Groups team up to improve Bakewell

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A market town is going to be given a revamp thanks to a new partnership.

Governing authorities and community groups have joined up to form the Bakewell Partnership, with the aim of working together for the benefit of the town.

The partnership consists of representatives of the National Park Authority, district and county council and a range of business and community organisations including the Bakewell Traders Committee, Bakewell in Bloom, the Association of Bakewell Christians, Bakewell and District Civic Society and the Bakewell Community Interest Group.

Led by Bakewell Town Council, the innovative team wants to reflect the views of the community as a whole in the development of a community plan.

Chairing the group will be Bakewell’s mayor, Cllr Paul Morgans, who said: “The partnership is a long term plan that for Bakewell that will deliver improvements by working with everyone from residents groups to Derbyshire County Council under one umbrella.

“It’s a very inclusive project with every resident’s view more than welcomed.

“Whilst early days, a couple of improvements are already underway.

“We’ve put community groups in touch with owners of vacant shops so that the space can be used for displays enhancing the look of the town.

“Bakewell’s street furniture is currently being updated.

“We want to involve all who have an interest in Bakewell to take the opportunities offered by this spirit of co-operation.”

The partnership will have key working groups concentrating on issues such as built environment, public space, heritage, natural environment, economy, employment and development.