Public consultation will open next month to decide on future options for Northam Burrows.

CHANGES could be in store for Northam Burrows as Torridge District Council agree to consult upon options for the future of the area.

Public consultation will start next month to gain opinion on options including a brand new car park to replace the gate access at Westward Ho! and creating a BBQ area.

The report outlining options for the Burrows came after a petition was received by the council in July asking for free access to Northam Burrows.

The council’s community and resources committee voted on the preferred options at its last meeting, including to retain the Appledore Gate access and reconstruct the Sandymere road.

One option involved creating a simple café in the Burrows Centre, and refurbishing the educational displays.

Other options also included having an automatic number plate recognition system to remove the need for manned gates at the Sandymere access and holding half price entry in winter.

Further consultation is also being undertaken with Northam Town Council and lead members to work out a schedule for the consultation events.

Councillor Barry Parsons, leader of the council, said: “This is something we really have to focus on and get moving.

“It’s time we had a focus on Westward Ho! and really put it on the map.”