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PRESS RELEASE 26th SEPTEMBER 2022

Celebrations all round -with excellent results from the Community Connections Project and the formal launch of the TKBVOICE Place Plan - the first Place Plan for the area putting TKB on the map!


The Community Connections Project officially comes to an end with publication of the Project Summary report which showcases the activities, achievements and impact of the project which includes the publication of the first Place Plan for the area and so much more!


An independent Evaluation Report commissioned as a condition of funding for the project also comments favourably on what has been achieved in such a short space of time.


The TKBVOICE Place Plan was formally approved by Towyn and Kinmel Bay Town Council in July and formally approved by the TKBVOICE Community Partnership in the August meeting of the Partnership. The Plan has been shaped by the views and involvement of local people through an extensive period of community engagement that started this year.


Bill Darwin, Founding Chair, and Barry Griffiths, co-Chair of the TKBVOICE Community Partnership


comment:

It gives us great pleasure to introduce the TKBVOICE Place Plan. This is the first Place Plan for the area and it is long overdue.
It gives us a route map to shape the future of Towyn and Kinmel Bay together. As a Partnership, our role is to ensure ideas are turned into action with the involvement and support of local people.
The publication of the TKBVOICE Place Plan is a major milestone for the community and the area and we look forward to turning ideas into action and working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve our ambitions”.

The TKBVOICE Place Plan is the final output from the Community Connections project which started in January this year and now officially comes to an end. A web friendly interactive version of the TKBVOICE Place Plan is available on the TKBVOICE website as part of a suite of community resources and online toolkit for use by all stakeholders. The Project Summary and independent Evaluation Report are also available for download. The #LoveTKB postcards which were a feature of the TKBVOICE community campaign are still open for ongoing feedback.


Geoff Corry, Mayor of Towyn and Kinmel Bay Town Council says:

The Town Council has been the host organisation and co-funder of the Community Connections Project, along with the UK Government Community Renewal Fund.
We are delighted with its two core outcomes – the formation of the TKBVOICE Community Partnership to support the place planning process and the Place Plan itself. I am extremely proud at the innovative approach we took ensuring that the TKBVOICE Community Partnership was genuinely independent of the Council and am confident that we are well represented on this Partnership, with members who will keep us informed, and ensure collaboration continues.”

The Community Connections Project was funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund which aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches in preparation for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Government funding was used by Towyn & Kinmel Bay Town Council to strengthen community connections, develop a Community Place Plan for the area and pilot an innovative approach to community engagement using digital tools alongside traditional grass roots community development. Its reach and impact in the local area, and beyond, has been significant and was catalysed by consultants Chris Jones Studio and Wilkinson Bytes.


Geoff Corry, Mayor of Towyn and Kinmel Bay Town Council says:


As a Town Council, we will remain closely involved, alongside other stakeholders, and will continue to support community action to make TKB the best place it can be now and for future generations."

Bill Darwin and Barry Griffiths, co-Chairs of the TKBVOICE Community Partnership say:


Our gratitude extends to everyone who participated in discussions, shared ideas or provided constructive criticism during a range of community-led conversations and events.
Together we have achieved a lot in a short space of time. Let’s continue to shape a positive future for the community of Towyn and Kinmel Bay and carry on community-led conversations about priorities in the Place Plan as we move forward and turn ideas into action”

Notes for Editors:

Press and media enquiries


Helen Wilkinson, Wilkinson Bytes - info@tkbvoice.wales; 07713 997 075


About the UK Community Renewal Fund

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.


About the TKBVOICE Community Partnership

The TKBVOICE Community Partnership is a voluntary, non-statutory body powered by Volunteers. The Partnership was formed at the end of March 2022 following a grass roots community campaign to encourage local people to express an interest in joining the partnership. It expanded in May 2022, following the local elections, to include 4 statutory members. Like the founding members, they were selected through an expression of interest process. The members of the TKBVOICE Community Partnership can be found here.


About TKBTC

Towyn and Kinmel Bay Town Council has 15 Councillors representing the two wards Towyn and Kinmel Bay which combine to a total of some 7,500 residents and up to some 40,000 visitors in the holiday season. Towyn and Kinmel Bay is situated between Rhyl, and Pensarn and Abergele on the North Wales coast.


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