From the Town Council newsletter:

New lease of life for Stratton & Poughill Toilets
 
At this month’s Full Council it was agreed that the deeds for the disused public toilets in Stratton and Poughill would be transferred from Cornwall Council to BudeStratton Town Council. The Town Council can now undertake the refurbishment works necessary in order to bring these facilities back into operation. The Town Council is currently responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the toilets at the Crescent car park, Summerleaze and Crooklets beaches.
Volunteers Needed at Budehaven Community School 
Budehaven Community School has set up a Covid-19 testing facility so that all staff, and students within the provision for vulnerable children and those of key workers, can be tested weekly. Moving forward, when school reopens to all pupils, it is expected that testing of all pupils for Covid-19 will take place.
In order to accommodate this, the school is seeking volunteers to help with testing and processing of the Covid-19 tests, as the staff who are currently carrying out the testing will resume their normal, everyday roles once all students are back in school.

Business

The Town Team meetings are well underway, with our local MP. Scott Mann attending the last online meeting. The teams’ aim is to work on creating a BudeStratton Town Plan, which will identify and support a small number of strategic projects to bring economic prosperity to the area.
Initial focus is expected to be based around The Triangle area of Bude Town Centre.
If you are interested in joining the Town Team, email us to find out which positions are still available. More information about the Town Team can be found on our website.

The Chatty Bench 

The first chatty benches have now been installed at various locations around the local area. We hope when restrictions allow these will help the community in relieving loneliness and isolation, which has been compounded by the pandemic.

Defibrillator for Bush 

At this month’s Communities Committee it was agreed that the disused telephone box at Bush should be made available for a local defibrillator. The committee reviewed the results from the consultation undertaken and agreed with the majority of the community who suggested a defibrillator be installed. Thank you to those who took the time to complete the survey. The Town Council will now work with community groups in order for them to provide a suitable unit.

 

Pesticide Free BudeStratton

Our Facilities team have been working hard these last few months, using alternative methods in place of glyphosate pesticides. At January’s Full Council it was formally resolved to stop the use of pesticides and we will be claiming Pesticide Free Town status through the Pesticide Action Network UK.

 

Social Action Fund 

Cllr Tony Gibbs has been elected as representative to participate in the Bude Social Action Fund working group and sit on the monthly panel to distribute funding, with Cllr Paul Crum to act as deputy representative. The Social Action Fund will make grants to organisations helping people in the Bude area who have been indirectly affected by Coronavirus. This might be people experiencing food or fuel poverty, loneliness, isolation, mental health or other issues.

Consultation

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the consultation on the BudeStratton Strategic programme. This consultation is now closed and the initial output was discussed at the Strategic Programme meeting this week, attended by BudeStratton Town Council, Cornwall Council and Bude Coastal Communities Team. Your views are really important and will help shape which projects are undertaken in the coming months and year.

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