New Westward Ho! village green

THE new village green at Westward Ho! is taking shape.

Phase one of the project to enhance the resort’s seaside landscape is now completed, with re-turfing of the green area and new benches and flowerbeds.

To come next this summer will be more planting in the new planting areas and paths will be given a final surface dressing.

There will also be new play areas and equipment for children.

An official opening of the new green will be organised for later this summer, when the lawn and planting is established.

Torridge District Council is also planning the refurbishment of the promenade in the autumn.

Sean Kearney, TDC Economic Regeneration Officer, said: “This project has been long in the planning and it’s great to see the improvement that has been achieved. With the new green, the further planned improvements to public spaces and the adjacent private development commencing, things are looking bright for Westward Ho!”

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The initial phase of the redevelopment has been funded by Torridge District Council and Sea Change, a fund administered by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, and has been managed by the district council.

Ward member for Westward Ho! Cllr Roger Tisdale said: “Over the past six years there have been many setbacks in delivering a regeneration package for Westward Ho! and so it gives me great pleasure to be able to announce such a success. I’d like to congratulate all involved with the project, but especially those members of the community who volunteered so much of their time and enthusiasm in the early project planning stages. I will now continue to work to ensure further improvement and investment in Westward Ho! because it is the jewel in the Torridge crown.”

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