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Posted On: 05-10-2021
Posted In: Planning

The next stage of the project to improve the public spaces in Cullompton town centre is now underway, with work on initial design taking place this autumn and winter.

Building on the town centre consultation undertaken over the summer, there will be a further opportunity for you to have your say and find out about the project at the Farmer’s Market being held at the Autumn Fest on the 9th October.

Autumn Fest in Cullompton will take place between both the Farmer’s Market and the Walronds Garden in the town centre, with a range of local food, crafts and activities taking place.

The project team will be there to explore the key opportunities and challenges, so that these are taken into account at the heart of the design proposals.

Councillor Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration, said:

“It is fantastic to see this project move forward, with the initial design work for the town centre enhancements taking shape this autumn and winter. This Autumn Fest engagement event provides a great opportunity for residents, businesses and anyone with an interest in the area to get involved.”

The first part of the town centre enhancement project will focus on the Higher Bullring area - a major focal point in the town centre and a well-loved historic space. This phase, delivered in partnership with Devon County Council as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), will seek to enhance the heritage setting of the Higher Bullring and provide an attractive space for community events and cultural activities.

The team leading on the HSHAZ cultural programme ‘Creative Cullompton’ will also be attending Autumn Fest in the Walronds Garden, where they will be running a range of free art activities. Creative Cullompton is aiming to celebrate the heritage and importance of the High Street through art and cultural activities.

Vik Westaway from the Creative Cullompton team said:

“The town festivals are the perfect way to bring the community together. The shops, restaurants and inns all get involved in the spirit of these events. By bringing music, craft demonstrations and arts workshops to our Historic High Street we can show the creative and cultural side to our market town making it a place to visit, shop and celebrate in.”

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the HSHAZ building grants available to property owners in the town centre.

The HSHAZ project is funded by Historic England with a grant of up to £1.1m, and is being matched with contributions from Mid Devon District Council, Cullompton Town Council, and Devon County Council.

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