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Message of condolence and support from Teignbridge to Plymouth

After the tragic events of last night's fatal shootings in Plymouth, our Council Chairman Colin Parker has written to Plymouth Lord Mayor Cllr Mrs Terri Beer, to express his condolences on behalf of Teignbridge District Council.  In his letter, Councillor Parker praised the emergency services and all who responded to the emergency, and pledged his support and friendship to Plymouth City Council.

From Monday 16 August the law on self isolation is changing

Self-isolation rules to be relaxed

From Monday (16 August), people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

Instead of self-isolating, they will be advised to get a free PCR test, which can be ordered online, by calling 119 or by going to a test site.

Close contacts of positive cases are being asked to take other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and limiting contact with others, especially with those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. 

Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status. 

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Home testing step by step guide

The government has published a step-by-step guide on how to do an ACON Flowflex rapid nose-only test for COVID-19 and report the results. Rapid tests are only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

The guide tells you how to prepare the test, take a swab from yourself or a child, process the sample and read and report the result. Government videos explaining how to take a test are also available.

Take a test even if you have mild symptoms

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Decoy Play Park reopens

The revamped and newly equipped Decoy Play Park has reopened, sporting newly refurbished equipment and a replacement trim trail to the perimeter of Decoy Lake.

Early users were full of praise for the changes and were happy to test out new and revamped equipment.

The equipment and surfacing is themed around three play zones – toddler, junior and adventure, and the whole area has been landscaped to revitalise the area and create the feeling of a brand new play space.   Take a look at our before and after video or visit our website.

Cllr Andrew MacGregor, Executive Member for Sport Recreation and Culture (pictured top left), was at the play park to welcome people back to the popular site.

The existing trim trail around the perimeter of the lake has been replaced with a new robust and attractive trail designed to fit in to the natural landscape setting.

The water play features within the existing wet play zone are currently being installed and will be operational once the testing has been safely completed in the next couple of weeks.

Three images of children playing on different equipment at Decoy Play Park opening

Chudleigh shared equity scheme brochure

New housing scheme launched

We’ve teamed up with Westward Housing Group to help people in Chudleigh to get on the housing ladder.

The initiative uses funds from the recent Rivendell and Old Chapel developments where planning agreements require affordable housing lost to be replaced within the Chudleigh area in a way that benefits local people.

A Shared Equity Scheme has been launched where the Council can provide loan funding to help people with a connection to the area with a deposit to purchase a home in the parish of Chudleigh.

More information is on our website and a booklet is also available.

Don't miss out on your covid jabs (x2), Don't miss out on big events

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Bovey Parish Neighbourhood Plan – Submission Consultation

A six-week consultation on the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Bovey Parish, which will influence development within the parish for the next 12 years, will begin on Monday (16 August).

The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and local planning policies which, together with the Teignbridge Local Plan will be used to determine planning applications.

The plan has been written by the Bovey Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group in partnership with Bovey Tracey Town Council, and is based on the views and aspirations of the local community, which has participated in numerous surveys, consultations and events run since 2018, when the process began. 

More information and details on how to get involved are on our website.

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Appeal for community equipment

Devon County Council has launched an appeal for people to return any no longer used community equipment – walking frames, hospital bed/clinical mattresses, hoists etc – which help people live independently at home.

Due to supply chain problems, there is a shortage of such equipment.

Anyone with equipment that is no longer needed can call 03301248214 to arrange for it to be collected free of charge, for re-use. 

The amnesty runs until 30 August.

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Good response to sites option consultation

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Local Plan sites options consultation which has been running for the past eight weeks.

When it closed on Monday, we had received more than 4,000 responses! 

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to comment, giving us their views and using their local knowledge to provide additional information.

Once we have looked at all the feedback received we will bring the site options and the outcome of last year's part one consultation on planning policies together, and people will have another opportunity to comment before the plan is finalised.

HM Government.  Let's keep life moving.  Fresh air, testing, face coverings, App, Handwashing

RNLI lifeguard punching through the surf

RNLI lifeguards issue safety warnings

With a spell of welcome sunshine and surf predicted for the coming weeks, coupled with big tides, the charity’s life savers are urging beachgoers to be aware of the conditions, head to a lifeguarded beach and heed safety advice before going into the water.

Guy Botterill, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager says that despite the recent poor weather, the beaches have been busy and lifesaving staff have been dealing with large numbers of incidents.

“Our concern is the arrival of more settled sunshine attracting even more people to the beaches and into the water, at the same time as some bigger surf predicted to hit the coast. We are also on spring tides at the moment which means the tidal range is bigger, all this combines to mean more water movement creating stronger and more dangerous rip currents.

"When the conditions are like this during the school holidays the lifeguards are constantly making decisions and taking action to prevent incidents. But with more people around, we’d urge beachgoers to be aware of the conditions and their capabilities, take responsibility for their own, and their family's safety, and don’t take unnecessary risks. Help our lifeguards to help keep you safe."

Image: RNLI/Sam Chamberlain

Getting the best health advice when on holiday in the UK

NHS promotional images on seeking health care when on holiday

If you are planning on going on holiday in the UK this summer,  the NHS is running a national campaign to remind people how to get medical help without increasing the pressure on NHS services, especially in summer holiday hotspots.

The campaign explains where you can get the best health advice and support - such as visiting local pharmacies for advice on minor ailments, checking the NHS website which provides a wide range of advice for non-urgent cases, calling 111 or going to 111 online.

The HANDi Paediatric app, developed in Devon, is available free to download on any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet and gives up-to-date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them.

And don't forget that even if you're away on holiday you can contact your normal GP for advice.

Click or call 111 first

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Alice Cross publishes newsletter

The August newsletter of the Alice Cross Community Centre in Teignmouth is available for the latest news and updates.

Congratulations to the centre for being awarded 
Quality Assurance Marks for its Memory Café and for its Health and Wellbeing services.

Covid vaccination is completely free to everyone at a drop in or pop-up centres

Latest Government Coronavirus guidance

What you can and cannot do

Protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable

How to stay safe and help prevent the spread

How to stay safe if you are pregnant

Red, amber and green list rules for entering England

Working safely

Job vacancies
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