|You may be aware that the Government announced last month a £50m Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, financed by the European Regional Development Fund, which can be used to support a range of extra measures on high streets and other retail areas Four areas where the money might be used are listed in the guidance:|
Our share of this fund will be £119,835 and the government hopes a funding agreement can be finalised with local authorities by the end of June, with expenditure from 1 June being eligible for support.
This money cannot be used for activity that brings no additional benefits, for capital expenditure or to make grants to businesses.
It is important that we work together to support communities and businesses to get back to some level of normality and to use this money in a way which will bring most benefit. Involving your local ward member in any discussions about how this fund might help your high street would be helpful.
We would like to work with Town and Parish Councils to understand what ideas or plans you are developing for your local community. It would be helpful for example to know what timescale you are working to, who you are working with, who you are sharing ideas with and who is leading on this work.
We can then make sure that our district wide plans capture these ideas and help us to channel Government funding to where it will have most impact and flag to government the type of support that we collectively think is needed.
To make sure that your Town or Parish Council is involved in these discussions and as time is not on our side, in the first instance please email with any ideas. If you need a brief discussion about your idea please call Community projects Officer Gary Powell on 01626 215895.
Views wanted on transformation proposals
Residents, traders and other local stakeholders are invited to have their say on the proposals to transform Newton Abbot town centre, as part of a major redevelopment plan set to boost the economy and increase the profile of the town.
The multi-million-pound Future High Streets Fund will inject a much-needed cash boost into the local economy and transform the town for residents and visitors.
Our plans feature a major redevelopment of Market Hall, Market Square and the old Alexandra cinema, to include a new eating quarter, a state of the art cinema, a remodelled entertainment and events venue and a high quality market space. They also include pedestrian improvements and the addition of greenery in the Queen Street area, cycling improvements for better links to shopping facilities and increased parking at Cricketfield car park.
Know a small business that needs help?
We are launching new funding designed to help small and micro businesses in Teignbridge affected by Covid-19. We have joined councils across Devon in launching this financial initiative to support economic activity as the county comes out of lockdown. Grants will range from £1,000 to £25,000 with all businesses required to meet the same evidence-based needs test.
Inspector allows Wolborough planning appeal
The original planning application for mixed use development, including 1,210 homes, at land at Wolborough Barton, Coach Road, Newton Abbot was not determined by Teignbridge District Council within the statutory time frame and the applicant appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.
An inquiry ran for five days in March and June 2019, at which members of the public attended and expressed their views. The Inspector's Report was passed to the Secretary of State in January and the outcome of the appeal was announced on Wednesday .
We note the decision of the planning inspector to allow the appeal and so grant planning permission. As an authority, we will now work with the developers to ensure that all conditions and obligations associated with the planning permission are fulfilled.
Rural skip services cancelled
Rural Skip services have been cancelled until at least the end of July. Many of the sites have limited space and so the contractor who delivers the service for us cannot ensure social distancing is safely maintained without incurring significant additional service costs. We are constantly reviewing the situation and will keep parishes and residents fully up to date.
As the household recycling centres are now open, residents have this option for any waste they cannot hold onto in the mean time.
Pressure on recycling collections
Due to large volumes of recycling, we are running behind on some collection rounds. If areas are missed customers are advised to leave their containers out and we will collect them as soon as possible. As a result of lockdown and many more people being at home, there has understandably been a rise in online shopping. The amount of cardboard we are collecting has consequently risen by approximately 50 per cent, meaning that our recycling vehicles have to return to the bulking station to empty more frequently.
The agenda for next week’s planning committee on Tuesday, 9 June, starting at 10am has been published. The meeting is being held virtually and residents can follow the proceedings via YouTube.
Annual council meeting date
Our Annual Council meting will be held virtually on Tuesday 28 July, starting at 2.15pm. It will be streamed live on YouTube and details of how to watch it will be published nearer the date.
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