A representative of the Government Ministry responsible for this funding, Laura Hurley, Cities & Local Growth Unit, MHCLG , gave a detailed presentation on how to complete the application for this funding. During the Q&A session I asked how many towns would be allowed to apply from the South Hams district and the response was that only one town can qualify. This probably means that Dartmouth will not have the opportunity to apply in this round of funding. The second round of applications is probably not relevant as in the event of Ivybridge succeeding with their application in the South Hams there will be no further applications accepted from the district. I am assuming that if Ivybridge fail with their first application they will apply again in the second round.
I have now suggested we disband the group of business owners who were keen to apply for this funding. We are still in discussion over the residents attempt to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for Dartmouth. With local elections coming up and the current Town Council having voted to abandon the Plan it will be a struggle to launch this project until May.
Here is the content of the presentation given at the Exeter Workshop: (click on the image to download the presentation)