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Council wards in bid for Assisted Area status to help create jobs

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

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THREE council wards in Torbay could benefit from a Government helping hand towards creating new jobs.

Blatchcombe, Shiphay with The Willows and Tormohun are being considered for Assisted Area status from next spring. The Government is in the final rounds of consultation on the status nationwide.

Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver said: "Assisted Area status is brilliant news for Torbay as it will act as a further catalyst to regeneration of our local economy and support the growth of our local industries. It builds on the partnership I established to develop links in the US and attract inward investment. It complements the Torbay Growth Fund, our inward investment and business growth strategies and the immense commitment and passion from the local business and resident community."

Torbay Council, Torbay Development Agency and the South West Local Enterprise Partnership have been working together to lobby the UK and EU government to recognise Torbay as an assisted area status. This would help these partnerships deliver the regeneration initiatives planned to improve the local economy and attract and retain jobs and investment.

Alan Denby, TDA director of economic strategy said: "The TDA is very pleased with this announcement, which is testament to the progress we have made drive the message to the government about the potential for growth in Torbay, given comparable economic conditions for investment in line with similar UK business locations. While the status does not guarantee additional funding, it is recognition of the ongoing work in Torbay to improve the local economy; and will enable businesses to access funding more easily. We will be continue to lobby government to make a strong case for Torbay's inclusion in the final version."

Assisted Area status permits the granting of additional financial support to small businesses and large enterprise in economically disadvantaged locations. This support is to encourage business in these communities to grow, innovate and thrive, which can positively affect these locations and the whole UK economy.

The status recognises the potential for growth, so while it is allocated to areas in some way "disadvantaged" they are only designated as assisted areas if the EU agrees there is significant potential for business growth and that there are robust partnerships in place to address the challenges.

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  • Menogoski  |  December 26 2013, 7:53PM

    It is good to see Torquay finally moving forward under the Conservatives after years of Lib Dem decline.

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  • YouQuip  |  December 24 2013, 9:48PM

    The three 'major' parties will tell you that there is nothing you can do about this sort of thing, it's just inevitable decline. They will tell you this from a booming London that has just seen house prices reach an all time high and has just thrown billions at the olympic games, don't believe them, it is just a lib/lab/con. Don't behave like the sheep they want you to be, vote for change, vote UKIP.

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  • Jonahthefarme  |  December 23 2013, 2:18PM

    It's a problem that is also covered up by the pro public sector, pro publically funded charity Herald. Welcome to democratic free speach.

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  • lababycakes  |  December 22 2013, 10:52PM

    Tormuhun has become one massive dumping ground for addicts, criminals and sex offenders. Of course it needs assisted area status, it's a problem that had been created by the local council using public funding. UKIP are waiting for your seats gentlemen.

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  • BetinaBooty  |  December 21 2013, 12:50PM

    Factory Row campaigners out on the streets around Argos today. "Sign our petition to save lives on the streets. Valuable public services are being cut that save lives, sign here." Of course no evidence can be supplied to justify these claims but when you are targeting old ladies at christmas time no evidence is needed. The Herald will undoutably tell us that the whole of Torquay are behind this town centre doss house that regularily accommodates drug addicts, sex offenders and criminals and that smack in the centre of a family tourist town is the ideal position for it. It's a bigger lie than santa claus, don't be fooled twice at christmas.

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  • HT201320  |  December 19 2013, 5:58PM

    I'm confused! Is the mayor and the TDA really getting excited about labelling more of Torbay as deprived? Aside from creating more high paid jobs for the TDA, driving down the market value of houses in these areas by creating a negative image and watching existing local businesses go under whilst thousands of pounds are spent attracting new businesses (with further financial incentives) to move here, what are they receiving millions of pounds of council money for? As for recognising the 'potential' has it really taken this long to spot in the years the TDA have ruled over Torbay? Perhaps the money paid to the TDA to run Torbay into the ground should be spent on frontline services, and perhaps the high paid council staff who are supposed to look after our economic development should do so instead of continuing to pay a quango-turned-limited company.

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  • HT201320  |  December 19 2013, 5:49PM

    I'm confused! Is the mayor and the TDA really getting excited about labelling more of Torbay as deprived? Aside from creating more high paid jobs for the TDA, driving down the market value of houses in these areas by creating a negative image and watching existing local businesses go under whilst thousands of pounds are spent attracting new businesses (with further financial incentives) to move here, what are they receiving millions of pounds of council money for? As for recognising the 'potential' has it really taken this long to spot in the years the TDA have ruled over Torbay? Perhaps the money paid to the TDA to run Torbay into the ground should be spent on frontline services, and perhaps the high paid council staff who are supposed to look after our economic development should do so instead of continuing to pay a quango-turned-limited company.

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  • BetinaBooty  |  December 19 2013, 9:44AM

    Tormohum, in the centre of the once proud Torquay needs assisted area status. How can it ever hope to attract tourists. It has been used by the local council as a dumping ground for addicts, criminals and sex offenders. You won't see the centre of Torquay on any postcards. It has become an embarrassment the council want to cover up.

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