Councillor hoping for village green progress

Joseph Bulmer

Westward Ho!’s village green has received makeover from Torridge District Council

THE next stage of the Westward Ho! village green restoration project could be finished before the summer.

The first phase of regeneration, which is part of the plan to improve the village, included modernising the area and relocating the public toilets.

The next phase of the project will involve the development of the old Buccaneer site, the resurfacing of the promenade from Horizon View to the slipway, and completing the village green with a play area, green pathways and flower beds.

Councillor Barry Parsons, Leader of Torridge District Council, said: “In some ways the full development will not be realised while the square adjacent to it and the development next door remain incomplete.

“This is something that the council is working to address and I am hopeful that the works required to complete that area will be done by the developer of the former Buccaneer site before the start of the summer 2012 season.”

The council has invested more than �300,000 on improving public areas of the village. Mr Parsons said: “The council is also discussing a package of improvements to the promenade area that were negotiated as part of the Green Parks planning approval.”

Although there are no formal plans yet, the value of the development is estimated to be around �250,000.