Full steam ahead for Paignton's £13million new future

MP and trader in town centre

MP Mr Foster chats with John Fellows, chairman of the Torbay Road Traders, about the opportunities the funding will bring for the street. - Credit: Submitted

A £13million cash boost to transform the heart of Paignton has been given a final rubber-stamping by the government.

The original funding announcement from the Future High Streets initiative was exclusively revealed by the Torbay Weekly in December.

Paignton was first listed in August 2019, with a detailed bid submitted last year. Projects range from dealing with eyesores such as Crossways Shopping Centre to the plan for a major revitalisation of Paignton’s historic Picture House. The scheme also aims to improve Torbay Road and Station Square.

A detailed assessment of Paignton’s plans has been underway with the Government Department responsible now confirming it had completed this work and the money was now confirmed.

Torbay MP  Kevin Foster, said: “It’s great to hear the news this funding will be on its way to Paignton. I have been pleased to work with local traders, councillors and residents to ensure the benefits this investment will bring were heard. Now the priority is to get these projects underway."