8th June 2019
by stlukesranews
0 comments

Kevin Foster, MP for Torbay, Residents’ Update 7th June

Dear All,

After a wet day in the bay it is time for my latest update.

I started last week with my quarterly visit to the Christians Together in Torquay Prayer Breakfast at Central Church. It is always a welcome chance to reflect on what has happened, plus what local Churches may wish to focus on in their prayers. Given recent news it was good to reflect on the choices ahead for our country before the next time I will speak to them in September.

Later in the day I headed over to Palace Avenue Methodist Church for the Summer Bazaar. Not only was there a chance to enjoy some delicious cakes and a bacon roll, I was also asked to pull the first ticket out for the Raffle. The Winner? Cllr Ian Doggett.

After this I headed down to the Paignton Seafront for my personal highlight of the weekend, the display by the RAF Red Arrows at the Torbay Airshow. Their first public display of the season was a great success, with the Concorde and Tornado sections being my favourites. As in previous years I declined an invite to the VIP area in order to spend time visiting the many stalls featuring the military family and the groups which support them, including SSAFA and the Royal British Legion.

Sunday evening saw me head over to Roundham for a BBQ and Music Evening to celebrate 10 years of the Feline Network. It was good to meet so many people who have helped or benefited from the work of this local charity. This was followed by a late-night train to London ahead of a busy few days at Westminster. It was great to welcome Torquay Girls Grammar School on Monday for a visit and a few questions about current events.

I returned home late on Wednesday night so I could attend the event being held in Torquay yesterday to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, more on this below.

Today I started with a visit to Curledge Street Academy in Paignton for a talk with the school council about my work and problems with parking outside the school. This was followed by a visit to the Devon School of English for a talk about UK Politics with six students seeking to improve their English to an advanced level.

Whilst many have an image of our local language schools being for teenagers or students, the Devon School of English has been developing its business teaching those who are at advanced levels of their careers. In this case six journalists from Finland who needed to be fluent in English to enhance their roles.

Finally I finished my week with another Advice Surgery, this time at Paignton Baptist Church in Winner St.

This week’s update is below and includes: Shedden Hall Fire, Corbyn Head Planning Decision, Singing For England, Cabinet Office Questions, R&R Bill, Police Officer Hurt in Torquay Knife Incident, £100m Investment Fund, Coastal Railway Consultation, State Visit, Windy Corner Update, Preston Pedestrian Crossing and finally…Last Shout For Fish Auction.

Shedden Hall Fire, 

On Tuesday I appeared on BBC Spotlight following the significant fire at the Shedden Hall Hotel.

Thankfully there is no report of anyone being hurt thanks to the skill and bravery of the Firefighters who fought the blaze.

Regular update readers will recall I have frequently been in contact with Torbay Council about the dangers of derelict buildings and to push for action on the dreadful condition of the former Shedden Hall Hotel, which has caused long-running problems, including anti-social behaviour. Whilst some changes were made and limited demolition work undertaken, stronger action at an earlier stage could have prevented the predictable outcome of a large fire. You can read more about the fire on Devon Live by clicking here.

Planning Permission was granted some time ago for a development of apartments on this site. It is now time for the Council to do all it can to ensure this eyesore is finally dealt with.

Corbyn Head Planning Decision, 

Controversial Plans for a new 152-bedroom hotel to be built on the site of the current Corbyn Head Hotel will be discussed by Torbay Council’s Planning Committee next week.

The proposal would include a roof-top bar, restaurant, public function rooms, spa facilities, and 101 spaces of car parking. The proposal would involve changes to the site’s access arrangements, with one of the two existing access points being closed off and replaced. Whilst few would disagree with the existing building being replaced, those living nearby have been concerned by the scale of the development and the impact on properties to the rear.

You can read the report Councillors will be considering by clicking here. and find the overall Agenda for the Meeting by clicking here. The meeting will be held in the Rosetor Room at the Riviera International Conference Centre on Monday 10thJune at 5:30pm. The meeting is held in public and residents interested in hearing the discussion are welcome to attend.

Singing For England, 

The big kick off took place this evening for France 2019, the Women’s World Cup Tournament, with a massive Home Nations game due on Sunday with England playing Scotland.

After coming 3rd four years ago England’s Lionesses are hoping to go one stage further and lift the Trophy for the first time. Their first game mirrors the oldest international played in the Men’s Game, they will then go onto play Japan and Argentina.

England’s Games will be live on BBC One and the schedule is as follows:

Sunday 9th June, 5pm England V Scotland
Friday 14th June 5pm England V Argentina
Wednesday 19th June 8pm Japan vs England

Phil Neville has built a great team and taken them to a new level of performance. The team have trained hard and will wear the Three Lions with pride. It would be great to see them go the whole distance and I hope the whole bay will be cheering them along.

Cabinet Office Questions, 

There was a bumper session at the Despatch Box in the House of Commons for me on Wednesday as Cabinet Office Ministers faced their regular grilling from MPs.

It was my second questions session in my role as interim Minister for the Constitution and my busiest yet. The draw which decides which MPs will ask a question had produced an order paper (Agenda) dominated by issues in my own brief. Whilst not uncommon to have two Questions back to back, it is rare for one Minister to be at the Box continuously for 19 minutes of a 30-minute session.

You can watch the lengthy grilling I received on issues ranging from Voter ID to a Cornish Tick Box on the Census Form by clicking here.

R&R Bill, 

The major fire at Notre Dame has given added urgency to plans for the major refurbishment and restoration work needed at the Palace of Westminster.

Whilst the Palace of Westminster looks magnificent from the outside, much of its grand façade hides decades of neglect of its infrastructure. Ill thought out additions to its original build, such as voids and risers which run the whole length and height of the building making it very vulnerable to a fire spreading.

Many utilities running through the building have been placed on top of redundant pipework or wiring which cannot be removed. A tour of Parliament’s basement on Monday evening revealed a catalogue of problems, including piping which is believed to be lagged with some of the most dangerous forms of asbestos. Although on the positive side the Sewage Ejectors installed in 1888 are still in good working order, a tribute to some excellent Victorian Engineering.

A bill is currently being taken through the House of Commons to set up a body which will oversees the works to the building, which could cost billions of pounds. As one of the Ministers working on this bill I helped oversee the Committee Stage this week where a small group of MPs examined it in detail. This was my first experience of leading this type of session as a Minister.

You can watch the Committee Session by clicking here.

Police Officer Hurt in Torquay Knife Incident, 

A man has been left in hospital and two people have been arrested after a violent incident involving knives in Torquay yesterday.

Police and ambulance services were called after an incident at an address in Warren Hill, Torquay. A police officer and a paramedic were both injured during the incident. I know all update readers will wish to send them their very best wishes for a speedy recovery.

You can read more on Devon Live by clicking here.

£100m Investment Fund, 

An announcement this week that Torbay Council is drawing up options for investing £100m into projects in the bay has attracted some interest.

There are several sites such as Crossways in Paignton and the Old Laundry in Melville where some investment could help in dealing with longstanding eyesores. A loan from the Council agreed last year helped get the Torwood Street Development underway after many years of delay.

Given the money to fund this investment would be borrowed it is vital any investments are based on a sound business case, with clear protections for the taxpayer against being exposed to losses. Yet I will be happy to work constructively with the Council to see where this suggestion could work alongside bids for Government funding to make a difference.

Coastal Railway Consultation, 

Major plans which will see a section of the Dawlish rail line moved out to sea will be revealed next week.

The scheme aims to ensure the rail line is better protected from cliff falls, land slips and damage caused by the sea during extreme weather. The work will centre on the 1.8km stretch of railway between Parsons Tunnel, near Holcombe, and Teignmouth. Having seen a confidential preview the plans are significant, very much needed and would be the biggest upgrade to this section of the line since Brunel built it.

From June 10, the detailed proposals will be published online and you can find them by clicking here. There will also be a public exhibition at The Windmill Centre, Pendennis Road on Friday 28th June from 1pm till 5pm.

State Visit, 

This week saw the State Visit to the UK by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.

Whilst much has been made in the media of the protests, including a couple of disgraceful incidents which saw a small minority try to use intimidation to silence others, the general atmosphere around Parliament has been of peaceful protest by both sides.

Donald Trump is a controversial figure, there is no denying this, yet it was welcome to see the President of the United States pay the respects of the American People at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey ahead of events to mark D-Day.

State visits are not about individuals, but links between nations, with others such as President Xi of China having made one four years ago and most controversially of all Emperor Hirohito of Japan in 1971. I would have been interested to hear President Trump give a speech to Parliament, like President Xi did in 2015, sadly this did not take place.

Windy Corner Update, 

Those driving to and from Brixham over recent weeks have had to negotiate the road works at Windy Corner.

Earlier today Torbay Council posted an update on them and I copy it below:

“The new road at Windy Corner isn’t open yet.

There’ve been some challenging ground conditions and we’ve unfortunately had to delay the opening. The site will be closed over the weekend and we want to make sure that we can react quickly if we experience any problems. The road closure will also help our contractor safely complete the new footpath. We’ll let you know as soon as possible when it will open.

Currently our overall programme remains on schedule, but as previously mentioned, short notice changes are often needed on construction projects like this. Whilst we try to complete each task on time there may be unforeseen situations which will alter or delay the programme.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these works.”

Preston Pedestrian Crossing,  

Earlier today I caught up with the organiser of a petition calling for a Pedestrian Crossing on the Torquay Road outside the Pembroke Surgery.

Over 1,400 people have now signed the petition and local Councillors for Preston are supporting the campaign. A response I received from Torbay Council indicates a business plan for the crossing has been drawn up, with a decision on funding for the works to be made.

This is welcome progress and will include any further news in future updates.

and finally…Last Shout For Fish Auction.

Ending on a different note the sound of Fish going up for Auction has rung round our Fishing Ports for centuries, but even this ancient tradition has been silenced by technology.

On Monday the very last ‘shout’ auction took place at Brixham Fish Market. A new online auction has been introduced, with an auctioneer controlling a digital clock and buyers simply pressing the spacebar on their keyboard to buy fish. Whilst efficient and needed in a modern era there is something special about hearing the sound, rather than the click, of a traditional auction.

You can watch a video of the last “shout” auction taking place on Devon Live by clicking here.

That is all for this week and enjoy your weekend.

Best wishes,

Kevin

Events
Now until 15th June – Imaginary Drawn with Light featuring works of Dr Martin Raskovsky. Artizan Gallery 7 Lucius Street Torquay TQ1 5UW for more information visit www.art-hub.co.uk/june19

Now until 31 August  – Green Heart Project. As the Green Heart Project reaches completion in June visit this exhibition showcasing the projects’ fantastic achievements from the very start in 2015. Meeting point: Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington Village TQ2 6XA – Price: FREE – Suitable for: All Ages – Exhibition open 10.00am – 4.00pm daily

Saturday 8th June – ToADS Little Theatre – Special Charity Performance in support of local Mencap. Tickets at discount price of £8.50 available on the door or in advance from the Bright Bean Cafe near Preston Bus Shelter or contact colintipp@onetel.com

Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th June 6pm -8pm Riviera Centre Voices From Our Community. A big fundraising event for Rowcroft Hospice,Torbay Young Carers and Compassion UK as students from St Cuthbert Mayne and other schools come together to bring you an inspiring evening of Music, Dance and Drama. Tickets £5 person. (Under 5s £1)

Saturday 22nd June – 10:30am till 3pm Summer Fayre, All Saints Church, Babbacombe A range of stalls, refreshments and a bouncy castle will be on offer, with a dog show at 2:15pm.

Saturday 22nd June 10am till 6pm – Torbay Armed Forces Day, Babbacombe Downs. There will be a parade,stalls,military stands,large marque,food, drink and entertainment all day. This is a wonderful family day so the people of Torbay can say a thank you to our serving members and the Veterans of the bay.

Saturday 29th June. 10.30 am – 12 noon. Friends of Rowcroft Coffee Morning in aid of Rowcroft Hospice, at St. Matthias Church Centre, Babbacombe Road, Wellswood, Torquay TQ1 1HW. Admission £2.50. Cake stall, raffle, bring & buy. Everyone welcome.

Every Wednesday night through to 25th September, BMAD, Paignton Esplanade, gates open 6pm. Raising funds for sick, disabled and under privileged children in the TQ area.  (Not 31st July but Thursday 1st Aug due to Paignton Carnival.)

Every Tuesday from 0930 till 1230. The Royal British Legion Office, 39 Church Street, Paignton is open. It is where ex members of the armed forces can receive help and advice. Appointments can be made by phoning 01803 555838, or email paignton.bcs@rbl.community.

Every Tuesday & Wednesday (10:45 – 12 noon) – Lectures at Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1HG – Lectures are free to TMSM,& cost £5 to Non-Members on the door! For more details click here.

2nd Wednesday of each month at the Quaker Meeting House in Torquay – Torbay Interfaith Forum meet. For more details Click here.

PARKFIELD Youth services have a range of activities throughout the week for young people – click hereto see what’s on and when. 

Are you running an event in the Bay? I am always looking to promote local events, big or small. If you have an event coming up, please email kevin.foster.mp@parliament.uk so it can be included.
Advice Surgeries

Now until 31 August  – Green Heart Project. As the Green Heart Project reaches completion in June visit this exhibition showcasing the projects’ fantastic achievements from the very start in 2015. Meeting point: Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington Village TQ2 6XA – Price: FREE – Suitable for: All Ages – Exhibition open 10.00am – 4.00pm daily

Saturday 8th June – ToADS Little Theatre – Special Charity Performance in support of local Mencap. Tickets at discount price of £8.50 available on the door or in advance from the Bright Bean Cafe near Preston Bus Shelter or contact colintipp@onetel.com

Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th June 6pm -8pm Riviera Centre Voices From Our Community. A big fundraising event for Rowcroft Hospice,Torbay Young Carers and Compassion UK as students from St Cuthbert Mayne and other schools come together to bring you an inspiring evening of Music, Dance and Drama. Tickets £5 person. (Under 5s £1)

Saturday 22nd June – 10:30am till 3pm Summer Fayre, All Saints Church, Babbacombe A range of stalls, refreshments and a bouncy castle will be on offer, with a dog show at 2:15pm.

Saturday 22nd June 10am till 6pm – Torbay Armed Forces Day, Babbacombe Downs. There will be a parade,stalls,military stands,large marque,food, drink and entertainment all day. This is a wonderful family day so the people of Torbay can say a thank you to our serving members and the Veterans of the bay.

Saturday 29th June. 10.30 am – 12 noon. Friends of Rowcroft Coffee Morning in aid of Rowcroft Hospice, at St. Matthias Church Centre, Babbacombe Road, Wellswood, Torquay TQ1 1HW. Admission £2.50. Cake stall, raffle, bring & buy. Everyone welcome.

Every Wednesday night through to 25th September, BMAD, Paignton Esplanade, gates open 6pm. Raising funds for sick, disabled and under privileged children in the TQ area.  (Not 31st July but Thursday 1st Aug due to Paignton Carnival.)

Every Tuesday from 0930 till 1230. The Royal British Legion Office, 39 Church Street, Paignton is open. It is where ex members of the armed forces can receive help and advice. Appointments can be made by phoning 01803 555838, or email paignton.bcs@rbl.community.

Every Tuesday & Wednesday (10:45 – 12 noon) – Lectures at Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1HG – Lectures are free to TMSM,& cost £5 to Non-Members on the door! For more details click here.

2nd Wednesday of each month at the Quaker Meeting House in Torquay – Torbay Interfaith Forum meet. For more details Click here.

PARKFIELD Youth services have a range of activities throughout the week for young people – click hereto see what’s on and when. 

Are you running an event in the Bay? I am always looking to promote local events, big or small. If you have an event coming up, please email kevin.foster.mp@parliament.uk so it can be included.

Advice Surgeries

Friday 21st June, 3pm – 5pm @ AGE UK, 12 Dendy Road, Paignton TQ4 5DB

Saturday 29th June, 11am – 1pm @ Acorn Centre, Lummaton Cross, Torquay TQ2 8ET

Saturday 13th July, 11am – 1pm @ Torquay Library, Lymington Road, Torquay TQ1 3DT

Friday 19th July, 3pm – 5pm @ Paignton Library, Gt. Western Road, Paignton TQ4 5AG

Friday 2nd August, 3pm – 5pm @ Paignton Baptist Church, Winner Street, Paignton TQ3 3BJ

Saturday 10th August, 11am – 1pm @ Torquay Library, 

It’s always best to book a slot to guarantee being able to see me. Full details of how to do this are on my website or you can call my office on  01803 214989, Monday – Fridays, 9am – 5pm.

You can either email me at  kevin@kevinjfoster.com or leave a message on 01803 214989 and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

4th June 2019
by stlukesranews
0 comments

Kevin Foster, MP for Torbay Resident’s Update, Friday 31st May 2019

Dear All,

After a beautiful day in our bay and ahead of a weekend of aerial excitement in the skies above, it is time for my latest update.

My week started last Saturday with my regular weekly Surgery, held at Preston Baptist Church. Amidst all the debate about leadership (I have had plenty of calls from different campaigns this week lobbying for their candidate!!) hearing what is affecting residents individually is a good way to stay grounded.

Parliament was in recess this week allowing me to spend my time focused on the bay and to be with my family. After Sunday Night’s European Election Results I went on BBC Radio Devon the following lunchtime for a live discussion about what the results meant and where I saw our country heading next. The messages in our bay were clear and I cover this a bit more below.

Tuesday saw a full day of engagements. The first being a meeting with the Torbay Branch of Parkinson’s UK. The branch arranges a program of activities and meetings for those affected by this condition. Finding out about services available, getting good advice and sharing queries with others who are dealing with the same issues can make a big difference. The current Branch Committee is looking for new members and we discussed how they could seek to bring new life to the branch.

After this meeting I headed over to Exeter for two meetings focused on our NHS Services. The first was with the Chief Executive of the Devon Partnership Trust which provides Mental Health Services in our area. The second a visit to the South Western Ambulance Service’s Clinical Hub on the edge of the city. This hub is one of 2 places where 999 Emergency Calls are received.

During my visit I not only met staff and the management team to discuss additional response capacity coming to our bay over the next year, but also listened in on some calls. It is remarkable to see how calm, collected and professional the skilled team are. One is dealing with a GP calling to get a patient transported to Hospital, whilst next to them another team member is helping deliver a baby over the phone. Their dedication to duty was apparent, especially hearing of the many difficult circumstances they have had to deal with, never knowing exactly what the next call will bring.

Wednesday started with a chance to hear about an exciting new small business in the bay, Digital Puppets. The concept of a digital puppet is like a physical one, they are a character controlled by movement. A big advantage of this technique is the time to produce animations can be reduced dramatically, saving time and money.

Later in the day I headed to Torwood St for a tour of the development and an update on progress, more on this below.

Yesterday saw me have one of my regular catch ups with Chief Supt Keith Perkin, Borough Commander for South Devon. We discussed recent progress on issues in Torquay Town Centre, work being done to tackle the drugs trade and plans for an enhanced Police presence in Paignton.

Finally earlier today I meet with Network Rail representatives to discuss progress with works to secure the future of the Coastal Railway at Dawlish. There is more on this below along with this week’s update which includes: Torbay Airshow Cleared For Take Off, Torbay MCZ Enhanced, Coal Free Fortnight, EU Elections, Topping the Charts For Seaside Towns, Dawlish Sea Wall Work, B&Q Torre Update, Torre Marine Update, Meeting With Council Leadership, Torquay Stabbing, Mass Sewing Event, Kev’s Column: European Elections and finally…..The Tiger Who Turned Three.

Torbay Airshow Cleared For Take Off, 

This weekend is set to be full of excitement as Torbay Airshow takes place over our bay.

Whilst the show is centred on Paignton Green the main displays will be visible from vantage points across the bay. This year there will be an expanded event village, with a special Armed Forces Village where many local groups supporting the military family will be present. Entry to the event area is free.

The programme is below and my personal highlight will be the two performances by the RAF Red Arrows. They will be displaying on Saturday 1st June between 3pm – 4pm and on Sunday 2nd June 11.30am – 12.00noon. Although do note all displays are weather dependent. 

Display Programme:

Saturday 1st June
2pm-3pm Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, Twirlybatics, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Chinook Display Team.

3pm-4pm RAF Red Arrows

4pm-5:30pm Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team, RAF Tucano T1, Navy Black Cat, Strikemaster, The Blades Aerobatic Display Team, RAF Typhoon 23.

Sunday 2nd June

11:30am-12pm RAF Red Arrows

12pm -1pm RAF Chinook Display Team, Twirlybatics, Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, Strikemaster.

1pm-2pm RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team.

2pm-3pm RAF Tucano T1, The Blades Aerobatic Display Team, Navy Black Cat, RAF Typhoon 23

If travelling to the Airshow do bear in mind car parks nearby may be busy or even full. There will be a Park and Ride service available at Splashdown Keywest. I am advised there will also be extra capacity provided on Trains and Bus Services heading to Paignton over the weekend.

Boat owners are welcome to watch the display from their vessel but do bear in mind the Harbourmaster has implemented a restricted zone which will be in force during the display times.

You can find a range of other information to help you enjoy the weekend on the Airshow’s dedicated website by clicking here.

Torbay MCZ Enhanced, 

Much of Torbay became a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) in November 2013. This means specific features within this area are protected and, where necessary, regulators will manage marine activities.

The high level of biodiversity in the area surrounding Torbay MCZ has previously been recognised, with Torbay being described as “the jewel in South Devon’s crown” for marine wildlife. Extending from the shoreline out to a depth of 30 metres the MCZ includes a range of habitats exposed to different environmental conditions. This variation creates an area capable of supporting a rich array of marine wildlife.

Two additional features, peacock’s tail (Padina pavonica) and subtidal coarse sediment, were added to the protection list for the site last night as part of a Government announcement of 41 new MCZs. I am advised the actual area covered by the Torbay MCZ has not been altered.

You can read more about the wider announcement of new MCZs, including some on the South West, on the Government website by clicking here.

Coal Free Fortnight, 

Earlier today a major milestone was reached as Britain has not used coal to generate electricity for two weeks, the longest period without doing so since the 1880s.

The body which manages the way electricity is generated, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) said coal was last used at 15:12 on 17th May. It also confirmed the British record for solar power had also been broken this month.

Whilst coal was once King, its use to generate power is now declining sharply and all Coal Fired Power Stations will be phased out by 2025. This will reduce Carbon Emissions and reflects a changing mix of UK Power Sources as the growth in renewables continues. On 14th May, Britain generated a quarter of its energy from the sun, the largest proportion yet. You can read more on the BBC website by clicking here.

At a time when much debate is focused on Climate Change protests it is good to see this significant example of quiet progress being made on changing our energy supply.

EU Elections, 

The European Elections on Thursday sent a clear and firm message, voters in our bay and region want the 2016 Referendum Result implemented and Brexit to proceed.

There is no hiding from the fact the results were terrible for both Labour and Conservative Parties as voters sent a clear message, their votes decided on whether they backed Leave or Remain rather than wider policy areas.

Many voters are rightly as fed up as I am with Groundhog Day debates in Parliament which see progress blocked and no firm conclusions reached, with some MPs seeking to tie things up in procedural knots rather than be clear about their view.

My own Party needs to reflect during the forthcoming Leadership Election and deliver what people voted for 3 years ago and voted for again last week, an exit from the European Union.

Topping the Charts For Seaside Towns, 

A travel website dedicated to helping families have fun asked over 2,000 families to tell them their favourite seaside towns and what they love most about the coast.

They then gathered data to “scientifically” decide the best seaside towns in the UK, in 2019. The key factors being considered for each town include things like how many Fish & Chip Shops, the price of ice cream, number of sunny days each year and even which was most instagrammed!!

Earlier today they announced their decision, with both Torquay and Paignton getting Gold as they were ranked in the top 10 UK resorts. Our neighbours in Teignmouth were ranked 47. You can read more by clicking here.

Dawlish Sea Wall Work, 

Since the storms five years ago left rail tracks hanging in the air all eyes have been on the future of the Dawlish Coastal Railway.

After much lobbying and campaigning by myself and other local MPs, earlier this year the Government confirmed £80m of funding for a new Sea Wall to be built alongside the track at Dawlish to better protect it and make it more resilient for the future. These plans were approved by Teignbridge District Council last month. You can see images of the scheme on Devon Live by clicking here.

Earlier today I was delighted to be advised by Network Rail work will start on the new Sea Wall in the next few days, a major step forward for our region and securing our long term transport links. Work will be suspended during the peak summer period to ensure impact is minimised on the tourism industry.

Later this month Network Rail will unveil their plans for the next phase of work (between Holcombe and Teignmouth) at an exhibition in Torquay.

B&Q Torre Update, 

Those driving past or using the Number 12 Bus will have noticed scaffolding has now gone up on the other side of the old B&Q building.

This marks work now starting on the main elevation. The first job is to concentrate on removing the existing fibre glass cladding and creating the new frontages on that level before constructing an additional floor.

Although there has been much work being carried out internally, it is great to see more visible progress being made with a building which has been an eyesore for too long. My thanks especially go to Torre and Upton Community Partnership for the regular stream of information on this project.

Torre Marine Update, 

After over a decade of waiting, last year the playground on Torre Marine was finally completed, with the surrounding area landscaped.

Sadly this was not the end of the saga involved with securing the long term use of this site and its maintenance. Earlier today the Torre & Upton CP and myself were sent an update by Barratts.

Whilst progress has been made in getting the legal paperwork completed ready to hand the site over there is now a problem with securing agreement from the development’s Management Company.

My team and I will continue pursuing this issue as finally putting this one to bed would be a boost for the whole community.

Meeting With Council Leadership, 

Yesterday I held my first meeting with Cllrs Steve Darling and Darren Cowell, the new Leader and Deputy Leader of Torbay Council.

Whilst we differ on several national issues the meeting was a constructive exchange of views and ideas on how we could work together. I was pleased to hear their commitment to tackling housing issues, working to regenerate the bay’s economy and their interest in pursuing a greener bay. I also highlighted how it was vital Torbay Council was outward looking and engaged with both the Local Government Association and national Government in a constructive way.

We agreed to look at meeting for a discussion every other month and exchanged the all-important mobile numbers in case of urgent issues!!

Torquay Stabbing, 

Earlier this evening I was alerted to an incident in the park between Morgan Avenue and Union Street, Torquay.

A large section of the park between Morgan Avenue and Union Street was sealed off with police tape. The victim and his attacker are thought to be known to each other, with Armed Police having raided an address in Warren Road. You can read more on Devon Live by clicking here.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of the attacker, contact Torquay Police on phone number 101 and quote log 735 for today.

Mass Sewing Event, 

A mass sewing event, Fabrics of Home, is to be held on the lawns of Oldway Mansion, Paignton as part of an arts installation.

 “Fabric of Home” will be held as part of the 10-day Eyeview (extra)ordinary programme on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019. You can find out more on the Shorley website by clicking here.

All are being invited to join-in. Just register your interest on the Eyeview website by clicking here or just go along and watch as an army of sewers make something new together.

This is a free event for participants and audience.

Kev’s Column: European Elections 

Every fortnight I write a “Kev’s Column” for the Herald Express and you can read the latest edition by following the link below: 

https://www.kevinjfoster.com/news/kevs-column-european-elections

and finally…..The Tiger Who Turned Three.

Ending on a lighter note, the classic tale of The Tiger Who Came To Tea has delighted a generation of young children, yet this week a three year old Paigntonian celebrated his third birthday.

The Birthday Bash held in the Tiger Enclosure at Paignton Zoo celebrated Lucu turning 3 this week and his Dad, Fabi, turning 12 last week. There was plenty of fun on offer for the pair as some meaty treats had been wrapped up by their keepers, but Fabi may have found himself reflecting like so many parents on how playing with the box was the biggest attraction.

You can see what I mean by watching a wonderful video on the Zoo’s Twitter feed by clicking here.

That is all for this week and enjoy your weekend.

Best Wishes,

Kevin

Events
4th – 15th June– Imaginary Drawn with Light Exhibtion at Atizan Gallery 7 Lucius Street TQ2 5UW Featuring works of Dr Martin Raskovsky. For further information head to https://www.art-hub.co.uk/june19

Saturday 8th June – ToADS Little Theatre – Special Charity Performance in support of local Mencap. Tickets at discount price of £8.50 available on the door or in advance from the Bright Bean Cafe near Preston Bus Shelter or contact colintipp@onetel.com

Saturday 22nd June – 10:30am till 3pm Summer Fayre, All Saints Church, Babbacombe A range of stalls, refreshments and a bouncy castle will be on offer, with a dog show at 2:15pm.

Saturday 22nd June 10am till 6pm – Torbay Armed Forces Day, Babbacombe Downs. There will be a parade,stalls,military stands,large marque,food, drink and entertainment all day. This is a wonderful family day so the people of Torbay can say a thank you to our serving members and the Veterans of the bay.

Saturday 29th June. 10.30 am – 12 noon. Friends of Rowcroft Coffee Morning in aid of Rowcroft Hospice, at St. Matthias Church Centre, Babbacombe Road, Wellswood, Torquay TQ1 1HW. Admission £2.50. Cake stall, raffle, bring & buy. Everyone welcome.

Every Wednesday night through to 25th September, BMAD, Paignton Esplanade, gates open 6pm. Raising funds for sick, disabled and under privileged children in the TQ area.  (Not 31st July but Thursday 1st Aug due to Paignton Carnival.)

On behalf of Disabled Sailing Association – Stall on Marina Torquay. Andy and Pauline Baker are running this and would appreciate help. They need BOTTLES of glass or plastic for prizes – they are wrapped and placed among empty bottles filled with sand. If a “good” bottle is chosen it is kept. So anything in a bottle, edible or cleaning or beauty needed. Please either contact andy or bring to the Musgroves at Morden House or make a small monetary donation so Andy can buy things. Most are less than £1 – Andy’s email is andy.baker52@hotmail.co.uk

Every Tuesday from 0930 till 1230. The Royal British Legion Office, 39 Church Street, Paignton is open. It is where ex members of the armed forces can receive help and advice. Appointments can be made by phoning 01803 555838, or email paignton.bcs@rbl.community.

Every Tuesday & Wednesday (10:45 – 12 noon) – Lectures at Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1HG – Lectures are free to TMSM,& cost £5 to Non-Members on the door! For more details click here.

2nd Wednesday of each month at the Quaker Meeting House in Torquay – Torbay Interfaith Forum meet. For more details Click here.

PARKFIELD Youth services have a range of activities throughout the week for young people – click hereto see what’s on and when. 

Are you running an event in the Bay? I am always looking to promote local events, big or small. If you have an event coming up, please email kevin.foster.mp@parliament.uk so it can be included.

Advice Surgeries

Friday 7th June, 3pm – 5pm @ Paignton Baptist Church, 43 Winner Street, Paignton TQ3 3BJ

Saturday 15th June, 11am – 1pm @ 5-7 East Street, Torquay TQ2 5SD

Friday 21st June, 3pm – 5pm @ AGE UK, 12 Dendy Road, Paignton TQ4 5DB

Saturday 29th June, 11am – 1pm @ Acorn Centre, Lummaton Cross, Torquay TQ2 8ET

Saturday 13th July, 11am – 1pm @ Torquay Library, Lymington Road, Torquay TQ1 3DT

Friday 19th July, 3pm – 5pm @ Paignton Library, Gt. Western Road, Paignton TQ4 5AG

It’s always best to book a slot to guarantee being able to see me. Full details of how to do this are on my website or you can call my office on  01803 214989, Monday – Fridays, 9am – 5pm.

You can either email me at  kevin@kevinjfoster.com or leave a message on 01803 214989 and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

25th May 2019
by stlukesranews
0 comments

Kevin Foster, MP for Torbay, Resident’s Update Friday 24th May

Dear All,

After a momentous week in politics it is time for my latest update.

My week started on Saturday with a visit to South Devon College’s New Sports Facilities The new all-weather football pitch, netball courts and indoor facilities have been built in a fantastic position looking over the bay and the College site in White Rock. In addition to a range of fun sporting activities on offer, Play Torbay was present with craft activities and their famous badge making machine.

Later in the afternoon I headed over to a place thousands of Paignton residents walk past every day, but may not realise just how historic and scenic it is. Paignton Vicarage Gardens are surrounded by an ancient wall and overlooked by the Coverdale Tower. Saturday afternoon saw them alive with fun for an event in aid of Paignton Community Larder, with fun and entertainment on offer all for the entry fee of a non-perishable item of food.

Sunday evening saw a wonderful Choral Evensong Celebration at St John the Apostle, Torquay to mark Fr Peter March becoming the new Vicar of the Parish. If the name sounds familiar it is because he is already the Vicar of All Saints and St Luke’s. The three churches which lie at the heart of Torquay are looking to work in closer partnership to further their mission in the local community. Fr Peter and I did share a joke about me not being the only person in the bay with three roles!!!

Sunday evening saw me head off to Westminster for what turned out to be a far more dramatic week than many predicted, culminating in the Prime Minister’s statement this morning. Highlights of my week included summing up two debates and a meeting with the local Government Minister to discuss the funding formula. More on these below.

Last night I got back to the bay in time to vote in the European Parliamentary Elections, the results of which will not be counted until Sunday. This is because under EU rules no state should declare their results before all have finished voting. Holland and the UK voted yesterday, Ireland today and many other will do so over the weekend.

This morning I headed over to Livermead for a talk with local Cllr Andrew Barrand about the current position with the Planning Application for the redevelopment of the Corbyn Head Hotel. Unlike other projects from the Fragrance Group this one has been controversial due to the impact it could have on properties to the rear. Torbay Council will shortly decide on the application, once the Planning Committee is re-established following the local elections.

I also visited Our Lady of the Angels RC Primary in Queensway to speak with pupils and hear about their concerns on a range of subjects. These included the criminal justice system, parks, how parliament works, our environment and what my favourite ice cream is!

Finally this evening I head to Torquay Museum for a preview of their fantastic new summer exhibition. You can find the bare bones of this below, along with this week’s update which includes: Prime Minister’s Resignation, What next?, Brexit, Torbay Airshow Set For Takeoff, Operation Footfall, Last Class 43 Services, 120 Curledge Street Kids On The Run, Local Government Funding, Intimidation in Public Life, Restoration and Renewal Bill and finally……Little Roofs Mean A Big Thatching Job.

Prime Minister’s Resignation, 

Earlier today the Prime Minister confirmed she would resign as Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7th June 2019.

In what was an emotional speech outside Number 10 Downing Street Theresa May confirmed her Premiership will shortly come to an end. This followed it becoming clear a proposed “New Brexit Deal” she announced on Tuesday night would not be supported. You can watch her statement by clicking here.

Whatever anyone thinks of her politics Theresa May is someone who was diligent and hardworking, committed to preserving the Union of the United Kingdom. She is a genuinely decent person who is easy to talk with, very different to the image sometimes given of her in the media.

Being Prime Minister is a uniquely challenging role, which takes its toll on all who hold it. I wish her and Philip all the very best for their future.

What next?,

The Leadership contest will start formally on Monday 10th June, the week after two key events: A State Visit by the President of the United States of America and the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

Members of the Conservative Parliamentary Party will vote in successive knock out rounds to reduce the number of candidates to two. This is expected to be completed by the end of next month, with Party Members then voting between the two final candidates. A new Leader will then take office near the end of July.

Theresa May remains in office as Prime Minister until a new Leader is elected and identified as able to form a Government which commands the confidence of the House of Commons.

Brexit, 

Many update readers will wonder what all this means for Brexit overall.

It is impossible to say with certainty given the many different opinions held in parliament and the country.

As it stands the default is the UK Leaves the European Union, possibly without a Withdrawal Agreement, at 11pm on 31st October 2019. This is when the latest extension period of Article 50 expires. Yet there are many debates about how a majority of MPs could seek to block this, even if the new Prime Minister sought to pursue this course of action.

Further serious moves on Brexit will not now be made until the new Prime Minister is in place and the proposed Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill announced earlier this week will not now be tabled or voted on by MPs.

Torbay Airshow Set For Takeoff, 

With just over a week to go until the Torbay Airshow, organisers have announced details of the flying programme and opening times for Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June.

The iconic RAF Red Arrows will perform on both days of the show: Saturday 1st June between 3pm – 4pm and on Sunday 2nd June 11.30am – 12.00noon.

On Saturday 1 June, the display programme will commence at 2pm and finish by 5pm. The running order for the afternoon will open with the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team followed by Twirlybatics (Pitts Special), Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Chinook Display Team, RAF Red Arrows, Fireflies, RAF Tucano T1, Royal Navy Black Cat, Strikemaster, The Blades Display Team and the RAF Typhoon Display Team will close Saturday’s proceedings.

On Sunday 2 June, the display programme will commence earlier at 11.30am and finish by 3pm. The second day of the show will open with the RAF Red Arrows, RAF Chinook Display Team, Twirlybatics (Pitts Special), Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Strikemaster, Fireflies, RAF Tucano T1, The Blades Display Team, Royal Navy Black Cat and the RAF Typhoon Display Team will also close the weekend’s display programme.

The Event Village will be open to the public from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 6pm on Sunday to allow visitors plenty of time to enjoy all the Airshow has to offer before the spectacular displays take eyes to the skies.

This year the Event Village will feature a live music stage, air display team stands where visitors can meet the pilots, trading stands featuring everything from artwork and books to toys and furniture, family activities, simulators, a fairground, food stalls and bars.

The Airshow is run by Torbay Council. For further information on the event and to keep up to date with the latest news follow @torbayairshow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit the event website by clicking here.

Operation Footfall, 

A new discounted shopping scheme, Operation Footfall, is being started in Torquay.

It sees Town Centre retailers offering discounts to shoppers who can show a valid parking ticket from a local car park. It aims to increase the number of people using the town centre and support local traders. The project has been described as a “Treasure Hunt” where shoppers can seek out specific offers.

You can hear John Doherty, vice chair of the Torquay Town Centre Partnership, talking to the Breeze about the scheme by clicking here.

Last Class 43 Services, 

For over four decades the iconic Class 43 “High Speed” Intercity Trains have traveled between our region and London Paddington.

When introduced they represented the cutting edge of design, not least the absence of “buffers” on the front of the power cars. Whilst very popular with many train fans, modern demands on the railway for more seats, wifi and better travelling facilities, plus a need to end the practice of toilets emptying directly onto the track, have seen them replaced by the new Intercity Express Trains on the GWR line, with the first one to head west of Exeter having come to Paignton in July last year.

The last Inter-City 125 “Sir Kenneth Grange” on GWR scheduled services departed the depot at Laira on Saturday morning, with the final regular service departing at 6.30pm from Paddington to Exeter St David’s, where it was met by a large crowd of Rail Enthusiasts. You can watch it depart the depot on Devon Live by clicking hereand see more about the final scheduled journey on the BBC website by clicking here.

The High Speed Train will make a special return to Paddington for a charity charter tour on June 1, which will be raising money for First Group’s chosen charity, Action for Children.

120 Curledge Street Kids On The Run, 

A record-breaking number of children from Curledge Street Academy in Paignton (120+!!) are set to run the Torbay Half Marathon.

The School’s Year 5 pupils recently decided they wanted everyone to attend a residential camp during their time at Curledge Street. They rallied children from across the school (from reception class to year 6!) and press ganged a member of staff to run the Torbay Half Marathon on Sunday 24th June 2019.

They have been clocking up the miles each Friday night after school. With the final mile being run on the day as part of the children’s marathon.

It is great to see so many children wanting to be part of giving their classmates a unique experience. You can sponsor their efforts via their Justgiving page by clicking here.

Local Government Funding, 

Ensuring a future local government funding formula is fair to our bay was the subject of a meeting I arranged on Monday.

Torbay Council’s Chief Finance Officer and Chief Executive joined me for a meeting I organised with the Local Government Minister to make clear how the formula must reflect the needs of coastal communities.

Our bay is not unique in facing pressures through growing demand on areas such as adult social care and child protection services. There is also a need to drive forward regeneration schemes and ensure affordable housing is delivered for those on the local housing need list. During the meeting I was pleased to note the two officers made clear, on a technical basis, how the proposed formula could be altered to reflect these needs and ensure fairness between different councils for the funding available.

The meeting was a valuable chance to put over the needs of our bay and the Minister clearly recognised the points being made.

Intimidation in Public Life, 

Social Media has opened new ways of engaging in politics and sharing information, yet it has also given a platform for a small minority to engage in abusive and intimidatory behaviour.

Other methods of intimidating those involved in public life or seeking to deter certain groups\people from getting involved at all also appear to be growing. Hence on Tuesday several MPs secured a debate on this issue and I was asked to respond to it on behalf of the Government.

During the debate some very powerful accounts of long-term harassment and abuse were shared by MPs. This included one MP outlining how for over a decade someone had sought to undermine and be abusive to her, all due to him not liking having a female MP.

You can read my comments and the rest of the debate by clicking here.

Restoration and Renewal Bill 

The destruction of Notre Dame brought into sharp focus the urgent need for major repair, refurbishment and fire safety works at the Palace of Westminster.

For many decades parliament has, for understandable reasons, not prioritised spending money on its own maintenance versus the other issues Government faces. Yet the situation has now become untenable with regular maintenance no longer able to keep up with the rate of deterioration of the building.

The solution is a dramatic one, move parliament out of its historic home whilst the biggest programme of refurbishment and repair since the medieval Palace of Westminster burnt down in 1834 is undertaken. The scale of the works to be done mean “decant”, as it is called, could last for over 5 years.

I was asked by Andrea Leadsom, whilst she was Leader of the House of Commons, to be the “Second Minister” on the Bill and to undertake its Committee Stages. I therefore wound up the Second Reading Debate at the Despatch Box and you can watch my speech by clicking here.

DIY SOS,

A Torquay family have spoken about the impact the DIY SOS team has had on their lives.

Thanks to dozens of local volunteers the DIY SOS team built care facilities including a bedroom, physio space, wet room, living space and the ability to access the entire ground floor and garden.

You can read more on the BBC website by clicking here.

And finally……Little Roofs Mean A Big Thatching Job.

Ending on a lighter note one Master Thatcher has a big job on his hands dealing with some of our bay’s smallest Thatched Roofs.

Richard Dray is renovating 17 miniature homes in the display at Babbacombe Model Village. Yet small in size can mean big in challenge as he described thatching the small homes as “more fiddly” and taking up to four days to repair each roof.

You can read more on the BBC website by clicking here.

That is all for this week and enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend.

Best wishes,

Kevin

Events

 8th– 31st May Tuesday – Friday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm Saturdays 10.00 am- 6 pm.
 Artizan Gallery Exhibition: ‘Our Place in the Seven Heavens’  

For more information on Artizan Gallery visit www.artizangallery.co.uk or for what to expect in 2019 head to www.art-hub.co.uk/2019. More details on the May exhibition can be found at www.art-hub.co.uk/geo19.

Saturday 25th to 31st May – The Geopark Festival, across the English Riviera – There’s something for everyone – for more information and details log on to www.globalgeopark.orgSaturday 25th May 2pm – 5pm   – Jazz concert by the Blues Monday Jazz band – Barry a DSA skipper is a member. Dartmouth Band stand Poster attached CLICK HERE

Sunday 26 May – Circus Starr @ The Market Field, Stantor Barton Farm, Torquay, Devon, TQ3 1SU. Circus Starr is an independent, charitable organisation that supports disadvantaged and disabled children in their communities – For more details click on https://www.englishriviera.co.uk/whats-on/circus-starr-p1695903

Wednesday 29th May @ 10.30am to 12.00pm – NSPCC Spring Coffee morning at the Palace Hotel Paignton

25 May 2019 – 31 August  – Green Heart Project. As the Green Heart Project reaches completion in June visit this exhibition showcasing the projects’ fantastic achievements from the very start in 2015. Meeting point: Cockington Visitor Centre, Cockington Village TQ2 6XA – Price: FREE – Suitable for: All Ages – Exhibition open 10.00am – 4.00pm daily

Saturday 8th June – ToADS Little Theatre – Special Charity Performance in support of local Mencap. Tickets at discount price of £8.50 available on the door or in advance from the Bright Bean Cafe near Preston Bus Shelter or contact colintipp@onetel.com

Every Wednesday night through to 25th September, BMAD, Paignton Esplanade, gates open 6pm. Raising funds for sick, disabled and under privileged children in the TQ area.  (Not 31st July but Thursday 1st Aug due to Paignton Carnival.)

On behalf of Disabled Sailing Association – Stall on Marina Torquay. Andy and Pauline Baker are running this and would appreciate help. They need BOTTLES of glass or plastic for prizes – they are wrapped and placed among empty bottles filled with sand. If a “good” bottle is chosen it is kept. So anything in a bottle, edible or cleaning or beauty needed. Please either contact andy or bring to the Musgroves at Morden House or make a small monetary donation so Andy can buy things. Most are less than £1 – Andy’s email is andy.baker52@hotmail.co.uk

Every Tuesday from 0930 till 1230. The Royal British Legion Office, 39 Church Street, Paignton is open. It is where ex members of the armed forces can receive help and advice. Appointments can be made by phoning 01803 555838, or email paignton.bcs@rbl.community.

Every Tuesday & Wednesday (10:45 – 12 noon) – Lectures at Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 1HG – Lectures are free to TMSM,& cost £5 to Non-Members on the door! For more details click here.

2nd Wednesday of each month at the Quaker Meeting House in Torquay – Torbay Interfaith Forum meet. For more details Click here.

PARKFIELD Youth services have a range of activities throughout the week for young people – click hereto see what’s on and when. 

Are you running an event in the Bay? I am always looking to promote local events, big or small. If you have an event coming up, please email kevin.foster.mp@parliament.uk so it can be included.

Advice Surgeries

Saturday 1st June, 10am – 12pm @ St Martins Church, Barton Hill Road, Torquay TQ2 8JA

Friday 7th June, 3pm – 5pm @ Paignton Baptist Church, 43 Winner Street, Paignton TQ3 3BJ

Saturday 15th June, 11am – 1pm @ 5-7 East Street, Torquay TQ2 5SD

Friday 21st June, 3pm – 5pm @ AGE UK, 12 Dendy Road, Paignton TQ4 5DB

Saturday 29th June, 11am – 1pm @ Acorn Centre, Lummaton Cross, Torquay TQ2 8ET

Saturday 13th July, 11am – 1pm @ Torquay Library, Lymington Road, Torquay TQ1 3DT

Friday 19th July, 3pm – 5pm @ Paignton Library, Gt. Western Road, Paignton TQ4 5AG

It’s always best to book a slot to guarantee being able to see me. Full details of how to do this are on my website or you can call my office on  01803 214989, Monday – Fridays, 9am – 5pm.

You can either email me at  kevin@kevinjfoster.com or leave a message on 01803 214989 and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

20th May 2019
by stlukesranews
0 comments

Torbay Community Development Trust Fundraiser.

Join us in a race across the waves – all to raise money for vital community transport

The Race Across the Torbay is back for 2019 and organisers are hoping that it will be bigger and better than ever.

This year’s event on Sunday, August 10th  is open not just to sea bikes, but to paddle boarders as well.

(Please note – times to be confirmed closer to the date of the event, due to variables such as tide times)

Last year’s winner, Simon Sherbersky, lead officer at Torbay Community Development Trust has thrown down the gauntlet to all comers to raise funds for OurBus Torbay.

Organised for several years by Robert Excell, a sea bike enthusiast, last year four bikes took part racing across the bay from Torquay to Brixham Yacht club, with Simon winning in a time of just 56 minutes.

But this year paddle boarders are being encouraged to race each other for the first time: “Paddle boarding has become such a big sport and there aren’t many races for them in Torbay. This is an opportunity for them to go up against each other.”

“It is a challenging race whether on a bike or on a board, but most of all it is fun,”
 said Robert.

All competitors will be asked to raise money for community bus services – an announcement about the number 60, which served Livermead and the St Lukes area of Torquay is expected in the next few weeks.

“Community bus services serve some of the, hilliest parts of bay. A great many people rely on the services to get out and about. For some it is their only lifeline – their way of getting out of the house and socialising,” said Simon.

“‘We need to ensure that community bus services can be provided for those that most need them and we are hoping that this event will help make that a reality,” he added.

For more details and how to get involved contact Tracey Cabache on01803 212638 or at traceycabache@torbaycdt.org.uk. There is no fee to take part, but competitors will be asked to raise sponsorship money for the cause from family and friends.