• Temporary closure of Torquay and Brixham Connections

    Many of my fellow residents in Ellacombe will recall that last year, as part of his proposed budget cuts, the mayor wanted to close the Connections offices in the centre of Torquay and Brixham. This was a proposal that I fought vigorously because I felt that he had not done enough to prove a council business case for closure. In short, Ellacombe residents had come to me with concerns and I represented those concerns. The mayor decided that my fellow councillors and I had a point and withdrew the cut from this year’s budget.

    Fast forward to this year, and the mayor has decided that budget pressures for next year (up to £12 million) means that he can leave no stone unturned, and that includes exploring and preparing a proper business case to decide whether or not Connections offices in Torquay and Brixham should continue. In order to do this, he has decided to have a one-month trial closure to assess the impacts.

    Ellacombe houses: my experience tells me that housing is likely to be the issue that will be most affected by any closure of Torquay Connections

    Everyone knows that the council has been put somewhere between a rock and a hard place by central government cuts to our grants. While I have reservations, I think it is only right that, having criticised the mayor for not backing up his decision last year with a business case, I do not criticise him now for allowing that case to be prepared ahead of this autumn’s 2016/17 budget preparation.

    In the meantime, I have received assurances that housing officers will continue to be accessible in Torquay town hall if residents in crisis approach councillors, and that arrangements will be made for emergency payments to be collected from Paignton without cost to the claimant.

    There can be no sacred cows at the council when it comes to trying to find costs to cut, so please let me have your thoughts about this proposal via any of the usual methods. I will then make sure your views are put forward.



Julien Parrott, UKIP

Councillor for Ellacombe Ward, 2007 to date
Executive Lead for Adults and Children
Torbay Borough Council Unitary Authority

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11 November 2017

A brief update ...

I realise that I keep apologising for not maintaining this website! I really hope that I will be able to do something with it in the near future, but I know that my fellow Ellacombe residents understand that my priority is with my ward work and with my work for children and adults across the Bay as Executive Lead councillor.

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