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Ivybridge

The key to the Town: our crossing point since at least 1280 (Victor Abbott)

The Ivy Bridge, prior to 1280, with additions.

It is still possible to see Ivybridge's origins as a crossing point of the Erme, and the use of its water for cleansing and power. The old houses in the village have given way to an urban development but the heart of our Town is still centred on the shops and businesses which are part of a significant centre and local economy for many. The pandemic has affected all our lives but many businesses kept trading and offered support to those most deeply affected.

Yet, the linear growth of our Town, currently squeezed between the railway and the A38, and using only two junctions at Western Road and Wrangaton has resulted in congestion and poor air quality. Our population is a challenge to our services, affecting our schools, medical centre, car parks, and on-street parking.

Victor says,

"As a District Councillor, I am looking forward to the revision of the Joint Local Plan. We have some fine facilities including the Watermark, the Leisure Centre and our shops (even the Town centre parking). Yet, given so much house building, I intend to work on strategic planning around Ivybridge - a topic split between the County and District roles."