County councillor criticised over plans for Bideford

09:49 27 January 2014

Bideford

Bideford

Archant

Councillor for Bideford South told he is ‘wasting his time’ looking into plans for a third bridge in the town.

A COUNTY councillor has been criticised for trying to ‘wave a magic wand’ after telling town councillors his plans for Bideford.

Councillor Robin Julian, who represents Bideford South and Hartland, outlined his plans to Bideford Town Councillors on Thursday.

Cllr Julian told councillors he had plans to boost the town and hoped to see it open and ready for business.

He said he was exploring the idea of a third bridge over the River Torridge and wanted to reopen the Bideford to Barnstaple railway line.

“We have got to bring Bideford up and start making money,” he said.

“It’s got to be a nice place to live and we need to get lots of shops and businesses in the town. We don’t want people to keep going to Barnstaple instead.”

But Cllr Peter Christie said plans for a third bridge had been looked at several times before, including in 1949 and 1968, and had been quoted a price of £80million.

“The way you outline these plans seems very easy, almost as if you’re going to wave a magic wand and Bideford will be wonderful,” he said.

Cllr Roger Vanstone said he thought Cllr Julian would be ‘wasting his time’ looking into the plans for the bridge and reopening the railway.

“I think you’re on a highway to nowhere,” he added.

Cllr Julian also defended comments he had previously made following his election comparing the council to a ‘16th century town council’.

Bideford mayor Cllr Simon Inch told the county councillor he was ‘deeply hurt’ by the comments and asked him to explain himself.

Cllr Julian said: “There are some councillors here that don’t like change too much, or they talk about things for a long time but haven’t done anything about it.

“I did not mean to paint the whole council with one brush but there’s a few who like to keep the status quo. I hope we can all work together to better the town.”

2 comments

  • Yes, it would be good to reopen the Railway line from Bideford to Barnstaple, as a regular train passenger in order for me to get to Barnstaple I have to use a WAV which costs £30+ for a journey which is less than 30minutes.

    Report this comment

    sueM

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Heart says yes but head thinks no. A return of the railway is a good idea but I'm afraid HS2 has taken up all the small scale infrastructure funding.

    Report this comment

    Merv

    Monday, January 27, 2014

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

Other News Stories

50 minutes ago
The coastguard pole today.

National Trust launches appeal to restore a unique part of North Devon’s coastal heritage.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:34
On the campaign trail in North Devon.

Catch up with the latest General Election goings on and ministerial visits in pictures

Read more
Yesterday, 14:26
Home secretary Theresa May with Conservative candidate for North Devon Peter Heaton-Jones

The Government minister answered questions covering everything from North Devon’s tourism industry to her favourite flavour of crisps

Read more
Yesterday, 14:16

Councillors have approved contentious plans for 105 houses in Pilton.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:51
Princess Anne visits the Lynton Cliff Railway on Friday morning. Picture: @LLCliffRailway

Princess visit kicks off 125th anniversary celebrations in style.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:24
Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned of more borrowing and taxes if Ed Miliband does a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to become Prime Minister.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:46
beer

Beer festival will see music, barbecue and beer follow rugby matchers in Barnstaple on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:43
James Pugsley with his late brother, Tom

The 21-year-old will be running the London Marathon to raise funds for the RNLI in memory of his late brother Tom Pugsley.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
Lyndsay Platt, with The Glorious Oyster horsebox on Westward Ho! Picture: Sarah Howells

As part of our campaign to promote North Devon’s fish and seafood, we spoke to The Glorious Oyster in Westward Ho!

Read more
Thu, 17:17
Catch Ed Byrne in Barnstaple this autumn. Picture: Roslyn Gaunt

Catch the famous funnyman on stage at The Queen’s Theatre this autumn...

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°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