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The latest information and guidance to support you and our communities

21 August 2020

Play your part in supporting our collection teams

A combination of home working and a surge in online shopping and home deliveries has resulted in a significant increase in card waste being generated, with some collections being delayed and recycling banks overflowing.

Compared to the same period last year, April to July saw a 31% increase from our kerbside card collections and huge volumes of card and other items left at our recycling banks.

With Covid-19 safety measures still in place to protect our staff and customers, a limited number of vehicles and staff, despite working flat out we are struggling to cope with the increased demand on our already stretched services. And our financial situation as a result of a decrease in income and the additional expenditure to respond to COVID means that we simply cannot afford to provide more staff or vehicles.

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Collection problems are worsened by people continuing to leave items by recycling banks when they are full, creating an unsightly mess which takes longer to clear, slowing down collections from banks.

Our dedicated staff are working flat out in an effort to maintain schedules and to empty recycling banks as often as possible:

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  • Each Monday we are trying to send a refuse vehicle to help clear the excess card from the busiest recycling banks
  • Street cleansing staff are being deployed more frequently to help clear sites but this has a knock on effect on empting street bins
  • Spare vehicles (when vehicle and staff are available) are supporting regular staff on our larger collection rounds

How you can play your part

Please help us to deal with this increased volume by:

  • Going to another recycle bank if your first choice is full or take your rubbish back home with you
  • Not dumping commercial waste in our public facilities - separate arrangements should be made for commercial waste collection.
  • Leaving out your bins for collection on the following day should your scheduled collection be missed
  • Staggering disposal of card over a period if you have room to store at home

Weekend forecast of dangerous sea conditions

The RNLI and HM Coastguard are urging people to take extra care today and tomorrow as forecasts predict dangerous sea conditions, involving large swells, strong winds and spring tides. 

Already this week four swimmers had to be rescued by the lifeboat off the Dawlish seafront, illustrating the dangers the sea can pose.

Across exposed coastal areas in Devon and Cornwall, current forecasts are predicting wave heights between 6-9 feet coupled with strong south westerly winds across the region. These conditions, alongside large spring tides, can result in a dangerous sea state and increase the risk of strong rip currents.

If you see a red flag at a lifeguarded beach, do not enter the water, as it is unsafe for any water activities. If there are no flags, there are no lifeguards. 

The RNLI website provides details of beaches where there is lifeguard cover and also tips on how to keep yourself, friends and family safe when at the beach..

Lifeguard and coastguard warning of sea dangers


Your chance to help find a vaccine

The government is asking more people to join the 100,000 people who have already volunteered to take part in COVID-19 vaccine trials, helping speed up efforts to discover a safe and effective vaccine.

The aim is to get as many people as possible signed up to the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry by October to enable large-scale vaccine studies to take place. Researchers want to attract a diverse mix of people, especially those who are more likely to benefit from a vaccine, including the over 65s, frontline health and social care workers, and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Volunteers can sign up to take part in the research and can read the government's announcement for more information.

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Planning an overseas holiday?

If you are hoping to travel abroad, then you can stay up to date with where you can go without having to isolate on your return by keeping an eye on the government's travel corridors.  You can sign up to an email alert so you are notified when any changes are made.

Artist impression of new seawall at Dawlish

Railway resilience plans approved

Our planning committee this week approved Network Rail’s plans for the remaining section of the new sea wall at Dawlish which will provide increased protection for the railway from extreme weather and rising sea levels for generations to come.

In approving the plans, subject to conditions, councillors recognised the importance of having a resilient railway not just for Teignbridge but for Devon and Cornwall as a whole

Network Rail hopes to begin construction work on the second section of wall, which runs for 415m between the Coastguards and Colonnade breakwaters, later this year.  It believes that the construction which will take around two years will deliver a £10m boost to the local economy, on top of the £5m spent on local labour, materials and accommodation for Marine Parade.  (Artist impression courtesy of Network Rail)

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Green waste licence reminder

If you have not renewed your garden waste subscription yet, please remember to do so by 24 August to receive your permit before 1 September.

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Download our app to book your activities

If you haven't downloaded our new Teignbridge Leisure App you can access a whole range of fitness and leisure classes, book your session and get the latest updates.  Download it now for: 

  • Exercise Classes
  • Lane Swimming
  • Gym Sessions
  • Swimming Lessons

To book family swims or courts, please call your local leisure centre.

Teignbridge leisure app

Committee meeting

Our Audit Scrutiny Committee will meet virtually at 10am next Wednesday (26 August).
The agenda and reports are on our website and you can view the meeting in full on our YouTube channel. On the agenda is the recent proposal which strengthens our commitment to equality and to fight racism, which was agreed unanimously by the full council.

Teignmouth and Dawlish NHS consultation to start

Devon Clinical Commissioning Group has published information ahead of the launch of an eight-week consultation on Health and Wellbeing services in Teignmouth and Dawlish to start on 1st September 2020.

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Let's get back to the things we love - party

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home the government's advice is to:

  • keep washing your hands regularly
  • wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

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