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 local residents to receive reports on local council business and to discuss town affairs.

The Annual Town Meeting 2017 for Kingsbridge residents will be held as an interactive drop-in session between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon tomorrow morning Saturday April 1st during the Farmers Market in the Town Square.

This is a great opportunity to speak to your town councillors, receive the latest news, offer up your ideas and raise any concerns.  For example:  what do you think about potential development sites listed in the Joint Local Plan for Kingsbridge?  give us your take on the Town Council’s ambitions and priorities for 2017-2019?  and check out how the Town Council’s proportion of your council tax will be spent in the forthcoming financial year.

Kingsbridge Town Council is the local authority closest to Kingsbridge residents.  It is consulted on nearly everything that happens in your community and is responsible for a wide range of public realm business in the town.  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 available tomorrow to explain the council’s role and to answer your questions.  If you don’t ask……


Partnership working has realised a long-held ambition in Kingsbridge as a new composting facility is unveiled in the town. Installation of the new composting facility marks the tenth anniversary of award winning Kingsbridge in Bloom.

A partnership of Kingsbridge in Bloom, Kingsbridge Town Council, South Hams District Council, Devon County Council and Rory Sanders Plant Hire has made the much needed composting facility a reality. Considerable green waste is generated in Kingsbridge by the District Council’s grounds maintenance team alongside an enormous effort from Kingsbridge in Bloom volunteers.

As Kingsbridge Town Councillor Graham Price, Chairman of Kingsbridge in Bloom, explains: “It came to light that there was nowhere within the town boundary where we could dispose of all of the green waste we were generating. This meant that both teams had to make daily trips in the spring and summer months to the nearest recycling centre at Torr Quarry.

“The upshot of installing this new facility means that we don’t need to travel as a neglected compound, which was not utilised to its full potential, can now be used to store organic waste. This then comes full circle as it can be composted down and re-used in the town’s flower beds and amenity spaces. It’s a winwin situation.”

Works are now complete on converting the redundant grounds maintenance compound into a composting and organic waste storage facility in time for the spring and summer months.

County and District Councillor Rufus Gilbert said: “I truly believe that partnership working can do wonders for a town, and this just goes to prove that if all parties co-operate, you can accomplish a great deal. The Council’s Grounds Maintenance team and Kingsbridge in Bloom all contribute to making Kingsbridge an attractive and thriving town and this is a fitting tribute to a decade of hard work.  May it continue well into the future.”

The new facility will do much to improve the disposal of the councils’ and the in Bloom team’s green waste in Kingsbridge, making for a much greener environment in the town.

County and District Councillor Julian Brazil added: “We can support various projects through funding but it’s great if we can get behind community groups who are actively trying to improve their local environment. Without Kingsbridge in Bloom, this sort of thing just wouldn’t happen, so I am delighted that we were able to fund a project where community involvement is improving the town in the long term.”

Land was cleared and recycled wooden sleepers have created a four bay composting area for woodchip, cut material, fresh compost and old compost. Signage explaining the rules of composting have also been added.  The bays were installed by H2Environmental with grounds clearance actioned by Rory Sanders and Cuming Containers. 

District Councillor Keith Wingate said: “I’m extremely proud of what Kingsbridge in Bloom do and I’m really pleased to be able to help them in this way. We’re always looking for new ways to reuse and recycle, and this will not only do that, but it will rejuvenate the town’s flower beds and make Kingsbridge an even more attractive town. I’m looking forward to seeing what can be achieved with the new composting facility.”

Funding for the project was awarded from County and District Councillors Julian Brazil and Rufus Gilbert’s Investing In Devon Local Project Fund, District Councillor Keith Wingate’s Sustainable Community Locality Fund, Kingsbridge Town Council and payment-in-kind from Rory Sanders.


The SW Devon Joint Local Plan consultations begin on Wednesday 15th March 2017. All the documentation can be viewed online through the Southhams District Council website:

Information on Kingsbridge can be found on page 186 of the Plan – this can be viewed here:

Engagement events are planned and they will be held in Kingsbridge on the following dates:

Tuesday 21st March 2017 – 3pm-7pm
Kingsbridge Town Council, Quay House, Kingsbridge. TQ7 1DZ.

Saturday 8th April 2017 – 10am-1pm
Kingsbridge Library, Ilbert Road, TQ7 1EB


There will be temporary disruption to Kingsbridge bus station from Monday 6 March to Friday 17 March 2017 whilst South West Water and Exjet carry out essential sewer works to the area. Buses and and taxis will still be able to operate from temporary positions as shown in the picture layout and a summary of the positioning is detailed below:

  • Tally Ho buses 164, 162, 160 and 606 will all operate as normal and pull in to the bus depot as a lay-by.
  • Stagecoach No 3 temporary bus stop will be situated outside The Anchor Centre in Bridge Street.
  • All bus stops will have temporary signage displaying information


Since 2004, Kingsbridge Town Council has sponsored the Kingsbridge Citizen of the Year Award which has been very successful in recognising the outstanding achievements of local people.

However, like most things in life there comes a time to take stock, shake things up and take a fresh approach.  Therefore for 2017 your Town Council has devised a new scheme and is launching “Kingsbridge Community Champions” with 6 different categories: Arts & Culture, Business, Environment, Sport, Volunteer and Young champions.  The idea is to encourage wider community participation, more nominations and lots of awards!

So it’s all about recognising and celebrating the fabulous contributions that local people make to ensure that Kingsbridge is a great place to work, rest and play.  Your nomination may be for a shopkeeper, a volunteer, 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 really simple, just complete a user-friendly nomination form which can be downloaded from here:    Community Champions application form 2017

Alternatively you can pick one up from the Council Offices at Quay House, email or call 01548.853296.  Nomination forms will also be available from the Library, Kingsbridge Information Centre, Quayside Leisure 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 being received: Friday 31st March 2017