The CIC is involved in a wide-range of projects in Newton Abbot. These are some examples of our current work:
The CIC is keen to help ensure that the new residential developments around the town are served by adequate and sustainable local community facilities and infrastructure. This is important not only for the people living in these new communities, but also to ensure that facilities elsewhere in the town can support the town’s growing population.
We are working with partners to explore the needs and opportunities for such facilities. As a CIC we are keen to support the delivery and management of such facilities in any way we can.
We are currently developing a Business Plan for a new Community Centre on the new development known as Houghton Barton. It is hoped that once built the Centre will be managed by a local management committee supported by the CIC. More information about this work can be found elsewhere on our website.
Buckland & Milber Community Centre
The CIC works in partnership with the Buckland and Milber Community Association to carry out the day-to-day management of Buckland & Milber Community Centre. During 2017 significant improvements were carried out to the building including changes to the layout to improve accessibility. The Centre is avaliable to hire for meetings, events and special occassions and has now become a busy and popular venue. You can find out more about the Community Centre by visiting our dedicated website, available by clicking here.
The CIC also takes care of general administration, bookings, book-keeping, maintenance and marketing for the Buckland & Milber Community Association. We employ a part-time Administrator to carry out these roles.
The CIC has an office within the Community Centre.
Newton Abbot Schools Council
The CIC is working with Combeshead Academy to support the Newton Abbot Schools Council. The Council is made up of Year 6 pupils from local Primary Schools and Year 7 pupils from Coombeshead Academy, and is designed to represent the views of local young people on issues in Newton Abbot. Meetings are held each year with Teignbridge District and Newton Abbot Town Councillors. For the last few years the Council has also met with their local M.P. and visited the Houses of Parliament.
Penn Inn Roundabout
Work has now been carried out to clean-up Penn Inn Roundabout following the completion of the flyover and the roadworks. Working with a fantastic team of volunteers, the CIC has recently completed the planting of the first flowerbed and the re-seeding of the wildflower meadow. You can read more about the works here. Further planting work is planned in the autumn of 2018.
We are currently developing a public art project on the roundabout. This would involve local people, local Schools and other organisations. The exact nature of the art will be be agreed with those involved, but it could include a sculpture park, banners or mosaics in the under-passes. If you can help or would like to get involved in this Project please contact us by clicking this link.
The CIC is also involved in lots of other activities around the town. Our Business & Community Development Manager has a seat on the Newton Abbot Growth Partnership, is a member of the Teignbridge Children's Centre Advisory Board, is an Associate Governor at Haytor View Primary School and sits on the Newton's Place Advisory Board. The CIC's Directors are also Directors and Trustees of a wide-range of other groups and organisations around the town.
Previous project work
Over the years we've completed a wide range of projects and activities. Some of the highlights include:
Houghton Barton, Hele Park, The Fairways (NA1)
Recently the CIC has facilitated a detailed report into the needs of the local community in some of the latest hosing developments in Newton Abbot. You can download the full report here.
Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Plan
Newton Abbot CIC worked with Newton Abbot Town Council to prepare the Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Plan.
At the Referendum held on the 5th May 2016 more than 80% of those who voted agreed that the Plan should become planning policy for the Town.
Buckland Community Engagement Work
The CIC was funded by Teignbridge District Council to carry out a range of community engagement work on the Buckland estate. We approached this work in a number of different ways – by providing a new website, strengthening the social media presence for Buckland and by developing the Community Centre as a local ‘service hub’ offering outreach services such as a Job Club and online training Centre. This Project has now ended but the work of the Project in growing the use of the Centre as a local 'hub' has left a lasting legacy.
Golden Lion Square
Newton Abbot CIC has worked closely with Newton Abbot Community Trust to carry out the improvements to the Square. The Square officially opened to the public on Saturday 17th April 2016.
If you would like to book Golden Lion Square for an event or performance please contact Newton Abbot Town Council on (01626) 201120. Please note some types of events may incur a hire charge. More details are available from the Town Council.
Buckland Activity Co-ordinator
The Buckland Activities Coordinator post was funded by the Health Lottery for two years. Through the Project we delivered a range of activities for those living in the Buckland area. The Coordinator left the CIC at the end of November and this Project ended at the end of March 2016. We are confident that some of the activities that were started with Health Lottery funding (such as the Buckland Short Mat Bowls Group) will continue for years to come.
Our Buckland, Our Film
In November 2012 the CIC was awarded a grant of £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to work with partners to make a series of films about life on the Buckland estate in Newton Abbot. The Project works with partners including Haytor View Community Primary School and Surestart.
The Lottery grant has funded the purchase of ipod cameras for the Primary School and has been used to engage technical support with the Project. Since the HLF grant was received the Project has attracted additional funding from Devon County Council and the Helen Foundation.
The purpose of the Project was to encourage pupils at the School to get to grips with the latest technology, but also to foster closer links between the School and the local community by enabling the pupils to record interviews with local residents as part of the film making process. The Project has also had a historical dimension by allowing pupils to find out what life used to be like in Buckland in years gone by.
Three films have now been produced which have been premiered at the local cinema in Newton Abbot. This was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to see their work on the big screen and have the opportunity to walk down the red carpet.