COUNCILLOR Martin Wrigley, Leader of Teignbridge District Council said: 'These proposals will make Newton Abbot town centre a much better place to visit, as well as making it a safer and healthier place for residents.

‘People’s shopping habits have changed, and many don’t go into towns just to shop. Covid has further changed habits as well.

‘We need to make sure Queen Street is an attractive and viable place for people to spend time, as well as using the shops and other services.

‘Whether they browse, walk or cycle, meet and eat, or enjoy a cultural experience Newton Abbot will be truly back on the map.

‘We’ll continue to work with traders and businesses in the area to transition to the new vibrant, safe and attractive town centre that will appeal equally to residents and visitors to the town, and to highlight the many benefits of supporting the local economy.’