Following the response to the deckchair proposal, a North Devon businessman has thought up a new idea for the Heywood roundabout.

AFTER a mixed response to his deckchair proposal for the Heywood Roundabout, a North Devon businessman has come up with a new alternative.

Rob Braddick, of Braddicks Leisure, said due to the response on social media to the deckchair idea, he is now proposing to install a 42ft surfboard on the busy roundabout.

The surfboard would be 2ft taller than the current world record holder in Australia.

Mr Braddick said: “I think people were a bit split over the idea of a giant deckchair, and I think this would be a lot safer and great for Westward Ho!

“We could sit it in a pile of sand or some pebbles and it would look great.”

In a poll on the Gazette website, it was a close call with 49 per cent of readers woting no to the deck chair and 41 per cent in favour.

Mr Braddick’s previous idea was to erect an eight-metre deckchair on the roundabout, known as the gateway to Northam and Bideford.

He added: “People just drive straight past Westward Ho! and this could help put it on the map.”

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