Updating our residents: - Covid-19

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Information and support to help you through the pandemic

6 May 2020

Enjoy the bank holiday and stay safe

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Communities across the district have been planning to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day with friends and family. But while street parties and outside events are cancelled, you can still mark the occasion with your household and on line. The Government’s website provides ideas for how you can do this. 

Please remember to follow the government’s guidelines over this bank holiday weekend and only travel for one of the three essential tasks – to work, to get food or for medical treatment.

Residents in Teignbridge and across Devon have done a great job in observing lockdown restrictions so please keep up the good work this bank holiday weekend.

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The falling number of those infected with Coronavirus and being admitted to hospital shows that the effort has been worth it. Please don’t give up and risk numbers picking up again.

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As we wait for the Government to announce its plans for possibly relaxing some aspects of lockdown, councils across Devon and Cornwall have been undertaking a #comebacklater campaign aimed at discouraging visitors and second home owners from coming to the area until the pandemic has passed.

It is just as important that all of us who live in this beautiful part of the country are not temped to head to the beach, the moors or other open spaces.

These wonderful areas will still be there when the pandemic has passed. We want you to be too, so please don’t risk the health of your friends, family or yourself by breaking the lockdown restrictions. Stay safe, save lives.

Recycling centres to open for essential use only

Recycling DCC

Monday will see the start of a phased reopening of Household Waste Recycling Centres by Devon County Council for essential use only. (link)

The government has defined ‘essential use’ as waste that ‘cannot be stored without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household.’

When the Brunel Road centre in Newton Abbot opens as part of this process on Monday, access will only be by an alternative entrance on Minerva Way to prevent likely queues blocking access to the Council’s bulking station and to help manage the traffic.
Residents are urged to travel to recycling centres only if their waste presents a hazard and cannot be legally and responsibly disposed of in other ways. 

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It’s not too late to join the garden waste collection service

Don’t forget that if you have garden waste to dispose of it’s not too late to join our collection service and avoid queuing for the recycling centre. You can sign up for the current subscription year and have your garden waste collected from your home fortnightly until 31st August.

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Waste, bonfires and fly-tipping

Lockdown has presented many challenges for us all but it's even more important than ever at this time for us all to be considerate to our neighbours and our environment.

Bonfires should only be lit if absolutely necessary as fumes can seriously impact on neighbours.

Where bonfires cannot be avoided the Fire Service has asked those lighting them to advise them in advance to notify them in advance by calling 0333 399 0014 so that firefighters are not sent out unnecessarily in response to 999 calls reporting fires.

Our waste and recycling teams have continued to maintain collections and with recycling centres beginning to reopen there is no excuse for fly tipping, and could result in Fixed Penalty Notices or prosecutions to perpetrators. 

Waste, fire and flytipping

Please continue to help our waste and recycling teams by:

  • Washing your hands before putting your bins out and cleaning your bin handles
  • Minimising the waste you create and avoiding DIY projects if you are unable to hold on to any waste created
  • Parking considerately to allow our collection vehicles to access your street on collection day
  • Not leaving items at recycling banks if these are full, especially textiles which are not currently being collected
  • Double bagging all contaminated waste in households with coronavirus and storing for 72 hours in a place not accessible to other people before putting in your black general waste bin.

Bank Holiday Collections

If you normally have your waste collected on a Friday we will collect your waste on Saturday this week, in lieu of Friday’s bank holiday to celebrate 75 years since VE day..

Building back our economy - have your say

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Most of us would probably agree that a strong, sustainable and resilient economy is essential for the future prosperity of Teignbridge. This requires job-creating businesses supported by modern infrastructure and a quality labour force with the skills employers want.

So how can we best achieve this goal and deliver a vibrant local economy?

This is one of the key elements of the draft local plan - and we want to hear your views.

Do you agree that we should be fostering a supportive business development culture by enabling new business properties to be built; converting existing buildings to allow business use; enabling businesses to expand their presence; and safeguarding sites already earmarked for business use?

Given our mixed town and country environment, how can we support existing rural businesses to flourish while keeping the countryside attractive, biodiversity safeguarded and vehicle travel capped?

One aspect of an enabling, modern infrastructure is ensuring business, home workers and our population as a whole can access a reliable digital network, offering high speed, fixed and mobile connections. The draft plan suggests that all new homes and business premises must have access to a choice of fixed and mobile internet services, with full fibre connection to each building.


Alongside the need for online business and social interactions, how do we maintain local character, support tourism and enable our town centres to include the cafes, restaurants, bars, leisure and entertainment venues that appeal to both local people and visitors?

These are just some of the elements set out in the economic chapter of our local plan, but we'd like to know what you think. Please take part in our consultation and influence plans that will shape  the wellbeing and prosperity of generations to come.

Be a doggy do-do, not a doggy do-don't


Most dog owners act responsibly, keep their pets under control, clear up after them and take any mess home or dispose of it in bins provided.

But anyone walking down country lanes, in parks or on beaches will know there are exceptions. Finding piles of dog mess can ruin a pleasant walk and our staff are getting more and more complaints about bad dog owning behaviour.

Responsibility rests with local pet owners as government coronavirus travel advice is keeping tourists away. Whether or not you support dog bans on local beaches or restrictions on where dogs can be exercised off leads, it is important that we look after our open spaces and obey the law. Maintaining the highest level of hygiene is even more important than normal. Where dog owners do not follow the rules, our staff can issue £100 fixed penalty notices to offenders.

Our team will also follow up reports of persistent offending but to do this, we need sufficient details to identify offenders.

Please report with as much detail as possible a breach of the Public Space Protection Order.

COVID-19 research project - get involved

University College London is running a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK. The results are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK.

The college is looking for adults to take part and spread the word about the study. Participation involves answering a 10-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.

Teignbridge District Council is not involved in this research project and has no responsibility for any aspect of it.

Latest Coronavirus information links

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