Residents' update: keeping you informed

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Residents Update

The latest news and information for you and  your community

Plans submitted for Newton Abbot cinema

A major step forward in transforming Newton Abbot town centre has been taken this week as plans are submitted for a new, high quality four screen cinema in the northwest corner of Market Square. 

The planning application on behalf of Scott Cinemas is for a purpose built, two-storey building which will not only host the four screens on the upper level but will also have ground floor space to accommodate additional facilities such as  restaurants or cafes, complementing existing Market Square businesses and boosting the night-time economy. 

The ground floor units will face out on to a paved area, similar to Market Walk, which, with additional planting, will provide a safe and attractive environment for cinema goers as well as for residents or visitors relaxing outside in the town centre. 

Image of how the new cinema in Newton Abbot may look

Together with the wider Future High Street Fund town centre regeneration plans, the modern design and the proposals for the immediate surrounding area will add impetus to the development of Newton Abbot as Devon’s premier market town. 

Residents can comment on the planning aspects of the application (reference 22/01129 which can be viewed on our planning portal and the application is expected to be considered by the Planning Committee in the autumn. 

If approval is given, work is expected to start in early 2023 with the new cinema scheduled to open in the middle of 2024. 

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Council news

Councillors and officers at new EV charging point in Barton Hill Carpark, Dawlish

New EV charging points in Dawlish

Drivers of electric vehicles can now charge their cars at Barton Hill car park in Dawlish, the first in a major Devon-wide expansion of charging points across the county. 

Some 80 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points will be installed in the coming months in 38 public car parks across Devon with the expansion programme including Newfoundland Way and Forde House in Newton Abbot and Eastcliff in Teignmouth. 

Three spaces have been used to create the new, fully accessible EV charging bays at Barton Hill car park which enable two vehicles to be charged at the same time and are for the sole use of electric vehicle charging,  

Powered by renewable energy through a green tariff, the charge points are compatible with all makes of EVs and will fully charge a 50-kWh battery in 2-4 hours, providing a range of up to 200 miles depending on vehicle specification. 

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Pictured above from left to right are Cllr Jackie Hook; Cllr Martin Wrigley; Cllr Linda Goodman-Bradbury; Cllr John Petherick; Tonya Short (car parks manager); Cllr Linda Petherick; Cllr Gary Taylor.

Playpark refurbishment to get underway

Diagram of new pump track being installed at Ashburton Road playpark

Refurbishment work is due to start next week at the Figure of 8 / Ashburton Road Play Park.

Phase 1 is a Forte Trailscapes pump track for wheel sport activities and this work should be completed in time for the school summer holidays, weather permitting.

Phase 2,which will see improvements to the Ball Area and Phase 3, the total refurbishment of the formal equipped play area, will commence in the Autumn after the summer holidays.  

Joint action to cut down on antisocial behaviour

Participants from Teignbridge and Devon and Cornwall police on joint Dawlish Warren patrol

Staff from both Teignbridge Council and Devon & Cornwall Police teamed up in a joint patrol of Dawlish Warren last weekend.

Their aim was to tackle antisocial behaviour by explaining the reasons for protecting the wildlife at the nature reserve and the regulations of the Dog Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).  They were also highlighting the areas of the beach which are open for dogs all year round and the areas where they are banned.

PCSO Saul Bunce from Devon & Cornwall Police, captured the joint patrol which consisted of (from left to right above)  Caius Contable (Wildlife Warden), Stephen Edwards (Bird Warden & Education Ranger), PC Clarke Orchard (Devon & Cornwall Police), Chris Kernoghan (Community Environment & Dog Warden).

Further joint patrols are planned for the coming months.

Diagram showing location of the maintenance work on junction of Laureston Road and South Road

Tree removal and replacement

A group of holm oak trees owned by Teignbridge is causing significant damage to a Western Power Distribution sub-station which is due to be upgraded after nearly 60 years of use.  

The substation can only be repaired and upgraded by removing the tree nearest to it.  At the same time, other nearby trees that have significant damage and cannot be saved will also be removed. 

The site at the junction of Laureston Road and South Road in Newton Abbot will be enhanced and new trees planted to replace the existing damaged ones, in conjunction with Western Power Distribution. Work is due to take place from 4 July 2022. For any queries please contact Aspect Tree Consultancy: 01364 644822 / 01548 831531

Other news

Dawlish underpass

Step free access to Dawlish beach and promenade remains open

The underpass at Colonnade giving access to King’s Walk promenade remains open until further notice as Network Rail continues its work on the new sea wall at Dawlish following the discovery of an uncharted gas main.

Network Rail anticipates the underpass will remain open this weekend (25/26 June), throughout next week and next weekend (2/3 July).

Dates and times may be subject to change – updates will be posted by Network Rail on local signage and the South West Rail Resilience Programme Facebook and Twitter pages.

In the meantime, work continues elsewhere on site with piling to install foundations towards to the station building and construction of the ramp to the beach.

Eligible people can still get their jab as COVID spring booster programme draws to an end

The spring booster programme draws to a close this month, but it’s not too late for people who are eligible to have their vaccination and clinics will still run over the summer.

People turning 75 on or after 1 July will not be eligible for the spring booster, however anyone who is eligible on 30 June will still be able to have their vaccination during July. 

This means that anyone who is 75 and over, immunosuppressed or a resident of a care home for older people on 30 June will still be able to have their spring booster vaccination.   People who are immunosuppressed include those who are undergoing chemotherapy, have leukaemia or have had an organ transplant.  Patients in this group are being urged to come forward and can check with their GP or consultant if they are unsure whether they are eligible.

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Making a child friendly Devon.  How would you make Devon an even better place for children, young people and families

Have you shared your ideas?

Last week we shared Devon County Council's ambition of a ‘Child Friendly Devon’ being an even better place for children and young people to grow up and to prosper.

Their ConnectMe news update asks ‘How would you make Devon an even better place for children, young people and families?’ and a survey asks for your ideas and views on how it can be achieved.

Get travel smart

Britons urged to get travel smart before they go abroad

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has launched a campaign urging Britons to Get Travel Smart before they go abroad this summer. The campaign

signposts travellers to the essential information they need as they prepare to go overseas

FCDO travel advice covers 200 destinations with information on health risks, local laws and information on the threat from terrorism

The campaign also emphasises the importance of getting appropriate travel insurance and making sure travellers know what their cover does and does not provide

Teignbridge council job banner

This week's jobs include:  Leisure Centre staff; Recycling Crew members; Revenue and Benefits Assistant; Housing Officer; and Senior Customer Support Officer.