Saturday, 27 April 2013

Cycling: Torbay and Plymouth

In February it was announced that Devon towns will be receiving substantial central government funds to build cycling infrastructure.

Barbican and Plymouth waterfront to get £670,000 bike-friendly revamp

Monday, February 11, 2013
By CARL EVE Herald Reporter

THE city waterfront is to get a £670,000 boost to turn it into a bike friendly attraction.
The aim is to breathe new life into key locations along the shore including Commercial Wharf on the historic Barbican which will become a destination in its own right.

Barbican and Plymouth waterfront to get £670,000 bike-friendly revamp

Under the bid, empty fisherman's storage arches will be refurbished to enable small businesses to set up shops or cafes and encourage people to visit a part of the Waterfront they may have just walked past before.
There are also plans to build on Plymouth's growing reputation as a bike-friendly city, by including space for cycle hubs for bike hire – both in Commercial Wharf and the Royal William Yard.
The bid is not just about providing hire space, but also outlines plans to improve cycling paths and racks along the waterfront to link the Barbican, the Hoe, Tinside Pool, Millbay and Royal William Yard.
The £670,400 funding boost follows a bid by Plymouth City Council to the Coastal Communities Fund.
Council leader Tudor Evans, whose portfolio includes economic development, said the council's bid was "pretty imaginative" and the money from the fund highlighted how "creative" the ideas were.
He said: "Plymouth has natural assets that most cities would kill to have.
"This bid plans to bring to life areas on the waterfront that have been too quiet for too long. Commercial Wharf was once a bustling location – it will be again.
"I'm also really excited about the opportunities for cycling tourists. Knowing how popular cycling trails such as the Tarka are, this is a great chance for us to attract families as well as couples and individuals to get on their bikes.

And in TORBAY:

Torbay gets £1.4m from Coastal Communities Fund

11 February 2013 


Torbay is getting more than £1.4m to help revive its struggling economy.
The money is among four handouts from the government's Coastal Communities Fund for seaside areas. Other beneficiaries include South Hams District Council, which will receive £450,347. Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust will get £150,000, while Plymouth City Council will receive £670,400. In Torbay, which has the highest unemployment rate in Devon, the money is expected to create 350 jobs.
The Coastal Communities Fund was created in 2012 with money from the Crown Estates marine assets.The Crown Estate, which owns the rights to the sites of fish farms, renewable energy developments, ports and marinas, earns about £7bn a year which is paid to the Treasury.
Torbay's share, which followed a bid by Torbay Development Agency, will support the development of start-up businesses, social enterprises and an apprenticeship scheme and a new cycle route around Cockington.
Plymouth also hopes to build more cycle lanes, linking the Barbican, the Hoe and the Royal William Yard.


Supporting economic development projects in coastal and seaside areas
The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the government from income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. Funding is available in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Fund is managed in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘BIG Fund’.
For 2013 to 2014 the total budget available for the Fund in England is £21.7 million. Invitations to bid for 2013 were announced in April 2013.

On 11 February 2013 the secretary of state announced the final group of successful bidders in 2012 to 2013. Together they will:
> create almost 4,000 new jobs directly or indirectly
> support 250 new business start-ups
> create over 1,500 training places or apprenticeships
> create over 400 volunteering opportunities
> generate an anticipated extra £15.5 million of wider financial support
The successful bidders [in Devon] are:
> Plymouth City Council, Devon: £670,400 to support the regeneration of Plymouth’s Waterfront by providing cycle hire hubs and cycle route improvements and create 4 full-time direct and 52 indirect jobs
> Torbay Council, Torbay, Devon: £1,385,656 to support the development of start-up and home-based businesses, social enterprises, an apprenticeship scheme, and new green tourism infrastructure and create 280 direct and 42 indirect jobs

Which hasn't escaped the notice of the Sidmouth Independent News blog:
With a reference to the bigger picture:

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