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Don’t want a deckchair? How about a surfboard?

10:19 02 October 2012

The new proposal from Mr Braddick for the Heywood Roundabout - a 42ft surf board.

The new proposal from Mr Braddick for the Heywood Roundabout - a 42ft surf board.

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Following the response to the deckchair proposal, a North Devon businessman has thought up a new idea for the Heywood roundabout.

AFTER a mixed response to his deckchair proposal for the Heywood Roundabout, a North Devon businessman has come up with a new alternative.

Rob Braddick, of Braddicks Leisure, said due to the response on social media to the deckchair idea, he is now proposing to install a 42ft surfboard on the busy roundabout.

The surfboard would be 2ft taller than the current world record holder in Australia.

Mr Braddick said: “I think people were a bit split over the idea of a giant deckchair, and I think this would be a lot safer and great for Westward Ho!

“We could sit it in a pile of sand or some pebbles and it would look great.”

In a poll on the Gazette website, it was a close call with 49 per cent of readers woting no to the deck chair and 41 per cent in favour.

Mr Braddick’s previous idea was to erect an eight-metre deckchair on the roundabout, known as the gateway to Northam and Bideford.

He added: “People just drive straight past Westward Ho! and this could help put it on the map.”

* What do you think of Mr Braddick’s surfboard idea? Take part in our poll or write to us with your opinions at or North Devon Gazette, Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, EX32 8PB.

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  • Surely it would make more sense for Mr Braddick to make this a sponsored roundabout project. Since he and his family own large parts of Westward Ho! i.e. pubs, holiday parks etc. it would seem to make more sense for his businesses to fund the project as a roundabout sponsorship scheme since his businesses will potentially be the biggest benefactors of the promotional idea. At the moment I understand from the previous article (unless I was reading wrongly) that council money will be used to fund the project. I actually quite like the surf board idea, since it is at least more fitting as it's known as a surfers beach.

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    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • If this is about promoting westward ho! and bideford then a sign advertising FREE all day parking would be a more radical idea and 100% more likely to draw the crowds. With the current discussions being to charge all year round to even access the coast line by car it's a bit of a kick in the teeth promoting it as a destination to surf. Most people drive past w-ho because they don't want to pay during the daytime in the summer to go to the beach for half an hour. Why can't the plethora of local artists be invited to submit ideas which could then be put to a public vote. Surely it's a bit unfair that a local business man who already has many business interests in such a small town takes monopoly on this idea.

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    Joanna Matthews

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Hmmm, what about a wind turbine...?

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    W Rowe, Barnstaple

    Friday, October 5, 2012

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