A mass of project ideas to try to grab Ilfracombe s share of a £45 million Government grant pot have been produced after a very positive brainstorming meeting. Councillors, those in the tourism trade and plenty of movers and shakers attended an initial

A mass of project ideas to try to grab Ilfracombe's share of a £45 million Government grant pot have been produced after a "very positive" brainstorming meeting.Councillors, those in the tourism trade and plenty of movers and shakers attended an initial session at the Wheel Room to come up with suggestions to use as the basis of a bid to get some of the cash, which is earmarked for "culture and the arts."It is a partnership effort between North Devon District Council, the Ilfracombe Community Interest Company and the Town Council.There is tentative consensus for a scheme to make use of the former Pavilion site and lift the "wow factor" of the seafront area.Geoff Fowler, chairman of the Community Interest Company, said the meeting had been well supported by seafront businesses, those in the tourism industry and others who had an interest in its future."If we are to bid for this money it really needs to be something that stands out above anything else other towns might put in," he said."There's a general feeling the pavilion site is under utilised, while the balustrades and stonework are showing many signs of wear and tear."The brainstorming session was divided up into three groups, each of which came back at the end with their ideas. These will now be collated by community development officers at the district council.A future meeting of CIC members and councillors will look at these results and what grant bids might be born from them.