Welcome to Torbay’s Community Plan
It builds on the previous community plan ‘Teaming up for Torbay’s Future 2004- 2007’. It outlines the Partnership’s vision for Torbay over the next 20 years bringing together the views of residents as well as representatives from the business, community and voluntary sectors.
The plan aims to unlock Torbay’s potential and drive forward its economic prosperity to give us prosperous communities with a higher quality of life and improved access to jobs. The need for economic regeneration is supported by a host of statistics and national indicators that predict low paid work and little prospects for the future unless something is done about it.
The vision is directed by four key themes: Pride in the Bay, Stronger Communities, Learning and Skills for the Future and, underpinning it all, the New Economy. Together this focus will give us community prosperity for the people of the Bay. We believe that our greatest resource is our people and we must develop our skills base, creating a ‘can do’ entrepreneurial culture. We must also become a place that is truly open for business, encouraging investment and new ideas, whilst being committed to upgrading our traditional industries, especially tourism.
We recognise that the three towns, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, are very different in character. What might be appropriate for one town may be quite wrong for another. Hence, when talking about Brixham there is emphasis on the fishing industry and maritime technology. Torquay has the true ‘Riviera’ feel. Paignton has the potential to become a key economic centre as well as a family holiday resort without equal.
The plan is the result of many months of work from all partner organisations and includes many of the things that local people have said they care about. I would like to thank everyone involved for their work to produce this important living document.
This is a long term plan and it will be reviewed annually to take into account any changes of view or new opportunities. It represents an important milestone in achieving our goals for the future, and it is a living vision to turn the tide and transform Torbay for its residents, visitors and future generations.
Nick Bye (Chair) On behalf of the Torbay Strategic Partnership