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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KINGSBRIDGE BUS STATION – Monday 6 March to Friday 17 March 2017

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

KINGSBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS 2017

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 reception@kingsbridge.gov.uk 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

Fore Street pavements will be repaired early in the New Year

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.

Kingsbridge Tranquillity Trail

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.