Have Your Say Rejigging Torbay!

(Last Updated On: January 31, 2019)

Torbay Community Governance Review.

You may already be aware that Torbay Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review to decide if any changes should be made to local governance arrangements in Torbay. The review will include the consideration of setting up new town or parish councils to represent communities and deliver a range of local service

Full details on the review can be found on Torbay Council’s website athttp://www.torbay.gov.uk/communitygr

Any new town or parish council would not replace Torbay Council but would exist alongside it, just like Brixham Town Council does now. They will decide what, if any, local services they want to provide to residents and may take over responsibility for services previously delivered by Torbay Council. 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 (precept) will depend on the number of services they want to provide to their local community.

There could be a larger number of small town or parish councils representing individual areas, parts of Torbay could remain unparished, or we could simply retain the status quo. This review is also an opportunity for the community to comment on any changes that they might like in respect of the existing town council in Brixham.

You can complete the survey at http://www.torbay.gov.uk/consultation by Friday, 15 March 2019.

Bob Jope

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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!