How ‘blooming’ fantastic is Kingsbridge?!!

Our town came away with not just any old GOLD AWARD at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom 2018 competition held in Belfast but BEST SMALL TOWN IN BRITAIN!!…that’s right… BRITAIN!!

Congratulations to Graham Price and all the Kingsbridge In Bloom volunteer team for their hard work, tenacity, loyalty and enthusiasm – the judges reported they had never given such a high mark for the ‘Community Participation’ section!  They also said that the judging tour on August 6th this year “didn’t just start with a ‘WOW’ but was a continuous stream of highs throughout and demonstrated what Bloom can achieve in 10 years – you have completely transformed your town!”

But we all know KIB never rest on their laurels (in fact, do they ever rest?) because next year sees the town up for the top prize, to be crowned absolute ‘Champion of Champions’ at the finals of Britain in Bloom.  This means competing against the likes of Aberdeen, Durham and Jersey.  So next spring when you are out and about and you see the army of blue tee-shirts in the town square, beavering amongst the beds, give them a wave and a shout of encouragement because you know how darn hard they will all be working for Kingsbridge!

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):


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.


A Few Words From….  Kingsbridge Town Council  


Wow! what a year that was.  Proposals for a One Council merger for the South Hams and West Devon, proposals for a Quayside development, proposals to move the Glastonbury Festival to Belle Hill playing fields (did we forget to tell you about that one??).  Local government may be lots of things, but it is never boring.  Whether it is planning or potholes, and a whole chunk of stuff in between, it always gives everyone something to talk about.

What’s in store for 2018 we all wonder.  The best bet for Kingsbridge Town Council is probably to concentrate on what we consider we can truly influence and how we can make tangible differences for the local community.  Next year we hope to focus much of our energy on the town centre; we have said it many times before but it truly is the heartbeat of our town.  So sprucing it up in places and making some subtle upgrades can actually go a long way to keep it thriving and buoyant.  Keep your eyes peeled because we hope to crack on with some improvements in the New Year.  But we are not giving up on the parks and open spaces.  For example, litter bins in the parks are rusting away and children’s play areas in Duncombe Park and Montagu Road are looking very tired indeed, the play equipment at Homelands has already been removed.  We are not about to start making promises which we cannot keep but we are very aware of this situation.  If your children use these play spaces, then we really do encourage you to contact us.  We need to provide evidence of use to keep these key play spaces alive and to stand any chance of securing the required funding to introduce new, fun and exciting play kit for kids to enjoy.  Our Reception office can be contacted via email at or on 01548.853296.

There is a stack of other things on the menu too so if you are a Facebook user then you need to hook up to our page now to keep up to speed otherwise you need to regularly check out our website for our latest agendas and minutes.  Good communication underpins all our relationships – so if you have a question, or a request, or just a cracking idea – then please get in touch with us.

The Members and Officers of Kingsbridge Town Council wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.