Square work commences next week

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.

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“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.”

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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.”

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