Winter Weather Self-Help Scheme – Volunteering

Another cold snap is upon us, Kingsbridge Town Council is seeking more local residents to join our “Winter Weather Self-Help Scheme”. Please read the below Guide to see what the commitment is.

Kingsbridge Winter Weather Self Help Scheme – A ‘Pocket Guide’ for Volunteers

Introduction.  Devon County Council’s (DCC) programme of winter service (i.e. roads which are cleared with snow ploughs and/or salted) focuses on the major routes which carry most traffic and communities like Kingsbridge don’t receive as much help as we would like.

Town commitment.  Following the severe winter of 2010/2011 a self-help initiative was launched which Kingsbridge Town Council (KTC) registered for.  This is about communities coming together to help each other on a voluntary basis during times of extreme weather.

Salting.  DCC has supplied KTC with a supply of salt in 25kg bags for use on the public highway only (including footways and footpaths) but not areas treated by the defined salting network i.e. the A379 and Fore Street.  South Hams District Council manages off-street car parks, the town square and bus station.

Grit bins.  There are 10 grit bins in the town located at:  Buckwell Road, Coronation Road, Duncombe Park, Higher Union Road, Highfield Drive, Saffron Park, Stentiford Hill, Warren Road, Washabrook Lane and West Alvington Hill.  This represents a 100% increase from 2010 and they are all filled with salt and scoops in readiness for extreme weather.

Snow Warden.  The Snow Warden is the point of contact between the local community and DCC, the co-ordinator of the voluntary self help scheme, and will provide training to volunteers.

Training.  The Snow Warden will advise volunteers how salting should be carried out in a safe and responsible manner e.g. only a light covering of salt is required per square metre!

Public liability.  In the unlikely event of a claim, DCC will cover the public liability aspect of insurance for voluntary work on the public highway or footway, providing it is undertaken in a safe manner.  DCC will not provide any other form of insurance cover for this activity which must be undertaken at the volunteers’ own risk.  For example, any damage to one’s own person, property or vehicle would not be covered.

Dos and Don’ts for volunteers:

  • Do dry store bags of salt and safeguard from watercourses at your home.
  • Do wear fluorescent waistcoats supplied to ensure high visibility when working.
  • Do wear waterproof/warm clothing when working including suitable footwear.
  • Do take extreme care when working particularly when salting the road itself and if possible
    buddy-up with someone who may be used as a lookout.
  • Do carry out some light stretching exercises before working.
  • Do carry a mobile phone.
  • Do have a flask of hot soup or some chocolate bars.
  • Do not salt during hours of partial or full darkness.
  • Do not take any unnecessary risks.
  • Do not salt private driveways or footways.
  • Do not continue to work should you begin to feel cold or wet.

Slippery and icy conditions make it much more likely that people will stumble and fall possibly damaging ligaments, muscles or tendons.  The initial treatment is the RICE procedure: Rest the injured part, apply Ice or a cold pad to the injured area, Comfortably support the injury using a bandage or soft padding, Elevate the injured part.  Any questions???  do not hesitate to contact the Snow Warden.

Martin Johnson, Kingsbridge Snow Warden, Kingsbridge Town Council, Quay House, Ilbert Road, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1DZ or 01548.853296 or

Declaration of Result of Poll – Referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan for Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow neighbourhood area

Do you want South Hams District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area:

Number cast in favour of a Yes     725  votes recorded     89.29%

Number cast in favour of a No        87  votes recorded     10.71%

Number of ballot papers rejected     5  

Electorate: 5276  Ballot papers issued: 817  Turnout: 15.49%

More than half of those voting HAVE voted in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Click here to download the ‘Declaration of Results’ (PDF).



REFERENDUM – 24 NOVEMBER 2022 Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood planning was introduced under the Localism Act 2011 to give local communities more control in the planning of their neighbourhoods. It introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development in their local area. It enables communities to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and deliver the sustainable development they need.

Since 2018 a steering group comprising of local people, Kingsbridge Town Council and West Alvington and Churchstow Parish Councils have been working to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for our communities.

After more than four years of work, the Neighbourhood plan has been completed and independently examined and is now ready for the community to view and then vote on 24th November 2022.

The question for the Referendum is:

‘Do you want South Hams District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan to help decide Planning Applications in the neighbourhood area?’

A vote of YES will indicate that you wish the Kingsbridge, West Alvington and Churchstow community to be more proactive in deciding planning applications based on the policies contained within the Neighbourhood Plan.

A vote of NO will indicate that you want no change in how the planning applications are decided with only limited reference to the Kingsbridge, West Alvington and Churchstow communities.

It is, therefore, very important that as many eligible voters as possible take up the opportunity to vote in this Referendum as this will show the level of community Commitment to the future development of Kingsbridge, West Alvington and Churchstow.

The plan is available to view on or

Printed copies of the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed at Kingsbridge Town Council Offices in Quay House, Kingsbridge Library, Kingsbridge Information Centre.  Residents of West Alvington and Churchstow should contact their relevant Parish Clerk who will have copies for viewing.

Kingsbridge Wins Top RHS Awards

This year the South Devon town of Kingsbridge has won top accolades at both the RHS national and regional level in the Britain in Bloom competitions.

At the national awards held at the Headquarters of the RHS, Lindley Hall, Westminster they received a gold medal, best national horticultural achievement award as well as the chairman, Graham Price being recognised with a prestigious  RHS Community Champion Award. The group have also received  a gold medal, SWTA  Trophy and group winner in the small town category at the recently held regional awards held in Crewkerne, Somerset.

Graham Price chairman : “The RHS Britain in Bloom is the largest horticultural competition  in Europe and brings together communities who work to improve their environment and to recognise the importance that horticulture can bring to improve  health and wellbeing. Kingsbridge has been completely transformed over the past few years with wonderful floral displays and outstanding sustainable planting which has helped keep our town attractive and vibrant throughout the year. Our shopkeepers, local businesses and town Council recognise the importance of our work which is very much appreciated and gives our dedicated group the incentive to maintain our high standard for everyone to enjoy.”

HM Queen Elizabeth II – Kingsbridge Community Civic Service of Commemoration, Bouquets and Book of Condolence

A special civic community service will take place to commemorate the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 17th September at St Edmunds Church, Fore Street, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1PP.

The Town Mayor, Councillor Philip Cole, Civic Leaders, representatives from the Royal British Legion and other organisations will be present.

All are welcome to attend this community time of coming together in a service of remembrance and thanksgiving to express our grief and also thankfulness.  The service will also incorporate the proclamation for the accession of His Majesty King Charles III.

Floral tributes and bouquets may be left at the Bandstand and a Book of Condolence is available for your written messages at the Council Offices, Quay House between 9.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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