Torridge District Council will look again at plans for a temporary travellers’ site in Bideford after new potential spot is offered at Caddsdown.

Torridge District Council has agreed to re-evaluate plans for a temporary travellers site in Bideford town centre.

At TDC's full council meeting last night (Monday), a petition was handed in with more than 280 signature against the plans for a temporary site at Bank End.

But Councillor Dermot McGeough told the meeting he had found an alternative site the council could use.

Cllr McGeough said: "The riverside is prime for Bideford. We own it. I'm here to back you up 100 per cent.

"A local businessman did come forward with a different temporary site. It seems we've got another bite of the cherry."

Jenny Wallace, TDC's head of paid services, responded and said: "There has been an offer of a temporary site.

"Needless to say, we have to look at it a bit further in terms of the viability.

"I propose bringing it back with a full report to the next community and resources meeting on December 4."

It was a full house in Bideford Town Hall as dozens of people turned up to watch Cllr McGeough hand in the petition.

Several people also addressed councillors during the public participation session.

Robert Hunter, owner of the barge cafe, spoke on behalf of the Keep Our Riverbank Public (KORP) group.

He said: "Bank End is absolutely wrong for thousands of reasons.

"People have enjoyed using it for many, many years and want to be able to continue to do so.

"You've been fobbing us off with a skate park, and then a building site, so give us back Bank End and do something useful with it."

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr McGeough said the site at Caddsdown which had been offered could be used by the council rent-free for two years.

"It's not going to cost them a lot of money; the only cost will be to clear the site," he added.

The council will discuss the issue at TDC's community and resources committee meeting on December 4, at 6.30pm in Bideford Town Hall.