First Peoples’ Assembly to be held in Bideford

A file image of a ballot box

A file image of a ballot box - Credit: Archant

Those fed up with party politics and wanting their voices to be heard are invited to the first Peoples’ Assembly in Bideford on Monday.

The non-party political event has been organised by new group Torridge Common Ground, which says it feels Torridge District Council is not heeding the concerns of its electors.

It says these include over-development, the destruction of green spaces, traffic congestion, small businesses being driven from town centres, lack of opportunities for young people, not enough affordable housing and hidden poverty.

The group says anyone who wants to share their concerns about what is happening in their community is welcome to attend the event at the Pollyfield Centre this Monday from 6.30pm.

Marianne Winfield of Torridge Common Ground said the group had been inexistence for two to three months and was formed by people from all walks of life.

She said: The Peoples’ Assembly is an invitation to everyone to come and speak about the things that they are concerned about, as a lot of people don’t feel they are being listened to.”

She said Peoples’ Assemblies were not new and had been happening in other parts of the country, with a growing movement of communities trying to work together to make councils more representative of their wishes.

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Torridge Common Ground also hopes to put up candidates to challenge for the district council elections next May.

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