Press release from Newton Abbot Town Council
Date: March 17 2020
Embargo: for immediate use
Council staff and members to work from home
STAFF and members of Newton Abbot Town Council, and Newton Abbot Museum, will work from
home until further notice.
All telephone lines and email addresses will be diverted and remain operational, meaning contact
with residents should not be affected.
The decision was taken on Tuesday morning following yesterday’s Governmental advice designed
to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
Plans are being drawn up to reschedule and conduct public meetings and events in line with official
safety guidance as it emerges.
A revised programme will be published in due course. Visit www.newtonabbot-tc.gov.uk for
updates or follow the Newton Abbot Town Council Facebook page.
The opening of Newton’s Place, the council’s new base and home to Newton Abbot Town and
GWR Museum, has been postponed indefinitely.
Contractors will continue with the build and installation programmes, having regard to safe working
practices and evolving Government advice.
Mayor Cllr Richard Jenks said: ‘It is with very heavy hearts that we have taken these steps but feel
it is absolutely necessary given the current national and international effort to halt the spread of the
‘It would be irresponsible to ignore the opportunity technology has given us to enable homeworking which, while not as efficient or joyful as being together in the same building, means we can
still get the job done.
‘Several town councillors are classified as ‘at-risk’ for one reason or another, we cannot ignore
their safety, nor that of staff or members of the public who might visit Newton’s Place.
‘Difficult times call for difficult decisions but the sooner we tackle the problems facing us the sooner
life can return to normal.
‘I urge every resident in Newton Abbot to be generous and caring in the coming weeks and
months, to think how they might help the community, be that by taking positive steps to help those
in need or by simply following Government advice.
‘By working together we can minimise the impact of this dreadful virus. We must remain hopeful
and positive, looking for the best within ourselves and cherishing those we love and care for.
‘There is light at the end of every tunnel.’
Notes to editors
For further information please call Town Clerk Phil Rowe on 01626 201120 or email