Bay ready for touch of freedom - but message is 'be responsible'

Torbay Weekly

It's all systems go for a touch of freedom!

A safe, clean and green English Riviera will help kick start its economic recovery as holiday accommodations and nearly all businesses are allowed to re-open from 17 May thanks to Boris Johnson's roadmap.

Torbay Council, working with partners including English Riviera BID, SWISCo, TDA, Groundwork Trust, CDT, and the police is busy putting in measures to make the best of the predicted ‘staycation’ and ‘holiday at the home’ boom this year, while delivering an effective response to anticipated challenges.

Key will will be a team of rapid response ambassadors, based in the three towns of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay.

The team - employed by SWISCo, which delivers a range of services on behalf of the council – will engage with residents and visitors as a high priority to spot and help prevent issues arising from high footfall or restriction breaches in open spaces including town centres and beaches, and call-in additional resources as needed.

Undertaking additional street cleansing, the ambassadors will assist with deep cleaning and litter collections in high footfall locations such as shopping areas and routes between the hotels and tourist attractions.

The scheme is being backed up with additional policing resources and complements COVID-19 compliance officers who have been in place since March, funding for street pastors, additional CCTV operating hours and taxi marshals when nightclubs re-open.

Cllr Christine Carter, Cabinet Member for Corporate and Community Services, said: “We welcome responsible visitors to the Bay and so we are committed to learning from the experiences of other areas last year, where over-crowding caused serious concern for public safety, and for visitors to have a positive and safe experience with us.

"I urge all our residents to also play their part in our Responsible Riviera message, for example avoiding visitor hotspots and instead enjoying less well-known gems, setting an example for social distancing, taking litter home and drinking responsibly.”