New manager 'crucial to regeneration in towns'
A NEW town development manager is set to boost the profile of Teignmouth and Dawlish.
Teignbridge District Council is advertising the post designed to help rejuvenate and revitalise both town centres while ensuring each resort retains its own unique identity.
Teignbridge District Council's leader Cllr Jeremy Christophers said: "Backing business, promoting tourism and attracting visitors are among our top priorities in Teignbridge and this role will form a crucial link between all partners in delivering regeneration across both towns."
The new town development manager will play a significant role in encouraging investment, developing exciting new projects and events, working with the community and supporting enterprise in both towns while promoting their individual benefits and attractions.
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The role will be managed by a new Community Interest Company (CIC) which is made up of representatives from traders groups, town and district councillors.
An independent chairman will be appointed with the full support of both towns, giving the CIC nine board members.
Iain Palmer, owner of East Cliff Cafe in Teignmouth, is one of the representatives of the town's traders on the CIC board.
He said: "We are hoping to recruit a progressive, forward-thinking town development manager for Teignmouth and Dawlish.
"This role will help support the traders in their aim of enticing more people to the town and encouraging them to spend time in local shops and attractions.
"Although both towns are very different, there are common challenges that need to be tackled.
"A town development manager will be key to helping both towns flourish and thrive."
Funding for the role is the result of separate deals struck by the council under planning approval conditions for Sainsbury's supermarket in Dawlish and Morrisons in Teignmouth.
Section 106 contributions from the approvals resulted in both supermarkets making a financial contribution to help the vitality of each town centre.
David Force, partner in Dawlish-based Force and Sons estate agents and a CIC representative for Dawlish traders, said: "The long-term future of the town looks very exciting.
"We need to promote the town more effectively and make Dawlish a destination of choice for shoppers and day-trippers alike.
"I am very hopeful that, with a new town development manager in post, new business will be attracted to the town."
Costs will be fixed on a three-year term and the aim is for the position to be self-funding by the end of the three-year initial contract period.
By setting the post up through a CIC, it will open up opportunities for bringing in other sources of grant funding and commercial contributions which can be put towards projects and initiatives, benefiting both towns, businesses and residents.
Applications are being invited now and people can find out more and apply online by logging on to www.teignbridge.gov.uk/jobs