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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

Statement from Post Office Services

The Town Council has received the following statement from Post Office Services:-

A Post Office spokesperson said: “Great Torrington Post Office will close at its current location in March 2021. Operator Gillett’s SPAR has made the difficult decision to close their store where the branch is based. The resignation has very recently been submitted and the vacancy will soon be advertised on www.runapostoffice.co.uk as we know how important a Post Office is to a community. The current operator has advised that they will work proactively with any interested parties who may want to take on the Post Office service”.

The Council is also aware that the local Area Manager visited Great Torrington on Tuesday 29th September to walk the patch and speak to any suitable retailers about the Post Office opportunity. He will be following up those conversations over the coming weeks.

We will keep the community informed as and when we have further information.

Contacting the Police

This summer, we are expecting more people to visit Devon and Cornwall and this may increase demand on the police’s contact centres. So if you have need to contact the police why not ClickB4UCall.

Devon & Cornwall Police offer a range of online services which can be used to report any non-emergency crimes and incidents including Report Crime Online, WebChat and Email 101.
If you have a question and not sure who can help then AskNED – the non-emergency directory.
dc.police.uk/ClickB4UCall

Contacting you Local Policing Team

If you have a non-urgent matter that you wish to bring to the attention of your Local Policing Team, the easiest way of contacting them is as follows :

Go to this Devon and Cornwall Police web-page here – https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-area/

On that page go to the Find your Local Policing Team box.

Fill in either the relevant location or post-code, or use the drop down menu to select the appropriate Neighbourhood.

Click the Search button.

Details of the Local Policing Team will then be displayed, along with a box allowing anyone to send a message to that team.  

Contacting Devon and Cornwall Police

Will 999 calls be answered?

Answering calls to the 999 number is a priority and we are making sure that we have additional resilience through training student officers to support our call handlers. Please continue to dial 999 in all emergency situations.

What is the best way to contact the police at this busy time for non-emergencies?

If possible we would ask that you use the following options before dialling 101 at this busy time.

•Click before you call – go online at devon-cornwall.police.uk/

•Check if you can find the answer yourself on AskNed

•Use the online crime reporting form

•Webchat live with the 101 service (link to this facility at bottom right of Devon and Cornwall Police homepage)

•Email the 101 service at 101@dc.police.uk

•Calling 101 phone line

If you do need to call 101 about a non emergency, please be aware that it may take longer than normal to answer your call. Perhaps consider calling at a quieter time of the day, like late evening if it is not time critical.

I have intelligence about a crime – who should I contact?

Please continue to contact the police on the details listed above. If it is an emergency call 999 or for non emergencies use the online contact options where possible.

You can also report crime and intelligence anonymously via Crimestoppers either by calling 0800 555111 or by using their online reporting system at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Aviva Community Fund 2020

AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND 2020, closes 5th May, £250,000 funding available for small UK-based charities with annual turnover under £1million. Broadened criteria to support causes looking for help with covering their core running costs in current COVID-19 crisis https://tinyurl.com/ybouwueg

Further information can also be found on Torridge District Council’s website by clicking here.