapidly from height the seagulls quickly pounce on the unwary ice cream cone holder to get a rather sugary snack. Yet recently a visitor to Paignton Promenade had the feeling he had been pounced on twice after a seagull grabbed his ice cream and a council enforcement officer then issued him an £80 fine when he dropped the cone that was left on the ground.

You can read more on the Herald Express website by clicking here and the story has unsurprisingly been featured in the national media as well.


Blue Cross – Fun Quiz Night

4th June 2016, 19:45 – Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club, Fore Street, Torquay, TQ1 4LY
Cost: £2 per person (Maximum 6 people per team).
Booking: No booking necessary.
For more information, click here

Fantastic Fossils & Violent Volcanoes!!

4th June 2016 -10:30 – 15:00 – Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HF
Cost: Free with a museum entry ticket.
Booking: No booking necessary.
For more information, click here

Babbacombe Cliff Railway – Ukulele Festival

4th June 2016 – 10.30 – 19.05 – Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay, TQ1 3LF
Cost: Free
Booking: No booking necessary.
For more information, click here

Evening Wildlife Walk at Cockington

8th June 2016 -19:00 – 21.00 – Cockington Village, Torquay, TQ2 6XA
Cost: £3.50 per person (aged 11 and over).
Booking: Essential as spaces limited.
For more information, click here

Torbay Symphony Orchestra – June Concert Series

Saturday 11th June 2016 7:30pm at St Marychurch (St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Fore St)
The concert will feature:
Verdi: Overture to ‘La Forza del Destino’
Dvorak: Violin Concerto
Claire Snedd – Violin
Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique
Tickets cost £10 and can be bought by clicking here.


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