KEEP this to yourselves but there is a hint, just a glimmer of hope, the economy is taking a turn for the better.
We still have a long way to go before we turn the corner, but talking to some of the movers and shakers out in the South Devon business community, the signs are encouraging.
The brilliant summer sunshine — please don't end yet — has delivered the feel good factor for everybody and must have played a huge part in the optimism now being shown.
Visitor numbers have soared. Our hotels, guest houses and tourist attractions must have had their best season in years. Let's face it, any holiday business which hasn't made hay while the sun has shone should be taking a serious look at itself.
The construction industry also appears to be on the move in the right direction as the demand for homes shows signs of improvement.
I am told it is this industry which tends to lead the economy out of recession and nurtures the much-needed green shoots of recovery.
New homes need new land, however. So as the economy, hopefully, picks up and developers seek new locations where will they go and how many will there be? Nobody wants a new housing estate in their back yard.
Some will accept people need somewhere to live and sacrifices have to be made.
Others, no doubt, will be quick to fetch out their protest placards and wage war against anybody daring to invade their little, quiet corner of England.
Housing numbers are being mulled over as we speak with local authorities, including Torbay Council, drawing up Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans, driven by the community, being devised to tie in.
The number of new properties Torbay is expected to deliver over the course of the next 20 years has been reduced. But expect some tough decisions — and some of those protests — in the not too distant future.
Torbay deputy mayor and executive lead for strategic planning, housing and energy, David Thomas, has been playing a leading role in the new homes plans.
He and other key people out in the general community have been working hard to make sure people have their say and influence what sites can be developed.
Simply saying 'no' to every project mooted by potential developers is not an option. But communities can say where development is acceptable and Torbay Council has to show it has housing land available and planned for the future.
It lost its argument along those lines when it lost a planning appeal against refusal of permission for 155 homes at Scotts Meadow, off Riviera Way in Torquay.
But it says it is better prepared if, say, developers decide to appeal against planning permission being granted for 175 homes on a field at Collaton St Mary on the outskirts of Paignton.
Cllr Thomas says work on the Neighbourhood Plans and Local Plan are progressing.
He says: "We are working closely with the chairmen of the three Neighbourhood Plans in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.
"Nobody wants extra development in their own back yard if it is not needed, but everybody knows people need somewhere to live."
He welcomed the Collaton rejection decision, but warned that, just like in other areas of the Bay, that doesn't mean to say other sites in the area may be suitable for development — but again it is the people of the general Blatchcombe partnership having a major say in that.
Cllr Thomas says: "That area in Collaton is seen as an area for some growth, but the details of which area or which field specifically will come through the Neighbourhood Plan.
"We have done some work in Blatchcombe through the community partnership and we have got down to specific fields to give people a choice.
"We have started that difficult conversation."
At a recent Blatchcombe partnership meeting more than 150 attended.
Cllr Thomas was delighted with the turn out and the fact people from across the ward, including Foxhole, Great Parks and Waterleat sat down together.
He said: "These problems are not going to be resolved by what is seen as councillors or officers in Ivory Towers. The Localism Act has changed that. The communities need to engage in this process.
"If people engage they understand they can make a difference but cannot say no to everything. These conversations need to be had across the Bay. "People feel that they have been consulted to death but feel they have not been listened to or heard."
Torbay has been tasked with delivering between 8,000 and 10,000 new homes over the next 20 years.
Cllr Thomas says: "We are concentrating on the next five years."
Latest figures indicate 4,400 houses would need to be provided over the next 10 years — 2,500 over the next five.
In reality the council has land for 3,100.
"The sites have been identified and 90 per cent already have planning permissions," says Cllr Thomas.
These include White Rock, Park Bay on the Ring Road, Great Parks phase two and Hollacombe at Preston on the main Torquay to Paignton seafront.
New homes will continue to be a hot potato, especially in the Bay.
It is a case of striking the right balance. We can't say no all the time. I was talking to one developer recently who said his company have virtually given up trying to work with Torbay. He finds Plymouth and Exeter much easier to deal with.
That's the kind of thing we don't need — if those green shoots are to grow.