A project to reinstate a key part of Combe Martin’s seafront has received a cash injection from North Devon Council.

Executive, members have agreed to contribute £20,000 of Section 106 money towards the scheme. This is money which has come from contributions made by developers and builders as part of the conditions of their planning permission in order to give something back to the community.

The project is being run by Combe Martin Parish Council and aims to restore and enhance the parade on the village’s seafront.

The open space area, which links the beach and the headland, was closed a number of years ago following the discovery of structural defects. It is hoped the project will repair and rebuild the Edwardian alcoves and walkways and renovate a redundant building.

Councillor Dick Jones, Lead Member for Community and Leisure Services, said: “The parade is a vital part of Combe Martin’s tourist area, environment and community. Its closure has had a detrimental impact on the village. I am delighted the council can help to reinstate this magnificent area.”

Councillor Yvette Gubb, Ward Member and Parish Councillor for Combe Martin, said: “Combe Martin Parish Council is managing this project and we are pleased that North Devon Council has agreed to put £20,000 towards this. However, we are still working hard to secure a further £110,000 of funding to complete the regeneration and give this popular area back to the community.”

This project was identified in Combe Martin’s Parish Plan as well as being an objective of North Devon Council’s Health and Leisure Strategy.