Barnstaple Town Council is calling for action to repair the ‘appalling’ paving in and around the town

Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt also says there are numerous examples of damaged and badly fitted paving stones in the High Street. Picture: Tony GussinBarnstaple mayor Julie Hunt also says there are numerous examples of damaged and badly fitted paving stones in the High Street. Picture: Tony Gussin

The Mayor and councillors of Barnstaple Town Council have called for action to repair the town’s blocked drains and broken pavements.

Responding to the complaints she and other town councillors had received from residents, mayor Julie Hunt said: “The pavements and drains in Barnstaple are in an appalling state.

“All around the town, loose and broken paving stones are unsightly and difficult to walk on. A lot have reached a point now where they’re dangerous to pedestrians and difficult for people with disabilities to negotiate.”

She said she understood their voice had now been heard and Devon County Council is considering some resurfacing work in the town centre.

The damage caused to paving at Mermaid Walk in Barnstaple. Picture: Julie HuntThe damage caused to paving at Mermaid Walk in Barnstaple. Picture: Julie Hunt

Mrs Hunt added: “This would be very welcome, and on behalf of all town councillors I call on the county to confirm the plans and start the work as a matter of urgency.

“I also want to see some action to unblock the many roadside drain covers that have become encrusted with mud and debris. I know the county council is suffering heavily from cuts in Government funding, but it worries me that this now means our pavements and drains are hazardous and really make it look as though we don’t care about our town.”

Town clerk Will Austin said that residents should still report issues: “If we stay silent then the county council’s records won’t show the true state of our highways and drains.

“I’d encourage people to log their concerns by calling 0345 155 1004 or by reporting online at www.devon.gov.uk.

“Unfortunately the county no longer accepts reports made through the really useful Fix My Street website, something we’d like them to reconsider.”

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “Safety defects are repaired as and when they are found, but we are currently working on design options for improvements in Mermaid Walk which we’ll be discussing with the Town Council in due course.

“Condition surveys are also being carried out in Boutport Street, High Street, Butchers Row, Holland Walk and Queen Street in Barnstaple for work to be scheduled to start in the next financial year.”