Long-awaited work on a town square will begin next week to be finished in time for the Jubilee weekend.

A ROYAL celebration is in store to mark not only the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, but also the opening of the soon-to-be transformed Jubilee Square in Bideford.

Works on the square will begin next week and are estimated to be completed in seven weeks.

The area will become a formal public open space, with a larger pedestrian square, replacement surfaces and an overhaul to Manor car park.

Councillor Roger Johnson, lead member for the Torridge economy, said: “I am delighted that this project has come to fruition.

“I know it has the support of the town’s traders and community and will make a real difference to this part of the town. “The objective is to create a new, attractive and vibrant public square for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike, as well as providing a gateway to the main shopping areas.

“And this is only the start. We have plans for extending the public realm enhancements into Cooper Street and beyond.”

The project is funded jointly by Torridge District Council, Bideford Town Council, Bideford Bridge Trust, Devon County Council and Leader 4.

Councillor Trevor Johns, the Mayor of Bideford, added: “Bideford Town Council is delighted to be supporting this project which we feel will make a big difference to the appearance of the town centre.

“We are passionate about maintaining and enhancing Bideford’s high quality and historically important architecture.”