Autumn delay for Lynmouth Pavilion plans

Joseph Bulmer

Start of �1 million redevelopment project put back until October to avoid tourist season.

THE demolition and redevelopment of Lynmouth Pavilion has been postponed until October to avoid any major impact on the holiday trade, it has been announced.

After a meeting between local business and Lynton Town Council, Exmoor National Park Authority has altered its timetable for the new �1 million visitor centre.

It is planned to demolish most of the once-elegant 1930s building and rebuild it to a similar design but up to modern standards.

Work had been due to start shortly, but Tim Braund from the National park Authority said they had listened to concerns and agreed to push the date back to avoid any disruption over the early Easter season. He added:

“Working in partnership with businesses, the town council and the wider Lynton and Lynmouth community, we are convinced that we can develop a new facility for visitors and local people alike that we can all be proud of and which will enhance and encourage people to visit Lynton, Lynmouth and Exmoor National Park.”

More than half of funding for the scheme has come from Devon County Council’s Invest in Devon Fund (money from the sale of Exeter Airport) secured by local County Councillor Andrea Davis with the rest being met by the national park.

It is hoped the newly rebuilt visitor and information centre will be open for the spring of 2013.