Regenerating our Town Centres was a key issue at last week’s Torbay Council election, with residents looking to see change and the delivery of schemes funded by the Government.
The Government has already committed £21.9m of funding to the Torquay Town Deal and £13.4m towards the Paignton Future High Streets Fund. Yet delivery of these schemes has been slow, with the Lib Dem\Independent Coalition failing to get any of the major schemes under the Torquay Town Deal underway prior to their defeat at last week’s election.
Getting work on schemes underway will be a vital part of convincing Government to take further steps to support our Town Centres. Ministers were unlikely to be convinced to offer more support when presented with the failure to deliver other projects they had agreed to fund by the previous coalition administration.
Torbay MP Kevin Foster took the chance at Treasury Questions in the House of Commons to highlight the need for regeneration of our towns, plus secure a meeting with Treasury Ministers where the new Conservative Leadership of Torbay Council can set out their plans to end the previous dither & delay and deliver for our bay.