Town 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 latest 1200 noon Friday 3 December.  It is likely that informal interviews will be held during the week beginning Monday 6 December.

CO-OPTION APPLICATION FORM Nov 21

Remembrance Sunday 14th November at Kingsbridge War Memorial

Statement issued jointly by the Kingsbridge & District Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) and Kingsbridge Town Council.

In 2020, the traditional Remembrance Sunday parade and service at the Kingsbridge War Memorial was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Twelve months later and restrictions on meeting people outdoors have been lifted.  However, it is still possible to catch and spread Covid-19 even if you are fully vaccinated.  Covid-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future so we need to manage the risk of infection to ourselves and others.  Therefore, and taking stock of the recent surge in cases, a decision has been taken to moderate the Kingsbridge Remembrance Sunday event on 14th November with no parade, no band and no involvement from community groups as the safeguarding of local people is paramount.

However, a short service will still take place at the War Memorial on Embankment Road for around 15 minutes duration only:

  • 10.45 a.m. attendees to arrive at the War Memorial
  • A road closure will be in force to reduce background noise (and enable people to actually stand in the road)
  • Introduction and prayer by Reverend Jackie Taylor, RBL Chaplain
  • Exhortation by the President of the RBL
  • Boom
  • Last post via PA system
  • 11.00 a.m. Two minutes silence
  • Boom
  • Reveille via PA system
  • Single wreath laid by the RBL and Town Mayor on behalf of the whole Kingsbridge community, churches and associations
  • Words and prayers by Reverend Taylor
  • Kohima by RBL
  • Benediction by Reverend Taylor

In summary, while the above will be a much reduced Remembrance Sunday event, for the reasons provided, it will be sustained as a meaningful commemoration for the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community and civilians from Britain and the Commonwealth.

Thank you for your understanding.

Casual Vacancy

Kingsbridge Town Council

Local Government Act 1972

Section 87(2)

Notice is hereby given that a vacancy exists in the office of Town Councillor for the North Ward of Kingsbridge

Unless ten or more electors of the Kingsbridge North Ward, on or before the 17th November 2021, 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

Town Clerk

28th October 2021

Speed warning signs

Kingsbridge Town Council now manages 2 in number vehicle activated speed warning signs which can be moved between allocated locations in town.  An initial sign has been in operation since early 2018 and recently a second sign has been purchased to help reduce vehicle speed and research identifies that they make our roads much safer.

Blank for most of the time, if an approaching vehicle is travelling faster than a pre-set speed threshold, the sign lights up and shows the speed limit with the warning message: SLOW DOWN.  This alerts drivers to reduce their speed to a safe level.

Devon County Council, in liaison with the Police, have a joint procedure to investigate speeding concerns called SCARF (Speed Compliance Action Review Forum) where vehicle speed data is obtained over a specified period.  Five locations in Kingsbridge have been investigated and this is where the warning signs operate: Cookworthy Road and Embankment Road (both A379), Duncombe Street, Stentiford Hill and West Alvington Hill.  A SCARF survey conducted along West Alvington Hill has highlighted that almost 50% of all vehicles travelling uphill towards West Alvington were in excess of the 30mph limit and 25% driving downhill into Kingsbridge were also above the speed limit.  The speed signs will operate over a 2 to 3 week period at each location.

Councillor Mike Jennings, Town Mayor, said:  “Please keep to the speed limit when driving around town to ensure we sustain Kingsbridge as a safe environment for everyone”.

KIB – an MBE and Gold Award all in the same week!

Kingsbridge in Bloom are really reaping what they sow at the moment!
Having just been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services MBE by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, Lady Arran, for ‘their exceptional support to their community’, they have picked up yet another RHS Gold medal to add to their collection for ‘Champions of Champions and Class Winner at the South West in Bloom awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all of the KIB team for all their continuing hard work and commitment, creating exceptional displays for the community and visitors to enjoy.

 

 

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