An important message from Kingsbridge Town Council.
Most of you will be aware that South Hams District Council carried out a public consultation in July and presented proposals to regenerate the Kingsbridge Quayside. Over 700 of you responded with your thoughts. Indeed, if you did not attend the packed-out public meeting in St Edmonds Church, or answer the questionnaire itself, then you need to come up to speed now. We make no apology for repeating ourselves: THESE PROPOSALS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CHANGE THE KINGSBRIDGE WATERFRONT FOREVER.
So did anyone listen to your voice?? Well, we are all about to find out…….
The District Council’s Executive meeting to be held at 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 19th October at the Council Offices, Follaton House, Totnes is likely to receive an options report for District Councillors to discuss and agree the way forward for the Kingsbridge Quayside concept.
The options paper itself is likely to be issued on Wednesday 11th October alongside the agenda for the Executive meeting and will be available for reading on the District Council’s
website at www.southhams.gov.uk
This is a meeting where the public can attend, speak or submit a question.
The procedure is on the website too but be aware that any questions have to be submitted in writing by 5.00 p.m. on Monday 16th October.
A summary of the consultation findings was produced recently by the District Council (again it can be read on the above website). It has been difficult for the Town Council to make an informed decision on your responses because unfortunately the District Council appears unwilling to share the full consultation data and financial viability data with us despite a request for the same.
Suffice to say, the Kingsbridge community could be here for the long haul and the Town Council is here to represent you as best possible.
Obviously, there may be a wide range of opinions out there but the key message at this current time is: read the Kingsbridge Quayside options report and if you want to
discover the way forward then you are encouraged to attend South Hams District Council’s Executive meeting on 19th October.
Kingsbridge Town Council is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.
Read the full story here: Tesco bags of community chose May & June 2017
The latest listing of road closures agreed by Devon County Council within Kingsbridge
can be found here: Road closures Kingsbridge
It is likely to mean traffic disruption and roadworks in order to allow sewer works, cable laying, road maintenance etc.
Please be patient as the results will ensure a better Kingsbridge infrastructure.
Kingsbridge Tranquillity Trail – an oasis of calm amidst the hustle & bustle
Question: What do Bradford, San Francisco and (yes, you’ve guessed it) Kingsbridge have in common? They are the first communities in the world to introduce Tranquillity Trails.
Tranquillity Trails are walking routes that have been designed to allow space for residents and visitors alike to reflect and recover from the stresses of everyday life while receiving the benefits of healthy exercise. Professor Greg Watts, a noise scientist at the University of Bradford’s Centre for Sustainable Environments, in liaison with Kingsbridge Town Council, has created a circular trail which takes advantage of the “maximum tranquillity” that can be experienced within walking distance of Kingsbridge town centre….
Click here for more information.
Click here to download the leaflet.
Kingsbridge Trim Trail exercise equipment consists of 14 robust pieces with 21 user stations in total and is simple to use, installed on all-weather surfaces and located to enable participants to walk or jog between different sites if they choose. The equipment aims to improve fitness, health and participation in physical activity and can be used by a range of ages and abilities. Trim Trails are situated in Duncombe Park, Quay House grounds and the Recreation Park, Kingsbridge.
The Official Trim Trail Guide can be purchased for £1.00 from Kingsbridge Information Centre, the reception office of Kingsbridge Town Council or Norton Brook Surgery, Kingsbridge or can be downloaded here.
POTENTIAL FLOODING in Quay area: Bridge Street, Duke Street, The Promenade, Quay Lane, Prince of Wales Road, Mill Street and Devon Square.
Information on dates and times of high spring tides can be found here: KINGSBRIDGE HIGH TIDE TIMETABLE 2017
The Kingsbridge community is urged to prepare early and be aware of the dangers of flood water during high spring tides. Should the tides combine with either heavy rainfall, high winds and/or low barometric pressure there is much potential for a tidal surge from the head of the estuary.
Local residents and businesses are advised to consider positioning sand bags at their properties throughout and move valuables and stock to upper floors. The Town Council has a stockpile of sandbags for you – please telephone 01548.853296 or drop into the Council Offices at Quay House which are open 9.30am to 1pm.
Pedestrians should avoid flood water at all times and be aware that it is very likely to bring raw sewage to the surface. Please plan your day ahead and make your shopping trips accordingly.
Motorists are strongly requested to make detours around the flooding e.g. school runs. Bridge Street, Mill Street and Ilbert Road are very likely to be closed during substantial flooding. Motorists who drive into flood water are taking unnecessary risks with their own safety.
Finally please listen to weather reports on local television and Radio Devon to keep well informed as the weather situation can change rapidly. Advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available on the Environment Agency website or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
Hopefully the high tides will pass without any problems
– but it’s always wise to be prepared.