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The Globe Hotel

Plans to rejuvenate the Globe Hotel in Great Torrington received a fresh boost at the start of October with the announcement of almost £63K in funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund. The money is for the partnership project between Great Torrington Town and Torridge District Councils, Petroc and the Plough Arts Centre with a goal of creating a working training hotel offering the South West’s first degree-level apprenticeship courses in Tourism and Hospitality and the first ever degree level course in Torridge. But the ambitions for the Grade II listed building don’t stop there with the wider masterplan highlighting shared workspaces, a café / restaurant space, and to become a community and cultural venue for activities in partnership with the Plough. The plan, which is supported by partners including Great Torrington School and RHS Rosemoor, will be underpinned by an innovative community ownership through a share issue to fund the acquisition.
The grant will be used to scope and draw up a more detailed Business Plan, explore possibilities for the building itself and to facilitate the community acquisition process. Key messages from recent consultations showed strong support from the community to bringing the Globe out from hibernation, to be owned and run for the benefit of the community and establishing it as a focal point in the Town and local economy. Initial plans are for 15 new permanent, full time local jobs to be created as the project progresses with seven of these being high skilled. The build will also generate opportunities for local firms and trades as part of the capital works to alter the interior and shape the 460 square feet of workspace, and spaces set aside for the food and drink offerings. Torridge District Council is still keen to hear from people who want to get involved in the project or have views on how it should proceed and a consultation webpage has been set up on Torridge District Councils website under “consultations” on their front page or via this link www.bit.ly/TheGlobeTorrington

Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2020

Great Torrington Town Council has confirmed that the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service at the war memorial in Great Torrington Cemetery will not be going ahead this year.  This event is jointly organised by the Town Council and the local branch of the Royal British Legion and both parties have agreed that the event cannot go ahead in accordance with the current Coronavirus pandemic restrictions on gatherings of more than 6 people.

It is expected that individuals will want to visit the war memorial to lay wreaths on Remembrance Sunday, however this will not be part of an organised service: visitors will be expected to observe the Government’s social distancing guidance, the Rule of 6 and to manage their own safety when visiting the site.  Groups and individuals are strongly encouraged to pay their respects safely at home.

During the period of Remembrance in November the Mayor will pay her respects on behalf of the Town Council; please check the Town Council’s Facebook page on Sunday 8th November at 11.00am.  More information on this will also be provided in the next edition of The Crier as well as the Town Council’s website and Facebook page.

Parking Charges in Great Torrington from 09 October and going through to the end of November 2020

Torridge District Council has agreed a “buy one-hour parking get the second hour free” to help business recovery.  From Friday 9th October and through October and November residents and visitors are urged to support local shops and businesses affected by Covid-19. Park up for two hours for the price of one: just 60p in the Great Torrington car parks!

Applicable Car Parks in Great Torrington are both Sydney House and Barley Grove Car Parks. Love your town and buy local this autumn!

Co-Option of Town Councillor

Following the resignation of Cllr Miller, we currently have a vacancy for 1 Co-Opted Councillor to join the other Council Members of Great Torrington Town Council.

This role will give you an opportunity to get involved with a number of exciting projects and interests within the community of Great Torrington.  If you are passionate about the town, prepared to roll your sleeves up and get involved, have at least one of the qualifications below we would invite you to submit a written application outlining why you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor and what you believe you can bring to the role for consideration.    

  1. I am registered as a local government elector for the parish; or
  2. I have, during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of my co-option, occupied as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish; or
  3. My principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been in the parish; or
  4. I have during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of my co-option resided in the parish or within 3 miles of it.

Applications should be no more than one side of A4 paper.

Please forward applications to Great Torrington Town Council, Castle Hill, Great Torrington, EX38 8AA or by email to admin@great-torringtontowncouncil.gov.uk  to be received no later than Thursday 5th November 2020

Karen Chapman, Town Clerk

Find your footprint

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are working together and encouraging local residents and organisations to “Find your footprint” to help combat climate change.

“Find your footprint” is a joint project between the two councils and local environmental entrepreneur, Mukti Mitchell that aims to make reducing your carbon footprint easy and fun. The project has been launched in response to the national climate emergency declared across the UK by local authorities including the two councils.

Other charities in the region, including Resurgence Trust361 Energy, Devon Wildlife TrustPlastic Free North DevonBeaford Arts and the AONB Biosphere Reserve, have also joined the project, which hopes to reach 10,000 people across the region. 

The project kicks off with “Find your Footprint” week from 17-24 October. Individuals and organisations can find out their carbon footprint using a five-minute online tool and then pick one action from a range of easy lifestyle options that save CO2. They can then measure their footprint again to see how much it has reduced as part of “Celebrate your Savings” week in March 2021.

Mukti Mitchell, director of Carbon Savvy, a CO2 saving advice provider, says: “The great news is that reducing your carbon footprint almost always leads to improvements in your quality of life, so this will also make us all happier, healthier and wealthier in Northern Devon over the next 10 years.

“When I ask people at talks and workshops what they want to do to improve their quality of life, I often hear: spend more time with my family, partner, children and friends. Spend more time in the garden, or walking the dog or in nature. People are surprised that their most valued activities actually save CO2; so if we do more of the things we love, it’s good for the planet too.”

Caroline Leaver, North Devon District Council Lead Member for Climate Change, says: “We know we need to do something and this is a real opportunity for us to lead the way, in collaboration with Torridge District Council, Carbon Savvy, and others. Working together, we can take action to achieve our target of zero CO2 emissions by 2030 – for the sake of our own lives, and for our children and grandchildren.

“An average UK carbon footprint is close to 15 tonnes per person per year. The five biggest areas which emit CO2 are: heating our homes, transport, intensive food production, international holidays, and shopping for products. Simple actions like taking one less flight, buying organic milk, increasing your loft insulation or purchasing a long-lasting household appliance, have a big effect when lots of people are doing them together.”

Jon Gething, Chair of 361 Community Energy, a not-for-profit organisation developing community renewable energy and providing energy saving advice across northern Devon, says,  “Everyone’s lives are very different, so the easiest action for one person is not the same for another. That’s why it’s best to choose one action that’s easiest for you and not worry about what anyone else is doing. This way you make the most progress with the least effort, which feels good.”

Councillor Peter Hames, Torridge District Council Lead Member for Climate Change says: “Radical change often begins with one small step and so the “find your footprint” campaign is a perfect way to help people make those small changes that collectively can mean so much for our environment. Hopefully people will be encouraged to make bigger changes in their lifestyles but if they start with just one or two then that’s still a big win for the planet and future generations.”

“Find your Footprint” week will include a survey on how people in Northern Devon rate their well-being today, and what improvements they want to see in their own lives and across the county. 

To take part in “Find your Footprint” week go to www.carbonsavvy.uk/findyourfootprint where you can take the survey and find out your carbon footprint in just five minutes.