Grade II listed town centre street in line for a bit of TLC

Survey work will be carried out ahead of a planned refurbishment of Barnstaple's Butchers Row. Picture: Andy KeebleSurvey work will be carried out ahead of a planned refurbishment of Barnstaple's Butchers Row. Picture: Andy Keeble

North Devon Council has revealed plans to 'spruce up' Butchers Row in Barnstaple.

It said work was likely to begin in the next couple of months, although details about what will happen are still to be finalised.

The council said it was 'committed' to making improvements but a survey was needed to determine the costs and extent of the work.

It said it had set aside some of its planned maintenance budget and would be talking to Barnstaple Town Centre Management to understand customer needs and changing shopping habits.

Jon Triggs, the council's head of resources, said: "Butchers Row is probably one of the most photographed streets in Barnstaple and is an important historical feature of the town.

"Over the next couple of months we will be looking in detail at what can be done to improve and regenerate the row, which is Grade II listed and as such, needs extra care."

The council said it had some vacant units along the row available to let.