Brixham fish market plan considered for Government funding bid

Brixham Harbour, with the fish market in the foreground

Brixham Harbour, with the fish market in the foreground. - Credit: Google Maps

A multi-million scheme to improve Brixham fish market is being considered as part of a bid to the Government for regeneration funds.

Plans to reclaim land at Brixham harbour alongside the market would see extra space created for landing catch, increasing capacity at the port which is the UK’s largest fish market by value sold.

The industry has seen a double blow from the pandemic and the impact of Brexit, and support to help it take advantage of future opportunities in a post-Covid recovery is seen as an important strategy for the local economy.

It is understood that the multi-million scheme is a serious contender as one of a package of projects in a bid by Torbay Council for support from the Government’s Levelling Up fund.

Up to £20million is available for successful bids, or up to £50million for road schemes, which must be approved by the local MP.

Torbay, which has the highest levels of deprivation in the region, has been put in the top priority category for support from the £4billion fund set aside for England under the programme announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak at the March spending review.

The scheme is designed to provide investment in local infrastructure including transport, urban regeneration and cultural assets.

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Torbay has been allocated £150,000 by the Government to bring forward detailed proposals.

Brixham is in the constituency of Totnes and South Devon MP Anthony Mangnall, who welcomed the money as a 'positive step' towards the Government delivering on its levelling up agenda.

Torbay MP Kevin Foster said he supported investment in fishing and was keen to see projects which would benefit the economy across the area to support education, jobs and skills.

The leader of Torbay Council Steve Darling said work would start to prepare a bid for the first round of funding which has to be submitted by Friday, June 18.

The Government has already allocated £22million for regeneration projects in Torquay from the Town Deal fund, and Paignton has been awarded £13million from the Future High Streets fund.