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Design a Face Mask Competition

 

Totnes Town Mayor, Cllr Jacqi Hodgson has this week launched a Design a Face Mask Competition for designers of all ages and interest to participate in.

The competition is open to two categories, those aged 16 and under and over 16 years old.  The single prize for the over 16 year old entries is £100 cash prize, the single prize for 16 years and under is £50 cash prize.  All entries must be sent in electronically with an email confirming which age category the entry is for, plus contact details etc.  Entries for those aged 12 years old and under must be accompanied by an email with parental approval for their child to enter.  The competition will run until September 21st and all entries must be in by midnight. The Terms and Conditions are as follows:

·         Any entries received after the closing date of midnight 21st September 2020 will not be eligible for the competition.

· All entries must be electronic, will not be returned and remain the property of Totnes Town Council.

· How old are you? If you are under 13 years you need to ask your parents or your legal guardian if they consent to you taking part in the competition and your personal details being held by the Council. Get them to include their details when you send in your mask entry.

· Totnes Town Council is not responsible for any entries not received.

· Winners will be announced at Totnes Town Council meeting on Monday 5th October at 7pm.

· Winners will be required to allow their name and photograph as provided for the competition to be used in publicity associated with announcing the winners.

· The decision of the judges is final.

· Staff and Members of Totnes Town Council and their immediate family cannot enter this competition.

· All personal information and data received as part of the competition will be managed under General Data Protection Regulation 2018. Our Privacy Notice provides more information about the different ways we may use your data and how it is stored. You can find our Privacy Notice on our website at http://www.totnestowncouncil.gov.uk

Judges:

Totnes Mayor & four other Councillors

Representative of Totnes Caring

Representative of Totnes Masked Avengers

 

 

Totnes Christmas Festival Nights 2020

 

After meeting with the authorities with regard to Totnes Christmas 2020, we have been advised due to the popularity of the event, the size of the High Street and the layouts that Totnes Christmas 2020 will not be going ahead in its traditional format. Unfortunately, we must cancel this great event as must Bath, Lincoln, Newcastle, and many others.

Totnes Christmas 2020 will be going ahead but on a far smaller scale. We will be running the Artisan Christmas Market inside the Civic Hall and the Rotherfold Artisan Market, but mostly, we will be promoting and celebrating the existing shops and premises here in Totnes.

A limited road closure in the evening to allow people to browse the shops in peace and safety. Timings and dates to be confirmed.

 

Rogue Traders posing as Tree Surgeons

South Hams District Council has received reports of potential rogue traders operating in our area, specifically targeting vulnerable and elderly residents unable to carry out their own tree works.

Several members of the public and their families contacted South Hams Trees team recently, after they were cold-called by traders claiming to be tree surgeons. The traders offered to do garden and tree works for cash, and also advised residents they could legally carry out works to protected trees and provide a certificate to submit to the Council to avoid prosecution.

No such certificate exists - any works to a tree subject to a Tree Preservation Order or in a conservation area require permission beforehand from the Council.

For more information see SHDC press release. 

 

Saturday Morning Road Closure - Bob the Bus Service

 Bob the Bus has been granted special dispensation to provide a service during the Saturday morning road closure between 9am and 1pm. Further to the Town Council’s request, Bob the familiar yellow bus will be driving up through the town centre for people to flag down for a lift or to be dropped off and coming back down St Katherine’s Way to drop people off and pick up others at the different car parks.

Council Offices Opening Hours

The Totnes Town Council Offices will re-open on Monday 13th July for urgent personal enquiries. The Offices will be open 10am to 4pm Monday to Wednesday, and Frriday, closed to the public on Thursday or call 01803 862147 Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm. 

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   

Share our Space at Walking Pace and Saturday Morning Road Closures

Totnes Town Council are supporting the message of 'Share our space at walking pace' in light of the town reopening on Monday 15th June for business.

We are temporarily closing the road to all traffic on a Saturday morning from 9am - 1pm to allow those who are particularly vulnerable to socially distance and support our local businesses. This starts this week (Saturday 20th June) on emergency measures. This closure will be temporary during this unprecedented public health situation. For more information about diversion routes see our road closures page.

Our narrow streets are difficult to navigate without stepping in the road and so we thought this would help pedestrians particularly. For the rest of the week the access only rule already in place is to be enforced. Totnes Police will be checking that the access only restriction is respected, so please go around (not through) if you are not visiting us and also make use of the large town centre car parks.

The banners and signage encouraging cars to travel at 5mph have been installed, and pedestrians are reminded to remember to socially distance from others using the pavements wherever possible. 

                                                       Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

For local information on help, volunteering and businesses who can deliver, along with links to regional and national advice please see the new Covid-19 page. Totnes Town Council also has an emergency number to call - 07961 898244.

The Government's guidance is to 'Stay Alert - Control the Virus - Save Lives'. From 4th July there are new social distancing rules in place so where it is not possible to stay 2 metres apart keep 1 metre apart plus precautions such as:

  • Wearing a face covering
  • Keeping interactions brief, and 
  • Following the Covid-19 secure guidelines wherever you are 
For more information see what you can and can't do after 4th July. The guidance for staying safe remains to:
  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out 
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Self isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

For more details, updates and further announcements, check the links Coronavirus frequently asked questions and Coronavirus: what you need to do

Public Health England has issued guidance on the coronavirus, the symptoms to look out for and what to do if you have concerns. The links Coronavirus - what you need to know and information for the public take you to this guidance.

The symptoms of coronavirus are: 

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

NHS 119 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

The NHS has launched a survey to help them track the virus. Please take a moment to fill it in using this Coronavirus status checker 

 

Advice for Avoiding Scams


All Committee Meetings Cancelled

Due to the Covid-19 virus and the Government advice on gatherings, some Council committee meetings that would usually be held (Planning, and Town Matters Committees) have been cancelled in order limit the spread of the virus and to safeguard the public, Councillors and council officers. Urgent business will be taken to Full Council for discussion and resolution. We hope that the usual monthly calendar of meetings will be able to resume soon.

 

   Tree Preservation Orders

Are you concerned about whether a tree in the town is protected in any way? Councils can use Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) to protect trees, groups or woodlands of significant public amenity value and where there is a likelihood of threat to the tree. For further information see the local information page here. 

 Ash Die Back Advice

You may have heard through various media outlets that our much revered native ash trees are currently at a high risk of infection from Ash Dieback disease which may affect their health and eventually the stability of the whole tree in some instances. For further information see the local information page here. 

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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Problem on the Roads? 

Don't forget you can report any of the road problems listed below on this DCC page: https://new.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/report-a-problem/

Pothole
Flooding & blocked drain
Street light
Hazardous or fallen trees
Overgrown vegetation
Trip hazard
Broken manhole cover
Public rights of way
Debris or obstruction
Ice
Defective road markings or signs
Bridge
Retaining walls
Traffic lights
Fences & barriers
Lit signs & bollards

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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