MP Kevin Foster: I’m happy to lend a hand with Crossways demolition works

Crossways shopping centre, Paignton

Crossways shopping centre, Paignton - Credit: Archant

I am delighted to hear plans to rejuvenate the eyesore which is the Crossways Shopping Centre with new affordable and extra care homes, plus commercial space are moving forward.

Local Cllr Barbara Lewis has campaigned for action and Torbay Council agreed in September 2019 to purchase the site, via compulsory purchase if necessary.

A planning application will be submitted soon for 90 extra care and sheltered affordable housing units for local people, with commercial space retained on the ground floor for businesses.

I am grateful to the leadership of the Council for regular updates on this work.

Extra care housing is also known as assisted living and residents will have their own self-contained flats but with staff available to provide personal care and support services.

This is similar to the facilities provided at Whitley Court near Paignton Zoo.

Crossways is an eyesore which has blighted Paignton town centre for too long and I would, like most Paignton residents, be only too happy to lend a hand with demolition works if this plan gets the go ahead.

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