Popular promenade back in business after six year closure following damage caused by the sea.

NEWBERRY Parade at Combe Martin seafront has reopened following completion of renovation works.

It has been some six years since the popular walkway above Newberry Beach was closed following damage caused by high winds and battering seas.

The building works were signed off on Friday and the area is no open to the public once more.

Phase one of the project saw the 'alcoves' shelters demolished, with the paths resurfaced, plus a new roof slab and railings installed on the extension to the former museum building.

Combe Martin Parish Council said it was made possible by a grant from Devon County Council's Investing in Devon fund and 'Section 106 money' - paid in by developers following planning applications - from North Devon Council.

Parish council chairman, Councillor Graeme Coombs said they were delighted with the way that the Parade now appeared and said the area was so much more inviting.

"Over the autumn and winter we shall landscape the area, and then all we need is to find someone to make the most of the building, perhaps as a café or restaurant, or even something related to water sports," he added.

"Any expressions of interest are most welcome and all will be considered in due course."

Phase two of the project will include the landscaping work plus seating and the council is applying for a grant to divert the South West Coast Path so it runs through the Parade area, as well as to improve the steps.

Phase aims to find a way to use the building, making it self-funding. The new open area in front, combined with a balcony and stunning views over the bay.