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Counting complete in county and town council elections

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A big thank you to all the Teignbridge residents who took part in yesterday’s local elections and for the support they gave our staff in following the Covid restrictions and ensuring a Covid secure election.

The successful candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election will not be known until Monday when the votes are counted.

The elected representatives for the 10 Teignbridge divisions in the county council elections are: 

  • Ashburton & Buckfastleigh: Sarah Parker-Khan (The Conservative Party) 1,741 votes
  • Bovey Rural: George Gribble (The Conservative Party) 2,004 votes
  • Chudleigh & Teign Valley: Jerry Brook (Conservative Party) 1,704
  • Dawlish: Martin Wrigley (Liberal Democrats) 1,920
  • Exminster & Haldon: Alan Connett (Liberal Democrats) 2,521
  • Ipplepen & The Kerswells: Alistair Dewhirst (Liberal Democrats) 1,822
  • Kingsteignton & Teign Estuary: Ron Peart (The Conservative Party) 2,182
  • Newton Abbot North: Phil Bullivant (The Conservative Party) 1,280
  • Newton Abbot South: Janet Bradford (Independent) 1,157
  • Teignmouth: David Cox (Liberal Democrats) 2,240

A full breakdown of all the candidates and the votes they received are available on Devon County Council’s website.

Four town council by-elections were also held yesterday.

In the Newton Abbot Bradley ward Conservative candidate Alex Hall was elected with 866 votes, defeating David Cook (Liberal Democrat) and Jane Haden (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) who polled 677 and 205 respectively.

Michael McCormick (937 votes), Gina Sherwood (734 votes) and Rick Webb (Labour Party 606 votes) were elected in a Chudleigh Town Council election with Victoria Hadley missing out, polling 487 votes.

In Teignmouth Town Council’s West Ward, Becky Cox (Liberal Democrat) was elected with 783 votes, defeating Jackie Jackson (Labour Party) who received 260 votes and Sean Brogan (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition ) who received 154 votes.

And finally Liberal Democrats Cate Williams triumphed in Teignmouth Town Council Central Ward polling 636 votes defeating Independent Nicky Burgess who polled 502 votes, Jeff Pocock (Labour) who received 210 votes, Keith Underhill (Independent) who received 185 votes and Roxy Piper (Independent for Teignmouth) who had 136.

Further details are on our website.

Chair of Council, Cllr John Petherick with chain of office

Celebrating hope at virtual annual civic service

Chair Cllr John John Petherick and chaplain Dr Mark Jones of the Dawlish Christian Fellowship Church are hosting the Annual Civic Service at 3.00 pm on Sunday 9 May 2021.

Due to Covid restrictions the service is being held virtually and you can watch it ‘live’ at 3pm or watch the recording afterwards on the Dawlish Churches website.

Cllr Petherick said that the service aims to celebrate the hope that comes from a reinvigorated community life as we learn to live with Covid-19. “The service will include poems of hope, uplifting songs and some scripture readings. Linda and myself hope you can join us and enjoy this unique experience.

“It is also an opportunity to recognise and thank everyone who gives their time and offers their services to help make Teignbridge a better place to live.”

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New streaming service launched as physical meetings return

Council meetings will in future be held physically and live streamed in line with new national requirements that prevent virtual only meetings being held.

As part of the new arrangements, strict Covid risk management measures will be in place to ensure councillors and officers can participate safely with numbers attending restricted.

Committee meetings will be held in the council chamber in Forde House so that social distancing requirements can be met and the annual full council meeting on Friday 28 May  will be held at Newton Abbot racecourse.

To coincide with this change, future meetings will be live streamed on our new webcast service rather than on YouTube.  The new service offers greater flexibility, signposting recent and upcoming meetings as well as enabling people who sign up to the free service to get advance notification of meetings.

Residents who are speaking at meetings (eg asking agenda questions or commenting on specific planning or licensing issues) will be able to attend the meeting subject to making appropriate arrangements in advance with our democratic services team. 

Space and movement limitations will apply as part of efforts to maintain a secure Covid environment for meetings and to enable those in Forde House to continue working safely.

Residents are strongly encouraged to follow meetings virtually rather than to attend in person.  Anyone attending will have to make arrangements to do so in advance with the democratic services team so that they can access Forde House.

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Customer feedback and supervised junior gym.

Feedback has been positive towards our leisure centre reopening and we want to thank everyone for their patience as we return to normality.

Get your child off to a great start with our supervised Junior Gym sessions, specifically designed to help 11-13 year olds. 

 Our friendly and experienced gym instructors will be on hand to induct, guide and develop your child’s programme to ensure they get the most out of their workout. Junior Gyms are supervised sessions that run throughout all of our gyms and encourage confidence and independence in developing a healthy and active lifestyle.

Sessions are available at Broadmeadow Sports Centre, Newton Abbot Leisure Centre and Dawlish Leisure Centre.

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Connect with nature for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 10 -16 May 2021 Nature

Nature is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from Monday and is an opportunity for all of us to focus on achieving good mental health and to talk about mental health issues.

Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, the aim is to inspire more people to connect with nature in new ways, noticing the impact that this connection can have for their mental health.

People are being asked to share images and videos or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Mental Health Awareness Week also aims to convince decision makers at all levels that access to and quality of nature is a mental health and social justice issue as well as an environmental one.

During long months of the pandemic, the MHF’s research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health. Websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%.

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Time to step up Covid-19 testing

Director of Public Health Devon Steve Brown is encouraging everyone to step up regular asymptomatic testing.  

“These rapid lateral flow device tests are important because they are identifying people without symptoms of coronavirus who otherwise wouldn't know they've got it. It means they can then self-isolate, rather than unknowingly spreading the virus to others, particularly those more vulnerable," he said.

"Please make twice-weekly COVID-19 testing, either at home or at a testing site, part of your regular routine. It doesn't take long, and the results are usually back within the hour."

Details of the different ways to access a test are on Devon County Council's website.

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Tourism and hospitality webinars: Covid-19 and the next steps

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If you are involved in a leisure or tourism business and planning ahead for when rules are relaxed, why not join a panel of experts in a series of online question and answer sessions aimed at helping businesses reopen or adjust operations?

The webinars are from 4pm to 6pm on Tuesday 11 May and Tuesday 01 June.

More details and joining instructions are on Eventbrite.

Return to play grants

Sport England is keen to promote its Return to Play - small grants into rural areas. £10,000 capital and revenue is available and applications from village hall committees are encouraged.

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