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                         NEWS RELEASE
PR 1211
                                                                                     1 August 2007

For Immediate Release

                Lengthsmen get down to grass roots action
Torbay's teams of community lengthsmen have swung into action, equipped with vans and
an array of tools to help clean up the Bay.


The initiative is part of Torbay Council's latest package of measures aimed at raising
cleansing standards.


New super-sized litter bins have already been provided in key seafront and beach
locations across the Bay, and the council is also launching a hotline so people can report
incidents of graffiti.


The three pairs of lengthsmen -- their name dates back to the days when council workers
had special responsibility for the upkeep of specific lengths of roads -- will operate in
designated areas of Torbay. They will undertake a variety of work such as weed spraying
and removal, cutting back overhanging council-owned hedges, cleaning and minor repairs
to road signs and fences, inspection and minor maintenance to litter and dog bins.


Torbay's network of community partnerships will co-ordinate some of the clean-up work.
Local residents will be able to contact co-ordinators in each of the 12 partnerships, and
requests for various work will be passed on to the lengthsmen.


Cllr Louisa Aiton, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said: "This is a fantastic
new initiative, as it is an excellent way of involving people at grass roots level across the
Bay.


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"The physical appearance of Torbay, especially some residential areas, has been a
concern identified by the public through numerous council and community partnership
consultations. Pride in the Bay, through the provision of a clean and safe environment,
forms a key part of the Torbay Community Plan, and the community lengthsmen will help
us tackle the issues of importance to residents.


"I think it is great that we have a network of volunteer co-ordinators in our communities
who are willing to give some of their own time to make sure no stone is left unturned in our
aim of achieving a cleaner and greener Torbay."


Cllr Jeanette Richards, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: "We have listened
carefully to what local residents have told us, and the community lengthsmen service now
gives them the opportunity to put in requests for work to be carried out in the areas in
which they live."


Welcoming the new initiative, Louise Gilson, the lengthsman co-ordinator for the Paignton
Town Community Partnership, said: "We are delighted that the council has listened to
residents' priorities and acted on them.


"Having attended numerous community partnership meetings where consultations have
been carried out the issues the lengthsmen will be dealing with are the issues which
concern residents most. This scheme gives everyone a chance to participate and make a
difference .The success of the lengthsmen is reliant in local people being involved in
reporting problems, and then seeing the results."


Torbay's community partnerships are groups of people who live or work in different parts of
Torbay, who want to improve the quality of life in their area.




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They meet on a regular basis to discuss issues of common concern. They lobby the
council and other agencies in Torbay to provide the services they want, and they try to
build community spirit in their neighbourhood.


More than 500 people are now involved in these groups. Membership is free and open to
everyone. To find out more details about the group in your area call Tracey Cabache on
01801 208831 or refer to the Community Partnerships pages on the Torbay Council
website at www.torbay.gov.uk


COMMUNITY LENGTHSMEN CO-ORDINATORS


Here is the list of the lengthsmen co-ordinators for each community partnership area. It
includes names and email addresses for each co-ordinator. It is hoped to provide mobile
telephones for the co-ordinators in due course, but in the meantime, please use the email
addresses. People who do not have access to emailing facilities can contact 01803
208831 with information which will be passed on to the relevant co-ordinator.


St Marychurch and District, Peter Huff, peterhuff@tiscali.co.uk
Watcombe and Barton, Brian Mallaney, brian.mallaney@torbay.gov.uk
Ellacombe, Cllr Cindy Stocks, cindy.stocks@torbay.gov.uk
Wellswood and Torwood, Lynne Hookings, lynne@websitevision.co.uk
Tormohun, Cllr Robert Horne, robert.horne@torbay.gov.uk
Shiphay and the Willows, Su Field, sufield@btinternet.com
Cockington, Chelston and Livermead, Ron Ashcroft, ronandmo@hotmail.com
Paignton, Louise Gilson, beachparkhotel@blueyonder.co.uk
Preston, Bob Brewis, Prestonpartnership@dsl.pipex.com
Blatchcombe and Clifton with Maidenway, Pat Coates, washingwell@talktalkbusiness.net
Goodrington, Roselands and Hookhills, Mark Rundle, g-r-hlengthsman@fsmail.net
Brixham, Norman Topley, normbri1@tiscali.co.uk




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Photo opportunity
The lengthsmen, vehicles and tools will be available with councillors for photographs on
Paignton Green on THURSDAY 2 AUGUST at 10am.




For further information please contact: Peter Surcombe, Communications Officer on
01803 208860




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