'We can win this battle again'

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Council leader Steve Darling - Credit: Submitted

Torbay is being urged to unite again and defeat the silent and killer enemy that is Coronavirus. 

With a new, full and national lockdown just a few days old, the community spirit that bound the people of the English Riviera together like never before when the crisis first began was already beginning to shine through. 

Torbay Council leader Steve Darling said: “Just when we were all bidding farewell to 2020, a year that many of us want to forget, it looks like we’re all having to face our toughest challenge to date.  

“Torbay and its people have more than risen to the challenge over the international pandemic, and by all supporting each other and building stronger communities, we can strengthen the hard work of recent months.  

“With the vaccine now starting to be rolled out there is hope but we have hard yards to complete throughout this lockdown.  

“We are all weathering the same storm, while we may all be occupying different boats, together we have one goal and across our communities we can triumph over this challenge and reach the summer when we can hope the pandemic will start to become no more than a memory.” 

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Council officials, key partners and the voluntary and community sectors had all worked hard together in the first lockdown. Efforts and operations are being ramped up again. 

The Torbay Food Alliance was holding emergency talks, the manning of the Torbay Community Development Trust helpline was being stepped up. 

One of the biggest challenges is to reach out to the estimated 6,000 vulnerable people forced to shield again. 

Early school provisions were being checked and the council was getting ready for a deluge of applications for grants from local businesses after a new round of emergency funding was announced by the government. 

Residents were asked to abide by the Stay at Home rules and even Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, who lives in Torbay, has pleaded with celebs to stay away from their second holiday homes 

  • Services at the local recycling centre are continuing as normal