Paignton Liberal Democrat councillor Chris Carter is set to challenge the Conservative elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver, over the lack of progress on the Crossways centre in Paignton town centre and Oldway Mansion, which both remain being left to rot. There is no clear game plan to tackle either of these quietly decaying buildings.The Crossways centre was recently the victim of an arson attack.
The Liberal Democrat councillor for Roundham and Hyde said: ”Local independent traders need clarity about the future of this shopping centre.This uncertainty has dragged on far too long and we need firm action, such as compulsory purchase, for this site.”
Turning to Oldway Mansion, she went on to say: “After the Conservative-controlled council's unsuccessful backing of a private developer, we in the Paignton Liberal Democrats feel that the council needs to trust the people of Torbay and put some momentum behind a community-led solution as the best way of ensuring the long term viability of this much loved Paignton jewel."
The questions set to be put to the elected Mayor for Torbay on the 2nd February at the Full Council meeting are as follows:
Q1. In light of the recent fire at Crossways, could you advise me if there is a deadline for serving a compulsory purchase order for Crossways and if so what that date is?
Q2. No action appears to be happening with regard to Oldway and surrounding area. Could you advise me of the plans for action with regard to Oldway, the tennis courts, the parking and the bowls club, and when action is likely to take place.