It’s mandatory for town and parish councils to hold an Annual Town Meeting for their local electors between March and June. The purpose of the meeting is to provide the opportunity for their residents to receive reports on local council business and to discuss community business
The Annual Town Meeting 2019 for Kingsbridge residents, like previous years, is being held as an interactive drop-in session on Saturday morning 16th March in the Town Square during the Farmers Market. This is a super opportunity to speak to your Town Councillors, offer up your own good ideas, come up to speed with the latest news and get that nagging issue ‘off your chest’.
How will the Town Council spend its portion of your council tax next financial year 2019/2020? Have you viewed the Public Realm Guidelines adopted by the Town Council which propose improvements for Fore Street and beyond? What stage is the Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow Neighbourhood Plan at? Indeed, have you considered standing to be a Town Councillor yourself in the local elections on 2nd May? (information packs will be available).
Kingsbridge Town Council is the local authority closest to Kingsbridge residents. It is consulted on nearly everything that happens in the Kingsbridge community and is responsible for a wide range of public realm business in the town. We’ve said it many times before but whether you are at work, rest or play the Town Council is probably involved somewhere to a greater or lesser degree. Town Councillors will be able to explain the council’s role and to answer your questions. Let’s have a conversation….
Life throws challenges at us from all directions and it’s easy to keep your head down and focus on the ground in front of you – but we need you to look up and help us find this year’s amazing residents who care about where they live, work and play. Those people who work tirelessly– and often quietly – in their community, whose initiatives or fund raising activities or just sheer toil have made a real and positive difference to Kingsbridge.
Kingsbridge Town Council launched the “Kingsbridge Community Champions” awards in 2017 to encourage wider community participation and it’s time to do so again. There are 6 different categories: Arts & Culture, Business, Environment, Sport, Volunteer and Young Champions and it’s all about recognising and celebrating the fabulous contributions that local people make. Last year’s Community Champions were Chris Barnwell, Gerrie Messer, Graham Smith, Julia Wingate and Lizzie Wyatt. The Town Council was delighted to acknowledge their achievements.
Your nomination may be for a shopkeeper, a sporty person, a group, a volunteer, a young person etc. etc. The Town Council does not wish to be too prescriptive and the whole concept is for the Kingsbridge community to effectively elect their own Champions with as few rules and conditions involved as possible. How do you go about it? It’s simple, just complete a simple nomination form which can be downloaded from www.kingsbridge.gov.uk, pick one up from the Council Offices at Quay House, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01548.853296. Nomination forms will also be available from the Library, Kingsbridge Information Centre and a few shops. It will only take you a few minutes to complete your nomination for your Community Champion – let’s give local people the credit they deserve.
Deadline for applications is Friday March 29th 2019.
2019 KCC Application Form
We have been notified about a Temporary Closure of Footpath No.15 Kingsbridge. A section of the footpath will be closed for 6 months from 1st March and will be reinstated on completion of development works. Please see below for further information:
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14
DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL
(FOOTPATH NO. 15, KINGSBRIDGE)
TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2019
NOTICE is hereby given that Devon County Council intends to make the above titled order.
From: FRIDAY, 1st MARCH 2019
To: SATURDAY, 31st AUGUST 2019
No persons shall proceed on the section of the affected path except for access to land or premises on or adjacent to that length of path
Public right of way affected:
FOOTPATH NO. 15, KINGSBRIDGE, from the southern end of Kings Court Apartments to its junction with the A379 – see red dashes on plan.
The alternative route is via a path adjacent to the southern end of Kings Court Apartments, and a footway parallel to the A379, and vice versa – see blue circles on plan.
The closure is necessary to enable housing development and will remain in force until the work is completed.
Dated: 18th February 2019
Chief Officer – Highways, Infrastructure Development & Waste
Public Rights of Way Service
Devon County Council
Kingsbridge Town Council
Montagu Road Play Area – Improvement Project
10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on Saturday 15th December at the play area
Introduction South Hams District Council (SHDC) has a capital budget of £520k for the improvement of its play areas over financial years 2018-2021. Across the district around 25 play areas are aging, have limited play value and are of poor quality. Some of Kingsbridge’s play areas fall into this category and Kingsbridge Town Council’s (KTC) adopted Open Space, Sport & Recreation Plan (available for sighting at www.kingsbridge.gov.uk) identifies total refits of children’s play spaces at Duncombe Park, Homelands, Montagu Road & Trebblepark alongside either replacement ramps/new roofing at the Skatepark or its relocation elsewhere to a new site. However, Kingsbridge’s share of this funding will not come anywhere close to actioning all these projects, so some tough decisions must be made. That said, KTC does have reserves allocated for play equipment refits, accumulated over several years, and therefore it can contribute.
The Way Forward Members of KTC’s Parks & Open Spaces Committee have met with SHDC’s Assets/Place Making and their recommendations have been supported by the Town Council. It is proposed to prioritise new play equipment, including surfacing, for Duncombe Park’s children’s play area and Montagu Road play area. This will mean that Homelands (play equipment already removed) will not be refitted and is effectively withdrawn as a play area. Moreover, there will be no immediate improvements considered for Trebblepark play area. So an improved Montagu Road play area will need to service a wider area of the town to the west of the Cookworthy Road/A379.
A total refit of Duncombe Park children’s play area could cost in the region of £30k-£35k; SHDC may fund £25k with KTC to make up the balance. Likewise, a total refit of Montagu Road play area is identified at £35k-£50k dependent upon design; SHDC may fund £30k and again KTC to make up the balance. In summary, proposed refits at Duncombe Park and Montagu Road are likely to cost in the region of £65k to £85k, with potential SHDC funding at £55k and KTC to make up said balance in the region of £10k to £30k. Overall costs may be reduced if a Kingsbridge play areas tender was managed by SHDC alongside other towns/villages.
Come and join us for Hot Chocolate & Mince Pies!! On Saturday morning 15th December the Parks Committee will set-up a couple of gazebos at Montagu Road play area come rain or shine! A play space provider has supplied KTC with some conceptual drawings which will illustrate what could be achieved on site. The aim is to develop a playground which is safe, fun and socially inclusive. We want it to stimulate children’s social and physical development. What experiences do children want: balancing, rocking, sliding, climbing, swinging? Should the play area be divided into spaces to support different types of play e.g. to include a teenager/adult outdoor fitness zone? What activities will stimulate the user’s experiences and competencies e.g. a sand pit? What other opportunities are there for this bright and open space? In summary, your Town Councillors are looking for the best solution for a Montagu Road play area improvement project and wish to chat to you and capture your thoughts on a brief questionnaire.
If it’s cold and damp, just wrap up, because we really do need you to share your opinions with us. Festive refreshments will be available! Thanks ever so much – we look forward to seeing you on the 15th.
How ‘blooming’ fantastic is Kingsbridge?!!
Our town came away with not just any old GOLD AWARD at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom 2018 competition held in Belfast but BEST SMALL TOWN IN BRITAIN!!…that’s right… BRITAIN!!
Congratulations to Graham Price and all the Kingsbridge In Bloom volunteer team for their hard work, tenacity, loyalty and enthusiasm – the judges reported they had never given such a high mark for the ‘Community Participation’ section! They also said that the judging tour on August 6th this year “didn’t just start with a ‘WOW’ but was a continuous stream of highs throughout and demonstrated what Bloom can achieve in 10 years – you have completely transformed your town!”
But we all know KIB never rest on their laurels (in fact, do they ever rest?) because next year sees the town up for the top prize, to be crowned absolute ‘Champion of Champions’ at the finals of Britain in Bloom. This means competing against the likes of Aberdeen, Durham and Jersey. So next spring when you are out and about and you see the army of blue tee-shirts in the town square, beavering amongst the beds, give them a wave and a shout of encouragement because you know how darn hard they will all be working for Kingsbridge!