Name needed to boost tourism
BIDEFORD’S ancient Manor Court ceremony on Saturday brought a call for the town council to take the lead in creating an identifiable and marketable tourist destination to further develop the economic growth of the area.
This should include a name and tag line such as “Grenville’s Country – the start of New World discovery’ or Grenville’s Coast – where maritime heritage lives’ for use on appropriate signs, it was suggested.
This was one of the ‘presentments’ put forward by members of the public at the ancient ceremony, which annually invites townspeople to put forward their ideas for consideration by the council.
A jury comprising six men and six women considered the ‘presentments’ received by the town council leading up to the Manor Court and deliberated on them and chose 10 to put forward at the ceremony.
Other ‘presentments’ were concerned with tidying the town and providing safe walkways.
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There was a call for the town council to resurrect its Pride in Bideford initiative to facilitate cleaning and general sprucing up of the town; to tidy and maintain the area at Ford Rock and reinstate a bench; to cut back trees around the street light at the entrance to Grenville Ridge; to ask land and property owners to tidy overgrown areas and remove rubbish from the area between Ford House and Torridge Hill; to ensure pavements in the town centre are gritted when required and that grit boxes be placed in the town; to provide a tarmac pathway from Brecon Close to the play area in Alverdiscott Road; to consider replanting the area behind Ford House with small trees, bushes and appropriate native species on the bank; to install a metal handrail on the footpath between Cedar Way and Willow Grove; and for the repair and general maintenance of all children’s play areas in Bideford.
Guest speaker was John Riddington-Young, outspoken ear, nose and throat surgeon and consultant at the North Devon District Hospital.
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