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‘Positive step forwards’ for Barnstaple’s Maiden Street

16:12 17 January 2014

BIN AND GONE?: Wheelie bins on Maiden Street could soon be a thing of the past

BIN AND GONE?: Wheelie bins on Maiden Street could soon be a thing of the past


Issue of bins could soon be a thing of the past as business owners embrace solution

A BARNSTAPLE street has taken ‘a positive step forwards’ in solving the issue of rubbish outside its shops.

Business owners in Maiden Street met on Thursday to discuss new plans to tackle fly-tipping and help to improve the image of the street.

The owners came together in October to air their concerns to North Devon Council leader Brian Greenslade and town centre manager Craig Bulley in a bid to re-brand the street, which links to the Square, the Strand and Boutport Street, as Barnstaple’s ‘eatery quarter’.

Cllr Greenslade and Mr Bulley, as well as ward member Cllr Faye Webber, were in attendance for the meeting at Fatbelly Fred’s this week, where a new proposal was put forward to solve the bins issue.

“The bins need to go,” said Fatbelly Fred’s owner Geoff Morton. “Customers call Maiden Street an alleyway.

“The main issue with this street is people are investing in it only to find that it’s being used as a dumping ground and the council have ignored it for too long.”

Mr Morton also reiterated his belief that traffic was a big issue on the street, and the possibility of putting up bollards at either end of the street was discussed.

Mr Bulley tabled a plan to store the wheelie bins in a secure area at the rear of the Bridge Trust building on the corner of Maiden Street and the Strand.

“We are confident that that space can accommodate all of the bins, which means we can get every bin off the street,” he said. “But there are some challenges in terms of the doorway. Some work would need to be done and that comes at a price.”

Mr Bulley estimated that the cost of the works would be around £5,000.

Cllrs Greenslade and Webber said they would be willing to help towards the cost, as did Town Councillor Simon Harvey, though the businesses would still be required to make a contribution to the works.

“I think the difference is that there is now a will to do something about it,” said Cllr Webber.

Mr Morton called the solution a ‘positive step forwards’.

“Everybody here would say if you could get rid of the bins this would be a beautiful street,” he said. “I’m happy with the progress we’ve made; it’s a positive step forwards for the street.”

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  • And then the next job is to do away with the free car park, otherwise known as Mermaid Walk!

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