Welcome to Kingsbridge Town Council
This is the website of Kingsbridge Town Council.
The aim is to provide a website which is easy to use, clear and concise to read, and without frills – just good, solid, useful information about the town council’s business.
To find out the DECISIONS made by the town council please read the various minutes from council and committee meetings and scroll down this home page for LATEST NEWS items.
We hope you enjoy this website and discover what you were looking for. If you didn’t – then please tell us – we are here to provide a service, to inform, and support you.
With our very best regards, the members and staff of Kingsbridge Town Council.
Kingsbridge Town Council
in Quay area: Bridge Street, Duke Street, The Promenade, Quay Lane, Prince of Wales Road, Mill Street and Devon Square
Wednesday 25th November to
Saturday 28th November 2015
The Kingsbridge community is urged to prepare early and be aware of the dangers of flood water. High spring tides at 5.3m to 5.4m are forecast over a 4 day period. Should the tides combine with either heavy rainfall, high winds and/or low barometric pressure there is much potential for a tidal surge from the head of the estuary during the following time periods (approximate):
Wednesday 25 November 1643-1813
Thursday 26 November 0507-0637 and 1730-1900
Friday 27 November 0550-0720 and 1813-1943
Saturday 28 November 0631-0801
Local residents and businesses are advised to consider positioning sand bags at their properties throughout and move valuables and stock to upper floors. The Town Council has a stockpile of sandbags for you – please telephone 01548.853296 or drop into the Council Offices at Quay House.
Pedestrians should avoid flood water at all times and be aware that it is very likely to bring raw sewage to the surface. Please plan your day ahead and make your shopping trips accordingly.
Motorists are strongly requested to make detours around the flooding e.g. school runs. Bridge Street, Mill Street and Ilbert Road are very likely to be closed during substantial flooding. Motorists who drive into flood water are taking unnecessary risks with their own safety.
Finally please listen to weather reports on local television and Radio Devon to keep well informed as the weather situation can change rapidly. Advice on what to do before, during and after flooding is available on the Environment Agency website or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
Hopefully the high tides will pass without any problems
– but it’s always wise to be prepared.
Dennis Holwill – Kingsbridge Citizen of the Year 2015
Dennis Holwill is the winner of Kingsbridge Citizen of the Year 2015 sponsored by Kingsbridge Town Council. The award recognises the outstanding contribution of the work of people in the local community and this is the 12th year in which the competition has taken place.
To try to fully list Dennis’ community endeavours is a particularly challenging task but we’ll give it our best shot!! He has been a member of St Johns Ambulance Brigade for 30 years and is a regular at local events such as the Kingsbridge Show. The Gazette very recently reported to you that Dennis has reached the milestone of 2,000 call outs as a First Responder i.e. first aid call-out prior to arrival of an ambulance; this is a staggering feat in itself. He has been a member of Spiritulized, serving the needs of local young people, for 15 years as treasurer, Friday Night volunteer, bus driver and first aider. He has also been a bus driver and first aider for the Community College for example for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He is involved with the Adumasa Charity which receives local sponsorship for supporting village schools in Ghana. Dennis was himself a town councillor for several years and driver of the ‘yellow bus’. He has been the secretary and treasurer for various churches and church projects over the years and can often be seen manning the desk at Wordwise Christian Bookshop in Fore Street.
In addition to the above activities he has served for many years at various summer youth camps, often at Strete, he played a leading role in the now defunct Basement Club at the Evangelical Church and in running holiday clubs. He now spends time on Friday evenings helping at the recently formed youth club at Malborough Baptist Church before turning out later on the same evening at the Rest Centre. He has always given practical, supportive expression to his concerns for and understanding of young people with whom he has a great rapport. Indeed, therein lies the only black mark on his CV; his jokes are truly appalling.
Through first aid he has helped thousands of people and over the years he has had a positive impact on hundreds of young people. Councillor Wayne Grills, Town Mayor, said: “Dennis’ reliability, selflessness, and the consistent high standard of service he offers the public is totally outstanding. Young people find him very approachable and he listens and speaks to them with understanding and relevance. He is not at all self-promoting and does not seek the limelight as he carries on with his many acts of public service. If he stopped doing them there would be an enormous hole in our local well-being that we probably take for granted. He is a tremendous recipient of Kingsbridge Citizen of the Year 2015.” Dennis will be presented with his prize at a forthcoming town council meeting.
The Mayor's Charity's 2014-2016
The Mayor Councillor Wayne Grills has chosen The Royal British Legion Kingsbridge Branch as his charity to support this year.
The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Armed Forces charity. We provide practical, emotional and financial support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families. We actively campaign to improve their lives and safequard the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. We also organise the Poppy Appeal, run one of the UK's largest membership organisations and are recognised as the nations's custodian of Remembrance. Our mission is to provide welfare, comradeship, representation and Remembrance for the Armed Forces Community.