EXCITING plans to transform a Barnstaple cycle path were revealed at a public meeting in Newport yesterday (Tuesday). Artists have been working with Devon County Council, North Devon Council and local residents to develop a raft of improvements for the tw

EXCITING plans to transform a Barnstaple cycle path were revealed at a public meeting in Newport yesterday (Tuesday).Artists have been working with Devon County Council, North Devon Council and local residents to develop a raft of improvements for the two-mile pathway that provides an important community link with the town centre.Plans for the path include tidying up the existing vegetation with new planting schemes, new seating and shelters, and improved signage and entranceways.Project manager Lisa Harty told the Gazette that artist Nick Meech had recently completed the research and development phase of his work, ideas that got their first public viewing at Newport School yesterday."There is no doubt that the cycle path running through the Newport area is in need of attention," she said."Because of issues such as dog mess and overgrown vegetation, people have become loath to use it in recent years."This project is about working with the community and using art to revitalise and regenerate the path."This idea of yesterday's meeting was to show the plans in progress and see what people think."The next step now will be fund-raising to enable phased work to be carried out in spring or summer this year," she added.If you missed yesterday's meeting and would like to forward an opinion on the proposals, contact Lisa Harty on (01237) 421191 or email on lisa.harty@googlemail.com