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Community Speed Watch

KINGSTEIGNTON TOWN COUNCIL ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST IN SETTING UP A COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH TEAM. 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT THE COUNCIL OFFICES ON 01626 364089
OR EMAIL deputyclerk@kingsteignton.gov.uk

 

PLEASE READ BELOW FOR INFORMATION AS TO WHAT IS INVOLVED:

Speed Watch
Speed Watch is a scheme that empowers and involves entire communities in our quest to drive down the speeds of vehicles in limits of 40mph and below.

Frequently asked questions
FAQs Speed watch
Speed watch: a PCSO with a hand held camera taking speed reading from cars
Get involved
Through the "Have your say" process (previously known as PACT) local communities were asked to tell us what their local priorities are. Speeding motorists have been identified as the biggest priority. In response to this feedback we have established Speed Watch.

Speed Watch involves members of the local community, and aims to engage and educate drivers rather than issue fines and court summonses. Using a staged warning system, first-time offenders will receive education and warnings, persistent offenders can expect further police action and even a court appearance. The School Speed Watch scheme can be adapted for other local community groups (i.e. cadets/Scouts, etc.) for further information please contact your local policing team.

We have three types of Speed Watch scheme:

School Speed Watch
Neighbourhood Speed Watch
Community Speed Watch
School Speed Watch
Imagine being asked "Why were you speeding?" and "How would you feel if you had run me over?" by a group of 10-year olds!

This is the concept of School Speed Watch. As an alternative to prosecution, offending motorists are asked probing questions by children from local schools or youth groups.

School Speed Watch provides offending motorists with an opportunity to address their driving behaviour before having a fine, collision or worse. We also hope the scheme provides the young people involved, with an experience that will hopefully stay with them until their driving years.

Neighbourhood Speed Watch and Community Speed Watch
Teams of police volunteers and/or police officers/police community support officers will stand at the side of the road monitoring traffic. Speeding vehicles will be recorded and warning letters will be sent to the vehicle owner together with educational information.

Persistent offenders with receive a further warning letter, and possibly a visit from their local neighbourhood policing team to deliver some words of advice. Persistent offenders that ignore the warnings will not receive any further letters, but will be given a fixed penalty ticket or summonsed to court should the circumstances allow.

All sessions are carried out in accordance with strict guidelines at risk assessed sites.

 

Moving Together Devon

Moving Together Devon is a social enterprise aimed at older and less able people, who either know their home is unsuitable for them and need to move or would like help adapting their current property if that would be more suitable for their long term needs

We will help as much or as little as each individual needs. We offer practical and emotional support, ranging from helping find a new home, sorting belongings, dealing with other professionals, right through to moving in. Equally we will support those who wish to consider adaptations by providing information and advice to enable the individual to make an informed choice on the suitability of their home in the long term

01392 273067

www.movingtogetherdevon.co.uk

carole@movingtogetherdevon.co.uk

 

Telephone Scam Warning:- 

Phantom Debt Fraud
 

Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

 

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.
 

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity website; https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/debt-collection/bailiffs-and-debt-collectors-differences.aspx
 

Protect Yourself

  • Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
  • If you receive a visit from a bailiff, they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest possible opportunity. Ask to see their identity card which they must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and identity number. They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt and endorsed with a court seal.
  • If you work for a business and receive a call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt is non-existent.
  • Exercise caution believing someone is genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
  • Double check with the court, company or public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. Take five and listen to your instincts.
  • If you know you have a debt, keep in regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any repayments or arrears.

You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfaud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 

 

 

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Credit Unions

As you are probably aware Devon’s Credit Union Plough and Share went into administration a couple of months ago.  The good news is that the FSA has approved Somerset Savings and Loans (soon to be rebranded as West Country Loans) and Plymouth Credit Union to take on Devon residents and accounts.  You will soon be starting to see some publicity campaigns run by the County Council to promote these two Credit Unions.  

Please see below for a link to their web sites where you can see their impressive range of services. This is particularly an issue with the full roll out of Universal Credit across Devon. The two organisations work together and they are working with some major banks who will be referring customers who need loans below their £1000 limit to the Credit Unions.

http://www.somersetsavingsandloans.org.uk/ (Jackie Simpson email address cc’d is the contact)

https://www.cpcu.co.uk/ (Paul Williams email address cc’d is the contact)

We are not expressing a preference for either Credit Union. 

 Please be aware of online scammers 

How to protect yourself:-

 

  • Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

 

If you believe you have already been a victim

 

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.
Report fraud and cyber crime to Actionfraud.police.uk

 



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 Please be advised that the Kingsteignton Town Council Travel Fund has now been closed, due to no further funding being available, as this was originally set up by former Mayor, Cllr Keith Howard as his Mayor's Charity.  Therefore, we are no longer able to accept any applications to fund educational visits for school/college pupils.

 MAYOR & DEPUTY MAYOR 2018 

 

      Cllr Ron Peart was elected for his 3rd term of office as Mayor 2018/19 and          Cllr Beryl Austen was elected Deputy Mayor, which is her 3rd time previously last year and in 2009/2010.   

 

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Beware of bogus telephone calls, if you receive a call please report it to:  Action Fraud Hotline on Tel:  0300 123 2040 

KINGSTEIGNTON TOWN CRIER

 

 Town Crier, Mrs Jackie Edwards has successfully carried out duties in and around the town since being appointed as Kingsteignton's first ever Town Crier in August 2015.  Jackie has also attended several Town Crier competitions in other locations and recently returned from an international competition representing Kingsteignton Town Council at an event in Bermuda.

If you have an upcoming event and would like Jackie to be present to make announcements for you, please call the Council Office on Tel: 01626 364089

 

Fitness Equipment installed at Clifford Park

  

We are pleased to announce a big 'Thank You' to the funding received from The Big Lottery Fund, which has enabled us to install a range of fitness equipment suitable for ages 14 years and over, to give a general fitness workout toning all parts of the body, whilst being outdoors in the fresh air in a nice secluded corner of Clifford Park.

We have installed the full range which was on offer by our supplier, however, they are currently working on further pieces at the present time, so hopefully in the future we will be able to add to it.  Each individual piece of equipment comes with its own set of instructions for safe use. To exercise safely, it is best to start off on the 'Stretch Bars'.  Other pieces include the 'Hip Spin', 'Sit Up Benches', 'Dip Bars', 'Chest Press', 'Pull Down', 'Air Walker', 'Leg Push', 'Slalom' and the 'Wheels' (to tone those underarms). 

The installation took place during August by Mant Leisure and their contractors who undertook the work with the minimum of disruption over a two day period. 

We have since heard positive feedback about the equipment and just ask that you go along and try it for yourself. 

Parents of young children please be aware that it is not suitable for under 14 years old.

 

REPORT OVERGROWN HEDGES AND VERGES  

 

Call Devon County Council Highways:  0845 155 1004 or visit: www.devon.gov.uk


 

BEATING THE BOUNDS - 20th September 2014

The weather was kind for the second day of Beating the Bounds 2014. This part took walkers to the boundary with Ideford and then down to the River Teign at the Passage House Inn.

 

The parish boundary between Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot runs between the Hackney Channel and the Newton Channel and so the Mayor, Cllr. Chris Meathrel, was transported by boat to mark the exact spot. Fortunately, both he, and more importantly the ceremonial chain, survived the experience! 

  

BEATING THE BOUNDS - 13th September 2014

 

The good citizens of Kingsteignton can sleep safely in their beds for the next 7 years!

Thanks to the brave band of 23 volunteers who strode along rivers, quarries, woods and fields, up hills and into valleys to search out the all important stones, the boundary around our Parish to the West of the A380 has been reasserted.

Away from the bustle of a busy Saturday in the Town, the beautiful and varied countryside that surrounds Kingsteignton marked a wonderful contrast of peace and tranquillity.

The walkers were joined by Town Councillors Dave Rollason and Ron Peart. Cllrs Rob Harris and Malcolm Stevenson provided vital logistical and emergency cover and Mayor Chris Meathrel supplied food and drinks for the half way point.

Special thanks go to John Stacey for leading the expedition and liaising with the various landowners to enable a rare opportunity to enjoy the wonderful views available in the north of the parish. How lucky we are to live here.