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….
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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.