Torpoint Town Council COVID-19 Response
In line with the latest Government guidance issued on 4th July, we can confirm the Town Council services that are open or the current dates planned for re-opening. This is subject to change in line with any new guidance issued.
Public Conveniences – Antony Road and Bénodet Park – Reopened on 15th June 2020 with suitable Social Distancing Guidance in place. Disabled Toilet access has been maintained throughout lockdown. Amended Opening hours - dawn to 7pm.
Town Centre / Fore Street Support – After consultation with independent traders, businesses and Cornwall Council, pedal operated hand sanitiser stations have been provided at various points throughout Fore Street, together with a map of their locations. Social distancing pavement markings have been put in place and we are delighted to see a safe increase in the numbers returning to support local retailers.
Tamar Street Car Park – In support of the re-opening of Fore Street Traders the council has arranged for 1 hr free parking at Tamar Street Car Park from 1st July – 31st August inclusive. Please make sure you still obtain a ticket to display in your vehicle. Free parking is limited to one visit per day.
Bénodet Park – Reopened on 22nd June allowing public access. Change in opening times from 07.10.20 to from Dawn to 7pm in line with the availability of the adjoining public conveniences. To safeguard residents and staff, social distancing guidance during use is requested.
Play Parks in Torpoint – In line with Cornwall Council guidance all playparks in Torpoint reopened on 4th July. Please always adhere to the safety guidelines displayed at the parks.
Torpoint Library & Community Hub – the Library recommenced some services in line with the new guidance, from the 6th July a new Lobby Service at Torpoint Library & Community Hub will be available between the hours of 09.30 and 16.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays where you will be able to return books and collect reservations. There will be no access to the main library area, and you will need to have reserved a book in advance. When your reservation arrives at Torpoint Library & Community Hub you will be contacted to say it is ready for collection. Returned items will have to go into quarantine for 72 hours before we are able to touch them and take them off your account. If you check your account, items will show as being ‘on loan’ for at least 3 days after you have brought them back. Fines: Don’t panic, there will be no fines charged on late returns until 30th September 2020 (unless the fine was previously incurred before lockdown started). To reserve items contact us on 01752 812215 or visit the Cornwall Council link: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/libraries/your-local-library/torpoint-library-and-information-service/. Access to public computers is limited, but we are unable to offer any staff assistance with computer queries to maintain safe social distancing.
Town Council Chambers / Hire of Facilities – Limited access is available to the building at 1-3 Buller Road and we are not currently hiring the facilities. Please contact the Town Clerk & RFO on 01752 814165 or email email@example.com.
The Town Council would like to thank all the volunteer and community organisations within Torpoint and the Rame Peninsula for their efforts in supporting the community during the pandemic. Every act of kindness has lifted the spirits of all concerned during this difficult time.
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The Gateway of CornwallTorpoint lies at the mouth of the river Tamar, Cornwall, opposite Devonport dockyard and the city of Plymouth. The river is crossed here by three chain ferries, which carry cars, buses, trucks and pedestrians across the 500 yard wide tidal estuary. Torpoint is the Gateway of South East Cornwall and the Rame peninsula.
The town was developed to provide housing for workers at the dockyard, and naval facilities were also built around the town. At one time the main route from Plymouth to Cornwall was across the ferry, but the opening of the Tamar Bridge north of the town, the decline of employment at the dockyard, and the reduction in Royal Navy facilities has seen the focus of the town shift towards providing local employment, as well as providing housing for workers in Plymouth.
Nearby Antony House (now in the ownership of the National Trust) is the seat of the Carew-Pole family, whose forebears were responsible for much of the early developement of the town in the eighteenth century. The house contains an extensive portrait collection, and the surrounding gardens and park, laid out by Repton offer delightful walks with vistas across the estuary.
Information on Torpoint Ward boundaries can be found at https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/
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