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Salcombe community helping shape its future

1 May 2024

In its commitment to help local businesses thrive and flourish, South Hams District Council is working to support the economy of local towns and rural areas across the District.

As part of this wider economic priority, it has today launched a public consultation across Salcombe and its neighbouring parishes so that its residents, businesses and second homeowners can help shape the future of the town.

In its drive to make sure businesses and residents achieve their aspirations, South Hams District Council is working with the Salcombe and surrounding community to develop a Community Economic Plan. The plan will build on the town’s existing Neighbourhood Plan, create a clear economic vision and develop various projects to support growth.

Salcombe is the second town to take part in the project, with the first already happening in Ivybridge.

With climate change a top priority for both the District Council and local communities, the project also looks at ways local businesses can reduce their carbon emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change.

The project is being supported by a local steering group made up of residents, business owners, Ward Members and Salcombe Town Council. The group has been set up to make sure all voices of the community are heard.

South Hams District Council’s, Executive Member for Economic Development, Cllr John Birch, said: “Salcombe, like so many of our towns is a place where people want to work, live and visit.  So that our towns can thrive and prosper, we must continue to first and foremost support the needs of the local community as well as attract visitors to the area.

“The actions and aspirations within Salcombe’s Community Economic Plan will be reflective of local opinions so we encourage all the community to take part in the consultation.”

Anyone living, working or who owns a second home in Salcombe, Marlborough or East Portlemouth can now have their say on the next chapter of their town by taking part in an online survey until 31 July.

There will also be opportunities to join local focus groups which will take place over the next three months.

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