Councillors are putting together plans to apply for funding to resurface Mill Street in Bideford.

Bideford Town Council will be applying for funding to resurface Mill Street in Bideford.

Councillor Doug Bushby said the Bideford Town Centre Partnership had discussed the ‘dire’ state of the road at its latest meeting.

He said Devon County Council had given a ‘ballpark figure’ of £100,000 to resurface the road with tarmac and could be willing to match fund £50,000 to make up the total.

Cllr Bushby told councillors: “DCC won’t do anything in Mill Street for years and years if it’s left to them alone.

“It is first the light we have seen at the end of the tunnel about Mill Street for a number of years.

“I don’t see why there’s a point in having significant sums of money in reserves doing nothing when there’s the chance to do this.”

Councillor Peter Christie then suggested the council could apply to Torridge District Council for funding from the New Homes Bonus.

He said: “I understand each ward in Torridge is going to get £10,000, but there’s an additional £100,000 up for grabs.

“We ought to get our plan together right now because every other ward member in Torridge will be applying.”

He also suggested applying to the Bideford Bridge Trust, which has properties fronting the road.

Councillors agreed to put together a plan with the costings - also including Allhalland Street - and bring it forward for approval at its next meeting.