Cooper Street resurfacing set to begin

Work will begin to resurface Cooper Street in Bideford on September 16.

Work will begin to resurface Cooper Street in Bideford on September 16. - Credit: Archant

The jointly funded project in Bideford is estimated to take seven weeks to complete.

A SEVEN week project to resurface Cooper Street in Bideford is set to begin on Monday, September 16.

The street will be paved in York stone to match the surfacing on Jubilee Square, and is funded by Bideford Town Council, Torridge District Council and local businessman Rob Braddick.

Mr Braddick said: “The origins of my family business started in Cooper Street in the late 1800s when my great, great grandfather, John Joseph Braddick, established an abattoir and butchers shop.

“The abattoir was situated in what is now our Crabby Dicks public house and the property has remained in my family all this time.

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“The butchers shop was located in what is now Subway. John Joseph, his wife Sophie and their ten children lived in the flat above the butchers shop.”

Mr Braddick said he thought it would be nice to commemorate Braddicks Leisure’s 120th anniversary next year but putting something back into the town.

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“Cooper Street is a key artery into the heart of Bideford town centre and, with its lengthy connection to my family, it is my pleasure to contribute towards improving this historic street,” he said.

Councillor Simon Inch, Mayor of Bideford, said the town council was busy finalising a new archway to provide a ‘dramatic entrance’ to the street from Jubilee Square.

“Planning permission has been obtained and the final designs are being tweaked ready for presenting to the community,” he said.

Councillor Philip Collins, leader of Torridge Council, said the project would provide a ‘much improved’ look to Cooper Street.

“This will benefit not only the residents and visitors but also many of the businesses throughout Bideford and should encourage more pedestrians up from Jubilee Square and on into Mill Street,” he said.

The plans went out to public consultation earlier this year and are estimated to be completed in November.

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