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The latest information and guidance to support you and our communities

Increase in cases shows Covid not beaten yet

The recent slight increase in the number of cases of Covid across the Teignbridge district reinforces the importance of everyone continuing to continue to follow the hands, face, space and fresh air advice.

Although the numbers remain low, the latest figures show that Teignbridge has the highest number of cases in Devon.

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This highlights the need for both regular testing and taking up vaccination offers from the NHS.

The Government is urging everyone to have regular testing as a way of identifying those who may have the virus and who do not show any symptoms.  The tests are free and results are usually available within 24  hours.

In addition to mobile testing units (see below), over 90 per cent of community pharmacies in England are now offering free tests for home use. The Pharmacy Collect service provides an additional route to twice-weekly, rapid testing.  Anyone aged over 18 without symptoms, can visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of seven rapid tests to use twice a week at home. Find your nearest pharmacy offering free rapid test kits through the online checker.

As more people are invited for vaccinations and people's second jab becomes due, the NHS is asking people not to contact the NHS but wait and respond when invited for a jab.

Mobile covid testing unit

Mobile testing changes

The opening times of the mobile testing unit which visits our Depot in Brunel Road every Friday have been changed so that testing will start later but continue into the evening.

The revised times for this and the other mobile testing sessions in Teignbridge are:


  • Monday  11am to 2.30pm – Kingsbridge Lane Car Park TQ13 7DX
  • Thursday 11am to 2:30pm – Kingsbridge Lane Car Park TQ13 7DX


  • Thursday 11am to 2:30pm – Barton Hill Car Park, , EX7 9QQ
  • Sunday 9am to 12:30pm – Barton Hill Car Park, , EX7 9QQ

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  • Tuesday 11am to 2:30pm – Tesco, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, TQ12 3RN
  • Tuesday 3:30pm to 7pm – Buckland Centre, Gilbert Rd,  TQ12 4HS
  • Friday 11am to 7pm – Brunel Industrial Estate, Brunel Rd,  TQ12 4XX
  • Sunday 9am to 12:30pm – Tesco, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, TQ12 3RN


  • Saturday 9 am to 12:30 pm – Station Road Car Park,TQ13 8SB


  • Thursday 3:30pm to 7pm – Morrisons, 1 Newfoundland Rd, TQ14 9AE
  • Sunday 1:30pm to 5pm – Morrisons, 1 Newfoundland Rd,  TQ14 9AE

Find out more about how to get a test in Devon.

Millions of people are already using regular rapid Covid-19 testing to help protect those around them. Join them and order your test

Ways of voting - in person, by post by proxy

Election update

The deadline for applications for postal votes has now passed, but you can still register to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.  You have until 5pm on 27 April to do this.

Final checks are being carried out on the 92 polling stations across Teignbridge, to ensure the election is carried out in a safe and Covid-secure way on May 6.   Voters will be asked to observe safe distancing, wear a face mask in the polling station and sanitise their hands.  Voters can also bring their own pencil or pen with them to mark their ballot paper, although some will be provided at the polling stations.  We will be reminding residents in the run up to the elections, and you can also visit our website for more information, including the lists of candidates standing for Devon County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and the town council bi-elections.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm. Find your polling station.

Respect, protect, enjoy our wonderful countryside and beaches

Respect each other, Protect our wildlife and environment, Enjoy our towns, villages, beaches and countryside together

As residents of Devon, we know how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world and with restrictions still in place, the likelihood of people wanting to explore Devon has increased.

In Teignbridge we're working with local partners across Devon to encourage everyone to respect each other (including visitors who will be helping our local economy get back on its feet), protect our wildlife and environment by picking up after ourselves and by enjoying and sharing our home.  And if it's peace and quiet you're looking for over the Spring and Summer, why not explore hidden gems in Devon only us locals know about and avoid the crowds?

Keep your eyes peeled for more content throughout the summer period. #RespectProtectEnjoyDevon

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Fire risk warning

The Met Office is warning that the recent spell of dry and sunny weather allied to the windy conditions means that the risk of fires getting out of control is much greater.

Whether on the moors, in the countryside or on the beach, please take extra care if lighting barbecues to make sure no sparks or flames ignite the dry conditions.

Check out the advice on Devon and Somerset Fire Service’s website

Feedback helps shape housing strategy

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Our housing strategy consultation held earlier this year attracted received six times the number of responses compared to the previous strategy, with 574 people taking part and some 300 questions and comments raised.

The draft strategy sets out what the Council and its partners will be doing over the next five years to improve housing for current and future residents.

The strategy’s core themes reflect the broad range of work that we do to meet local housing need, including developing affordable housing, maintaining housing standards, and helping people to stay independent in their own homes, as well as preventing homelessness

The consultation responses, contained in this week’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee report, Item 9, endorse the key elements of the draft strategy with support for each shown below:

  • Build affordable homes 64%
  • Tackle climate change 55%
  • Address homelessness and rough sleeping 54%
  • Improve homes 52%
  • Put our clients first 29%

Responses will not only help shape the housing strategy but will be passed to other departments for consideration and will also help inform the Local Plan.

Having been considered by Overview and Scrutiny, the draft strategy will now go to the Executive Committee (13 May) and the Full Council (25 May) for approval.

Thank you to everyone who took part.

Shoop workers = key workers #ShopKind

Be kind to shop workers

With the reopening of shops last week a campaign has been launched urging people to ShopKind.

The campaign recognises the important role of shop workers, highlights the scale and impact of violence and abuse against them and encourages positive behaviour in shops.

So if shopping takes longer than normal because of Covid restrictions,  don’t take your frustration out on shop workers but please be patient and shop safely.

Groyne repairs at Teignmouth

Aerial view of Teignmouth beach showing the groynes that are being repaired

Environment Agency contractors are repairing two groynes (13 and 14 -  marked in orange on the map) at Teignmouth.

Access to the lighthouse, the prom and the nearby steps to the beach will be restricted while work is undertaken at low tides. Temporary safety fencing will also be in place.  

The contractors are expected to be working until 4 May on the groynes and will also be back on site for a few days in June. The dates will be confirmed nearer the time.

Childrens' views sought on pandemic recovery

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The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched ‘The Big Ask’ – a survey to gather children and young people in England's views  on what the government should prioritise in planning the recovery from the pandemic.

Parents, care leavers and people working with children are also invited to complete the adults survey to share their views about the future for children and young people today, and what they think is holding young people back.

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Ramadan covid guidance

The British Islamic Medical Association, an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, has issued specific advice, recommending the Covid-19 vaccine and debunking myths surrounding the jab. Some NHS vaccination sites across England are extending their opening hours so that Muslims can receive the jab after they have broken fast and make it easier for people to find a convenient time to make an appointment

Consultation on care home staff vaccinations 

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a consultation which closes on 19 May on making vaccination a condition of deployment for care home staff. This will seek views on the proposal, any potential impact it could have on staffing and safety, how it could be implemented and who could be exempt before a decision is expected to be made this summer.

Open evenings to promote job opportunities

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Together Drug and Alcohol Service is hosting two virtual open days/evenings to discuss new job opportunities and to describe the roles and the recruitment process.

New funding has created a number of one-year fixed term contracts that provide an opening to a career in substance misuse or criminal justice or for those who want to give back to their community.

The open day/evenings will be held on:

  • Friday 30 April 11am to 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 5 May 6pm to 7.30pm

The advertised roles are for:

  • Court Workers in Torbay, Exeter and Barnstaple
  • Community Transitions Worker in Devon and surrounding areas
  • Increased support for prolific offenders
  • Custody Research Worker to work in Exeter, Barnstaple and Torquay

If you are interested in attending either of the virtual sessions please send an email to Joni Nash or call/text Joni on 07944 77266 and for an invitation to your preferred session. if you are unable to attend, but are interested in learning more, please contact Joni.

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Mortgage guarantee scheme launched

A new government-backed mortgage scheme is now available to help people with five per cent deposits get on to the housing ladder.

The scheme aims to help first time buyers or current homeowners secure a mortgage with just a five per cent deposit to buy a house up to £600,000.  The government will offer lenders the guarantee they need to provide mortgages that cover the other 95%, subject to the usual affordability checks.

The scheme is now available at Lloyds, Santander, Barclays, HSBC and NatWest with Virgin Money expected to follow next month.

Latest government advice

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