At the recent Council Covid recovery meeting held on Zoom we were told that Dartmouth would be eligible for up to £50,000 from SHDC to help with High Street Regeneration, with the condition that this would have to be match funded. This will require us to find similar funding from within the town in order to receive this boost. However, assuming we find this match funding, the question is where would we spend this £50,000 in order to have the biggest impact on the towns economy? With the match funding this will amount to £100,000.
Dartmouth Business News agreed to ask the community this question. So if you have any ideas on how this money should be spent then please let us know through this post by adding your comment at the bottom of the page. In order to help you we are going to list some of the ideas that have come up during the meeting.
One idea was to extend the area of lighting along the whole embankment and up into the town on the main retail streets. With late opening likely after the lockdown it would be a very attractive addition to the night-time economy
Another idea was to invest in more permanent sun shades and seating areas on the South Embankment for alfresco summer hospitality. Something which everyone enjoyed tremendously last year. The Councillors warned that we may not get permission for this outside seating in future years so your opinion on this is important.
Additional support for our many events including the regatta, food and Music festivals
Additional support for Dartmouth Green Partnership. Extra flower beds or bigger greenhouse. An investment here would provide long term benefits to the town and enhance its appearance for a long time. What do you think?
Here is the idea from Carole Hart-Fletcher: Outdoor gym equipment is a great idea for improving the general health of the town. I would be there every day?
The town council are keen to hear your ideas no matter how off the wall (damming the Boat Float!!!) they may be. Please give us your suggestions through this page by commenting below.