Please see below the arrangements made for Christmas and the New Year for the opening and closing of Torrington Pannier Market as provided by Torridge District Council:-

* Close on Xmas Eve at 6pm as normal.

* Closed on Xmas Day & Boxing Day

* Re-open again on Friday 27th December

* New Years Eve – Close at 4pm before the festivities begin in The Square

* Closed on New Years Day

* Re-open again on Thursday 2nd January

Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:07

Lloyds Bank - Survey

Following the closure of Lloyds Bank Plc in June 2017, the bank has provided a mobile service to the town.  The mobile bank visits Great Torrington on a Monday and Thursday each week and positions itself at the bottom of Sydney House Car Park.

At the beginning of 2019 the Town Council approached Lloyds with regards to the positioning of the mobile bank.  It is positioned at the bottom end of the car park and is an approximate walk of 200 metres from the top of the car park, which is also a further 100 meters from the town centre.  The Town Council approached Lloyds with regards to opportunities to have the mobile bank closer to the town and primarily at the top end of the car park.

Lloyds Bank plc undertook a 2-week survey in May with customers who visited the van. The outcome of their survey concluded that a high percentage of customers visiting the van were happy with the current position. As a result of this, Lloyds were naturally reluctant to make any changes.

There has been concern however, that the survey would not have included those people who no longer visit the van due to its location and may have made alternative arrangements.  For this reason, it has been proposed that the Town Council conducts its own informal survey, primarily to target those who no longer use the van, or limit use due to accessibility issues.

Lloyds Bank has confirmed that they are in support of this action and has asked the Town Council to report any findings to them, for their consideration.

Therefore, the Town Council would like to ask members of the public to respond to the following questions;

1.Have you stopped using the Lloyds mobile van due to its current location? Yes/No 

2.Do you visit the van less frequently due to its’ current location? Yes/No

3.Would you use the van more if the van was situated at the top of the car park? Yes/No

4.Name and contact details (not obligatory)

If you have a view on this matter, please respond to the above questions and pass information to the Town Council, either by e-mail, ( letter or handing your responses into the office in person, Castle Hill, Great Torrington EX38 8AA.

The survey will run up to 31st January 2020 at which time we will collate responses and feed back to Lloyds Bank accordingly.

Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:30

Councillor Training

During the past few weeks Councillors have received training on Social Media, Planning and, for new councillors and/or those wishing to have a refresher, training on being a local councillor.  Members are keen to be better equipped to serve the community of Great Torrington and we hope this training will be useful going forward.  

Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:14

VE Day - Victory in Europe Day Anniversary

The 75th anniversary of VE day falls on Friday 8th May 2020.

The Town Council is interested to hear from individuals and groups within the community regarding any activities being organised within the town and additional suggestions to commemorate the above anniversary and to pay tribute to the men and women who served during the 2nd World War.

Please contact the Council offices by e-mail, letter, in person or by phone.


Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:12

Jubilee Wood - Update

Over the past twelve months work on Jubilee Wood has progressed with the help of town council staff, contractors and volunteers. 250 trees and shrubs were planted last winter and more are due to go in during the present season. There are also plans for local pupils to help with this, to tie in with the Plough’s “Four Hugs Wide” exhibition in the New Year.

We will also be working to improve the paths across the site, putting in steps where necessary and improving access at the Stonemans Lane end, with the aim of creating a new link from the town onto the Commons

The meadow, which was mown for the first time in many years last autumn, had a second cut this September. We are working to reduce the vitality of the grass in this area with the aim of encouraging more wild flowers. Across the site there are areas where scrub, brambles and nettles will be allowed to grow, providing food and refuge for birds, insects and other wildlife.

Jubilee Wood is in the stewardship of the Town Council and you can access it via the bottom of School Lane, where the road divides, and from Trafalgar Drive. We will be holding weekly weekday working parties over the next few months and anyone interested in joining us should contact the Council offices. 

Thursday, 28 November 2019 10:51

Parking Charges in December 2019

Torridge District Council has confirmed the “small businesses free parking day” across all Torridge District Council car parks will be on Saturday 7th December 2019.

Great Torrington Town Council Members unanimously agreed to cover the cost of free parking at Sydney House Car Park only on the following Saturdays in December: 14th and 21st December 2019 between the hours of 8 am and 12 noon. 

Additionally, the Town Council agreed to have its second allocated free parking day on Tuesday 24th December 2019. This applies to Sydney House and Barley Grove Car Parks. 



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