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).
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 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.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government has announced that Torridge is to receive £1.2M towards the building of a new interpretation and activity hub on Northam Burrows following the Council's submission of a bid for money from the Coastal Communities Fund.
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:
The team running Bideford’s community art, education and heritage project – Way of the Wharves – have this week unveiled a stunning piece of informative art on the quayside wall, next to the Tarka the Otter sculpture.
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.
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.
Do you have a great business idea? Want to start or grow your existing business?
North Devon + are offering free business support sessions and workshops for both start up’s and existing businesses who want to grow and develop. There are two tailored programmes available and both include 12 hours of free business advice and support including workshops.