February 2019

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8. ‘Sea’s the day!’ in annual forum dedicated to coastal living

The Teign Estuary and Coastal Partnership is holding its annual forum on Monday 25 February – and you’re invited to attend.

The yearly event will cover a wide range of coastal topics from coastal railway works to hidden wildlife and unique heritage. It’s being held at the Pavilions Teignmouth.

The Partnership, led by Teignbridge District Council, co-ordinates the management of the Teign Estuary and the open coast between Dawlish Warren and Torbay. It works with many partners including Teignmouth Harbour Commission, the Environment Agency, Associated British Ports and Devon County Council, as well as town councils and local organisations.

Cllr Humphrey Clemens, Teignbridge District Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive member with responsibility for coastal services, said:

“This event always highlights the drive and commitment of our partners, local groups and other interested individuals who all work together for the benefit of everyone on the coast. This ranges from science, sporting opportunities through to beach cleans, arts projects, the hugely popular ‘Taste of the Teign’ food and drink festival and the brilliant work undertaken by local voluntary and sports groups. The forum offers something for everyone with an interest in this diverse area.”

Teignmouth Harbourmaster Commander David Vaughan is the Chairman of the Partnership. He said:

“The Partnership really looks forward to the annual forum because it encourages a wide audience to help play a real role in local coastal management, or simply to find out more about this special place.

“From strategically important railway works on our coastal section to small improvements within the estuary which encourage people to get onto the foreshore or out on the water, we are keen to showcase existing opportunities and encourage new ways to make the most of these natural resources.”

The Partnership is actively involved in a number of areas that focus on enhancing, preserving and promoting the coastal and river areas. This includes economic development, water recreation, coastal defence, footpaths, slipways and coastal access, fishing and shellfisheries, conservation, the Templer Way and Stover Canal, Taste of the Teign and maintaining quality bathing water standards. The Partnership also operates a small grants fund which is aimed at encouraging community groups to get involved in the hands-on management of this charismatic area.

As part of a rolling five-year programme the Partnership will be asking people to tell them what they think is a priority for 2019 – 2024. The Forum is a key opportunity to help set the Partnership’s priorities.

The evening also offers people the chance to have a ‘three minute soapbox slot’ so if you would like the opportunity to present a project or activity at the event you’re encouraged to contact the Partnership to get involved.

Booking is essential. Tickets for this free evening event are available at www.teignestuary.org To inquire about the soapbox slots contact: coastal@teignbridge.gov.uk Tickets also includes the opportunity to sample some local ‘Taste of the Teign’ produce kindly sponsored Associated British Ports.