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Totnes Town Council have commissioned Devon Communities Together to run an independent survey on the effectiveness of the road closure and on whether it should be extended.  Please follow this link to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/totnestown

 

 

Totnes Christmas Markets 2020 Cancelled


After careful consideration, South Hams District Council (SHDC), in partnership with Totnes Town Council (TTC), have taken the decision not to hold the Christmas markets scheduled for December 2020.

This difficult decision has been taken given the balance of probabilities around COVID-19 safety, particularly the need to ensure social distancing. The events are historically very large scale, attracting thousands of visitors, and need significant upfront investment and event planning time to ensure they run smoothly.

The really great news is that SHDC and TTC are intending to start working together towards how to make the 2021 evenings better than ever. 

In the meantime, the focus will be on supporting our local businesses through the #VisitTotnes brand by encouraging everyone to #ShopLocal and #SupportTotnes to keep Totnes vibrant and thriving.

All other South Hams markets will run, including the Friday and Saturday Totnes markets. These markets will be risk assessed and will be run in line with Government guidelines in place at the time.  It is also the intention to run the December Totnes Food Market on Sunday 20 December 2020. 

Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This has been a tremendously difficult decision for us to make because the markets are so popular with traders and the public. However, keeping our communities safe continues to be our priority. Based on the huge turnouts we’ve had in previous years, we felt that maintaining social distancing measures would be too challenging to manage effectively.”

Cllr Jacqi Hodgson, Mayor of Totnes, added: “The good news is that the regular Friday and Saturday markets are still planned to go ahead, dependent on any changes to local or national guidelines. It is also planned to hold the December Totnes Food Market on the Sunday before Christmas. The Town Council and South Hams District Council will be working together on plans for 2021 to make future Christmas events in the town safe and even more prosperous than ever.” 

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Council Offices - Availability During Lockdown

Due to the national lockdown the Totnes Town Council team are working on a rota system and the offices are closed to 'in person' visitors. The main line (01803 862147) will be manned Monday to Friday 10am - midday. Outside of these times please send any general enquiries to reception@totnestowncouncil.gov.uk.

If you have a specific query relating to one of the following areas then please use the email address listed:

Please note that all staff are part time and there may be a delay in responding to your email.

Saturday Morning Road Closure Update

Councillors agreed by majority tonight that the Saturday morning road closures will be suspended during the 4 week national lockdown. This will be reviewed at December Full Council on 7th December 2020.

 

It was RESOLVED that in light of the very recent announcement by Government that a second full lockdown to reduce the incidence and transmission rate of COVID will commence this Thursday until December 2nd at least, this Council agrees to;
Suspend the four-hour Saturday Morning road closures during this lockdown, and;
Defer reconsideration of the Four-hour road closure until at least the December Full Council meeting when Councillors can be informed by the interim outcomes of the Independent survey currently consulting on the impacts and views of the closure.

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 Totnes Saturday Morning Road Closure Correspondence Statistics 

Below is a table which sets out the number of representations by individuals in relation to the road closures:

 

 

Residents

%

Business

%

Visitors

%

TOTAL

%

No of Correspondents

88

 

39

 

26

 

153

 

Support Road Closures

52

59.1

1

2.6

19

73.1

72

47.06

Object to Road Closures

24

27.3

38

97.4

4

15.4

66

43.14

No opinion expressed

12

13.6

0

0.0

3

11.5

15

9.80

Support No Right Turn

1

1.1

0

0.0

0

0.0

1

0.65

Object to No Right Turn

23

26.1

13

33.3

2

7.7

38

24.84

No opinion expressed

64

72.7

26

66.7

24

92.3

114

74.51

Support Shared Space

13

14.8

23

59.0

3

11.5

39

25.49

Object to Shared Space

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.00

No opinion expressed

75

85.2

16

41.0

23

88.5

114

74.51

The methodology that has been used to compile this table together is:

  • to record all emails received;
  • determine the number of emails received from an individual (not the number of emails) which aggregates up the various themes of the email(s): road closure; no right turn onto Plymouth Road; and shared space.
  • Summarise the information by group (business, residents and visitors) and the overall view on the three big topics – road closure, no right turn, and shared space – with an overall total of views by topic.

Statement from Cllr. Jacqi Hodgson, Mayor of Totnes, regarding current road closures in Totnes 

 Please see a statement made prior to 7th September by Cllr. Jacqi Hodgson, Mayor of Totnes, regarding the current Saturday morning road closures and proposed future road closures

 Mayor Statement regarding current road closures in Totnes

 Avian Flu (Bird Flu) Prevention Zone Declared for England

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across the whole of England effective from 5pm on 11 November 2020.

All poultry keepers in England (whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions.

If you keep poultry (including gamebirds or pet birds) or other captive birds, you must act now to reduce the risk of disease in your flock by following the relevant biosecurity measures required within the AIPZ.  Your stock needs to be feed and watered under cover to prevent contamination from wild birds.

Good biosecurity improves the overall health and productivity of your flock by helping keep out poultry diseases such as avian influenza and limiting the spread of disease in an outbreak.

All bird gatherings within the AIPZ are prohibited therefore the general licence that had permitted bird gatherings has been revoked.

For more guidance please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

 

TOTNES TOWN COUNCIL PROMOTING SHARED SPACE

Totnes Town Council have contacted Devon County Council Highways requesting permission to install planters through the Town Centre and improve signage to improve the adherence to the existing 'Access Only' rules from the bottom of Fore Street and to help users of the Town to adhere to the nationally agreed guidelines of 1m plus social distancing - something which is very challenging given the narrowness of the road and the volume of people visiting. With traffic counts indicating approximately 170 cars an hour, implementing access only in the town centre is an urgent consideration, for safety reasons.

       Communication with Local Businesses

Following comments to the Town Council about consultation prior to the road closure on Saturday mornings for a limited time, if you would like your business to informed of any future planned changes or events please see this letter from Cllr Claire Allford about how to register your details or email cllr.allford@totnestowncouncil.gov.uk                                                

   Market Square Improvements - Designs and Comment Deadline

An exciting programme of improvements to uplift the appearance of Totnes Market Square has been agreed by South Hams District Council, in close partnership with Totnes Town Council. 

The enhancement programme designed by local architects Harrison Sutton Partnership, looks to deliver replacement bespoke steps with integrated planters and seating areas. The existing ramp will be widened and re-levelled and clad in oak sleepers with additional improvements to lighting. Mosaic art pieces produced by a local artist and school children will be included in the design, together with a new drinking water fountain.

The entire area will be resurfaced with the improvements being scheduled to avoid peak use in the summer season and during December when the Christmas Markets take place.

The timeline for the improvement projects will be phased over a 12 -18 month period starting in autumn 2019. The steps and ramp are to be completed in early 2020 with the surfacing to follow later in the year.

A tendering process will be undertaken early next year to appoint a contractor to carry out the works.

Cllr John Tucker, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work in close partnership with Totnes Town Council to improve an important piece of public realm to the quality and standard it deserves. We are delighted help bring this scheme forward and know the improvements will further enhance the town. We will make sure that work will be carried out around key dates for the market area and developed with community use firmly in mind.”

Catherine Marlton, Totnes Town Council’s Town Clerk, said: “The Town Council undertook a Community Budgeting exercise in 2017 which showed just how important the public realm of Totnes is to residents, business owners and visitors. As a result the Town Council has entered into a partnership with SHDC to turn the original resurfacing of the Market Square into a larger scale upgrade of that area, which is high traffic for users and is also the location of the popular markets. I am hopeful that this project can bring real benefits and prove that Councillors are willing to respond and invest in priorities the community raise.”

The designs can be found here.

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Totnes Town Maintenance Officer - Contact Details

The Town Maintenance Officer for Totnes can be contacted for any issues about the town, for example unsafe hand rails, graffiti or cleanliness, on TMO@totnestowncouncil.gov.uk 

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