Mul­ti­plex cin­ema in new plans

Herald Express - - News - BY DANIEL CLARK

MA­JOR multi-mil­lion pound plans to re­vamp the heart of New­ton Ab­bot are set to take a mas­sive step for­ward this week.

A new state-of-the-art mul­ti­plex cin­ema and a din­ing quar­ter full of new restau­rants for the town are all in­cluded in the next phase of the re­gen­er­a­tion that could see up to £180m of in­vest­ment.

A new cul­tural hub, a health and well­be­ing cen­tre, and a ho­tel in the town cen­tre, are also part of the scheme coun­cil­lors will be asked to back on Wed­nes­day.

Of­fi­cers will out­line to Teign­bridge District Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive the op­tions for the coun­cil to de­liver the next phase of re­gen­er­a­tion in New­ton Ab­bot

The same meet­ing will also see the coun­cil rec­om­mended to start pro­cure­ment for a joint ven­ture part­ner for the de­liv­ery of the Bradley Lane re­gen­er­a­tion, which in­cludes 170 homes and a mix of busi­ness uses, while a new re­port on the Mar­ket Walk de­vel­op­ment is also up for dis­cus­sion.

Work on the £2m im­prove­ment on the coun­cil-owned shop­ping cen­tre is al­most com­plete, but that is just the first phase of a £30m in­vest­ment.

The full de­tails of the re­ports are in a pri­vate ses­sion­due to the con­fi­den­tial and fi­nan­cial na­ture, but some de­tails of the pro­posed re­gen­er­a­tion have al­ready been made pub­lic.

Cllr Jeremy Christo­phers, leader of the coun­cil, said the plans were very ex­cit­ing and would build on the re­gen­er­a­tion suc­cesses al­ready car­ried out.

A re­port by Tony Wat­son, in­terim head of com­mer­cial ser­vices, adds: “The Master­plan for New­ton Ab­bot town cen­tre will be ex­hib­ited to the pub­lic upon com­ple­tion of the re­fur­bish­ment of Mar­ket Walk.

“The coun­cil have been re­view­ing op­tions to de­liver a new cin­ema in the town in or­der to pro­mote evening econ­omy and drive for­ward the fur­ther im­prove­ments to the town cen­tre.”

It is un­der­stood Scott Cin­e­mas, who man­age the ex­ist­ing Alexan­dra Cin­ema in the town, are the pre­ferred provider for the new cin­ema.

It is also be­lieved the plans in­clude re­lo­cat­ing the cin­ema into Mar­ket Walk, re­lo­cat­ing some shops, more ho­tels and im­prov­ing car parks, while the ex­ist­ing cin­ema build­ing will be trans­formed into a cul­tural hub.

The former Job Cen­tre build­ing in Sher­bourne Roadis now un­der­stood to be a pos­si­ble site for health pro­vi­sion.

PAIGN­TON’S Estella Carter Briggs, grand­daugh­ter of writer, nat­u­ral­ist and Her­ald Ex­press colum­nist Brian Carter, has writ­ten her name into the record books. Estella, who is 17, is the new un­der eigh­teen Bri­tish Long­board surf­ing cham­pion and ranked num­ber one in the coun­try. The cham­pi­onships were held at Fis­tral Beach in Newquay. Her next step will be to tackle surf com­pe­ti­tions in Eu­rope.

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