A plan for the future of the historic quay could bring a massive boost to the North Devon economy

A plan is seeking to create a ‘Gateway to Fremington’ by regenerating Fremington Quay and provide a massive economic boost for the area.

The Economic Plan has been put together by the Fremington Coastal Community Team and will be used to try and grab a share of £90million in Government cash.

Some of the ideas include a ferry link to the quay, as well as improving the landing and launching facilities to bring boating life back to the river and more watersports activities.

Other ambitions include expanding the café to create an evening restaurant with even more footfall for the area.

It is hoped to restore heritage at the old Fishley Wharf, where Fishley pottery was exported far and wide, even to the New World.

The plans also seek to improve pedestrian, cycling and vehicle access by developing the narrow access road and increasing the parking available.

Councillor Rodney Cann, chairman of the Fremington Quay Environment Group said their vision would boost the area’s economy, heritage, environment and tourism.

“We have a tremendous asset in the quay,” he said.

“One of our ambitions would be to bring life back to the river – you can imagine boats going to Fremington Quay and Heanton Court, really making use of the river, one of our natural assets.

“We believe we have really put the area on the map and it’s one of the places to visit now – the footfall is well over 100,000 a year.

“It’s an aspiration on our part, we have exceeded our wildest expectations and we see this as an opportunity to really make an impact on our economy.”

The team – which also includes the parish and district councils, Gaia Trust, café and North Devon Biosphere – hopes to make its submission to the Government by the end of March.