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SIDMOUTH: Town project ideas up for discussion

Thursday, 05 June 2014

Pedestrianising Fore Street, improving Christmas lights and tidying up the town centre are just some of the initial suggestions submitted to Sidmouth Town Council for where designated community cash could be spent. The council has been seeking ideas from residents about how to improve the town and surrounding areas. And the suggestions will later be put to a public vote to decide which projects will be awarded the cash. Councillor Ian Barlow, who has been heading the initiative, said: “The town council wants to get everyone singing from the same hymn sheet on this. “It is important that everybody has a say so that we can get lots of ideas together then put them to a vote so the whole town is behind whichever projects are chosen. “It does not matter what it will cost – whether it is £1,000 or £100,000 – we will keep an open mind and any idea is up for discussion.” The council is lining up a number of community projects with an emphasis on boosting tourism and has opened the floor to suggestions from local people for how its money could best be spent. So far, proposals have included the complete pedestrianisation of Fore Street and the construction of a wharf to enable boats to dock at the seafront, as well as improving the standard of the town’s festive decorations. Councillor Barlow added: “People always moan that they do not have a say but this is their chance to get their voices heard. “It is a great project, and if you have a good idea we want to hear from you.” A town council spokesperson added: “The town council is committed to ensuring that local people play a part in shaping a local vision for Sidmouth’s future development and will work hard to achieve some of your ideas in the future. “We are especially interested in the views of local community groups. “If you are part of a group and would like a councillor to come and speak to you before you fill in your form please contact us. Consultation forms are available from the town council and online at, and ideas should be submitted by Monday June 30th.


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