Ambitious plan needed to secure Taunton's economy - Jeremy Browne MP

This is The West Country: Andrew Cumpsty, director of external affairs at Peter Brett Associates, with Jeremy Browne MP and Richard Swinden, partner at Peter Brett. Andrew Cumpsty, director of external affairs at Peter Brett Associates, with Jeremy Browne MP and Richard Swinden, partner at Peter Brett.

TAUNTON needs an ambitious plan for the future, MP Jeremy Browne said at a meeting of senior business leaders and local government officers at the town’s County Ground.

Mr Browne said: “Taunton’s a great place to live but there is some concern that we risk falling behind other parts of the South-West when it comes to bringing new jobs and prosperity to the area.

“There has been considerable extra investment around Bridgwater and Exeter has also become a more attractive destination for shoppers.

“Taunton can sometimes feel like it falls between stalls – too big to be a small place but too small to be a big place.

“I want Taunton to retain its attractive character but I also want us to be more ambitious for the future.

“Taunton is expanding. That can be unsettling, but it is also a positive sign that people want to live in the area. We need to make a positive virtue of the way that Taunton is set to change.

“That means more social amenities which can be supported by a developing town.”

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10:13pm Sun 20 Apr 14

nat_11 says...

Jeremy Brownes action to rejuvenate the town is to go to a Civil engineering company, that's right Taunton could do with another bridge or highway being built?
Taunton need shops, sports and art facilities etc, not more paving,
Jeremy Brownes action to rejuvenate the town is to go to a Civil engineering company, that's right Taunton could do with another bridge or highway being built? Taunton need shops, sports and art facilities etc, not more paving, nat_11
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2:13am Mon 21 Apr 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

This is all just words. We all know this and have talked about it for the past few years. What's Jeremy's plan? Who has he brought together to come up with some ideas or to at least agree a strategy going forward? It's not an overnights solution, it will take time but can we have some action? Saying these words is as simple and obvious as recognising the sun is out.
This is all just words. We all know this and have talked about it for the past few years. What's Jeremy's plan? Who has he brought together to come up with some ideas or to at least agree a strategy going forward? It's not an overnights solution, it will take time but can we have some action? Saying these words is as simple and obvious as recognising the sun is out. TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 7

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