You will be very aware of the new national lockdown from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. We all need to listen to the government’s instructions and act upon them in order to keep ourselves and the wider Kingsbridge community safe. Therefore, please take time out to read in depth the guidance so that you know exactly what you can and cannot do which includes: staying at home except for specific purposes, staying safe outside the home (hands, face, space), restrictions on meeting with family and friends, going to work etc. etc. The full guidance is at the following link:
South Hams District Council have issued the below statement regarding waste collection changes:
As mentioned at our recent presentations, we are undergoing a review of our waste rounds which has meant most households have seen a change to their waste collection times, days or even weeks. The new rounds will help us to reduce mileage and therefore save on fuel use and will also enable us to change to a better recycling service in the new year. Starting early next year, we will be introducing improvements such as weekly collections of recycling, including items like glass and plastic pots and trays.
As most households have been affected by the round changes, there has inevitably been an increase in the number of missed bins reported to us. This note is to share the measures we have in place to minimise any disruption for residents.
We are unfortunately limited in the amount of crews we can put out to retrieve missed bins, due to the size of the fleet and legislative restrictions on driver hours. To help get around these issues, we have shunt vehicles in place to haul waste to tipping sites which allow crews to continue actual collections from households for as long as possible. We also receive reports from our contractor on any areas that were missed each day due to vehicle breakdowns etc. and these are prioritised the following day. We issue an accompanying message on our website and put out social media to keep residents informed. We also have crews out in the evenings and weekends wherever possible.
Some of the changes may not seem logical at present, but rest assured we are constantly reviewing the rounds and may make small adjustments here and there to make them more streamlined. Where access to properties is difficult, we have to use different vehicles to those deployed on the main rounds and this accounts for why waste in some areas is collected on two different days.
Whenever a missed bin is reported to us, our aim is to get back to collect within 3 working days. However, at present we ask residents to bear with us and keep waste out as we cannot say exactly when returns will take place. We are prioritising missed black sack/grey bin collections over recycling sacks and brown bins and ask residents to keep waste out as we could return at any time, including weekends.
It is worth noting that we collect over 69,000 bins/sacks every week and the vast majority of collections are happening on the scheduled day. However, I understand there have been a few issues in certain areas and for this we apologise.
To allow us to respond as quickly as possible to issues, it would be extremely helpful if missed bins are reported on our website as this will ensure it is logged with both ourselves and our contractor immediately.
We have received information from Devon and Cornwall Police regarding Halloween this year. Due to the ‘rule of six’ which applies indoors and outdoors, gatherings that exceed this limit, such as traditional Halloween parties and social events, cannot take place this year.
Further information from Devon and Cornwall Police can be read here:
Kingsbridge Town Council have been made aware of a road closure that will affect residents of Kingsbridge and the surrounding area – details can be read below:
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984
THE COUNTY OF DEVON (TEMPORARY RESTRICTION) (A379 THROUGH FROGMORE, FROGMORE) NOTICE 2020
TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH TRAFFIC & PARKING
DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL hereby give NOTICE that:
From MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2020
for a maximum of 5 days
Until FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2020 (both dates inclusive)
No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads.
Roads affected –
A379 THROUGH FROGMORE, FROGMORE
The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via – A379, A381, A3122, A379
This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable –
DEVON HIGHWAYS DRAINAGE WORKS
For additional information contact:
Dated: MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2020
Chief Officer of Highways, Infrastructure Development & Waste
Devon County Council
Kingsbridge War Memorial
Parade and Service Cancelled
This press release is issued jointly by Kingsbridge Town Council and the Kingsbridge & District Branch of the Royal British Legion.
The traditional Remembrance Sunday parade and service at the Kingsbridge War Memorial has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Under current restrictions we all have to think differently about how we engage and interact with our friends and our wider community. It is acknowledged that this decision will be a huge disappointment to residents and all the community groups which take part given the importance of this meaningful commemoration. Cancellation of the event is in accordance with government Covid-19 guidance for large social gatherings as the safeguarding of local people is paramount.
Therefore, we appeal to you not to gather at the War Memorial, but to pay your respects at home and to observe your own 2 minutes silence on Sunday 8th November at 11.00 a.m. to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community and civilians from Britain and the Commonwealth. Likewise, on Armistice Day itself on Wednesday 11th November at 11.00 a.m. Thank you.
The Town Mayor and Chairman of the British Legion will however, lay a single large wreath on behalf of the whole Kingsbridge community on Remembrance Sunday but this will be performed with minimal accompaniment and no presence from other groups.