Trio are appointed directors of city's PWP
THE deputy leader of Plymouth City Council and a Herald writer have been appointed as directors of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership.
Cllr Peter Smith, Labour councillor for Honicknowle, and Chris Robinson, who writes the Looking Back pages every Tuesday, join the board alongside another new appointee, planning and regeneration expert Ed Heynes.
The trio will now focus on the delivery of the PWP's five-year business plan following the establishment of the Waterfront Business Improvement District (BID) in April this year.
As deputy leader of the council, Cllr Smith's role includes responsibility for events, culture and heritage, and his experience in these areas is to be utilised by PWP in the planning and implementation of its major events strategy.
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Cllr Smith said: "There is a new sense of momentum and progress on this incredible waterfront.
"More businesses are opening here, we've got more events and I'm pleased to be a part of this."
Chris Robinson went to school in Plymouth and has lived in the city since leaving university.
Now a respected artist and historian who has written more than 20 books, he has been a regular contributor to The Herald for three decades.
He owns a studio workshop and gallery on the Barbican and joins the PWP board as a specialist adviser for retail and heritage.
Mr Robinson will also represent independent artists and galleries.
He said: "I look forward to working with the PWP to help deliver something that the city can be truly proud of."
Ed Heynes, who is managing director of planning consultancy Heynes Planning, has 25 years of experience in the planning profession, with expertise ranging from housing, retail and employment to hospitality, leisure and sports facilities.
He said: "I am looking forward to working with other members of PWP and all those involved with the waterfront to create a vibrant and exciting place for people to live and work which can only be of benefit to Plymouth as a whole.
"Hopefully my background and experience can help in making sure that ideas and initiatives become reality and that projects can be delivered."
The additions to the PWP board follow the appointment of chartered engineer, business manager and sailor Chris Arscott as chairman this year.
He said: "The PWP has taken great strides in delivering the first phase of the five-year business plan and businesses are starting to see the benefits.
"Peter Smith, Chris Robinson and Ed Heynes have been recruited to the board for their specific areas of expertise, which will strengthen the board and support our wider vision for the area, enabling regeneration and development opportunities, targeted improvements and support for the visitor economy."
The Waterfront Business Plan aims to grow annual visitor spend by 25 per cent – £63million – by 2020 by increasing footfall and marketing the waterfront as a regional and national destination.