The Three Communities

Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and... Bratton Fleming?

Ilfracombe alone was not large enough to be the recipient of the Pathfinder programme, so it had to join with other areas with the greatest need... and according to Government statistics that means Combe Martin and Bratton Fleming.
Being so remote, Bratton Fleming has a major issue with regards to access to services which means that without a car it is extremely difficult for residents to reach a doctor, and for young people to find things to do. Combe Martin was noted to have particular needs as regards education, skills and training. Ilfracombe has good access to services but health is a real issue. However, just because these three areas have been picked it doesn’t mean that neighbouring communities will miss out. The same service providers work across the area so it is inevitable that progress made in these communities will have a knock-on effect across the area.

Three areas working together

Having three distinct communities presents us with a challenge, but it was also one of the reasons the bid to join the programme was successful. Whilst the three areas are very different and have their own specific needs and aspirations, a number of common issues are also emerging so the programme will be able to make a difference across the whole area.