Torquay

Recent suggestions

Affordability

From parking to general leisure, our town is lacking affordable options for local families to spend their time. Many issues in our town stem from the lack of leisure options for children and adolescents, especially in lower income families. Out of boredom, social isolation and/or mental health issues these young people find themselves involved in […]

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The Pavilion

Make the Pavilion a 1930’s themed centre with a Madge Mellors style tea lounge and cinema area showing classic films. A fine dining restaurant as well. Somewhere that older visitors could spend an afternoon/ evening and would fit in with the Agatha Christie experience.

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Reduction of business rates

Business rates are extortionate, driving out small local businesses along with larger companies that deem Torquay branches to be a loss rather than investment. Lowering this will allow businesses to remain in the town, keep locals from going elsewhere and will also help the hospitality industry by creating footfall. Business rates cannot be abolished but […]

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Public toilets

Any civilised society should have good quality public facilities that open throughout the year not just summertime for visitors. Oddicombe and Babbacombe are a disgrace. I’ve seen people going in the bushes. We want the same good quality facilities as at Paignton / Preston beach fronts and down by the aviary at Torquay front. Happy […]

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Cruise terminal

Extend Beacon quay to allow up to 2 large cruise ships to birth along side, taking advantage of ships en route to and from Southampton. Ensure all passengers disembark and visit Torquay, Paignton and Brixham Ana spend within the Bay only!

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Sport facilities

The sports facilities in Torbay are run down and obsolete. The basketball, football and tennis courts in Victoria Park are in dire need of a refurbishment. The gravel on the concrete is a terrible suffice for grip. The basketball court has holes in it and the backboards are rotten. There’s a lot of unused wasted […]

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Pot holes

The road re-surfaced because they are absolutely terrible after these storms and causing damage to our cars

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CRACKHEADS

Get the crackheads at the top and bottom of town in to a hostel so we get more holiday people!!! We are losing our beautiful town because of the scumbags longing out on the street!!! It’s a joke!!!!

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Renovation

Renovate the buildings in town that have recently shut down (e.g. New Look etc) to bring in new shops, community centres, restaurants, or community buildings that either a) benefit the community or b) generate profit in order to keep the standard of the town centre up. Doing this will bring more revenue into the town […]

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Renovation of the Pavilions

A complete Renovation of Torquay pavilions, either for a theatre as it was originally used, but more preferably as a market or attraction for people, even possibly with a cafe, a reason to go down there and actually enjoy the beautiful architecture. Whilst simultaneously bringing more money in with the spending from customers

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Children’s services

Fund local providers ( not large national organisations) of preventative services for children and young people to run local family support and children’s mental health initiatives. This will strengthen family resilience, identify safeguarding and suicide risks at an earlier stage and reduce the funding burden on the over-stretched children’s services department in Torbay. Spend a […]

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Social care for children and elderly people

Our Children’s Services have been in special measures for years and we have had several appalling Ofsteds. Care for Senior Citizens relies on increasingly shaky private provision, although our population of over-80s is very high. Funding for both local authority and community organisations has been decimated in the decade of austerity. Services for the vulnerable […]

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Safety around Torquay

Lately there are more and more homeless people (in centre of Torquay and around it ) , people that beg for money or drug users . This problem needs to be kept under control and everyone should feel safe walking around Torquay . For me lately I have to turn my music off and pay […]

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Policy and Law before Building

I’m an Architect in the bay and work across the Southwest, and grew up here. While there’s the obvious suggestions of improvements to infrastructure, this is actually (and should be covered) in the local plan, but spending isn’t highly detailed and transparent. I’d suggest the obvious area for improvement is the Town Centre, where there […]

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Improving roads

I have lived in many different places including in and out of this country and Torquay jas the worst roads i have ever driven on. Within this littlw town there are so so many bad roads full of potholes that the first time i drove in Torquay i though my car was falling apart. I […]

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School travel

Provide a viable alternative for parents taking children to school, crossing points on busy roads, clear pavements and segregated cycle paths.

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Town Centre

Walking through Torquay town, it feels like a ghost town. The only thriving part is the new development at the harbour (las iguanas, etc) the rest feels dilapidated and dead. When a good shop goes (such as H&M) they get replaced with pound shops, cheap clothing shops or gift shops. There is so much potential […]

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Pavillion renovation

The old pavillion in the middle of town should be renovated, turned into a multi use space for visitors, museum and creative arts centre, offices, dance space, cafe, TI. The building which is shrowded in so much history should be restored to its former glory. Whilst it has been the cause of local press over […]

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Parking

Reduced parking £1 for 1 hour and £2 for 4 hours. This will encourage a strong town centre economy

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Park Life!

Please put more money and care back into flowers, parks and recreational areas. It’s heartbreaking to see flower beds being filled in and turfed over. Bring back hanging baskets, colourful flags or lights in the shopping streets and more places to sit down. Even just a bit of colour can brighten up even the dullest, […]

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Face lift

Torquay Town centre has become ugly. Their are lots of lic artist who could I’m sure provide ideas to make the place more attractive. Even practical things in a town can be beautiful. It also needs more greenery. Help smaller I dependant retailers to come and give it more of a village atmosphere.

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Fun

More fun things to do! Indoors for when the weather is rubbish like an ice rink, indoor water park that can be used all year round

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Mental health & well-being

Drug & alcohol services: we need more available to help tackle the drug epidemic in Torquay. Support for the youth: there is literally nothing for young teens to do in the bay, therefore resulting in criminal behaviour. Homeless: Absolute vital issue, this is bringing down our beautiful town and it is about time somebody stopped […]

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Affordable housing

I would like to suggest that we build more social housing because our homeless population is ever growing and torbay private rents are out of reach for our more vulnerable society.

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Reduce inequality

We have massive social issues in torbay. Invest in services which help the disadvantaged. Invest in making sure the next generation get the best start possible.

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Activities

I’d like to suggest some new forms of low cost/free activities suitable for younger people are put in place as being a 16 year old resident of Torquay myself, I find in the colder months that there is near to nothing to do with friends. An idea that may be good could be a rainbow […]

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Town centre

The town is a ghost town rent is extortionate for shops meaning people And companies are leaving. The misuse of drugs and alcohol is at an all time high there needs to be more authority moving people on and offering help. Torquay used to be thriving and now it’s dead. We as residents of Torquay […]

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Parking and shops!!

Parking prices are pushing people out of town. Change the parking fees to encourage more people to shop locally. Allow smaller businesses to have lower lease rates to help build the shops back up. Too many shops left empty, encouraging groups to sleep in door ways. Other towns have managed to build themselves up again… […]

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PLAYGROUND

Torquay Harbor needs a children’s playground. On the Sea Front blows boredom, there is nothing for children.

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Additional housing

We need more housing built in Torquay. Just like the rest of the UK. The lack of housing is pushing rents to an extortionate price and hence this prevents people being able to own their own home as they cannot save.

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Lights

Swap the broken lights on the seafront for projector lights on rock walk like in Weymouth

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Inspire Torquay

Renovate the Pavillion with cafe/bar/shops, free parking or just £1 to encourage folks into the town with no time restriction, build a conference/performance centre and finally make the prom lights work properly right along the prom as gives a very poor but true impression of Torquay at present as run down

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Regeneration of Town

Town centre needs to be made more attractive, more reasons to come to Torquay. Better selection of shops, lower business rates to attract new business. Creating more jobs and a better environment for shoppers. Lowering parking rates would also support this. More reasons for people to visit our town, spend more in our town, increase […]

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The English Riviera

Torquay comes under Torbay Counsel which looks after The English Riviera (Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham). Torquay is the only town that Torbay counsel seems to be bothered about, however the other two towns have been neglected so I would like money for all towns. Cleaner roads, the lighting, and the homeless, make The English Riviera […]

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Tidy up

Spend some money tidying up. The harbour looks very unloved.. rubbish and weeds everywhere. Cut the parking charges so people don’t have to pay through the nose. The pavilion could have a hundred and one uses. It’s a big part of torquay so use it. Time to take pride in where we live. The whole […]

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Ice skating

I think it would be a good idea to have an ice rink like we used to have, It would bring the youngsters together with somewhere to go

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Change of use

Town centres could become entertainment centres. Encourage click and collect zones to get the foot fall back in towns. Encourage growth in shops where people cannot click and collect (barbers, nail bars, etc). Something needs to be done with business rates to bring the costs down or provide a level playing field with internet firms. […]

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Support small business

I believe that with the town centre of Torquay emptying out slowly there are many commercial properties available but unused. I would propose that Torbay council support small local businesses by making it affordable to rent the spaces available, regenerating the town centre area. In addition to this further protection of green spaces within Torbay […]

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Cut parking cost and make events

I think personally the price to park just to nip into a town with half of its shops empty is a joke… reduce parking costs reduce business rates and taxs so the little company’s can thrive and create events that will attract people to torbay. All the close towns /city’s have things that attract visitors […]

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Make it great again

I have been growing increasingly aware of the poor state of Torquay town and particularly the inner harbour. Every year thousands of visitors (including cruise ships) and locals come to Torquay, but with Torquay Inner harbour in its current state, there is little incentive for families and tourists to spend any time in Torquay, and […]

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Indoor ice skating rink – pavillion

I would like Torquay Pavillion to be restored into an indoor ice skating rink for commercial use. Torbay has a real obesity crisis, it also struggles to have enough physical entertainment for both locals and tourists alike when the weather is bad throughout the year. This old building is currently in disrepair with little current […]

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Commercial zoning

My idea would be to create unique zones within the town I.e. Bussiness, cultural, retail and leisure. This would better define are public spaces and make any changes or additions easier to accommodate and achieve. To also help achieve this I would aim to lower businesses rates, cut parking charges and use empty property better […]

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Investment into the city centre

Invest into the redevelopment of the city centre, perhaps expanding on the ‘English riviera/ Agatha Christie’ perception of the town. Torquay’s original tourism is for a seaside resort however the beaches have been put into decline without improvement from the council. Example: Meadfoot’s slipway has been left to crumble. Money could be invested into the […]

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SHOPPING

The council charge way too much for businesses to stay in the town centre. This place is becoming a ghost town.

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Mental health support and services

There is very little mental health support around Devon, and even the U.K. I have noticed a distinct LACK of mental health support in Torquay. They have the moorings, however this is only a sign posting services. It is no good being sign posted to services that can’t take you on as they are so […]

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Riveria Back please

I would like the council to invest some funding into open events that raise the profile of the bay and re-enforce a community presence. Torbay has the opportunity to showcase as a sea side town but fails miserably with its half hearted and second class attempts. There are many wonderful and creative people with some […]

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Help kids

Invest in groups for children and young adults. Poorer kids especially have little to do outside of school and so turn to trouble. A lot of them can’t afford the clubs and lessons others can.

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Allow business Grant’s

The highstreet is changing we need to be pushing more entertainment/ experiences as retail is dead. Push grants and loans onto new start up businesses in the tourists and entertainment sector. With this being said parking is a huge issue. I already own a few successful businesses and have some great ideas to boost trade […]

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Return the river

Ambitious but I’d like to see the river fleet reopened through town and the area redeveloped to provide cafes and bars along side it, similar to Exeter quay. I believe it’s time for major change is necessary and we need to find ways to make our town beautiful again. I would also like to see […]

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Support for the homeless

More support for the homeless, perhaps drop-in support centres and/or accommodation. Ways to help reintegrate them into society. It’s upsetting to see the amount of homeless people in Torquay and it’s just getting worse.

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Better in town shopping

The town is very quickly becoming a ghist towns. We desperately need investment to attract people back into the town. More and more shops are closing down. Parking charges are a joke. We should have free parking on Sundays to encourage people to use the town centre again.

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Arts Centre

Torquay desperately needs an arts centre. The old court house on the one way system or, even better, central cinema, which will be relocating to the old BHS store, would make a brilliant location.

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Nature Park on the Green

I think you could make much more use of the green area near Torre Abbey by creating a park for children, like they have done in teignmouth/paington. That would encourage people into the town as there is more for families to do than just shop. It would be nice if the park was made using […]

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Gentrification

I don’t normally agree with gentrification, however there are some very grubby areas and shop windows around the periphery of the town, which could do with a sprucing up to enhance the feel of the area, why have May encourage more shoppers. There could be a grant for shops wishing to give their windows / […]

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Torbay has 3 towns! Share equally

Why only Torquay all 3 towns are suffering from under investment and a scruffy high street. Its bad enough at street level but look up and the buildings are a mess from the dirty walls and pealing paint work to the gutters overflowing with vegation. Remedy these issues along with free and greatly reduced parking […]

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Oldway museum

Oldway would make a good museum especially with the emphasis on the Sunger family. Maybe national trust could be encouraged to get involved

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Comments to attract funding.

Develop a “Masterplan” to regenerate the town from Torre at the top of town to the Harbour. Now that Fleet Walk is owned by Torbay Council – this should enable the authority to give some stimulating impetus to the whole area. Perhaps an Architectural Competition would be a good way of elaborating upon local ideas […]

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Library investment

The library should be safeguarded and invested in. It’s the one of the few places in town where you can spend the day for free, have free internet access, educate yourself, educate your kids, teach kids to read and generally feel safe. They encourage literacy in a deprived area and should be a focal spot […]

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Torquay Rejuvenation

We need a concert hall on a grand level to house singers, entertainers which attract the masses. Someone such as ‘Adele’ will pack the town with tourism, helping local shops, B&Bs etc. Maybe Other suggestions such as the Grand Prix along the seafront – I think this was declined in the past 🙁 but would […]

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There’s nothing to do.

Torquay town has nothing to draw people in. Open the pavilion back up as an ice skating rink! Help bring big shops back by sorting out parking and reducing shop rent. It will make more jobs in Torquay and more people will spend money in the town. Invest in homes and support for homeless to […]

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