Changes to make Melville marvellous
BIG changes for one of Torquay's forgotten town centre communities are being announced next week.
New bins, a CCTV camera to prevent anti-social behaviour and a play day for children have already been planned as a result of the Making Melville Marvellous report, which will be launched with a play day for children in the Melville Hill car park.
The report asked the town centre area's residents living in the Warren Road and Melville hill area what changes they wanted to see.
The two key points which came out of the consultation exercise were about rubbish on the streets and the lack of a children's play park.
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The Melville Hill car park will be closed and turned into a children's play area for the day on Tuesday, August 20.
And the one day pop-up park could be a sign of things to come for children in the area.
Cllr Darren Cowell said: "The car park and the old Rock Road laundry site are probably the only two places where a children's play area could be sited, although both have their problems.
"For the play day there will be balloon makers, mucky painting and all sorts of things going on.
"It is being funded by community safety, public health, and the Melville community group."
Cllr Cowell said that big strides have already been taken in improving the cleanliness of the area.
"People are saying that things are already changing," he said.
"We are working closely with Tor2 regarding the collection of rubbish.
"We have replaced the seagull-proof sacks with four new proper plastic bins for the community to use.
"A lot of the houses of multiple occupation haven't got anywhere to put their rubbish and so this has already made a huge difference.
"I am extremely happy with this as an example of how Tor2 are working with the community
"One of the worst areas is the cliff below Rock Road, behind the Fleet Walk car park, which looks like a third world rubbish tip. It's absolutely filthy.
"We are also putting a community bin out in Rock Road."
Mayor Gordon Oliver will be among those attending the launch of the Making Melville Marvellous report.