Councillors’ anger over Atlantic Way closure

16:45 26 February 2014

Northam mayor Barry Mason and Torridge District Councillor Roger Tisdale (pictured with son Robbie) at the site of the road closure in Atlantic Way.

Northam mayor Barry Mason and Torridge District Councillor Roger Tisdale (pictured with son Robbie) at the site of the road closure in Atlantic Way.

Archant

Town mayor and District Councillor angry over lack of communication as residents fear for nearby properties.

Atlantic Way is Westward Ho! has been closed amid fears this wall could collapse. Pic: Graham Hobbs.Atlantic Way is Westward Ho! has been closed amid fears this wall could collapse. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

THE closure of a main road through Westward Ho! has sparked fury among councillors who fear it could be shut for months.

Last week Devon County Council closed off Atlantic Way amid safety fears a gabion wall at a site where 10 town houses are being built was beginning to bulge.

A county council spokesman said the road could be closed for ‘up to eight weeks’ but Northam Mayor Barry Mason and Torridge District Councillor Roger Tisdale think it will be more like months and could eat into the summer period.

Both councillors have received complaints from residents who fear the bulging wall could have a catastrophic effect on their properties should a landslide occur.

Cllr Mason said: “This development and its planning consent should never have been allowed by Torridge in the first place.

“It is an eyesore and has blighted people’s lives who live in its shadow and vicinity.

“Northam Town Councillors were totally against the plans and recommended refusal for various reasons. However this was ignored by Torridge.

“Both myself and Cllr John Himan complained last year that the wire gabions were bulging, but we were told everything was ok.

“Now we have this serious situation whereby our main route into Westward Ho! may be closed for months. But seriously, is this structure safe for those residents nearby?”

Both councillors have queried why the wall was allowed in the first place, but have received no response from Torridge or Devon County Council.

“It seems they are all denying any responsibility,” said Cllr Tisdale.

“It is just absolute beggars’ belief that this gabion wall, which is designed for land where there is no development on top, was allowed in the first place.”

Cllr Mason added that the road had now become a ‘useful but unwanted car park for workers’ and he has asked for work to be suspended on the site.

He added: “The original highway plans for these wire gabions were cleared by Devon County Council Highways. It is clear that these gabions are unsuitable adjacent to a highway and major building development.”

Related articles

4 comments

  • Whilst I sympathise with the traders in Westward Ho! the walk along Atlantic Way is much more pleasant as speeding drivers have been banished. The block is an overdevelopment in my opinion and I fear for the safety of vehicles exiting from an unsighted access. Beach Road has borne the brunt of the extra traffic I suspect.

    Report this comment

    Merv

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Yes the question we have to ask ourselves is what muppet authorised the development in the first place? And whilst it's much quieter Merv, if speeding motorists are an issue, 1, report the matter to your local community Police Officer, and 2, consider a different walking location?

    Report this comment

    MARK WILSON

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Surely the council has some powers to force the developer to put this right ASAP andor take legal action? I wish you luck with this one as having in the past tried to "engage" with TDC PlanningEnvironmental Depts i personally would,nt waste my time and stress ever again.

    Report this comment

    Peter Kirk

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Whilst I sympathise with the traders in Westward Ho! the walk along Atlantic Way is much more pleasant as speeding drivers have been banished. The block is an overdevelopment in my opinion and I fear for the safety of vehicles exiting from an unsighted access. Beach Road has borne the brunt of the extra traffic I suspect.

    Report this comment

    Merv

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:12
The loss of Zebedee has hit staff at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park hard.

Staff distraught as long term resident Zebedee dies aged 29

Read more
Yesterday, 15:14

Fire fighters called out to assist with unstable scaffolding on Arlington Hotel.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:24

Developers seek to turn part of the pub into housing with new application

Read more
Yesterday, 11:35
Gale force winds are forecast for the festive week ahead.

Region can expect strong gusts in exposed and coastal areas through tonight (Monday) and tomorrow.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:36

Fire fighters received reports of a boiler exploding at Swimbridge property on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:04
The proposed hotel in Westward Ho!

Councillors will once again be deciding the fate of the luxury £3million development proposals for Westward Ho!

Read more
Yesterday, 09:57
Computer

Join us on Wednesay evening (April 1) for your chance to grill the Torridge election candidates from 7pm-9pm.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:26
Ian Roome, fundraising manager; Andrew Spear, Morgan Sindall project manager; David Wilson, architect; James Bonetta, of NDCCCT; Phil Humphreys, NDDH facilities; Rae Reynalds, operations manager.

It’s taken four years of fundraising, but thanks to your support, North Devon’s brand new £2.2million treatment unit opens today (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 09:07
The sheep escaped onto the A39 on Sunday morning near Abbotsham, Bideford. Picture: The BIG Sheep.

A flock from The BIG Sheep made a break for it yesterday (Sunday) but were safely rescued from the main road.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
Denise Short, The Champ's manager, and Paul Stewart-Reed, Clearwater’s head brewer.

Appledore pub given new lease of life after being taken over by Bideford brewery.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder