Annual Town Meeting & Flooding Awareness Event

10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on Saturday 6 April in the Market Hall, Fore Street

It is a mandatory requirement for town and parish councils to hold an Annual Town Meeting for their local residents between March and June.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide the opportunity for electors to receive reports on local council business and to discuss community matters.

The Annual Town Meeting 2024 for Kingsbridge residents, similar to previous years, is being held as a drop-in session (rather than a formal meeting in the Council Offices) between 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. on Saturday 6th April however, it has been re-located to the Market Hall in Fore Street.

This is a great opportunity to step away from your keyboards and meet your Town Councillors face-to-face, offer up your own ideas, come up to speed with the latest news and get that nagging issue ‘off your chest’.  Chiefly, how will the Town Council spend its portion of your council tax in the new financial year 2024/25 (which is £91.91 for a Band D property having been increased at 4.2% in line with inflation).

We are also shaking things up and holding, at the same time, a Flooding Awareness Event:

  • Asking residents and businesses to complete a questionnaire regarding flooding incidents
  • Encouraging you to sign up to flood warnings and to report all flooding incidents
  • Highlighting our new information leaflet “Flooding in Kingsbridge – What you need to know and do” which will be available to pick up
  • Identifying our Emergency Plan which is available on our website
  • Showcasing ‘Floodsax’ an alternative to traditional sandbags (flatpack, light weight and easy to store)
  • Earmarking the Smart Gullies project in Bridge Street and DRIP flood surface water flood forecasting project
  • Asking you to consider becoming a Flood Warden for your local neighbourhood
  • Discussing recent flood and sewage discharge incidents
  • Phew!

Kingsbridge Town Council is the local authority closest to Kingsbridge residents.  We are consulted on almost everything that happens in the Kingsbridge community and are responsible for a wide range of public realm business in the town.  We keep repeating it, but whether you are at work, rest or play the Town Council is probably involved in your lives somewhere to a greater or lesser degree.  Town Councillors will be available to talk to you about topical matters and take your questions.

Please pop the date and time in your diaries and phones.  We look forward to seeing you on the 6th.

New Kingsbridge Skatepark Opens

New Kingsbridge Skatepark Opens

A new skatepark in Kingsbridge has been given a green light for community use, now that fencing has been removed.

Built during winter 2023, extra fencing was the last item to be completed to make sure the skatepark was completely safe for the park’s users. With this now carefully in place, the Council would like to thank the community’s skaters who have patiently waited for the opening. They will now reap the full benefits of the park with the better weather as we head towards the spring and lighter evenings.

The skatepark was only realised thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Kingsbridge residents earlier this year and the tireless leadership of the project by local volunteers.

A Crowdfunder scheme raised more than £38,000 over just a couple of months, with Sport England reacting to this overwhelming local support by contributing £100,000. Kingsbridge Town Council provided further funding of £50,000 and South Hams District Council gave £30,000 with a further £25,000 of Section 106 Developer’s (S106) Funding. To complete the huge funding contributions, the Gibbons Trust provided £5,000 and the Norman Family Trust gave £5,000.

Adam Sherring, of the Kingsbridge Skatepark Community Group, said: “This has been a passion project, in response to seeing skaters daily desperate for a quality park. The ongoing support of people in and around Kingsbridge has been humbling, and the skatepark will bring real and long lasting improvement to the quality of life of young people in the town. I couldn’t be prouder of the way Kingsbridge has pulled together to deliver this.”

Cllr Victor Abbott, South Hams Executive Member for Community Services and Leisure, said: “The local community raised funds to deliver this skatepark in super quick time, through their local Crowdfunder which in turn attracted interest and secured funding from Sport England. This is testament to the importance Kingsbridge residents place on improving facilities for their young people. We are thrilled to have played our part in delivering a skatepark that responds to community need, and it has been a pleasure working with the local community and the Town Council to deliver this project.”

Philip Cole, Chairman of Kingsbridge Town Council, said: “We are over the moon to see the opening of the skatepark. Local young people have been extremely patient awaiting the opening, and we can’t wait to see them enjoying the new ramps.”

The construction of the project was carried out by Wheelscape, an experienced skatepark construction design and build company. They have worked closely with the skating community to design a skatepark that the local community really wants, and to respond when changes and updates to design were needed.

Elliot Hamilton, project manager at Wheelscape said: “This has been a complicated project to deliver, and we are thrilled to now see the opening of a quality skatepark.

“During the build, we were overwhelmed by the interest from local skaters and riders, and it is clear that this is going to be a popular and well used park. We are delighted to be helping to improve the health of future generations to come and we couldn’t have achieved this project in such good time without the support of the community – well done Kingsbridge!”

With drier and warmer weather in the spring, there will be a formal opening of the park, at which we can expect music, freebies, and some expert display of skating and riding, so watch this space!

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