Pavement surfacing saga is covered

Councils being asked to contribute towards recovering Ilfracombe pavements.

PUBLIC money looks set to be used for resurfacing pavements in Ilfracombe for the second time in less than two years after an ‘inappropriate’ material was used the first time.

North Devon Council’s executive is being recommended tomorrow (Thursday) to contribute �30,000 towards the �90,000-�110,000 cost of recovering parts of Fore and Broad streets in the town.

The present buff coloured surface was laid last year during a small ‘public realm’ project between the Joint Delivery Team, working with Devon County Council, to help create a ‘caf� culture’ area.

In her report to executive tomorrow, economic manager Ellen Vernon will say this was successful, but there were issues with the quality of the work, with the surface now patchy and stained.

“Overall it is felt the surfacing DCC recommended was inappropriate for the use in this area,” said says, adding that tegula – a paved surface – would be more appropriate.

The town council has been lobbying for the surface to be re-done the report says DCC is prepared to put in �45,000 towards the cost, with �30,000 from the district and the rest to be found by the town council.

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