Additional roles for Executive Members at North Devon Council

The Quay, Ilfracombe

Posted on: 10 August 2016

North Devon Council is stepping up its efforts for regeneration of some of the district’s key towns.

Three of the council’s Executive members have taken additional responsibility for overseeing the regeneration of Ilfracombe, South Molton and Barnstaple.

As well as continuing with their current Executive portfolios, Councillors Rodney Cann, Pat Barker and Des Brailey will be putting extra efforts into identifying and addressing any issues and seeking out opportunities for regeneration in these areas.

Executive Member responsible for Economic Regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, will continue to oversee the economic regeneration of the district, with particular attention to Barnstaple. She said: “Barnstaple is the hub of North Devon and working with my colleagues at the district and town councils I want to help sympathetically develop the town further to enhance the experience of visiting or using the town.”

Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, will now have special responsibility for assisting regeneration in Ilfracombe. He said: “We have made the regeneration of Ilfracombe a priority for positive action. The new Fisherman’s Stores at the Cove are up and running. We are now looking to build on this success with a Coastal Communities funding bid for a Watersports Centre which will include an exciting new cafe overlooking the Harbour.

“The Dotto train, now in its third year, has proven to be a very popular and successful addition to the local street scene and a welcome attraction for holidays makers to the town, linking the harbour with the High Street and seafront.”

As part of his new responsibility, Councillor Cann will also take over as the district council representative on the One Ilfracombe board, with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Council Leader Des Brailey continues to focus on regeneration in South Molton. He said: “I have been assisting South Molton with projects over the past 12 months. I believe there is tremendous potential for the area, working with my district colleagues and importantly with South Molton Town Council, I am sure we can unlock future opportunities for the area.”

3 comments on “Additional roles for Executive Members at North Devon Council

  1. David Tubby says:

    This is a small step in the right direction. However, it is important to devolve more local decisions to the local level. People living and working in a town are far better placed to determine what is wrong and how it may be put right than outsiders, however well intentioned, parachuted in.

  2. Grandma Janet says:

    Another talking-shop. As usual Ilfracombe will be at the back of the queue!

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