GREAT Torrington and district is looking forward to changes for the better with the publication of two key documents - the town council s Great Torrington Town Plan 2008 and the Local Community Partnership s review of its plan Great Torrington and Distric

GREAT Torrington and district is looking forward to changes for the better with the publication of two key documents - the town council's Great Torrington Town Plan 2008 and the Local Community Partnership's review of its plan Great Torrington and District, Working Towards 2020.Community representatives and the town council hope the plans will help make Torrington and its surrounding parishes one of the best areas to live in Devon.The views of local people were fed into developing the town plan and refreshing the community plan following consultation over the past year on subjects including the economy, community safety, healthy lifestyles and housing.These plans will link to the district and countywide sustainable community strategies and enable people in the community to work together to seek the improvements they want.Mayor of Torrington Cllr Harold Martin said: "It is a great privilege to be involved in the launch of the town plan for Great Torrington. Great Torrington is unique, both in its geography and in the interaction of its community. There is no doubt that the parish has much to be envied by others. Such unique characteristics must be nurtured and protected, while at the same time ways found to embrace new developments and ideas. Now is the time, particularly with potential local government reorganisation, for the town to articulate it's vision. With the credit crunch and the economic downturn at the moment, some things may happen a little slower than anticipated, but it's good to have a vision for the future and I and the rest of the council are proud to launch the town plan." Adrian Freeland, chairman of the Local Community Partnership, said: "These plans are a brief snapshot of the current aspirations of the population, both young and not quite so young, not only in Great Torrington, but also in all the 27 surrounding parishes. They are living entities that will both react and adapt to changing circumstances. These plans are essential method for the local residents to both inform and influence planners, especially with regard to how our environment develops in the future. The publication of these documents is the easy part. The hard work of making these visions a reality starts now." Copies of the plans will be available on CD from Alison Boyd, Room 203, Civic Centre, Barnstaple, EX31 1EA. (01271) 388912 and will also be available to view on the Communities in Action database www.communitiesinaction.org.uk