As the Partnership Administration that runs Torbay Council, we know that Torbay is the most glorious part of Devon - it is breath-taking, captivating, inspiring and characterful.
Whilst it is a magnet for tourists and known to many as the English Riviera, it also hosts globally significant technology businesses and it is the place that we are proud to call our home.
However, we are equally aware of the challenges that the Bay faces, which we are committed to overcoming. We have built on the learning and community cohesion we strengthened with our voluntary and community sector partners throughout the pandemic, and continue to do so.
More than ever, we want to turn the tide on poverty, and we have taken big steps towards this goal. Improvements are being made to the services we deliver to our children and young people. We have also helped relieve some of the financial burden on families in need through initiatives like free bus travel and providing food vouchers.
We are supporting projects to help people manage debt, digital exclusion and food poverty through the Adult Social Care Precept and we’ve provided extra accommodation for those in immediate need and fleeing domestic abuse. We work closely with our partners, so we can provide help and advice to those who need it the most through initiatives, such as the Torbay Community Helpline.
Improvements are also being made to school facilities, such as building work at Mayfield School to improve accommodation for pupils and staff.
Working together and empowering communities is vitally important and one reason why we are funding Community Builders, so they can support a wide range of people in local areas.
We are creating spaces to thrive through multi-million-pound projects across Torbay. In 2021, we started a regeneration programme that will help to build a prosperous future for Torquay through the Town Deal and delivered improvements to Royal Terrace Gardens, Upton Park and Princess Gardens. Work is being prepared for along The Strand. Following Listed Building Consent, detailed structural survey work will be carried out at the Pavilion ahead of restoration works.
There are plans to transform Paignton Town centre. £3m worth of improvement works to Torbay Road and Station Square are due to start in autumn 2022 and work at the Paignton Picture House has continued to progress.
We obtained a compulsory purchase order for Crossways, which is due to be demolished later this year. The Future High Street Fund is one of a number of funding streams helping to support the work in Paignton. £150,000 of National Lottery money has also been secured for Oldway to identify a resilient and sustainable future for the historic site, building on the fantastic work already undertaken by the community.
In Brixham, a new government grant has been secured and areas in the town have been earmarked for regeneration.
Claylands & Torbay Business Park Unit E have been completed, enabling growth and the expansion of local businesses. Work has started on employment sites in Edginswell and Lymington Road to create and safeguard 216 jobs.
We are also responding to the climate emergency, forming the Torbay Climate Partnership to accelerate local action. We are planting new trees, delivering electric vehicle charging points and have given pollinator patches to local communities to provide nectar rich flowers for insects, such as bees.
But we know that as a place, with all component parts working together differently, Torbay can better utilise its assets. We need to build confidence, cultivating and encouraging strong leadership, bringing everyone together for the benefit of the Bay.
This is why we are supporting the Building a Greater Torbay campaign; so that we can work with the entirety of the Bay - residents, businesses and statutory agencies – to ensure that collectively we build a greater Torbay.
Leader of Torbay Council, Councillor Steve Darling, and Deputy Leader, Councillor Darren Cowell
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