Torbay Council

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Torbay Council facing £5m Covid-19 overspend

BBC Radio Devon

Torbay Council says it is facing an overspend of nearly £5m because of pandemic costs and loss of income during lockdown.

The authority said it forecast it would get about £12m from the government to help address the £18m cost pressures.

Steve Darling, the Liberal Democrat leader of the council, said they were not yet looking at significant service cuts, but they were freezing all non-essential spending and reviewing this year's budget.

Torbay Council
BBC

Torbay takes legal action against traveller sites

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Torbay Council is taking legal action to evict a group of travellers from the seafront at Paignton Green.

The gathering of vehicles and caravans is the second to be told to leave council-owned land in recent days in the area.

The local authority has carried out a clean-up operation at White Rock playing fields in Paignton after a group of travellers moved on.

Meanwhile another group of vehicles was reported at a car park in Clennon Valley in Paignton, near Torbay Leisure Centre and the Velopark cycling centre.

Travellers
LDRS

A court application by the council for possession of Paignton Green was completed on Wednesday.

It was due to be submitted by Thursday and if the order is granted it would legally require the group to leave after more than a week on the council-owned seafront land.

Torbay Council has been looking for space to create a temporary stopping site for travellers, which would give the authorities more powers to stop unauthorised encampments.

New council company taking over Torbay bin collections

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new council-owned contractor takes over household waste and recycling collections in Torbay from Wednesday.

The new in-house operator, called SWISCo, replaces the council’s joint venture company TOR2, which was set up a decade ago but has been hit by problems in recent years.

Current TOR2 staff are being transferred over under job protection rules.

In February, Torbay Council announced the new company would trial three-weekly household waste pick-ups in parts of the area in the winter.

TOR2 was set up 10 years ago as a joint venture between the council and majority shareholder Kier Group.

The service ran into problems with episodes of delayed recycling collections blamed on a shortage of drivers and ageing lorries. The council stepped in last year to invest £3.25m in 22 new recycling vehicles.

At the start of the coronavirus lockdown at the end of March, Kier Group planned to cut the wages of some TOR2 staff.

But it dropped the proposals for a 20 per cent pay cut after an outcry, including criticism from Torbay MP Kevin Foster who described it as a “slap in the face” for key workers providing an essential service.

A statement from Torbay Council about the transfer said: “The aim is to provide a new, improved service for the Bay.”

SWISCo will provide household bin and recycling collections, street cleansing, highway maintenance, garage services, grounds maintenance, paid-for bulky and garden waste collections, plus trade, commercial and clinical waste services.

Torbay bin lorry
Via LDRS

Thousands of calls to support vulnerable people in Torbay

BBC Radio Devon

More than 8,000 calls have been made to support vulnerable people in Torbay in one month.

The Torbay Shielding Hub helps people who are self-isolating by providing essential supplies, doing wellbeing checks and providing healthy lifestyle advice.

It is run by Torbay Council and supported by the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

There are now 5,800 people on the database who are listed as being in the most vulnerable categories.

Virus could leave Torbay Council with £12m financial hole

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Torbay Council sign
BBC

Torbay Council’s finances are expected to take a £12m hit from coronavirus.

The government has given the authority an extra £3.8m in the latest round of emergency funding, on top of an earlier £5.4m.

The council’s leaders expect that will roughly cover the extra expenses it has had to pay out to respond to Covid-19. They include buying in thousands of items of personal protective equipment, funding extra social care and housing around 200 families in temporary accommodation.

On top of the extra spending, the loss of income during the shutdown from services such as car parks and harbours is now expected to be about £12m.

That would leave the council with a large hole in its planned £116m budget when it tries to balance the books by next April.

The funding shortfall could be even worse due to the predicted impact of a large rise in job losses due the economic shock caused by the coronavirus shutdown.

The extra demand on services and loss of income as a result would add to the pressures on the council’s already stretched budget.

Torbay is particularly at risk from the economic shutdown measures because it relies heavily on tourism. Council officers are already in talks with civil servants about the financial predictions.

The council has so far paid out almost £24m to small businesses in the area under the government’s business support scheme.

Military testing for key workers in Devon

Mobile testing centre in a car park
Torbay Council

A mobile testing centre for key workers run by the armed forces is up and running in Torquay.

There are still slots available today for anyone in the area who is eligible, Torbay Council confirmed.

Essential workers, or anyone living with them, who are showing symptoms of coronavirus can apply by emailing the council on commissioning@torbay.gov.uk with their name, phone number and where they work.

Council leader Steve Darling described the new centre as essential to the area's fight against coronavirus.

Council to launch email newsletter on Friday

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

A Devon council is set to launch a newsletter aimed at keeping people undated during the coronavirus pandemic.

The first edition of One Torbay, Torbay Council email newsletter, will be published on Friday.

The council said it would include information about how it and partners were working, as well as stories about the communities of the bay.

Council leader Steve Darling, said: “The newsletter will be a noticeboard for our local community, a great opportunity for us to share our good news about the bay, celebrate the work of our partners, and engage directly with our residents."

People can subscribe by going to www.torbay.gov.uk/OneTorbay.

Torbay Registrar Office closed to the public

Torbay Registrar Office based at Cockington Court has been closed to the public in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Torbay Council said parents can claim for child benefit or universal credit before registering the birth of their child, with the current 42 day deadline for registering a child lifted.

It said parents would be able to register the births when the lockdown period comes to an end.

All marriage and civil partnership ceremonies have been suspended, and the council is not taking any bookings for citizenship ceremonies.

It said death registration appointments are being carried out by telephone.