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News and Stories from around the Torridge District and wider Devon area. If you have any comments to make on this page please contact communications@torridge.gov.uk .

 

 

 

 

 

Devon Carers


WHAT TO DO IF YOU PROVIDE SUPPORT TO A FAMILY MEMBER

How would you cope if your relative's care worker is unable to visit them? Have you got a plan in place which includes extra provisions and enough medication to cover any delays? Devon Carers provides a range of support to carers and are developing an emergency planning guide to help carers work out the answers. See Devon Carers

March 2020

HofSW

HEART OF THE SOUTH WEST VIRTUAL JOB FAIR

Heart of the South West (Local Enterprise Partnership) have launched a virtual career fair for those affected by COVID-19. This website is help those who have been made redundant, or have been affected by the closure of employers in the region. Check out the link for more info & support Virtual Job Fair

March 2020

Scams

BE VIGILANT AGAINST COVID-19 SCAMS

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to local residents and businesses to be aware of fraudsters who are trying to exploit fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.

The outbreak of coronavirus has seen an increase in scams that include counterfeit medical kits that claim to prevent or cure the disease and fake online coronavirus resources which can contain damaging software.

See Devon County Council Link

March 2020

Taxis

TRANSPORT FOR KEY WORKERS

Due to the reduction of bus services across the county, Devon County Council are trialling an on-demand subsidised taxi service for Devon residents for key workers accessing employment only.

This service is intended to replace those journeys which were previously made by bus and a subsidised flat fare will be charged.

Requests can only be made by email and should be sent to devonbus@devon.gov.uk

Please include the following information in your email:

NAME, ADDRESS, KEY WORKER STATUS, EMPLOYER / PAYROLL REF

JOURNEY REQUIREMENTS (pick up/drop off)

DCC say they will aim to respond to all requests as soon as possible during normal office hours  - journeys should be booked 48 hours in advance of travel.

March 2020

Domestic Abuse

DOMESTIC ABUSE CAN AFFECT ANYONE

One of the ways that abusers control their victims is to isolate them from friends and family.

Enforced isolation due to COVID-19 may increase domestic abuse.

If you or someone you know is suffering abuse, help is available. Call 0808 2000 247 or visit: ...

D&CPwebsite: www.domesticabusehelp.co.uk

Devon: www.victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk

March 2020

Northam Burrows Dune

NORTHAM BURROWS GATE CLOSURE

Coronavirus (Corvid-19) Update 27/3/20: Working with Devon and Cornwall Police Torridge District Council have made the decision to close the vehicle gates to Northam Burrows Country Park from this evening until further notice. Please do not try to drive to the park for exercise, this should be carried out from your place of residence in accordance with guidelines on social distancing. The pedestrian gates will remain open.

March 2020

Burton Seeds of Hope

BURTON SEEDS OF HOPE

The Burton at Bideford have launched a new online project 'Seeds of Hope' to help spread a little hope, joy and optimism during these difficult and uncertain times. Launched on the Burton's social media pages, They are asking for people to share paintings, drawings, photographs, films or words that inspire them with optimism. In return they will be sending some of their "seeds of hope" (sunflowers and geraniums) that will grow over the next few weeks which they can take some joy from in the future.

After just a few days of launching they've already had over 50 submissions. A selection of beautiful scenic photography, pieces of art and poignant words. Many of which have been shared across the Burtons social platforms to fill social feeds with a little bit of joy in these hard times. They also hope to see in the coming weeks photos of people's progress growing their seeds.

If you would like to get involved please email them at info@theburton.org and include a submission that inspires you with optimism.

March 2020

Basket Slide

PLAYGROUNDS, FOOTBALL PITCHES, SKATE PARKS, PUBLIC CONVENIENCES TO CLOSE

In line with guidance on self isolation, staying at home and away from others the Council will as directed be closing all communal enclosed spaces within parks such as playgrounds, football pitches skate parks etc, until further notice. The wider public areas in parks and facilities such as Northam Burrows will remain open for use for the time being but we would again remind people of the restrictions on movement advised by government. Also in line with this directive all Council operated public toilets will be closed at the same time, the closure will also protect our staff and their families from potential infection. Full details of the government directive can be read here Further business and premises to close doc

March 2020

Riverbank House

6th APRIL - FULL COUNCIL MEETING CANCELLED

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and recently issued Government guidance the Full Council Meeting scheduled for 6th April has been cancelled.

March 2020

Lightbulb Business

DCC COVID-19 PROMPT ACTION FUND

Devon County Council has launched the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak.

Grants available for applications of UNDER £500

While our healthcare systems, public health practitioners, and Local and National Government are doing everything in their power to slow the spread of coronavirus, our Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and local communities are also preparing to safely assist those most vulnerable during this unprecedented time.

Through the COVID-19 Action Fund, DCC will rapidly provide small amounts of grant funding to community-led schemes, which identify and/or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this Coronavirus outbreak.

These can include:
• Safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines.
• Support for accessing online information and services
• Virtual support groups to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and well being
• Transport related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak.
Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, Town and Parish Councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together
**(a) Non-constituted groups without their own, separate bank account, small local businesses and individuals may apply but they will need to do so with the support of an accountable constituted organisation acting on their behalf either as guarantor or as the holder of the funding. If you fall into this category, organisations that DCC would accept as guarantor or fund holder include:
• Town or Parish Councils
• Local Community and Voluntary Services organisation (CVS)
• Village Hall
• Another constituted local Voluntary group that qualifies
If you are uncertain how to do this then please contact COVID19FUND@devon.gov.uk and mark your email SUPPORT in the subject line.
The application form can be accessed online here: https://www.devon.gov.uk/docum.../covid-19-prompt-action-fund/
Devon County Council are asking that all applications are either online, or emailed back to COVID19FUND@devon.gov.uk as there may be nobody in our offices to process paper applications.

March 2020

Burrows Sign

APPLEDORE GATE CLOSED WEDNESDAY 25th March

Due to damage to the Cattle Grid at the Appledore / Watertown entrance to the burrows off Burrows Lane we will need to close this entrance to all traffic on Wednesday 25th March. This will allow contractors to carry out repairs, apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

March 2020

Riverbank House

TORRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE SUMMARY:

  • All Public council Meetings suspended until the end of March 2020 - further review for future dates underway.
  • Customer Service Reception points will be closed to the Public except for emergencies and essential contact - Please telephone officers for advice before travelling in.
  • Please consider alternative methods of interacting with the Council (Web, Email, Telephone) or postponing non-urgent contact until a future date.
  • Escalating response times may be experienced as staff may be affected by the virus or are redeployed to priority services - watch for updates.
  • Updates will also be provided on social media - Facebook and Twitter @torridgedc where you can follow the Council to receive updates automatically as they are posted.
  • Full press release can be found here Press Release

March 2020

Chamber of commerce survey

BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE QUARTERLY SURVEY

The fieldwork for the Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) for Q1 2020 is open from now until 9th March.

The QES is the largest business survey in the UK and is a powerful tool for representing the voice of business to Government. At the national level, it's a leading indicator - often picking up big changes in the economy long before other surveys or official statistics:

· The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee uses the QES as one of its key benchmarks when setting interest rates.

· HM Treasury and the independent Office for Budget Responsibility use the QES to put together their forecasts for the UK's economic performance.

· The European Commission uses the QES to assess the health of the UK economy.

To retain its reputation as a reliable economic indicator and a powerful tool for lobbying, the chamber of commerce need your help! The survey takes around 2 minutes to complete and can be accessed from the link below

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HXW8M32

Feb 2020

Basket Slide

VICTORIA PARK BIDEFORD PLAY EQUIPMENT OVERHAUL

Recent inspection of some of the play equipment in Victoria Park has highlighted the need to remove some of the peripheral features, which are now beyond repair. The features being removed includes the basket slide (pictured) and the polythene cover to the sandpit which was fitted during the winter period to deter wildlife from contaminating the sand.

Ongoing repairs to the timber fort have allowed us to keep the main features open but this too will need replacing at some point in the future. This and other replacements are currently being considered as part of Play Strategy review which will dictate a programme of renewal for all play areas across the district.

Feb 2020

Telling Our Stories Feb 2020

TELLING OUR STORIES PROJECT

Volunteers needed for tellingourstoriesdevon project see contact details on flyer or email rosetosfor@gmail.com

Feb 2020

Pilot Boat Feb 2020

TWO RIVERS PILOT BOAT RETURNS TO THE TORRIDGE

Torridge's Pilot Boat 'Two Rivers' being craned into the water - she recently came out for her mid term inspection and refit. The vessel has been fitted with an updated electronics package and her position can now be tracked on the website Marine Traffic https://tinyurl.com/r5wfhex

Feb 2020

Proud to Care

HUNDREDS OF HEALTH & CARE JOBS AVAILABLE - "PROUD TO CARE" JOBS FAIRS IN MARCH

They're for anyone thinking of entering a health or care profession, as well as existing professionals who want to develop their careers. Students planning their future careers are also very welcome. 

The four events will provide brilliant opportunities to meet many of Devon's health and care providers, and there will be lots of information about current vacancies. The dates are:

Exeter - Saturday 7 March
Barnstaple - Saturday 14 March
Plymouth - Saturday 21 March
Torquay - Saturday 28 March

More information is available on Devon County Councils news website

Information about Proud to Care opportunities is also available.  

Feb 2020

 

Harry Poster

 

FINANCIAL INCLUSION PROJECT DROP IN

Thursday 27th February, 10 -12pm, Bideford Volunteer Centre.

Open to all individuals and organisations that would like to know more about the project. Pop in and see Denise our Project Coordinator. Learn about the service the Financial Inclusion project provides: information on the types of benefits that are available, support with completing application forms, information on where to access debt management advice and help with grant applications for equipment.

Feb 2020

Down On the Farm Jan 20

DOWN ON THE FARM

Down on the Farm is a collection of six short documentary films about farmers and farming in north Devon. These intimate studies of farming life reveal passion in their personal stories, enlightening local communities and consumers and connecting us with our farming neighbours.

The films were commissioned by community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image CIC and feature the work of six new and emerging film makers who produced one film each for the series. Access to the films and further background can be found here https://tinyurl.com/ulja8mw

Jan 2020 

Kenwith Dam Works Jan 20

MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO KENWITH DAM

The Environment Agency will be carrying out works to Kenwith Dam commencing Monday 27th January and lasting about 3 weeks. These works are designed to maintain and strengthen the structure controlling water flow through the dam. During this time the informal access point from Kingsley Road will be blocked to reduce the risk to the general public while the works are being carried out and the public should observe signage and fenced off areas - see drawing.

Any queries regarding the works should be directed to the Environment Agency.

Jan 2020

Brunswick Wharf Buoy

NEW BUOYS INSTALLED AT BRUNSWICK WHARF

In order to prevent vessels mooring along the quay wall fronting Clarence Wharf Car Park & Brunswick Wharf, a floating buoy barrier with buoy-mounted signage has been installed. This creates a clear visual barrier and will create easier access for repairs to be made to the quay wall in preparation for the exciting regeneration of this landmark site in the near future.

Jan 2020

Harvest Mouse Survey

HARVEST MOUSE SURVEY TRAINING

On Saturday 1st February we will be repeating last year's popularharvest mouse survey training with an expert from Devon Mammal Group so if you were unable to make it last time or want to refresh your memory then please email northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk or call 01237 479708 (spaces limited). The training will take place from 1.30pm until 4pm and we would suggest you bring gardening gloves, boots and waterproofs.

Jan 2020

Apprenticeship

PETROC APPRENTICESHIP EVENT MARCH 5TH 2020

For the 4th year running Petroc will be hosting an apprenticeship event on Thursday 5th March 2020 from 1pm-6pm to support local and national employers with apprenticeship vacancies. Any businesses wishing to exhibit should contact marcus.coyle@petroc.ac.uk

Jan 2020

Carer Parking Permit

NEW CARE AND HEALTH WORKER PARKING PERMIT LAUNCHED

A new Care and Health Worker Parking Permit has been launched, and it allows professionals visiting people at home to park on double yellow lines in certain circumstances. See https://tinyurl.com/s4upht9

Jan 2020

DIY Saving Food

LETS COOK AND SAVE THE PLANET!

Devon County Council is running a series of free six-week cookery courses to teach residents to cook a range of basic meals while covering the top tips that help reduce food waste at home. Eight 'DIY Dinner' courses will take place in towns across the county during January and February.

Each course will be led by an experienced community food worker and will include recipes from Recycle Devon's newly launched cook book 'Have Your Food and Eat It'.

In addition, the sessions will give guidance on how to reduce food waste, for instance, through meal planning, proper storage and understanding the difference between Best Before and Use By dates.

Each course runs for six weeks with a break during half-term week (w/c February 17th) - Courses in Bideford will commence on Wednesday January 29 - 4.30pm-6.30pm.

Bookings are now open with limited places on each course so book today to avoid disappointment by contacting Emma on 01392 383159 or via emma.croft@devon.gov.uk also see https://tinyurl.com/sx8ebnq

Jan 2020

The Printed Line

PRINTED LINE ART EXHIBITION

The Printed Line - An Arts Council Collection Touring exhibition, opened at Burton at Bideford on January 11, showcasing work by artists including David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Patrick Caulfield and Frank Stella - featuring 60 artists and runs until 1st March 2020. See https://tinyurl.com/shl6hps

Jan 2020

Holsworthy Councillors

LIGHTS PUT AWAY FOR ANOTHER YEAR IN HOLSWORTHY!

L-R Councillors John Hutchings & David Jones joined community volunteers on Sunday 5th to clear decorations from Holsworthy Town. Don't forget to recycle your festive leftovers such as cards & trees - see https://tinyurl.com/rbcq73w

Jan 2020

Public Access

THE DEVON COUNTRYSIDE ACCESS FORUM SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

The Forum is a statutory local access forum under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.  It has seventeen members who advise on the "improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area.

Appointments are made by Devon County Council and applications from anyone with an interest in recreational access are warmly invited.  They would love to hear from landowners and managers, access users and people with other relevant professional interests such as planning, education, sport, sustainable transport and business. Although membership is voluntary, a generous mileage rate is paid.

For details and an application form please see www.devon.gov.uk/dcaf   The closing date is Friday, 21st February 2020. If you have any questions please contact Hilary Winter, Forum Officer

Devon Countryside Access Forum

Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD, Tel: 07837 171000

Jan 2020

School Applications

APPLICATIONS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PLACES CLOSE ON 15TH JAN

If your child is due to start primary school in Devon in September 2020, the application process will close on 15 January 2020.

It's easy to apply online or you can fill in a hard copy of the application form, which can be requested by calling our Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

Jan 2020

Food Waste

FREE RECIPE BOOK TO HELP RESIDENTS WASTE LESS FOOD

Recycle Devon has launched a new online recipe book to help Devon residents waste less food and save up to £800 a year.

The free book "Have Your Food And Eat It" shares tips on buying, storing and preparing food and contains recipes for using up leftovers to help make food stretch further.

The first half of the book looks at ways to save you money and time, from smarter shopping to meal prepping for the week ahead. Perfect for busy families and lifestyles!  The second half provides a selection of recipes suited to using up ingredients in the fridge, or leftovers from previous meals. 

For your free copy visit https://www.recycledevon.org/love-food-hate-waste/recipe-book.pdf

Nov 2019

Northam Burrows

COUNCIL TO UNDERTAKE COAST PROTECTION WORK TO PEBBLE RIDGE WESTWARD HO!

The proposed work will consist of beach recycling from the distal end of the spit near Grey Sand Hill to areas of the west facing beach where erosion has occurred. The purpose of the works is to help manage the rate of erosion to Northam Burrows Country Park.

Details of the proposed works can be inspected at Council offices at Riverbank House, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QG, Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Anyone wishing to object to this work must do so by Wednesday 27th November 2019 by serving a notice of objection to the proposal on the Secretary of State and on the Council. Any such notice must contain a statement of the grounds of objection and must be delivered to or sent by post, or email to the Secretary of State and to the Head of Paid Service of the Council. The full notice can be seen by clicking the document link below:

pdf icon Public Notice - Coast Protection Work Nov 19 [8kb]

Nov 2019

Design a Logo

LOVE DEVON HATE FLY-TIPPING? YOUR COUNTY NEEDS YOU!

If you care about the environment, hate litter and have an artistic eye why not enter a new competition to design a logo for a new partnership, dedicated to cleaning up our countryside - and if your design wins, you'll win £100!

Clean Devon will be launched in the New Year and will see environmental groups, emergency services, businesses and local authorities join forces to combat the scourge of litter and fly-tipping.

Entries should be submitted by 22 November through the Recycle Devon website.

Nov 2019

Museum

THE BURTON AT BIDEFORD RECEIVES ACCREDITED STATUS FOR THE MUSEUM

The Burton at Bideford has been given Accredited status for their museum for the second time by Arts Council England. The Museum Accreditation scheme is the UK industry standard for museums and galleries. Accreditation is an acknowledgement that the best practice guidelines and standards are being met. It also signifies the importance of a well managed collection which is carefully looked after, maintained and displayed.

The Burton at Bideford museum houses the collections of Hubert Coop, a rich array of artifacts, documents and treasured items, representing the diverse and dynamic history of Bideford and the surrounding area. The upkeep and display of the collection is made possible from funding by Torridge District Council and kind donations from visitors.

Oct 2019

Devon Waste

ALL KERBSIDE WASTE COLLECTED IN DEVON IS NOW RECYCLED OR TURNED INTO ENERGY

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council's Cabinet Member for Infrastructure Development & Waste, has announced that Devon no longer sends any rubbish from kerbside collections to landfill.

Cllr Davis says that all residual waste now goes to Energy Recovery Facilities, and is used to create heat and electricity.

The news follows Devon maintaining its status as one of the top recycling counties in England, recycling 56% of household waste.

Torridge is the most improved recycler with rates jumping from 41.2% to 51.3% in 2018/19. For more see https://tinyurl.com/y3dw7br8

Oct 2019

ND+

ND+ FREE WORKSHOPS

ND+ friendly team of business professionals and specialist consultants offer a range of services including a programme of FREE workshops. Call a member of the team on 01237 428834 to discuss your eligibility and requirements.

https://tinyurl.com/y5s8u6qu

Oct 2019

Going Local 2019

"GOING LOCAL" - OPPORTUNITY FOR SUPPLIERS TO MEET PUBLIC SECTOR BUYERS

Devon & Cornwall Procurement Partnership have organised a great opportunity for Suppliers across the region to meet public sector buyers at their Free "Going Local" event at the Exeter Corn Exchange on 29th October - 10am - 2pm.

The event will provide suppliers with the opportunity to:

  • Meet and get advice from a wide range of public sector procurement specialists.
  • Attend seminars by expert speakers from across a range of sectors and disciplines.
  • Learn how to access opportunities to bid for public sector contracts.
  • Understand how to use the Supplying the South West procurement portal.
  • Network with other local organisations.

For information or to register contact ECCprocurement@devon.gov.uk

Oct 2019

Lightbulb Business

FREE EVENT FOR TURNING YOUR IDEAS INTO A BUSINESS

Torridge and northern Devon is a place bubbling with ideas and people wanting to create. So how do you turn those ideas into a business that can actually work and be sustainable?

The Devon Business & Intellectual Property Centre, based at Barnstaple Library, will be hosting a free Start Up day on Friday October 11th with the support of Heart of the South West Growth Hub, LimeCloud, IBISWorld, Blue Ink Bookkeeping and many more, who will be on hand to deliver a day of talks and work...shops.

As the strap-line for the event goes, it's time to "turn your brilliant idea into a business"!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/start-up-day-tickets-72069711447?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Oct 2019

Old New Bridge Pic

HAVE YOUR SAY ON PLANNING CONSULTATIONS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN TORRIDGE

A trio of planning consultations to help guide future developments across North Devon and Torridge has just begun.

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are carrying out consultations on three supplementary planning documents (SPDs) which have been put together to supplement specific policies contained in the joint North Devon and Torridge Local Plan. The documents provide more detailed guidance to help the policies be understood and applied to the developments. They include:

  • Rural Workers' Dwellings SPD 
  • Air Quality SPD 
  • Leadengate Design Guide SPD - design guide for Leadengate Fields and Leadengate Close, Croyde.

Local residents can find out more and have their say online. Paper copies of the documents are also available to view at local libraries and council offices.

Sept 2019

Community Insight Sept 19

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL - COMMUNITY INSIGHT SURVEY 2019

We want everyone in Devon to live their lives well. To do this, we need to understand what matters most to you and where you experience difficulties in your life.

The Community Insight Survey asks about your experiences of a range of services and the County Council's strategic aims. We will also ask you about Council Tax increases and community resources and capacity (such as your ability to look after yourself), which can impact on the Council's resources.

The results will be shared across services and used to inform budget decisions and how services are provided in future.

For further information follow this link Insight Survey

Sept 2019

Empty Homes Week

NEED HELP TO RENOVATE YOUR EMPTY HOME?

Torridge District Council is working with Wessex Resolutions CIC to offer owners of empty properties fixed rate loans of up to £20,000 to carry out works to bring empty homes back into use.

Wessex Resolutions are a not-for-profit lender funded by Torridge District Council. To find out more click on this link Wessex Resolutions

Sept 2019

Fly Tipping Sept 19

TYRES DUMPED IN LAY-BY.

Tyres found in lay-by close to the West Country Inn on the A39. We're getting 'wheelie - tyred' of people polluting the beautiful countryside. It's not worth it! Fly-tipping is a crime!

Please get in touch with us @ environmental.protection@torridge.gov.uk if you have any info! Thanks!

Sept 2019

Micro Businesses

SEARCH FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS.

Devon County Council is looking for freelancers, sole traders & businesses with fewer than 10 employees (micro businesses), to work with them on a research trial designed to boost Devon's economy.

These businesses account for over 90% of Devon's rural economy.  See more here: Micro Businesses

Sept 2019

Northam Burrows Hay

NORTHAM BURROWS RANGERS BRING IN THE HAY.

Northam Burrows Rangers have made the most of the sunshine this week to get all the cut grass baled up and removed.

Taking cuttings away reduces the nutrients in the soil which is great for wild flowers. They can't compete with fast growing grasses and need nutrient-poor areas to thrive.

Sept 2019