Paignton is Bay's Poor relation

Opposition Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council are set to champion investment in Paignton harbour and seafront, after figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats demonstrated that there had only been £12 spent per head of population on such projects in Paignton over the last 9 years, compared to £161 in Torquay and £1,201  per head in Brixham. 
Liberal Democrat Paignton councillor Chris Carter said, “Despite this situation, the Conservatives are planning to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on doing up the Strand in Torquay.  We feel that it is only fair that Paignton should get its fair slice of the pie.” 
The motion is as follows: 

That the Council formally objects to the Mayor’s capital budget proposals on the basis that:
This Council notes that £10.5 million (£161 per capita) has been spent on Torquay waterfront projects, £20.1 million (£1,201 per capita) spent on Brixham waterfront projects and £0.6 million (£12 per capita) spent on Paignton waterfront projects within the last 9 years as per figures set out in the table below:

Torbay Waterfront Projects
Project cost £m Approx Dates
Town Dock   1.20   2007/08-2008/09
Townscape Heritage   0.70   2008/09-2010/11
Mallock Memorial   0.20 2010/11
Princess Promenade   4.00   2011/12-2013/14
Haldon/Princess Piers  3.10 2009/10-2015/16
Princess Pier decking  0.40 2015/16
Inner Harbour Pontoons  0.90 2013/14/-2015/16
Total 10.50  
Geopark 0.60 2011/12-2012/13
Total 0.60  
Harbour regeneration 19.70 2007/08-2012/13
Harbour major repairs  0.30 2013/14
Breakwater  0.05 2013/14
Total 20.05  

In the light of the lack of investment in Paignton seafront and harbourside, that the Mayoral project for Torquay seafront and harbourside be deleted and that public consultation be undertaken to ensure that appropriate projects are brought forward for the Paignton seafront and harbourside.
In accordance with the Constitution at F3.9, the Council therefore requires the Mayor to consider this objection by 10 am on 19 February 2016 and either:
a)  submit a revision of the draft Capital Plan as amended by the elected Mayor (the “revised draft Capital Plan”), with the reasons for any amendments, to the Council for its consideration;
b)  inform the Council of any disagreement that the elected Mayor has with any of the Council’s objections and his reasons for any such disagreement.
Proposed by Councillor Carter
Seconded by Councillor Sanders

Contact Chris Carter 07703209305

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  • commented 2016-02-11 19:36:31 +0000
    half the shops in torquay have closed , there are more shops in paignton than in Torquay or Brixham , i personally think all three need regenerating , we should have companies queing to invest in the bay , over 4 million visitors a year , if you cant make a success of fan base that big , you should resign , and let someone else have a go …..gordon who ? at least everyone knew who nick bye was , bring him back , or better still Adrian Saunders for mayor , he has done more for Torbay , than Gordon Oliver ……..
  • commented 2016-02-11 15:26:04 +0000
    This does not suprise me, even in the days of Nick Bye he made it clear , he did not want any retail development in Paignton that might interfere with retail in Torquay. It seems that idea continues with Oliver. People in Paignton need to wake up to this, the Tory group in control want to see Paignton become a DORMITARY TOWN—-DO YOU really want to have to go to Torquay to do most of your shopping. Take a walk down Victoria Street on a sunny day, it has a pleasant friendly feel to it , then go down Union Street, it just doesn’t have the same feel to it. Let your councillors be aware of how you feel, if we support them and the Paignton bid group to get our FAIR SHARE of the budget, perhaps Paignton can, once again, become a thriving community, like it used to be.
    Paignton, has for to long, been piggy in the middle of Torquay and Brixham and the under investment that goes with it——we must put a stop to it now

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