Andy Symons, Labour’s Candidate in the Clifton with Maidenway has called for an annual music and comedy festival to be held in Torbay.
“Andy said, I want to build on the excellent feedback I have had from people living in Clifton with Maidenway and the wider Torbay area about holding a festival.
People have told me that this would be popular with local people and visitors but they said the emphasis should be on providing free or low-cost events.
Torbay has always been a destination for families and whilst others in the Bay want to focus on the luxury end of the market, especially around the harbour areas, Labour’s plans are very different.
A festival would enable us to showcase local acts, promote homegrown talent and would bring back to life many of our open spaces. In Clifton with Maidenway, Oldway would be an important venue for larger headline acts, but we also have a wide range of other parks, community venues, and open spaces which would welcome the chance to be part of hosting the festival.
We have a brilliant Community Radio station, arts & cultural groups and a growing social enterprise sector. A festival would help bring all these activities together.
My role, as a local councillor will be to ensure everyone gets a chance to take part. Too often we see community ideas hijacked and dominated by the same people. As with all my work, I will give a voice to those who are so often ignored.