Newton Abbot Community Trust announced the opening of Golden Lion Square in April 2016.The Square, in Bank Street, opposite the Passmore Edwards Centre, was for a number of years a derelict, fenced off site under private ownership, before it was purchased by the community. The Square is now a key public space and has been levelled and paved, with new seating and planting installed. The Square also benefits from a small performance area with a canopy which may be used by a wide-range of groups and performers.
Work to the Square has been funded by Newton Abbot Town Council, Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council through the Electors Fund. Items within the Square have also been generously sponsored by local businesses and members of the public, with individual donations ranging from £1 to £2,000.
The Newton Abbot Community Trust is a Registered Charity and is a partnership between Newton Abbot Town Council and Newton Abbot Community Interest Company. Jeremy Newcombe Chair of the Trust commented that “we are delighted with the works that have been carried out to improve Golden Lion Square. We hope that residents, visitors and businesses will all agree that it has been worth the wait. We owe a debt of thanks to all those businesses and residents who have supported the works to the Square in so many different ways”.
Speaking on behalf of Newton Abbot Town Council, Mayor at the time, Councillor Mike Ryan noted that “Newton Abbot Town Council is especially pleased to see this scheme reach completion. It represents the final piece in the jigsaw of projects identified by the people of Newton Abbot in the Community Plan as an important amenity space in their town centre. The result of a partnership between all tiers of local government, the Community Interest Company, businesses and the public it will be a truly glorious sight in its setting with the Passmore Edwards Centre. Add to that the performance space, I hope the public embrace and protect it.”
Lynn McElheron Chair of Newton Abbot CIC added that “the CIC is delighted to have been involved in the redevelopment of Golden Lion Square. We hope that the Square will be popular with people of all ages to sit and enjoy the planting, play a game of chess or enjoy a performance”.
One of the features on the Square is the Energy Sculpture, which was produced and installed by the Energy Group of Transition Newton Abbot (TNA), and supported by a number of people and organisations in the community. This sculpture is the last in a series of five other sculptures, which feature the individual renewable energy symbols. These other sculptures can be found on the outskirts of Newton Abbot and are designed to encourage us all to think about how we use energy and where it comes from.
Anyone interested in using the Square or the performance area for an event should contact the Town Development Manager Sally Henley on 07595 893151 or Newton Abbot Town Council on (01626) 201120.