Road enhancement scheme to start in Ilfracombe

Posted on: 23 January 2013

The road surface in Ilfracombe town centre is to be improved with an enhancement scheme getting underway on Monday (28 January).

The existing tarmac surface of the pavement and road at the junction of Fore Street and Broad Street will be replaced with block pavers.

The scheme is planned to continue until Friday 22 March, and although the roads will be closed, work will be phased to minimise disruption. Access will be maintained at all times for pedestrians and deliveries to local shops.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “This enhancement will much improve this part of the town and its appearance will be much more in-keeping with the conservation area.”

Councillor Geoff Fowler, Devon County Councillor for Ilfracombe and North Devon Councillor for Ilfracombe (West), said: “This higher quality road surface will replace a temporary coloured surface which, although has been successful in its delivery of initiating a café culture in Fore St, has worn and discoloured due to the traffic use in that area.”

Ilfracombe Mayor, Councillor Lynda Courtnadge, said: “The Town Council is pleased to support this regeneration project as it meets our strategic aims to improve our public places and the quality of our tourism offer which ultimately contributes to the town’s long-term economy. The new paving on Fore Street will be less prone to staining and more in keeping with this historic part of the town.”

The £110,000 scheme is being funded through a joint partnership between Devon County Council, Ilfracombe Town Council and North Devon District Council.
The work will be carried out by contractor SWH Ltd.

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