September 19 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Residents’ ideas for how to shape the Sid Valley could become a reality as civic leaders launch a consultation on how to spend future funds.
The town council is asking for creative input on how to improve the area, boost tourism and develop facilities for different age groups.
There is no specific funding due to come through – but councillors say they want to be ready with a ‘shopping list’ of ideas when it does.
A council spokesman said: “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.
“This is your opportunity to say what you would like to see.”
Funding could come through from section 106 agreements – a fee paid by developers when an area loses an amenity such as the Fortfield Hotel – the new Community Infrastructure Levy or some other source.
Suggestions are being sought for Sidmouth, Sidford, Sidbury and Salcombe Regis.
Councillors are offering to meet with representatives of community groups before they apply, which can be arranged by calling 01395 512424.
They are asking people to think about how ideas will improve the area, who it will benefit and what it will cost – but there is no upper limit.
All ideas must be received by Monday, June 30.
When the consultation is over, the council will keep contributors up to date by letter or email.
The ideas will be considered by members and may go to a public vote before anything is implemented.