‘Childish’ vandalism affects Westward Ho! rockpool works

Work is on track to finish works at Westward Ho! seafront before the summer season.

Work is on track to finish works at Westward Ho! seafront before the summer season. - Credit: Archant

Work is still on track despite vandalism as promenade prepares for inlaying of text from Rudyard Kipling poem.

Work is on track to finish works at Westward Ho! seafront before the summer season.

Work is on track to finish works at Westward Ho! seafront before the summer season. - Credit: Archant

‘Childish’ acts of vandalism have affected work to refurbish Westward Ho! rockpool.

Torridge District councillor Peter Le Maistre said the rock pool, which was damaged in storms in February 2014, was still ‘on track’.

He said: “The initial phase of the works along the promenade has been completed and the finished result really stands out as a feature.

“The work on the Rockpool is also progressing well with new concrete being poured, although some of this work has been affected by one or two childish acts of vandalism.

Work is on track to finish works at Westward Ho! seafront before the summer season.

Work is on track to finish works at Westward Ho! seafront before the summer season. - Credit: Archant

“Despite this, all of the projects are still on track and the finished result will look fantastic while also restoring the Rockpool for everyone to use.”

The promenade has been resurfaced with new seating, litter bins, handrails and lighting.


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The tarmac surface has been inset with granite to create an intricate weaving pattern that children have already been seen following as a winding trail while out walking.

The next stages for this project will include the inlaying of text from the poem If by Rudyard Kipling, a popular poem requested by the community.

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Rudyard Kipling spent several of his childhood years at Westward Ho! where he attended the United Services College.

His collection of stories, Stalky & Co, published in 1899, was based on his experiences at the college.

Cllr Le Maistre added: “Our engineer, Tara Sanders, and contractors have worked extremely hard to ensure all the work is completed before the main tourist season and deserve our thanks for their efforts and achievements.”

The works have been caried out as part of £418,000 funding from the coastal community grant money from central government.

Further works are planned later in the year including the redesign of the RNLI observation building, and a new play area on the putting green.

Funds for some of this work are being provided by Section 106 money from recent developments in the area.

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