Some local (and otherwise) news


News courtesy of Kevin Foster

(MP for Torbay)

Have Your Say On Pavilion Plans

The debate about the future of the Pavilion continued this week with one group putting forward what they see as an alternative plan.

This plan was covered by the Herald Express and you can see the images produced of it, plus read comments from those behind it, by clicking here.

You can also see more details of the proposals being put forward by the developers behind the plans advanced recently on the Council’s website. Lots of residents have already left a comment about this planning application and you can do so too via the site. Just click here to find the relevant section of the Council’s site.

TUFC Takeover Is Off

Earlier this week Gulls Chairman Dave Phillips indicated the deal was off, with a potential purchase of the Plainmoor Ground from the Council being the key stumbling block. You can read his comments on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Today the company concerned indicated they might still be interested if they could buy the stadium. You can read their comments on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Many people want to see a successful football club here in the bay and new investment could make a crucial difference. Yet having seen projects involving football clubs elsewhere take a course that was not expected it is right that any change in the ownership or status of the Plainmoor Ground or new ground should only be done if clearly in the interest of local residents and taxpayers, plus the long term interests of the club itself.

Finally the Club’s manager Kevin Nicholson has this week appealed for fans to consider donating £25 to the Players Fund. You can find details of this by clicking here.

Cruise Ships In The Bay

If you had looked out to sea yesterday you would have seen not one, but two cruise ships moored in our beautiful bay.

If you wondered which ships they were and where they had come from you can found out more on the Herald Express website by clicking here.  Also, you can see the current position of ships on the SLRA site, here.

Rhino Trail

The Great Big Rhinos Trail went live this week and unlike those playing Pokemon Go there is no need to use any app to catch them all.

Whilst the serious purpose is raising money for Rhino conservation this trail promises to be a lot of fun for residents and visitors this summer. If you want to see them all you can find their locations by visiting the project’s website by clicking here.

THHN Appeal For Help

Torbay Holiday Helpers Network is a local charity that does great work helping make memories for families facing terminal illness or dealing with bereavement.

The local businesses involved ensure families can have a very special holiday that allows them to forget their worries and have special moments that may be remembered for decades afterwards.

One of their major fundraisers each year is the city to sea run. This year it is taking place on Saturday 3rd September, but they need volunteers to take on a range of roles to make the day a success.

This week they made an appeal for help through the media and if you might be able to assist THHN you can find details of how to do so by clicking here.

Council Parking Consultation

Residents have until Friday 26th August to have their say on a new Parking Strategy being proposed by Torbay Council.

The strategy sets out the key work areas for Parking Services over the next five years. The Council says it has been prepared with the future of parking in the Bay in mind and in response to the findings of a Review of Parking consultation which took place earlier this year.

You can read the proposed strategy, plus find out how to comment on it, by clicking here. The deadline for feedback is Friday 26th August 2016.

Plastic Bags Can Now Line Your Kitchen Caddy

If you regularly use your kitchen caddy to recycle food waste then you might be interested to hear you can now use plastic bags to line it if you wish.

The new guidance includes supermarket carrier bags, sandwich bags, pedal bin liners and bread bags. Previously, you could use only newspaper or compostable bags to line your caddy.

You can read more, plus a full list of what can and cannot go in your kitchen caddy and food waste bin, by clicking here.

Connections Closes

At 5pm yesterday (Friday 5th August) the Connections Office in Torquay and Brixham closed permanently.

The Connections Office in Paignton will remain open and is located in the Paignton Library & Information Centre, next to the Bus Station. Free phones will be available in Torquay and Brixham Libraries to enable residents to contact council services directly.

A computer will also be available for residents in Torquay Library where online applications and transactions can be undertaken free of charge. Those needing to make cheque payments or submit benefit applications will find secure boxes in Torquay and Brixham Library.

Finally we are that advised a pre-booked appointment service will also be available for customers who are unable to resolve their enquiry over the phone or online. These appointments will be with a member of the Connections team within Brixham and Torquay Library on one day per week.

You can find out how to access a range of services on the Council website by clicking here

Council Plan Published

Torbay Council this week published its draft Efficiency Plan and is asking residents views on it.

The Council is also asking for suggestions for “transforming services and the place of Torbay through reducing demand for high cost services and taking a joined up approach to create a healthy and prosperous Bay”.

The Plan sets out a number of potential changes until 2020 and beyond, which aim to give the council financial stability. It describes a number of projects which are in the early stages of development with savings or new incomes identified being indicative at this stage.

You can read the draft, plus find out how to leave a comment or suggestion on the Council website by clicking here. The Council is asking for feedback to be sent by 7thSeptember 2016.


Paignton Royal British Legion Coffee Morning

Saturday 6th August at Paignton Methodist Church. 10am – 2pm. Tea, coffee, biscuits and all donations going to the Poppy Appeal.
You can also ask the RBL team about membership of the legion.

Coffee morning in aid of Rowcroft Hospice

Wednesday 10th August 2016 – 10:30, All Saints Church, 4 Bampfylde Rd, Torquay TQ2 5AP
Cost: £3 includes cake of your choice and tea/coffee (free refills).
For more information, click here

Paignton Festival

23rd – 31st July 2016, 10:00 – 22:00, Paignton Green, Paignton, TQ4 6BN
For more information, click here

30th Anniversary Torbay Steam Fair

6th & 7th August 2016, 10:00, Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0JT
For more information, click here

Paignton Harbour Festival

Saturday 6th August 2016, 10am – 11pm – The Harbour, Paignton, TQ4 6DT
Cost: Free
For more information, click here


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