Following the General Election you have woken up today to discover your new government. However, Kingsbridge Town Council is the layer of governance closest to Kingsbridge residents. So how does it fit into the picture? Town and parish councils make up the 4th tier of government here in the South Hams: central, county, district and then local councils. Local councils are just that: they are local with the capacity to ‘see and hear’ the local community. They are sensitive to local issues, aware of the history, know townsfolk personally and can work in partnership with larger authorities and other agencies. In summary they are the voice of the local community. In reality local councils have limited power, and limited funds, and therefore the challenge, as always, is to make that voice heard.
Kingsbridge Town Council is made up of 13 councillors who serve for a 4 year term with the next local elections scheduled to take place in May 2019. Members are non-political and do not have an allegiance to political parties. They serve the 3 town wards: East, North and Westville. The town council meets at 7.00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Council Chamber at Quay House (apart from during the month of August which is taken as the summer recess). Additionally, the council has 5 committees which consider specific business. The Finance, Parks & Open Spaces, Policy and Property Committees meet at least quarterly through the year and the Planning Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month save August as above. There are also occasional committees and working groups which consider specific matters e.g. the Flood Resilience & Winter Weather Committee.
All meetings are open to the public who are very welcome to attend. Agendas and minutes are available in Quay House, on our website and Facebook page; and the minutes of full council meetings are also posted on the large notice board at the bottom of Fore Street. At the outset of all council meetings a 15 minute period is set aside, known as the Public Open Forum, for members of public to make statements or ask questions. This is an informal part of the meeting and local residents are actively encouraged to make the town council aware of their ideas or concerns.
Our aim is to sustain Kingsbridge as a great place to live, work and play. Our task therefore is to engage with the local community, to take on board your needs and wishes, and to try, whenever and wherever we can, to make sure that something is done about them. If it’s not within our gift to help you then hopefully we can support you by lobbying on your behalf. We want to receive your feedback so please do not hesitate to tell us how we are doing. If you wish to raise any matters please contact your ward Town Councillor, Town Clerk or the Reception Office team. We look forward to speaking to you soon.
Kingsbridge Town Council has been notified of significant road works that may affect residents of Kingsbridge for the next week:-
From Friday 9th June until Friday 16th June 2017 – there are going to be road closures from 7pm until 7am on the A381 NORTH PARK CORNER TO A381 TOTNES CROSS, TOTNES.
Further information available here:
9th-10th June 2017
12th-16th June 2017
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.
A £250,000 scheme to improve Kingsbridge’s sewer network starts this month.
South West Water will be renovating sewers in the town to improve the service to residents. Work starts on Monday 24 October for five weeks, with a second phase of work taking place from January to March 2017, avoiding the busy festive season.
Work will take place in the following streets this autumn:
- West Alvington Hill: Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October: temporary traffic lights
- Veales Road Monday 31 October to Friday 4 November
- Mill Street: Monday 7 November to Friday 11 November: road closure
- Prince of Wales Road: Monday 7 November to Friday 11 November: road closure
- Duke Street: Monday 14 November to Tuesday 22 November: road closure
- Ebrington Street: Wednesday 23 November to Friday 25 November: road closure
- Church Street: Wednesday 23 November to Friday 25 November: road closure
Project manager Andy Young said: “This is a real investment in Kingsbridge’s future. Without this necessary work the sewer network will continue to deteriorate. That can lead to collapses which cause pollution, flooding and odour.
Where possible we will be using innovative no-dig techniques but some excavations will be necessary. As well as upgrading over 700 metres of pipe, we will also be preventing sea water entering the network during high tides.
We will be working hard to minimise disruption to the public and businesses as far as possible while completing these essential improvements”.
Councillor Chris Povey, Kingsbridge Town Mayor, said: “It is inevitable that we will experience some road closures and diversions during this essential work to create new infrastructure and these may well feel frustrating.
However, we have worked closely with South West Water and its partners to confirm that no work will be carried out over the busy Christmas period. Kingsbridge will very definitely stay open for business.
I hope everyone will appreciate that a few minutes in a traffic jam listening to your favourite tunes is infinitely better than a jammed sewer system! So, please keep smiling and prove that as the great town that we are, we can take everything in our stride”.
The following work will take place in 2017:
- Fore Street (north): Monday 9 to Friday 13 January: temporary traffic lights
- Duncombe Street: Monday 16 January to Tuesday 24 January: road closure
- Waterloo Road (west): Monday 16 January to Tuesday 24 January: road closure
- Wallingford Road: Wednesday 25 January to Thursday 26 January
- Waterloo Road (east): Wednesday 25 January to Thursday 26 January
- Church Street: Monday 30 January to Friday 10 February: road closure
- Church Mews: Monday 30 January to Friday 10 February: road closure
- Ilbert Road: Monday 13 February to Friday 17 February: temporary traffic lights
- Western Backway: Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February: footpath closure
- Fore Street (lower): Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February
- Plymouth Road: Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February: temporary traffic lights
- Bus Station: Monday 27 February for approximately two weeks: entrance closure
- Prince of Wales Road: Monday 13 March to be confirmed for approximately two weeks: road closure
For further information please contact: 0844 3462020
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.