Priorities for economic development in Great Torrington
The Great Torrington Futures Group has now re-convened with an enlarged membership of 4 Councillors and 5 lay members.
Based on several local consultations over recent years, we have constructed a questionnaire about options for economic and related development. Your Town Councillors were each asked to indicate 10 priorities out of a list of 45 proposals.
A complete summary of their choices is available from the Council Offices at Castle Hill. The top five priorities, with at least half of the twelve Councillors selecting them, were:
• Encourage more of the thousands of visitors to Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor to visit the town (11).
• Investigate how to attract small and medium-sized businesses, including those working in technology, arts/media, niche industries and internet marketing (9).
• Work with District and County Councils to determine options for business development and inward investment (7)
• Market the town and the locality online (7).
• Improve the image of New Street as it is one of the stronger impressions that visitors receive about Torrington (6).
38 out of the 45 items were selected as a priority by at least one Councillor, which perhaps reflects the diversity of local opinion about how people would like to see the town develop.
You may have noticed the new town information boards which we have sited at Sydney House Car Park; Barley Grove Car Park; Tarka Valley Railway; Old Bowling Green; Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor. Members of the Futures Group will lead on short-term projects which can be realised fairly easily and cheaply; but will also address the challenges of longer-term, more complex projects. Whether it is seats and bike racks which make the town more user-friendly, or commercial investment which improves the local economy, we shall aim for changes which have a lasting impact.
Great Torrington Futures Group: Di Davey, Chenie Miller, Keeley Allin, Peter Bevan, Chris Bright, Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin, Ian Ashelford, Phil Topham, John Eeles.
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The role of the Economic Regeneration Team at Torridge is to help develop the local economy and provide strategic input to local and regional economic policy making. The Council is committed to attracting new jobs to the area through it’s inward investment programme and works in partnership with other agencies.
The Economic Regeneration Team works throughout the region to promote the interests of Torridge District, its businesses and communities.
Further useful information can be found on the Devon Delivers Website HERE