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17 May 2024

Latest News from West Devon Borough Council

Vandalism in public toilets

toilets bulletin

Regretfully, the toilets at the Guildhall in Tavistock have been vandalised repeatedly in recent weeks.

The toilets have suffered a series of arson and vandalism attacks in the last three weeks, with toilet seats and toilet roll holders smashed, the baby changing unit damaged and other damage caused. The affected toilets are closed for repairs, at considerable cost. 

On Monday evening, the police arrested three individuals from the Tavistock area on suspicion of arson. All three have been released on police bail while further enquiries are conducted into the incident. Work is ongoing to establish if there is any link with the previous damage.

Anybody with information about these incidents or any dashcam footage in the area of Bedford Square between 5.50 p.m. and 6.10 p.m. on Monday can contact Police confidentially quoting crime reference 50240115379.

Tamar Trails improved

Repairs to Tamar Trail pathways with smooth path curling through steep banks on both sides

As the weather improves more of us are enjoying getting out and about enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery and it's even better now with the completion of restoration work on stretches of the Tamar Trails.

The work is part of our ongoing commitment to protect the natural environment and to support the health and wellbeing of our residents.

Despite battling some really terrible weather over the spring, our contractors  managed to restore the full width of the trail over various points. They cut various new gulleys to assist with drainage and hopefully avoid excess mud gathering on the trails.


Some stretches of mud became almost impassable on the trails, resulting in lots of muddy shoes at the weekly Parkrun. They cleared the worst sections of mud, adding some new stone which will help with keeping those sections in good condition.


Before repairs to Tamar Trail pathways with very muddy pathways within steep sided slopes
Galvanised bridge with narrow single foot step over walkway  - similar to a rope bridge in a 'v' style with wider handrails

A new galvanised bridge has also been installed on the Bedford Trail, replacing a timber structure. With some excellent work from the Tamar Community Trust to reinstate steps on the steep hillside recently, this means that the Bedford Trail can once again, be enjoyed down below the Bedford Sawmills carpark. 

The Tamar Trails are a 25km network of recreational routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders in the Tamar Valley.

To find out more please visit Tamar Trails

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