A public meeting has been called on Monday, January 26 to ask the people of Combe Martin to decide on the future of a popular seaside area. Newberry Parade and alcoves overlooking Newberry Beach have been closed for some time on the advice of an engineer

A public meeting has been called on Monday, January 26 to ask the people of Combe Martin to decide on the future of a popular seaside area.Newberry Parade and alcoves overlooking Newberry Beach have been closed for some time on the advice of an engineer's report which found serious structural problems, caused by exposure to waves and weather.The meeting will be in the Village Hall at 7pm. Combe Martin Parish Council will explain what has happened so far and find out what villagers would like the council to do next."We don't want to leave it shut off, but the options are quite expensive and it's ratepayers' money so they need to tell us what to do," said Michelle Beaumont, the parish clerk."To repair it would probably cost the best part of £100,000. The options are to repair, make it safe or remove it, but even that is expensive."Exposure has led to the metal supports inside the alcoves rotting away. Following a site inspection by North Devon Council's engineering unit in June the recommendation was for the alcoves to be demolished. As many people as possible have been urged to come to the meeting to give their views and help the council decide the best way forward.