Bideford's new EV charger!

In partnership with ChargePoint UK, Torridge District Council has installed some of the first publically accessible electric car charging points in car parks in Northern Devon. With the Government announcing that petrol and diesel cars will be phased out after 2040 and investment and ownership of electrical vehicles continuing to rise Councillors have decided to act now to provide facilities for both tourists and residents at strategic locations across the district (Bideford, Torrington, Holsworthy, and Appledore).

Future High Streets Fund

The Future High Streets Fund was a competitive funding process designed to create transformational change for a town centre facing severe difficulties. The concept was to create long-lasting change, both through physical changes to the town centre, addressing the shift in the town centre’s core areas and also exploring the role of technology. All of this whilst admitting that the role of retail has changed and emphasising the need for a great user experience to draw people in through events and great customer service.

Retail businesses invited to harness digital tech to improve operations and sales

Retail businesses across Devon and Somerset are being invited to a workshop to help them improve their digital capability and boost their business prospects. As traditional town centre footfall continues to change and evolve there is an ever increasing argument to harness digital technologies to complement traditional "bricks and mortar" businesses. This also extends to back office operations in how they might manage everything from stock control, accounts, to customer relations with a little help from technology.

Five year strategy to rid northern Devon of single-use plastics

A five-year strategy and action plan to rid northern Devon of single-use plastics has been agreed by members of the Plastic Free North Devon Consortium.

The consortium, which was set up in April last year to combat the global problem of plastic pollution through local action, consists of representatives from a number of charities, voluntary groups and organisations including:

Bideford's upcoming wheelpark!

Torridge District Council has worked closely with a local steering group of wheeled sport enthusiasts to provide a bespoke new concrete wheel park for the community which will be designed and built by nationally renowned Canvas spaces Ltd. In addition to external grants of over £75,000 the Local Authority has committed £125,000 of its own funding to deliver a two phase plaza style wheel park facility which will reside upon the redundant tennis courts within the Bideford sports ground.

New Homes Bonus

For the last three years Torridge District Council (TDC) have allocated the New Homes Bonus payments towards funding local projects within the community. Successful recipients of the grants this year have recieved between £1,000 and £10,000 towards their chosen projects. This now brings the total funding provided by the NHB scheme to communities within our district to just under £800,000!

This year the following were recipients within the Bideford and surrounding area.

Help Bideford become greener

Crowdfunding campaign launched to make central Bideford 10 x greener

The Bideford Town Centre Partnership and the Bideford Sustainability Group (who've been working on brightening up the Honestone car park for the last year) are working with the Friends of the Earth and Crowdfunder to raise funding for a community gardener and make central Bideford 10 x greener.