New street furniture in Fore Street – a whistle-stop update!!

Here’s a quickie report on the Town Council’s street furniture project. Where are we? And what have we still got to do? In no particular order:

  • All the new seating, planters and litter bins need washing down.
  • Then a black paint touch up where required of everything when we have a couple of days’ good weather forecast.
  • Some light oiling of the Iroko wood on seating and planters where required e.g. one of the planters has been scraped on a top edge during transit and will need sanding etc.
  • The Silver Birch trees will be watered on a regular basis and they have already been drenched but we need to do it again shortly to give them a good kick off.
  • Some planters need ‘levelling off’ and further ground fixings.
  • Watering tubes to be cut to top soil level.
  • Three in number planters at the mouth of Fore Street Car Park will be

moved to their permanent positions fronting the pavement this week.  The current bollards need to be removed and motorcyclists have been requested to park away from the edge of the pavement on ‘installation day (there is plenty of room to allow for this).

  • The tree root balls are secured below surface with 4 wooden batten ‘cross members’ in each planter which will eventually rot away plus gravel at the base and membrane for better drainage via 5 drainage holes.
  • The positioning of the 3 in number planters outside Peacocks are likely to be tweaked to their final places.
  • Positioning of planters at the courtesy crossings is driven by Devon County Council’s requirement for 450mm distance from the edge of the pavement.
  • Non-levelling of all the seating was a conscious decision e.g. bench at the Catholic Church which has to negotiate the steep Fore Street incline. Should we have lifted the bottom legs by several inches?  The bench itself would then look have looked pretty ridiculous etc.  So all seating was tested in situ and the upshot is that when you are actually sat down they are comfortable and the incline tends to evaporate.
  • It has been suggested for slate pieces to be added to the planters with accompanying blue grasses (Festuca glauca ‘Blaufuchs’).

In summary, we wished to get the new seating and planters in position as soon as they landed but there is still some work to do!!  Watch this space.

Kingsbridge Community Champions 2022

On Saturday 7th May, Mayor Mike Jennings presented the awards for this year’s Kingsbridge Community Champions in front of fellow Councillors and other members of the public. This is a welcome return of the awards after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 and the aim is to recognise the fabulous contributions that local people make to ensure that Kingsbridge is a great place to work, rest and play.

The winners for 2022 are as follows (from left):

Martin Longley
In recognition for setting up and managing the weekly Parkrun on National Trust Property at Bolberry Down since 2020 and continuing to lead and inspire people to benefit from outdoor exercise.

Amirul and Mahi Islam on behalf of Maha-Bharat Indian Restaurant
A team reward in recognition for giving back to the community, which has supported their business for almost thirty years, by making food donations to local people in need during Covid-19.

Laura Winser
In recognition for running Kingsbridge Crafters, a not-for-profit social enterprise based at Cookworthy Museum, and tirelessly working to introduce people of all abilities to the joy and well-being of crafting.

Peter Ralph
For his selfless devotion, time, and energy to promote Kingsbridge and his ‘Walk All Over Cancer’ fund raising half-marathon walk along Kingsbridge Quay with fellow volunteer walkers in aid of Cancer Research.

Annual Town Meeting – Saturday 7th May 10am-12noon

It is 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 their residents to receive reports on local council business and to discuss community matters.

The Annual Town Meeting 2022 for Kingsbridge residents, similar to previous years, is being held as an interactive drop-in between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon on Saturday 7th May in the Town Square during the Farmers Market.

This is a super opportunity to speak to your Town Councillors, offer up your own good ideas, come up to speed with the latest news and get that nagging issue ‘off your chest’.

How will the Town Council spend its portion of your council tax this  financial year 2022/2023?  What stage is the new street furniture project at?  What do you think about a new basketball court/multi-goals at Trebblepark play area?  How much further tree planting is scheduled? What do you think about a BMX/dirt bike track at Rack Park amenity space?  How are plans progressing for a new skatepark? etc.

Kingsbridge Town Council is the local authority closest to Kingsbridge residents.  It is consulted on almost everything that happens in the Kingsbridge community and is responsible for a wide range of public realm business in the town.  We have said it many times before but 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 to talk to you about topical matters and take your questions.

Let’s have that conversation!!

 Kingsbridge Begins to Tackle the Climate and Nature Emergency

Kingsbridge Town Council – Press Release – 14 March 2022

 Kingsbridge Begins to Tackle the Climate and Nature Emergency

A survey by Kingsbridge Town Council has found that households in Kingsbridge are taking useful steps to reduce their climate and nature impacts though there’s much more to do of course.

A report on the survey to the Town Council’s meeting in March shows:

  • There was significant use of low energy lighting, solar power and green energy suppliers;
  • over two thirds had changed what they were eating to reduce their Carbon impact; and
  • nearly 40% of households were involved in tree planting and Carbon off-setting.

There were still major household Carbon impacts though from car use (very few households had electric cars), flying and, of course, through almost everything we buy from elsewhere.The report went on to identify a number of Town Council actions for the coming years including making sure new development does what it can, making progress on electric vehicle facilities, working to get solar panels on Kingsbridge’s largest roof areas and hosting more energy advice sessions and a local food/low Carbon market.

Look out, too, for 127 new trees being planted in and around the town, a joint project between the Town Council and South Hams District Council.  And, if you want to help more of these and other things happen you could get in touch with the Kingsbridge Climate Action group at kbclimateaction@gmail.com or follow them on social media links Facebook (Kingsbridge Climate Action) or on Instagram (kbclimateaction).

Let’s do all we can to tackle the climate and nature emergency.

 

Vigil this Friday 4th March 5-6pm

A vigil will be held 5.00 to 6.00 pm this Friday 4th March in Kingsbridge Town Square for anyone affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Many people are feeling helpless at present as they witness the unbearable events unfolding in Eastern Europe and this gathering is an opportunity for the Kingsbridge community to come together as one and stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. You may wish to dress in blue and yellow, light candles, bring daffodils or balloons and make your own placards.
The vigil will be addressed by Mike Jennings, Town Mayor, and Reverend Jackie Taylor will lead us into a time of silence as we hold Ukraine in our thoughts and hearts.
Everyone is encouraged to attend as Kingsbridge Stands With Ukraine.
Online donations can be made to the British Red Cross’ Ukraine Crisis Appeal to help get food, medicine, shelter, warm clothes and water to those who need it most – see the link below:

Vacancy for part time Administrator/Receptionist

Vacancy for Administrator/Receptionist

16 to 20 hours per week – 9am to 1pm.

Spread over Monday to Friday.

We require an enthusiastic, reliable and organised person to become a key member of our small team, to provide effective administrative support and to be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Reception Office. The full job description and application can be found below:


Vacancy introduction
Administrator/ Receptionist Job Description
Person specification
Application form
 Application form – non pdf

The closing date for applications is midday on Tuesday 15 February 2022 and we plan to interview on Friday 18 February 2022.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Councillor Mike Jennings

Chairman, Kingsbridge Town Council

Closing date:  Tuesday 15 February 2022
Interview date:  Friday 18 February 2022

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