At May's Full Council meeting the Conservative-controlled council voted to enter into a developer partnership to redevelop the South Quay of Paignton Harbour including building on the Roundham car park, taking away at least 60 parking spaces. The proposal suggests at least 50 residential apartments, with units on the ground floor, which would bring in double the current rental.
But there is uncertainty as to whether the tenants will end up with an equivalent area of space to that they have now and whether their rent will double. This, along with the question of where the temporary accommodation, if any, will be during the building work and how these residential apartments will fit in with the working harbour, is the cause of many worries and fears for harbour users, tenants and local residents.
Chris Carter, a Roundham With Hyde Liberal Democrat councillor said: “I proposed an amendment that recommended the council engage further with the community regarding any development, so there could be true community ownership of the vision for the harbour. This was rejected by the Tory-dominated council “
She went on to say: “I fear the involvement of a private partner will take control away from the council. One only has to look as far as Oldway Mansions for an example of a local asset being left to rot by a private partnership that has gone wrong.“