Every year the Town Council awards small cash grants to local groups and organisations which actively involve the community in recreational, social, or cultural pursuits.
Bids are now invited for the awards in the financial year 2017-18. Please be aware that there will only be one round of award and so it is essential to get the completed forms into us by the deadline – 31st March 2017.
Application forms and conditions can be obtained from the Council Offices or downloaded from this link: https://goo.gl/0Pvot4
Fore Street pavements will be repaired early in the New Year – parking and loading restrictions
The long awaited, and much requested, repairs to the pedestrian footway on the eastern/right hand side of Fore Street will be actioned early in the New Year.
The work was already programmed by Devon County Council as part of its ongoing highways maintenance schedule, but extra funding has now come from a partnership of County Councillors Julian Brazil and Rufus Gilbert, District Councillor Keith Wingate and Kingsbridge Town Council. Lifting and relaying of 240 square metres of pavement had already been programmed by Devon County Council as part of its ongoing highways maintenance schedule which will double the pavement repairs to around 500 square metres. Use of a new bonding technique will assure the longevity of the repairs. Also bollards will be installed, where the footway is wide enough to accommodate them, in order to prevent vehicles driving on to the pavement to wreck all the good work.
A notice has been issued to stop the use of all parking and loading bays on the left hand side of Fore Street from Tuesday, January 3 to Friday, February 24, an eight week period. This is required because of the close proximity of the works to the road itself and the need for barriers and a safety zone to protect the South West Highways team on site. Therefore the parking/loading bays will be used to ensure traffic keeps moving and it means the road does not have to be closed. However, you are strongly advised to only drive up Fore Street if you need to and to use the Cookworthy Road bypass if you are merely driving through. The works will take place section by section so in effect there may still be bays available but loading and unloading to local shops must take priority and shoppers are strongly requested to use Fore Street Car Park for the duration. It means you may have a slightly longer walk to the shops and, similar to all highways work, it is likely to be frustrating at times but this is the nature of such projects. But remember Fore Street will be ‘business as usual’ throughout and it will not affect your shopping experience. Keep your shopping local!!
The Kingsbridge community will be left with a level and safe pavement which will encourage greater footfall and lead to a boon to our wonderful range of independent shops. How will we keep it this way?? By not driving on to the pavement and not misusing the loading bays which means that delivery vehicles can unload where they are supposed to. This is a pivotal issue to protect the heartbeat of our town – let’s all buy into it.
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