There will be a return to face to face meetings from 7 May 2021.
Any members of the public wishing to attend a meeting are requested to contact the Town Clerk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the meetings.
Election to Ivybridge Town Council 24 June 2021
An election to fill a vacancy on Ivybridge Town Council, will be taking place on 24 June 2021. Please see the documents below for the candidates and further information.
Town Council must not advertise and must remain neutral, and candidates must promote themselves as they see fit.
For more information on being a local Councillor visit https://www.nalc.gov.uk/elections
Message from the Wildlife Trusts
In our homes and gardens there are lots of opportunities to help nature - from using hedgehog highways to connect gardens across streets, to creating ponds for wildlife or thinking carefully about what we pour down our drains
Find ways you can welcome wildlife into your local green space or garden by visiting the action pages on the Wildlife Trusts website.
Have your say and help shape the future of Filham Park
The survey has now closed, we are delighted to have received over 900 responses. These will need to be analysed and studied which I'm sure you will understand will take some time!
As one of the biggest open spaces in South Devon, Filham Park is enjoyed by thousands of people who regularly visit for a wide range of recreational activities, The Covid lockdown has illustrated how important parks are to communities, with more people than ever relaxing or exercising close to home.
Ivybridge Town Council would like to hear the views of the community on how the park might shape up in the future. We are looking for ideas on sport and recreation facilities, activities for young people, landscape and wildlife improvements, and improved public amenities that would make a visit to Filham Park more enjoyable. As the first part of a masterplanning exercise, the Council has designed a questionnaire to enable people to give their feedback.
The questionnaire was open throughout November both online and as paper copies.
On completion of the community survey, the Council will create a masterplan with new and improved facilities, and will look to secure funding allocated for this purpose from recent housing developments nearby. On completion, the masterplan will be published for further feedback and comments.
Latest Covid-19 information
Please note that all this information is subject to change due to these uncertain times. Please do let us know if you would like your business or organisation to be included on the list by emailing email@example.com
If you know someone who needs signposting to help but doesn't have internet access, please ask them to call 01752 897035 - The Watermark Information Line - open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and they will assist.
For the most up to date advice from the Government please click here to access their website. Information about the restrictions can be found here. Information for businesses in the South Hams can be found here.
Please click on the drop down sections below to explore the wide range of information and support which is available
Emergency Welfare Fund and Emergency Helpline
South Hams District Council have a number of links on their website for those who are struggling financially due to the impact of Covid. Please click here to access the page.
South Hams District Council, in association with Devon County Council, have launched a Local Support Fund to support those whose financial situation has been affected by the current pandemic and are now out of cash for basic essentials for their household.
The COVID-19 Welfare Support Fund can provide small emergency payments to help with basic essentials including: household essentials such as sanitary products or nappies or electricity key and gas card top ups, etc. to help people in financial difficulties.
You can access apply for this by clicking here. You can also speak to their team by calling 01803 861407.
South Hams District Council are offering a hotline number for residents needing help and support during the Coronavirus outbreak. The number, which will be open from 9am. until 5pm, Monday to Friday, will be answered by the Community Co-ordination Team at the Council. Outside of these hours an answerphone service will be available. The team can help people with a wide range of queries, such as where to get additional help and support, as well as putting residents in touch with their nearest community support group. The hotline is intended for people who can’t access the information and support available through the council’s websites or social media. The Community Support number for The South Hams is 01803 861297. There is more information on their website - please click here.
Devon County Council Covid19 Emergency Helpline - 0345 155 1011 – social care help, voluntary assistance via the Government schemes and DCC network, also problems with the Government food parcels via this number
Listening Ear - Support for Businesses
If you run a business in Devon, Listening Ear is here for you.
Have you had to close because of lockdown? Maybe you're having to adapt your business model for what seems like the hundredth time since March? Maybe you're struggling with reduced staff, or trying to run a business while homeschooling?
Running a business is stressful at the best of times. Running a business during a pandemic is even harder. Listening Ear is a new service for Devon businesses that offers people a safe space to chat about those challenges.
We’re not here to offer business advice; we’re here to provide a friendly, impartial listening ear so you can talk about whatever you feel you need to.
Our experienced volunteers will provide a supportive ear and will also be able to signpost you to other services if you need them.
Your wellbeing is important to both your health and your work life. Talking to one of our Listening Ear volunteers is a way for you to prioritise your mental wellbeing, especially when you may not feel comfortable talking to your friends and family about things.
If you would like to find out more about talking to our Listening Ear volunteers please visit www.devoncommunities.org.uk/projects/listening-ear, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01392 248919.
Please do share this with anyone who you think may benefit from a Listening Ear. Thank you.
Listening Ear is funded by Devon County Council and has been developed in partnership with Devon Communities Together. It is initially a pilot until March 2021, with the possibility of being extended and expanded in the future.
Local Shops and Support
Please note that some shops are having to close or are offering a limited service. Please do let us know if any of the details below require updating as things are changing daily!
Now we are in Tier it is likely that most shops are still open. We would suggest contacting them if you are making a special journey - just in case they have altered their opening hours.
Ivybridge Foodbank - Still in operation and a well stocked foodbank still although not delivering at the moment. Wednesdays 13.00 - 15.00. Click here for link to website or here for Facebook - Updated 23.10.20
Ring and Ride - Also possibly collecting shopping lists from local people, doing their shopping and bringing it back to their doors - Updated 19.03.20
Coronavirus Facebook page - Ivybridge specific Support page for residents of Ivybridge. Click here for link to group. Updated 23.10.20
Friary Mill - Open for takeaway 8.30am - 4pm Mon - Fri, 8.30am - 3pm Saturdays. Also offering home delivery, call 01752 255113 or click here for more information about collection and home delivery. Updated 06.11.20
Hettie's coffee shop - Open until 2pm for takeaways. Updated 06.11.20
Rochelles River Café - Open for takeaways. If you would like to preorder call 01752 698576 or click here to message through facebook - updated 06.11.20
Horse and Groom (Bittaford) - Open for takeaway food and drink Tuesday to Sunday 12noon - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm. Call 01752 892358. Menus available on their facebook page, click here - Updated 06.11.20
Ivybridge Constitutional Club - Open for takeaway fish and chips on Fridays from 5pm to 8pm and roast dinners on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. Delivery available for those who are shielding. Order by phone on 07935824532 or email email@example.com and you can also check out the Facebook page Food at the Club - Updated 15.02.21
Trehill Arms - Closed for lockdown - Updated 06.11.20
The Imperial - Open for takeaways Thursday to Sunday. Call 01752 651091. Menus available on their facebook page - Updated 05.01.21
Nandon Indian - Open for deliveries only. Orders taken from 4pm, deliveries start at 5pm. Please order online. Updated 23.10.20
Golden Bridge - Open Wednesday - Monday for takeaway. Order by phone, 01752 894848 or online. Updated 05.01.21
Joy King - Open for takeaway. Order by phone, 01752 698118. Updated 05.01.21
The Cut Label - Open for delivery. Please order online or call 07901566190. Updated 05.01.21
Newsomes (Opticians) - Open, please call 01752 691107 to make a appointment. Please note they have measures in place to keep you safe - click here for website - Updated 06.11.20
Lloyds Bank - open 10am - 3.30pm Monday - Friday - Updated 23.10.20
Wool Shop - Closed during lockdown - Updated 05.01.21
Creations - Closed during lockdown - Updated 05.01.21
Hair Shack - Closed during lockdown - Updated 05.01.21
Gallery 53 - Open for deliveries. Please see facebook page here or call 01752 894569 - Updated 05.01.21
Your Home Let - office is currently closed, dealing with all enquiries by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawsons - DIY and pet shop is now open 10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday. Still taking orders over the phone or online either for delivery or click and collect from store. Click here for website or call 01752 897384 - Updated 05.01.21
Country Maid Sandwich Shop - Open for takeaway Monday to Saturday 7am - 2pm. Also providing delivery service after 2pm for those who are isolating or shielding. Can deliver bread, milk, eggs, flour, cold meats and cheese, pasties, pies, sausage rolls and cakes. To place orders please see facebook page here or call 01752 698469 - Updated 05.01.21
Nature's Larder - Open 9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday and telephone orders on 01752 894197 for those who are shielding. Deliveries may be possible - Updated 05.01.21
Coop Ivybridge - Open as usual plus offering extra initiatives like their own donations to Foodbanks plus £20 voucher every week for each child entitled to Free School Meals. Updated 23.10.20
Tesco Lee Mill - Open - Updated 23.10.20
Gribbles Butchers - Taking orders for delivery or collection, please call 01752 893030 or online - Updated 06.11.20
The Ivy Fish House - Now open for call and collect 5pm - 9pm Monday - Sunday, also 12noon - 2pm Thursday - Saturday. Please call 01752 657324 to place your order or online via the facebook page please click the blue order now button! Delivery may be available soon - Updated 05.01.21
Into Yoga and Nature - classes running through Zoom, please check website here for more information. Updated 04.01.21
Endsleigh Garden Centre - Shop open Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm, Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm. Café and play area closed. Click here for link to website, here for facebook page or call 01752 914110. Updated 06.11.20
Post Office - Open 9am -12noon Monday - Friday. Social distancing required when queuing Updated 30.03.20
Erme View Pet Supplies (Glanvilles Mill) - Open as usual. Updated 06.11.20
Bupa Dentist - Remaining open for appointments. Updated 06.11.20
Countrymans Choice Farm Shop (Near Endsleigh Garden Centre) - Café currently closed, please click here for farm shop website. Updated 06.11.20
Ivybridge Memory Cafe - currently closed
Online Local Radio - Daily chat and music. Monday to Friday, and also Sundays. 09.00 - 11.00 from a local Ivybridge resident. Click here for link. Updated 23.10.20
Boots - Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm (closed from 1pm - 2pm). Pharmacy closes at 1pm on a Saturday
Hearing Aid Batteries - NHS - take Brown Book to Station Road surgery and ask there for batteries. If you got your aid from Boots or Specsavers etc contact where you got the aid from to obtain batteries. If you usually use the Action on Hearing Loss service in the Library, batteries can be posted to you. please email email@example.com or phone 01752 698389 and leave a message including your name and address, and which kind of batteries you need – Brown 312, Orange 13, Blue 675, or Black p312.
Prescriptions - if you need home delivery, and the local pharmacies are unable due to workloads, where possible you can use Pharmacy2u click here for link, Lloyds pharmacy click here for link or Boots click here.
Pharmacies are happy for volunteers to pick things up as long as they have the name and address.
To pay for prescriptions, Ivybridge Pharmacy and Day Lewis have confirmed that they will accept payment over the phone (Boots are not able to offer this). Alternatively for repeat prescriptions, patients may sign up for pre payment certificate by clicking here or here. NB: only for repeats.
Free Therapy during Covid-19 outbreak - The Devon Clinic CIC and The Devon School of Hypnotherapy are proud to announce the COVID-19 Talking Therapy Service. A telephone and video calling service providing the community with a safe outlet to express their thoughts, feelings and worries. Professional therapists are on hand to listen and provide practical and positive advice as well as coping strategies during this difficult time. Sessions are available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 9 pm. Please click here. Updated 23.10.20
Urgent Dental Care - If you need to see a dentist urgently you should call the practice you are registered with. If you are not registered with a practice, you should call 03330 063300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
South Hams District Council also have a list of businesses within the South Hams on their website. Please click here
Young Devon - Still offering wide range of services for young people in Devon, including Wellbeing Support, Accommodation Support, Skills Support, Sexual Health Advice and more. Call 07894 724610 or click here
National Support and Advice including Mental Health Support
Age UK - Open 8am - 7pm every day - Offering advice on Coronavirus and signposting to services. Click here for link or Tel: 0800 678 1602. Updated 20.03.2020
British Heart Foundation - Heart Helpline is for medical enquiries. Phone open Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm 0300 3303311. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Mind Charity - Phone 0300 123 3393 Mon to Fri 9am - 6pm or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
The Silver Line - FREE confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day 0800 470 8090 or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Samaritans - 20-21 Oxford Place, Plymouth PL1 5AJ. 24 hour helpline for any mental health issue including crisis 01752 952800 or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
At a Loss - At a loss provides information about local and national bereavement support 9am - 9pm 01524 782910 or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - We exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. Call 0300 111 5065 or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
The Mix - Online support Webchat for 10-18 year olds, online counselling for up to 28. Group chat, general chat, helpline, email and text support and webchat 0808 808 4994. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Respect - perpertrators of domestic violence - Men who abuse their female partners (straight or bi), Men who abuse their male partners (gay or bi), Women who abuse their partners, Frontline workers working with domestic violence perpetrators and families/friends who are concerned. Tues/Thurs 10am - 4pm call 0808 802 4040, email email@example.com or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
The British Legion Devon and Cornwall Area Office - 174 Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1LB. Supports with acclimatising on leaving the army, care and independent living, physical and mental health, housing, money, benefits, employment, community connections, grants. Call 0808 802 8080 8am - 8pm or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Helpful Peeps - online neighbourhood community. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
CRUSE (Bereavement) - Face-to-face, online or telephone 6 x 1 hour sessions. 0300 330 5466 or National Helpline 0808 808 1677 (free), or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Bereavement and Loss Online Database - Provides details and contacts of supporting agencies for bereavement for children, adults who have lost children, adults, loss of pets, loss of any significant other. Some sites may only provide online or phone support - see individual agency. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Childline - Anyone under 19 who has any worries or concerns. Call 0800 1111. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Young Minds - 24 hour urgent help. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Text YM to 85258. Click here for website. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus. Updated 20.03.2020
Mental Health SEAP C/O Plymouth Highbury Trust - 207 Outland Road, Plymouth. Mental health, care act, health complaints and DOLS. Call 0300 343 5719 or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
CALM (campaign against living miserably) - Men's help. 0800 58 58 58 Telephone line open 5pm - midnight. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Elefriends (MIND) - Online community for those with depression and anxiety. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Helpline Partnership - covers all areas including veterans, older adults, bereavements, employment, family and parents, gender identity, health, HIV and aids, housing and homelessness, immigration and asylum, Learning disability, legal, civil and welfare rights, lesbian gay and bisexual, mental health, missing persons, money and debt, occupations and forces, older people, pregnancy, prisoners and reoffenders, rape and sexual abuse and terminal illness. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Action on Hearing Loss - able to provide hearing check down the phone. Advice and guidance on all aspects of hearing loss, rights, benefits etc. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Marie Curie - Support when you need it if you or someone you care about is living with a terminal illness. Companionship/support/practical help/Helper Volunteers. Call 0800 090 2309 or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Veterans Gateway - online resource Information about a variety of issues for veterans, from housing, health to mental health and money. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Be Our Guest - Contact the Elderly - conversation and chats. 01934 316578 or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Clic Sargent - Support with advice and guidance - children, teens and young adults. Advice re: finances and financial support, bereavement support. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Self Injury Support - Offer self help material, safe space to talk or text, information and support. For girls and women. up to the age of 24. Call 0808 800 8088 or text 07537 432444. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) - Free helpline for young people who are feeling suicidal or if you are worried about a young person. Call 0800 068 4141, email email@example.com or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Men's Advice Line - Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner. We help by giving you time to tell your story, offering emotional support, providing practical advice, signposting you to other services for specialist help. Call 0808 801 0327, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
SSAFA - Soldiers', Sailors', and Airmen's Families Association. SSAFA can help provide practical, financial and emotional support for service personnel, veterans and their families. National organisation with local offices. Call 0808 802 1212 or 01752 553 414, or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Kooth - XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. Click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
Macmillan Cancer Support - Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre, Level 3 Derriford Hospital. Help support and advice - living with and beyond cancer. Call 01752 763672 or click here for website. Updated 20.03.2020
HMRC Government - Register to get coronavirus support if you're extremely vulnerable - you can also register on behalf of someone else. Click here for website. Updated 24.03.20
Giving World - Free Supplies of clothing, food Items, toiletries, cleaning and household products so the most vulnerable people in our communities can stay safe and well. Browse the available products here. If you are not already registered with us to access free of charge business surplus stock, please click here to register. email@example.com Updated 24.03.2020
Mental Health UK - Publication about looking after your mental health during Coronavirus. Click here for website. Updated 26.03.20
Government - Advice on safeguarding volunteers. Click here for website. Updated 26.03.20
A great article on understanding how we might be feeling about the pandemic. Click here for website. Updated 26.03.20
Isolation Notes - To reduce the burden on GP practices a new online system is now live for patients to be emailed a digital isolation note. Click here for website. Updated 27.03.20
Mental Health Apps - Mental health apps recommended by the NHS - Click here for link. Updated 30.03.20
Rethink - Ideas and stories about managing your mental wellbeing during Covid-19 outbreak - Click here for link. Updated 30.03.20
NHS Every Mind Matters - Tips and advice to help with mental wellbeing during isolation - Click here for link. Updated 30.03.20
Independent Age - Information and advice about residential care, care at home, going into hospital, housing, NHS Continuing Healthcare and many more issues. Advice line 8:30am to 6:30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturdays 0800 319 6789. Click here for link. Updated 31.03.20
Ability Net - Can teach people (elderly and/or disabled) to do online shopping REMOTELY free of charge. The client needs a computer, internet access, email and a phone. Call during office hours 0800 269 545 or click here for link. Updated 31.03.20
Crisis Line - 0300 555 0334 . Updated 16.04.20
NHS website - List of helplines for stress, anxiety and depression. Please click here for website. Updated 16.04.20
Safe Lives - Resource for those suffering Domestic Abuse during Covid-19. Please click here for website. Updated 20-04-20
Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families - Range of resources for supporting young people's mental health during Covid-19. Please click here for website. Updated 20-04-20
National Autistic Society - Supporting people with an autistic spectrum disorder. Please click here for website. Updated 20-04-20
Dementia UK - Information on Covid-19 for people affected by Dementia. Please click here for website. Information for Families looking after someone with Dementia. Please click here for website. Updated 20.04.20
Coronavirus Appeal - Launched by the National Emergencies Trust to help those most affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Click here for website. Updated 20.04.20
National Academy for Social Prescribing - A personalised Plan Wellbeing Template - can use with clients or individuals. Can help support anyone who is anxious or worried and needs a structure. Click here for template. updated 20.04.20
Suggestions to Keep You Entertained
Colouring - Free colouring books to download - Click here for link. Updated 30.10.20
NHS Exercise - Physical exercise ideas for older adults - Click here for link. Updated 30.10.20
NHS Sitting Exercise - Sitting Exercises - Click here for link. Updated 30.10.20
National Theatre - Streaming a free play every Thursday night at 7pm via it's Youtube channel. Click here for link. Updated 30.03.20
Joe Wicks The Body Coach - 30 minute live workouts Monday to Friday 09.00 - 09.30, aimed at children but suitable for all ages. Note: you need to subscribe to his YouTube channel in order to be able to watch them. Click here for link. Updated 30.10.20
Sport England - Exercise from home. Click here for workout ideas. Updated 30.10.20
Meditate in a Minute - Mindfulness for free from Home . Click here. Updated 30.10.20
Please click here for the most up to date advice for those who clinically extremely vulnerable.
If you, or a friend or relative, has a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can register here for extra Government support: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call 0800 0288327
The NHS Volunteer Responders programme is available to help support those who need it. Volunteers can collect and deliver shopping, medication and other essential supplies. Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week to self-refer or visit www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk for further information.
They offer various services:
- Community Support: Provides collection of shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.
- Patient Transport Support: Provides transport for patients who are medically fit for discharge or to support patients going to NHS appointments.
- NHS Transport Support: Provides transport for equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites. Also involves assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.
The Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner is concerned that there may be an increase in domestic abuse, hate crimes, fraud and sexual exploitation as a result of the effect of Covid-19. Anyone being subject to any of these crimes should contact the Victim Care Unit which is based in Exeter:
Crimes can also be reported anonymously on 0800 555 111 which is the number for Crimestoppers
Please turn up at the Watermark during these times and phone the mobile number on the board outside. You will be met by one of the team and taken to a private room where you can talk to an Adviser, (via a video link) about your issue.
Alternatively email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
At other times our staff and volunteers continue to work behind the scenes and we are able to offer support in the following ways:
Adviceline: 0808 2787948 (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm)
For help claiming Universal Credit phone: 0800 144 8 444
Click here for website.
Also, we would encourage those who can to make sure they use trusted information sources to answer their questions. These include:
Please do have a look at this booklet. It contains lots of useful information including the signs and symptoms to look out for, help if you are feeling anxious, ideas for indoor exercise and activities for adults and children and more.
The Police have issued some helpful guidance in the form of a series of FAQs. Click here to access their page
If your child is struggling to understand what is happening, perhaps this book may help. Please click here to view.
Sadly there have been a number of reports of coronavirus-themed phishing emails, which trick recipients into opening malicious attachments allowing the theft of their personal information or financial details. Some of the emails claim to be from a research group mimicking the World Health Organisation (WHO) or US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area if they click on a link to a credential-stealing page, or make a bitcoin donation.
Other fraudsters are tricking people into clicking on a malicious link to a newsletter with coronavirus updates, sending investment and trading advice on how to take financial advantage of the economic downturn or directing people to a fake HMRC website offering tax refunds.
There have also been reports of burglars posing as NHS workers testing for the illness in order to gain entry to properties. The Metropolitan Police has also issued a warning over thieves who offer to do shopping for elderly people confined to their homes, and then keep their money.
Some people have received calls or texts claiming to be from NHS Test and Trace, but as the call goes on they are asked to pay for a test kit - click here to see article from the BBC. Official tracers will never ask for money or bank details.
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING TO CONSIDER THE ALDI DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS
Following the cancellation of the special Town Council meeting in March as a result of the Covid19 lockdown, Councillors met on Monday evening to consider the South Hams District Council’s proposals for regenerating the town by investing over £8 million to create an Aldi store and replace lost parking in the town centre.
Town Councillors unanimously welcomed the investment in the town and recognised the strong support provided from the District Council consultation process for an Aldi from local residents. However in welcoming the plans in principle they acknowledged that there was more work to be done in order to meet the policies in the Ivybridge Neighbourhood Plan and the representations from PL21, whose work on the Street Design study has provided an excellent blueprint for improving accessibility for those on foot, cycle or those with disabilities.
In particular Councillors wanted to ensure that a review of plans following changes to society as a result of the Covid19 pandemic; improvement or replacement of the Glanvilles Mill bridges to ensure that by bringing people in to shop at Aldi that shoppers are able to properly access the town centre; improving public space and access to the river plus improvement to the quality of design and importantly landscaping of the site with the mature trees lost replaced on site in sufficient numbers to prevent the impression of a large expanse of featureless tarmac.
The allocation of funding to replace the skatepark in the centre was welcomed and ensuring an appropriate relocation of facilities, including the further planned investment in the play area outside the leisure centre were vital.
Cllr Ann Laity, Mayor of Ivybridge commented “Councillors realised that this was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make as no one knows the impact of an Aldi on existing businesses, but we recognised that the town needs investment and allied with the support of a large majority of local residents we believe it is important that the Aldi development should proceed. However we have identified a range of safeguards which reflect our commitment to the climate emergency, which could include better round town bus provision, as part of the contribution from the developers, and less reliance on the private car to access the town centre. By offering to work in partnership with South Hams District Council, and other stakeholders like PL21, we hope that the outcome will be beneficial for the whole town and the creation of a more sustainable community.”
A Message from The Mayor of Ivybridge, Cllr Ann Laity
In these frightening and fast-changing times, I would like to reassure you that your Town Council is continuing to work to the best of our ability to help and support you in whatever ways we can.
The Town Hall is currently closed to visitors but staff are still dealing with telephone calls (01752 893815) and email messages (email@example.com).
We are recommending that, wherever possible, people shop online but we recognise that some people have no access to internet services. For those people, there is a helpline where a human being will be able to direct you to a service, local businesses or vetted volunteers who can help with the problem. The number for this is 01752 897035. This information is also available on our website below.
The Deputy Mayor is leading the Ivybridge Town Council Community Resilience Steering Group, through which a team of Councillors and enthusiastic, local volunteers are monitoring the ever-moving situation.
It is so difficult in these fluid circumstances to give precise advice but we continue, like everyone else, to try to keep in touch with all the news broadcasts and emailed updates from the Government.
We urge you, please, to follow the guidelines and stay at home wherever possible. To those who are still working in a key-worker capacity, please take very great care of yourselves and thank you.
To those 'cocooned' at home, in self-isolation, please keep in touch - remotely - with your family and friends as far as you can. It's not a lot of fun giving a hug on the phone but for now safety is paramount.
Thanks and very best wishes to everyone.
Cllr Ann Laity
Ivybridge Town Mayor
Town Hall Closure to Visitors - From midday Thursday 19 March 2020 until Further Notice
In an effort to limit the Covid-19 virus spreading, and in the interest of the health and wellbeing of the staff and public, the Town Hall is now closed to visitors.
In accordance with Government advice meetings at the Town Council have been suspended until further notice. More information will be posted online, via social media and noticeboards when we are able to recommence holding public meetings.
We are however endeavouring to function as normal and continue with the statutory services of the Council and remain contactable by phone on 01752 893815, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Town Councillors’ details can also be found by visiting www.ivybridge.gov.uk listed under Council Business.
We are endeavouring to provide up to date information and respond to any queries. If your query relates to COVID-19 we will signpost you to the help you require.
Thank you for your understanding.
The Town Council's offices are located in the Town Hall, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0SZ.
Tel 01752 893815
Fax 01752 896488
Personal visitors are welcome to call into both the Town Hall and into the town's Information Centre located in The Watermark nearby.
There are three tiers of local government with areas of responsibility in Ivybridge - Devon County Council, South Hams District Council and Ivybridge Town Council. Ivybridge is divided into 2 different wards: Ivybridge East and Ivybridge West. The Town Council comprises 16 elected members - 8 for each ward- who work for the town in a voluntary capacity. The person acting as Town Mayor is elected annually in May, and Town Council elections are held every four years.