The Portfolio Holder for Portfolio Holder for Business, Economy and Tourism presented the report to consider the proposed projects for the Future High Streets funding bid. Members were advised that this application built on work done over ten years and sought inward investment of circa 10 million, an amount which was needed more than ever post COVID-19 to reinvigorate the Newton Abbot High Street. The consultation feedback had been positive and ongoing discussion would involve organisations like the theatre who the council recognised play a part in creating a vibrant town centre environment.
Executive Members welcomed the submission of the bid which if successful would support the revitalisation of Newton Abbot.
The Leader acknowledged the correspondence that Members had received from representatives of Alexandra Theatre and commented that the Council would work with the theatre to explore opportunities to retain live theatre in Newton Abbot.
(1) the funding application be endorsed and the final submission to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government be approved; and
(2) the proposed projects be referred to Full Council for approval if the funding application is successful.
(The vote was unanimous)