Portas money will promote town

Bands perfomed on Jubilee Sqaure during Bideford Carnival this weekend.

Bands perfomed on Jubilee Sqaure during Bideford Carnival this weekend. - Credit: Archant

Bideford Chamber of Commerce takes the lead to divide up £10k awarded to town.

THOUSANDS-of-pounds of funding received from Bideford’s bid at the Portas Pilot scheme will be spent to promote the town.

The Bideford and District Chamber of Commerce has divided up £10,000 to be spent on several projects around the town.

Chamber president Paul Phipps said £3,000 would be spent on a new website to market the town which is being developed by North Devon +.

Of the remaining money, £5,000 has been allocated to put on events in the newly re-furbished Jubilee Square.

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“During the Regatta we had a gig boat and music on there, and we put something on during the carnival this weekend as well,” said Mr Phipps.

“We want to make people more aware that it is such a useable site and hopefully in the long term it will attract people into the town.”

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Mr Phipps said the Chamber was also hopefully to use the remaining £2,000 to create a mural on the wall of the McColl’s store on Jubilee Square.

“We’re hoping to get some local artists on board so people can choose what would go there,” said Mr Phipps.

“It’s something we are still working on as we think it would be a great addition the area and look brilliant.”

New branding for the town and the new website, which is also funded by money from the Section 106 money from Asda, would be launched in the next four-to-six weeks.

“The Chamber has taken a really active approach in the last couple of months,” said Mr Phipps.

“There was all this money sitting there doing nothing and now we are taking the lead to really promote the town.”

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