Have your say on new town or parish councils in Torbay

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(Last Updated On: January 14, 2019)

 

Torbay Council’s carrying out a Community Governance Review to decide if any changes should be made to what they call ‘local governance arrangements’. These include setting up new town councils to represent communities and to deliver key local services.

Any new council, they say, would not replace Torbay Council but would exist alongside it – just like Brixham Town Council does now – deciding what, if any, local services they want to provide. These may include things like litter-bins, toilets, open spaces, lighting and community centres. The amount they will charge through an additional Council Tax payment will depend on the number of services they want to provide to their local community.

Torbay Council’s initial suggestion is that two new town councils could be set up to represent Torquay and Paignton respectively, though alternative options are possible: for example, there could be a larger number of small town or parish councils representing individual areas, or we could simply retain the status quo.

This review is also an opportunity for people in Brixham to comment on any changes that they might like in respect of their own existing town council.

Torbay Council’s Director of Corporate Services, Anne-Marie Bond, says: “We really want to hear your views on how you would like local services to be delivered in the future. The on-going financial challenges that all local authorities are facing is well documented and we want to ensure that we have the right structure in place to enable as many services as possible that matter to our residents to continue.

“It’s really important to stress that no decisions have been made yet – all recommendations and decisions will be based on feedback from local residents and communities, so please let us know what you think athttp://www.torbay.gov.uk/consultation by Friday 15 March 2019.”

Torbay Council will consider all the feedback before making draft recommendations. These will then be published for further consultation between June and August ahead of a final decision in October. If any new town or parish councils are established they will come into existence no later than April 2020.

Anyone who is unable to access the survey online can contact Torbay Council to view a copy at the Town Hall. You can also email engagement@torbay.gov.uk or call 01803 207107

Bob Jope HEALTHWATCH TORBAY

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!