July 24 2014 Latest news:
Friday, April 18, 2014
Work to the access road at Sandymere gate is estimated to be finished by the end of May.
TORRIDGE District Council has begun a programme of planned maintenance work on the access road to Northam Burrows.
The road between Pimpley Gate at Sandymere and the parking area adjacent to the Pebbleridge bridge is being resurfaced.
The work, which began on April 8, will involve repairs, resurfacing, and kerbing of the road, and alterations at the entrance to improve traffic flow.
The £145,000 contract has been awarded to local company Devon & Cornwall Surfacing following a tender exercise.
During the works, access from Sandymere Road will remain closed to vehicles, which will be redirected to the Pebbleridge Road entrance at Westward Ho!
Pedestrian access will be available at all times.
Cllr Gaye Tabor, lead member for the natural and built environment, said: “We do our best to maintain Northam Burrows for everyone to enjoy.
“These days with the constant cutbacks in funding it’s more and more difficult to allocate the meagre budgets, so I’m delighted that these works to improve the Sandymere road have begun.”
It is estimated the works will be completed by the end of May.
Cllr Roger Tisdale, ward member for Westward Ho!, added: “‘Great news for visitors and locals alike.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to enjoy the Burrows and Westward Ho! beach, and works like these can only enhance the visitor experience.”