Bideford consults as it applies for funding from the Future High Streets Fund

Torridge District Council and Onion Collective, a community-centred social enterprise, would like to invite local residents to attend an open community drop-in session to discuss ideas and aspirations about Bideford’s future.

The session will be held on Saturday 1st February 2020 between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm at Bideford Arts Centre.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Onion Collective are working with Torridge District Council on a large funding application to the Future High Streets Fund. They are carrying out a series of workshops on behalf of TDC to support the application and make sure that we understand what the community of Bideford wants.

Naomi Griffith of Onion Collective said:

“We believe that every community has the ideas, talent, solutions and energy to create a stronger future for itself and we want to hear from you what your ideas are to reimagine Bideford.”

Torridge District Councillor and Lead Member for the Economy – Bob Hicks said:

“We’re excited to have made the shortlist of 100 towns that might benefit from the future high street funding. Our job now is to produce a plan to capture everything we want to see for the town and of course that starts with the people of Bideford and the surrounding areas. We hope that everyone will contribute to building an exciting vision for how the town should be developed and help us build an innovative case for investment.”

Local Businessman Rob Braddick said:

“It’s great that so many people and organisations have already pulled together to help us reach this stage in the process. We now want as many ideas as possible for how Bideford should grow and develop. This isn’t about just preserving what’s there, it’s our chance to dream big and make people proud of their town again, and making it a better place for jobs, to live in and also have fun!”

The open drop-in session is to explore the challenges and opportunities in Bideford, to imagine what a strong future for the town would look like and how the Future High Streets Fund can be used as a catalyst to address some of the social and economic justice issues that Bideford faces.

Onion Collective is also carrying out several targeted workshops with different sectors and groups around the town in the second part of January. This community engagement work will be used to strengthen and support the funding application.

Onion Collective are also gathering views via a residents’ survey so that anyone who is unable to attend in person can feed in their ideas. The survey can be found online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BidefordFHSF.

We’d welcome everyone’s help in sharing this survey as widely as possible.

If you would like more information about the project please get in touch with Onion Collective: info@onioncollective.co.uk

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