Ilfracombe Gig Club bids for new boat house

Joseph Bulmer

ILFRACOMBE Pilot Gig Club is seeking to build a gig storage shed and new public toilets at the Cove by the harbour.

The club has submitted a planning application to demolish the existing public toilets, owned by North Devon Council, next to the wet fish shop and construct a new building large enough to contain up to four gigs boats and equipment.

In turn the scheme proposes to create new public toilets at the front of the building – a two unisex cubicles, one multi purpose, with baby changing facilities and equipped for disabled use.

In a statement supporting its application the club said it was growing both in terms of membership and gig racing success.

Its three gig boats – one of wood and two of fibreglass – are currently in a temporary storage facility which the club has to vacate in the spring of this year. A further wooden racing gig is on order for delivery this summer.

The statement said without storage for the boats and easy access to the sea the club could not see how it could continue to use Ilfracombe as its base.

The club believes the addition of modern public toilets at the Cove will prove of benefit to local people and visitors, replacing the current aging facilities.

If approved the scheme would result in the loss of five parking spaces, but the club believes greater use of the car park by members and visitors throughout the year would compensate for any loss of revenue.