Vote now to help Tiverton Civic Society’s bid for success

Greenway Chapel, St Peter's Church

Posted on: 9 October 2018

An area of Tiverton has been shortlisted in a national competition to find England’s favourite conservation area.

Tiverton’s Civic Society, with support from Mid Devon District Council, entered the competition run by Civic Voice and is now looking for support from the Mid Devon community as the final approaches.

The civic society entered Tiverton Conservation Area, which includes much of the town centre and West Exe, in the competition and has recently learnt it has been shortlisted to the final 18, from a total of 249 nominations.

But with the final looming Tiverton needs your vote!

Jeremy Salter, from the Tiverton Civic Society, said:

“Working together with Mid Devon District Council, Tiverton Town Council and other organisations, such as the Tiverton Museum, Tiverton Civic Society has done much to raise awareness of this area, erecting information boards, setting medallions into pavements, publishing leaflets, and running guided walks etc. In 2008 our Merchants’ Trail and in 2011 our award winning West Exe Trail were opened. These have proved very popular and we feel that they must have helped to increase visitors to the town.

“Now we need as many people as possible to vote for the Tiverton Conservation Area over the next couple of weeks, and everyone is eligible to vote. To date we have received 275 votes but the opposition is formidable and we need a great number more if we are to do well!”

He added:

“We consider this area to be one of the finest conservation areas in England. It is distinctive because of its setting in the very attractive Exe and Lowman Valleys, overlooked by Cranmore Castle, a massive Iron Age hillfort. It is also distinctive because of the diversity and quality of its architecture, and because it reflects Tiverton’s important role in national and economic history over the past 900 years: the first fulling mill was built in 1226, the wool cloth industry flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries, the silk and lace industry was important in the 19th century and the town still has a flourishing textile industry.”

Jenny Clifford, Head of Planning and Regeneration at Mid Devon District Council said:

“We are pleased to be supporting Tiverton Civic Society’s bid for national recognition.  This conservation area has a varied and important history and much of it is included in our Tiverton Town Centre Masterplan as an area that we can preserve and enhance well into the future. Good luck in the competition and don’t forget to vote.”

The winner will be announced at an event in Birmingham on October 19th and members of the public can support Tiverton’s entry by voting online now. To cast your vote visit: www.bigconservationconversation.com/vote-for-ca. All voters have do is to find the picture of the Greenway Chapel at St Peter’s Church and click the red heart. Voting closes on October 16th at 5pm, so make sure you get your vote in!

For further information visit:
www.tivertoncivicsoc.org.uk and www.bigconservationconversation.com

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