Paignton’s Liberal Democrat Councillors: Christine Carter (Roundham with Hyde), Ian Doggett and Adrian Sanders (both Clifton with Maidenway) have delivered the first batch of signatures on a petition calling on the Mayor to Keep Oldway for The Public.Keep Oldway for the People - Press Release
Today, Monday 11th January, the first tranche of Oldway petitions were handed in to the elected Mayor at the Town Hall. This petition calls upon Torbay Council to Keep Oldway for the Public by setting up a Community Trust and inviting applications for Trust members to take over control of the Oldway Estate.
Thanks to everyone who turned out and all who signed the petition. We will keep up the campaign.Oldway Petition Hand In
This week the Herald Express reported on the "'Scandal' of Paignton's Oldway Mansion". People are concerned that the work to convert the mansion into a private luxury hotel should have begun in January 2013."Scandal of Paignton's Oldway Mansion"
Liberal Democrat Councillors on Torbay Council are set to challenge the Conservative run Local Authority over claims that Torbay’s Heritage is being left to rot. Two questions are set to be put at the Full Council on the 22 October 2015. The first question to the Mayor from Liberal Democrat Councillor for Clifton with Maidenway Ian Doggett states – “Paignton residents continue to raise with me their concerns that Oldway Mansions are being left to rot with no sign of protecting the long term future of this much loved part of Paignton’s heritage. Can you please advise the Council what options have been considered to ensure this building will be here for generations to come?” Councillor Doggett said, “We cannot allow this building to continue to deteriorate. The Mayor needs to ensure that action is taken in the near future to secure its protection.”Torbay’s Heritage left to rot by Tory run Torbay Council
Last week, Paignton held its annual Chess Congress; an event which attracts people from around the country to the Bay. Until 2012 and for 60 years, the Paignton Chess Congress was hosted at Oldway Mansion. This was a prestigious event in the chess calendar and in previous years attracted world class players.60 Players at Paignton Chess Congress sign Oldway Petition