• Questions and Answers: 1. Tourism

    Following the publication of Blueprint for a Better Bay at the end of January, as you can imagine I have been receiving stacks of feedback from voters throughout the Bay. I thought it might be useful for visitors to this site to get a flavour of the sort of things that people are thinking about, and the sorts of questions I am being asked.

    Quite a few people have asked me about tourism, especially given its massive importance to our Bay. I have also been asked to clarify my position on the ‘Tourism: leave it to the experts’ section, centred around how I could expect to achieve something that hasn’t been managed in the past.

    Blueprint for a Better Bay

    ‘I will work to establish a formal accord between the ERTC, the TTA, other representative tourism organisations, tourism businesses and other sectors to maximise the benefits they bring to the Bay’s tourism industry.’

    If I were elected mayor for Torbay, I would quickly commence pan-industry discussions about representation and roles in the future of Bay tourism. As part of these discussions, which would be concluded before the terms of the BID referendum are finalised, I would expect everything to be on the table for consideration.

    In the event that the BID is successful, I would expect fair shares of funds involved (from the BID members’ levy) to be just that: ‘fair shares’ based on willingness to work together for the good of the whole Bay.

    My view of the TTA remains, as always, that it is a vital industry representative body that actually delivers the excellence promised to visitors by the extremely successful destination marketers at the ERTC, underpinned by offers from key facilities such as the RICC.

    Frankly, on the point about my achieving what has not been managed in the past, I would say that a lot depends on who does the asking and if they can credibly be seen as an ‘honest broker’. In my case, as elected mayor, I think this would be distinctly possible given that I have no direct ties or interests in the tourism industry, either present or historic.

    If the BID is unsuccessful, and I have no reason whatsoever to believe it would be unsuccessful if the industry has shown its willingness to work together as described above, all bets would be off and a new approach would be necessary.

    This answer is as far as I am prepared to go in public during the election campaign because I believe it would be discourteous to all industry parties involved to share any more detailed thoughts.



Julien Parrott, UKIP

Councillor for Ellacombe Ward, 2007 to date
Executive Lead for Adults and Children
Torbay Borough Council Unitary Authority

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11 November 2017

A brief update ...

I realise that I keep apologising for not maintaining this website! I really hope that I will be able to do something with it in the near future, but I know that my fellow Ellacombe residents understand that my priority is with my ward work and with my work for children and adults across the Bay as Executive Lead councillor.

In the meantime, an update for my fellow Ellacombe residents: please note that my contact details have changed. If you want to discuss a local issue with me, please see below for my new contact arrangements.

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Write to me:
Cllr Julien Parrott, Torbay Council, Town Hall, Torquay TQ1 3DR

Telephone me:
01803 389624 (Mon-Fri, daytime)

Come and see me:
I am also generally available each Monday between 12 noon and 1pm at the Office of William Dartmouth MEP, at 49 Market Street, Torquay TQ1 3AW

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2013-2014, I had the honour of being elected Chairman of Torbay Council.

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