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Free Second Hour’s Parking

Torridge District Council has introduced a free second hour of parking in the town's car parks to help boost the local economy.

 

The free second hour will automatically be added to any one-hour tickets purchased during October and November and councillors hope that the new “buy one – get one free” parking offer will allow people to dwell longer and have time for other activities, perhaps a spot of dining, during their visits.

 

Steamship Freshspring project

Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to enjoy the Steamship Freshspring, berthed alongside Bideford Quay in beautiful North Devon, whatever the weather?

Built in 1946, she is the last surviving example of the Fresh Class of water carriers that supplied our Royal Navy.

Steamship Freshspring is today berthed at Bideford Quay and a static exhibit enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

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.