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
There is a current vacancy on Kingsbridge Town Council. A ‘casual vacancy’ was recently advertised but an election has not been called and therefore it falls to current Town Councillors to select a new member. In local government speak this is known as co-option. The position is available up to May 2019 when the next local council elections will take place and therefore expressions of interest are now being invited.
Deep breath: applicants much be over 18 years of age; a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen; a Kingsbridge elector or have worked in the area for the preceding 12 months; or have occupied land or other premises as owner or tenant, or lived in the town or within 3 miles of Kingsbridge during the same period. Phew! No formal qualifications are required and the Town Council is made of people from all walks of life with various professional backgrounds. What you do need however, is a passion for Kingsbridge and its community with a commitment to attend various meetings to make your voice heard.
People often ask what local councils do and ultimately it’s quite simple: the aim is to sustain Kingsbridge as a great place to live, work and play. The Town Council’s task is therefore to engage with the local community, to take on board the needs and wishes of residents, and to try, whenever and wherever it can, to make sure that something is done about them. If it’s not within the gift of the Town Council to directly help then hopefully it can support and lobby on behalf of local residents.
If you require any more information please speak to a current Town Councillor (details available in the ‘Meet your Councillors’ section of this website) or contact Martin Johnson, Town Clerk, on 01548.857073 or email email@example.com or drop into the Council Offices at Quay House. Being a Town Councillor is a big responsibility but incredibly rewarding; if you are interested then Kingsbridge Town Council wishes to hear from you by Friday 16 June. It is likely that informal interviews will be held shortly afterwards.
KINGSBRIDGE TOWN COUNCIL
Local Government Act 1972
Notice is hereby given that a vacancy exists in the office of Town Councillor for the Kingsbridge North Ward. Unless ten or more electors of the Kingsbridge North Ward, on or before the 25 May 2017, submit a request in writing for an election to be held, the Town Council will take steps to fill the vacancy by co-option.
Requests must be sent to the Returning Officer, South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5NE.
M D Johnson
5 May 2017
Kingsbridge Town Council is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.
Read the full story here: Tesco bags of community chose May & June 2017
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……