Consultation begins for Neighbourhood Plan for Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow

Kingsbridge Town Council has applied to South Hams District Council to write a
neighbourhood plan for the parishes of Kingsbridge, West Alvington & Churchstow. This
plan will consider how and where future development could take place in those parishes. We
are asking for your thoughts on whether the proposed plan area is appropriate. If the area is
approved, there will be an opportunity for you to get involved in what you would like to see in
the plan.
The deadline for receiving comments on the proposed plan area is 7th November 2018.

Further information and how to send your comments can be found on the South Hams District Council website (*scroll down to the bottom of page for Kingsbridge):


KCC Mural in Duncombe Park


As part of the Kingsbridge Community College Challenge week, 15 students took part in a Graffiti project sponsored by Kingsbridge Town Council. On day one, students visited Bristol for the day where they were taken on a graffiti tour of the city centre by ‘Where The Wall’, a Company that runs educational tours of Bristol’s street art. After the tour students worked with actual graffiti artists to learn the skills to spray stencil art. On day two the students created a mural in Duncombe Park, inspired by the art of Sir Peter Blake and completed using the same skills the students had learnt in Bristol. Cllr Philip Cole said ‘the students have worked so hard on the mural and it looks fabulous, we clearly have some budding Jackson Pollocks in our town!’



Speed warning sign


Kingsbridge Town Council manages a vehicle activated speed warning sign which can be moved between allocated locations in town.

The sign has been supplied to help reduce vehicle speed and research identifies that they make our roads much safer.  A successful funding bid was made to the Town And Parish Fund for 50% of the costs.

Blank 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 sign operates: Cookworthy Road and Embankment Road (both A379), Duncombe Street, Stentiford Hill and West Alvington Hill.  For example, a SCARF survey conducted in summer 2016 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 driving too fast.  The speed sign will operate over a 2 to 3 week period at each location.

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

South Hams District Council is cracking down on dog owners

South Hams District Council is cracking down on dog owners who have their dogs off the lead in public areas, or who don’t clean up after their dogs.

Public Space Protection Orders have been introduced across the South Hams, clarifying where it will be mandatory to keep dogs on a lead. In some areas, such as children’s play areas, dogs are banned entirely.In addition, the new laws give authorised council officers the power to request that an owner place their dog on a lead in any open public area where the dog is causing a nuisance or likely to do so.During the summer months, dogs are not permitted on a number of beaches in the South Hams, and officers will be able to issue on the spot fines for those ignoring this regulation.Failure to comply with the PSPO or a request from a council officer is punishable by an on-the-spot fine of £100.
Uniformed Officers will be patrolling regularly from early July.

Where must I have my dog on a lead in Kingsbridge?

Good dog ownership & common sense dictate that dogs should be on a lead near roads, livestock, wildlife and any area or activity where close control is needed.

Dogs must be on a lead (The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, Public Spaces Protection Order 2017; Control of Dogs) in the following locations:

  • Car parks.
  • Cemeteries and Churchyards.
  • Marked sports fields whilst organised sport is in progress.


Formal gardens listed as:

  • Kingsbridge Quayside and Market Square (including bandstand)
  • Recreation ground, Kingsbridge including the Embankment footpath and grass strip to include the Town Square
  • The Slipway, Quay Car Park, Kingsbridge
  • Bus Station, Kingsbridge
  • All public footpaths within Kingsbridge town boundary

Dogs on Leads by Direction

An authorised Council Officer will have the power to request that an owner place their dog on a lead in any open public area where the dog is causing a nuisance or likely to do so.

Failure to comply with these directions could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 or a fine of up to £1000 if the matter goes to Court.


Kingsbridge Community Champions 2018 announced!

On Tuesday 12th June at the Kingsbridge Full Town Council meeting, Mayor Anne Balkwill presented the awards for this year’s Kingsbridge Community Champions in front of fellow Councillors and other members of the public. This is the second year for the new style awards 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 2018 are as follows (from left):

Chris Barnwell
For her voluntary work as Co-ordinator for Kingsbridge Walk and Talk providing a great way to explore the area and make new friends.

Gerrie Messer
All the good work carried out for the benefit of others including voluntary work for Kingsbridge Foodbank.

(Town Mayor, Cllr Anne Balkwill)

Julia Wingate
For her enthusiasm, support and involvement with the new Fore Street Task Force.

Lizzie Wyat
In recognition of all the good work she does as a volunteer for Kingsbridge and Saltstone Caring, supporting the same person for over 10 years.

Graham Smith
For his dedication to all that attend Age Concern in Kingsbridge including opening every day and providing hot meals during the snow storms.






5,000th Adopted Phone Box Believed to be the World’s Smallest Night Club

Kingsbridge Town Council took over ownership of the redundant phone box in Fore Street, Kingsbridge, from BT – and promptly turned it into a hotspot for music lovers.

The diminutive Devon disco marks a major milestone in BT’s Adopt a Kiosk programme by being the 5,000th kiosk ‘adoption’ in the UK. Weighing three quarters of a ton, it stands eight feet three inches tall and sits on a base three feet square.

As well as handing over ownership of the red K6 kiosk to the town council, BT is helping to pay for a music system, a glitter ball and lighting as part of the celebrations around reaching this key national milestone.

Instead of making phone calls, the phone box will play records such as ‘Hanging on the Telephone’ by Blondie (1978) and ‘Telephone Line’ by Electric Light Orchestra (1976). Music lovers will be able to listen to a record by paying £1 to use a dial-a-disc-type record system.

All proceeds will be donated to Kingsbridge-based charity @115 which supports adults with learning difficulties.

The Kingsbridge phone box – well over 60 years old – appears to beat the current holder of the ‘world’s smallest nightclub’ title, Club 28 in Rotherham, which reportedly holds a maximum of seven people, including the DJ. It has little more than half the floor space of the Rotherham disco and will usually only accommodate one music lover at a time…or two at a squeeze.

Of the 5,000 adopted kiosks across the UK, the Kingsbridge phone box is believed to be the only one to be used as a disco. The most likely uses for adopted boxes are as art galleries, notice and information boards, book exchanges and to house lifesaving heart defibrillator equipment.

Councillor Chris Povey, of Kingsbridge Town Council, said: “This red phone box is an important part of Kingsbridge’s heritage and we were determined to keep it, but we also wanted to do something different with it – something really eye catching so we came up with making it the world’s smallest nightclub. Very importantly, it will also help raise funds for a Kingsbridge charity, which provides a vital service for the local community.”

Katherine Bradley, commercial and operations manager for BT Payphones, said: “Congratulations to the people of Kingsbridge for coming up with such an unusual and clever idea. The 5,000th adoption is a perfect example of the sort of creativity shown by communities wanting to find a new lease of life for many traditional red phone boxes.

“The Adopt a Kiosk programme has proved to be a huge success. With use of payphones declining by more than 90 per cent in the last decade, many phone boxes are no longer needed as working payphones. But villages and towns across the country have been keen to keep them because the red kiosks are often an integral part of the local community.

“Rather than leave the phone boxes empty, they have come up with a huge variety of uses, ranging from mini libraries and mini art galleries to tourist information centres and grocery shops – or the boxes have been equipped with the latest lifesaving heart defibrillator equipment.”

The ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ programme was introduced in 2008 for communities wanting to keep a traditional red phone box which is no longer needed as a payphone. To comply with legal requirements, the local authority or other organisation taking ownership needs to buy the box from BT for £1. Further details are available at

Photo courtesy of BT