Invitation to Torbay Mayor’s Forum

(Last Updated On: July 12, 2018)

An escapee from London, I’ve lived in the Torbay for seven years now and I’m constantly bemused by headlines about building and renovation plans for the area, from Paignton’s Oldway Mansion, decaying like Dickens’ Satis House, to forever changing ideas about Torquay’s comparably crumbling Pavilion.

Well, Torbay residents now have a chance to hear more about the various plans for the area’s future by attending the next Mayor’s Forum on Thursday 26 at the Riviera Centre, covering a variety of subjects, including:

Details about the Torwood Street Development – something else long on the cards…

An update on the refurbishment of the toilets in Torbay – much needed!

Public Realm Concept Design for Torquay Harbour side and inner Harbour (Including the Pavilion?)

An update on the planned works for Pier Point

Details about the Old Tollhouse in Torquay

Coastal Community Fund update

Update on the work at Princess Gardens and the fountain (recently out of action)

‘Other topics,’ they tell us, ‘will be confirmed at a later date.’

The Mayor’s Forum will take place in the Rosetor Room, starting at 6pm, and members of the public are invited to turn up on the night. The forum itself and parking for the event are free.

Bob Jope Healthwatch Torbay

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!