Latest Torbay Council Stories

2008-09-25 00:00:21

By JONPAUL HEDGE Torbay Council, which effectively banned one of the world's most successful comedies 28-years-ago, is to screen it for the first time after declaring its own X-rating certificate void. The Life Of Brian is to be shown in Torquay on Sunday after it won an online poll as part of the English Riviera International Comedy Film Festival. After legal advice the council has deemed the previous ruling redundant, paving the way for what's thought to be the first council organised...

2008-09-25 00:00:21

It's hard to believe now, in an age of round-the-clock shock television and films that push the boundaries of what can and can't be shown on screen, but a film made by a British TV comedy outfit nearly 30 years ago still gets people hot under the collar. When it was first released in cinemas, Monty Python's Life of Brian caused one of the biggest furores in cinema history. Its critics said its off-kilter depiction of Biblical events was blasphemous. Its fans said they were missing the...

2008-09-09 00:00:13

Talks are being held about the mess left behind at Torre Abbey Meadows after the fair moved on last week. As the Anderton and Rowland fair left Torquay, the waterlogged and muddy ground has been left in need of repair. And last week's storms which brought waves crashing across the seafront mean that work to reinstate the grass has to wait until water levels drop on the meadow. Fair owners Anderton and Rowland have promised to properly reinstate the area and say that despite the mess,...

2008-09-07 00:00:10

By JENNA RICHARDS Part of a South Devon beach has been closed to swimmers after another sea water alert. Goodrington Beach North was closed to bathers yesterday after a member of the public reported discolouration in the water off the beach. Signs were put up by Torbay Council advising people the quality of the bathing water could not be guaranteed. It is thought the problem had been caused by water being pumped from overflow tanks into the sea caused by the bad weather. South West...

2008-08-24 00:00:20

By HANNAH TAYLOR Paignton beach has had to lower its Blue Flag on the busiest weekend of the year. Torbay Council claims heavy rain has meant that water quality levels have fallen 'just below' the stringent tests to meet the Blue Flag criteria. It comes just months after the beach was awarded the coveted status for the first time in 20 years. Deputy mayor Cllr Kevin Carroll said that Torbay Council was 'disappointed' with the news. He said: "We were delighted when Paignton beach...

2008-08-03 00:00:12

By ALLAN TUDOR A huge dead mammal - thought to be a sea lion - has washed up on a Torbay beach mystifying wildlife experts. The body of a seven foot marine mammal was found at St Mary's Bay, Brixham by Torbay Council beach staff. A council spokesman said: "We believe it be a sea lion. Two of our men went down to have a look and they said there is no way they could move it. It is believed to weigh around half a tonne." The council is making arrangements with the harbour service to have...

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