Torbay Labour Party has welcomed the news that, after 50 years of waiting, a link road will be built to Torbay.
Torbay Labour Chairman, Councillor Darren Cowell, said, “It really is superb news that at long last the road will be built. It was on the priority list of the last Labour Government and regrettably was only on a ‘B’ list after the Tory-Led coalition election. But common sense has prevailed and we must all celebrate this news.
“We acknowledge the way in which the business community has come together to raise the economic case for this lifeline to Torbay and South Devon. We would also like to recognise the dedication and hard work of the many council officers at both Torbay and Devon County Councils.
“The road will play a vital part in the economic regeneration of what is a seriously failing local economy. Torbay has high unemployment, especially among 16-24 year olds, low wages and relies too heavily on the public sector and tourism for jobs.
Councilor Cowell went on to say, “As good as the news is today, we must make sure we are planning for immediate economic regeneration, Torbay cannot afford to wait until the road opens in four years time.
“Torbay Labour Party has been voicing its’ concerns at the lack of a clear economic regeneration plan for the Bay from the current Tory council and the Mayor.
“It is essential that a new LABV partner can be announced and works swiftly to catch up on the lost time following the withdrawal of McAlpine.
“Torbay can send a clear and loud message to inward investors that we are open for business if we get on with developments such as Torwood Street, Palm Court and the marina Car Park. My fear is that the dilly-dallying of the Mayor on the Prom proposals sends out the wrong message.
“We have to press ahead with the White Rock Business Park, the grand signage to the site is all that exists (apart from a new hotel). Let us get on with this scheme and quickly identify other project that can be implemented swiftly by Torbay Development Agency.
“The TDA has made some good progress, especially with the Innovation Centres, and now needs to be given the remit to build upon those successes.”Other news from Torbay Labour