Campaign group congratulates Torridge for using new Act

TORRIDGE District Council has been congratulated by a coalition of more than 100 national organisations for using a new law to ask Government for new powers to help the area. Campaign group Local Works says the council has used the Sustainable Communitie

TORRIDGE District Council has been congratulated by a coalition of more than 100 national organisations for using a new law to ask Government for new powers to help the area.

Campaign group Local Works says the council has used the Sustainable Communities Act of 2007 to ask for a range of measures, including powers to improve public transport in rural areas and powers to convert derelict buildings to new housing.

The Government is obliged to enact a proportion of the ideas it receives.

Steve Shaw, national co-ordinator for Local Works, which includes groups like Friends of the Earth, the Federation of Small Businesses and Unison, said: "Torridge District Council should be congratulated for taking up the opportunity to use the Sustainable Communities Act this year.


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"This is a new process which lets people tell Government what they want rather than the other way round."

It was now up to the Government to fulfil its end of the bargain and implement some, if not all the council's requests, he said.

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Torridge Council Leader James Morrish said "We are very pleased to be one of the few councils putting forward proposals under the Sustainable Communities Act for the Government to consider.

"We pride ourselves that we put the community at the heart of every decision we make and that the voice of the community could now be heard on the national stage.

"I hope the Government reads and understands to many comments that Torridge residents have sent and don't just use this consultation as a paper exercise.

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