A step closer to normal life but stay safe
It’s America’s Independence Day tomorrow but for most of us, the date’s significance is the further opening up of our economy from the coronavirus lockdown.
Depending on your priorities, sense of adventure or caution you can book a haircut or holiday abroad, make a reservation at your favourite restaurant or enjoy (in moderation) your favourite tipple in a local hostelry – socially distanced of course!
You can travel and stay overnight, joining what the RAC estimates to be 10 million motorists who will take to the roads, or you can put on a face covering and catch a train or a bus to a favourite destination.
Check out the government’s guidelines of what you can and can’t do after Saturday but three things remain paramount: keep socially distant as much as possible; reduce the risk of spreading infection by limiting the number of different people you meet up with; and if you do develop any symptoms, isolate and get tested immediately.
Whatever your plans for the weekend, please respect those around you, be patient – it’s not going to be a ‘return to normal’ so there may be a lot of waiting involved; and please be courteous to those working to keep our streets and open spaces clean and help them by taking home everything that you brought with you.
Enjoy the weekend, but whatever you do, stay safe, wash your hands frequently and continue to contribute to keeping infection rates in Teignbridge low.
Plans in place to contain local COVID outbreak
The plan sets out how we will work together to help reduce the risk of outbreaks in the county and to identify outbreaks quickly, providing a rapid response to prevent the virus spreading. A partnership involving district councils, police, fire authority, NHS and other statutory and voluntary groups across Devon has come together to agree the plan, roles and responsibilities, and what action would need to be taken in the event of a local outbreak.
Teignbridge's role in the local outbreak control is critical in ensuring that businesses and residents across the district know what's happening and what the plans are to keep everyone safe. Key staff from across the council have been involved in shaping this local plan and looking at the latest data to ensure a timely and co-ordinated response as the situation emerges.
Newton Abbot Multi storey reopens
Regular users of the car park will see a number of changes when it reopens at 9am on Monday.
Customers are asked to follow the markings and observe the one way system in the two stairwells with one being up only and the other down. Unless from one household, the lift is split in two by markings and users must stay on either side of the line, keeping as much distance as possible.
To reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus we are asking everyone to go cashless if they can when paying for parking. Payments can be made at no additional cost by contactless debit/credit cards, Apple Pay or GPay.
The car park will initially operate 9am – 5am Monday to Saturday. Parking for NHS (and other essential) staff continues to be free. Details of our car parks are on our website.
Greater Exeter Strategic Plan
Teignbridge together with East Devon, Exeter and Mid Devon Councils will be considering in the coming weeks whether to begin the next round of consultation on the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.
The plan, known as the GESP, includes draft planning policies and large scale development options across all four council areas.
It will be discussed at Teignbridge's Overview & Scrutiny Committee on 14 July and at the Executive on 21 July. Both meetings will be held virtually but you can watch live on our YouTube channel
The GESP, which looks to 2040, will tackle big planning issues affecting the Greater Exeter area. These include climate change, meeting the need for new homes, jobs and infrastructure, transport and wildlife protection. The GESP will also identify possible development sites across the area.
The latest government advice on staying alert and safe