Kevin welcomes £4m boost for Paignton housing projects.


Torbay MP Kevin Foster has welcomed today’s (Friday 16th February)announcement of a £4m government funding boost for three housing projects in Paignton.

 The funding comes from the Government’s Land Release Fund which aims to ensure local councils release some of their unused or surplus land for housing. This will help to meet the ambition of unlock enough council-owned land nationally for at least 160,000 new homes by 2020.

Councils could bid for funding to deliver land remediation and small-scale infrastructure, which will help bring sites forward for housing which would not have otherwise been developed. The successful bids submitted by Torbay Council for three projects in Paignton were Victoria Square (£900,000), Preston Down Road (£1,100,000) and Collaton St Mary (£1,976,000).

Kevin said: “This £4m boost is welcome news for Paignton and will help deliver the homes local families need. I look forward to hearing the details of how Torbay Council will use this funding to unlock sites in Paignton and deliver regeneration in the heart of Paignton Town Centre through the project for Victoria Square.”

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Kevin Foster

Kevin Foster was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Torbay in May 2015.

Since being elected Kevin has set about working on his electoral campaign aims to regenerate Torbay’s town centres,develop year round employment opportunities create more integrated local care services and insuring Torbay has the infrastructure our local economy needs to grow in the future.

Kevin was born in Plymouth in December 1978 and spent his whole childhood in Devon.

His Father worked for 37 years as a Labourer/Painter in Devonport Dockyard until he took voluntary redundancy in 2010. His Mother worked for many years as a Teaching Assistant at the Primary School he attended as a child, continuing the job she loved until only 2 months before she lost her battle with Bowel Cancer in January 2014.

“Kevin lives on St Marychurch Road, close to the heart of Torquay Town Centre….” and is a regular at St Matthias Church in Wellswood and has now set up his constituency office in east Street Torre where he holds regular surgeries for residents to discuss their issues and problems.

Kevin started writing for the Torbay Times in 2013.