ENHANCEMENT FOR TWO BIDEFORD STREETS
Enhancement schemes in two streets in Bideford will start on site early in the New Year.
Improvements in Mill Street and Allhalland Street, which are both pedestrianised during the daytime, are being delivered in partnership between Devon County Council, Bideford Town Council and Torridge District Council.
The schemes will involve resurfacing, drainage improvements, and the installation of new kerbs and street furniture.
Mill Street, will be closed for around 12 weeks from Tuesday 2 January while work is carried out. The opportunity is being taken for a series of enhancements to be undertaken under one closure, with work being undertaken in short sections in order to minimise disruption.
Access will be maintained for pedestrians and shops will remain open for business as usual.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is a great example of partnership working for the benefit of Bideford town centre. We’ve been able to co-ordinate the work to take advantage of the same road closure, getting the best value for money and minimising disruption.”
Jane Whittaker, Leader of Torridge District Council said: "Bideford is the principle town in our District and these two important pedestrian zones are in need of improvement. Although Torridge District Council is not directly responsible for maintaining the local roads and pavements, on this occasion, and in a spirit of co-operation and partnership, District Members were willing to provide the additional £50,000 required to ensure that this essential refurbishment is delivered."
Mayor of Bideford, Councillor Dermot McGeough, said he was delighted that the resurfacing of Mill Street and Allhalland Street would be taking place in the New Year. This project will improve the appearance and safety of both streets and as such will improve the accessibility and shopping experience for those visiting Bideford. Tourism is a key industry within the town and a stable street and pavement surface is crucial. Bideford Town Council will be contributing £100,000 towards the project as well as £14,000 of Town and Parish funds.”
Work in Allhalland Street is scheduled to start on Monday 19 February and is expected to take around two weeks.
The scheme will be carried out by contractor South West Highways Ltd.