Refurbishment work on Cooper Street will be completed by November with plans for Mill Street beginning in early 2014.

A PUBLIC consultation event was held in Bideford on Friday over plans to give Cooper Street a facelift.

In September, the street will be resurfaced with York stone, a continuation of the work completed on Jubilee Square last year.

Peter Quincey, project manager for Torridge District Council, said the event on Friday was well attended with a largely positive response.

“We had 50 people attend in the first hour and everyone was really positive,” he said.

“When we first went out to consultation before Jubilee Square was done, everyone talked about the appearance of Bideford.

“They said it was lacking trade and needed a lift; there was real opportunity but it wasn’t being taken.

“We hope this resurfacing will attract people up into the town from the Quay.”

The project will be funded primarily by Bideford Town Council with additional funding from local businessman Rob Braddick and Torridge District Council.

Resurfacing work will begin on September 16 and is expected to last for six to eight weeks, with the street completed in November.

“After we have resurfaced Cooper Street we will then look at a concept for Mill Street,” added Mr Quincey.

“It’s a much larger area so we may not be able to use the York stone along all of it, but there are plenty of options.

“I think we’d be looking to put a flow-through for traffic with paving either side, but all of this will go out to public consultation once plans are completed.

“I expect we’d be looking at early 2014 for that stage, once the work on Cooper Street has been completed.”

Bideford Town Council is also designing an archway which will form a ‘gateway’ between Cooper Street and Jubilee Square.

More than 100 people attended the consultation event and the responses will be looked at this week.