Current Issues

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 10:35

Act of Vandalism

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Torridge District Council has recently provided two picnic tables for users of the Calf Street Play Area.  Last Tuesday, the Town Council’s Technician found one of the benches vandalised as per attached photo.  Torridge District Council has confirmed that they will be removing both benches as this is the second act of vandalism on the benches over the past couple of months. If anyone knows anything about who is involved in these acts, please contact the Police as soon as possible on 101.

Once again, the minority has spoiled things for the majority and we all have to pay the cost.

Michael Tighe

Town Clerk


Thursday, 28 September 2017 09:12

Play Area Vandalism

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In the past few years the Town Council has taken back responsibility for the Play Areas at Greenbank and Trafalgar Drive with a view to ensuring they are maintained locally and where appropriate and possible, to equip for the benefit of the children of Great Torrington.

I am mindful from previous surveys and general feedback that the Play Areas are deemed an important asset to the town and provide safe and fun places for our children to play.

It is therefore disappointing that over the past few months there have been numerous occasions of vandalism and inappropriate behaviour in parks in Great Torrington.

There have been 3 separate acts of vandalism at Trafalgar Park play area over the past few months. Firstly, the netting covering the bank that had been sown with grass seed was ripped up and wrapped around various items within the play park.  Not only did it take away a protective covering, but it took the Council’s Technician a number of hours to “de-tangle” the netting. Secondly a hole was burnt through one of the picnic benches.  It looked like someone had lit a fire on the wooden bench. This needed repairing by the Council’s Technician and thirdly the picnic bench was vandalised and dragged into the bushes.  Initially it was thought that the bench had been stolen, but was then found in the wooded area, vandalised and beyond repair.  This latter act has been reported to the Police.

At Greenbank Play Area a broken window pane was left in the Play Area. This could have seriously hurt a young child!

Calf Street Play Park is currently owned by Torridge District Council, who recently provided a new picnic bench.  Within only a couple of weeks, it had been so badly graffitied it was taken down to be renovated again.

All of these matters are particularity discouraging as the Town Council has recently committed to maintain extra Parks and was looking to do so with others. I am sure you can imagine this is now being reconsidered due to the concerns over vandalism.

We appreciate that the culprits of such acts will be the minority but they are in danger of spoiling it for the majority.  If anyone has any information as to who has been vandalising the parks, please let the Police know.  I would also ask that in the future, residents keep an eye on activity within the park areas and inform the Police if anything untoward appears to be happening.

If vandalism continues, the Town Council will be reluctant to continue to invest in the parks. These areas are for your children to use. The Town Council spends your money on supplying and repairing play equipment and it would not be prudent to keep doing this, whilst mindless vandalism continues.

We all hope that these acts will now stop so that everyone can continue to enjoy these Play Areas.

Michael Tighe

Town Clerk

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 16:30

Unable to find Childcare?

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If you are a parent who has been unable to find suitable childcare, please let Devon County Council know by completing this form so they can support you to find childcare and it can help them plan: 

Please click HERE to complete DCC form


Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:00

Counselling Directory

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