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People have their say on Teignbridge community improvements

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

Teignbridge District Council HQ

Teignbridge District Council HQ

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Plans have been unveiled to rejuvenate four town and village centres in Devon.

Teignbridge District Council has published plans for the improvement schemes in Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, Kingskerswell and Kingsteignton.

A public consultation was conducted earlier this year to gather information on a range of issues and ideas for town centre enhancements, and traffic management.

Key factors identified include maintaining the centres' identities, showcasing the range and diversity of shops and businesses, improving accessibility and transport, and preserving the environment.

The long-term vision is to ensure the centres survive and thrive for years to come.

Plans in Kingskerswell involve creating a clear centre and a gateway to the village and improving the current A380 by creating a more people-friendly street.

Proposals for Chudleigh include creating a shared space town square giving pedestrians priority, reducing speed limits and enhancing the setting of the War Memorial

Cllr Philip Vogel, Teignbridge Council's executive spokesman for planning and housing, said: "These plans offer a real opportunity for locally-led change and the process of getting to this point has allowed lots of people to get involved.

"We have done our best to put the needs and desires of local communities at the heart of it and the results are now available for everyone to see.

"We want to make sure our towns and villages are brighter, better places to be and that has been explored through the ideas put to us by local people who are passionate about where they live.

"We are very grateful to all those who came forward and gave their views.

"Our work with communities in Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, Kingskerswell and Kingsteignton identified local aspirations for improved town and village centres.

"There is still a long way to go, with further work for local residents and organisations needed, along with sources of funding to be identified. This project has been an important first step towards delivering positive change for places and their communities."

The council will work with a number of partners including Devon County Council to develop ideas further and help to deliver them.

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