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Town Defibrillators

The Town now has two defibrillators, one located outside the Civic Hall and one outside the Royal Seven Stars Hotel. They were joint funded by Totnes Town Council, the British Heart Foundation and a Totnes couple, Peter Durney & Alicia Carr-Durney.

 

 

Joint Local Plan Consultation Engagement Events

Notification of Railway Upgrade Plan

Minor Tree Works Totnes

Works are being undertaken on a small number of trees in Totnes.

Ongoing flood defence works in Totnes have seen essential tree works undertaken by the Environment Agency (EA) on land owned by South Hams District Council. As the Totnes community would have seen, works recently commenced in the town and trees and vegetation have been cleared along the river.

Dan Boswell, the Environment Agency’s Project Manager, explains: “Removing some trees in this location has meant that we’ve avoided having to remove trees on both sides of the footpath. This has been a more costly option, however, it has a lesser ecological impact than the alternative.

“As part of compensatory planting, we will be planting more than 300 trees (from whips to semi-mature) to provide greater amenity and biodiversity in affected areas of Totnes. We will also provide a significant number of trees for off-site habitat creation and keep in contact with a number of interested parties to identify further opportunities for planting. Our preference is planting of native trees.”

The District Council has agreed further works to plane trees on The Plains to assist the EA as works continue on the £3.8m flood defence project to protect the town. This will involve removing lower branches to allow access for works to continue on the flood defence wall.

Trees and hedges will be replanted in these areas and the Council will be in touch with local groups and the Totnes Tree Wardens to assist in the replanting when a schedule has been agreed.

Totnes Tree Warden Tommy Hutchinson said: “Hard engineering is essential for combating rising tidal and river fluxes, and combined with soft engineering i.e. tree cover, ground vegetation etc. the local area will see less flooding and bank erosion. Sometimes we have to lose a little to gain a lot.”

Very minor tree works are also scheduled in early April, to remove small amounts of dead wood and reduce tree crowns on a number of trees across the town in response to recent inspections.

A Spokesperson for South Hams District Council said: “With the EA flood defence works and our own general maintenance about to commence we are mindful that a number of tree works will be taking place across Totnes.

“The scheduled tree works we are undertaking are part of the spring schedule of general maintenance in the town, and also to keep the lower branches of some trees from damaging nearby buildings. We’re aiming for an early start, when footfall is at a minimum but a moderate amount of noise should not cause too much disruption while works take place.”

The scheduled programme includes works on the willow on Babbage Road on the industrial estate, the tree situated in Shady Garden, and two trees on Heath Way. Works may also be carried out on the trees along Plymouth Road at Follaton.


www.southhams.gov.uk


Caring Town Information Exchange

So I am a Caring Town Connector! What does that mean? I am part of the new Caring Town Information Exchange based in the Mansion on Fore Street in Totnes, a signposting service for local people around health, care and wellbeing needs.

Why are we needed? (That seems to be a common question). Who comes to see you? (Another question - but don’t worry - it is all confidential - no names or addresses or indeed anything personal about you is recorded.)

A huge variety of people come in (it’s not boring - I could chat to people all day). Those without a roof over their head who are looking for somewhere to sleep or take a shower, people who are struggling to pay their bills, those looking for help in caring for elderly parents, or people who find they have some spare time, want to volunteer in some way and are wondering how to go about it. Or perhaps they have moved to the area and are simply looking for social activities where they will meet new people.

Aren’t some of these things what Citizens Advice is here to do? Yes that’s true, and we are not replicating their service. In fact we sometimes direct people to their expert advisors for specific advice on various issues - we only signpost, we do not offer advice ourselves. We are working together to try to make sure local people know about all the local services and groups that might help them. With no forms to fill in and no waiting times (just drop-in) our service is easy to access.

If you have a service that you offer please do come in and tell us about it - flyers or a poster would be great. We are trying to glean as much information as possible about everything going on in the area (to do with health, care, wellbeing). I am amazed at how much there is. People in Totnes don’t seem to like sitting around doing nothing. From pot luck suppers to gardening for health, to walking and talking, to arts events, meditation, therapies, skill shares, business support groups, to exercise classes for anyone and everyone. It is a growing list! People are incredibly generous. The Market Place Foodbank, the Street Pastors, the Market Place Drop In, to name just a few, all trying to help - Totnesians seem to have kindness in bucket loads.

I have worked with a wide variety of people and an aware of many of the issues that can make life difficult. I have temped with mental health agencies between my more permanent jobs in the arts. It is an area that interests me in that it affects so many people who often suffer in silence. We are always happy to listen and signpost where ever possible. I have discovered listening to people who don’t feel listened to is a large part of the role - and I am always happy to do that.

So, if you have a question or need help with something for you, a friend or a neighbour perhaps, do come and see us and we will try and point you in the direction. We might not have the immediate answer - we are not all knowing, all seeing (if only - I would have bought my lottery ticket years ago) but we will do our best to find out and get back to you. If we can’t find something to help you, then we feed this information into the Caring Town project that’s looking at how to fill gaps in services.

Usually we can help, it’s the best part of the job - sending someone away with the information that can help them and potentially make a difference, however small, to their lives.

You can find us (my colleague Denise and I) at the Mansion between 10.30am and 2.30pm every day except Wednesday and Sunday. Come in and say hello. Sit down and have a chat if you feel like it. We will listen and try to help.

Victoria Patch

connector@caringtown.org.uk

01803 864450

The Caring Town Information Exchange is a partnership between Caring Town and Totnes Town Council.

Find out more about the other work of Caring Town (a network of local organisations) at www.caringtown.org.uk

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