Congratulations to Kingsbridge in Bloom!!

Congratulations yet again to the Kingsbridge in Bloom team!!
The South West In Bloom awards day was held in Newquay on Friday 11th October 2019 and KIB came away weighted down with prizes!!:

* Gold RHS Award
* Kingsbridge was awarded the cup for the Best Small Town in the South West
* All 7 of Kingsbridge’s It’s Your Neighbourhood areas were assessed as Outstanding
* Kingsbridge Community Garden won the overall IYN Cup from circa 400 entrants (narrowed down to 30 for the finals)

Kingsbridge Town Council – Councillor Vacancy

 

Kingsbridge Town Council – Councillor Vacancy

 

There is a current vacancy on Kingsbridge Town Council.  A ‘casual vacancy’ was recently advertised but an election has not been called in North Ward and therefore it falls to current Town Councillors to select a new member.  In local government language this is known as co-option.  The position is available up to May 2023 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 up of people from all walks of life with various personal and professional backgrounds.  What you do need however, is a passion for Kingsbridge and a commitment to attend various meetings to make your voice heard.  Being a Town Councillor is a big responsibility but incredibly rewarding.

People often ask: what do local councils do?  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 at www.kingsbridge.gov.uk) or contact Martin Johnson, Town Clerk, via email clerk@kingsbridge.gov.uk or call 01548.857073.   Application forms are available from the website or from the Council Offices at Quay House.  If you are interested completed applications need to be submitted by Friday 18 October.  It is likely that informal interviews will be held shortly afterwards.

 

CO-OPTION APPLICATION FORM Sep 19

 

POTENTIAL FLOOD ALERT FOR THIS WEEKEND!!

POTENTIAL FLOODING

in Quay area: Bridge Street, Duke Street, The Promenade, Quay Lane, Prince of Wales Road, Mill Street and Devon Square

Friday 27 September 1615-1745
Saturday 28 September 0445-0615 and 1700-1830
Sunday 29 September 0530-0700 and 1745-1915
Monday 30 September 0615-0745 and 1815-1945
Tuesday 1 October 0740-0915 and 2000-2130
Wednesday 2 October 0900-1030 and 2045-2215
Thursday 3 October 0900-1030 and 2130-2245

 

The Kingsbridge community is urged to prepare early and be aware of the dangers of flood water. High spring tides are forecast over a 7 day period. 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.